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Twinkie Town Stud of the Week: Terry Ryan

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Welcome to a new feature here at Twinkie Town--the Twinkie Town Stud of the Week! Every week we'll be putting the spotlight on one person in (or outside) or the Twins organization who really shows they have the "cojones" to be top dog.

Am I the only one who thinks Terry Ryan looks like Gardy's bald brother? Is this weird?
Am I the only one who thinks Terry Ryan looks like Gardy's bald brother? Is this weird?
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This week's stud of the week:

Terry Ryan

Terry Ryan, as you most likely know, is the Twins' General Manager. He generally roves around and checks out prospects and Twins' minor leaguers. He was in New Britain last Tuesday to check out the Twins AA team when top-prospect Miguel Sano did this:

Pretty cool, right? WRONG. As you you can't really see in this video, Sano took an extra long time to admire his home run before trotting the bases. To baseball players, this is offensive. To Terry Ryan, this is very offensive.

Let's back up for a moment.

Sano's home run came off Portland pitcher Bobby Lanigan--a pitcher who, up until June 25th, had pitched in the minors for the Twins. Lanigan played for the Rock Cats when Sano was promoted to the team on June 9th, and the two players did not get along. They reportedly got in a loud confrontation on a road trip just before Lanigan's release.

So you can understand why Miguel Sano wanted to rub it in when he hit his dinger off Lanigan, even though it was not the most professional thing to do. Really, Sano could have just normally run the bases and made Lanigan feel just as crappy.

New Britain manager Jeff Smith approached Miguel Sano about his conduct after the game, to which Sano reportedly replied something along the lines of 'I'll do what I want after a home run.' This prompted Terry Ryan to also talk to Sano, which apparently didn't go so well either.

The following night, Miguel Sano was benched.

And the next night.

And the next night.

And the next night.

Now, it could easily be Jeff Smith doing all this benching, but me-thinks the fact Terry Ryan was there and similarly rebuffed played a significant role in the rather harsh consequences.

So, Terry Ryan, by having the cojones to green light the benching of a Twins top prospect for over half a week, you are Twinkie Town's inaugural Stud of the Week.

STUD OF THE WEEK RUNNER UP: JOE MAUER. He's the face of the Twins, and he had twins. Just in case you hadn't heard about that.

Let's discuss Sano's benching below. Arguing opinions is good, but be respectful of your fellow Twins fans and remember EVERY opinion is valid at Twinkie Town! We're all in this together! GO TWINS GO!!!