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A visit to the mound

Posted at 9:19 AM on August 2, 2005 by Ben Tesch

The Seattle Times lists 10 great moments in "chatting" history, some great stories about interesting mound visits.

When Dodgers pitcher Jerry Reuss pleaded to stay in a tight game, manager Tommy Lasorda told him he'd do the Democratic thing and take a vote. Lasorda wanted to yank him. Reuss voted to stay, of course, figuring that with catcher Steve Yeager on his side, he had it made.
When queried by the manager, however, Yeager told Lasorda, "Shoot, I would have taken him out two innings ago."

The silver lining...

Posted at 1:50 PM on August 2, 2005 by David Zingler

It’s August now and it should be apparent to any semi-objective viewer that the Twins are not going to the playoffs. And that’s a good thing. The past three seasons the Twins have reached the postseason doing things their way. Other than 2002 however, they haven’t come close to advancing past the first round and in none of those years were they viewed as favorites to reach the World Series.

Winning three straight Central Division championships is a respectable accomplishment, but it also allowed the organization to pat themselves on the back without addressing the teams’ glaring offensive weaknesses. After all, they are just the small market, feel good, “Little Engine that Could” Minnesota Twins. We all knew their line-up lacked power and patience, but how could we dare question them after another playoff run? It’s Minnesota, we’re just happy to be mentioned with the big boys.

In short, the annual hanging of a Central Division championship banner on the yellowing white sheet in right field of the Metrodome became the opiate of the masses.

There won’t be a banner this year and the organization will feel the heat. We all need that once and awhile.

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