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Kevin Urdahl

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  1. It means something, but I think there is a risk of overinterpreting. The Twins are a much better team than Houston. Nothing will make me believe otherwise. Houston rose to the occasion in a 3 game series more than the Twins did. These things happen in baseball.
  2. 1.) Where are you from? Grew up in Jamestown, ND. Avid Twins fan growing up. Lived in the Twin's Cities from 87-95 and attended both World Series victories. Have lived in Seattle since 95, but still avid Twins fan. 2.) Age Range? 55 3.) What brought you to Twins Daily? Don't remember. 4.) Highest level of baseball/softball played? 9th grade, Babe Ruth. 5.) Favorite Twins Player, and favorite underappreciated Twins player, and if you want, favorite current Twins player? Rod Carew and Kirby Puckett. Underappreciated - Brad Radke. Current - Jose Berrios. 6.) Favorite non-Twins Daily site/authors? mlb.com 7.) Favorite Twitter follows? Don't do twitter 8.) Other interests outside of baseball. Hiking, camping, my son's little league 9.) Favorite part of Twins Daily... Minor league information. The sense of community.
  3. It's a tough day to be a Twins fan, but days like today are part of the journey. I dug out the following article I wrote for my college newspaper in 1985, two years before the Twins won their first World Series, and it cheered me up. Thought I'd share, as I think the community needs it. People have often asked me why I love the Twins. They ask as if being a Twins' fan must be an inescapable condition which is ultimately under genetic control, or the result of a traumatic childhood experience. I immediately assure my inquirers that my fanaticism is completely voluntary, but have trouble pinpointing exactly what hooked me. Maybe I simply enjoyed defying parental authority by listening to the Twins on the transistor radio under my pillow long after I was supposed to be asleep. Whatever the reasons, it happened, and I love the Twins. During my formative years as a Twins fan I suffered the same delusions common to most Twins' fans of that era. I believed that Craig Kusick was the second coming of Harmon Killebrew, and that Rod Carew must be moved to first base to make room for a budding star named Jerry Terrell. I expected my time investment to quickly yield dividends and a pennant flag. As I waited, I turned my eyes to the outfield and saw Norwood, Powell, and Sofield where Bostock, Ford, and Hisle used to stand. It was then that I discovered a reality about baseball. It was then that I discovered a reality about life. The Twinkies, as they were jeeringly or lovingly called, became a reminder of the struggles that lead to any success. They became a lesson about the valley that must precede any mountain. How can one know the thrill of victory without first tasting of defeat? Can there ever be a mountain without a valley? If everything was mountain, all would be flat. Much has been written about the woes of being a Twins' fan, but I see it as a great preparation. I pity the Yankee fan, for he can never fully savor victory. He is like the 4.0 student who whines about a B+ but never really appreciates the A's he usually gets. Ardent Twins' fans will soon be rewarded for their devotion. There can never be a valley without a mountain. For every Bob Gorinski there is a Tom Brunansky; and from each Eddie Bane rises a Frank Viola. For every 60-102 season, there is a World Championship in store for the Minnesota Twins. The only question now is "when?" I believe the day is coming soon, but if not, time will only sweeten the taste of victory. The deeper the valley - the higher the mountain. I am not one to quickly criticize the fans who jump on the bandwagon when the Twins start to do well. I know that their rapture at the top will never be as great, for they did not climb the mountain. When the day comes, and the Twins are crowned as champs, the newcomers will rush out and guzzle down a six-pack of Schlitz to celebrate. Myself, and others like me, will walk slowly to the cellar to get the vintage wine that has been aging for the occasion. Before we sip, we will smell the cork and say, "1965 - it was a very good year."
  4. I'd also rather see the Rays than the Yankees. But I'd also rather see the White Sox than the Indians now that Ramirez is on fire to provide something to go with that pitching. But truth be told, I'd take the Twins over all of them. They are peaking at the right time. I'm feeling the magic!!!
  5. I would go with Gagne and his defense over Pat Meares. According to Baseball Reference, Gagne had a cumulative WAR of 7.1 in his three years at SS in the 90s (90-92), whereas Meares had a WAR of 5.8 in six years (93-98).
  6. Love that Tom Campbell was 17-5 in 1976, pitching 167 2/3 innings with 0 starts! Amazing! I remember that year well!
  7. Great list. Spot on, in my opinion. Love the discussion and hearing these names again.
  8. I would also vote for Disco Danny over Tovar for the 70s (Tovar's performance in the 60's don't count). I really liked Steve Braun, but as a 3rd baseman he only played in 73, 74, and 102 games at 3B in 71-73. After that he played mainly in the OF. At 3B I would give the edge to Eric Soderholm. He played more games at 3rd, had pretty comparable offensive numbers (OPS+ of 133, 110, and 119 compared to OPS+ of 95, 110, and 135) and was a better fielder at 3B than Braun. It was the emergence of Soderholm that led to Braun being moved to the OF.
  9. Twins don't win the 87 World Series, or even make it into the playoffs, without trading for Reardon. Gotta be in the top 3.
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