GameChat – Twins @ Diamondbacks, 8:40 pm, FSN & am1500

And Interleague play begins.

However appreciative the Twins might be that they are in Arizona to play baseball on the day of Killer’s funeral, they now have to play baseball after that very emotional service.  I’m sure it is going to be hard for many of the guys to concentrate tonight but I think that it will give them extra motivation to stay focused on work tonight.  At least I can hope.

Minnesota @ Arizona
Span, CF   Bloomquist, LF
Plouffe, SS   Roberts, R, 3B
Kubel, RF   Upton, J, RF
Morneau, 1B   Drew, S, SS
Cuddyer, 2B   Young, C, CF
Valencia, 3B   Montero, M, C
Young, D, LF   Nady, 1B
Rivera, Re, C   Johnson, K, 2B
Duensing, P   Kennedy, I, P


  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 7 10 0
Arizona 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 2 x 8 11 0


Well that was both extremely frustrating an somewhat encouraging at the same time. It hurt to see Twins pitching give up that fatal big inning yet again and then, to see the hitters keep fighting and make progress to come back.  Yet, again, LOB is what killed us in the final outs.  We were inches from gaining the lead back with the bases loaded in the 9th inning but we were unable to pull the trigger. But the encouragement comes from the effort to overcome that large a deficit and to come that close to doing so.  At least it makes me want to watch the next game agian!

Celebrate the life of Harmon Killebrew

photo courtesy of Ann Heisenfelt/AP


I’m not sure what kind of coincidence comes into play that the Twins are in Arizona on the same day as Gentleman Killer’s funeral but I’m not going to look a gift horse in the mouth.  It allows Cuddyer, Morneau, Nathan, & Gardenhire to act as pallbearers for Harmon in addition to Molitor, Oliva, Carew & Quilici.  Additionally, Bert Blyleven will be giving the eulogy. I have no idea how this will effect the team as a whole but I’m sure that they are all grateful to be able to pay their respects to his family in person.

I was very glad we were able to share the funeral with anyone who was able to watch and our thanks to Kare11 for using an embeddable video code! Here is the video provided by Kare11 that you can watch at your leisure if you were unable to watch.

It was a very touching service and I am certain that no eye remained dry through it’s entirety. I know mine didn’t with all the family and friends who shared. I am so glad that the team was able to participate in Arizona. For those of us who are stuck in MN and couldn’t join the thousands at the funeral, the public memorial for Harmon is next week here at Target Field.

Memorial service (open to the public)
Thursday, May 26, 7 p.m.
Target Field
Live coverage from Target Field begins at 6:00 p.m. on FS North.



Watch re-airings of Spotlight: Harmon Killebrew Tribute on FOX Sports North 

Friday, May 20: 7:30 p.m., 1 a.m.
Satuday, May 21: 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 22: 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 24: 6 p.m.
Wednesday, May 25: 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 26: 2:30 p.m.