Category: Ervin Santana

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... Continue Reading »

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 »

August 7, 2017

Ho-hum: Twins split 4-game series with Rangers

It wasn’t a sweep and it wasn’t a series win, it was merely a four-game split with the Texas Rangers. That’s good enough for the Twins to keep their heads above water, but not good enough for the club to gain any ground on the Cleveland Indians. But at least they won on Sunday and... Continue Reading »

August 3, 2017

A win, at last

It’s not even Thursday as I write this and yet it has been a long week for the Minnesota Twins. The team has struggled of late, management changed course dramatically on Sunday and Monday, and the Twins showed up punchless on Tuesday and lost 3-0 to the lowly San Diego Padres.  To make matters worse,... Continue Reading »

July 31, 2017

There goes the Twins’ season, folks. So say Falvey & Co.

It appears the Twins’ Falvey & Co. — Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey, General Manager Thad Levine and Assistant GM Rob Antony — have decided to not go all in on the remainder of the season after they traded left-handed starter Jaime Garcia to the New York Yankees on Sunday. Garcia made one start for... Continue Reading »

July 27, 2017

That was hard — as predicted

The Twins avoided being swept by the Astros, Yankees and Tigers, but nothing went right for the Twins versus the Los Angeles Dodgers, including Wednesday’s loss, in which the Twins raced out to a 5-0 lead, only to lose the game 6-5. Against the Twins, the Dodgers picked up wins 69, 70 and 71. The... Continue Reading »

July 25, 2017

Was that it for Bartolo Colon and the Twins?

Bartolo Colon’s second appearance for the Twins looked a lot like his first outing. He gave the Twins a few innings, surrendered eight hits, including two home runs, but didn’t walk anyone and struck out two. This time, however, he didn’t figure in Monday’s decision. But reliever Taylor Rogers did after he served up a... Continue Reading »

July 20, 2017

How ’bout those Twins!

Pitcher Jose Berrios stepped up like a boss and the Twins scored six runs in the second inning to knock off the New York Yankees, 6-1, on Wednesday. It was the Twins’ first series win over the Yankees in Minnesota since 2008, according to MLB.com. I predicted the Twins would go 0-6 (have a little... Continue Reading »

July 17, 2017

How did I not hear this before? Bartolo Colon signs with Twins

Forty-four year old Bartolo Colon, who apparently was signed to a minor league deal by the Twins on July 7, is set to face the New York Yankees on Tuesday. The Twins need pitching help, but Colon? If it was a slightly younger Colon, I’d be more supportive of this deal. I know his career... Continue Reading »

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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.