Posted at 6:08 AM on August 6, 2008
by David Zingler
After the Twins two inexplicable, unjustifiable losses in Seattle this week, their road record stands at 23-30. While it's true most teams in baseball have struggled on the road this year, nobody has an upcoming stretch away from home like the Twins do.
From August 21 to September 21 - the most critical time of the season - our local nine plays 24 of its 30 games outside the Minnesota border. The gauntlet begins with 4 against the first place Angels, 3 more at pesky Seattle, 3 in Oakland and 3 north of the border in Toronto. That 13 game stint is followed by 6 home games - 3 vs. Detroit and 3 vs. Kansas City. After that the Twins pack their suitcases for 3 in Baltimore, 3 at Cleveland and end with 4 in Tampa against the surprising Rays. Yikes!
Why would the MLB schedule makers do this to our Twins? Don't blame them, blame the Republicans. The major impetuous behind this insane schedule is the Republican National Convention in St. Paul in early September. While the convention lasts only 4 days, apparently it will take a while to set-up and clean-up after the rowdy convention goers and the powers-that-be do not want the Twins to get in their way.
Minnesota is supposedly a swing state this year, so if the home team tanks during that stretch - say 10-14 or 9-15 on the road - and falls out of contention, does that cost John McCain The Land of 10,000 Lakes and the 10 electoral votes that come with it? Does he have to put Tim Pawlenty on the ticket for insurance?
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