The annual Twins media luncheon at Target Field on the first day of TwinsFest always features a State of the Franchise address from club president Dave St. Peter. Standard topics include season ticket renewals, overall attendance goals and anticipated TwinsFest attendance. St. Peter offers dry numbers, and it’s up to the listener to put them into context. St. Peter’s talk last Friday — while media types enjoyed meat loaf, chicken pot pie and other hearty fare — was striking compared to past years. Season ticket renewals were running between 80 and 90 percent, which sounds peachy unless you know that spread is among the lowest since Target Field opened in 2010. The expected season ticket base of 12,000 is back to where it was in 2017, down about 1,000 from last year and far below the club-record 25,000 in 2011. Most alarmingly, St. Peter anticipated only 10,000 attending the three-day TwinsFest, an event that usually draws between 13,000 and 15,000. Turns … [Read more...] about Have Twins fans, the most patient in baseball, finally run out of patience?
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FOXBOROUGH — Less than 24 hours after the Patriots had clinched their third straight Super Bowl berth, offensive tackle Marcus Cannon said he already had moved on from the highs of the thrilling overtime win in the AFC Championship Sunday. “I’m done with that,’’ Cannon told reporters at Gillette Stadium Monday afternoon. “AFC Championship’s cool, but there are other cool things out there.’’ Cannon and the Patriots wasted no time following their 37-31 victory at Arrowhead Stadium, returning to Foxborough for meetings Monday. With two weeks until Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Cannon said there’s plenty of time to prepare for the Los Angeles Rams. The offensive line didn’t watch any film Monday, but Cannon expects to dive into the tape soon. A trio of formidable linemen — “They’re the best defense right now,’’ Cannon said. If Sunday’s game was any indication, however, the Patriots’ … [Read more...] about Patriots notebook: Offensive line made some noise of its own
Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg Published 9:45 am PST, Thursday, December 6, 2018 As important as it is, the great nuclear power quarrel over the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty of 1987 is about more than any particular agreement. The dispute raises the question of whether treaties remain relevant when some leaders are unwilling to be held to any obligations and others are too weak to challenge them. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanded that Russia comply with the INF treaty within two months or face a U.S. withdrawal from the treaty. Specifically, the U.S. and its North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies want Russia to scrap a missile known as the SSC-8 or 9M729, which, they claim, has a longer range than is allowed under the treaty. Russia says the missile has a shorter range and complies with the agreement. In addition, Moscow accused the U.S. of violating the treaty. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Aegis Ashore weapons systems, … [Read more...] about The INF is just another unenforceable treaty
Read more transcripts from Face the Nation here. MARGARET BRENNAN: It's Sunday, November 18th. I am Margaret Brennan and this is FACE THE NATION. President Trump pays a visit to the sights of California's deadliest and most destructive fires in history. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: To see what's happened here, nobody would have ever thought this could have happened. MARGARET BRENNAN: We'll get an update from California Governor Jerry Brown, who was at the President's side during Saturday's visit. MAN: Does seeing this devastation, though, change your opinion at all on climate change, Mister President? PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: No, no. I have a strong opinion. I want great climate. We're going to have that, and we're going to have forests that are very safe. MARGARET BRENNAN: Then the President disputes reports that the CIA concluded Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi. PRESIDENT DONALD … [Read more...] about Full transcript: “Face the Nation” on November 18, 2018
Four hours before tipoff of the NBA’s season-opening game Tuesday night, Celtics assistant coach Jay Larranaga sat in his usual post at TD Garden. Stationed about 10 rows up in Section 107, Larranaga was the lone body in a sea of green and white T-shirts laying atop seats that soon would be filled with fans eager to watch the Celtics take on the Philadelphia 76ers. “I think everybody’s excited when the season starts,’’ Larranaga said. “We’ve put a lot of work into it, preparation all summer, anticipating the start of the new year . . . I think we all felt we would’ve liked to have kept playing at the end of last year, so we have a real hunger to continue to improve and to compete.’’ For the Celtics, Tuesday’s game served as the first of 82 for the loaded squad, which — after losing Game 7 of last season’s Eastern Conference finals to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers — is primed to make … [Read more...] about Danny Ainge had some extra pre-season butterflies this year — but for good reason