September 14, 2021

It was all so predictable…

As the Twins unraveled against the New York Yankees on Monday, I couldn’t help but check in on social media to see how Twins Territory was holding up, and, of course, it was going very, very badly for Twins fans who seemed to know that the Twins would lose. Yes, this is what life has become if you’re a Twins fans watching the Twins play the Yankees. There is this awful inevitability about each Twins/Yankees game.

Monday’s loss was made even worse because the Twins raced out to a 5-0 lead through five innings. Then the Yankees scored a run. Then Twins reliever Tyler Duffey got hosed by home plate umpire, Jeff Nelson, after Nelson decided to ignore his pitches thrown for strikes. Then Duffey started to chirp about the non-calls, then Twins manager Rocco Baldelli got tossed out of the game and finally Aaron Judge hit a three-run home run in the eighth to tie the game at 5-5.

As former Twins player Justin Morneau said during the TV broadcast, “Un… believable.”

Once Judge tied the game, it was officially over for the Twins because they headed to extra innings and lost in the 10th, 6-5. And so it goes, Twins fans…

Extra innings…

-The Twins now head home to play a doubleheader against the Cleveland Guardians on Tuesday. Joe Ryan gets the ball in Game 1, Charlie Barnes in Game 2.

Twins Territory was not happy on Monday. A sampling:


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.