Saturday, March 8, 2008

Spring Training Update

As some of you may know, my cousin Mike got traded to the Twins this past year. He seems to be doing well. Here is a bit of a humorous update on him. You can read the whole article here if you would like.

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins were taking part in their daily Good Morning America drill one morning last week when third baseman Mike Lamb charged forward to field a ground ball on the grass -- and slipped.

It was a moment that produced its share of chuckles from all the other infielders. But there was one person who seemed to take a little more enjoyment from the moment than the others, shortstop Adam Everett.

"I was like, 'Man, glad that was him and not me,'" Everett said with a laugh. "It's like having him here takes the pressure off me in more ways than just one."

If there was anyone who could get away with the extra chuckles, it's Everett. The two newcomers, who are set to make up the left side of the Twins' infield this season, may be unfamiliar to those in the organization, but they are quite well acquainted with one another.

Before they both signed with Minnesota this offseason, Lamb and Everett spent the past four years together as members of the Astros organization. And over that time, they developed a relationship that extends beyond being long-time teammates.

They're sort of like ... well, banter buddies.

Everett was the first to join the club, inking a one-year, $2.8 million deal with the Twins on Dec. 13, the day after the Astros had non-tendered him.

Now, Lamb will finally get the opportunity to take over an everyday role at third after signing a two-year, $6.6 million deal with the Twins that includes an option for a third year. And he's eager to show people that he can handle the job.

For a team like the Twins, who have a history of homegrown talent and players with a similar type of chemistry, the duo of Lamb and Everett seems quite fitting. Their style of banter seems to fit into a clubhouse full of guys who enjoy giving each other a little razzing.

And while they are now in a new place, Lamb and Everett don't appear like they will be letting up on each other anytime soon either.

Rather, it might just get worse.

"It's going to be easier to rag him now," Lamb said. "Before, I was on the bench trying to yell at him. Now I'm standing right next to him."