Minnesota Twins Make History

Minnesota Twins Make History

The Minnesota Twins punch their ticket to the playoffs,

After a 103 game loss season last year, the Twins are back in the playoffs with the clinch of the second wild card spot, which makes them the first team in baseball history to make it to the playoffs the following year after a 100+ game loss season. This is the first time since 2010, inaugural season at Target Field, that the Twins have made it into the playoffs.

Tuesday night, September 26th, the Twins had a rough start in the opening game of the series against the Cleveland Indians, but they came back with a win with a score of 8-6. Highlights from the game include a phenomenal catch from the Twins center fielder, Byron Buxton, and a three-run home run from Brian Dozier, which gave the Twins a two-run lead. Coming out with a win during Tuesday's night game made the Twins magic number to get into the playoffs, one.

The Indians are currently the number one team in the AL Central League and have already claimed their spot in the playoffs.

The Twins suffered a tough loss on Wednesday night against the Indians with the only two runs of the night coming in during the top of the ninth inning. There were only two ways the Twins could claim that last wild card spot Wednesday night: they would need to win against the Indians or the Los Angeles Angels would need to lose against the Chicago White Sox. The LAA and CWS game gave all Twins fans and players the ride of their lives. Going into extra innings, with a tied score of 4-4, the White Sox pulled ahead with a two-run home run in the bottom of the tenth inning from Nicky Delmonico. The Angels were eliminated from the post-season contention giving the Twins the last wild card spot.

The Twins spent their night in the club house at Progressive Field, patiently waiting for the White Sox to come out with the win.

"We had everything set up and with it going into extra innings, we thought this might be the biggest letdown ever but, Nicky Delmonico is my favorite player." said Twins second baseman, Brian Dozier, in an interview.

Joe Mauer, first baseman and a thirteen-year native to the Minnesota Twins, is the only player still on the team from the last time the Twins made the playoffs in 2010. Mauer had a few rough seasons not being able to find his bat, but Mauer is back and healthy and doing Mauer things again hitting a .305/.381/.417.

Let's not forget about stand-out centerfielder Byron Buxton, who should be given the Golden Glove already for his insane plays made out in the outfield. He holds a new record for most consecutive stolen bases in a season, breaking the old record of 22 bases stolen from 1994. Buxton is also hitting a .255/.317/.418.

Minnesota is likely headed for a wild card match up with the New York Yankees in New York, Tuesday October 3rd. This match up is going to be another obstacle for the Twins to overcome after their four out of six game loss against the Yankees this year.

It's time to beat those Yankees.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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My San Francisco Giants Family Gets Bigger

Much to my relief, the Giants new lineup is actually pretty old.

After what feels like a twenty year long off-season, it is time for baseball yet again. The first day of the preseason brought feelings of immense excitement, paired with crippling despair once I realized most of the Giants pre-season games were not being broadcasted in SoCal.

To be honest, it never occurred to me that that would be a problem. However, I’m in Padre and Dodger territory now. I was faced with the reality that I might not be able to watch baseball until I got home. Then, I had the brilliant realization that I could watch the games - if I video chatted with my mom and she pointed the camera towards the screen. The past few weeks, I’ve been watching blurry versions of the games and trying to decipher who the pixelated people on the screen are.

Ever since our stunning success at the 2014 World Series, courtesy of our star pitcher Madison Bumgarner, the Giants have faced some pitching problems.

Our struggle to keep our pitching game strong has resulted in many tragic trades. In my opinion, the most notable loss was Matt Duffy, our third baseman and unexpected star of the 2016 season. He brought a spark to third base.

We traded him for pitcher Matt Moore in some hopes of bringing some strength to our dugout. Moore served his purpose with arguably limited success and was traded last season.

Following a pretty devastating 2017 season, the SF Giants, unfortunately, lost many other players to trades in hopes of strengthening the team for 2018. While losing players is hard when they feel like family, I’m always going to support my team. In preparation for the San Diego Padres versus Giants game I am attending at Petco Park this weekend, I’ve tasked myself with learning about our new players.

Here is my breakdown of the new 2018 San Francisco Giants roster:


As I said before, pitching is arguably the biggest problem. I can’t even begin to understand all of the changes that have been made to the bullpen this season. What I do know is, as of today, our three strongest starters are on the disabled list. Definitely not what we had in mind to start the season, but our new pitchers have their work cut out for them.


Thanks to a full no-trade clause, we have kept our beloved Buster Posey as our main catcher. Nick Hundley also keeps his position as a very reliable relief catcher.


This season comes with some surprising additions to the team, as well as some sad losses. Brandon Belt, Joe Panik, and Brandon Crawford have assumed their roles as the first baseman, second baseman, and shortstop respectively.

We lost center fielder Denard Span and infielder Christian Arroyo in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. Although we only had Span for 2 seasons, he quickly wiggled his way into my heart - and the team. Arroyo made his major-league debut with the Giants last season and I had the privilege of watching the then-twenty-one-year-old fulfill his dreams in the big leagues.

The third base position was given to Evan Longoria, who has already begun to prove himself with some home runs. He played for the Tampa Bay Rays for almost ten years before this trade. He won his third Gold Glove Award last year, proving he is still at the top of his game.

Pablo Sandoval and Kelby Tomlinson are both ready to step in when necessary. Sandoval, or “the Panda” as he is lovingly referred to, came back to the Giants after signing with the Red Sox last season. His return brought back some nostalgia for the 2014 team and provided some welcome morale.

My mom and I, as well as SF Giants fans, have taken to calling Tomlinson “Clark Kent” because of his signature thick-rimmed glasses and boyish charm. He has gone back and forth between the Giants and the minor-league Sacramento River Cats but he’s ready when we need him. He has already played second base for Panik this season.


The outfield brings the most changes to the dugout for this 2018 season. While we’ve kept three players, though their roles have switched around a little. Wildcard Hunter Pence, with his crazy socks, eyes, and hair, moves over to left field after playing in right field for as long as I can remember. After talks of dropping him this season, I am overjoyed to see him on the field again after a personally rough 2017 season.

His switch makes room for newcomer Andrew McCutchen, from the Pittsburgh Pirates. McCutchen singled in the bottom of the ninth and brought the Giants a win against the Diamondbacks last Tuesday. If he can continue to bring us wins, I’m not mad about him uprooting Pence from his long-standing position.

Austin Jackson, who has previously played for the Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, and Cleveland Indians, is taking over center field for at least two years. He is ready to step into any position in the outfield.

We briefly lost center-fielder Gregor Blanco to the Arizona Diamondbacks, but he is ready to reprise his role this 2018 season when we need him. Gorkys Hernandez was signed to the Giants in 2016 and has played for injured Blanco and Span, and is now ready to step in this season too.

I’m ready to see all of my favorite players this season, but I’m also ready to see how these new changes affect the team. We’ve had some bittersweet losses in the dugout over the last couple years, yet I’m ready to make room in my heart for these new players. Hopefully, I'll have some gifs of them soon in Giants orange and black. Here’s to a great season, no matter the outcome. Let’s go Giants!

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