Minnesota Twins 2010: A Season Review
After going through some of my blog posts recently, I realized that I hadn’t penned a “season review” of the 2010 Twins season. Maybe the quick (again) exit from the playoffs contributed to my apathy, or perhaps it was the Vikings’ season going very bizarre very quickly and giving me plenty of other blogging material. Either way, I do want ot quickly run down my standout moments of ’10…
To me, 2010 will always be remembered as the “Year of Target Field”:
At first, I was as skeptical as anyone at the new outdoor ballpark. Fortunately, that all changed the first time I walked through the gates. Besides some of the parks (like Wrigley or Fenway) that keep their charm primarily due to history, I can definitively say that Target Field is the best new home we could have possibly asked for (at least when the weather cooperates, which it did in spades last summer…heck, the Vikings in the Dome had more postponements in ’10 than the Twins!). Also helping to broaden the experience was the fact that our family moved closer to the Twin Cities metro area this year, so I was able to go to more games than ever before.
I’ll just say this: At the end of 2009, I was missing the Dome. By the end of ’10, I can’t imagine playing anywhere other than Target Field.
Some other memories include…
-Much like Brett Favre did to the Vikings in 2009, Jim Thome gave the ’10 Twins a bit of a swagger. He can’t run or play the field, but it doesn’t matter in the least…he proved that (out of the DH spot) he can still be the most prolific power hitter in the game, bar none. When Justin Morneau went down with his concussion, Big Jim stepped into the cleanup role and did exactly that…clean up. Perhaps the most memorable Thome moment was his walkoff home run against the Chicago White Sox in extra innings.
-Carl Pavano, predicted to fail miserably, provides the veteran leadership the staff desperatley needed, and even became a folk hero due to his mustachioed upper lip.
-Delmon Young’s torrid dog-days-of-summer performance, almost single-handedly keeping us in the division race with a hitting surge unlike anything I had ever seen.
-Some young kid named Danny Valencia coming up from the minors to lock down third base and provide some spectacular clutch hitting, all the while winning the hearts of the yound ladies in Twins Territory with his megawatt smile.
Other memories would include the torrid second half of Joe Mauer’s bat, as well as Francisco Liriano finally returning to his dominant pre-Tommy John surgery form.
So yes, even though the season ended in disappointment once again…
…I choose to remember the good moments that seemed to last all summer long.
Perhaps the one memory above all that will stick with me is sitting in Target Field on a cold, wet September night but loving every minute of it as the Twins clinched the Central Division Championship. I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.