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Friday (The Yankees lose) edition: Wha' Happened?

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • October 7, 2011 - 9:20 AM

Dear Twins fan: Are you merely happy the Yankees lost in Game 5, at home, to Detroit last night? Are you conflicted because every other team seems to be able to handle the Yankees in the postseason these days except the Twins, and the Tigers got a huge boost in the series from Delmon Young? Or is it a little bit of both?

Count us among the "little bit of both." After watching the first seven innings or so last night at a local establishment, it was clear Minnesotans, by and large, root for the Yankees to lose. Cheers erupted whenever big things happened for Detroit, and this wasn't even at a sports bar. We certainly were no different. Particularly satisfying: The Tigers escaping a bases-loaded jam thanks in part to an A-Rod strikeout, then seeing Jeter's home run bid come up just a few feet short in the eighth. Ahhhhhh.

However, it still begs the question: Why can't the Twins do this? Since 2003, the Yankees are 0-4 in LDS against teams other than the Twins and 4-0 in LDS against the Twins. In three of those losing series, the Yankees have fallen to an AL Central team (Tigers twice, Indians once), so let's not talk about weak divisions. Overall in the playoffs in that span, they are now 25-31 in games against everyone but the Twins and 12-2 against the Twins.

So while part of us rejoices, always, when the Yankees are taken down ... a part of us is also angry all over again about 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2010 (especially 2004 and 2010, when the Twins had very legitimate chances to knock off the Bronx Bombers). It does not help, of course, when a player such as Delmon Young -- who was a combined 5-for-24 with 0 home runs and 0 RBI in the 2009 and 2010 ALDS against the Yankees while with the Twins -- clubs three home runs in the series to help the Tigers advance. That, according to our TV last night, was a Detroit record for a postseason series. (Of course, he never had Miguel Cabrera hitting behind him in Minnesota).

Which is it for you this morning: happy, frustrated or a little bit of both?

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