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Joe Mauer is in right field because Luke Hughes went to the wrong gate

Aug 18, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

Drew Butera, Delmon Young, Danny Valencia, Jason Kubel AP

Had things worked out as planned, the Twins would have had Luke Hughes at second base, Trevor Plouffe in right field and Joe Mauer behind the plate tonight against the Yankees.  That Mauer is instead in right field is because Luke Hughes showed up at the wrong airport gate after getting news of his promotion.

Which, frankly, is a little amazing.  Hughes knew last night that he was joining the Twins today, which probably meant that he was flying out of Lehigh Valley International Airport, since Lehigh Valley is where the Rochester Red Wings played Wednesday.  And while I’ve never had the pleasure, I can’t imagine navigating Lehigh Valley International Airport, with its 15 gates between two buildings, could get all that confusing.

So, the Twins are probably none too happy with Hughes at the moment.  And now we’ll get to see if Mauer handles his exposure to unfamiliar territory any better than Hughes did.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 18, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    I’ve flown out of there. You have to be a real dumbass to go to the wrong gate at that place.

  2. scareduck - Aug 18, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Bad enough that he screwed up.

    In this era of airport proctological exams just to get on an airplane, how in the holy hell did the airline people screw up sufficiently to allow him to get in the wrong gate?

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 18, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    So, Gardenhire thinks it is worth risking his best player’s fragile knees to keep Drew Butera’s bat in the lineup? Send out the backup infielder, Butera, or hell, let Capps play RF if it is really an emergency, but why risk throwing Mauer out there?

    At least with a lefty on the mound all of the Yankee’s switch hitters and platoon players will be hitting from the right side and pulling the balls in left. Unless they take the same approach any good softball player takes when he knows where the green outfielder is playing.

    • ThatGuy - Aug 19, 2011 at 9:16 AM

      Seeing as how their is a real possibility of Mauer moving to right field in the near future, i dont think it’s that big of a deal. He seemed to handle it well last night.

  4. skipperxc - Aug 18, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Rochester Twins Red Wings <– FTFY

    • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 18, 2011 at 7:06 PM

      Ugh. Can’t believe I flubbed that one.

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 18, 2011 at 7:11 PM

        See? Matthew’s just like us—only with an edit button.

      • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 18, 2011 at 7:18 PM

        Must resist temptation to change to “only better looking.”

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 18, 2011 at 7:24 PM


        (And, no…I’m not laughing at that comment totally flying in the face of reality…nope…not at all… :P)

  5. sknut - Aug 18, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    So if Hughes doesn’t get there during the game what happens if someone gets hurt during the game? Cuddy can’t play, Kubel is out of town and Tolbert can’t swing the bat. Would Slowey have to play? The way the season is going, it will happen that way.

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