March 1, 2021

I will not read too much into spring training, I will not read too much into spring training, I will not…

The Twins knocked off the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, a 7-6 win in Game 1 of Grapefruit League action that means the club is well on its way to winning a World Series. Yes, it’s spring training. I will try to restrain myself.

The Twins scored seven runs on six hits, with most of those runs coming early in the seven-inning contest. Max Kepler and Jorge Polanco had RBI hits and Miguel Sano knocked in two on a double, the only extra-base hit for the Twins on Sunday.

Starter Devin Smeltzer allowed a run (a home run) over two innings, but didn’t figure in the decision. Newcomers Hansel Robles and Ian Hamilton pitched scoreless frames and Taylor Rogers looked like his old self, striking out the side on 19 pitches. But relievers Tyler Duffey and Cody Stashak made things interesting.

They combined to allow five earned runs. Duffey served up two home runs and Stashak was tagged with the blown save, although he would eventually be credited with the win. Hamilton picked up the first save of spring.

Catcher Mitch Garver also had a hit and a walk, which is good to see after the season he had in 2020. Garver was a breakout star in 2019, hitting 31 home runs and slashing .273/.365/.630. But he also fell to earth hard last season and hit only .167. He also struck out 37 times in 72 at bats, or more than 50 percent of the time. He needs a big season in 2021.

Extra innings…

-Shortstop Royce Lewis, a former No. 1 draft pick by the Twins in 2017, has torn his ACL and will likely miss the rest of the season. I’m not sure Lewis would have made the club, but it’s good to know the team has depth at that position in Andrelton Simmons, Polanco and possibly Luis Arraez.

-Fan favorite Willians Astudillo also had a hit on Sunday.

-This week the Twins play the Tampa Bay Rays, Atlanta Braves and the Red Sox.

February 22, 2021

Brian Dozier, we hardly knew ye

Second baseman Brian Dozier, who spent seven of his nine seasons with the Twins, called it a career last week and retired. He leaves the game at 33. Dozier was traded by the Twins to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018. He was never the same player after he left Minnesota, although he would eventually... Continue Reading »

February 16, 2021

The day rookie Cesar Tovar singled home the winning run

After a weekend of snow, this seems fitting: writing about a Twins’ opening day that nearly didn’t happen because of terrible spring weather. In the end, the Twins won in extra-innings over their arch-rival and would embark on a history-making season. MLB.com selected this game as one of the top five opening day games in... Continue Reading »

February 7, 2021

How do you like the Twins now? (Part 2)

A month ago it appeared Twins Territory, the fan base that supports the Twins, was collectively losing its mind over the lack of deal-making this offseason. The Twins locked up former Angels reliever, Hansel Robles, toward the end of December, and then it was followed by silence (but angst on Twitter) as other top free... Continue Reading »

February 2, 2021

The day 100 children were reunited with their parents at a Twins game

Once again I fell down the rabbit hole that is the internet and came across a wild Twins game played in June 1977. I found my way to this tilt after reading about the history of Metropolitan Stadium, otherwise known as the Met, that the Twins called home from 1961 to 1981. It was a... Continue Reading »

January 24, 2021

How do you like the Twins now?

A recent check of social media showed that all was not well in Twins Territory. Twins fans, at least on Twitter, appeared to be coming unglued due to the lack of deal-making so far this offseason. As top free agents continued to come off the board and go elsewhere, such as reliever Kirby Yates and... Continue Reading »

January 18, 2021

Remember 1973? That was a wacky season for the Twins, Part 2

As I have written before here, the 1973 Twins encountered a little bit of everything it seems. They swept the eventual World Series-winning Oakland A’s to start the season — and went 14-4 against the club the rest of the way — yet they had a losing record against the 91-loss Cleveland Indians, struggled as... Continue Reading »

January 11, 2021

Phil Hughes, we hardly knew ye

Pitcher Phil Hughes, who won a World Series with the New York Yankees and pitched with distinction for the Twins, has stepped away from the game after announcing his retirement this month. And if you had your doubts about his retirement, just check his twitter feed, including photo that appears to show him shirtless, wearing... Continue Reading »

January 4, 2021

The day the Twins beat Phil Niekro and the Indians. It meant much more than that, of course

Hall of Fame pitcher and knuckleballer, Phil Niekro, is no longer with us, joining a long and sad list of Hall of Fame baseball players who died in 2020. I guess you could say his death, to quote a Bloomberg news headline, “capped a hellish 2020.” Niekro, who spent most of his career in the... Continue Reading »

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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.