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Twins-White Sox rivalry splits friendship

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08:18 AM ET 02.25 | An AL Central rivalry may be at the heart of a rare bit of impoliteness from Canadians. Those who know Justin Morneau say he takes the rivalry more seriously than anybody in the Twins clubhouse. Now we might know just how seriously he takes it. Jesse Crain, who pitched for the Twins for the past seven seasons, said he still hasn't received a call or text of congratulations from Morneau after signing his new contract with the White Sox this winter. "He never congratulated me; he's the one guy who didn't," Crain said. ... Crain and Morneau, both born in Canada, were good friends and had a solid relationship in the clubhouse, according to Crain. Just how much their friendship will change remains to be seen, but apparently it's already been affected. Crain tried to downplay the lack of contact.

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February 25, 2011  08:38 AM ET

Should be a good rivalry this season! Can't wait until the Sox put in Crain.

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February 25, 2011  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

**** Morneau.

Crain's pitch, and it's another high, long drive over the fence in right field. Get used to it White Sox!

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February 25, 2011  09:34 AM ET
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I respect your wishful thinking.

Wishful thinking? No I've watched this guy pitch for 7 years. Last year he pitched OK but you only have to go back 3 years to find ERA's of 4.70 & 5.51. He stinks.

February 25, 2011  09:38 AM ET

Canada only has one road!

February 25, 2011  09:42 AM ET

Could be, Justin just doesn't remember him.......or anything else for that matter.

February 25, 2011  09:47 AM ET
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Could be, Justin just doesn't remember him.......or anything else for that matter.

Obviously, you meant to be funny, but you do have a point. Justin obviously has more important things on his mind with his continuing recovery. That said, his attitude does recall a time when players actually took team rivalries very seriously.

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February 25, 2011  11:20 AM ET
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Obviously, you meant to be funny, but you do have a point. Justin obviously has more important things on his mind with his continuing recovery. That said, his attitude does recall a time when players actually took team rivalries very seriously.

Yeah, and besides, it's hard to text when you are seeing 3 of each key ...

February 25, 2011  02:28 PM ET
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I'm not worried about it. He won't be the closer. Either Thornton or Sale will be. It can't hurt to have a guy in the pen who knows the hitters on the Twins. Either way, I want the season to start ASAP.

Fair enough. Good luck to your team in 2011.

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February 25, 2011  05:28 PM ET
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Canada only has one road!

lol... are you chummin' the waters and seeing what Canadian is the first to bite? lmfao...

February 28, 2011  11:10 PM ET
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Canada only has one road!

Follow the only road.... That's Scott, he's a dick.

 
March 2, 2011  02:12 PM ET

good riddance Crain...glad to see you go. fast ball... fast ball.... fast ball......meat...meat..meat. Sox may be in contention this year with good off season moves but ,..this was not one of them.

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