Category: Johnny Goryl

May 4, 2024

Got sausage? Twins win again, streak stands at 11 games

The Twins ran their current winning streak to 11 games on Friday, perhaps showing the baseball naysayers that the winning is no fluke. There has been reason to wonder because a large part of their success has come at the hands of two of the worst teams in baseball: the Chicago White Sox and Los... Continue Reading »

May 23, 2022

Twins sweep Royals, improve to 25-16

The Twins almost made me eat my words. After I touted them as a “pretty good team, folks” (see previous post), the Kansas City Royals raced out to a 6-0 lead on Sunday, dashing any chances, or so it appeared, of a three-game sweep. But then the Twins scored five runs in the eighth inning,... Continue Reading »

May 28, 2018

The day Johnny Goryl grounded out on May 22, 1959

Johnny Goryl was a player, base coach and manager for the Twins, but before he was connected to the Twins organization, Goryl played for the Chicago Cubs, according to “The Long Season,” a book by Jim Brosnan, a former reliever for the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds. My interest in typewriters led me to... Continue Reading »

February 15, 2016

Ron Gardenhire, baseball player

Long before Ron Gardenhire managed the Twins to six division titles between 2002 and 2014, Gardenhire — like a lot of big league skippers — had a brief career as a player. If you’d like to see Gardenhire in action as a second baseman for the New York Mets — the team he spent five... 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.