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Ode to Dan Barreiro

58559608After the Minnesota Twins clinched the American League pennant at Tiger Stadium in 1987, Barreiro penned a short piece for the Minneapolis Star Tribune titled Who Would Have Believed It?

22 years later, in honor of Mr. Barreiro, here are 20 memorable moments in the incredible run of this edition of the Minnesota Twins:

1. The Twins, a team with a losing record away from the Teflon Confines (31-40 on the roadテつheading into their final, 10-game road trip through Chicago, Kansas City and Detroit), would go 7-3 on the most critical road trip of the season.

2. Delmon Young would hit three home runs and drive in 10 in the final series of the season, after having just 9 homers with 50 RBI coming into the set.

3. Michael Cuddyer would bat .333 (26-for-78) with 8 homers andテつ24 RBI in 20 games after taking over for Justin Morneau at first base.

4. The Twins would go 16-4 in Morneau’s absence.

5. The Twins would be seven games back on September 6, only to find themselves deadlocked with the Tigers for the Central lead on the final scheduled day of the season.

6. The Twins would have two players with 30 home runs (Morneau, Cuddyer).

7. Denard Span would drive in a career-high six runs in a game at Kansas City, and would tie for the league lead in triples with 10 (Jacoby Ellsbury).

8. The Twins would have four players drive in 90 or more runs (Morneau, Jason Kubel, Joe Mauer, Cuddyer).

9.テつCarl Pavano would win the scheduled finale on just three days rest.

10. Joe Nathan would lock down a franchise, single-season record 47 saves.

11. Thatテつa catcher (Mauer)テつwould bat .364.

12. Kubel would hit two, 3-run homers on the final scheduled day of the regular-season.

13. Nick Blackburn, who had won just two games after the All-Star break, would pitch 21 innings with a 1.28 ERA over his final three starts of the season, including turns at Comiskey and Comerica. The Twins won all three starts, including his last sagainst the Royals on just three days rest.

14. Nick Punto, a .228 hitter on the year, would bat .300 on that all-important road trip.

15. Minnesota would go on a 18-8 run to set-up a one-game playoff for a chance at its fifth division title in eight years.

16. The Twins will play a 163rd game for the second consecutive season, the first team in history to participate in a one-game playoff for a division title in back-to-back seasons.

17. Minnesota would plate four earned runs against Kansas City’s Cy Young candidateテつZack Greinke on Saturday, after Greinke had allowed just four earned in his previous seven starts combined.

18. With Detroit’s magic number at two and set to clinch its first division title since ’87, the Twins would stave off elimination with an 8-3 win over the Tigers to conclude their road schedule.

19. There would be an ’09 version of the Homer Hanky.

20. For all the excitement surrounding the new outdoor ballpark, when it came to the Teflon Confines, the Twins just weren’t ready to say goodbye.

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One Response to “Ode to Dan Barreiro”
  1. jojo says:

    Kubel didn’t hit 30 homers; Cuddyer did.

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