Twins Win AL Central! Amazing!

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Honestly, I’ll have to write more later. This is the most proud I have ever been of being a Twins fan. I am speechless right now. Hopefully I can come up with words before 10:00 when I will host the NIGHTLY Minnesota Twins podcast. We will take you calls, questions, comments. I don’t even want to think about the Yankees yet. I don’t care. I’ve always said, I’m about the 162 game season… or make that 163 games! Whatever it takes!

Twins Win 6-5 in the 12th inning on a single by Alexi Casilla that scores Carlos Gomez, who had singled to lead off the inning. If that doesn’t exemplify what a crazy season this has been for the Twins, I don’t know what was. This was one of the best games I can ever remember watching. There was the game against the White Sox in the dome near the end of last year, and obviously Games 6 and 7 of the 1991 World Series count too. But this game had everything. Great defense, bad defense. Clutch hitting, and Clutch pitching.

Feel free to leave your comments. I just don’t have anything more right now… This is amazing! Congratulations to the Minnesota Twins, the players, coaches, the manager, GM, the front office and the ownership, and also to all the fans who, not matter how small a chance there was, never stopped watching, and never stopped caring! We witnessed something tonight we will never forget!

If you have any questions, comments or predictions, leave them in the Comments section.


24 Responses to “Twins Win AL Central! Amazing!”

  1. Bill October 6, 2009 at 9:17 pm #

    Somehow, Bobby Keppel managed to keep the game alive for the hot hitting hands of Gomez and Casilla. Twinks are competely over their heads right now, and it’ll be nothing to lose tomorrow against the (0-7) Yankees. Nice.

  2. Gopher Nation October 6, 2009 at 9:22 pm #

    That was an entertaining game to watch. That being said, I thought the game was very poorly managed on both sides and can only imagine whichever Manager lost the game will be heavily criticized by their respective decisions that were made.

    Great ending of the season and Metrodome and we are on to NY. You never know. You just have to find a way to get into the playoffs and the Twins did. Somehow this feels like ’87. Go Twins!

  3. thrylos98 October 6, 2009 at 9:26 pm #

    They did it.

    That’s all it matters.

    (I am positive that they will give the Yankees a run for their money as well; things in Yankeeland are not as rosy as they might seem, ask Jorge Posada and Joe Girardi if you don’t believe me 😉 )

  4. Matt October 6, 2009 at 9:57 pm #

    That was unbelievable! The roller coaster of emotions! I broke the remote on M. Cabrera’s 2 run shot, scared my two year old twins with my screaming after Orlando’s home run. That was a good game!

  5. werbellik October 6, 2009 at 9:58 pm #

    What a wonderful game! I’m with you thrylos, I think the boys will give the Yanks a good tussle!

  6. mike wants wins October 6, 2009 at 10:00 pm #

    That was a great, great, great game. Wow. Nothing better than watching sports with your son.

    • Brad October 7, 2009 at 6:41 pm #

      And this coming from MR Debbie Downer?

  7. TT October 6, 2009 at 10:16 pm #

    If I were a Yankees fan, I would be worried. They are up against the hottest team in baseball right now. The Tigers played close to .500 baseball down the stretch, which should have been good enough with a seven game lead. It wasn’t because the Twins kept finding ways to win. Tonight’s game was a microcosm of the last month.

    There may be a letdown, but I doubt it. I think they will take the Yankees one game at a time this go around. And some people may be surprised at the results.

  8. Gil4 October 6, 2009 at 10:46 pm #

    The last regular season game at the Dome might have been the best.

    When I think of great moments the Twins have had, most of the time I think of 87 and 91 and postseason. Tonight definitely will rank up at least in the same neighborhood, and I can’t think of any other regular season games that rivaled it.

    Of course, part of it has to do with he fact that it was only a regular season game because of a technicality – MLB says it is one. But it sure didn’t feel like one.

    Now the Twins just have to find a way to beat the Evil Empire so I don’t have to get a lot of grief from a certain 17-yr-old that I failed to raise properly somewhere along the way because he ended up a Yankee fan.

  9. TL October 6, 2009 at 11:10 pm #

    I was at the game with my 9 and 6 year old daughters. I have been to every home playoff game after 1991, and this was by far the most exciting game I have ever attended. Intense from start to finish – almost five hours. I kept thinking if they win my kids will never forget this game, kind of like the 87 and 91 Championships when I was a kid.

  10. JA October 6, 2009 at 11:33 pm #

    What a great game! Twins Win, how great is that. The contributer’s, Gomez, bad Casilla, good Casilla, and Bobby Keppel pitching for his baseball life. Matt Tolbert with a big hit to score Cuddyer. I can’t list all the great plays, but the positioning of the defense agasnt Magglio on the DP of Cabby back to Cuddy was a huge emotional release.

  11. Jeff October 7, 2009 at 7:13 am #

    Thank you Jim Leyland for taking out Porcello when you did! He seemed to be dominating the Twins up until the walk before he was taken out.
    Thank you Matt Tolbert, Nick Punto, Carlos Gomez, Bobby Keppel, and Alexi Casilla! You guys took soooo much crap (almost all of it deserved) all season for various reaasons, yet you each came up HUGE at some point last night!
    Thank you OC and Kubel for big home runs (everyone digs the long ball)! Especially you OC!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for more October baseball!

    Bring on the Spankees!

  12. the Dragon October 7, 2009 at 7:43 am #

    Very Good Game!!! Mistakes, Redemption..the stuff of Classics.

    NOW to the Crapshoot (aka Playoffs). Several notes from the Washington Post this morning.

    Since 2000, 12 teams have won 100 games in the regular season. “0” of those teams have won the WS and only 2 even reached the WS. Those 12 teams are 7-12 in post-season series. That’s 2 100 win teams making the WS, in this same period 8 Wild card teams have made it in. Wild card Teams are 23-15 in post season series.

    Only once during this period has the team with the best record in the ML won the WS (2007 Boston) while 2 teams with the worst record of play-off qualifiers have won the WS (2000 Yankees & 2006 St. Louis).

    Let the fun begin.


  13. BB-STC October 7, 2009 at 8:43 am #


  14. mike wants wins October 7, 2009 at 8:46 am #

    Did Casilla even make the post-season roster? I haven’t checked the rosters yet.

  15. Joe October 7, 2009 at 9:03 am #

    Not sure which of these 12th inning events was the most unlikely:

    1. Carlos Gomez is the cleanup hitter
    2. Delmon Young intentionally walked
    3. Alexi Casilla game winning hit

  16. Han Joelo October 7, 2009 at 9:26 am #

    You got to love the redemptive power of sports. Keppel was up in the fourth or so, and I thought to myself “if he comes in right now, this game is over.” Baker sucked it up, so instead of the fourth inning of a blowout in the making, Keppel comes in a couple of hours later to a tie game. Amazing. Wonder if Sean Henn, Ayala, Breslow, whomever could have done that.
    I didn’t see the game–were Gomez’ first at bats the swings of a cleanup hitter? Good thing he remembered who he was.

  17. roger October 7, 2009 at 12:08 pm #

    Seth…have you seen the 25 man roster? The newspaper said a 12 man staff which left 12 spots for players (maybe Joe and LaVelle should take a basic math class). I expect that they will take 12 pitchers with Armando and Manship left off the roster. The odd man out as a position player to me looks to be Buscher, with Alexi saving his spot with his last at bat and the fact he can be a pinch runner and play 3 defensive positions. Hell of a game Seth, sure made some of us eat a little crow after math saying it was nearly improssible.

  18. roger October 7, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    So my 13 players is (Mauer, Morales, Redmond, Cuddyer, Punto, Cabrera, Tolbert, Harris, Casilla, Young, Span, Kubel & Gomes.

    The 12 pitchers are Duensing, Blackburn, Baker, Pavano, Nathan, Mahay, Mijares, Liriano, Keppel, Guerrier, Crain and Rauch.

    That is my guess anyway.

  19. roger October 7, 2009 at 12:11 pm #

    Sorry about that spelling Gomez!

  20. mike wants wins October 7, 2009 at 2:12 pm #

    the roster is on the strib site, if you can get to the article (which I can’t right now for some reason).

  21. Pootie October 7, 2009 at 2:29 pm #

    Amazing game!! Agree completely that this game will go down as a classic. The 87 and 91 world series has a couple that would rank above, but this takes an edge over last years’ series vicory over the White Sox in late September. Truly a great game to watch, regardless of what team you back.

  22. Brad October 7, 2009 at 2:38 pm #

    What an unbelievable night! One of my best experiences ever in life, my ears were still ringing 3 hrs after getting home.

  23. rosterman October 7, 2009 at 3:40 pm #

    Okay. Unbelievable. To all of us who were told that if the Tigers played .500 ball, the Twins would need to go something like 15 and 5 to tie or win…well, who would imagine.

    Yes, Gardy still tries to stretch his pitchers. One inning too many. One batter too many. It’s September, you have bodies…if they aren’t usable bodies, why call them up.

    (Speaking of not calling up, bench fodder Huber and Gabino? Better to have Butera, Pridie, Valencia, Swarzak and even Perkins sitting around. At least usuable parts).

    I never thought I’d see the day Delmon Young would be intentionally walked. Never!

    And to Gomez and Alexi and Punto and Tolbert…the unsung heroes along with Bobby Keppel.

    Truly a team with the #10 spot being held by…the fans!

    Although when people started the couple of different chants about Detroits first baseman, I wanted to also hear the Twins fans yell out about Mauer “Drinks Milk, Drinks Milk” or “Loves His Mom! Loves His Mom…wait…eh…..” anyways.

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