Sick and tired of being sick and tired

Feb. 4, 2008

by Aaron Schultz

My reaction was anything but positive Tuesday afternoon as I sat in my car listening to “The Chad Hartman Show” on KFAN radio.

For the previous day-and-a-half, rumors were out there that a Johan Santana trade was likely to happen by the end of the week, so the fact that Santana was actually traded didn’t bother me too much.

Sure, I wanted the Twins to sign him to a long-term deal, keeping him in Minnesota for the next five or six years, but I knew that boat had sailed.

So, when they announced that Santana was traded that afternoon on the radio, it didn’t come as too big of a shock.
However, when I heard it was to the New York Mets, and then heard what the Twins received in return, I was anything but thrilled.

As Hartman read the names off of the players the Twins received, I just kept waiting for that one big name to be mentioned, and it never happened.

The names of the players the Twins got are outfielder Carlos Gomez, and pitchers Deolis Guerra, Philip Humber, and Kevin Mulvey.

Not one big name.

They are all (well, three of the four at least) pretty young, and are ranked fairly high among the Mets’ top prospects.
If these were names of players the Twins would have got for, say, Joe Nathan, I would be alright with that.

But for the best pitcher in baseball, this just isn’t right.

When Santana’s name first went on the trading block, there was talk that the Twins could maybe get All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes, or maybe even All-Star third baseman David Wright.

Then, in the end, the Twins couldn’t even get the Mets’ top minor league prospect, instead settling for four good, but not great prospects.

After being pretty ticked off for the first few hours after the trade, indifference set in.

It’s the Twins, I guess.

However, my blood began to boil again thinking back to how careful the Twins were with Santana – like keeping him on a pitch count so he didn’t wear down.

They knew as well as anyone that the organization wasn’t going to be able to keep him, so why did they try to save his arm?

Whatever, I guess I’m still a little flustered with the trade. Hopefully I’m over it by the time spring training starts.

Top 100 movie quotes

The top 100 movie quotes picked by ESPN continue, with quotes 60 through 56.

• 60: “Just a reminder, fans, about Die-Hard Night coming up here at the stadium. Free admission to anyone who was actually alive the last time the Indians won a pennant.”

Alright, now we’re talking. This quote comes from the movie “Major League,” only one of the best sports movies of all-time.

The quote is very good, but there are at least three or four that I can come up with off the top of my head that I like more.

Still, a very good quote.

• 59: “This is a simple game: You throw the ball, you hit the ball, you catch the ball.”

Again, another great movie and quote, which comes from the movie “Bull Durham.”

This, along with “Major League,” are my two favorite baseball movies, and the quote is great.

• 58: “Tackle by Jefferson! Jefferson! Jefferson!” This quote comes from the movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”
Yes, I liked the movie, but it is by no means a sports movie, and I don’t even like the quote all that much. It definitely doesn’t deserve to be on this list.

• 57: “You can do it!” This comes from Adam Sandlers’ movie “The Waterboy.”

I really liked the movie, although it’s pretty stupid at some points. As for the quote, it belongs on this list, but I don’t think I’d have it this high.

• 56: “Protect yourself at all time.” It was only a matter of time before another quote from the movie “Million Dollar Baby” made this list.

It is really getting to the point that I need to watch this movie at some point – besides, that was one of my New Year’s resolutions, and if I can’t follow through with my resolutions this year, I might as well hang it up.