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Twins Fire Ron Gardenhire: Top Tweets

In an unusual move, Gardy attended the press conference that served as his funeral as Twins manager.

In an unusual move, Gardy attended the press conference that served as his funeral as Twins manager.

Yesterday, an era of Twins baseball came to an end, as the organization fired Ron Gardenhire, the second-winningest manager in club history (1,068 wins, behind Tom Kelly) and the first to finish his Minnesota tenure with a record over .500 since Bill Rigney left town more than 40 years ago.

As with a relationship finally broken off long after it went stale and despite both parties' best efforts to save it, the reaction to Gardy's firing, generally speaking, was one of sad resignation. That didn't stop some people from doing their best to turn Twins fans' frowns upside down with 140-character quips, however. Below are the best tweets we saw about the Twins and their longtime skipper mutually deciding to move on.

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10. Did you know the Timberwolves held their big Media Day extravaganza yesterday? The Gardy news pushed coverage of that event to the nether regions of the sports page:
-- David Brauer (@dbrauer) September 29, 2014 9. R.T.'s reaction captures what many public figures who spent time with Gardy had to say about him: 8. Gardy wants to manage again: But if that doesn't work out, Wits will have him: As a plan C, Boring Joe Mauer will help him with the job search: 7. It's easy to forget that the future of MLB baseball in Minnesota was a lot more perilous when Gardy was hired in January 2002: 6. Like serving as POTUS, working as Twins skipper for all those years isn't all fun and games: (For the top five, click to page two.)

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5. Twins hater Keith Olbermann wasn't a fan of the organization's move: But: 4. It should be noted that Terry Ryan and ownership each said the other made the final decision to fire Gardy ... so suffice it to say someone isn't telling the truth: Compare: 3. Gardy, to his credit, took accountability for the team's dismal 6-21 playoff record during his tenure: 2. The Pioneer Press's Ben Garvin came up with arguably the most poignant photo from yesterday's news conference, this shot of Gardy with the Twins' longtime clubhouse attendant: 1. On behalf of his teammates, the team's best player in 2014 took accountability for the Twins' fourth consecutive 90-plus loss season: But this tweet, from veteran third baseman Trevor Plouffe, who had surgery earlier in the day on his broken forearm, perfectly captured the mixed feelings that hung in the air yesterday as the Twins decided to move on: Send your story tips to the author, Aaron Rupar. Follow him on Twitter @atrupar.