Daily Minyan – May 15, 2009

Last night, my son Jordan presented his award winning essay on, “What Can I Do to Make a Difference in My Community” at his school’s enrichment fair.  Many of you also know him as Orangebird!! 

Jordan was chosen as the 6th grade winner of Giant Food’s 3rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr./Black History Month Essay Contest. Giant is a supermarket chain in this area and is well respected for its programs.

This contest was open to legal U.S. private and public school students in grades 6-8 who currently reside in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, or Delaware. Thus, Jordan’s essay was chosen as the best of not just those submitted from Maryland, but those submitted from three states and Washington, DC!!!

The video of him reading his essay is shown below:




By the way, the $500 check finally arrived today from Giant Food, who sponsored the contest along with the NAACP!!


Now, let’s see if anybody did anything to qvell about.  I think we might something we’ve never seen before – just a hunch.


Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in yesterday’s Dodgers’ extra inning victory over the Phillies.


Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 0-for-4, with a strikeout in the Brewers victory over the Marlins.  This lowered his average to .322.


Craig Breslow, P – Minnesota Twins

Big news for Craig!!!  In his 90th appearance in a Major League game, he finally earned his first career victory by pitching 1 and 2/3 scoreless innings in the Twins victory over the Tigers!!!!  MAZEL TOV!!!


Mazel Tov


Craig entered in the seventh inning with the Twins trailing 5-0 and Detroit’s Justin Verlander throwing a great game. But Verlander was lifted after 122 pitches. And the Twins staged a remarkable rally, scoring six runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat the Tigers 6-5.

Until yesterday, Craig’s career record stood at 0-5, with 1 save, 1 blown save and 11 holds 

Craig started his career in 2005 with the Padres and pitched for the Red Sox and Indians, before being claimed off of waivers by the Twins in May 2008. 

Here are some quotes courtesy of the Pioneer Press:

“I knew I never got a win before,” a happy Breslow said. “But I didn’t think about it when I went in today. I didn’t think, ‘Here’s a great opportunity to get my first win.’ ”

 “I’m sure there are people, family and friends, who are excited,” Breslow said. “I’ll be talking to my parents.”

“Breslow came in and did a really good job,” Gardenhire said. “We needed some outs today. He got some big outs.”

Additionally, here are some other very interesting facts about Craig:

Breslow was given the nickname “smartest man in baseball” by Minneapolis Star Tribune Twins beat writer La Velle E. Neal.  Mr. Neal had good reason for this nickname since he earned a B.A. in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale (where he was captain of the baseball team) in 2002. 


Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott had a day of rest. 


John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John didn’t pitch in the Pirates loss to the Cardinals.  


Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe pinch hit for SS Jason Bartlett in the 6th inning and went 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored play in yesterday’s Rays loss to the Indians. 


Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 0-for-4 in yesterday’s Rangers victory over the Mariners, which lowered his average to .310.                        


Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason recovered from his poor outing on Wednesday.  Let’s hope that we looked at videos of past victories to see how to pitch effectively. 


Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott didn’t pitch because the D-backs had the day off.


Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

Youk was placed on the 15-day disabled list–retroactive to May 5–because of a strained oblique on his left side.


Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Craig Breslow

Minnesota Twins' Craig Breslow throws against the Seattle Mariners during the seventh inning in an MLB baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008, in Minneapolis. Breslow pitched two and a third scoreless innings as Minnesota beat Seattle 7-6.





  1. rrrt

    Catching up on weekend blogs (finally!). Congrats again to Jordan on his essay! I’m sure you are very proud!
    (okay, what’s “qvelling”? based on its usage I’m going to guess something along the lines of bragging, but in a good way)
    Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

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