Good morning Twins fans! Here are some links for you to enjoy today:
- People who actually sleep at night (lol) are waking up this morning to discover they missed a 19 inning, 6 hour and 32 minute, all-night (practically) baseball extravaganza in Oakland between the Angels and the Athletics. The game was the longest ever played in both franchises' histories, and included several former Twins--Pat Neshek (also a TC native), Grant Balfour, and Brendan Harris. The Athletics finally won the contest with a walk-off homerun from Brendon Moss, who proceeded to give an exhausted post-game interview in which he pied himself in the face.
- In case you were wondering--the longest game in Minnesota Twins history took place at the Metrodome on August 31, 1993 against the Indians. The game lasted 6 hours and 17 minutes, for a total of 22 innings. The Twins won, 5 to 4.
- The single-A Cedar Rapid Kernels are pretty happy with their affiliation switch from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to the Minnesota Twins. Ticket sales are up, and the team is better, because as we found out last night: the Angels suck.
- Former Twinkie Town writer Brandon Warne wrote a piece for 1500ESPN about the progress of Twins top prospects Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton. Good news: Doug Mientkiewicz himself is happy with Sano's defense, an area where Miguel had previously struggled.
- Speaking of the minor leagues--the AAA Rochester Red Wings will be on MLB Network today at 10:30am CT.
- Terry Ryan isn't ready to declare the Twins the winner of last year's Francisco Liriano trade--but 1500ESPN's Phil Mackey sure is.
- If you weren't aware of how Glen Perkins is pretty much killing it all the time, this story should fill you in.
- Bad news for those of you in the "FIRE GARY" camp--Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan provides more evidence that Gardy's job really probably isn't in much jeopardy.