April 12, 2016

Home cooking makes no difference as Twins lose again

Oh, boy.

As if things needed to get worse, the Twins played their home opener on Monday before 40,000-plus fans, but before it was over the booing started and fans left early after the team stumbled to its seventh loss in seven games, losing 4-1 to the Chicago White Sox.

That’s right: the Twins are 0-7 to start the 2016 season.

And if they don’t start hitting and pitching (which hasn’t been bad) and winning some games soon, then the baseball world is going to begin to talk about the all-time worst losing streaks to start a season — if they haven’t started already — and whether the Twins will tie or break the record.

The record currently is held by the Baltimore Orioles, which started the 1988 campaign by losing its first 21 games, including three losses against the Twins, before finally getting a 9-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on April 29. The Orioles finished that season with a win-loss record of 54-107.

The Twins have Tuesday off before resuming play against the White Sox on Wednesday.



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.