Alright, blatant homerism aside, tonight’s one-game playoff between the Twins and White Sox is by far the cure for the common AL Central Boring Pennant Race. Don’t tell me that as a baseball fan you wouldn’t want the outcome of this thing to be decided this way (poll!!) because I wouldn’t believe you. Not only did we get extra baseball yesterday, we get over-time season baseball. So, in the spirit of the 163d game for both Twinkies and Palehose (which I will live-blog tonight), a little game I like to call: he said, he said (or she said, in this case – thanks melissa):
This is it. This is for October. One final contest with the world of baseball watching to see who comes out the victor. Oh, and if you were asking yourself: “Why are the Twins in Chicago for this game instead of the other way around?”, you’re not the only one. The Twins are in Chicago because of a coin flip. Apparently head-to-head results matter nothing–huzzah.
Now the Piranhas must leave the Dome of Doom and attempt to win at Cellblock field. Game 163, the tie-breaker will go to the pale hose.
The game was sold out within a hour. It will be the most hostile environment many Twins players will have experienced to this point in their careers. I have NOT forgotten the 2003 All-Star Game in Chicago, when fans booed Eddie Guardado mercilessly during introductions.
”The work we do in November to get in shape during the offseason until now is all for this,” veteran reliever Scott Linebrink said. ”Everybody works all year to get to where we are right now. We need to take advantage of it.”
“I’ll take my chance against him if he pitches the way he pitched last time,” Guillen said Monday.
“He didn’t pitch well. When you’ve got the bullpen warming up in the second inning … we just didn’t approach him the right way.”