Some fans are mad that the Twins aren’t all standing on the baseline for the National Anthem every game



From the “Oh my GOD, do you not have more important things to get pissed about” files:

Some Twins players are noticeably absent for the National Anthem. A fan took a picture on Saturday at Target Field and counted just seven players in the line. That’s out of a 25-player roster.

Three games over 500 for the first time in five years — those are numbers any true Twins fan can appreciate.

Still, Kip Carver is questioning his loyalty after what he captured during Saturday’s National Anthem.

“That’s just unacceptable,” Carver said.

“I see seven Twins standing in front of the dugout, and I look toward the White Sox dugout. I’m not sure how many but an entire line of folks,” Carver said as he pointed to the picture he took.

This is not some big outcry, of course. It’s this crank and, according to the article, a few dozen others complaining.

But it’d be dumb even if it was a wave of outrage. Baseball players play, like, 30 spring training games and are on hand for 162 regular season games a year. That’s 190+ National Anthems and I’m guessing a good 75-100 “God Bless Americas.” Plus dozens, scores if not a hundred tributes to the troops and veterans and the like.

I’m all for patriotism, but maybe, I dunno, 140 or 150 conspicuous displays of it a year are good enough? If you had to stand and listen to the National Anthem before you started work every day I’m guessing you’d start to consider it a bit rote yourself.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”