Category: Rod Carew

October 6, 2018

Let’s remember a time when the Twins crushed the Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees on Friday in Game 1 of their playoff series. But I’m no fan of either team, so let’s remember the year 1977 when the Twins rolled into Fenway Park for a doubleheader and blew the doors off the place. Of course, I was too young to... Continue Reading »

August 27, 2018

Well? Now what?

The season appears to be slipping away from the not-very-good-but-at-times-pretty-awesome Twins. It’s been clear for some time that the Twins were not going to contend in the division, but now they find themselves eight games under .500 and 13 games behind the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central. The Twins didn’t get any help... Continue Reading »

May 19, 2018

Nick Coleman, the reporter who captured Calvin Griffith at his worst, is dead at 67

Nick Coleman, a former reporter and columnist for the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune, died this week, and the only reason I know that is because I was catching up on my Twins news when I came across his obituary in both papers. And then I learned that it was Coleman who had attended a... Continue Reading »

April 7, 2018

Going home

I bought a St. Paul Pioneer Press on Friday and was disappointed to learn that we missed seeing Hall of Famer Rod Carew, who had greeted fans during Thursday’s home opener. I had considered showing up right when the gates opened at Target Field on Thursday, but given how cold it was, I wasn’t sure... Continue Reading »

December 18, 2016

Rod Carew, who hit .388 for Twins in ’77, has successful heart and kidney surgery

Hall of Famer, Rod Carew, who spent the bulk of his baseball career with the Twins, had successful heart and kidney transplant surgery after suffering a heart attack in September 2015. The 13-hour procedure was completed on Friday at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to MLB.com. The outlook for his recovery is good... Continue Reading »

April 10, 2016

A different kind of autobiography from Rod Carew

At a discount retailer the other day, I came across an old hardback copy of a Rod Carew autobiography, co-written by former sports writer Ira Berkow. I quickly realized it was too tempting to pass up, so I paid the nominal fee and settled in to flap through its 236 pages. Right away I noticed... Continue Reading »

February 29, 2016

Even a longtime Twins fan can learn something new about the Twins

I’ve been a fan of the team since the early 1980s, but I had no idea until today that Twins Hall of Famer Rod Carew collected his 3,000th hit against the Twins — the same team that was his home for 12 seasons until he was traded to the California Angels in exchange for four... Continue Reading »

December 30, 2015

New Billy Martin biography sheds light on Martin’s time with Twins

When one thinks of Billy Martin, synonymous with the New York Yankees as a player and manager, this image doesn’t come to mind: The Martins’ Richfield neighborhood had big, old maple trees and was close to the Twins’ ballpark in Bloomington. There was a backyard for Billy Joe — Gretchen called him B.J. — and... Continue Reading »

November 25, 2015

Twins Hall of Famer Rod Carew awaits heart transplant

Rod Carew, who accumulated 3,053 hits for the Twins and Angels en route to a 1991 induction into the Hall of Fame, nearly left us in September. Rod Carew That’s when Carew, now 70, suffered a massive heart attack while playing golf by himself in California, according to Sports Illustrated and writer Steve Rushin, who recently... 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.