Posted at 9:41 PM on August 28, 2007
by David Zingler
I am writing this in the top of the 9th as Brian Buscher rounds the bases after his first major league homerun – a wall-scraper to right. Indians lead 6-4. Rondell White pops out – one down (how low can one man’s batting average go?). Jason Tyner just beat out a bunt, despite the best effort of Casey Blake (wish we still had him). Now Bartlett hits a screaming double down the third base line – Tyner to third. While this exciting, it is merely delaying the inevitable. Torii Hunter flies to center and Tyner scores – 2 outs, Indians lead 6-5. As soon as the Twins lose this game, they will be – wait Morneau just struck out looking – they are 7.5 games out of first.
It’d be nice to have something clever to say here, but nothing seems fitting. While this has hardly been the worst season of Twins baseball I’ve witnessed (leading off for the Twins: Rich Becker!), it is the most frustrating. They were the Timid Twins. Time after time, Twins hitters froze at the plate in key situations, while the front office was paralyzed, doing nothing to enhance the team’s chances.
We saw flashes of brilliance from this team, but they were always followed by extended stretches of mediocrity or worse. The 2007 Minnesota Twins leave behind thousands of disappointed fans.