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Twins could use a little aura
October 12, 2009 - Per Peterson
There are plenty of differences between the Twins and Yankees — talent, payroll, etc. But, like it or not, the Yankees have what the Twins will never have — an aura. What we saw in the American League Division Series between these two teams is exactly what I feared, why it really wouldn’t have bothered me if the Twins had not even made it to the playoffs. All three games were winnable for the Twins, as were at least six of the regular-season losses. The Twins had leads in each of the three playoff games, good (although sometimes spotty) pitching and even some clutch hits. OK, maybe like, two clutch hits. They left 17 men on base in the second game. The Twins needed to play perfect Twins baseball in this series and they didn’t. They forgot about playing situational baseball. They forgot how to run the bases. You can’t forget against the Yankees. But even without the baserunning gaffes, the Twins wouldn’t have won this series because of their opponent. Ask yourself this: Didn’t you just know something bad was going to happen to this team in each of the three games. Wasn’t it, to you, just a matter of time, a matter of which star would blast one over the wall to tie the game or give the Yankees the lead. It was like sitting in the waiting room of the dentist’s office. You knew something bad was coming. You knew it would be painful. No lead is safe against the Yankees, let alone a 1-0 lead or a 2-0 lead. The Yankees tied Game 2 late by scoring two runs. If they’d have needed three, they would’ve gotten them. Four wouldn’t have been a problem, either. They’re too good to let anyone pull away from them, to let any game get out of reach. But it’s hard to believe any game is out of reach when you’re parading All-Star after All-Star to the plate or the pitching mound. The pesky Twins were valiant against the Yankees in the ALDS, but for the fourth time this decade, saw their season come to an end at the hands of the Bronz Bombers. Someday maybe they’ll figure out a way to win a game against them, and in the process, steal a little bit of aura for themselves. At times — like in Game 163 against the Tigers — that old Metrodome Magic came to life, and I guess you could qualify that as some kind of aura. But it's not the same as what the Yankees have. Too bad they have to buy theirs every year.
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