I was watching the Twins and the Dodgers drag into the night in the second game of a split doubleheader. The utter dreariness of the entertainment was transfixing — like watching a Todd Solondz movie.
The next day, it was announced that Aaron Hicks was going on the seven-day concussion DL, and because of the bullpen crisis, the Twins would have 14 pitchers. I made this decision: Fourteen pitchers, 56 percent of the roster … that’s it, I’m done with baseball.
And needing something to fill the void, I made another decision ... and became a fake hard-core fan of an English Premier soccer team.
On Saturday, my weekend radio partner Judd Zulgad and I decided on the side that will carry my hopes and dreams as a fan in the future: Swansea City.
It is located on the sea in Wales, and the wee Welshman, Ian Woosnam, was one of my favorite golfers to interview because he started every comment with a unique, “ah, ooh’’ combo.
Second, Swansea has a formal nickname of Swans, but my side is also called the Jacks, in honor of a lifesaving black retriever.
Patrick Plus: startribune.com/sports
|Atlanta - WP: E. Stults||4||FINAL|
|Detroit - LP: J. Chamberlain||2|
|Washington - LP: X. Cedeno||2||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: M. Wacha||6|
|Miami - LP: D. Haren||1||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: R. Montero||7|
|LA Angels - LP: N. Tropeano||3||FINAL|
|Seattle - WP: T. Walker||5|
|Minnesota - LP: C. Johnson||2||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: J. Masterson||14|