Category: Fernando Rodney

October 1, 2018

That’s all, folks (and maybe that’s it for Joe Mauer, too)

So, where was this all season? That’s the question Twins fans might be pondering after the Twins took two of three games from the Detroit Tigers and then swept the four-game series against the Chicago White Sox, including Sunday’s 5-4 win on the last day of the 2018 season. The result is that the Twins... Continue Reading »

August 11, 2018

Here and there, a few moments with the Twins

Perhaps I’ve been too hard on baseball writer, Roger Angell. I will admit to a growing sense of frustration as I read “Game Time,” a collection of his stories that spans at least 40 years, and wonder: All those years hanging around the diamond and he never wrote about the Twins? It turns out, at... Continue Reading »

August 6, 2018

Will the real Twins please stand up?

I can’t figure this team out: The Twins swept the Toronto Blue Jays, lost both series to the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians, and won Sunday to sweep those pesky Kansas City Royals. So, will this team put it all together or not? If this team has flipped a switch, they’ve done it at... Continue Reading »

August 4, 2018

Well, there’s always next year Twins fans

The 2018 season ended Wednesday for the Twins after they went quietly in a 2-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians. The Tribe’s Carlos Carrasco dominated Twins hitters and the Indians took two out of three games to win the series. The season, of course, isn’t over for the Twins, but for all intents and purposes... Continue Reading »

July 28, 2018

The Twins had it… and lost it

Once Boston ace Chris Sale stepped aside, the Twins went to work on the Red Sox bullpen. The Red Sox had a 2-0 lead to that point, but the Twins scored a run in the seventh before Eddie Rosario doubled in the go-ahead runs for a 3-2 lead in the ninth. And then the wheels... Continue Reading »

July 27, 2018

Bang! Game 1 goes to the Twins

With the bases loaded and a 3-0 count to Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. in the bottom of the ninth at Fenway, it appeared that Twins’ closer Fernando Rodney was about to let the game get out of hand. But Rodney came back to strike out Bradley and preserve the Twins’ 2-1 victory over the Red... Continue Reading »

July 16, 2018

Twins walk-off in style to end season’s first half

Sunday’s Twins-Rays game had a little bit of everything. It had a balk, four intentional base on balls, two batters hit by pitches and a player ejection. It also had 15 pitchers, 24 hits, 18 runs and one big home run delivered by the Twins’ Brian Dozier. With the bases loaded in the bottom of... Continue Reading »

July 10, 2018

Twins make it 5 straight with win over reeling Royals

After a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles, the Twins have now made it five wins in a row after they won Game 1 of their three-game series with the Kansas City Royals on Monday. The Twins are now 40-48 on the season, while the Royals, winless in their last 10 games, have fallen to... Continue Reading »

July 8, 2018

If only the Twins played Baltimore every game

After a 1-8 road trip, the Twins suddenly have a three-game winning streak at home, courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles, baseball’s worst team at 24-64. The Twins won again Saturday and will now shoot for the four-game sweep on Sunday. Starter Kyle Gibson got into trouble early in Saturday’s game, but finally settled down to... Continue Reading »

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.