Twins roll

They have won eight out of ten. The two losses were one-run heartbreakers. They are one game out of first with thirteen games to go. I could never have imagined such a finish in June when they were fading fast.

Today, I put their chances at victory at less than 25% with Scott Baker on the mound for the Twins and wily veteran Paul Byrd pitching for Cleveland. I didn't anticipate that Cleveland's defense would fall apart. Their team has lost interest.

My satellite dish must have gotten bumped in the wind. It wasn't getting a signal, so I tuned in to the radio. I am not a fan of John Gordon, but Dan Gladden's commentary is very good. He lets opposing teams have it hard when they don't play the right way. I get the feeling he would let the Twins have it hard if they didn't play well, too.

Gladden said that some of the Indians got big contracts and "got in the happy chair." Whatever that is. But I got his point. They no longer play hard--they have their millions. And as soon as he said it, a ground ball rolled right by the Cleveland third-baseman, who, according to Gladden, showed little interest in catching it.

Gladden is candid, which I always admire. He got on a roll talking about the party the Twins had at a hotel after they clinched the division title in 1991. Pitcher Jack Morris came to the party in a $2000 suit. He saw that it had already degenerated into a food fight, so he took off his suit, folded it neatly outside the door of the hotel meeting room, and attended the party in his "briefs," to quote Gladden.

ARDIS, are you still reading?

I found out today that one of you weblog readers is neighbor Ardis, somebody I thought was far too busy to be fishing around on the internet. But Ardis agreed with many of you who tune out when I write about the Twins.

You can't win 'em all.