Category: Bob Allison

May 25, 2022

Roll on Twins, roll on

The Twins go for their second straight sweep on Wednesday after a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday and a 2-0 win on Tuesday. Gio Urshela drove in the first run, Carlos Correa the next and starter Sonny Gray and two relievers did the rest, blanking Motown on five hits. Gray was certainly... Continue Reading »

April 11, 2022

Twins smash 6 home runs, get first win of 2022

After two near misses to start the season, the 0-2 Twins made Game 3 a laugher, hitting six home runs, including a grand slam, to win 10-4 over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. The Twins now have a chance to even the series on Monday. Monstruoso.#MNTwins pic.twitter.com/0Cw1BJmsux — Twins Brasil šŸ‡§šŸ‡·āš¾ (@TwinsBrasil) April 10, 2022... Continue Reading »

February 27, 2022

Billy in the bar, August 1969

As the baseball lockout rolls on, I guess it’s as good a time as any to revisit a classic Twins tale — when former Twins manager Billy Martin and pitcher Dave Boswell drained a few pops at a Detroit bar and later slugged it out in a nearby alley.   Author Bill Pennington captured the... Continue Reading »

January 18, 2022

George Harrison, Twins fan

Liverpool’s Fab Four made a tour stop in Minnesota on Aug. 21, 1965, taking the stage at Metropolitan Stadium before 30,000 fans. They would go on to play 11 songs — they opened with “She’s a woman” — in an appearance that lasted all of 35 minutes, according to Thom Henninger, author of “The Pride... Continue Reading »

September 20, 2021

Jays chase Twins’ Farrell, back Berrios with 5 runs in win

Sunday’s rubber match against the Toronto Blue Jays ended almost as quickly as it began. Reliever Luke Farrell got the nod for the Twins and his one inning of work went like this: strikeout, double, single, home run, single, single, single, single and his day was done. He allowed five runs on seven straight hits,... Continue Reading »

September 19, 2021

Twins split 2 games with Blue Jays, face Berrios Sunday

The Twins looked pretty good on Friday, hitting back to back to back home runs to knock off the Toronto Blue Jays, one of the hottest teams in baseball, 7-3. But it’s hard to keep the Blue Jays down because they also have the best offense in baseball, and they showed why on Saturday, going... Continue Reading »

August 31, 2021

Once in Ontario, Harmon Killebrew country is just across the Snake River

We arrived in Ontario, Oregon on Sunday and finally made our way to Payette, Idaho Monday morning. You head east across the Snake River, pass through the town of Fruitland and the unmistakable smell of onions (onion supplier Dickinson Frozen Foods is based in Fruitland), then you turn north toward Payette. We kept our eyes... Continue Reading »

August 15, 2021

Twins, Tampa trade blowout victories

The Twins had one of their biggest blowout wins of the season on Saturday, a 12-0 defeat of the Tampa Bay Rays that makes up for the Twins’ 10-4 loss on Friday. The Twins scored the 12 runs on 16 hits, eight of them extra-base hits, including home runs from Max Kepler, Luis Arraez, Brent... Continue Reading »

May 31, 2021

Signs of life give way to reality: The Twins aren’t very good

The four-game winning streak and the sweep of the Baltimore Orioles got me fired up, thinking that the Twins were beginning to work their way out of a deep hole and were on to better times. And then they went and dropped two of three games (at home no less) to the Kansas City Royals,... Continue Reading »

Hi, Iā€™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.