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
|Washington - WP: D. Fister||1||FINAL|
|NY Mets - LP: D. Gee||0|
|Philadelphia - WP: S. Gonzalez||6||FINAL|
|Miami - LP: J. Cosart||2|
|Toronto - LP: J. Francis||7||FINAL|
|Cleveland - WP: M. Rzepczynski||10|
|Cincinnati - LP: J. Cueto||0||FINAL|
|Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran||5|
|Tampa Bay - LP: S. Geltz||2||FINAL|
|Baltimore - WP: T. Hunter||4|
|Chicago WSox - LP: J. Danks||3||FINAL|
|Minnesota - WP: R. Pressly||13|
|Detroit - WP: A. Sanchez||6||FINAL|
|Kansas City - LP: J. Guthrie||4|
|Seattle - LP: C. Smith||6||FINAL|
|Houston - WP: P. Neshek||7|
|Pittsburgh - LP: R. Liz||2||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: M. Socolovich||3|
|Milwaukee - WP: W. Smith||5||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: P. Strop||3|
|Oakland - WP: S. Gray||7||FINAL|
|Texas - LP: Y. Gallardo||1|
|LA Angels - LP: J. Weaver||0||FINAL|
|San Francisco - WP: T. Lincecum||5|
|Colorado - LP: K. Kendrick||6||FINAL|
|San Diego - WP: J. Shields||8|
|Arizona - LP: E. Marshall||0||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - WP: J. Howell||1|
|NY Yankees||2||Bottom 1st Inning|
|Tampa Bay||5||3rd Prd 11:12|
|Sporting Kansas City||1|
|Seattle||1||2nd Half 44:55|
|New York City||0|