August 25, 2004

Viva Santana

The Minnesota Twins are on a roll, winners of four straight (until losing tonight) who now hold an eight-game lead in the AL Central over the second place Cleveland “Baseball Team” Indians. The biggest reason why is starter Johan Santana, who has been baseball’s best pitcher since the All-Star break, going 7-0 with an ERA under 2, while giving up only 31 hits.

And in case you were wondering, it remains a mystery how a Venezuelan like Santana ended up with the uber-Scandinavian first name “Johan,” though the name is certainly apropos for Minnesota. I for one would love to see Johan, after retiring, return to his home country and wrest the presidency away from Hugo Chavez.

But on second thought, maybe Andres Galarraga should do it instead- he’s much closer to retirement, and I’m not quite sure Venezuela can wait that long.

UPDATE: Apparently Santana's under some pressure to run for office closer to home.

Posted by Stephen Silver at August 25, 2004 02:10 AM
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