Archive - Nov 2006

November 21st

MVP, cont.

In my estimation, Justin Morneau is the third most valuable member of the Twins, even though today he was named the MVP of the entire American League. Santana and Mauer played a bigger role in the Twins success this season, although you can't discount what Morneau did. There really is no reason to turn things into a competition; the players complement each other, and we're going to enjoy these guys for at least several years.

Getting your money's worth

For the record, Justin Morneau, the Most Valuable Player in the American League made $380,000 last season. The MVP of the National League, Ryan Howard of the Phillies, earned $355,000. The minimum salary is $327,000. Alex Rodriguez made about $22 million last year, and Roger Clemens $17 million.

I would say the Twins got their money's worth.

MVP Morneau

Twins fans knew that Joe Mauer won the batting title the last day of the season. They expected Johan Santana to win his second Cy Young award. But I don't think very many people seriously expected Justin Morneau to win the Most Valuable Player award.

The Twins have some authentic stars on their team. Mauer, Morneau, Santana and Joe Nathan are about as good as you can get. If the young starting pitchers come along, things are going to be fun.

Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

I have spent the past few evenings reading The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by famed World War II correspondent William Shirer.

The book, with a big swastika on its formidable spine, has been glaring at me from the shelf for several years. I have hesitated to read it because I get very involved with such tales and spend weeks on end meditating upon them. One hates to spend much time thinking about the grim tale of Nazi Germany.

November 19th

Old House, Old Church



I don't know whose house this was, or is. Below, Faaberg Church looks stately across a field of CRP.

Sunday photo safari



I don't think I have ever seen Flame Willow looking so good. The orange trees above, in case you haven't seen previous pictures on this website of this same row of trees, are Flame Willow along the driveway of nursery employee Sharon Fealy. Grandpa selected the tree for its perfect round growth and outstanding winter color. Both are on display here.


November 18th

Another rodent



The muskrats have been sitting on the ice for the past two weeks, taking frequent dips to find more food, then coming up to nibble it down.



One doesn't expect such elegance from the common cattail.


Perfect November Day

I have been bemoaning the gray, dismal weather. There really hasn't been much to photograph for a couple of weeks--until today.



As the sun set, the colors of November really came to life.



The cattail reeds caught the sunshine and contrast well with the pewter color of the ice.



The leaves and grass are still visible beneath the ice.

Swamp Drama

I have been outside most of the day today, probably the most beautiful November day one could ever imagine. It is perfectly still. I can hear the trains 10 miles away. And the birds.

While walking around the swamp, I saw a weasel playing in the reeds. I ran and got my camera.



I was happy to get this posed shot. Weasels don't sit still for long, and this one was jumping back and forth.


November 17th

Santana wins Cy Young

He deserved it. I still don't think he was as good this year as he was two years ago. He was only comfortable in about half his games. Some of the others featured more walks than usual and a high pitch count.

Santana's just going to get better. I am already looking forward to watching him pitch next season.