So fans, I got a new tattoo...kinda like Motley Crue's late period album, except mine doesn't suck. Its the Twins "TC" logo with an outline of the state of Minnesota. And then, the Twinks go and trade Johan. I give you my arm, and you give away yours.And what do we get? Some prospects. Not Jacoby, not John Lester, not Philip Hughes, not Melky...but some unproven cats who may or may not contribute. We all know that Terry Ryan was known for trading his superstars at the pinnacle of their careers for minor league gold, but I'm a little worried Bill Smith isn't Terry Ryan. I hope the Twins know something I don't know. Look at the blockbuster trades in the past and how the superstar panned out (and what we got in return):
- Frank Viola to the Mets in 1989- Sweet Music had one more good year, and then his arm blew up. Meanwhile, the Twins got Rick Aguleria, Kevin Tapani and David West. All three were on the 1991 World Series winning roster, and all contributed.
- Chuck Knoblauch to the Yankees in 1998- Chuck won a few World Series, then had a nervous breakdown and hit Keith Olberman's mom in the face with a baseball from 20 feet away. Then he (maybe)roided up and has to testify before Congress. The Twins got Eric Milton and Christian Guzman, who were keys in the resurgence of the franchise. Way to go, Chuck!
- A.J. Pierzynski to the Giants in 2004-A.J. became the most reviled baseball player in years, but won a WS with the Sox...after the Giants booted his ass out of town. And the Twins got one of the top three closers in baseball (Joe Nathan), a starter (BOOOOOOOOF) and a phenom(Fransisco Liriano).
Hopefully Bill Smith learned something from his Jedi-Master Ryan in the trading department.In other news...
I also obtained a bunch of vinyl recently, including The Turtles Greatest Hits. In my not-so-humble opinion The Turtles were the most underrated band of the 60s. They wrote amazing songs and even had the balls to release a concept album called "The Turtles In The Battle Of The Bands" where they played as a different band on each track. Also, half the band went on to play with Frank Zappa in the early 70's. Pretty impressive for a band that was considered bubblegum at the time.