Time for Two More with Toups Volume VI

Photo Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Hello friends, another busy week in the Minnesota sports landscape. Last week I took a very Vikings-heavy approach after the Goff-apocalypse on Thursday Night Football. This week I promise to branch out. But, actions speak louder than words so LET’S GO:

Joe Mauer:

Where do I start? After an unforgettable 2018 sendoff, Mauer has to decide if he wants to continue to play baseball or if he is ready to call it quits. Mauer’s numbers speak for themselves, and he has put himself amongst the Twins greats of all time. Forever a source of criticism from fans after his massive contract extension, Mauer has given baseball everything he has. We can only wonder what his numbers would look like if not for the concussions that plagued the back half of his career. I mean seriously, look at these numbers before 2011. They are striking…

And, how awesome was this moment? I certainly won’t ever forget it.

Will Bitten:

The Minnesota Wild continued to tinker with their roster right up until the start of the regular season, acquiring Bitten from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Gustav Olofsson on Wednesday. Olofsson was buried on the Wild depth chart and was expendable in exchange for the talent that Bitten brings to the table.

Will he help the Wild now? Not very much.

Later? Now we’re talking.

I mean I could get used to seeing plays like this in a few years:

Dalvin Cook:

Should we be panicked? First it was just a cramp. Now, after missing the Rams game, Cook is Questionable for Sunday against the Eagles. Dalvin adds a tremendous dynamic to this Vikings offense, when he is on the field. But the team hasn’t been able to establish the running game at all yet this season. Thank goodness for Kirk Cousins.

I guess we just cross our fingers and hope Cook will be able to go vs. Philly… and that maybe the running game will show signs of life?


Here is what else caught my eye this week:

Hold the damn phone…Stubby Clapp? I don’t know anything about him but I’ve found my pick for the Twins next manager. That may be one of the greatest baseball names I’ve ever heard. Right up there with Johnny Field. Clearly, without looking at anything about Stubby, he’s the guy.

Well, the Jimmy Butler situation appears to be going well. What happens if Butler isn’t traded by the start of the season? I guess we’ll find out…


Well looks like the Paul Fenton era is off to a great start…yikes

That is all for this week. Hope for W’s, expect some L’s. Most of all continue to “Enjoy the Season”.

Seth Toupal @sethtoups
Minnesota Sports Fan

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