I gave up trying to figure out a couple of days ago. I mean, this was a .500 team in just about every sense for 5 1/2 months of the season. The Twins didn’t win more than a couple of games in a row, and wouldn’t lose more than a couple of games in a row. Then, one of the best players on the team goes down and suddenly we have the hottest team in baseball. A few thoughts from tonight’s marathon:
-Baseball is the only major sport in which winning the division is a major accomplishment. After 162 163 games, the Twins have proven to be the best. Sure, it isn’t a strong division, but getting into the playoffs in baseball is a big deal, and the Twins have now done that five out of the last eight years. If they do nothing in the playoffs, this has been a successful season.
-I’m pretty sure that the manager made it tougher for the Twins to actually win the game in the bottom of the ninth. With Nick Punto on after drawing a walk (I like to call it a freebie when Punto gets on base), Gardy took the bat out of Span’s hands by asking him to bunt, but simultaneously took the bat out of Joe Mauer’s hands as well. The manager needs to think several moves ahead, so he must have thought about what the sacrifice bunt would mean in that spot: that it would be on OrCa and GoGo to win the game (interestingly, it was ultimately the combination of GoGo and Casilla that would get the job done).
-On the other hand, it is amazing how much the team got out of a thin bullpen. I don’t think that the team would have made it through another inning.
-I generally like the TBS crew, but Ron Darling started on the wrong foot with the “big players make big plays…” cliche and seemed to just rattle one cliche after another throughout the evening. I guess that I ought to get used to it, the same team is traveling to New York for tomorrow’s game.
-I just heard Jim Rich from FOX9 warn Joe Mauer to keep his language clean for the camera. Outstanding stuff.
-Bring on the Yankees!