There’s no way to analyze this game. It just was epic. All I can say is that last year, after attending the Twins-White Sox game last year where the Twins rallied from 5 runs down to tie on Denard Span’s triple, and win on Alexi Casilla’s single, I thought to myself a bit sadly, “I’ll be lucky if I ever see a baseball game remotely close to as great as that was.” Well, it happened. Whereas that game was driven by a constant need to come back, this game was dominated by momentum changes and big moments – Punto’s throw home to force Cabrera at the plate, OCab’s double play, OCab’s home run, Magglio’s homerun, Cuddyer’s triple, Punto’s invaluable at-bats, Gomez’s single, Tolbert tying the game, Casilla’s game winner – and I’m probably missing a load of big moments from earlier in the game that seem like they happened a week ago. Rarely do sports fans witness drama like that, and it’s even more rare that it happens in a “win-or-go-home” context. It was a magnificent night, and we were all lucky to be a part of it.
Congratulations, Twins. Bring on the Yanks, and give ‘em hell.