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ALDS Game 1: Yankees at Twins

Oct 7, 2010, 12:20 AM EST

Photo courtesy Minnesota Twins
Brand-new Target Field hosts its first postseason game tonight.

How on earth can this game top the one that just ended in Philadelphia? Seriously, I can't even fathom what would top Roy Halladay's no-hitter.

But the Yankees and Twins are obligated to begin their American League Division Series, so they will. Certainly either of tonight's starters (CC Sabathia and Francisco Liriano) is capable of a dominant performance a la Halladay.

I'll actually be able to watch this one in its entirety, so I'll be sharing thoughts throughout…

Where: Target Field
Gametime: 8:37 p.m.
TV: TBS Radio: WTEM-980 AM
Weather: Clear, 62 degrees

SS Derek Jeter
RF Nick Swisher
1B Mark Teixeira
3B Alex Rodriguez


  1. BQ - Oct 7, 2010 at 1:46 AM

    damn Hudson is fast. He produced that run all by himself. Let's go Twins!!!Oh and I will be rooting for all underdogs this offseason. Giants, Rays, Twins, and Reds (not sure if they will win even one game now. the no hitter must be the most demoralizing thing happened to a postseason team).

  2. BQ - Oct 7, 2010 at 2:02 AM

    I am watching the game on which is not the most exciting way to watch playoffs. But it was only 10 bucks so I don't mind the bad quality (maybe due to my poor connection) and poor camera angles.

  3. BQ - Oct 7, 2010 at 2:28 AM

    Dang it!!! Liriano in trouble with runners at corner and 1 out. Hard to imagine him getting out of this.

  4. JaneB - Oct 7, 2010 at 2:29 AM

    I'm rooting for the underdogs too….in practice for when WE get there the first time. Mark Z….did you get home in time to see Halliday close it out? I loved the way Ruiz ran to him.

  5. Michael J. Hayde - Oct 7, 2010 at 2:45 AM

    Which of the two made the genius comment that Liriano's 3-run lead was "like a 9-run lead" in comfort? As soon as it left his mouth, I said, "Not against the Yankees, bud." Sure enough, the Bombers rolled.BQ: Since when are the Rays underdogs? I'm rooting for the Rangers… at least they used to be a Washington team.

  6. Mark Zuckerman - Oct 7, 2010 at 2:45 AM

    JaneB: I posted on the Reds-Phillies thread that sadly I didn't make it home in time for the end of the no-hitter. An accident on I-66 ruined my chances. I got home 10 minutes too late. But I was listening on the radio, and actually that proved to be a very cool way to experience it. It occurred to me that's how almost everyone experienced Don Larsen's perfect game. You just have to let the announcers paint the picture for you and then you imagine what it looks like yourself. When I got home and saw the replay of the final out, I was surprised how difficult that play was for Ruiz. Didn't sound so tough on the radio.All in all, very cool.

  7. BQ - Oct 7, 2010 at 2:46 AM

    WOW Liriano just blew the biggest game of his career. One out away from major trouble, he served back to back hits to Posada and Granderson. Yanks lead 4-3. He is out of the game and I don't know who is pitching now. He was so locked in the two innings before. retired six straight with four on strikes I think. And then that Tex's hit derailed all his confidence it seems.Oh and everyone keeps talking about Halladay's no hitter, I hate that. I was being a good student and went to class, knowing that he had pitched 7 no hit innings and this is how I get rewarded. I should have watched the game instead.I will be trying to do some HW, running a software which might take a toll on my poor laptop since I have postseason also running on same machine. "So I'll be in and out."

  8. BQ - Oct 7, 2010 at 2:57 AM

    Michael, Rays are underdogs in a way since they are trying to prove that payrolls matter less than believed. Mark, that sounds really awesome. I wish I could have at least heard the end.

  9. BQ - Oct 7, 2010 at 3:43 AM

    Alright I am off to sleep. Really not interested in watching Yankees win again against the Twins AGAIN.I hope something unpredictable happens this time around in playoffs.

  10. JaneB - Oct 7, 2010 at 3:48 AM

    Radio baseball really is it's own thing. And cool observation that most people heard the first no hitter on the radio. One of these guys on tv for the Yanks game sounds like the actor James Woods and Its creeping me out.Watching these guys play, it makes me realize how truly far our guys have to go. Sigh…

  11. Mark Zuckerman - Oct 7, 2010 at 3:52 AM

    JaneB: That's actually Ron Darling, former MASN color commentator. Ron has come a long way since his one season with the Nats (2005). He's now one of the color guys on Mets TV broadcasts, along with Keith Hernandez, and he's improved by leaps and bounds. Really nice man, too. Always says hello and asks how I'm doing when he sees me.

  12. Michael J. Hayde - Oct 7, 2010 at 4:26 AM

    Ballgame over! Yankees win! Thuuhhhhhhhh YANKEEEEES WINNNNNNN!!!!Gotta love John Sterling. Well, I do… born in the Bronx and all. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. natsfan1a - Oct 7, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Yeah, my husband and I both recognized Darling's voice.I watched the late innings of the Halladay game. I'd been switching over occasionally until about the middle of the 5th, when I heard the announcer mention that the Reds were hitless against him. After that, I decided to stay on the station. Was he on, or what? Impressive performance. (But I still hate the Phillies.) In other news, whenever I see Rolen, I'm reminded of his giving La Russa the silent treatment when he benched him during the postseason. If memory serves, Rolen had been injured and wasn't exactly on his game.As for rooting interests, Giants and Rays for me. I lived in the Bay Area during my formative years, and I started rooting for the Rays early in '08 when David Ortiz (if memory serves) opined that they wouldn't hold on but that the Sox knew how to win. humph. Plus, I kinda like Joe Maddon.I'll root against the Yanks and Phillies, but I don't feel particularly drawn to either the Reds or the Twins. Well, the Twins do have Wookie and Capps, and Bill Bray was looking good in his inning for the Reds last night. Not to be undone, the Giants have crazy Jose Guillen. The Yanks have Aus-tin, but they're the Yanks. (Guz isn't on the Rangers roster, so that doesn't count. :-))

  14. Michael J. Hayde - Oct 7, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    As I said in the previous post, I was born in the Bronx and lived there 8 years, just a 15-minute walk from the old stadium – when I say "old," I mean the pre-mid-'70's-facelift version. And the Yanks, when I was a kid back when CBS owned them, really did suck. But it was never a consideration to root for anyone else, or not go to the games or watch them on TV. Even when the Mets won it all in '69, we were impressed, because they'd been so lousy for so long… but switch allegiance? No chance. If anything, the Mets gave us hope that things would eventually improve for the Yanks.Sometimes I don't get all the Yankee hate, especially from people who don't have any specific team allegiance. If anything, this decade has proven that it's not payroll that wins titles, it's talent. I'm also amused that the ones who gripe the loudest about how the Yankees "buy" championships are the same ones that complain about how cheap the Lerners are and that we need to boost payroll and add high-priced FA's. You can't have it both ways, guys.I root for the Nats because I live in the area now and they're a National League team. But Yankee fandom is encoded in my DNA. My kids – adults now – grew up Yankee fans. That's as it should be when you love your team; you share it with the next generation. Maybe that wouldn't have happened had the Nats existed during their formative years. I hope that this lousy stinking Redskins town can start grooming generations to love the Nationals come rain or shine.Meanwhile, I shall root for the Rangers, so that the Yanks will have home-field advantage in the ALCS; I shall root for the Braves, because Bobby Cox – a great Yankee – deserves a last hurrah. And I'll root for the Yanks to win it all. And if it's the Phillies they meet in the Series, I hope – for the Nats' sake, in "tribute" to those obnoxious bandwagoneers that spoiled our opening day – you put aside your Yankee hate just this once and join me.

  15. N. Cognito - Oct 7, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    DAMN Yankees!

  16. markfd - Oct 7, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    Great game, CC wne t far enough to get it to the bullpen and then the Yankees did what they always do tear up opposing bullpens, great game!

  17. Anonymous - Oct 7, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Hey Michael – I'm a DC native and a Yankee fan, so I won't be waiting for the WS (if they make it that far) to root for them. My parents weren't baseball fans, and when my brother and I discovered baseball the Senators were already gone. We read everything we could get our hands on about baseball, and if you read about baseball history you're reading about the Yankees – so we became Yankee fans. Even though they were terrible at the time. No one believes me now, but I used to be the oppressed upstart living under the thumb of Orioles fans; the Orioles and A's were the AL powerhouses of the early 70's. My first Yankee game was at Shea during the renovation.Being a fan of the Yankees and Redskins is unusually rewarding in that the teams seem to alternate success. Redskins in the early 1970's, Yankees from 1975 to 1981. The Yankees fell off the table when the Redskins hired Gibbs and 1982-1992 were all Redskins. And of course 1994-2010 the Yankees have been on one of the great rolls in sports while the Redskins, um, haven't. I've never had a year where both teams were under .500, and never been more than six years between when one or the other was either in the World Series or the Super Bowl. I'm very lucky.John C.

  18. Anonymous - Oct 7, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    "Michael J. Hayde said… Sometimes I don't get all the Yankee hate"You likewise probably don't understand why people hate guys who wear dorky vests.

  19. poker affiliate resource - Oct 7, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    The Twins had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the series last night against the Yankees. They had the lead and let is slip away and then in the 8th inning just couldnt convert with two men on. The Yankees now have some momentum and given recent history they really have a huge advantage over the Twins mentally.

  20. Michael J. Hayde - Oct 7, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    "You likewise probably don't understand why people hate guys who wear dorky vests."LOL! I'm guessing that's a comment on my profile pic. ๐Ÿ˜‰ FYI: There's no such thing as a "dorky vest." Some are just cooler than others.@ John C.: Glad I'm not alone, and boy do I feel your pain vis the Redskins these days. I wonder how many people realize that Dan Snyder = George Steinbrenner of the 1980's, before the MLB ban? It looks like that MAY be starting to change for the better, although the prognosis for this season is still grim. Happy they tarred and feathered the Eagles, though; sure wish the Nats could do the same to the Phils.



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