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Gardenhire, Nishioka Make Interesting Wager

The subject of much Twitter conversation in the hours leading up to Sunday afternoon's game between the Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Royals had nothing to do with the actual game on the field. Rather, it had to do with a wager that was made between Minnesota Twins' manager Ron Gardenhire and Twins' middle infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka, a native of Japan.

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The wager had to do with the finals of the FIFA Women's World Cup, a match that would be contested between the teams from the United States and Japan, with the loser having to wear a shirt that expresses their affection for the winner's home country. The word was that if the United States won the match, Nishioka would have to wear a shirt that says "I Love American Women."

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However, as we know, the Japanese team pulled off the upset, so Nishioka has nothing to worry about. Rather, Gardenhire will have to wear a shirt of Nishioka's choosing, which is something that had not been decided at the time, and that there still hasn't been any word about since the game concluded.

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If Nishioka's translator or anyone else from the Twins' organization is reading this, I think you would do quite well to remember these two little words while deciding Ron Gardenhire's fate.

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Hello. Kitty. 

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.