Category: Rod Carew

March 17, 2024

Rod Carew, 1970

Another addition to my growing collection of Twins memorabilia is a Rod Carew baseball card from 1970, which appears to show him on the road at Yankee Stadium, if I’m not mistaken. Carew’s career numbers versus the Yankees, like most teams he faced, were sensational. He slashed .331/.396/.447 against the Pinstripers with 222 hits. But... Continue Reading »

December 11, 2023

The day a Twins reliever improved to 8-1

You never know when you’re going to have a Minnesota Twins moment. But when I do, it’s usually because of something I see on social media, and so it was as I discovered an old game film* of the Twins knocking off the Chicago White Sox 13-6 on Sept. 21, 1976, at Comiskey Park. The... Continue Reading »

September 11, 2023

Lopez strikes out 14, but it’s the Twins who are shut out

Twins pitcher Pablo Lopez made his best start of the season on Sunday. He went eight innings, he allowed only two hits, he didn’t walk a single batter and he struck out 14 New York Mets. And yet he didn’t figure in the decision because after 106 pitches he exited the scoreless game in favor... Continue Reading »

July 26, 2023

Winning streak comes to an end as whiffs galore, bullpen sink Twins

The Twins’ four-game winning streak came to an end Tuesday as the offense went cold and the bullpen underwhelmed to hand the Seattle Mariners a 9-7 win. And although Michael A. Taylor hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth to make it interesting, there was no walk-off magic after back-to-back games of... Continue Reading »

June 8, 2023

No team in the AL Central has a winning record

The Twins have been playing like a .500 baseball team and now it’s official, the club falling to 31-31 on Wednesday after a heart-breaking walk-off loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, 2-1. Two solo home runs were the difference. The first was allowed by starter Pablo Lopez, who otherwise pitched well and made another quality... Continue Reading »

December 26, 2022

The day Tony Oliva hit a home run off a car. Or was it a house?

The Twins’ Tony Oliva was in fine form the afternoon of June 29, 1969, as the Twins hit the road to face the Kansas City Royals at Municipal Stadium. The Twins took it on the nose in Game 1 of the doubleheader, a 7-2 loss, but came roaring back in Game 2, and no one... Continue Reading »

August 19, 2022

Twins edge Rangers to keep pace with Guardians

The Twins smacked back-to-back home runs in the first inning and that was all the runs they needed Friday after starter Dylan Bundy and four relievers made it stand for a 2-1 win over the Texas Rangers. It was the Twins’ fourth straight win, which is good because the Cleveland Guardians keep winning, too. The... Continue Reading »

August 5, 2022

Can the Twins’ Michael Fulmer and Jorge Lopez pitch every day?

Twins Territory got a good look at two new additions to the team on Wednesday, seeing the recently acquired Michael Fulmer and Jorge Lopez pitch scoreless frames en route to a 4-1 win over the Detroit Tigers. After Thursday’s disaster of a game, those same fans might be asking: How often can Fulmer and Lopez... Continue Reading »

July 10, 2022

A classic baseball scoreboard and a 7-5 Twins win

Once again the gift that keeps on giving, otherwise known as the internet, delivered something of interest for this Twins-focused blog. Crosley Field, Cincinnati, July 30, 1967 – Pete Rose in LF under the shadow of one of the most majestic scoreboards ever with a 7-foot Longines clock perched on top. It was built in... 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.