June 28, 2016

New York media piles on after Twins beat Yanks

The Twins pulled off the unthinkable on Sunday, beating the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium with six home runs and a pitching performance that was nearly perfect, including eight strikeouts, from starter Tyler Duffey.

But that kind of loss apparently doesn’t sit well with the New York media, which are no doubt accustomed to a team that wins big and brings home championships — not one hovering around .500.

As if to goad the Yankees, the New York tabloids seemed to go out of the way to paint the Twins in the worst possible terms. In other words, how could the Yankees lose to THIS team?

Some examples:

-New York Daily News headline: “Yankees give up six homers to major-league worst Twins in 7-1 loss.”

-From the same story: “(Tyler) Duffey had been one of the worst pitchers in the majors this year, but made the Yankees look completely inept.” Former Twin Aaron Hicks, who broke up the perfect game bid with a double in the sixth, also saved “the Yankees from utter embarrassment.”

-From the no respect file: Yankees manager Joe Girardi, as quoted by the Daily News: “You win five out of seven against Minnesota, you can live with that.”

-From a Daily News columnist: He refers to the team from Minnesota as the “terrible Twins,” and that the Yankees “played the perfect opponent” when they won 2-1 on Saturday.

-New York Post headline: “Yanks have no answer for pitcher everyone’s had answers for.”

-Another Post story: “Say hello to the Rangers, the club with the best record in the AL as the Twins, easily the worst team in baseball (really?), departed the Bronx” with a 7-1 victory.

Sheesh, guys, the Twins are admittedly struggling, but worst in baseball? The Twins are 24-51, the Atlanta Braves, 26-50, and the Cincinnati Reds, 29-48. It would appear “worst” is still up for grabs.


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.