August 13, 2017

Yes, it’s finally happening

I’ve been a Twins fan for more than 30 years. I’ve seen them (and Kirby Puckett) play exhibition games at Civic Stadium in Portland, Oregon, and I’ve seen them a number of times in Seattle to battle the Mariners, both in the Kingdome and at Safeco Field.

But I’ve never seen them in Minnesota until now. On Sunday, my son and I will board Amtrak’s Empire Builder for a cross-country trip to St. Paul. It’s a weeklong vacation. It will take us two days to get to St. Paul, followed by three days there, then it’s back on the train Friday night to return to Seattle by Sunday morning.

We have tickets to Wednesday night’s game vs. Cleveland, which is shaping up to be a key series now that the Twins are off to a good start this month. I’m tempted to see a second game before we leave, but haven’t decided between Thursday’s afternoon game and Friday’s night game. We actually depart late Friday night, so there’s a chance we could squeeze in the game before we leave.

Anyway, we’re looking forward to the trip and the chance to see Target Field, the Twins and the area.

Extra innings…

-The six-game win streak came to an end Saturday after a wild one versus the Tigers. Despite scoring 11 runs on 19 hits, the Twins fell short after the Tigers’ Justin Upton hit a two-run, walk-off home run to beat the Twins, 12-11. Starting pitcher Jose Berrios was not sharp, giving up five runs in the bottom of the first inning. But he didn’t lose the game because the Twins came roaring back to score eight runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings. The Twins continue to hit home runs. Eddie Rosario connected for his 16th, while Byron Buxton and Joe Mauer both hit No. 6.

-Ervin Santana gets the ball Sunday.

COMMENTS

Hi, I’m Rolf Boone and I love the Twins.

I became a fan of the Minnesota Twins after a friendly wager in the early 1980s. I survived Ron Davis, the meltdown in Cleveland, Phil Bradley at the Kingdome and then marveled at a rising generation of stars and two World Series wins in 1987 and 1991. Brad Radke made the 1990s bearable, while Kirby Puckett’s eye injury, exit from the game and eventual death made it almost too much to bear. The new century ushered in more talent — Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau — and consecutive seasons of playoff baseball, followed by consecutive seasons of losing baseball. A winning season returned in 2015. So here we are. Go Twins.