Monday, March 28, 2005

Two Goodbyes

Eric Munson, whom the Twins picked up from free agency in the offseason as a potential left-handed bench player and even a possible competitor for the starting third base spot, was released by the Twins on Sunday. Munson has had a dismal spring, hitting .184 with a .237 slugging percentage. The team hoped that Munson could turn around his hitting and provide some power off the bench, but he just hasn't been able to put things together. As a result, it appears that the switch-hitting Terry Tiffee will make the team as a backup third-baseman. Tiffee has had a nice spring, and played well in a short stint in the Majors last season, so it should be interesting to see how he does.

On a sadder note, Twins PA announcer Bob Casey passed away Sunday at the age of 79. Going to games at the Metrodome will never be the same. Despite the fact that he frequently mis-pronounced players' names (which I always got a kick out of), I think it's safe to say that every Twins fan had a special place in their heart for Bob and that he will be dearly missed. Never hearing his signature "Nooooo smoking in the Metrodome" again is a very sad thought, and I'm sure everyone else out there had some great memories of him as well. All of our best wishes to the Casey family, and thank you Bob for so many years of loyal service to this ballclub. Hopefully soon we will get a stadium so you can watch the team play from up there in heaven.