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I promise to blog from the Yard during the entire Twins series. I spent this afternoon co-hosting MASN Playmakers with Steve Stofberg and Amber Theoharis. The show runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. while Anita Marks broadcasts her ESPN Radio 1300 program from Michael's in Columbia.

I'm not one for hyperbole, but Kris Benson is the greatest 11-11 pitcher in baseball history.

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Isn't it fun when your favorite team assumes the role of spoilers?

Maybe next year, it can assume the role of playoff participant. Just for grins.

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Getting back to today's MASN show, Mike Gibbons, executive director of the Babe Ruth Museum, brought the 1966 World Series trophy into the studio. He also promoted the Oct. 19 reunion of the '66 team at the Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State.

Hey, somebody has to celebrate the franchise's first championship.

Gibbons started to list the players expected to attend: Brooks Robinson, Jim Palmer, Boog Powell, etc. I asked if Luis Aparicio was going to walk out in protest at 5:08 p.m.

Come on, that's sort of funny.

That seems like a good segue to today's fan protest at Camden Yards, organized by WNST's Nestor Aparicio. Reporters in the press box agreed that approximately 1,000 people took part (Nestor says the count was closer to 3,000), and were most noticeable when they paraded through the lower section.

Maybe that doesn't sound like a lot, since recent projections had between 5,000 and 10,000 fans expected to gather, but try rounding up 1,000 people for anything.

I can't get my daughter and one friend out the door in timely fashion.

Whatever the total, the protest received lots of national and local attention. We'll see if there's an impact beyond today.

Finally, it appears that the ol' Cavalier is going to be pronounced dead. I just need to find a sheet big enough to pull over its windshield.

My car came to an unwanted stop in the right-hand lane on Rt. 140 as I attempted to drive home after the MASN show. The headlights and dashboard lights went out first, but I kept going as far as I could.

I had it towed to the dealership in Eldersburg, dropped off the key and walked the mile or so home along Liberty Road. It was dark and cars were racing past me as I trudged through tall grass. No sidewalks.

At least I was wearing a black shirt, rendering me completely hidden and increasing the danger factor.

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Anyone want a Cavalier with 127,000 miles on it that doesn't run?

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