Twins All-Star Trio
The Minnesota Twins sent a trio of All-Stars (Joe Mauer, Joe Nathan, and Justin Morneau) to the 79th Annual All-Star Game and Home Run Derby. It turned out to be perhaps the greatest representation of the Twins in All-Star Game history:
-Joe Mauer: Played a rather small role, but caught the first five innings and collected one infield single and one walk at the plate.
-Joe Nathan: Pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning for Terry Francona’s AL stars.
-Justin Morneau: Won the Home Run Derby, went 2-4 in the All-Star game, and scored the winning run of the contest by barely beating a throw from right field while tagging from third.
Considering that the Twins are usually a non-factor in the midsummer classic, this game was a remarkable occurrence and will hopefully energize the team in the coming weeks and months.
The Twins are off on Thursday and kick off the unofficial second half of the season against Texas at the Dome on Friday night.