By Joe Christensen
I’m going to wade into the pool of despair this morning with a question that will probably get me eaten alive: How about that defensive gem by Nick Punto?
I know it gets negated by another 0-for-3, 2K night at the plate. I know the Twins have pretty much sealed their playoff chances this week. But I’d like this thread to be about defense. I can’t remember two better plays by a second baseman than Punto’s sixth-inning masterpiece last night and the charging, throw-while-he-dives acrobatic special at Yankee Stadium in July.
And for those who have faulted Hunter, how about his wall-rattler in the seventh inning? Say he separates a shoulder there. It could have cost him tens of millions on the free agent market, but nothing was going to stop him from catching that ball. Gee, do you think the Twins will miss him next year when all those balls are falling in for extra-base hits?