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I fought it, I really did. I thought Twitter was dumb and pointless. Then I got this fancy new phone and now my tune has changed. I started following a few baseball writers and now I’m hooked.

So I decided to create my own profile and give it a whirl. You can follow me at needmomorneau. I really have no idea if anything I post will be worth reading (but very few things on the web are worth reading anymore), but we’ll see.

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I’m a big believer in making time for yourself no matter how busy you are. I’m also a big believer in traditions. And to top it off, I’ll be turning 35 and the end of this year and I think it’s time to put all these things together and I think I’ve come up with a good solution.

So in the grand tradition of the Jay Buckley Baseball Tours, a buddy of mine, my brother, and I have decided to start our own annual baseball odyssey. With our inaugural trip this year we will be setting out from Central Illinois and traveling north to catch a game in Milwaukee and two games in Minneapolis at the new Target Field.

Most of you know I’m a big Twins fan and this will be my very first trip up to Minnesota to catch a Twins home game so I’m very excited. What I’m not excited about is the ticket prices that I’m finding. My original plan was to pay big for one game and sit close and then pay small on the second game and sit somewhere relatively “scenic”. What I’m finding is that the secondary market on tickets up there is pretty high. I can’t even find “cheap” tickets that are by definition….CHEAP! I have time though so I’ll keep looking. I was easily able to snag great seats in Milwaukee so I was happy there.

So our itinerary looks like this…

  • August 12th – Diamondbacks @ Brewers
  • August 13th – A’s @ Twins
  • August 14th – A’s @ Twins
  • Return home

I’m semi-tempted to see if the guys are up for the Sunday August 15th afternoon game between the Sox and Detroit in Chicago but that may be asking for a lot….4 games in 4 days. We’ll see.

Like I said, I’m a big believer in traditions so I’m hoping this will be an annual thing for us (with the addition of others who can’t make it this year). We’re all getting older and many of us have kids that keep us busy (I have a 3-year old and one more coming in late September) so taking a “guys trip” once a year is something I think we’ll need to keep us all sane. 🙂

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Wow…it has been a long time since this blog has been touched. I wonder if anyone still has this in their Blog Roll. I wonder if anyone still comes here to check on the site.

I’m starting to get the itch to write again so maybe I’ll bring the site back to life.

Anyone care? 🙂

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Ok, I actually have quite a few teams already done but I wanted to post one full team up here and see what people thought of what I have done.

I’m going to start with the Cubs. Just to clarify, each team consists of 25 players. In an effort to make each team able to be played on their own, I had to make the roster realistic. So that means each team needs a backup catcher and depth around the diamond. That also meant trying my hardest to get each team a lefty in the bullpen. That’s been hard for some teams. Anyway…here is my Cubs team.

C – Gabby Hartnett
1B – Cap Anson
2B – Ryne Sandberg
SS – Ernie Banks
3B – Ron Santo
LF – Billy Williams
CF – Hack Wilson
RF – Sammy Sosa

BN – Mark Grace (1B)
BN – Billy Herman (2B)
BN – Kiki Cuyler (OF)
BN – Jody Davis (C)
BN – Jimmy Ryan (OF)
BN – Aramis Ramirez (3B)

SP – Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown
SP – Fergie Jenkins
SP – Charley Root
SP – John Clarkson
SP – Rick Sutcliffe

RP – Kerry Wood
RP – Rick Reuschel
RP – Hippo Vaughn
RP – “Big” Bill Lee
RP – Claude Passeau

CL – Lee Smith

So you might be asking yourself….who the hell is John Clarkson? I didn’t even know myself and I consider myself a big baseball fan. Clarkson was a pitcher for the Chicago franchise before the turn of the century and has the second highest win total (53) in one season in ML history. Oh, and that same season, he had 68 complete games.

The last bench spot I gave to Aramis Ramirez. Honestly, I could have given it to a few guys including Derrek Lee, Frank Chance, and King Kelly. I went with Ramirez since he plays 3B and I wanted a good backup there.

So there is one team. How did I do? Anyone on there you disagree with? Let me know.

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Not sure how many of the readers of this blog live in or around Minneapolis, but I wanted to give Morneau’s fundraiser event a little extra pub today. Justin Morneau’s Casino Night will be held this Thursday night (August 13th) at International Market Square in Minneapolis.

If you’re not aware, Justin’s niece was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at the age of 2 and Morneau and his wife have organized this fundraiser event to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation North Central chapter. Money will go toward funding research as well as helping to send kids to a camp where they can bond with other children suffering from the same ailment.

The casino night will give fans a chance to play against Twins players like Morneau, Joe Mauer, Michael Cuddyer, and many others. In addition, there will be prizes, autographed memorabilia, and silent auctions. But the thing to remember is that the money will go to help kids dealing with this condition. As someone who runs his own event to raise money for kids, any extra publicity can do nothing but help.

You can check out the event’s website HERE and read an article on the Twins’ site HERE. If any of you happen to go or know someone who is going, I would love to see pictures or hear about how it went.

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If you actually follow this blog and my ramblings, then you know I have really not posted a whole lot over the last few months. Spring and summer are usually a really busy time for me with stuff outside of work and then there was actually work-work that kept me busy. Add in there that I spend a lot of time chasing a 2-year old around the house and you get the point.

I have been keeping up with things though. Morneau is having another great season and the Twins are hanging in there. My Cubs are crap. I did attend the Twins/Cubs game on June 12th and that was a lot of fun (I got some good pictures that I’ll post on here). That was the game where Uncle Milty threw the ball into the stands with 2 outs. Good times.

As for the hobby itself, I have been following all the blogs and the small collector board that I frequesnt. I watched guys bust a ton of Allen & Ginter and Sport Kings over there and that has taken care of my box busting fix. And I think I found a niche in the hobby that will sustain my interest.

One of the things that I have been focusing on lately (in addition to patches) are the On Card autographs. Right now my favorite products with the on card autos are the 2005 Artifacts product and the 2005 Ultimate Signature Edition (both Upper Deck products). Both have some great looking autograph cards and I’ll start to highlight some of the additions I have accumulated.

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Funny thing…I was sitting here this afternoon reading a couple new blogs that I’m starting to like and then it dawned on me that I messed up when I signed up for the NeedMoMorneau domain name and forgot to uncheck the box where it auto-renews. So…needless to say I still have this domain name so I suppose I might as well use it. Strangely enough, even though I haven’t put a post out here since the beginning of June people are still hitting the site.

So I’m going to get back at it starting this week. There’s no way I can post as much as Adam or Mario but I will get back into posting. I am still buying and selling cards so I have a lot to catch people back up on….not that anyone really cares. 🙂

I’ll leave you all for now with one thought…

How is this man still on a Major League roster?

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