Category: Matt Shoemaker

July 4, 2021

So much for making a stand against the AL Central

A week ago there was optimism. The Twins had taken two of three games from the Cleveland Indians, improved to 10 games under .500, moved as high as third place in the division, and facing a new month of games against division rivals, it appeared that maybe, just maybe, the Twins were ready to turn... Continue Reading »

June 23, 2021

It’s called the breaks of the game, Twins fans

Forty years ago celebrated journalist, David Halberstam, put pen to paper (type to paper?) and produced a seminal work on the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers called “The Breaks of the Game,” a book that focused on a season with the Blazers after they won the championship in 1977. I can still see it: A strong... Continue Reading »

June 14, 2021

Framber Valdez. Remember him?

Houston Astros pitcher, Framber Valdez, the left-handed pitcher who tossed five scoreless innings against the Twins in last year’s postsason, was back on the mound to face them on Sunday. What’s his secret? I’m not exactly sure. He’s certainly not a power pitcher, but whatever he’s throwing, he sure knows how to keep the Twins... Continue Reading »

June 12, 2021

Momentum, if you want to call it that, quickly extinguished after Twins lose to Astros

There was a lot of talk about “momentum” after the Twins’ thrilling, come from behind win over Aroldis Chapman and the New York Yankees Thursday night. Losing 5-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Twins hit back-to-back two-run home runs to first tie the game and then won it in walk-off fashion, 7-5.... Continue Reading »

June 7, 2021

Jose Berrios, a triple play and quality relief help Twins earn series split with Royals

After Matt Shoemaker made the worst start in Twins history on Friday — ultimately resulting in a 14-5 loss — Jose Berrios got the Twins back on track Saturday with a 5-4 win, then the Twins edged the Royals again Sunday, 2-1, to split the four-game series. Sunday’s win wasn’t the most productive affair —... 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 »

May 25, 2021

I can feel it, Twins fans. Can you?

There was a lot of talk about momentum after the Twins’ 8-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, and that just might mean this team — a team largely unchanged from winning seasons in 2019 and 2020 — is about to put two months of terrible baseball behind it and go on a little... Continue Reading »

May 23, 2021

The bad luck continues: Twins now 0-8 in extra innings

I was all prepared to write that the Twins are starting to turn things around, and then they went and lost in extra innings again to the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. The Tribe gave Shane Bieber a 3-0 lead, but the Twins came back against one of baseball’s best pitchers to tie the game. But... Continue Reading »

May 18, 2021

Yes, it apparently can get worse, Twins fans

Just when you thought the disappointing play of the 2021 Minnesota Twins couldn’t get any worse, it did Monday after the Twins hit rock bottom, losing 16-4 at home to the Chicago White Sox. Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa, 10 years removed from the game, returned this season to manage the South Siders.... 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.