Category: Chicago Cubs

September 20, 2020

Twins win, return to postseason for 14th time in team history

This time the Twins scored first and piled on late to carve up the Cubs and clinch a playoff berth with an 8-1 victory on Saturday. The power show had been missing of late until Eddie Rosario hit a first-inning home run. The unrepentant Josh Donaldson hit one out as well, but it was Miguel... Continue Reading »

September 9, 2020

Twins split doubleheader with Cardinals. Will it be enough?

The Twins split a doubleheader with the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, meaning they started the day 10 games over .500 after a Game 1 win, but ended the day nine games over .500 after a Game 2 loss. Will that nine-game cushion be enough? I ask that question because the Twins are about to... Continue Reading »

April 19, 2020

The day Ex-Twin Baron von Mitterwald hit 3 home runs, plus a sad footnote

Catcher George Mitterwald, whose nickname was “Baron von Mitterwald,” spent seven seasons with the Twins before he was traded to the Chicago Cubs prior to the 1974 season. And the new season got off to an auspicious start after the Baron slugged three home runs with eight RBI on April 17. The Cubs blasted the... Continue Reading »

July 2, 2018

Amid Sunday’s disaster, some hope

The Twins were swept by the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, punctuated by an 11-10 loss that wouldn’t have been close at all if not for a late-in-the-game rally by the Twins. The Cubs scored 35 runs on 46 hits in the three games, which says all you need to know about the quality of Twins... Continue Reading »

July 1, 2018

Twins score 9 runs on 11 hits and lose

For a change of pace, the Twins found some offense on Saturday in their game against the Chicago Cubs. The only problem is that the Cubs did, too, after they scored 14 runs on 20 hits in a 14-9 win over the Twins. The Twins will now try to stave off the sweep on Sunday.... Continue Reading »

June 28, 2018

Twins drop series to South Siders (so much for predictions)

My crystal ball must have a crack in it because after predicting that the Twins had a shot to go 12-4 over the next 16 games due to some relatively weak competition (the White Sox, Orioles and Royals), the Twins lost Tuesday and Wednesday to lose the series against the Pale Hose. Wednesday’s loss was... Continue Reading »

January 13, 2018

In the mix, a poem

August 8, 2017

Don Baylor, who hit key home run in ’87 World Series, dies at 68

Don Baylor, who spent late 1987 with the Twins during their first World Series win, died Monday after a long battle with cancer, according to various reports. He was 68. Baylor was best known for his years with the California Angels, including 1979, the year he was named the league’s MVP. But near the end... Continue Reading »

October 31, 2016

If only the Twins’ Kurt Suzuki played for the Cleveland Indians

There have been plenty of facts and figures bandied about this postseason and World Series, but how about what we learned Sunday night during Game 5? As Cleveland dug in against the Chicago Cubs’ flame-throwing, Aroldis Chapman, Fox broadcaster Joe Buck let it be known that the last person to hit a home run off... Continue Reading »

Hi, I’m Rolf Boone, Twins fan.

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.