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Continued: Hartman: Grant cherishes '65 All-Star Game, World Series with Twins

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 16, 2014 - 4:30 AM

“They might get to see a player you don’t normally get to see, a Mariner or an Angel where you might not get to see them on an everyday basis, and he might do something in the game that is pretty special and you might follow that player. It’s a pretty great event and it will be exciting.”

Jottings

• Frank Viola III, the son of Twins great Frank Viola and his wife, Kathy, who are both in town for the All-Star Game, is pitching in the Toronto Blue Jays farm system and was recently promoted to high Class A Dunedin after posting a 3.86 ERA in 23⅓ innings at Class A Lansing. Viola’s daughter Brittany was a diver in the 2012 London Olympics, and his other daughter, Kaley, recently took an assistant volleyball coaching job at Davidson. As for the elder Viola, he was supposed to miss the season as pitching coach of Class AAA Las Vegas after undergoing open-heart surgery during spring training, but the 1987 World Series MVP and 1988 AL Cy Young Award winner with the Twins felt good enough to return to the Mets’ top affiliate at the end of May.

• One reason coach Flip Saunders looks for an improved Wolves team next season is that Saunders expects veteran forward Chase Budinger, who missed much of last season because of various injuries, to be 100 percent healthy.

• Former Vikings wide receiver Sidney Rice was released by the Seahawks in February and then re-signed with the Super Bowl champions, even though he caught only 15 passes for 231 yards and three scores last season and tore a knee ligament Oct. 28.

• Kris Humphries, the former Gophers and Hopkins star, reportedly agreed to a three-year deal for $13 million to play for coach Randy Wittman’s up-and-coming Washington Wizards squad next season. Humphries is coming off a two-year, $24 million contract with the Celtics. He has career earnings of $48.9 million.

 

Sid Hartman can be heard weekdays on 830-AM at 7:40, 8:40 and 9:20 a.m. and on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. shartman@startribune.com

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