The Twins lost a heartbreaker to open the season yesterday, as you probably know by now. Perhaps they are in good company, though, as these five other Twins teams also lost their opener.
1991: a seven-to-two loss in Oakland dropped this squad to 0-1, yet we all know how this season turned out. A 95-67 record, and a World Championship.
2010: at the nadir of the Gardenhire era, the final great piranha team dropped their opener by a score of six-to-three against the visiting Angels. They ended up winning 94 games and the division
1969: Managed by Billy Martin and starring some of the biggest stars in Twins history, this team lost its first game by a score of four-to-three, against the Kansas City Royals. This squad would go on to win the AL West, and 97 games, before losing the ALCS to the powerhouse Baltimore Orioles.
1925: One of the great Senators teams, they would go on to win 96 games behind the likes of Walter Johnson, Goose Goslin, Sam Rice, and Bucky Harris. Still, they dropped opening day to the damn Yankees, five-to-one. It didn’t stop them from appearing in the World Series for the second straight year.
2006: Perhaps the best of Ron Gardenhire’s squads, Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Torii Hunter, and Michael Cuddyer all appeared in 140 or more games. The first three were all in the opening day lineup, and Johan Santana was on the mound, yet the team still dropped the game six-to-three at Toronto. At the end of the season, they had secured 96 wins and a trip to the ALDS.
2021: Who knows where this team is going, but it probably isn’t fourth place in the division.