Once again, I’d like to inject some opposing viewpoints into this blog. I have reached out to my fellow bloggers to see what they had to say. Since the Minnesota Twins will be visiting Friendly Fenway tonight, I contacted Sarah of Oh, It’s THOSE Girls. I asked her to answer a couple questions for me since hers was the best Twins blog I’ve seen. She, thankfully, agreed. I asked her the same questions I asked my visiting Yankee fan. I wonder how the answers compare. Here’s what she had to say:
When did you start blogging?
I've been blogging in one form or another since 2003, but Oh, It's THOSE Girls was born in 2007, shortly after famed Twins super-blogger BatGirl went into retirement. Without her around to amuse and entertain us, we were all forced to amuse and entertain ourselves, by any means necessary.
What is the theme/goal of your blog?
When I started the blog, the initial premise was basically to put the strange, silly and utterly ridiculous thoughts I have about the Twins into written form. 3 years later it hasn't really changed so much. I'd say the main theme is just how much fun it is to be a fan. I'm completely and totally irrational about a lot of things, and I think that's OK. As a devoted sports fan, if you're not willing to admit to, and embrace, the irrationality of what you do, you're missing out on half the fun. My goal is to encourage that little bit of insanity that makes your devotion to a sports team so fulfilling. I say bust out your lucky underwear, scream obscenities at the TV whenever Nick Swisher's face is on, and spend a quarter of your paycheck on that rare eBay bobblehead. Go hogwild. I won't judge you. But I might bid against you on eBay for that bobblehead.
Which member/group of the Twins are you most confident in?
If Twins Territory had its own currency, and they let me design it, it would read "In Rick Anderson We Trust." As our pitching coach, he might not be a player on the field...but we wouldn't have had any of the success we've had the past several seasons without his work behind the scenes with our young pitching staff. You thought I was going to say "Joe Mauer," didn't you? I try to steer clear of the cliche.
Which member/group of the Twins concerns you the most?
I'm always concerned about the bullpen. When they're bad, you worry about that. When they're great, you worry they will get overused. The bullpen is the thing most likely to give me an ulcer in any given season. There can never be too many strong and consistent arms.
Which member of the Red Sox scares you the most? (Yes, you have to pick one)
Wait...does this mean scare as in "I am frightened for my pitcher and my team when this player comes to the plate?" Or is it scare as in "I am frightened for my life when I meet this player in a dark alley"? Nevermind. Doesn't matter. The answer is probably Youkilis either way.
[However, if the question can be interpreted as "I love this player so deeply that sometimes it scares me," then obviously the answer is Boof Bonser. Even though he isn't technically on the active roster. Boof, you are always on the active roster of my heart.]
Which member of the Red Sox do you like the least?
Sorry Sox fans...but Dustin Pedroia is the human equivalent of fingernails on a chalkboard. You know it's true.
What’s your prediction for the upcoming Red Sox/Twins series?
I hate 2-game series. I hate them because by their very nature, they encourage a series split. So...that's what I'm predicting: A series split.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when I say the number “36”?
Joe Nathan. I didn't even read the whole sentence. I saw "36" and Joe Nathan magically popped into my mind. Please note that I am NOT complaining about that.
Hold the phone...does that question mean that not EVERYONE thinks about Joe Nathan when they see the number 36?! Consider my mind blown. Whoa.
Since I am far from a professional interviewer, I hope these questions offer some insight into the Visitor’s Section. (If you have a question you wish I had asked, let me know. If I do this again with other visiting teams, maybe I’ll use it.) My reaction to Sarah’s responses? They should show you why I like her blog so much. I agree with her comments on the bullpen completely. I will say that I can think of other Red Sox I’d rather not meet in a dark alley than Youkilis. (David Ortiz and Jon Lester are just huge) But, she was right on with Pedroia. And, I absolutely endorse yelling obscenities at Nick Swisher’s face. So, thanks again to Sarah for helping me out. I wish her Twins luck.
At least when they’re playing the Yankees.
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