So I'm watching the Twins live last night, and the Orioles and White Sox online, and I couldn't help but notice how many good former Twins were playing in the latter game.
A.J. Pierzynski. Lew Ford. Francisco Liriano. J.J. Hardy. Jesse Crain.
Then I flipped to the Rangers game and watched Joe Nathan look as dominant as his old, All-Star self, while blowing away the Rays in the ninth.
So here's a first draft of an all-former Twins team. If I forgot someone significant, and I'm sure I did, please email me at email@example.com to remind me, and I"ll update later when I'm at tonight's Twins game.
Dh: David Ortiz
1b: Michael Cuddyer (who probably will play there next year for the Rockies.)
2b: Nick Punto, the key to that big Red Sox-Dodgers deal.
3b: Danny Valencia (Sorry, it's not a perfect team. At least Danny adds some ``Swag.'' Whatever that is.)
OF: Jason Kubel, Torii Hunter, Delmon Young. Torii has to play CF again.
Starting rotation: R.A. Dickey, Johan Santana, Kyle Lohse, Francisco LIriano, Jason Marquis. Santana's hurt and Marquis is not very good, but how many teams have fully healthy and dominant rotations?
Bullpen: Joe Nathan, Jesse Crain, Matt Guerrier, LaTroy Hawkins, Jon Rauch, Craig Breslow
Bench: Wilson Ramos, Carlos Gomez, Lew Ford, Jason Bartlett, Orlando Hudson.
OK...now who did I forget?
More from Star Tribune
More From Souhan on Sports
This was a difficult way to suffer a first loss, but the only problem the Vikings had Sunday that threatens their season is the play of the offensive line.
Facing a quarterback who has done well against the blitz but hasn't faced a defense like the Vikings', I think Barr makes a big play or two to swing the game in the Vikings' favor.
The people have spoken. Some of them, at least.
The Vikings took apart a pretty talented Texans' offense on Sunday, making Brock Osweiler look like a young Spergon Wynn.
Who knew that Carson Wentz might end up being the biggest threat to the Vikings remaining undefeated in Week 7?