Thursday, September 25, 2008

This Great Game

No sport toys with your emotions quite like baseball. Over the course of a long season you can have your spirits lifted and your heart broken many times over. Not to go all Costas on you, but in a way the baseball season is like life in that things are probably never as bad or as good as they seem at the time. There's always another game (at least during the season) or another day tomorrow that offers a chance for redemption.

A week ago most Twins fans had probably given up hope after a number of recent gut-wrenching late-inning losses. Sure, they still had three games left with the White Sox at home this week, but what were the chances that they could pull off the needed sweep?

Even after the Twins took the first two games of series, it still looked bleak tonight when they trailed 6-1 in the fourth. But then the much-maligned bullpen stopped the bleeding and the offense chipped away until they were able to tie it at six with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. Then a dramatic game-winning single in the tenth plated Nick Punto and the improbable had occurred. The Twins had swept the White Sox and are now in first place.

The division is by no means won. There's more drama to be played out and the Twins still need to take care of business this weekend against the Royals. But this series and especially tonight remind Twins fans once again why this is such a great game.

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