Wednesday, October 04, 2006

In Defense of Torii

I believe it was Richard Milhouse Nixon who said it best:

"Well, I screwed it up real good, didn't I?"

Today there was hope. Sweet, beautiful, omnipotent hope. Cuddyer raised the pot 1, and Morneau called his bet to make it 2 all. It was a beautiful thing, watching those balls leave the park. It was almost as if Kent Hrbek had pulled Ron Gant off 1st base once again.

And then disaster stuck...

Were we a Yankees blog, and it was A-Rod who misplayed the ball, we'd call for his head, demand he be traded, and then sing the praises of the one called Derek because, as we all know, he is infallible.

But alas, we are but a humble Twins blog, and that's not the kind of thing we do here (unless you Phil Mickelson... We hate that fatass). Here we offer kind words, useless statistics, and the occasional joke involving facial hair or what remains of Christian Guzman's pride.

As our 4 faithful readers can tell you (Hi Mom!!!), we rarely speak in derogatory tones regarding any of our beloved Twins, and we're not about to start. 5 years, 5 Gold Gloves and 4 AL Central crowns have helped to solidify our undying faith in Torii Hunter, and one misplayed ball in center field won't even come close to changing that. Torii is a part of Twins history.

11 Comments:

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At 12:51 PM, Blogger Mini Me said...

Well TH certainly deserves most of the blame for that play. However after watching a few replays the ball does knuckle at the end and curve away from Hunter. Even if that is the case though, Hunter should have realized that it was possible the ball could do this. And in the end, if he had not dove for that ball the series might be 1-1.

 
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At 9:14 PM, Blogger Marci (aka Baby Banana) said...

mini - That is how Torii plays. It's classic Torii! He will, 11 times out of 10 go for that uncatachable ball to make the speactacular play rather than wait for the bounce and play it safe.

Yes, it's the playoffs. Yes it was a tight game. But you can't expect a player to play off his norm in a situation like that.

If you want to imagine the series at 1-1 w/o that play, then you also have to imagine missing the playoffs entirely because he didn't dive for the ball in countless games leading up to this one.

 
At 9:15 PM, Blogger Marci (aka Baby Banana) said...

wow, thank God the Twins aren't looking to win Game 3 with my grammar skills

 
At 8:27 PM, Blogger Sooze said...

Thanks for an amazing year, Torii.

 
At 5:17 AM, Blogger Big Blue Monkey said...

hear, hear. Torii, or T-Hunt, or "THUNT" or "The Gates of Shinto" has been the savior of Twins seasons for many a year. One overly optimistic dive doesn't change that.

Here's hoping that the Twins find a way to make sure that he retires as a Twin.

 
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