The Twins were awful at Target Field each of the past four seasons, going a combined 131-193. Yes, they were awful everywhere, but for a team to have a worse home record than road record (which the 2011-14 Twins accomplished) is truly a ghastly sight.
The Timberwolves have been seemingly cursed forever … but really just since 2004 … and maybe really just since trading Kevin Garnett in 2007. They have most certainly been cursed since 2011, leading some to wonder just which building was more cursed over the past four years: Target Field for the Twins or Target Center for the Wolves?
With the recent run of good fortune for both teams, however, I sought out the answer to a different question: If the curse has been lifted, can we pinpoint the exact date that it happened? After all, the Twins this season are 17-6 at Target Field … and the Timberwolves finally (!) earned the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft after years of lottery futility. Sure, the latter was achieved by being awful on the court, but breaking through the lottery barrier is at least a strong indication of a curse being lifted.
Thanks to some intrepid Twitter help, I think we’ve pinpointed the time and date: sometime during the late afternoon/evening of April 13, 2015.
That was the date of the Twins’ home opener, when they were routed by the Royals to fall to 1-6.
That was also the date the Knicks completed the second of two improbable back-to-back victories over the Magic and Hawks (!) near the end of the NBA’s regular season. With those wins, the Knicks pushed the Wolves into the No. 1 slot in the lottery order, which proved to be the winning slot this season. The Knicks, meanwhile, have the No. 4 pick.
Maybe it was the force of the combined will of Torii Hunter, Kevin Garnett and Tyus Jones all being in one picture (on April 13, before the Twins game) that lifted the curse?
Whatever the case, these are better times for those two teams in those two buildings than we have seen in quite some time.