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Wednesday, October 07, 2009
And That Happened: AL Central Playoff EditionTwins 6, Tigers 5: You didn't know it you didn't think it could be done in the final end they won the war. After losing every battle.
Greatest game in Metrodome history? With all apologies to Chris I'm inclined to say no, simply because I don't equate high drama with greatness. There were all manner of screwups in this game. They kept things close, but that doesn't define greatness as far as I'm concerned. On the one hand you can say "Wow! What an incredible game!" On the other hand you can say "Man, a lot of sloppy play, a lot of missed opportunities, and hoo-boy a bad call by the ump made a big difference." Though the more I think about it, the more I'm inclined to believe that those things aren't mutually exclusive. Whatever: what an incredible, sloppy game!
From the end of this thing the Twins had 21 hours until the first pitch in the Bronx. After burning though eight pitchers and a hundred different emotions. Against a team who ran the table against them this year. It's hard not to root for Minnesota going forward, but I wouldn't put a ton of money on them.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 12:02am
Kevin S. said...
Actually, it’s quite hard to root for Minnesota going forward.
Posted 10/07 at 12:31 AM
Good game, but failed to hold my attention as I watched in a bar. So probably not to be considered great.
Posted 10/07 at 02:07 AM
My favorite moment was when Ron Darling made a reference to Dag Hammarskjold. I like to think he did it just to see if Chip Caray could play off it whatsoever. He could not.
Posted 10/07 at 04:35 AM
Simon DelMonte said...
When your park played host to a 1-0 extra inning seventh game of the World Series, how can anything else possibly be a better game? Especially if you agree with me that Game Seven of the 1991 World Series was the single best game played anywhere during the Metrodome era.
Posted 10/07 at 04:42 AM
What do Delmon Young and Carlos Gomez have between their ears, cotton candy?
And what game was Chip Caray watching? With Nick Punto batting, “line drive, base hit”. That Raburn then catches in the air before gunning out the dazed and confused Gomez.
A blind person listening to Caray doing a game would not get a terribly accurate account of what was happening. He cares far too much about drama and far too little about accuracy.
Posted 10/07 at 06:39 AM
Matt in Toledo said...
That was Casilla getting thrown out at home, I believe. Chip Caray’s call was dreadful, though. Is it me, or should a national broadcaster not be saying that a team needs to get a man on and hit a home run to take the lead?
Posted 10/07 at 06:46 AM
Ah, yes, Kevin S. it is more than hard to root for the Twins, I would say it was impossible. Listening on the radio the game sounded sloppy to me and the fiddly-fart pitching changes seemed to make it a cross between a mediocre 2-1 NL game with the time the length of a 15-13 Yankees win over Boston.
Posted 10/07 at 07:57 AM
I agree. It was a great game - exciting, fun to watch (in most parts). But the constant pitching changes and intentional walks made some of it incredibly annoying to watch (I’m in favor of the intentional walk, but, you know, try earning your victory every now and then). I think the biggest thing, though, was that absolutely atrocious strikezone by the umpire. Not only did he ruin chances for both teams with terrible calls, but he made the batters swing at nearly every single pitch because they had no clue what it’d be called.
Still, there was a lot of exciting moments and it was fun to watch. Congrats to the Twins and their fans.
Posted 10/07 at 08:04 AM
Not to harp on the announcers too much, but think of how awful it would have been had Casilla been safe. Would Caray’s blown call on the Punto drive be the soundtrack to that game?
And what was with his insistence on the redemption storyline? He made the point with Rayburn, then after Casilla gets the hit that wins the game, Caray says he didn’t tag up properly earlier.
These people have watched a baseball game before, right?
Posted 10/07 at 08:54 AM
Greg Simons said...
I’m rooting for the Twins. And the Angels and Rockies. But I really couldn’t care less who wins those series, as long as the Cardinals win theirs.
Posted 10/07 at 09:08 AM
The home plate umpire was awful most of the game - and it really is too bad he blew it and cost the Tigers a run but I assumed he was going to cost someone at some point.
Definitely not the most incredible game ever. But certainly fun and never-say-die-ish.
And I think next year, they should just let the Yankees pick who they want to play in the postseason. We should make it as easy as possible for them—they need the help, right?
Anyway, I would say it would be impossible for the Twins to win this but then again, if you told me that the Twins would be here because ALEXI CASILLA batting in the DH SPOT drove in the game winner, I would have put my house against it, so baseball is fun. The end.
/exhausted in Minnesota
Posted 10/07 at 09:18 AM
Posted 10/07 at 09:31 AM
My favorite Caray’ism:
“Will this be the last regular season 9th inning ever in the metrodome?”
Unless they decide to play the ninth inning twice tonight it will.
Posted 10/07 at 09:45 AM
Craig, to which hoo-boy bad call are you referring? I assume it’s the fact that Casilla was safe at home after having slid around the tag and slipped his hand in.
Posted 10/07 at 09:47 AM
Craig Calcaterra said...
I was thinking of the Inge non-HBP. The Casilla call was wrong too, I think, but it was pretty bang-bang, and I’ve seen that call go that way a lot before. He just whiffed on Inge. And of course, the strike zone was atrotious.
Posted 10/07 at 09:51 AM
Chris H. said...
Some questionable management as well. It’s the 9th inning, and you have a man on first with no outs. Span (hitting .311/.392/.415) is called upon to…SACRIFICE BUNT!
Gahhh. If I was the GM, I would’ve halted the game right there and fired Gardenhire for gross stupidity.
And Chip…Chip’s special. That “last 9th inning” remark was classic Chip. My favorite from his tenure as the Cubs’ play-by-play guy: “Adam Dunn is the kind of hitter that, when he doesn’t make contact, he struggles.”
Posted 10/07 at 10:05 AM
I guess, as the umpires explained to Jeter this season, the rule really is that if the ball beats you on a non-force-out play, you’re out.
Posted 10/07 at 10:05 AM
Andy H. said...
I thought Granderson was safe on the double play in the 9th, but I don’t know because TBS never really showed a decent reply.
Posted 10/07 at 10:15 AM
Speaking of managers, it’s too bad for the Tigers that Leyland couldn’t find anybody other than Gerald Laird to bat with two outs and runners in scoring position in the 8th inning….and the 10th inning….and the 12th inning….
Posted 10/07 at 10:19 AM
Speaking of Leyland, what the hell was he expecting Rodney to do in the 12th? Even the TBS guys could see he wasn’t throwing fastballs anymore.
He had 19(!) pitchers on his roster, and yet he couldn’t find one to relieve a guy who hasn’t pitched more than two innings in over a year and hasn’t thrown more than 35 pitches in a single outing all season?
Posted 10/07 at 10:31 AM