Well, that was a blast. Gordon Edes, always a pro, took our ribbing like a champ. He said Minnesotans have been lighting up his e-mail all day. Go easy on him, now. After all, the guy was at the Dome when the Gophers beat Iowa — an actual Glen Mason triumph.
I stopped at the mall and found a sports store. Sure enough, they had a poster of Torii Hunter with the words “Big Game Hunter.” Perfect. The security guards let me bring right into the Louvre.
Then the Poster Shop Boys went to work. Matt Garza: six up, six down — wow! Look out Sidney Ponson. Garza struck out Big Papi with a nasty breaking pitch past his hands to end the first inning.
Scott Baker looked terrible, giving up four runs. But trailing 4-1 in the fifth, Joe Mauer hit a three-run homer off Julian Taveras to tie it. An opposite field blast for Mauer, the Big Game Hunter of the Night.
The Twins had a chance to win it in the ninth, but Red Sox right fielder Alex Ochoa made a cannon-like throw to nail Luis Rodriguez at home plate. The game ended in a 4-4, 10-inning tie. Good stuff. We’ll have lots more in our early editions with La Velle and Souhan both on the scene.