What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
For those of you unfortunate enough not to be Minnesota Twins fans, you may not know that the “Soul Patrol” was the moniker giver to the fans of Twins’ left fielder Jacque Jones in the early part of the previous decade. Jones was a key cog in the machine that brought a baseball resurgence to the Twins in 2001 after nearly a decade of the hardball equivalent of sucking swamp water. I was a “Soul Patrol” member; my 2001 Jacque Jones jersey still has a place of honor in my closet.
I now no longer live in Minnesota; in fact, my current domicile falls in the home market of the rival Chicago White Sox. So, while I am watching the Chicago feed of Friday’s White Sux-Twins tilt, “Hawk” and Steve Stone trot out the night’s trivia question: Who holds the Twins’ record for lead-off home runs?
I am not sure if there is a true “Soul Patrol” member who doesn’t know the answer to that; I am sure I am one who does. Jones swacked 20 lead-off dingers in a Twins uniform; and I was under the teflon roof of the Metrodome for two of them.
But that isn’t the important part. The tidbit of note in all of this: Jacque Jones is currently on the roster of the Twins’ triple-A club, the Rochester (N.Y) Red Wings. Rumors are circulating that if the concussion situation with uber-stud Justin Morneau goes beyond the 15-day bucket of the disabled list, Jones may get a call-up to the big club in Minnesota.
How sweet would it be to have “Soul Patrol Redux” in the new ball park? Don’t get me wrong, if the choice is retro-cheese versus a Home Run Derby champ and American League MVP on the roster, I’m going with Morneau all the way. But if the circumstances dictate, why not get another blast of 11-proof Soul?