Glory Days Bar and GrillIn 2011, it's difficult to understand where the concept of the sports bar originated. With multiple and massive flat-panel HDTVs in just about every bar or restaurant in town--regardless of theme or philosophy--it's not easy to remember a time when the sports bar could ... More >>
Things are far from OK for the reigning manager of the year.Ron Gardenhire is facing, or should be facing, some serious heat with his Twins in the AL Central basement. After all, the local nine were picked to walk away with the division, or at the very least get into some serious fisticuffs w ... More >>
City PagesThe Twins need to win so a Wayzata couple can afford to tie the knot.It's a simple law of baseball economics: No matter how new the stadium, the prices of a ticket on the black market--legal or otherwise--increases or decreases with the team's fortunes. When the Twins are doing we ... More >>
Save $$ on food/beverage before or after the game. Have you seen what Twins tickets are going for on StubHub these days? Thirty-some bucks to watch them play the Brewers...and that's standing room only. After a rough loss to the Royal's last night, the Twins are hitting the road. But here a ... More >>
For the home opener, I could drone on about the new scoreboard, the new salty snacks, the lack of trees, or my take on whether or not the Twins have figured out their Target Field home run problems. Instead, I'm going to focus on the thing that bothered me most of last season: What is that ... More >>
Photo: Bree McGeeThere's a million stories in the naked stadium.Allow me to introduce myself: I'm Peter Schilling, a local sportswriter, and author of the novel, The End of Baseball. You may recall my writing about the Twins for the "Balls" blog in 2007, arguably the worst season of the last ... More >>
WikiHarmon Killebrew has been diagnosed with cancer.Sad news today for Twins fans, and baseball fans in general: Harmon Killebrew is battling esophageal cancer. In a statement, he called his condition serious, while remaining optimistic about his chances for recovery in the hands of Mayo Cl ... More >>
Too much coffee, man.What a year. Jonathon "The Impaler" Sharkey wanted to be our governor. We got a brand spankin' new Twins ballpark. Michele Bachmann took the tingle out of Chris Matthews. And the Metrodome roof collapsed in the Blizzard of 2010. All of that and more was caught on vide ... More >>
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Brad who?Gov. Tim Pawlenty, lately given to smacking fly balls into right field, has finally done something we can all agree with. He named today Ron Gardenhire Day in honor of the Twins' AL Manager of the Year.
Were the Twins just an arm away from beating the Yanks?
Conspiracy theory and lament herein. Join the frustration.
The Twins now try to become the fifth LDS team to come back from 0-2.
NY Daily News: Cocky.The New York Daily News front page predicted an "E-Z Pass" for the Yankees over the Twins in the ALDS earlier this week. Today, the headline writers struck again: "Pettitte turns Minny into a mouse." "The Yankees beating the Twins is not really news anymore," scribble ... More >>
Game 1 impressions and Game 2 Preview.
Time for The Franchise to open the store.
A role reversal is needed for the Twins to extend their season.
Can the Twins erase their recent history against the Evil Empire?
At least one 40-year-old jock in this town is producing.
What history says of playoff clubs in new ballparks.
A case can be made for the newcomer.
Fans of the Minnesota Twins are clearly flying high after our beloved local 9 clinched the Central Division title late Tuesday night (their 6th title in 9 years). And, perfectly timed to celebrate the occasion and to get all of us psyched for the postseason (as if we weren't, already), avid Twins ... More >>
Photo: Keith AlisonJoe Mauer has a lot to smile about.Last night in Chicago as his team was beating the White Sox 9-3, catcher Joe Mauer became only the 11th Minnesota Twin ever to reach a career-high 1,000 hits. Then he stroked in two more for good measure. It took him 827 games.
Weather or not -- here they come.
The club is running toward the postseason with little speed on the base paths.
Flexible game. Iron philosophy.
A sweep gives the Twins a six-game lead in the Central.
Target Field is not good enough for the Star TribuneThe Star Tribune has been accused of being a relentless shill for building new stadiums on the taxpayer's dime, so it's notable that the Minnesota paper of record declared the new Twins ballpark to be "overrated" in Sunday's edition.Writer Lauri ... More >>
What are your likes and dislikes for the ballpark? Reader feedback encouraged.
Young led all of baseball with a monster .434 average in July.
Results without the first baseman over the last two years pose some interesting questions.
Photo: marnanelESPN finds a lack of happy mealsTake a look at that that soggy half-time hamburger wrapped in foil, sitting under a heat lamp, that you're going to count as your evening meal. Forget the calorie count; is the sorry-ass looking thing even safe? ESPN is out with a nationwide surv ... More >>
The latest Minnesota meme to hit YouTube is a local parody of Katy Perry's hit "California Gurls," called "Minnesota Gurls." The song was penned by a group of kids from Fridley who go by the name Dime and Peppimoo (with help from their pals Cookie and Twizzler), and since it was posted at the beg ... More >>
Casual, chef-driven eats in the Twin Cities
Delmon Young made us all proud with his four-run ninth inning against the White Sox' Bobby Jenks yesterday. The Twins were pretty excited too. Especially Carl Pavano, whose public fisting display was quite touching.
How does your favorite Twin baller grade out at mid-season?
Would Joe best represent Minnesota at his cabin next week?
Power extends from the upper-lip to the right arm.
Screen grab via ESPN The MagazineThe Twins fancy new ballpark gets some ESPN loveWe know the food's great. We know it's growing a soul. It's a hit with wildlife. And now we know that the Twins' fancy new Target Field is the best stadium in the country -- not just for baseball, or football, or ... More >>
The surging left fielder is still the youngest at his position in all of baseball.
Photo: bfishadowMight be a good time to consider working from homeLet's hope the traffic gods are smiling, because more than 55,000 people will blow into downtown Minneapolis at rush hour tonight, as the stars align to bring a Twins home game and a major league teenybopper to town all at once ... More >>
Eric MelzerBonczyk left the Twin Cities years ago to snowboard on the West Coast. Bryant-Lake Bowl has a new chef, and he's bringing new boutique burgers to the menu this week. Jeremy Bonczyk comes fresh off of opening Nana, an organic restaurant in Chicago near the White Sox stadium. He said we ... More >>
If the club gets healthy, don't look for any major moves.
Photo by Keith AllisonJoe Mauer got his moment in the spotlight this week... in The Onion. The just-for-laughs publication featured our much-loved Twins catcher in their Strongside/Weakside regular sports feature. We'd have to say their evaluation wasn't enough to sway our undying love for his ... More >>
My top choice for the candidate to make it happen.
The righty counted two victories over the Yanks in his 5-win May total.
After a career-high 28 bombs last year, our reigning MVP boasts just 2 in 2010.
A sweep of the Yankees sends a potent message to the baseball power structure.
As we reported last week, Paul Westerberg recently resurfaced to play a rare, two-song set at Target Field for the travelogue-style documentary 40 Nights of Rock 'n' Roll. Today, the filmmakers sent us a teaser clip of the performance, which includes a snippet of his acoustic performance on top o ... More >>
Home run balls aren't exactly flying out of Target Field . . . yet.