08-27-2012, 08:55 AM #1
The Hardball Times: 52 Years from the Twins Junk Drawer
Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times wrote an article with a lot of interesting, random Twins notes from their 52 years in Minnesota:
08-27-2012, 09:27 AM #2May 16, 1984: Officially, the Twins sell 51,863 tickets on the day, but only 6,346 show up. There’s a massive ticket buyout plan going on to help keep the Twins in Minnesota as the Griffith family is selling them in 1984. A month later, Clark Griffith will sign ownership of the franchise over to Carl Pohlard.
I also have to add that I still think people underestimate just how bad the Metrodome was for baseball and just how apparent it was immediately that the Metrodome was terrible for baseball. The Twins actually had a contending team in 1984, though it surprised the fan base that they did.
08-27-2012, 09:39 AM #3Aug. 19, 2007: Johan Santana sets a franchise record with 17 strikeouts in one game, and he did it without pitching the ninth, either. The Twins win, 1-0, behind his two-hitter. Santana’s Game Score of 95 is the highest ever by a pitcher, for any team, in a non-complete game.
08-27-2012, 09:44 AM #4
08-27-2012, 10:04 AM #5Aug. 30, 1990: White Sox catcher Ron Karkovice, of all people, hits an inside-the-park grand slam against the Twins. He hits it to the wall, and instead of bouncing, it stays by the wall. The two outfielders converging on the play have an inadvertent double-stall as they expect the other guy to go for it. When one does grab the ball, he falls over, tossing it to the other guy, who initially leaps away in surprise. Karkovice rounds the bases while this all happens."Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand."
08-27-2012, 10:14 AM #6
Those were the good old days, Things were never that bad because we were young and we had hope and stars and hero's. Now we are old
not much hope or time to get it right and money has taken the stars and the glory away.
08-27-2012, 07:59 PM #7
It's sad how many of these games I distinctly remember.