Category: Minnesota Twins

December 9, 2018

The day the Twins’ first manager suspected the New York Giants were up to no good

In October 1951 Bobby Thomson hit baseball’s most famous three-run home run, a blast that capped an amazing come-from-behind season that finally erased a season-long lead by the Brooklyn Dodgers and propelled the New York Giants into the World Series. The home run is so famous that it has almost completely obscured the fact that... Continue Reading »

November 18, 2018

More unfamiliar names join Twins’ coaching staff

If you’re still trying to figure out who Rocco Baldelli is — former player, Twins manager — here’s a new group of names to ponder after the Twins on Friday rounded out the coaching staff with new hires for pitching, bullpen, first base and third base. They will join existing coaches Derek Shelton (bench coach),... Continue Reading »

November 11, 2018

Say it ain’t so, Joe

Longtime Twins catcher and first baseman, Joe Mauer, who hinted at retirement before the season was over — and practically retired on the last game of the season — made it official Friday with a letter to fans that he is, in fact, going to retire. ESPN reports the letter is set to be published... Continue Reading »

October 30, 2018

In fairness to the champs, let’s remember the Red Sox, Twins and the ‘impossible dream’

The 2018 Boston Red Sox are World Series champions after they knocked off the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games to win their fourth series since 2004. The Dodgers won Game 3, the longest World Series game in major league history, but did little else in the series. As the Red Sox marched through the... Continue Reading »

October 20, 2018

Let’s remember a time when the forerunner of the Twins crushed the Red Sox, Part 4

The Boston Red Sox are back in the World Series after knocking off the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. If the new Evil Empire has you down, read on. The year is 1917, and on the second-to-last day of the regular season, the Washington Senators, who would eventually become... Continue Reading »

July 11, 2018

The Web of the Game, a review

For years I had heard about it: A story called “The Web of the Game” by celebrated baseball writer Roger Angell, who wrote about a college pitchers’ duel in May of 1981 between future Met Ron Darling and future Twin Frank Viola. The story is included in a collection of Angell’s writing called “Game Time,”... Continue Reading »

June 11, 2018

Ho-hum: Twins beat Angels

The Twins beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 7-5 on Sunday, which is all fine and well as far as winning goes. The problem is that the Twins lost the first two games in the series, so they needed to win to avoid being swept. The Twins took three of four games from the... Continue Reading »

May 20, 2018

Before the Twins knew futility against the Yankees, they knew success

Strib columnist Patrick Reusse recently wrote about Frank Quilici, a former player, manager and broadcaster for the Twins, who died earlier this month. I learned a lot about Quilici, but I also learned this: When the Washington Senators became the Twins in 1961, the first game in the first year of the franchise was played... Continue Reading »

April 26, 2018

Your day will come, a poem

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.