Lately I’ve been getting into the hobby of Geocaching. If you’re not familiar with the concept, it’s actually quite simple. People all around the world hide containers of various shapes and sizes and post the GPS coordinates for people to use to find said item. There isn’t really a point to it other than to log that you’ve found it and see how many you can find. So far we’ve found 9, which may sound like a lot until you see some of the folks that are registered with the site. It’s absolutely mind boggling how people have found over 10,000 of these things, because the majority of them are not that easy. That leads me to my question of the day?

Q: Have you gone Geocaching before? If not, do you think it sounds cool or really really lame?

In the News

Theeeeee Yankees Win – Ho hum….who cares? What surprises me is how easily the Twins have been beaten in the playoffs. In the last five trips to post-season play they have a record of 2-15. That’s just plain absurd. Granted it hurt to not have Justin Morneau, but I don’t know that he would have been enough to make a difference this year.

Highlights from the Ricketts’ Letter to Season Ticket Holders – In case you missed it, Tom Ricketts sent out a letter to season ticket holders which can be read in it’s entirety here. Some of the highlights:

“It is my strong belief that, in the end, it is organizations with strong farm systems that win championships and I am convinced that our organization is making progress.”

“we are committed to winning the right way—with our farm system”

“We need to stabilize our defense and cut down on errors. We need to improve our offense and become more efficient in both moving runners and hitting with players in scoring position.”

“What I can tell you is that our overall baseball budget (scouting, player development and payroll) will be about the same in 2011 as it was in 2010. Continued long term success will come through superior scouting and player development, and we are committed to improving that facet of the organization. As a result, this likely means a shift of some of our resources from the major league payroll toward scouting and player development.

“we will continue the policy of keeping many of our tickets in the sub $10 range–in fact, we will offer a substantial increase in sub-$10 tickets next year compared to 2010.”

Larry Rothschild may not return – Carrie Muskat mentioned this little nugget that I hadn’t heard anywhere else. Rothschild has until today to decide if he will exercise his option to return in 2011. I’d like to see him return, but I think amongst fans, I’m in the minority on that one.

Great Moments in Save History

As I was watching the Yankees game with my friend Shaun, he asked me about what it takes to qualify for a save. I went though the qualifications and when I mentioned the fact that you could get a save even if your team had a 50 run lead provided that he pitches at least three innings to close out the game. That prompted me to look up some of the longer saves in ML history and I was amazed at three in particular. Take a look at three guys who got 8 inning saves:

Player Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO
Dick Hall 1961-06-18 BAL CLE W 8-5 8.0 2 0 0 0 6
Guy Morton 1920-09-01 CLE WSH W 9-5 8.0 5 2 1 3 4
Jim Shaw 1920-05-18 WSH SLB W 17-8 8.0 16 5 5 0 2
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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail