Posted at 3:45 PM on September 17, 2006
by Josh Lee
The Twins lost on Friday night in a game that Johan Santana started, and stranded approximately 400 baserunners during their series in Cleveland. Somehow, though, they managed to win three out of four behind Boof Bonser, Carlos Silva, and Scott Baker. Those names don't exactly strike fear in the hearts of opposing batters, but they've all shown marked improvement lately, which gives fans a lot of much-needed hope after saying goodbye to Liriano for the season.
You know who else has improved lately? Torii Hunter, who has led Minnesota in home runs and total bases so far in September, at a time when the team's overall power has dipped a bit while everyone fights their late-season fatigue. Torii may not be the face of the Twins anymore (the torch was passed as soon as Joe Mauer slapped those fake sideburns on that kid), but his bat is still pretty important, and it's getting hot just when the team needs it the most.
just a note of reminder that the twins' lobbying, and the collusion of the state legislature and the hennepin county comissioners, led to a denial of your voting rights (sales tax for the new stadium). so every time you go to a game or watch on tv you are supporting anti-democratic behavior. i wonder what the troops in iraq think about our throwing away citizen participatory democracy while they are risking their lives purportedly fighting for it. i for one will no longer attend any twins games. to do so would insult the sacrifice of those who have defended our voting rights with their blood and lives. think about it.
I wouldn't say that Torri has completely passed the torch. I agree that Mauer (and probably Morneau as well) are the new faces of the Twins, but Torii has been with the team forever, and was a central part of the turn around. He's been loyal, he's played his guts out, and he is the veteran presence. He will always, at least somewhat, be representive of the Twins in my mind. Besides, with a smile that big, who wouldn't want his face on their teams poster?