Tampa Bay Rays 1 – Minnesota Twins 5
Target Field – Minneapolis, MN
July 12, 2018
Dear Eduardo (Escobar),
Thank you. Thank you for the numerous baseballs tossed to me over the years (39 as of writing this on 7/30/2018). But more importantly, thank you for being you. Your ability to make the fans smile was probably only 1% of what made you a great teammate. We have now heard the stories of how hard it was for the clubhouse to lose you, but I think I speak for all the fans when I say that we are thankful for your time. We had some ups and downs, but even at the low points you were a bright spot. May your career be long and fruitful, and maybe, just maybe will we be lucky enough to team up again.
You’re always a Twin.
Amazement. I am still surprised that this game was played. I probably mention the improbability numerous times in the video below, but I see only one explanation for it – the Rays were not going to come back to town, the Twins already have had numerous rain-outs (eliminating a couple of their “off days), and a doubleheader is something to avoid like the plague.
The title of the video gave it away, there was a two hour rain delay. It was looking like only a half an hour to an hour, but then a second wave came in and just wouldn’t leave. To say it was miserable would be an understatement. BP was insanely short, nobody was out in the dugouts, and the humidity and weather in general was terrible. Getting inside the gates only to wait 4 hours for a game (with nothing happening) is brutal.
I spent pretty much the first two hours of the game (from 9 pm until 11 pm) at the flag poles and caught absolutely NOTHING. Usually bad weather means almost no attendance, but that was not the case for some reason. Sure, folks trickled in even after 10 pm, but the stadium was always seemingly half full (which is about average these days at Target Field).
Even though this was a less than ideal game, I still did have a bit of fun. And hey, I even got to say that I technically spent two days at Target Field for ONE baseball game. (The game ended at exactly midnight.)
Ball 1: Unknown Twin
Ball 2: Jose Alvarado
Ball 3: Kevin Cash
Ball 4: Eduardo Escobar
Ball 5: Derek Shelton
Ball 6: Hootie
Ball 7: Hootie
Bonus: a pair of Max Kepler batting gloves!
And here is the song that is referenced in the title. Kate Nash is just awesome. Period.