Hustle down the line, Star-Tribune:
My hatred of Gardy just decreased by roughly 25%. I always thought Gardy either approved of Punto's head first slides, or at least tolerated them because the slides showed hustle or heart or whatever. BUT GARDY DON'T PLAY THAT SHIT, HOMES.
The Twins announced Friday that they have declined the infielder's $5 million option for 2011, instead paying him a $500,000 buyout. It could be the end of Punto's seven-year career with the Twins, during which he batted .248 with 12 homers and 194 RBI and drove manager Ron Gardenhire nuts by frequently diving into first base -- but also frequently dazzled with his glove wherever he played.
In other news:
The Timberwolves are 1-1. I was working Wednesday and didn't get to see the home opener, but I watched some of the game last night. They're pretty fun to watch and shouldn't be quite as embarrassing this year.
Milwaukee's not a bad team, and the Wolves controlled most of the game last night. I'm cautiously optimistic about them winning 25-30 games this year. IMPROVEMENT.
Michael Beasley looks pretty good. Being the #1 scoring option should really allow Beasley to turn into that go-to guy he was projected to be out of college. Luke Ridnour's doing a nice job running the point, and the Ridnour-Flynn tandem at PG should be much better than what the Wolves have had the past few years. Darko...well, he's improved drastically on the defensive end, but dear God is he awful offensively.
I hate agreeing with Bill Simmons on anything, but I do have to agree with him that it's idiotic what Kurt Rambis is doing with Kevin Love. Love is the best player on the team and he's only playing 25 minutes per game so that Anthony fucking Tolliver can get minutes. Tolliver seems like a smart, nice young man, but Jesus, he's nowhere near the player that Love is.
Wesley Johnson looks verrrrrrrrryyyy good coming off the bench for Wayne Ellington. Hopefully Johnson eventually can grab the starting job and continue that production in a starting role.
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Brett Favre's ankle blah blah blah I don't care. Turn the team over to T-Jax already.