Category: Billy Martin

December 12, 2022

Zen and the artlessness of the Minnesota Twins

Robert Pirsig, whose manuscript for a book called “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” was reportedly rejected more than 100 times, finally found overwhelming success when it was published in 1974. Ostensibly about a motorcycle trip from Minnesota to California, the book uses the journey and motorcycles to make a philosophical exploration. Its tagline... Continue Reading »

October 16, 2022

What does a good pitching coach mean to a baseball team? The world, apparently

In “Facing Nolan,” a relatively new documentary about the Hall of Fame pitcher, Ryan, wild but effective in the early days of his career with the New York Mets, eventually was traded to the California Angels. When Ryan first learned that he was going to California, he thought he was on his way to the... Continue Reading »

July 18, 2022

It’s time to kick over the buffet table, Rocco

The Twins are a good team. Don’t believe me? Well, they lead the AL Central with a 50-44 record, they rank 4th in runs scored in the American League, 5th in team ERA and 6th in fielding through Sunday. We also know they can play much better baseball — they certainly showed they can through... Continue Reading »

July 12, 2022

July 1969: Apollo 11 blasts off, the Twins pour it on and localizing ‘moon’ stories with Molly Ivins

Who could forget the summer of 1969? Few of my parents’ generation probably could, perhaps most notably because of a history-making event that captured the attention of millions around the world as three men blasted off from Florida on July 16 and returned to earth eight days later. The Apollo 11 lunar capsule touched down... Continue Reading »

June 21, 2022

Twins drop series to D-backs, limp home to face Cleveland

The Twins turned a promising road trip into a ho-hum affair after they lost two of three games to one of the most mysterious lineups in baseball. I thought the Tampa Bay Rays had won the honors of no-name lineups, but no, that distinction now goes to the Arizona Diamondbacks. I didn’t recognize a single... Continue Reading »

May 18, 2022

A’s snap losing streak to Twins, win 5-2

The Twins fell to 4-1 on the season against the Oakland A’s on Tuesday after the Athletics pulled away in the seventh inning for a 5-2 win. Dylan Bundy was back on the mound after he was sidelined by COVID-19, although he was pulled after only three innings and 54 pitches in favor of Josh... Continue Reading »

April 4, 2022

Twins win again, blast Browns 8-2 on Sunday

Twins hitting and pitching continues to excel, leading the team to an 8-2 win over the St. Louis Browns* on Sunday. Newly acquired pitcher Sonny Gray was perfect over four innings, allowing no hits, no runs and no walks with six strikeouts. He appears to be ready for the regular season and so do the... Continue Reading »

April 3, 2022

Twins top Rays, look very, very good as new season approaches

Nick Gordon homered and tripled, lefty Devin Smeltzer pitched four scoreless innings to earn his second win of spring and the Twins rolled the Tampa Bay Rays 8-2 on Saturday to improve to 7-9 in Grapefruit League action. The Twins continue to hit and pitch well, and if that continues… well, that’s the name of... Continue Reading »

March 8, 2022

Billy in October 1969: A man without a job

With manager Billy Martin at the helm, the Twins won the American League West Division in 1969 and faced the Baltimore Orioles in the postseason, the first year of AL Championship Series play. The Twins battled the O’s in the first two games and were blown out in the last to be swept 3-0 in... Continue Reading »

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.