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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Sports Teach Learn Life Lessons That May Not Be Learned Anywhere Else

You have to practice to become better and that you must push yourself to get better every day.

Ever since I was a little boy, I have always loved sports. I was drawn to them and couldn't get enough—whether it was playing or watching. I always wanted to try and play every sport possible; even when I had no time for anything else, I always begged my mom to let me play. This continued throughout my childhood, but baseball was always my favorite to play.

I have played baseball ever since I was 4-years-old, and I continue playing it today at the University of Wisconsin on their club baseball team. Baseball (and sports in general) have taught me many different lessons and have shaped who I am as a person today.

Sports have impacted my life greatly and showed me the way I should live. It has always made me want to become the best that I can be, whether on the field or off. Many sports are a team game and you have other people relying on you to be the best you can be.

You have to practice to become better and that you must push yourself to get better every day.

This mindset has correlated with my life outside of sports. I have tried to push myself in every aspect of life to be the best that I can be, and I have learned that from sports and I am grateful. I strive to get better every day of my life and that is all due to the values sports have taught me.

I have met some of my best friends through sports. There are some of my close friends that I met by playing flag football or t-ball with them. Also, when I was going into high school I didn't know a whole lot of people because I went to private school from K-4 through 8th grade, and a lot of my friends were going to different high schools.

So, being the big sports fan I was, I decided to join the football team as a freshman because I had played before. That is probably the best decision I could have made my freshman year because through practice and summer lifting, I met friends that I've had before the first day of high school up until this day.

Sports make people become really close because of a common goal: winning. If you want to win, you must have good team chemistry. Bonding with your teammates through wins and losses really creates amazing friendships that can last a lifetime.

Sports have taught me that no matter the outcome of the game, as long as you leave everything out on the field and give the game everything you have, then there is no need to get down on yourself.

There is nothing more you could have done, and if you want the outcome to change the next time, then you must get better.

Only you know if you truly gave your all and that you tried to better yourself for every game, so you must hold yourself accountable... no one else will. This applies to everyday life, too, because if you know you tried and truly did your best with anything, then you know that is the best result that could have occurred from it.

Sports have changed my life for all good, positive reasons and have taught me many important lessons that I carry with me throughout my life. I highly encourage everyone to at try and go out for a sport, because it teaches many lessons that can't be taught in a classroom or through studying.

The only way to truly learn important life lessons like these is to get out there, get involved and challenge yourself. If you do that, then I promise you it will change your life for the better.

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Are The Los Angeles Angels For Real This Year?

The LA Angels have made a lot of moves this year to put them in a place to win some games.

The Los Angeles Angels are making a push to be serious contenders in the American League for the 2018 season, it seems. Being in the same division as the defending world champion Houston Astros doesn’t make it easy to win games in the American League West, but maybe they are fighting for a wild-card spot. Last year, they fell just short of the wild-card game, missing it by just five games.

Losing Mike Trout (the best player in baseball) for 50 games last year and only falling five games short of the wild card was probably seen as a win for many Angels fans and their ownership. It showed the GM that this team is ready to win and just needs a couple more pieces to do so. GM Billy Eppler went and did just that.

The Los Angeles Angels won the sweepstakes this off-season that every team wanted to win. They got the Japanese star referred to as the Japanese Babe Ruth, Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani was set to be their pitching ace and potential Designated Hitter on his off days.

I say was set to be because recently, a report about a problem with the star pitcher's elbow has come out. There have been multiple reports that have come out saying that he has a small problem with his throwing elbow, that the Angels and any other MLB team were unaware of before signing him.

This elbow problem hasn’t been made a big deal or a little one really, it is known, and being looked at by the Angels' doctors now. They don’t think he will lose his time now, but they also don’t want him to keep pitching on it and shorten his career in the long run.

Regardless, getting Ohtani I think put the Angels into action and started their off-season in an aggressive mode. A mode where they know they can compete and getting Ohtani makes other free agents or big-name players want to come there more to compete because they see a chance of winning there.

Just last week, the Angels got Ian Kinsler, former second baseman with the Detroit Tigers, and Kinsler will play second base now for the Angels. The Angels also just signed free agent Zack Cozart. Cozart, former shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds, will add another nice piece for the Angels.

Cozart will play third base for the Angels because Andrelton Simmons has the shortstop position locked down. Those two acquisitions help solidify the Angels infield, as well as gives their lineup more depth beyond just Trout and Pujols.

With Ohtani playing DH, that would make Albert Pujols move out of the DH position, and play first base. That is where there are some question marks with the Angels defense, because of Pujols’ injuries and inability to move around anymore.

Regardless of the question marks and how everything shakes out with their lineup defensively, it should be known that the Angels are making moves and should be put on notice by the rest of the American League West, and the entire American League for that matter.

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