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Thursday Twins: Old friends, Ortiz, and openers

David Ortiz’ acting debut and football at Target Field.

Minnesota Twins v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images
  • David Ortiz is still a controversial figure among some Twins fans, but one thing that shouldn’t be a controversy is that his recent tribute to Boston-set movies is hilarious. Ortiz reprises roles held by Matt Damon, Drew Barrymore, and other big names.
  • Phil Miller checked out what some old friends produced this season. Not to spoil things, but it’s basically Aaron Hicks leading the pack, then a couple guys, then everybody else. It’s hard to believe there were nearly enough former Twins playing in the MLB this season to field two full rosters.
  • Speaking of old friends, Eduardo Nunez hit the home run in Game one of the World Series that put things away for Boston. Unfortunately, Nunez seems to have kept his helmet on the entire time.
  • Think the opener is a new idea? Bemoan the fact that starting pitchers don’t get as many outs as they used to? Perhaps you just lack the appropriate historical perspective. Russell Carleton spilled some virtual ink over at Baseball Prospectus in order to teach us that there is nothing new under the sun, and shed some historical light on pitcher usage trends. There are fancy charts and everything!
  • It seems unlikely that snow will collapse U.S. Bank stadium the way it did the Metrodome (RIP,) but it’s still interesting to know that Target Field could host a relatively major football event. It might not be an NFL game, but North Dakota State will host Butler on August 31st, 2019 at the home of the Twins. Since this is during the MLB season, there will likely be some logistical hurdles for the Twins grounds crew. This will be near the beginning of a long road trip for the Twins at least.