By Joe Christensen
Joe Cowley, of the Chicago Sun-Times, follows up on the Twins’ sweep of the White Sox with an interesting theory: The Twins play just as dirty as any team in baseball but skate along with a reputation for being “hard nosed.”
While Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski still was being treated like Public Enemy No. 1 because he dared to accidentally clip Justin Morneau’s foot Monday, there was Twins third baseman Nick Punto in the ninth inning Wednesday, going into second base hard on an attempted force play.
Punto thrust his right forearm into the ribs of Tadahito Iguchi, knocking the Sox second baseman sideways. ”Sewer dirty,” one Sox player labeled it.
But after all, it was Punto — Gizmo from ”Gremlins.” Just don’t get any water on him, feed him after midnight or let him near the exposed rib cage of a 195-pound Japanese man.
Could you imagine the outrage if it had been Pierzynski?