By enzian | Enzian Theater October 6, 2009 at 8:07AM
Here we go again! After a wonderful stretch of 16 victories in their last 20 games (w/o former MVP Justin Morneau available no less), my Minnesota Twins have battled back from 7 games behind the Detroit Tigers to tie them in the standings and once again force a game # 163 to determine who wins the AL Central and advances to the playoffs. We've seen this before--last year the Twins tied with the White Sox but had to go to Chicago for the play-in game and suffered a brutal 1-0 defeat. The outrage over the location of that game actually forced a rule change in Major League Baseball (imagine that), and later this afternoon the Twins have home-field advantage in the tiebreaker game by virtue of winning the season series. A coin flip would have decided the site under the tiebreaker procedures of previous years, but this time it is based simply on which team had the best record in the first 18 meetings (the Twins were 11-7). So at least the head-to-head season series counts for something...
They are the first team in league history to need a 163rd game to finish the year in back-to-back seasons. They were 3 back with 4 to go and won 4 straight to close out the season and got some help from Chicago who won 2 out of 3 from the Tigers in Detroit. It's the final year for the Metrodome (one of the greatest home field advantages ever), and they're just not ready to say goodbye yet. The stars are alligned...now let's go out and play ball like we're capable of. Go Twins!