Posted at 2:59 PM on April 19, 2005
by Josh Lee
Before the season started, we were promised some changes in the AL Central. The White Sox were going to transform themselves into a small-ball, small-noggin kind of team, depending on base hits and "fundamentals" to score their runs, as opposed to clobbering every ball that entered the strike zone. The Twins, meanwhile, had spent the off-season running statistical models through a supercomputer and consulting with grizzled old scout-oracles, eventually determining that the way to win more games was to actually score some runs, and so decided that maybe they ought to actually have some people cross home plate instead of leaving them out to dry on the bases all the time.
So what did we see in last night's game? Five runs by Chicago, all on homers (two by Carl Everett, one by Joe Crede). Ten runners left on base by Minnesota, who hit into three double plays along the way. Ten. I know that the Twins have long prided themselves on being a strong fielding team, and probably feel more comfortable hanging out in the infield, but this is just silly. It's just home plate, you don't have to be afraid to step on it once in a while. Look at Joe Mauer: sure, he's the catcher, and as such is less homeplateophobic than your average position player, but I think we could all learn a lesson from his late home run.