06-13-2012, 10:47 PM #121
I am a Twins fan. But I am a fan of the sport first. For that reason, I will celebrate anybody of Thome's accomplishments, especially the way he did it, the right way. If you don't understand that, you and me have very different ideas of what a sport is.
06-13-2012, 10:51 PM #122
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06-13-2012, 11:39 PM #123
06-13-2012, 11:46 PM #124
06-14-2012, 12:10 AM #125
I just read this on the Twins website:
"Thome brought his former team's fans to their feet for a standing ovation in the fourth. He provoked the applause after hitting a two-run homer over the batter's eye in center field, an estimated 466-foot shot -- the third-longest in Target Field history. " http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index...recap&c_id=min
So there was a historic aspect in terms of how far he hit the ball.
06-14-2012, 12:16 AM #126
I'm not frustrated, GlunnI think you're missing my point, I'm not applauding the phillies winning. I'm for the crowd cheering a classy player. we lost, big deal. don't disrespect a guy who was a great short term twin and who will be in the hof. And a whole other thread...I won't say itWikipedia is for suckers
06-14-2012, 10:29 AM #127
It's a long season. Next season will also be long, as will the one following that.
There's nothing wrong with cheering a guy who you respect and enjoy watching play in the twilight of his career. It's one game out of 162 in a season that is probably a lost cause anyway.
06-14-2012, 11:05 AM #128
I may have missed someone else stating this point of view, but Thome's 4th inning homer increased the lead from 7-3 to 9-3. When the home team is already getting stomped, and this now just adds to it, it makes it much more forgivable IMO to stop concentrating on the home team winning and appreciate any secondary aspects to the game such as individual accomplishments. Applauding a fan favorite in this manner seems classy, not lacking in home spirit.
No one could know in the 4th inning that these would be the last two runs the Phillies would score in a one-run win. I really doubt that the same ovation would have occurred if, say, the homer had happened in the top of the 8th or 9th to retake a lead.
06-14-2012, 11:44 AM #129
Yogi Berra has the apocryphal quote that pitchers are all liars and crybabies. I suspect many managers share that view to some degree; they can remember cases where a pitcher said he wasn't sure he'd be able to last even three innings today, and then throws a shutout.
I really hope Gardy isn't guilty of second-guessing here.
06-14-2012, 11:51 AM #130