This won’t be my normal game thread opener because this isn’t a normal game. I’ll be scrapping the '5 Things to Think About' format for the playoffs.
The normal game thread format developed out of necessity. There was a time when I was writing every single game thread opener and in desperate need of daily, relevant, game set up content. That content was not there without extreme repetition of the same points because things don’t change that much between game 47 and game 48. It was also a time when the team wasn’t playing very well… so those repetitive points were also depressing. It didn’t take long to realize that it just wasn’t sustainable. So, with the purpose of opening up more doors for content, I opened up more doors for content by mentioning anything that came to mind and crossing clear over the baseball lines.
Further, when Sam Deduno is your top pitcher, it’s very easy to start things negative and if you start negative… it will stay there. So… the easiest way to keep things light-hearted is by not mentioning that Sam Deduno is your top pitcher.
That’s how the game thread opener became what it became.
This is the first playoff game thread opener in the history of Twins Daily. Sam Deduno is long gone, and we've got ourselves a winning team, so it needs a different approach.
I’ve got my Eye Black on.
If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone say the Twins will be one and done at Yankee Stadium… I’d have at least 35 cents, and that is mainly because I don’t talk to a lot of people. If I made the effort to talk to as many Twins fans as I possibly could, I’d have enough nickels to start a profitable small business that employed between 10 or 20 with decent benefits.
Here’s a couple of points that I would like to share with all you negative non-believers who think that it’s a foregone conclusion that the Twins will leave New York disappointed:
1. You may be right… only one team will advance to Cleveland… it is quite possible that the Twins will lose but the odds are closer to 50-50 than you non-believers are expressing.
2. You are feeling this way because you are OLD. You are no longer getting carded at those drinking establishments that you drown your sorrows in. You remember those disappointing trips to Yankee Stadium, then you are taking those memories, holding them long term, letting them pile up and then you are dumping the whole pile over a bunch of kids on the current roster that were miles from your pile of memories.
Byron Buxton was 15 years old and in Georgia when Phil Cuzzi was unfair to Joe Mauer. Jose Berrios was a 15 year old in Puerto Rico and Max Kepler was 16 and living in Germany. Only Joe Mauer is old enough to remember it and Joe has played enough baseball to know that it just doesn’t matter anymore. There are no scars on these players… those scars are yours.
You may come back and say… "What about recent history? After all, the Twins are 13-27 against the Yankees in the past 5 years." To that I say… “See… it can be done.” The Twins have beaten the Yankees 13 times, including 7 times at Yankee Stadium in the past 5 years. Tonight… they've just gotta do it once and they’ve done it before.
Thank God it isn’t a 40-game series.
Today’s Joe M Conversation:
Maddon: What are you doing, Joe?
Mauer: Writing a letter
Montana: Handwritten… you don’t see many people doing that these days.
Mauer: I have to write it by hand… somebody broke into my house and stole my computer and that’s who I’m writing this letter to. I’m going to publish it on Twins Daily so they are sure to read it.
Morgan: Was the computer all they got?
Mauer: No… my computer and a bunch of books that were kept nearby.
McCarthy: What kind of books?
Mauer: Nothing much… my Thesaurus was stolen.
Maddon: Let me see what you have so far
Dear Crook, who broke into my house and stole my computer and thesaurus,
What you did was bad. You are a bad person and I hope bad things happen to you in a bad way.
Morgan: You may want to get another Thesaurus.
Mauer: How do you spell Armageddon? Damn it… I can’t spell Armageddon!!!
Montana: It’s okay, Joe… it’s not the end of the world.
Our very own MINNESOTA TWINS:
Brian Dozier 2B
Joe Mauer 1B
Jorge Polanco SS
Eddie Rosario LF
Eduardo Escobar 3B
Max Kepler RF
Byron Buxton CF
Jason Castro C
Robbie Grossman DH
Ervin Santana P
Brett Gardner LF
Aaron Judge RF
Gary Sanchez C
Didi Gregorius SS
Starlin Castro 2B
Greg Bird 1B
Aaron Hicks CF
Jacoby Ellsbury DH
Luis Severino P
Game-time forecast: Partly cloudy, no rain, 63 deg F, winds at 6mph from the SSE.
Play ball! GO TWINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Todd Frazier 3B
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