Category: Roy Smalley

November 25, 2019

The day the Twins’ Mike Cubbage bailed out over an old flame

It’s back to the well with another look at “The Baseball Codes,” a book about the unwritten rules of the game, including the business of beanballs. Hitting a batter, it turns out, is not always about retaliating after the batter takes the pitcher deep, or tosses the bat too far, or stares too intently at... Continue Reading »

February 18, 2019

The day the Twins took a 7-run lead into the 8th inning and lost

Baseball-Reference.com never ceases to amaze. I visit this site nearly every day and always find something of interest, including a new list of the biggest regular season and postseason comebacks in baseball history. I quickly scanned the list of regular season comebacks for the Twins and came across an ugly team and an ugly loss in... Continue Reading »

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 »

February 7, 2016

Another year, another trip to Seattle to see the Twins

The Twins travel to the Northwest in late May, which means the continuation of a tradition that started 30-some years ago when my father and I decided to see at least one Twins game every season. It’s not a perfect streak: It was interrupted by college, by living in Japan for seven years and by... 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.