Remember back at the end of May when the Minnesota Twins were sitting rather comfortably atop the American League Central at 11 games over .500? Those were the days.
After just 15 victories through a horrendous month of June, their four-game lead was erased and they now find themselves in third place: three games behind the Motor City Kitties and trailing the smoking-hot Chicago White Sox, who apparently can't lose, by 3.5 games. It's perfect timing to take a rest.
Even though the 46-42 Twins limped into the All-Star Break after salvaging just one game against the Tigers during their three-game series in Detroit, I still had a blast watching the first two beat-downs at Comerica Park on the TwinsTrain with Seth Stohs from TwinsCentric.
We departed on our chartered shuttle from Twins Territory a little before 2:00am on Friday, and after a nice, quiet bus ride with minimal stops, we arrived at our downtown Detroit destination around 3:30pm ET. After checking into the historic Hotel St. Regis (they have the most comfortable pillows ever) we loaded up and headed down to the ballpark to catch batting practice and take in the sights of their beautiful stadium.
We had great seats just beyond the left field wall, where we all sat together under the lights. To our surprise, there were many other Twins fans in attendance, so high fives were abundant. After the 7-3 loss, we were invited to take the bus downtown to check out the nightlife. Getting to know the other Twins fans on the trip was great, especially the five gentlemen who used this opportunity to celebrate a bachelor party!
Before Saturday afternoon's game, we enjoyed a delicious complimentary buffet from the Tiger Den, where I ate way too much prime rib and cheesecake before taking our seats along the third baseline. The game would have been another disappointing one if not for a shirtless heckler who had mistaken Delmon Young for Delwyn Young, who he apparently dislikes quite a bit. It's okay buddy, we all remember our first adult beverage.
Yes, the Twins dropped Game 2 by a score of 7-4. Honestly, the only thing that could've made the trip any better was at least one win, but it was still a great time. The hotel staff and ballpark attendees were incredibly hospitable and everyone aboard the TwinsTrain was awesome. We departed from Detroit Sunday morning, again making minimal stops along the way while watching movies and getting some rest before making it back to the Twin Cities that night.
I highly suggest you check it out; I'll definitely be planning another trip in the near future!
- A few photos from the trip on my Facebook page.
- Check out the Heckler on Twitpic
- Book your own TwinsTrain trip!
Don't forget! If you're looking for a place to catch the All-Star game this Tuesday, head on down to the New Hope Cinema Grill. Even though our Canadian Crusher won't be participating in this year's Midsummer Classic, JustinMorneau.com will be sponsoring the party, which will include ballpark food and beverage specials, along with great prizes and giveaways throughout the night. Hope to see you there!