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  1. My MLB feed ended with the win, so I got no replay—of all the absurd moments not to be able to view it again!
  2. I suspect this is very, very true: I heard well-placed rumors at the time that the minor- league Morneau was not at all respected by his teammates. And somehow he turned into the model of good guy as a major leaguer. Thanks, Joe!
  3. There was a lot of talk here in New York about who would hit the first home run in the newly renovated Yankee Stadium in 1976 (channeling The Babe’s home run christening the stadium in 1923). It turned out to be Dan Ford, a letdown for Yankee fans
  4. Pat Meares came up with the Twins, I believe. Before that, Danny Thompson and Zoilo Versalles were from our system. We did know how to find good shortstops in trades: Leo Cardenas, Smalley, Gagne, and Guzman, but we gave up big names to get them when they were little more than prospects (Cardenas excepted).
  5. The 1972 baseball season was shortened by labor trouble (I think it was a lockout, a little deja vu here). So the teams played about 154-155 games. Any player who appeared in 140+ games really earned his salary. Rigney started Darwin in centerfield, and that probably wasn’t the best idea, but Darwin’s hitting was the talk of the league for the first couple months of the season.
  6. Yeah, my Athletic “feed” is only Twins baseball and hockey, so it was a kick to have them mesh! A general bit of life advice: Get in a pick-up game of whatever sport you like, and don’t stop playing, no matter how old you get. It is truly one of life’s joys.
  7. For those of us Twins fans who resolved with delight to go the HOF induction of Tony-O and Kitty, this will change the dynamic: Now we will be joined by plenty of Red Sox fans taunting us for letting Big Papi go. Actually, I’m looking forward to it!
  8. I know I voted for Tovar and Gladden; can’t remember about Gardenhire. It’s pretty rare for me to “win” in elections. This has made my day!
  9. Glad to know someone else appreciated Bobby Randall… I saw Hrbie’s grand slam in a NYC bar while waving a greasy paper napkin as my homer hanky. It left me speechless. As I walked home to my apartment after the game, I was listening to Jim Kaat on a national radio broadcast. He called it “the greatest moment in the history of the Minnesota Twins.” I had to agree, and thought, “Who better to comment on that than Kitty?”
  10. Too many (as been named), but since Tony-O was my first love, and is still very much with us, I’ll stick with that.
  11. Bert’s 28 is retired, judging by the illustration I see above on Twitter, so that horse has left the barn. There is something to be said for retiring numbers of Cooperstown Hall of Famers who go in as Twins and played honorably there for a long time. Others (like Hrbek) can be debated. (If you told me in mid-1976 that Bert’s number would be retired by the Twins, I would never have believed it. It’s great that life is funny and unpredictable at times.) Didn’t know that great fact that Kitty would have won the Cy Young in 1966 had it not been for the retiring Sandy Koufax (I didn’t become a fan until 1967).
  12. I became a Twins fan as a kid in 1967, so I remember Chance as “The Man” when it came to pitching in that eventful year. But, you are right, outside of the no-hitter, he is sort of forgotten in Twins history.
  13. You are brave to start the new year on this sad topic. After the 2019 playoff, I believe I started a topic with the suggestion that that playoff may have been the most humiliating series of losses in Twins history (after suggesting a few close seconds). I’m sticking with it.
  14. Offerings in the dumpster. I love it! Thank you for sharing your creativity.
  15. For those who are subscribers, The Athletic did a story on Danny Thompson last year, just out of the blue: https://theathletic.com/1976368/2020/08/06/a-lucky-man-how-danny-thompson-refused-to-let-cancer-stop-him/?source=user_shared_article
  16. Of course I agree on Tovar! But I’d certainly consider Smalley, as well. For quite awhile he was the best player on the team. And then he had that reprise with the team for the 1987 championship that counts for something in the sentiment department.
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