Minnesota Twins Bomb The Bronx Bombers

In my early days of sports addiction (still not cured), the New York Yankees were always the epitome of baseball. They are the winningest franchise of any sport. They have won 27 World Series Championships. They have had 44 players and 11 coaches elected to the Hall of Fame. Here are some of the Yankee Greats, who are also Baseball’s greats:

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Lou Gehrig
Joe DiMaggio
Mickey Mantle
Roger Maris
Yogi Berra
Casey Stengel
Whitey Ford
Reggie Jackson
Don Mattingly
Thurmond Munson
Derek Jeter
Alex Rodriguez
Mariano Rivera

The team at various times, has answered to the Damn Yankees, the Bronx Bombers, the Bronx Zoo, Murderers Row, and the Pinstripes. Whether you loved them, or hated them, they were baseballs biggest draw. In any Major League city, as soon as the single game seats were available, the games against the feared Yankees sold out.

They have had a curse on the Minnesota Twins for many years, highlighted by the fact that during Ron Gardenhire’s  years with the Twins, they could only muster a 23-69 record against the Bronx Bombers. The Yankees always beat Minnesota in the Playoffs, during those years, going 12-2 against the Twins. As a matter of fact, the Twins have not won a series against the Yanks since 2008.

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Until……..July, 2017, when they took 2 out 3 from the power hitting Yankees, at Target Field, in Minneapolis. The 2 games they won were by scores of 4-2 & 6-1. Could this stop the curse?

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Santana Wins Game With His Hitting

Major League Baseball has two divisions, the American League, and the National League. The American League utilizes the designated hitter(DH). That basically means that the pitcher doesn’t hit, and the DH doesn’t play in the field. When teams meet in inter-league play, the rules regarding the DH,  are that of the home team. A little preliminary info for you gals, who read my blog.

The Minnesota Twins recently played the San Francisco Giants, in San Francisco, which meant that the pitchers, would have to hit. A rare occurrence for an American League pitcher. The pitcher for the Twins was Irvin Santana, who is having an All-Star Year, going 8-3 with an ERA of 2.20, having thrown 3 shutout, complete games.

Anyway, Santana was bragging before the game, that he was going to hit a home run, which would be something, as no Twins pitcher has a hit, in the last 3 years. He didn’t get his homer, but he hit a bases loaded double, scoring 3 runs. Santana went on to win the shutout, complete game, 4-0. He was ecstatic. That’s a real “What the Heck” moment.

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