October 13, 2002
The big-boned woman has sung
And just like that, it's over.
For the second game in a row, the Twins' biggest strength all season long, their bullpen, let them down.
The Angels scored an absolutely amazing 10 runs in the 7th inning, 3 each off of Romero, Santana and Hawkins and 1 off of Bob Wells.
And all of that came after the Twins took a 5-3 lead just a half inning before.
It wasn't pretty and it isn't exactly the way I envisioned this season ending, but there isn't much we can do about it now.
The first thing that struck me after the game was over, or more accurately somewhere between runs 7 and 10 in the Angels' half of the 7th inning, was just how disappointed and sad I was.
If you had told me at the start of this season, or even at the All-Star break, that the Twins would be playing in the American League Championship Series, I think I would have been pretty damn happy.
But, as always, success raises hopes as well as expectations and failure brings them both crashing down to earth.
It was a great season and a wonderful post-season, I just wish it didn't have to end like this.
But, there is always next year, right?
Before I shutdown the computer tonight and before I forget the feeling I have right now, I just want to say a few things about this site.
I realize a lot of the visitors of this site come here specifically because of my tendency to write about the Twins on an almost daily basis.
I also realize that a lot of other visitors come here because they enjoy my thoughts on all things baseball related.
I just want to tell my loyal readers how much I have enjoyed the first 2+ months of this site's existance and I want to promise you all that throughout the rest of the post-season, the off-season and next season, you will find the same kind of daily (and sometimes hourly) entries and articles on this site that you have found throughout the last couple of months.
My beloved Twins are done playing, but I am definitely not done being obsessed with baseball!
So thank you to everyone that is a reader of this site, I really, truly appreciate it.
And a special thanks to everyone that sends me emails, one of my favorite things each day is waking up, turning on my computer and checking my mailbox to see what my readers have to say.
Whether it is just a short note saying you liked something I said or a long note saying you hated something I said, I really enjoy hearing from everyone.
I always make sure to read and reply to every single email I get and I am sure that those who have talked to me via email would tell you that I tend to be just as long-winded in email correspondance as I am on this site.
Also, the number of visitors to the site is going up every day and I just want to remind everyone that if they have some friends that enjoy semi-serious, semi-funny (at least I hope it's funny) baseball stuff, please send them the link to this site.
The more the merrier.
And as always, I am still looking for that one reader of the site that has the ability to pay me to do what I am currently doing for free!
I promise that, in the words of every single state lottery winner in the history of the lottery, "The money won't change me a bit!"
I am also available to step in and be the General Manager of your Major League Baseball team.
I work cheap, I like walks and homers for hitters, strikeouts for pitchers and I promise to get you to the playoffs within 3 years (note: offer does not apply to any franchise located in the state of Florida).
See everyone tomorrow.
Same baseball time, same baseball place.