With a concussed Niklas Backstrom on the shelf for an indeterminate amount of time, Josh Harding has solidified his hold on the No. 1 goaltender position for the Minnesota Wild. More than that, he may have locked himself in as the best story in the NHL this season.
October 5, 1993 was the first time the franchise formerly known as the Minnesota North Stars would play a home game somewhere other than Bloomington, Minn. That night, the Stars beat the Detroit Red Wings 6-4 in Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas – officially, and for the foreseeable future, to be known as the “Dallas Stars.” Though Minnesota hockey fans would count on the promise of a future franchise from the NHL, they had to wait seven long years to get it.
Another baseball season is in the books, and once again, there was disappointment in Twins Territory. Another 66-96 record was certainly not what fans, or the club for that matter, were hoping for. But baseball, like life, is as much about the journey as it is the destination. So how did the 2013 Twins arrive at this point?
From the moment the gates opened on Saturday night, the vibe at Xcel Energy Center was a little different than usual. Can a pre-season hockey game have a “vibe,” you ask? It can when the Winnipeg Jets are in town. Thanks to NHL realignment, the Minnesota Wild find themselves in the same division as their neighbors to the north. And if Saturday’s game is any indication, the contests between the two will be intense all season long.
What should a fan do when they find themselves watching their favorite club get taken to the woodshed? The answer for most is to give up and leave early. But that seems like such a waste!
News broke this afternoon that Justin Morneau has been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for OF Alex Presley. Morneau has spent 11 seasons in the big leagues, all with the Minnesota Twins. He made his major league debut in June of 2003, hitting .226/.287/.377 with four home runs in 106 at-bats. His “popeye-like” forearms and prodigious power mesmerized Twins fans who hadn’t seen a true power-threat at first base since Kent Hrbek retired.
Kyle Benjamin Gibson was born October 23, 1987. Two days later, the Minnesota Twins won their first of two World Series titles. Just shy of 22 years later, Gibson became the Twins 2009 first-round draft pick. And on Saturday, he made his Major League debut against the Kansas City Royals.
April 28. That was the last time Justin Morneau had hit a home run, until he sent a Duente Heath pitch 370 feet towards Target Plaza in right field on Wednesday night. Not that he hasn’t been productive for the Twins.
Kansas City Royals broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre likes to tell a story about a conversation he once had with legendary Detroit Tigers play-by-play voice Ernie Harwell.
To say that Aaron Hicks’ first month-plus in the big leagues has been a trial is more than a tepid understatement. Coming into Monday night the rookie had a slash-line of .137/.239/.216. As bad as those numbers look, considering that they were numbers on the rise, they look even worse.
Those are the ERA’s and xFIP’s (Expected Fielder Independent Pitching, which attempts to isolate pitcher performance from defensive variance) for Twins starter Kevin Correia over the previous four years of his career. Two of those seasons having been spent with the Pirates — two with the Padres.
“Hey kid, you’re going to the show…” That’s the sentence every aspiring baseball player wants to hear.
In an effort to make every single baseball game matter in my life, I joined three fantasy baseball leagues this season. My allegiance will and always will remain with the Minnesota Twins but sometimes the Twins aren’t playing and other teams are. Being a Fantasy Baseball Manager is my favorite, least paying part-time job ever.
Francisco Liriano became a member of the Minnesota Twins organization on Nov. 14, 2003, coming over from the San Francisco Giants in a trade for A.J. Pierzynski.
“It’s a beautiful day for baseball … let’s play two!” Legendary Cubs third baseman Ernie Banks once uttered those famous words, and they became his trademark.