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Three Minnesota athletes and a bar crawl: Your submissions

Motivated by an exchange with Clarence Swamptown (the real person with the fictional name, not the fictional character from Slap Shot) about his desire to have a 50-mile pub crawl with Teddy Bridgewater, Eduardo Escobar and Jason Zucker after their teams win championships (I promised I would make it happen), I posed this question on Twitter:

You get to have a bar crawl with 3 MN athletes. Who are they, and what is your route?

In general, Perk, Pek and Kent Hrbek seemed to be popular attendees (and would be a great name for a law firm). Here are some of the best (printable) responses:

FOX's Nitkowski: AL's top rookie is 2-man race (that doesn't include Sano)

sanoOutrage over someone else’s opinion — particularly if it isn’t favorable to something related to Minnesota — is the easiest kind of outrage to muster around these parts.

I try to resist the temptation, but sometimes I fail. This is one of those times. So let’s take a spin through a recent piece by former Major League pitcher C.J. Nitkowski, now working for Fox Sports.

Nitkowski argues that Carlos Correa no longer has a lock on the AL Rookie of the Year award even after his dazzling debut.

Agree!

But Nitkowski, albeit in a piece that becomes a natural comparison between two shortstops, argues that the race has tightened because of the emergence of … Francisco Lindor of Cleveland?

But suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere, Lindor came charging from the back of the pack to challenge the sure favorite Correa. … Lindor will have his work cut out for him in September as he attempts to get voters to consider him for the award

Listen: Lindor is having a marvelous year as well with a .309 batting average (leading all AL rookies with at least 200 PAs), slick defense and decent pop. He’s a contender. But if we go a little deeper into Twitter, a reader challenges Nitkowski by suggesting Toronto reliever Roberto Osuna, who has a tidy 1.99 ERA and has been lights-out for the Blue Jays, should also be a contender. Nitkowski says: “he’s 3rd.”

So that leaves Miguel Sano — he of the game-tying home run last night and the mind-boggling 1.011 OPS — no better than fourth.

In a crowded rookie landscape, maybe that’s where he winds up. Maybe the fact that Sano about 100 fewer at bats than Correa or Lindor will ding him in the end. For now, though, if anyone is closing quickly on Correa in my mind, it’s the mighty slugger who has transformed the Twins’ lineup.

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