I last posted on the 8th, right before our triumphant day at INVESCO Field at Mile High. I was fairly upset with the way that our running game played, but a win over CU is always nice. Since then, however, there have been a plethora of monumental things that have happened in my life.
First, and most importantly, Sarah's grandfather died in the early morning hours of September 11th. He was an incredible man who had fought, scraped, and struggled with lung cancer for 2 years. Let me put that into perspective. The average life span of a human who is diagnosed with lung cancer is 6 months. He lasted 4 times longer than that. Needless to say, the disease finally defeated him and he died in his house at about 1:30 on Monday morning. This morning was the same morning that Sarah was scheduled to sit for her national boards. Excellent timing all around. Well, her grandmother had made me promise that I would make Sarah go to her test. She did go, even though she was very upset. Sarah and I spent the rest of the week with her family. It was tough, tough week. The visitation was tough, the funeral was tougher, and watching Sarah's grandma go through all this was the toughest of all. But she, like her husband, is a fighter, so she will make it through.
Back to Sarah and her boards. It usually takes 1-2 weeks for boards results to come back. After a week, Sarah started getting antsy. This past week, she got the results back and she had passed!! I wasn't too worried about it, she is a smart girl who had studied her butt off for that test. But she wasn't in the best state of mind when she took it, so she wasn't sure how she did. But she passed and is now a certified physician's assistant. Now, it's time to find a job!! She currently has four offers from doctors in Phoenix. None in Denver. However, she has had a few interviews, so hopefully something pops up. Not that I would be against moving to Phoenix. It would be a good time and a new experience. But Sarah and I would both prefer to live in Colorado. Plus it is so damn hot there all the time!!
Timmy - it has been a while, so I thought I would give you a belated baseball update. Twins rule. Rockies drool.
The Twins are just two victories away from securing a postseason berth. They are also only 1.5 games behind the Tigers. Not bad considering they were 12.5 games back at one point in the season. With only 7 games left in the season (6 for the Tigers), the Twins need some help from the Blue Jays and the Royals. Then it is postseason time!!
On an individual basis, Joe Mauer has continued to rake. He still leads the majors in BA as he attempts to become first ever catcher to win the AL batting title. Justin Morneau has also been on a tear and has solidified himself as a top 3 MVP candidate. Meanwhile, Torii Hunter has been turning on the jets as of late, leading the Twins for that postseason spot.
As for the hapless Rox, they have fallen faster than my jaw when I found out Dunham was engaged. They are currently out of every race. It is impossible for them to make any sort of playoffs. None. They are 1/2 of a game ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks, so we are not cellar dwellers yet!! And they won their last three against the Braves. On the plus side, Matt Holliday and Garrett Atkins are for real. Those two can really mash the ball. Hopefully, the Rox don't pull their normal tricks and let them go for nothing!!
Matt Holliday - .332 average, 107 RBIs, 32 HR, .391 OBP
Garrett Atkins - .321 average, 114 RBIs, 27 HR, .398 OBP
Tell me those numbers aren't sick!! If only Helton could regain his form from a few years ago, it would be the most deadly 3-4-5 in baseball.
That's enough for now. I'll update everyone on my "business" trip to the Grand Canyon next time around!! Hope everyone is doing well.