Memories of a happier time, 1991
As this disappointing Minnesota Twins season draws to a close, it’s easy for us to get homesick and think of happier times in Twinsville. Thoughts go back to when the stands were full, multiple All-Stars entered the pitch every day and our home team envisioned a long playoff streak.
We could even dream of another World Series title. It sounds really cool right now. Well, let’s go back to those happier times. Imagine it. We’re in the stands to cheer on Hrby, Puck, Pags and Jack Morris. Yes folks, we are going back to the week of September 15, 1991, when anything was possible in our world of baseball. Follow me and you won’t regret the ride.
Disappointment in Texas
The week started off disappointingly as our Twins lost to the Texas Rangers 4-2 on a hot afternoon in Arlington, TX. Pitcher Allan Anderson, in his final year with the team, was manhandled with six hits and four walks.
Receiver Ivan (Pudge) Rodriguez and Ruben Sierra each contributed 2 RBIs for the Rangers while pitcher Jose Guzman allowed two runs in the first inning before settling after that for his twelfth win of the year.
The Minnesota Twins finished a short road trip to Kansas City and Texas with a 3-4 record. They returned home that night to start a three-game streak the following night at the Metrodome. Their record at that point in the season was 86-58. Good for a seven-and-a-half-game lead over the Chicago White Sox (sounds really good in 2021).
Homestand vs. Royals
The Twins came back strong the following night with a resounding 9-0 victory over the Royals. The offensive heroes of the night were wide receiver Brian Harper (who did a homerun and had 3 RBIs) and third baseman Mike (Pags) Pagliarulo (who produced two runs on a hit and a sacrifice fly) .
Kevin Tapani pitched seven and a third innings of great baseball, allowing just three hits and zero walks for his 15th win of the season. The team were happy to be back home.
The following night, the home side could not repeat their performance as they lost 4-1 to the Royals. George Brett led the Royals with a home run and an RBI on a struggling Jack Morris. First baseman Paul Sorrento led the Minnesota Twins with two hits, including a ninth inning brace against closest Jeff Montgomery.
The Twins lost another to the Royals 10-4 in a day game at the Dome the next day. Twins starter Scott Erickson was completely bombarded, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits and one walk for just his seventh loss of the season. Pagliarulo again led the Twins offensively with two hits and two runs, but the Minnesota Twins’ lead was now reduced to six games against the White Sox.
Sweep the Rangers
After a well-deserved day off, the Twins stayed home for a three-game streak with the Rangers. The Twins opened the game 4-4 at the end of the eighth inning with a Kirby Puckett single that produced two runs. Gary Wayne claimed his first win of the year in relief and Rick Aguilera recorded his 40th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.
The Minnesota Twins got their revenge on Jose Guzman in that game on Saturday night, scoring the Rangers starter with eight earned runs in six and two-thirds innings and propelling the Twins to an 8-4 victory over Texas.
First baseman Kent Hrbek, Brian Harper and third baseman Scott Leius provided the offensive fireworks in two points each. Kevin Tapani dispersed eight hits and pitched a full game for his sixteenth win of the season.
The Minnesota Twins defeated the Rangers 9-4 to sweep the series resoundingly. Pagliarulo once again led the Twins offensively with two hits and two runs scored while shortstop Greg Gagné also added three hits.
Jack Morris played seven innings for the win and Wayne and Terry Leach pitched two clean-up innings. By the end of the game, the Twins under Tom Kelly were ahead of the second-placed White Sox by eight games.
Minnesota Twins 2021 Back to Reality
There, didn’t that do you good to all the fans of the Minnesota Twins? Remembering when the Twins were a force and fled with the division offers a positive reminder that there will be better days to come. We have to believe it because we are fans of the Twins.
Now if you are lucky you will fall back to sleep before today’s game starts and immediately start dreaming about the 1987 season too. Goodnight Twins Territory.