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Anyone who knows Eric knows that he writes about a little bit of everything, whether it's taking a trip down memory lane, or praising and/or criticizing something or someone.
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By Eric Bergeson
Since 1997, Eric has owned and operated Bergeson Nursery, rural Fertile, MN, a business his grandfather started in 1937. With the active participation of his parents, who owned the business for the previous twenty five years, and his younger brother ...
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Since 1997, Eric has owned and operated Bergeson Nursery, rural Fertile, MN, a business his grandfather started in 1937. With the active participation of his parents, who owned the business for the previous twenty five years, and his younger brother Joe, who is now president of the company, the business has nearly tripled in size during Eric’s ownership tenure. The holder of a Master of Arts in History from the University of North Dakota, Eric has taught courses in history and political science at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. He is also an adjunct lecturer in history for Hamline University, St. Paul, MN. Eric’s hobbies include Minnesota Twins baseball, Bach organ music, bookstores, hiking, photography, singing old country music with his brother Joe, and watching the wildlife on the swamp in front of his house eight miles outside of Fertile, Minn.
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Thus starts what promises to be a long, excruciating season for Twins fans. Tigers' starting pitcher Justin Verlander was his ornery self. The Twins' attempt to mount a rally against the Tigers' relievers after Verlander was removed was thrwarted when Chris Parmelee swung and missed two fastballs in the dirt. I can understand swinging at curveballs in the dirt, as you might have been led to believe that they were going to stay elevated. But low fastballs? They start low and aren't going to get any higher. Swinging at them indicates you made up your mind to swing at anything before pitch left the pitcher's hand. And that is not a sound baseball decision, especially with the bases loaded and the count in your favor. The Twins could have walked their way back into the game, but Parmelee's eagerness prevented that. 



Joe Mauer had two nice hits and a third, a squibber, which might have been called a hit but was ruled an error. Everybody else looked pretty shabby, including rookie center fielder Aaron Hicks, who probably won't start hitting until the Twins get to hit against weaker pitchers. He was overmatched against the excellent Verlander. 



Watching the MLB network, I get this feeling that the Twins have been left behind. I hope I am wrong. But there are so many hot-shot pitchers out there throwing flames. Every team seems to have a couple––except for the Twins, who have nobody. 



Grim. 



Another complaint, while I am at it: There is no reason for the baseball season to open in Minnesota. Put the Twins on the road for two weeks until the weather gets better. The fans were freezing today. 



On the positive side, I did think Worley did pretty well in his Twins' debut. I look forward to seeing him pitch this year. He's not a flame-thrower, but he has a fighter's approach, which alone separates him from Blackburn, Liriano, Slowey, Baker, Capps and the rest of the the unlamented departed uninspired mediocrities.  

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