Monday, September 19, 2005

Kyle Lohse viciously smashed Ron Gardenhire's office door with a baseball bat. That's the good news. The bad news is that his assault with a deadly weapon happened three years to late. Lohse entered the 2002 playoffs with the 2nd most starts and 2nd most wins on the 2002 pitching staff so naturally Gardenhire sent him to the bullpen for the entire post-season. Lohse hasn't forgotten which arguably makes his recent attack premeditated. If a batter strikes out and walks into the clubhouse with his bat and bashes in a door you might be able to convince me that it was a spontaneous, heat of the moment, act. When Lohse - with a history of resenting Gardenhire - who doesn't even need a bat in an American League stadium - grabs a Louisville slugger after being removed from the game and walks directly to the manager's office and inflicts damage upon the door (why was the door closed anyway ? who's going to steal Gardenhire's bowling trophies?) its premeditated and thereby easier for a jury to convict him of a criminal offense because at the very least it was vandalism. Am I overreacting simply because Lohse got to live out my dream ? Probably, but the last time I checked the Twins don't own the Metrodome. The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission operates the Humpty Dump for the government which paid for the stadium with tax dollars taken from you and me. For those of you remaining out there who still believe that justice is blind that would mean Kyle Lohse is no less guilty of a criminal offense than I would be if I took a bat to Gardenhire's door (what a Twins fantasy camp that would be for me). Want to meet Harmon Killebrew ? No thanks, just show me to the manager's office. Of course, this aint fantasy island - I would be hauled to the Hennepin County jail while Lohse was given a start five days later even though Gardy cant wait to lobby for what he sees as a loose cannon to be unloaded. How fair is that ? A Twins fan has infinitely more reasons to harbor resentment and wish ill will upon the Metrodome than a Minnesota Twin. Players come and go and even when they are here they still get to play 81 games in places like Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, and Camden Yards. Twins fans are seemingly forever destined to a purgatory of spending our summer nights indoors at a venue better suited for tractor pulls, although many fans of tractor pulls tell me that they would prefer savoring that experience in an open field on a frigid night rather than get in their cars and drive to the thriving east end of downtown Minneapolis where they pay to sit inside a structure in which they are outnumbered 2 to 1 by the Metrodome's permanent inhabitants - Mississippi river rats.