Game 122 // Sixth Inning, Pittsburgh // Baseball Winterland

TOP OF THE SIXTH: TWINS 6 (2) – PIRATES 3

 

The bullpen guys are rubbing their arms together, hopping around in their coats—as if whoever looks goofiest might be the last one picked to pitch.

It’s snowing, in April.

Whitecaps are swarming the surface of the Allegheny River.

A fleet of pirate ships are stuck in the ice. Clint Hurdle’s pegleg has frozen. His parrot has died. His eye patch whitens with frost. Continue reading “Game 122 // Sixth Inning, Pittsburgh // Baseball Winterland”

Game 114 // Seventh Inning, Minnesota // Lorenzo Cain, Check-Swing of the Year

TOP OF THE SEVENTH: ROYALS 5 (3) – 4 TWINS

 

The Wild Card chase is on, folks. The Wild Card chase is on.

The Yankees, the Twins, the Orioles, the Angels, the Mariners, the Royals, the Rangers, the Rays—more than it’s ever been, the chase is on.

And it’s all hanging in the balance, this sunny afternoon in Minnesota… with a check-swing from Lorenzo Cain batting, that just might’ve saved the season.

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Game 12 // Twelfth Inning, Minnesota // Here Come the Twins

BOTTOM OF THE TWELFTH: TWINS 3 2 – 2 ANGELS

 

These Twins are making a comeback, folks. Optimism is coming out of its winter hiding like a Baseball Groundhog Day, hope spreading around the upper midwest from Duluth to Fargo, Winona to Winnipeg.

First nine games of the season: L L L L L L L L L. But then, something changed.

On Friday, Minnesota came back from Continue reading “Game 12 // Twelfth Inning, Minnesota // Here Come the Twins”