Archive for the 'Twins' Category

How ‘Bout Them Twins?

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Today Pat and I went down to Target Field to catch the last game of the inaugural series against the Red Sox. The pitching matchup was Twins lefthander Francisco Liriano against knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. At the start of the game Wakefield was sharp and Liriano wasn’t, suggesting it was going to be a long afternoon. […]

Target Field

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

The Twins have built a new (outdoor) baseball stadium which is opening this spring. Today the Gophers were playing the initial game at Target Field against Louisiana Tech. Today was basically a chance for the facility to get a dry run before a two-game exhibition series between the Twins and Cardinals next month. For a […]

Anatomical Specificity

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Tonight Pat and I were watching TV, alternating between the Twins playing the Rangers in Texas and taped coverage of stage 14 of the Tour de France. At one point, I switched back from the Tour just in time to see the home plate umpire doubled over, with a trainer and another umpire standing at […]

How About Them Twins?

Monday, September 1st, 2008

In this morning’s Star Tribune, columnist Jim Souhan offered his take on how the Twins continue to be in the playoff hunt: “The 2008 Twins are making up for their youth with a lack of experience, assuaging their lack of power with key injuries.”

Warning Not Likely To Have Been Needed

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

Earlier this week I had the TV on watching the Twins play Cleveland, and it was scoreless early in the game. I turned off the TV to have dinner with Pat, and when I turned it back on, the Twins were trailing 7-0 in the bottom of the fourth. I was out of the room […]

Spring Baseball

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Tonight I was watching on television a game the Twins were playing against the White Sox in Chicago. It was a rather chilly evening at the ball park, and in the ninth inning, a Twins batter fouled a ball off his shin and went down, writhing in pain. As the batter was leaving the game, […]

Triple Safe

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

Tonight in the Twins game against the Tigers, the Twins had two on, one out with Jason Kubel at the plate. Kubel hit the ball back to the pitcher, who threw to the shortstop at second base, hoping to start a double play. The pitcher’s throw was just a bit wide, causing the shortstop to […]

Not Wee Willie Keeler

Friday, September 7th, 2007

There was an accomplished hitter in the early days of major league baseball, Wee Willie Keeler, who has been immortalized with this quote, “Hit ’em where they ain’t.”  Tonight in the first inning against the White Sox, Twins pitcher Carlos Silva faced a batter who did not buy into the wisdom of Keeler.  The batter […]

17, 19 and 19

Monday, August 20th, 2007

Today the Twins sent Johan Santana to the mound to face the Texas Rangers. Johan had his good stuff, striking out 2 in the first and all 3 batters he faced in the second. After 5 innings, Santana had 11 strikeouts, closing in on his career high of 14 and the team record of 15. […]

What Were the Odds?

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

Today the Twins clinched the American League Central Division title. They did this despite trailing not one but two teams by 12 games earlier in the season. Moreover, clinching today required not only that the Twins beat the White Sox, but also that the Kansas City Royals defeat the Detroit Tigers, in Detroit. To compound […]