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In 2006, Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen gave the Minnesota Twins the nickname “piranhas” for there ability to “peck away” at you until they finally succeed. Basically, Ozzie was just frustrated that a team featuring the likes of Jason Bartlett, Lew Ford, Luis Castillo, Nick Punto, Juan Castro, and Jason Tyner could beat his band of sluggers. The Twins were that pesky team you should beat, but don’t more often than not.
Just recently, though, Guillen announced that the Twins were no longer piranhas. You know what I say to that? Great!
It was fine to watch that small-ball, attacking style of offense over the course of the regular reason, but once the playoffs were at hand it always failed us. It’s common sense, really: give too many important at-bats to Punto, Brian Buscher, Tyner, or the like, and eventually (once you face good pitching) you will start to falter. That is exactly what happened in the 2006 ALDS against the A’s.
Really, it comes down to this. Take a look at these two players, and tell me who you would rather have up in a key spot against, say, Mariano Rivera in the playoffs:
Preview (70-51, 1st, 4.0 GA CWS): Dan Haren (1-3, 3.44) vs. Brian Duensing (6-1, 2.00).
In the film “Field of Dreams”, Terrance Mann tells that “the one constant through all the years…has been baseball”. Well, to amend that statement, the one constant through the last decade of Twins baseball has been the ability to defeat the on our home turf.
Starting in 2002, when at the end of the season blasted back-to-back game-winning homers against the that buried them in the standings, the Twins embarked on a streak of home domination against the Pale Hose.
In 2003 and 2004, the Twins fended off late-season pushes by the South Siders with sweeps under the Teflon roof. Heck, the last time Twins fans probably remember seeing young Michael Ryan (noteworthy considering he just resurfaced in the majors with the Angels) is when he had the series of his life against the Sox in late September of ’03.
After an off year in ’05 that saw the Chisox win the whole thing, the Twins didn’t despair, quickly getting under Chicago manager/nutcase Ozzie Guillen’s skin so much in 2006 with their pesky hitting that Guillen termed them the “piranhas”, a description that is now part of Twins lore.
Then, in 2008, before one coin flip gave them The Cell, it was the Sox we swept at the Dome in remarkable fashion to even have a shot at the postseason.
Thus, when the White Sox enter town tonight, it will be interesting to see how the new digs treat them. Was it only the lime-green turf and white roof that turned them into quivering jelly? Or, perhaps, it was something more…like an entire packed stadium on their feet when Cisco has two strikes on Pierzynski.
I, for one, am hoping for the latter.