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…
-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:
Death, taxes, and the #MNTwins just being helpless in the Bronx
— CJ Baumgartner (@Baumcj30) September 13, 2021
Tough break for the #MNTwins that they had to pause a week-long homestand and fly to New York on a scheduled off day just to play every single game they've ever played before at Yankee Stadium.
— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) September 13, 2021
I mean, c'mon we can't really be surprised by how this is unfolding, can we? #MNTwins
— Chris 'Don't Take Horse Meds' Tubbs (@CMTubbs) September 13, 2021
Has there ever been a more predictable home run? #MNTwins
— Kyle Lysford (@KyleLysford) September 13, 2021
Why #MNTwins, why??
— Jennifer Warren (@Vollmsy) September 13, 2021
This is so predictable. #MNTwins
— RickTaylorPA (@RickTaylorPA) September 13, 2021
Are you fucking kidding me #MNTwins
— K A (@mndaisybelle) September 13, 2021
Jeff Nelson working extremely hard to ensure the Yankees win. #mntwins
— JD Cameron (@J_D_Cameron) September 13, 2021