For the love of the game


by Jean Gabler | February 27, 2009 • I love the Twins! That is really the only qualification I have for writing this blog.

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I have never been a fan of baseball statistics. I am all about the emotions of the sport—you know, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. And I love to talk about the Twins. Everyone I work with knows that I am a fan. Co-workers love to stop by and talk. “How do you think the team is going to do this year?” “I’m really excited about the Crede signing. Hopefully his back will hold up.” “What do you think—let Delmon sit on the bench and move Span to left?” It’s always fun to speculate and try to second-guess the coaches.

But what I really like to talk about is what happened in the game last night. “Did you see Gomez make that diving catch that saved the game? That ball would have rolled all the way to the wall and they would have scored at least three.” Or, “Did you see Redmond had three hits that all went down the right field line? I can’t believe they didn’t shift their right fielder over.”

I regularly cry when watching baseball games. How about when Santana had 17 strikeouts to set the Twins’ single-game record against the Rangers? Or when Redmond continued to play with his injured finger until he could no longer swing his bat? Or the way the Piranhas would signal to the dugout when they got a hit that they could smell the RBI—and came back in the bottom of the ninth to beat the White Sox.

I got my love of the game from my parents and I have passed it on to my children. My mother taught me to enjoy watching a game even when we lose—no team can win every game. And after sitting through a game where the Twins really did not play very well, my daughter still said that there is no such thing as a bad baseball game.

I hope you enjoy reading my thoughts on the game and that you will join in. There’s nothing better than talking baseball.