Friday, August 17, 2007
20 Years Ago Already!
Good morning everyone! Well, I know that I have been eagerly awaiting this weekend for a long time. The Twins will be celebrating their 20th anniversary of their 1987 World Series championship. Most of the players will be back. Obviously Kirby Puckett and Joe Niekro won't make it, but from the sounds of it, many of the others will be there. I am looking forward to seeing the players and reading the stories about what they are doing now, where they are at and such. I wish I were capable of some Where Are They Now Q&As with some of those players.
Obviously it will be good to see Jeff Reardon there. He has had a well publicized past few years, so hopefully this celebration can be a positive for him.
So, what do you remember of that 1987 team? Let's share some memories here.
For me, I was 12 years old and in 7th grade.
I remember the Detroit series. I believe that the game-clinching game was in the afternoon and I had football practice. I couldn't believe that we would have practice when such an important game was on TV!
I remember that a friend of mine pronounced Steve Lombardozzi's name Lar-Dum-BO-Zee. It cracked me up. But he was my brother's favorite player. And, his 1.121 OPS in the World Series was impressive too. Sometimes, it's not about being good as it is about being good at the right time!
I remember wondering if Les Straker could pitch Game 6, but he did well.
I remember driving on a bus back to school (I can't remember why) and the bus driver spending five minutes asking me if I still thought the Twins could win the World Series after being down 3-2 and going back to the Metrodome.
I remember Kirby Puckett's airplane hat thing.
The Berenguer Boogie?
I remember 'Buck-Ninety' and in the World Series, he hit .318 with five walks!
I remember wondering why Greg Gagne wasn't called "G-Man" too.
I remember the Sweet Music and that impressive game 7 performance. I remember wondering why Viola didn't get to pitch the bottom of the 9th.
The Tom Lawless bat flip was pretty ridiculous.
Do you remember how many injuries the Cardinals had that hurt them in the World Series? Vince Coleman. Jack Clark. Terry Pendleton. Oh well!
I remember watching Game 7 in my parent's basement. This was before it was re-done and finished. It was a black and white TV that didn't come in real clear. But I was way too nervous to watch the game with anyone else!
I remember that I literally went to the bathroom every half inning during Game 7, I suppose because I was so nervous.
What I didn't remember were the bench players, probably because they didn't play much in the series. Al Newman was on the roster. Sal Butera was on the roster. Roy Smalley went 1-2 with two walks in the World Series. Mark Davidson was on the roster.
I remember Willie McGee grounding to Gary Gaetti and Gaetti slinging it over to Kent Hrbek at first. I remember Hrbek catching the ball and leaping into the air, arms outstretched into the air.
What else do you remember about the 1987 season or the playoffs? What are you looking forward to about this weekend? By the way, don't forget to pick up your August issue of Gameday Magazine outside the Metrodome! Please Comment below with your memories. If you get to the game or run into any of the players, please share stories. If you would rather, please e-mail me.
The Twins players likely enjoyed their day off yesterday after a long road trip. As mentioned above, the team will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1987 World Series championship. It will be fun to get to see all those players again. Here are the pitching matchups for the series against the Rangers:
Friday - 7:10 p.m. - Carlos Silva (9-12, 4.30, 1.30, .287) vs Kason Gabbard (5-1, 3.83, 1.10, .286)
Saturday - 6:10 p.m. - Boof Bonser (5-9, 4.77, 1.49, .283) vs Kameron Loe (5-9, 5.80, 1.58, .296)
Sunday - 1:10 p.m. - Johan Santana (12-9, 3.02, 1.05, .220) vs Kevin Millwood (8-9, 5.63, 1.64, .298)
The Twins made a few moves.
As you recall, the Twins traded Ramon Ortiz to the Colorado Rockies for IF Matt Macri. I still am amazed that the Twins were able to deal Ortiz and not have to pay any of his remaining salary and get a decent prospect for him. I realize Macri is already 25 years old and just hitting AAA for the first time in his career, but he has been well thought of in the past.
To fill Ortiz's spot on the 25 man roster, the Twins recalled 1B/OF/DH/PH Garrett Jones. Although I think that Lew Ford would have made a little more sense, I have no problem with Garrett Jones moving up.
The Twins also claimed utility infielder Chris Basak from the Yankees. The 28 year old got into five games for the Yankees in August, but he got just one at bat. That was his first big league call up after he was drafted by the Mets in the 6th round of the 2000 draft out of the University of Illinois. He has spent part of the past five years at Norfolk, the AAA affiliate of the New York Mets. This was his first year with the Yankees organization. He really can't hit, has little power, isn't extraordinary defensively and really provides the Twins with nothing. He is not as good as Nick Punto, Luis Rodriguez, Alexi Casilla, Matt Tolbert and maybe even Gil Velazquez. He is probably better than Luis Ugueto though! This is about as Who-Cares a move as you'll find.
The Twins are hoping that Jason Bartlett and Jason Kubel will be able to play some this weekend. If Bartlett can't play, we will see a left side of the infield that will include Nick Punto and Tommy Watkins. I'm happy for Watkins and prefer watching him to Punto, but Bartlett and Brian Buscher or Luis Rodriguez sounds like a much better option.
Twins Minor League Updates
Stick & Ball Guy takes a look at the Twins Top 10 picks in the draft this year and shows how they are doing. Here are the game reports of the Twins and their minor league affiliates from Thursday's games.
Thursday SethSpeaks Player of the Day – Brock Peterson, New Britain Rockcats
Thursday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day – Alex Burnett, Beloit Snappers
Thursday - Red Wings 4, Buffalo 5 – Kevin Slowey was excellent yet again. He worked the first seven innings and gave up just one run on four hits. He walked one and struck out four. He left the game having thrown just 86 pitches (63 strikes). Bobby Korecky came in for the 8th and 9th innings. He gave up four runs (2 earned) on five hits. He walked none and struck out three, but gave up the game-ending run with two outs in the ninth. Denard Span went 2-4 with a walk and his 7th triple. Lew Ford went 2-4 with a stolen base. Jose Morales went 1-2 with two walks.
NEW BRITAIN NEWS
Thursday - Rockcats 7, New Hampshire 3 – The Rockcats must be happy to have big Brock Peterson back from his DL stint. Last night, he went 3-4 with his third triple and 14th homer. Felix Molina went 2-3 with his 17th double. Matt Moses was 2-4 with his 16th double and fourth homer. Trevor Plouffe hit his 34th double. Anthony Swarzak started and gave up two runs on six hits in 6.1 innings. He walked none and struck out five. Armando Gabino came in and got the next five outs, threw on strikeouts. Tim Lahey gave up a run on two hits in his inning.
FT MYERS MEMOS
Thursday - Miracle 9, Tampa 5 – Kyle Waldrop was the recipient of plenty of run support en route to his sixth win for the Miracle. In six innings, he gave up three runs (2 earned) on five hits. He walked one and struck out zero. David Shinskie pitched a scoreless inning. Adam Hawes got just one out and gave up two runs on four hits. Robert Delaney came in and got the final two outs for his sixth save. Steve Tolleson went 3-5 with his 19th double. Juan Portes went 2-3 with two walks, three runs scored and his ninth homer. Danny Valencia went 2-5 with his second triple. Brian Dinkelman was 2-5, and Erik Lis hit his 16th home run.
Thursday - Snappers 9, Burlington 0 – Alex Burnett has been struggling of late, but he returned to form in this game. In six shutout innings, he gave up two hits, walked none and struck out five to even his record at 7-7. Matt Williams got his first save with three shutout innings. Eli Tintor led the offense. He was 3-5 with his second triple and two RBI. Chris Parmelee went 2-4 with his 14th homer and four RBI. Steve Singleton was 2-5 with his 14th double. Wilson Ramos went 2-5, and Chris Cates went 2-4.
Thursday - E-Twins 4, Johnson City 9 – The E-Twins had plenty of base runners, but just not enough big hits to keep up with all the runs their pitchers allowed. The Twins had seven hits and eight walks. Rene Tosoni went 2-4 with a walk. Deibinson Romero hit his 14th double. Michael Allen started the game and in 3.1 innings, he gave up seven runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out five, but two home runs were too much. Omar Alcala came in and gave up two runs in 3.2 innings. He gave up three hits, walked three and struck out five. Curtis Leavitt struck out two in two shutout innings.
GCL TWINS REPORT
Thursday - GCL Twins 8, GCL Red Sox 3 – The Twins got a lot of offense from a lot of players. Angel Morales went 2-4 with two triples. Juan Richardson was 2-4 with two RBI. Yangervis Solarte went 2-4 with his second triple and two RBI. Ben Revere went 2-4 with his fifth double. Danny Rams was 2-4. Ramon Santana was 1-3 with a walk and his first home run. Winston Marquez gave up two runs on six hits in the first fiver innings. He walked three and struck out three. Tom Stuifbergen gave up a run over three innings. Juan Acosta went a scoreless inning.
Please feel free to discuss the Twins game, the minor league teams and players and anything in the comments below.
That's it for today and for this week. Have a great weekend and check back next week!|
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