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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Aldrich’s baseball wish list: Twins make deep run

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One of the biggest Minnesota Twins fans in the country lives in Lawrence.

He’s 6-foot-11, 245-pound Kansas University junior basketball center Cole Aldrich, who watched with great interest as his hometown team defeated Detroit, 6-5, in a tense 12-inning, one-game playoff for the American League Central Division title on Tuesday at the Metrodome.

“I was sitting in the living room with Tyrel, and Tyrel was just sitting over there like, ‘Come on.’ I was like, ‘No, this is a great game. You’ve got to get into it. C’mon, Tyrel, you’ve at least got to root for the Twins a little bit,’’’ Bloomington, Minn., native Aldrich exclaimed of his Jayhawker Towers roommate and KU teammate, Tyrel Reed.

“It was so fun, knowing that we played in the Metrodome (for) the last year and growing up in Minnesota all my life. Just to see them play so well — a good, scrappy team that doesn’t quite have the payroll that other teams do, but still has that consistent winning basis,” Aldrich added of the small-market Twins.

Some observers have called Tuesday’s game one of the best of the season.

“Oh, it was,” Aldrich said. “I’m glad we were on top, too, because now I can watch a little more Twins baseball.”

So can his roomie.

“I hope so,” Aldrich said, asked if he’s turned native Kansan Reed to the Twins’ side. “If not, that’s all right.”

Of course, things haven’t gone so well since the victory over the Tigers. The Twins trail the New York Yankees, 2-0, heading into Game Three on Sunday in Minneapolis.

The Twins will play in a new outdoor stadium next year, not the Metrodome, where Aldrich had one of the best games in KU hoops history.

He erupted for 20 rebounds, 13 points and 10 blocks in the Jayhawks’ 60-43 second-round NCAA Tournament victory over Dayton last March 23. It marked the first official triple-double in school history.

Let bygones be bygones

KU’s football and basketball players, who were involved in a feud a couple weeks ago, continue their efforts to improve relations between the squads.

Players from both teams dined together Thursday night at Anderson Family Football Complex.

“The football staff invited us over. Our guys really enjoyed it based on what they told me,” said KU basketball coach Bill Self, who was out of town recruiting and unable to attend. “The timing probably was good to do something like that, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary,” Self added, noting that several of the basketball players have good friends on the football team.

Julian v. Mario next week

Tickets are available for an NBA exhibition between Julian Wright’s New Orleans Hornets and Mario Chalmers’ Miami Heat, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. Former KU forward Wright has averaged 7.5 points and 5.0 rebounds while starting the first two exhibition games. Former KU guard Chalmers has averaged 3.0 points and 1.5 assists while starting two practice games for the Heat. Chalmers started his rookie year in the NBA. Wright, who was used sparingly his first two seasons, enters this season as a projected starter. Tickets can be bought online at ticketmaster.com.

Fieldhouse looking good

Allen Fieldhouse is on track to be ready for Friday’s Late Night in the Phog.

“After we finished Boot Camp (Thursday), I walked them through the fieldhouse,” Self said of the building, which boasts new concessions stands, wider concourses and improved locker rooms. “We move in permanently next week. They were flabbergasted of their new digs, so to speak.”

Comments

suttonku 10 years, 3 months ago

Lets get it this year boys! Good to see the two teams making efforts to accept one another.

KU1992 10 years, 3 months ago

Wow! that will be amazing if Julian is a starter for the hornets this year. He has hardly played the last two years. I hope it's true, I can't wait to cheer on one of my all-time favorite Jayhawks.

Ironic that a subheading is "let bygones be bygones" when the LJW keeps digging up facts about the two incidents. I am not saying that it is right, or wrong... Just a little funny.

VegasJhawk09 10 years, 3 months ago

I think Russell Robinson is playing with the Cavs this year too! That makes a total of 6 KU players in the NBA from the 08 National Champion team! Rock the chalk on!! Next year there will be more.

MemphisMachine 10 years, 3 months ago

I've too got money on the twins too Cole, too bad they're playn the yanks.

jaybate 10 years, 3 months ago

jaybate news service (jns):

Exclusive: Sources deep inside KUAD indicate a wild rumor that Lew Perkins, Mark Mangino and Bill Self are so guilt-stricken about the recent serial fighting between the teams, and about the Chancellor's failure to discipline them, that they have decided to publicly discipline themselves!

Perks, Mangy and the Selfster, as the triumvirate affectionately refer to themselves in private, plan to dawn sweats and tennies and have Weight Coach Andrea Hudy put them all through a fierce day of disciplinary conditioning starting at 5:30A.M. Monday morning.

Coach Hudy will reputedly be addressed only as Mistress Andrea during the session and will wear a skin-tight, black leotard with one shoulder strap, and one leg fully exposed. She reputedly will wear a pair of Nike Airs specially adapted with carbon fiber stilleto heels.

Perks, Mangy, and the Selfster will reportedly after intitial stretching exercises, peel down to skin tight swim team briefs for the remainder of the day.

The disciplinary session will begin in the weight room where Perks, Mangy and the Selfster will be chained to stairmasters and flogged by Mistress Andrea until they have climbed the equivalent of Mount Everest.

Next, Mistress Andrea will reportedly run the trio of naughty role models, suffering under the strain of having shouldered so much responsibility for the recent serial fighting, without any consequences being handed them by the Chancellor, down to Memorial Stadium, where Mistress Andrea will mount a coaching tower and supervise a morning of unrelenting grass drills. Anyone who does not last the whole drill will be taken to the goal post at the open end of the stadium, tied to it, and flogged with a cat-o-nine tails until the time for the drill has passed.

jaybate 10 years, 3 months ago

An utterly savage afternoon session will be continued at Allen Field House where man slaves Perks, Mangy, and the Selfster will be put through their paces by running the field house steps backwards, while carrying love dolls filled with sand, while shouting repeatedly, "Mistress Andrea, may we please you ever more!"

jns sources indicate that this brutal auto-discipline ritual will continue until midnight at a so far undisclosed location, after which time these increasingly legendary KU role models will have sufficiently been purged of their dark needs for punishment regarding the serial fighting that they have so honorably taken responsibility for.

jns efforts to reach the Chancellor found her unavailable comment. However, jns' usually unreliable sources report rumors that the Chancellor, too, may be buckling under the undisciplined burden of having shouldered some responsibility for the serial fighting, too. The same sources report rumors of the Chancellor being sited entering a North Lawrence establishment called Master Roland's Crimson and Blue Dungeon for Really Bad Girls.

Developing...

Note: Ahem, of course both parts of this post are entirely satirical fiction about public figures and are written for amusement of readers. They are also noteworthy for an absence of malice, both expressed and implied.

Rock chalk!

Tony Bandle 10 years, 3 months ago

dynomitehawk didn't win the Nobel!!???...crap, I can't believe it. Guess I better cancel the parade and the surprise party.

Not being political or anything but don't you have to actually do something to win the Nobel Peace Prize.....or is the state of the world so shabby that promising to do something is good enough!!!!!!

jaybate 10 years, 3 months ago

jaybate news service (jns):

Bulletin: The ghost of Alfred Nobel, enraged at this year's Nobel Peace Prize winners, set off a nitroglycerin and TNT charge made from one of his old recipes, and blew Nobel voters across half of Sweden. jns stringers in Sweden report that body parts have been cited landing all the way to the Arctic Circle.

The ghost of Alfred Nobel reportedly announced his own unanimous selection for this year's Peace Prize: dynomitehawk.

jaybate 10 years, 3 months ago

jaybate news service:

Professional Football:

Dateline: Dallas, TX

Jerry Jones announced yesterday that a fiscal crisis faces the new Cowboys Stadium and he has to rip out the football field to put in more seats to make ends meet. The team will play opposing teams on its practice field outside the stadium and video of the game will be shown to fans on the big new screen inside the new Dallas Cowboys stadium. Jones says he believes Dallas fans will be as accepting of this change, as they have of his having built them down into a second rate football team most of the past decade. Said Jones, "You can never underestimate the intelligence of Texans."

jaybate 10 years, 3 months ago

jaybate news service (jns):

Bulletin:

Dateline: Larrytown

Sources deeeeeeeep inside KUAD not wishing to be associated in any way with jns, indicate a rumor that a budget crisis at KU has jeopardized an addition of corporate luxury suites at Memorial Stadium.

Fake sources allege over half the corporations that promised to buy the corporate boxes at the start of the project, have either filed for bankruptcy, or their controlling owners are now residing in state, or federal penitentiaries.

KUAD is reputedly in crisis feasibility mode to try to manage the situation. Some of the scenarios currently under consideration, and associated downsides, follow:

Scenario 1: Go ahead with construction and pray more corporate sugar daddies can be found.

Downside: University counsel warns that prayer by university officials, or by agents of the university, could violate separation of church and state.

Scenario 2: Go ahead with construction and contract with an unnamed reality TV production company to do a show called "Survivors: Intersport Streetfighting."

Downside: Could lead to so much disciplining of players that neither Mangino, nor Self, will be able to field squads this season.

Scenario 3: Go ahead with construction and lease out all of the unsold corporate suites to Heidi Fleiss, of Pahrump, NV, who reputedly is looking to franchise "Heidi Fleiss's Stud Farm" nationally.

Downside: Could be some blow back with church organizations.

Scenario 4: Go ahead with construction and lease out all the unsold corporate suites to wealthy former KU grads that plan to start "The New Flamingo."

Downside: Could sharply reduce paid attendance in the stadium, as many students and alums will take in the dancers after tail-gating, instead of attending the football game.

Scenario 5: Go ahead with construction but build it out of paper machie.

Downside: Could result in an enormous loss of life when a strong wind blows and thousands of corporate big shots and their besotted clients come tumbling down on unsuspecting fans below.

Scenario 6: Go ahead with construction out of steel frame, but secretly hire building demolition experts to plant explosive charges through the structure, nano-thermite beads at 45 degree angles on the lowest I-beams, and then hire 13 Saudi Arabs with box cutters to highjack airliners and fly them into the tower at a game with minimal attendance expected.

Downside: Tower falling improbably into its foot print might lead to an inquiry and criminal charges, unless rogue elements within the Federal government can be convinced that such an attack would offer sufficient rationalization for invading Iran.

jns is watching this rumor closely.

Note: Any similarity between this post and reality is completely coincidental.

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