Posted at 1:11 AM on June 8, 2006
by Josh Lee
After Torii Hunter ran right past Scott Ullger's "hold" sign to get tagged out at home (disclaimer: any complaints about Ullger's overcautiousness should not be misconstrued as encouragement to ignore a coach's instructions), I said to myself, "It's not just going to be an ugly loss; it's going to be a long, slow, ugly loss." On the west coast, no less.
I honestly don't know why I stayed awake as long as I did, with the Twins nursing a five-run deficit and working their usual runner-stranding schtick. By the time Joe Mauer walked Juan Castro in for Minnesota's first run of the 8th inning (is there any slower way to score a run?), I was tired and punchy enough to say to myself, "hey, all we need now is a grand slam to tie the game!" And after a pitching change and a pop-up by Torii, Michael Cuddyer came on and made my idle mumblings a reality, hitting a grand ever-lovin' slam to tie the game at 9-9, prompting me to waggle my arms around and do a little dance around the apartment.
After a big hit like that, I just had to stay awake until the end, no matter how painfully long it might take. Sadly, while Cuddy's slam was the biggest hit of the game, it wasn't enough to overcome five Seattle home runs, including Carl Everett's walkoff in the bottom of the 11th. I'd be more disappointed if I wasn't in such a hurry to scurry off to bed.