Just to refresh everyone's memory, the Twins post-season record this decade is now 6-19. Taking away the moderate success of the '02 season, the record drops to a very frustrating 2-13.
So what is going on here?
I realize that there is a lot of blame being thrown in Gardenhire's direction, but is he to blame in this? In nine seasons he has won over 90 games 5 times and only had one losing season. Although, I certainly am not a fan of his. I feel the post-season success in '02 was mainly a remnant of the TK years, and Gardenhire has pretty much just maintained the status quo during this tenure. I also worry that Twins' fans might be experiencing a little "Glen Mason Syndrome," wanting to get to blow everything up in hopes of getting further only to be left with ruins.
Listening to the rundown on the radio, I heard callers stating that there wasn't "the usual crowd" at the game and "Stub-Hub Nation" diluted the energy in the stands. I also have a hard time thinking the lack of energy left that slider hanging to Teixeira, or went 0-7 with runners in scoring position.
The game was there for us to take, but we hesitated. We are like the dweeby kid in high school who loses the girl to the jock because he hesitated and didn't get their first. And no amount of coaching will help with that.
I remember that the opponents of the Philadelphia Fliers came down with the "Philly Flu" before playing them in the 70's; have the Twins developed the "Pinstripe Fever?" Or at least a postseason allergy?