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We’re Changing Our Address: HittingTheFoulPole.com

Fire Gardy, the blog, has had a good run these last two years. We started from nothing, and built a somewhat healthy readership — that’s you! — who come here numbering over 100 on any day we post a new article. Of course, that’s not a big following by the standards of many baseball writers, but for small-time bloggers like us it’s pretty heartwarming. We’ve been glad to be here, and we’ve been even more glad that you, our readers and commenters, were here too.

But the recent flap regarding the name, often brought up by the people I know in real life* and by the links from Posnanski and Neyer which set us up as some sort of ringleaders of a misguided Anti-Gardy League here in the wild ol’ internet, it has become clear that the title of the blog may be holding the site back even more than our lack of insights about baseball or ability to entertain readers with our prose.

* As opposed to the people I know from the internet, which is less like really knowing them.

So, we have decided to continue blogging in the same way — but with more pictures and rootin’ tootin’ — but under a different letterhead. The new site is up and running at HittingTheFoulPole.com. It has a more modern look to it, and that delightful photograph you’ll find in the header was taken by FunBobby. The improved appearance of the site will hopefully make up for the fact that we’re pulling up our tent stakes and fleeing our hometown in the middle of the night, like some sort of Carl-Pohlad-in-his-2002-dreams, and abandoning our small but loyal group of fans.

We’re not abandoning you. Our odd senses of humor and esoteric statistical witch-doctory and love of the game will still be coming to you every whenever-we-come-up-with-something, as long as you update your RSS reader to our new feed. In the interest of making a smooth transition, we’ve copied over all our posts and comments onto the new site; in the interest of history, I’m leaving all the old content up on this old Fire Gardy site (for as long as I feel like continuing to pay for the domain).

Hitting the Foul Pole.

Make it your new favorite Twins blog.

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Target Field Open House

So I somehow managed to finagle passes to the “Champions Club Open House” at Target Field tonight, which is pretty badass.  So I will be attending with my trusty iPhone camera taking pictures of all the cool things I see, and putting a post together later this weekend.  I’m not sure what parts of the stadium I will have access to, I’m assuming the clubhouse and field will be off limits, which is lame.  If anyone would like to see specific things/parts of the stadium, please let me know in the comments section sometime today. I will post some updates via twitter throughout the evening, but will most likely save all pictures for post tomorrow. 

Although, if there is free beer I rescind all promises because I may get drunk.

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Mauer Calls Me a Fool, Google Sucks, and other notes

I’m just going to pop down a few notes today, about the recent games and some administrative notes about the site.

  • Yesterday, right before the game started, I mentioned that Mauer has apparently been sick for a while, and it’s coincided with an extended stretch of power-free hitting. He must read The Blog, because he promptly hit a home run yesterday. I love it when Mauer makes me look like a fool for questioning him. Perhaps I will start a new Mauer-criticism policy.
  • I haven’t been able to watch either game, unfortunately. I listened on Gameday Audio on Friday, because a) MLB.tv blacks out games for local teams, and b) for some reason, I don’t have cable television in my cubicle. On Saturday, I was in the dentist getting stabbed in the face by a masked stranger. Let me just say this: if we hadn’t won both of those games, I’d be ready to kill right now.
  • Although I thought this was amusing. My dentist is in Wrigleyville, so on the way home my iPhone grabbed this photo:
  • wrigley_driveby
  • So that’s when I realized that they’d started the game. I thought it was in a rain delay. Note that it’s the seventh inning. Argh.
  • Also, a little note about the site. I recently attempted to improve the speed of the Twitter feed at the top of the page by hosting it at Google App Engine instead of on one of my own domains (each of which are just as slow as this one). Google advertises that their platform is fast, and scales really high, and blah blah blah. Sounded like a good idea. Well, it seemed okay at first, though there were more failures than I would have liked. But then this afternoon it just completely shit the bed. My app on App Engine became completely unresponsive, and Google has thus far been completely unhelpful. So I say “Fuck this” and I’m through with trying to put the Twitter feed thing on App Engine. It has been pulled from the site for now. If there is popular demand, I may bring it back.
I’m glad we won the series, and hopefully we can complete the sweep tomorrow. And hopefully an asteroid doesn’t strike the earth or something … that’s about the only thing that could possibly keep me from watching the game.

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