There are a few leftovers from last night's game, but let's start with Rod Carew.
 
The Hall of Famer visited the team before Thursday's, his first direct contact with them since his heart transplant surgery in December. I wrote about that here.
 
What I could not get into at the time was the speech he delivered to the team before the game. Carew discussed his ordeal and his fight to stay alive and reminded them that he remains a big fan.
 
"It was very cool," catcher Chris Gimenez said. "Just to see him out and about.
 
"The really cool part is that hew brought with him the pump that was inside of his body. He talked about not taking any day for granted, which I think is a good idea for everybody to hear, younger guys or older guys. 
 
"He said he follows us all the time, watches games and keeps up with scores."
 
The pump that Gimenez spoke of was part of the left ventricular assist device that he wore to keep his heart pumping until a donor heart became available. Carew looked much better on Thursday when he met with the media, and should be able to travel soon.
 
The heart came from former NFL player Konrad Reuland, which has been documented several times. What wasn't known was that Reuland played at Stanford and roamed the halls at the same time Twins catcher Jason Castro did.
 
Castro wasn't aware of their proximity until Twins ominman Kris Atteberry  - another Stanford product - pointed it out.
 
"I knew who he was but I didn't know him personally," Castro said.
 
Like Gimenez, Castro was touched by Carew's words.
 
"Just his love of life," Castro said. "The message was to give thanks for everything that you have and not take anything for granted. It was definitely heartfelt, and he definitely left an impact on everyone."
 
One more point. We all know that Stanford grads can be unbearable. I can say that Castro and Atteberry are not in that group.
 
Know your former Twin
 
We all would take range over arm any day. And that was why Ben Revere was useful during his time with the Twins. He was fast and sacrificed his body to make plays. 
 
But his arm..did not exist. Watching him throw made me feel good about myself.
 
The Twins know this better than anyone, and that came into play twice in the crazy eighth inning on Thursday.
 
Jorge Polanco was on first base when Eddie Rosario doubled down the left field line. It looked like Polanco was being waved home by third base coach Gene Glynn. But Revere got off a quick and accurate throw to shortstop Andrelton Simmons.
 
Simmons bobbled the ball trying to throw home. I looked home to see Polanco score - but he had been stopped after rounding the bag and returned to third. He barely beat the throw back. In fact, the Angels had the play reviewed. But Polanco was safe.
 
So what happened?
 
"I was waving him in," Glynn said. "When I saw Revere get off a pretty good throw, I thought (Polanco) was a little too far away to have a chance to score. Once he saw me waving him in, he put his head down to make a good turn.
 
"I got him stopped and he went back. He did nothing wrong. I didn't know (Simmons) would (bobble) the throw."
 
Rosario was on second when Jason Castro singled to left. Glynn didn't hesitate sending Rosario home against Revere's arm.
 
"We all know Ben," Glynn said. "He got off a really good throw, I thought. It was the go-ahead run and I thought we had a good chance with Rosie's speed to score right there."
 
A couple tidbits:
 
Twins manager Paul Molitor was pleased with Adalberto Mejia's work on Thursday but pulled him after a lead off walk in the seventh. Mejia had thrown 84 pitches. The move seemed risky given the state of the Twins bullpen, but Tyler Duffey got through the inning."He had done a nice job, and I didn't things to snowball there," Molitor said of Mejia.
 
Taylor Rogers saw his first pitch of the eighth, a breaking ball, sail out of the park as Kole Calhoun hit his second home run of the game - the lefty hitting both off lefties.  "He's a guy I like to watch compete," Molitor said of Calhoun. "He'd be a nice guy to go into a foxhole with the way he plays the game. He got a first pitch fastball the previous at bat. These guys know Rogers pretty well. Very likely he was not going to see another first pitch fastball. He was ready for the breaking ball, especially when it stayed up on the zone."
 
 
 
 
 
 

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