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 know anything about this series at the time, but I learned of it after reading about former Twin Lyman Bostock in a Strib column by Patrick Reusse. Reusse reflected on his memories of Bostock and the Twins, including that doubleheader in May 1977. The Twins that year led the majors in team batting average and runs scored and lived up to it by smashing 35 hits in two blowout victories.

Baseball-Reference.com has the wonderful details:

In Game 1, the Red Sox never knew what hit them because the Twins scored 13 runs on 24 hits.They also scored in eight of nine innings and blasted the Sox with 10 extra-base hits: six doubles, including two off Bostock’s bat, two triples and two home runs.

Larry Hisle and Butch Wynegar had three hits apiece, while Roy Smalley and Lyman Bostock each had two hits. But it was Rod Carew who put on a show. He went 5-for-6 at the plate in the first game and raised his average to .384. Carew would go on to win the AL MVP award for flirting with .400 for most of the season until finally settling at .388.

In Game 2, the Twins again drilled Red Sox pitching for 11 more hits and a 9-4 win. Carew collected eight hits in two games.

And now for something completely different…

-This Twins fan turned 50 last week and we celebrated with a three-day weekend in Victoria, British Columbia. A few photos from our trip:

Victoria is the capital of British Columbia, which means it’s home for the provincial government and this parliament building.

A war memorial on the parliament building grounds. Many of you, I’m sure, are aware that Canadians served in World War I and World War II. But how many of you know that they also fought in Korea and in Afghanistan until 2014?

During our last day, local law enforcement gathered on the parliament grounds to remember those lost in the line of duty. Two huge flags were strung between fire trucks for the gathering, including the flag of British Columbia.

The watch repair business still exists.

Afternoon tea is a big deal for tourists, so we took part at the Pendray Inn.

Yes, we enjoyed our tea, cakes and scones.

Intrigued, I discovered books underground at Books on View.

What brought us to Victoria? The Regional Assembly of Text, a letter-writing business where you can pick out a typewriter, stationery and envelopes and write letters. I tried three typewriters and wrote that many letters in about an hour. I will be back. They also have a store in Vancouver, B.C.

October 3, 2018

We hardly knew ye, Paul Molitor

You need look no further than the Twins to see how much baseball has changed. I say that after Twins manager, Paul Molitor, was fired Tuesday. It’s a reminder that the young executives running baseball teams today, executives armed with numbers and statistics, are going to run them so that the formulas work. And if... Continue Reading »

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 »

September 28, 2018

Twins’ Astudillo strikes out for first time in a month

Internet sensation and stat geek favorite, Willians Astudillo, who has established that he hits and only hits, struck out Thursday in the Twins’ 9-3 rout of the Detroit Tigers. What’s so remarkable about that? It was his first strikeout in a month and only his third in 26 games, according to MLB.com. Meanwhile, Astudillo and... Continue Reading »

September 27, 2018

What I really want to talk about is the ‘opener’

Never mind that the Twins beat the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday — which is all fine and well, of course — because I’m more interested in the experiment that keeps on giving. Once again I’m talking about the “opener,” in which a reliever starts a game to tee up the primary pitcher for an effective... Continue Reading »

September 25, 2018

Kyle Gibson and the fire next time

Before the 2018 season began, Kyle Gibson went to salary arbitration against his employer, the Twins, and lost, settling for $4.2 million for this season after seeking $4.55 million. I imagine he sought that higher amount based on his second-half performance in 2017, which saw him finally shake off his inconsistent ways and win more... Continue Reading »

September 23, 2018

Guess what happened to the Twins Saturday night? Yep. Another walk-off loss

The Twins tied a team record for futility after they suffered their 15th walk-off loss of the season to the Oakland A’s on Saturday. That’s back-to-back walk-off losses to the A’s, who beat them 7-6 on Friday and 3-2 on Saturday. There are eight games left in the season, which means the Twins have to... Continue Reading »

September 22, 2018

Twins lose in walk-off fashion for 14th time this season

What will we remember about the 2018 Minnesota Twins? The walk-off loss. The four-game winning streak came to an end Friday night in Oakland after the Twins dropped another close game in an all too familiar fashion. The A’s took the early lead, the Twins rallied for six runs in the sixth inning, and then... Continue Reading »

September 20, 2018

Hey, this ‘opener’ thing has got legs, Twins fans

The “opener” appears to have a future in Minnesota. Once again a reliever started the game for the Twins, followed by a rookie primary pitcher who took advantage of the moment and won his first major league baseball game. That was the case Wednesday when reliever Gabriel Moya did his thing and so did primary... Continue Reading »

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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.