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Article: REVIEW: 'Down to the Last Pitch' by Tim Wendel

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#1 Cody Christie

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 06:47 AM

You can view the page at http://twinsdaily.co...h-by-Tim-Wendel

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 09:09 AM

Definitely getting this book. Just have to decide if I want it on kindle to save a couple bucks or if I want the actual book so I can share it.

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 02:51 PM

Fans on these boards always talk so fondly about those years and with good reason but partly they forget what made them special. These teams were mostly developed from our minor league system or trading for prospects. They did not win every year and regardless of what people say now, no one saw 1987 happening before it happened. There was a good core but things fell apart and came together again often. It wasn't just a long enjoyable upward all the time kind of thing. Beating the Vegas odds of over 100-1 against was part of what made 1987 special. Both Atlanta and Minnesota coming off 1990 seasons in last place and also being Vegas 100-1 against made 1991 extra special. Those that look back on those years fondly and can't imagine it happening ever again with these Twins are kind of missing the magic of baseball.

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 09:20 PM

Cody, I think this was an excellent review of this book. Thank you so much for contributing it.

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 10:33 PM

Fans on these boards always talk so fondly about those years and with good reason but partly they forget what made them special. These teams were mostly developed from our minor league system or trading for prospects. They did not win every year and regardless of what people say now, no one saw 1987 happening before it happened.


Not necessarily true. As you say, their fortunes waxed and waned, but included in that, they did make a funny little challenge for the AL West title in 1984. The core of the team was already in place and still so young, and I think Tom Kelly was even the third base coach (as Gardy was in 1991). Not that they would have beaten Detroit in the '84 ALCS or have gone to the Series, but they did compete for the AL West title until the final, fateful series.

Those that look back on those years fondly and can't imagine it happening ever again with these Twins are kind of missing the magic of baseball.


Absolutely, absolutely true. :) :) :)

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 01:26 PM

I was lucky enough to get this book autographed by Tim Wendel when he was doing a book signing in St. Paul earlier this spring. I really enjoyed this book and how he weaved the personal stories in with narratives of each game.