I am nothing if not a woman of my word. In the seventh inning of Tuesday's game, right after both Mauer and Morneau reached, Jason Kubel stepped into the box. I looked up from my laptop, looked at Kubel's face on TV, and literally said out loud, "Jason, I'll buy you a bag of Gummi Bears if you hit a homerun." And he did. And it was sweet.
This is significant due to a series of events. First, this article mentioned how Gummi Bears fueled Kubel to hit two three-run homeruns in one game last week. Then, earlier this evening, I saw a piece on SportsCenter about how the Lakers' Lamar Odom loves loves loves candy and sweets, which reminded me of the above article, so I told j-bro about it. Then, right before I looked up and spoke only to the TV, I was playing a game on Pogo called Sweet Tooth, which features Gummi Bears as game pieces. I don't play it very often because I used to play it a lot and kind of got sick of it, but tonight I thought "what the heck?"
So the article, the Odom piece, the game, and Jason Kubel all came together to create one perfect, sweet, delicious moment. We need all of those we can get while on the road. Thank you.
[EDIT:] Yeah, clearly I wrote the above post before the ninth inning clown show. If I had waited until after the game, my enthusiasm would've been a little tempered.
But I did some asking to find out what happened to our relievers. Rumor has it that former-Twin Craig Breslow brought over some wasabi peas and told the guys they were just like the sugar-coated peanuts you get at Chinese buffets. Obviously the boys dug right in (who wouldn't). And since they were expecting sweet instead of heat, they tossed them into their mouths by large handfuls. Once the spice kicked in,they were quite uncomfortable, but they were too embarrassed and too macho to admit it, so they just kept eating. Then Crain and then Mijares were called in to pitch, but the hot snack made their eyes water so badly they couldn't see Joey's mitt. Fortunately for the Twins, Joe Nathan didn't eat any because he had just put a new piece of gum in his mouth and he didn't feel like taking it out.