If you’re like me, the last 6-8 weeks of the Twins season got a little gauzy. I was paying some attention, but it wasn’t like the surprise run of August-September 2017 where I was scouring game stories and box scores. With Minnesota essentially eliminated from any form or meaning, my favorite baseball team was no longer top-of-mind.
So, when I saw that the Twins lost Juan Graterol on waivers to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, my reaction was twofold:
- Wait a minute. Who in the world is Juan Graterol?
If you’re not like me, and you lived and died with all 162 games, you know the answer to #2. Graterol was signed to a minor league deal over the summer after getting let go by the Angels, then was called up on September 22 when the Twins parked Mitch Garver for the year with a concussion.
His Twins tenure was recapped by the Strib’s Phil Miller: Three games, one walk, one hit, eight plate appearances. You can also recap it by noting that there are no pictures of him in a Twins uniform in the SB Nation photo archives, so I had to use a spring training picture of him with the Yankees, who were eliminated by the Red Sox on Tuesday. Sorry, Greg.
Anyway, best wishes to Graterol on his continued MLB journey, and thanks for the memories. Share yours in the comments. Bill Brasky-esque tales of heroism and madness preferred.