Anyway, I would like to ask that you all still keep Tiffany's mom in your prayers and also, today is her birthday! Tiffany isn't on CaringBridge anymore but she does have a blog that she writes on it is http://smokinhotcancer.com. I talked to her last night and she is planning on getting a CaringBridge site set up for her mom so she can keep people updated. I am suppose to meet up with Tiff at some point this weekend to get some silent auction stuff and I am sure we will talk about some of this stuff as well.
Yesterday we watched the Twins, Liriano looked ok, just had the bad inning. I just can't wait until we get our full lineup back. Although Tolbert and Punto have really stepped up lately, it will be nice to get back to the starting 9 the way it should be. I really don't know what they should do about Harris, now it is all mental. However, I don't think him having a good game will get him out of this slump, I think he needs some time where he is getting at-bats everyday and building his confidence up. On the other side of things, I have been VERY impressed with Delmon Young this year. If he can keep this going this year and for years to come, I can say the Twins will be a great shape. He was always talked about as a guy with a lot of potential but never lived up to the hype. This summer it looks like he dedicated himself to being more patient and getting in better shape. I am still very confident that they will win the division, but I tell ya, they just can't shake those dang Tigers.
I am sure that if you read the guestbook you saw that Patrick Klinger from the Twins wrote in there. Rachel had talked to him as she had gotten in touch with him through her aunt. Due to how I was feeling after the whole issue with my liver, Rachel and a lot of people thought I should skip the Autograph Party and they had hoped that Patrick would be able to "hook me up" with some Twins stuff. The whole point of my trip to the Autograph Party was to get some stuff signed for the fundraiser. Well, as I talked to Rachel and I think she saw how much it would mean to me go, she finally said I could go. As my grandpa would say right now, "Who wears the pants in your family?" Well, she is not only my wonderful wife, but she also looks out for what is best for me. Anyway, we went and I got all the autographs I needed and as we are walking out of the stadium we hear, "joe?" It was Patrick. Keep in mind ew had never met him before, so I am guessing he recognized me from pictures, probably from this site. He stopped to talk for a couple minutes and it was great to meet him! Very good guy!! Well, I am not sure if it was the next game or a couple games later, he was in the booth with Dick and Bert talking about the wall that you can put your name on. I thought this was pretty cool as we had just met him. I also got an email after he wrote on my site from my friend Missy (Klinger) Loken that Patrick is her cousin (I think I have that right). It is a small world.
Did everyone hear Bert give me a shout out during Friday's game? We have come a long way this past year. Last year we were at the game as a group all wearing our Team Vogel shirts and as the camera zoomed in, Dick says, "Team Vogel? Whatever that is." Then Spring Training comes around and Dick takes us to the dugout and introduces us to Mauer, Morneau and Kubel. My friend Rachel got us in touch with Dave St. Peter who gave Rachel and I tickets for a game earlier this year. Then we meet Patrick and then Bert give me a shout out. They must know who their number one fan is!!
This is sure a long one huh? Yesterday I was in a hurry because I was falling asleep while I was writing due to my meds. The fundraiser is really coming together and basically all I have to do is finish collecting some of the silent auction items and contact my bakers. Bakers, look forward to getting an email this weekend! Shirt orders continue to pour in, looks like people really like the print on them! They are still $10.00 and if you want to order one/some email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Like I said, they are selling out quick and we are not putting in another order for the fundraiser shirts. You can also still get them through registering for the race. I would say registering in the next couple days will guarantee you a shirt, but I would say by middle of next week, the shirts will be gone. Other then that, kickball teams I will be sending out your brackets and the rules sometime today or tomorrow. You can still get your pulled pork dinner tickets at Midtown Foods, HyVee and 5th Street Liquor as well as ordering them off the Team Vogel website or you can just email me at email@example.com to order them. We were at Brian's house last night and WOW, there are SO many nice items for the silent auction. You will be very impressed and be able to get a lot of cool things while helping others at the same time!! Well, i have to go to meet with Bea to get race registrations printed so they can enter them into the program. The more we get in their system in this next week, the less stress for them on the day of the fundraiser. Well, I am off, have a great weekend. Go Twins!!