October 6, 2006
It doesn't seem right that 96 wins and one of the most improbable turnarounds in baseball history can be wiped away with three losses, but such is life in the postseason.
The Twins made too many mistakes--big and small, mentally and physically, tactically and athletically, offensively and defensively--and didn't come up with nearly enough clutch hits with men on base. It's a shame that an otherwise amazing season had to come to such a pathetic, disappointing end, but the truth is that the Twins deserved to lose given the way they played
It's unfortunate that Brad Radke's career had to end on such a down note, away from the Metrodome and in a season-ending losing effort, but his place in team history was secure well before he took the mound in Oakland. When my "Top 40 Minnesota Twins" countdown resumes this offseason, Radke will deservedly be one of the final names revealed and I look forward to profiling him.
On a personal note, I'd like to thank everyone who stopped by AG.com this season. This was my fifth year chronicling the Twins on a daily basis and, as usual, the past six months have been quite a ride. This blog's readership continues to grow steadily despite my best efforts and I'm hopeful that you'll continue to make this a regular stop throughout the too-long offseason.
The 2006 season may be over, but the Twins talk never ends. There are a little over four months until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, and I'll be trying my best to kill that time with as many words on the Twins (and the occasional non-Twins topic) as I can possibly type. Thanks to the Twins for a memorable season and thanks to you for reading. See ya