We were greatly moved by the rousing reader response to our Carl's Last At-Bat Contest, in which the point was to pick an epitaph for Minnesota Twins owner Carl Pohlad. Not quite moved to the point of weeping à la Sid Hartman, but moved all the same. (In case you missed it, see the sidebar that ran with Brad Zellar's cover story, "Twin Killing," in our November 28 issue.)
Trying to pick a winner from the considerable stack of entries was tougher than we'd anticipated, but we said we would, so we did. (At one point our panel of judges suggested that, in honor of Major League Baseball's contraction plans, we choose two winners, but that plan was ultimately, um, contracted.)
Without further ado, then, here are the Top 10 contest entries:
Trying to catch one last ball...
Carl landed in the dirt
The winning entrant, Lisa Conway of Minneapolis, will receive a pair of tickets to a Twins home game next year--if there are any Twins home games next year. If not, we'll send her out to see the Saints.
Thanks to all who participated in the contest--as usual, though our expectations were high, you exceeded them.