Thursday, June 01, 2006

Fire in the Belly

Dick & Bert talking during the at-bat by the Twins substitute Shortstop Nick Punto in the 2nd inning Wednesday night:

BERT: Bartlett's hitting well in Rochester, hitting over .300, but you mentioned the other night Ron Gardenhire saying they just have not seen that leadership....

DICK: "Fire in the belly," or whatever they're looking for from him. 3-2 to Punto with Ford on deck....

BERT: You know, the old "fire in the belly," that's something that sometimes, Dick, you just can't, you can't put it in somebody. I mean, it's gotta come from within. And you hope that the more playing time that Jason Bartlett gets, that fire will be there. But a lot of guys, like Garret Anderson, that's just the way he plays.

DICK: Punto strikes out to end the inning....

The regular Twins Shortstop Juan Castro fielding a pop-up in the 7th inning Tuesday night:


At 6/01/2006 7:32 AM, Anonymous bjhess said...

There's an idea for you. You clearly have a computer-based DVR going. You can provide great in game screenshots. Keep it up!

At 6/01/2006 8:33 AM, Blogger Third Base Line said...


I should have buttons printed up...

At 6/01/2006 9:22 AM, Blogger Moss said...

fw, off the topic and closed-circuit:

Moss and Mrs. Moss (and two little ones, 3 1/2 and 18 mos.) are headed to the Pacific NW for vacation soon. Do you have any travel advice that you'd care to share? Any can't miss destinations? Kid-friendly stuff?

Thanks in advance for any advice!

At 6/01/2006 9:02 PM, Blogger frightwig said...

Moss, which cities/areas in the NW are you visiting? Are you going all the way out to the coast? Canada?

At 6/01/2006 9:10 PM, Blogger frightwig said...

Regarding Dick & Bert's conversation, I should note that it began with Dick hyping SS prospect Alexi Casilla, currently at Class A Fort Myers, as a name Twins fans should want to remember. I guess Dick brought him up because Casilla was acquired from the Angels in the J.C. Romero trade, the Twins SS happened to be at bat, and Casilla just had a big day (boosting his season line to .308/.348/.393). Bartlett's name wouldn't have come up, except I think Bert felt the need to stir up a little trouble.

At 6/01/2006 10:43 PM, Blogger Moss said...

fw, we are flying in to Seattle and will also visit Portland, but we are more into outdoors stuff. So we plan to visit the national parks, possibly Crater Lake, etc. We may venture up to Victoria but my wife has already been to Vancouver so we may skip that. We will definitely be hitting the coast, at least in OR and possibly in WA on the west side of Olympic NP.

So basically, we are hoping to go all over the place. We will be there for 2+ weeks.

At 6/02/2006 6:21 AM, Blogger frightwig said...

Definitely go to Crater Lake, and if you can handle the walk out of the crater, be sure to go down and take the boat tour. The blue of that water is incredible. I've also enjoyed many visits to the Oregon Coast, particularly the beaches at Seaside and Cape Lookout, and the cheese & ice cream factory in Tillamook.

If you travel far enough South, I have happy memories of a speedboat tour along the Rogue River, too.

Keep in mind that Victoria is a lot different from Vancouver, at least in my opinion. It has more of a traditional English feeling, with the high tea at the Empress Hotel and parliamentary building, etc. Riding the ferry through the straits this time of year is nice, as well.

If you're into hiking, I'm sure you'll enjoy the Olympic Peninsula. The Sol Duc Hot Springs is something you shouldn't miss.

I guess my favorite touristy thing to do in Seattle is the Doc Maynard's Underground Tour. The stories are always fun and fascinating, and it's just cool to walk around under the streets of Seattle.

What kinds of things does your toddler usually like to do; or, what do you enjoy doing with your toddler?

The only place I'd really warn against if you're with young kids is the Experience Music Project at Seattle Center. It's interesting if you're into the music history, especially Northwest music, but it's LOUD.

At 6/02/2006 6:38 AM, Blogger Moss said...

Thanks a ton, fw! We will definitely use the advice.

I might do the Experience Music thing on my own. Have you been to the glass museum in Tacoma, or to the Boeing tour? Are those worth the time?

As far as our toddler, he will like anything as long as we are out and about and get him some play time every day. So he'll just go with the flow mostly, and we'll try to pace ourselves accordingly.

At 6/02/2006 7:27 AM, Blogger frightwig said...

The Glass Museum has some very cool installations, including some work by Dale Chihuly, and the glass-blowing demonstration is interesting, but a lot of my favorite works were outside the building. If you're into Chihuly glass and visiting the place, be sure to go inside the nearby Union Station to see more of his work.

It's been a long, long time since I visited the Boeing Museum of Flight. Lots of planes from different periods of history, I recall, so your youngster may dig that.

The Seattle Aquarium may be good for you too. It's down on the waterfront, some of it's outside, and there are pools in which you're allowed to touch little creatures like starfish. And nearby there are boat tours and good things to eat, like Ivar's seafood (I love the halibut and clam chowder) and waffle cones.

If your kid likes dinosaurs, I think they have a permanent exhibit on the dinos at the Pacific Science Center (at Seattle Center), and they have a hands-on tidepool exhibit there, as well. There's also a Children's Theatre, Children's Museum, and amusement park rides out there (along with the EMP museum and Space Needle). The start of the "Ride the Ducks" amphibious tours are there, too.

One other suggestion for hiking: look up the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Oh, hell, here's their web address:


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