A few years ago, when the Twins inadvertently made a playoff appearance, I was notified, that, should the Twins progress, I would have the honor of introducing a play-off game thread.
Then, the Twins bombed in the Bronx, following up that loss by then limping to a dreadful conclusion of the 2018 campaign. During a busy, yet head-scratching, off-season, the FO signed new players, coaches and a manager, trying to bolster a team that clearly wasn’t getting the job done.
Amazingly enough, the FO put together an excellent team, a team that set both team and MLB records, setting the stage for one of the best seasons I can remember since the 1987 Squad won it all.
Which bring us to today, a day in which I hope to see the Twins bomb the Bronx and show those darn Yankees the Twins are all out of chewing gum.
With that, we go to some thoughts about the Days of Future Passed:
1987: Bert Blyleven: Cagey veteran leader of the 87 pitching squad.
2019: Who will step into the role this year?
1987: Frankie "Sweet Music" Viola: Future Cy Young winner.
2019: Is Jose Berrios or Brusdar Graterol the equivalent on the current staff?
1987: Mount Crushmore, consisting of Kent "Buy a Vowel" Hrbek, Tom "Bruno" Brunanski and Gary "The Rat" Gaetti.
2019: Lead by Nelson Cruz, Mount Crushmore was reborn in "The Bomba Squad."
1987: The relief core, embodied in Juan "Senior Smoke" Berenguer, helped nail down the Series win.
2019: The relief core, lead by the likes of Trevor May, Taylor Rogers and Tyler Duffey have come into their own.
1987:Manager Tom Kelly, man of few, but sometimes pungent, words.
2019:Manager Rocco Baldelli, man of more than few words
May the Twins, in the immortal words of Captain Kirk, "Fire!" and exact their revenge on the Yankees!
And now, a word from our very special guest, RiverBrian!
Mauer: Guys I am pumped... Tonight the Twins open the playoffs against the Yankees. I am so proud of those guys.
Morgan: Why do you always play the Yankees in the playoffs? There are 13 other teams in the American League... Why is it always the Yankees?
McCarthy: They have really good hotels in New York. They don't want to play Oakland or Cleveland. No mints on the pillow.
Mauer: Listen, Umm, I don't know what team you guys are cheering for but we could really use your support. what do you say... Can you guys join me and be Twins Fans?
Montana: Umm... Well... Sure, why not.
Mauer: Thanks Joe... (Turns to look at Maddon) How bout' you?
Maddon: How much will you pay me?
Maddon: Pay me... You know... I'm out of work right now and I'm telling you that my loyalty can be purchased.
Morgan: Yeah... Money will do the trick for me as well.
Mauer: Hey... I'm also out of work now. I still pay the rent for this meeting spot. I pay for all of your daily airline flights here to hang out. I buy the beer and the food. This is even my grill. I pay for everything.
Maddon: It's gonna take cash.
McCarthy: I spent a long time in politics Joe... that's how it works... Money buys influence.
Mauer: Fine... How much?
Morgan: (Looks at Maddon) Umm... 100 bucks (Maddon nods his head). Yeah... 100 Bucks.
Mauer: I can't believe this... Here ya go.
Montana: Where's mine?
Mauer: You already agreed.
Montana: I didn't know you were handing out cash. (Mauer gives him $100). Perfect... We are Twins fans tonight!
Maddon: Yeah... It's a hundred bucks a game. You'll need at least two hundred more for a series win.
Mauer: Well, that was 900 dollars I wasn't expecting to spend, I only have 74 thousand dollars left in my wallet.
Morgan: There's an ATM around the corner.
Maddon: We should have asked for more.
Mauer: (Looks at McCarthy). What about you... Do you need 300 dollars?
McCarthy: No... I'm a ghost... I don't have pockets.