Category: Boston Red Sox

November 22, 2020

The year the Twins lost 2 games to start the season (yes, this is a thing)

The Minnesota Twins of the 1960s were a good team, some might even call them a great one. And this much was certain: they had left their sad-sack ways behind in Washington, D.C., and now won with regularity after their move to the upper Midwest. Although the team won only 70 games in its inaugural... Continue Reading »

July 18, 2020

The year the Boston Red Sox had no answer, and I mean no answer, for the Minnesota Twins

After Ted Williams retired, and before Carl Yastrzemski rose to prominence, the Boston Red Sox were not very good. They lost often during the early 1960s and finally hit bottom with 100 losses in 1965, including to the Twins, who pushed them around in 17 of 18 meetings that season. That’s right: the Twins were... Continue Reading »

May 10, 2020

The week the Twins had 4 walk-off wins, all by a score of 2-1

In 1987, the Twins were nearly unbeatable at home, compiling a record of 56-25 at the friendly, but strange confines of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. They didn’t play nearly as well on the road, so when the season was over, the Twins inched over the finish line, a mere eight games over .500. That... Continue Reading »

March 30, 2020

The day Camilo Pascual struck out 15 on opening day, 1960

A season before the Washington Senators picked up stakes and moved to Minnesota, the Washington team kicked off its final season in D.C. in style, courtesy of a 26-year-old Cuban curveballer named, Camilo Pascual. Pascual’s pitching that day was good enough for inclusion on Baseball-Reference.com’s top opening day pitching performances. He won 17 games the... Continue Reading »

February 10, 2020

OK, if the Red Sox can hold up the Maeda trade, can the Twins unravel the Dyson deal?

If the Boston Red Sox can alter the terms of what was a three-way trade between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins over a pitcher who may or may not have been the player they thought he was, then I wish the Twins had made a little more noise over reliever Sam Dyson. The... Continue Reading »

June 18, 2019

Jose Berrios steps up, the Twins step back

Twins starting pitcher, Jose Berrios, delivered a big-time performance on Monday against a big-time team, the Boston Red Sox. After giving up a run in the top of the first inning, Berrios pitched seven innings of scoreless baseball with no walks and 10 strikeouts. Now, if only the Twins had provided a little offense. Instead,... Continue Reading »

June 17, 2019

If you wanna be the best in baseball, you beat the weakest teams in baseball

The Boston Red Sox on Sunday swept the Baltimore Orioles, the worst team in baseball. That’s a fitting and appropriate result. The Red Sox are the defending World Series champions, and even though Boston has gotten off to a slow start this year, they’ve now won five straight games. The Twins should have done the... Continue Reading »

June 10, 2019

Twins top Tigers 12-2, win series

What? Me worry? — Alfred E. Neuman After much hand-wringing about the state of the Twins bullpen in my previous post, the Twins returned to the diamond Sunday and reminded Twins fans, including this one, that sometimes they’re not going to need a bullpen at all. In fact, the Twins have already done that several... Continue Reading »

February 11, 2019

The day the Twins and Red Sox turned 10 double plays

The Twins Almanac is a website and active twitter feed that reports on the history of the team, its players and those athletes with a connection to Minnesota. An old Twins Almanac tweet showed up in my own twitter feed last week, reminding me of a time when the Twins turned two triple plays against... Continue Reading »

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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.