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The view from the other side

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 06, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Twins Ballpark Spark Baseball

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire: “You start trying to pitch around guys to get to another guy, you can get yourself in a lot of trouble. The more people you put on base with these hitters, the more runs you can give up. So it’s going to be entertaining working through their lineup. And hopefully, you know, keep the ball in the ballpark. That’s what they do. They can bang it out of the ballpark. A lot of great hitters. A lot of all-stars.”

Starting pitcher Francisco Liriano: “I know they have a good lineup, and I have to just go out there and try to do our best, you know, not try to do too much. Like I said before, it’s all about location. You go out there and pitch. You don’t even know what can happen. Anything can happen in baseball, so you just go out there and try to do your best.”

Catcher Joe Mauer: “I think it started real early in Spring Training. You know, I always say you look good on paper, but you still have to go out there and play the games. The things that we’ve overcome this year, you know, right at Spring Training, Joe Nathan going down, that was a big blow, but Jon Rauch held it down for quite some time. And acquiring guys like Matt Capps and Brian Fuentes definitely helped. And obviously Justin Morneau going down, you know, Cuddy (Michael Cuddyer) stepping in was huge. And it allows Jim Thome to get some more at-bats. We had to overcome a lot of adversity this year, and I think I am most proud of that.”

First baseman Michael Cuddyer: “The first couple of years (Sabathia) was 98, 99, with a devastating slider, but basically just went at you with 98 or 99. Still, unbelievable stuff. Still a great pitcher. But I think he is a better pitcher now. Obviously, one of the best pitchers in the game. Perennial Cy Young contender and possibly the Cy Young Award winner this year, and he knows what he’s doing this year. He knows where to pitch. He is more efficient with his pitches. He doesn’t care if he strikes you out as long as you get out. I think that’s the biggest difference between him him back in ’01 and ’02 compared to the way he is now.”

That’s a rather awesome picture of Target Field during the Twins home opener this season




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