Category: Rocco Baldelli

October 4, 2019

Fear not, a poem

September 28, 2019

Twins’ Berrios gets win No. 14 in final regular season start

Jose Berrios struggled at times during the second half of the season, but any doubts about his post-season readiness likely were eliminated Friday after he struck out nine over six innings in a 6-2 win over the Kansas City Royals. Berrios went the distance in the rain-shortened affair and improved to 14-8 with a 3.68... Continue Reading »

September 27, 2019

Twins’ youth movement tops Tigers, earns 99th win

As expected, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli went with a youthful lineup on Thursday, a day after the team clinched the AL Central and celebrated with a birthday cake and booze, according to team photos and videos. Baldelli turned 38 on Wednesday. Cheech and ChongAka Astudillo and Arraez pic.twitter.com/yYkTQ2yA2W — Kyle Gibson (@kgib44) September 26, 2019... Continue Reading »

September 23, 2019

Twins win… I think

There was plenty to celebrate in the Twins’ 12-8 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Slugger Nelson Cruz hit the 400th home run of his career, Tyler Duffey and Brusdar Graterol, pitched well in relief and the win reduced the Twins’ magic number to three.   #MNTwins magic number: 3 pic.twitter.com/WHqOKHezTZ — Aaron Gleeman... Continue Reading »

September 18, 2019

Can you feel it Twins fans? This thing is happening

The Twins had no business winning Tuesday night. The Chicago White Sox, perhaps trying to make good on the last gasp of summer, scored eight runs on 20 hits, including a Twins-like four home runs. But the Twins scratched together a rally in the bottom of the 12th and won the game 9-8 in walk-off... Continue Reading »

August 21, 2019

Twins’ Nelson Cruz playing like he’s 29, not 39

Tendon-be-damned Nelson Cruz, who apparently is going to play through that tendon-related injury in his left wrist, unloaded on the Chicago White Sox Tuesday night with a home run and three doubles to power the Twins to a 14-4 blowout win. The South Siders took a 3-0 lead early and then the Twins went to... Continue Reading »

July 18, 2019

The Twins’ first 3-game losing streak of the season is here, folks. And it was ugly.

It’s gut check time, Minnesota. And Shannon Stewart is not coming through that door. The Twins’ Mitch Garver scored the go-ahead run in the fifth inning against the New York Mets on Wednesday, only to see that 3-2 lead turn into a complete nightmare. Reliever Trevor May served up a three-run home run, terrible fielding... Continue Reading »

July 14, 2019

Game 2 goes to the Twins (and Max Kepler)

Before Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer settled in and struck out 11 Twins on Saturday, he first had to contend with Twins right fielder, Max Kepler. Kepler hit two home runs off him, Jake Cave added a third and, despite the strikeouts, the Twins added a few more runs late to top the Tribe, 6-2.... Continue Reading »

July 13, 2019

Game 1 goes to the Twins

The Twins scored first, fell behind early, then rallied for four runs late to beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3 in Game 1 of a key, three-game series on Friday. Perhaps most important: the Twins widened their lead over the Tribe to 6.5 games. Nelson Cruz got things started with a solo home run in the... 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.