8-20-10: DFTU

Hello again everybody...

We've done it again! It's the end of another work week. Well... for you. Me? I'm already done and enjoying a well-earned day off.

Which is why I don't feel the least bit guilty for not posting on Wednesday. Stuff happens folks. We'll all be okay, right?

Speaking of work, I wanted to wait until I had a specific date, but since that doesn't seem likely any time real soon, I'm going to go ahead and let the cat out of the bag.

I've been promising a work-related announcement for a while, and since the fine folks at the local American Federation of Radio and Television Artists have finally ratified a new three-year contract with CBS Radio, I can finally deliver.

My job isn't changing drastically, but it is changing. Recently my shift moved up an hour (12p-8p instead of 1p-9p) and that was done for a specific reason. It now lines up the Studio Coordinators so that their shifts don't overlap on a single show. The reason that's important is because in the very near future, the Coordinators are going to finally be allowed to open their microphones, talk on the air and unleash their talent on the world.

Or something like that.

Like I said, I wish I had a specific date for you, but I don't yet. The contract's been ratified, but still needs to be signed by AFTRA national and CBS corporate. Once that's done, the bosses will give us the official okey-doke and away we'll go.

Trust me, as soon as I know when, I'll let you know the date.

For me, it means that Chad Hartman, Michele Tafoya and Mike Max will all have the opportunity to bring me on-air as they see fit for a “limited” dose of the rambling nonsense you all have enjoyed reading here.

I'm trying very hard to not get over-excited about the whole thing, but I'm certainly anxious since I haven't done any regular air-work in over nine years.

I'm determined, however to make the most of it. To whit, I want to make sure you all have the opportunity to enjoy the wonder of my craziness.

If you'd like to listen to WCCO Radio online (when I'm in-studio, or even if I'm not), you can do so here. Just follow the instructions to sign up (don't worry, there are no viruses or spyware), and make sure you tune in between noon and 8pm central time if you want the opportunity to check me out.

Also, I've created a new Twitter account. My personal account (@dcook93) will still be very active. But you can also follow my new work account (@DanCookWCCO) to get links to podcasts and breaking news and information from the WCCO website.

I figure if I'm going to be a presence on a 50,000 Watt flame-thrower, then I'm going to get as much out of the opportunity as I can!

Again, I'll let you know when the fun will start, just as soon as I find out.

Preamble rant, fin.

Because you didn't come here on a Friday for all that shameless self-promotion! No, you came here for my shameless sharing of sports inanity in the form of my weekly Update column.

And Updated you shall be!

Right after the quote...

”No matter how rich you become, how famous or powerful, when you die the size of your funeral will still pretty much depend on the weather.”
- Michael Pritchard

… and perhaps on the traffic as well. I'm just sayin'.

Speaking of traffic, it's all headed up north. Because it's Friday, and that means it's time... once again... for everybody's favorite segment...

Dan's Favorite Teams Update

Minnesota Twins: The Twins are 70-51, in first place in the AL Central and four games in front of the Chicago White Sox.

Close, but no sweep Twins fans!

Okay, it actually wasn't all that close. After taking the first two games in this week's series with the White Sox, the Twins got obliterated last night, losing 11-0.

I'm here to tell you, that's not such a bad thing.

First of all, it was clear from the outset that the Twins weren't going to be in that game. Pavano didn't have his stuff. The line-up had no clutch-hitting in them. And after the brilliant job the bullpen did on Wednesday night, the guys who were left to mop up on Thursday weren't exactly the cream of the crop.

Call me crazy, but losses hurt a lot less when your club's out of it early on.

Secondly, while sweeping the White Sox would've left Chicago six full games behind the Twins, and put their season on life-support, it's my contention that the Twins play better with the pressure on them. Witness the last two seasons when they've trailed in the closing month of the season and had to come from behind to force Game 163's both years.

Thirdly, this will help prevent Twins fans from becoming too obnoxiously cocky. Sure, the Twins have dominated the White Sox of late, and there isn't any other competition in the division. But Minnesota is far from a perfect ballclub. And nothing's worse than a fanbase who thinks an imperfect club can do no wrong!

The bottom line is that the Twins have taken four of the last six from the White Sox and they only face each other four more times this year. If the Twins just keep winning series (two out of three boys... two out of three...), the Whities will have to go on a monumental run to catch them.

Minnesota has their work cut out for them coming up. First up is a weekend series with the Angels. The Halos may be struggling to stay above .500 (they're currently 61-61), but you can never relax against a Mike Scioscia ballclub. And don't think for a second that Torii Hunter isn't itching to have a big weekend in his first trip into Target Field.

Here are your weekend pitching probables:

Friday (7:10pm): Brian Duensing (6-1, 2.00) vs. Dan Haren (1-3, 3.44)

Saturday (3:10pm): Kevin Slowey (11-5, 4.22) vs. Trevor Bell (1-3, 5.40)

Sunday (7:00pm): Scott Baker (10-9, 4.85) vs. Jered Weaver (11-8, 3.11)

That's right, a Fox game on Saturday and ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball to cap off the weekend. Don't think the nation's not taking notice, Twins fans. They are.

After they finish with the Angels, the Twins immediately pack up and head to the inferno that is August in Arlington for four games with the Rangers - that's going to be a tough one. Then next weekend it's off to Seattle for some sweet, sweet West Coast action.

(I'll save my “I love West Coast games” rant for next week...)

Arizona Diamondbacks: The D'backs are 47-75, in last place in the NL West and 27.5 games behind the San Diego Padres.

Last week, I was brimming with optimism.

Dropping two of three in Washington, and getting broomed by the Reds at home will end an optimistic streak real quick.

After all my squawking about the young Diamondback pitching, Daniel Hudson lost his first game as a Snake, and Barry Enright proved he's just good enough to lose the close ones.

But hey, Ian Kennedy had a nice start!

(I've got to cling to something here folks.)

I talked plenty about the pitching last week. So let's scroll on down to the offensive stats page, shall we?

Kelly Johnson leads the team in batting average and OPS. Wait, those numbers are .281 and .872? Oooookay.

Well what about home runs?

Mark Reynolds has 26... and is hitting .213. Moving on...

What about RBI?!

The leader there is Adam LaRoche... with 77.


Hard to believe this club has a run differential of -116, isn't it?!

As is usually the case, when you're going bad, things don't get any easier. The Snakes kick off a weekend series with the Rockies this weekend (good seats still available!), and the pitching match-ups look thusly...

Friday (8:40pm): Ian Kennedy (7-9, 4.38) vs. Esmil Rogers (2-2, 5.01)

Saturday (7:10pm): Barry Enright (3-2, 2.91) vs. Ubaldo Jimenez (17-3, 2.59)

Sunday (3:10pm): Daniel Hudson (3-1, 2.12) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (5-9, 4.33)

Do yourself a favor Arizona baseball fans, get a ticket to Saturday night's game. Ubaldo alone is worth the price of admission, I promise!

If you think it's not so bad facing Colorado, consider Arizona's next two opponents. Tuesday they travel to face division-leading San Diego, and next weekend it's a three-gamer in San Francisco.


That's going to wrap it up for this week folks. Hope you feel properly Updated, I know I do!

I'll be back on Monday (at least that's the plan), with something witty and entertaining from the weekend.

Well, it'll be from the weekend anyway!

Until then, thanks for reading!

1 comment:

  1. Well, I for one look forward to you talking on the air.

    Now, if I could just switch away from this Satellite radio thing I've been listening to lately...