Walk-offs, Milton Bradley and Twins Nation

I am back from vacation and plan to start posting regularly again on this blog. For those who didn’t read the previous post, I spent the last few days in Milwaukee and Chicago, going to three baseball games in addition to checking out the Windy City.

I capped the three games with Friday’s tilt between the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago Cubs. Awesome game.

I think I will break down the three parks I saw (Miller Park, U.S. Cellular Field and Wrigley Field) some time soon, but I thought with this post I would cap the week with some of the highlights.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 – Miller Park, Milwaukee
Colorado Rockies 4, Milwaukee Brewers 2

Not a tremendously exciting game, but it did provide the chance to see a Rockies team in the middle of an 11-game win streak (and counting). Troy Tulowitzki and Brad Hawpe each hit deep homers, while Chorizo dominated the famous Sausage Race. Beautiful day, yet the roof was shut. I don’t get that one.

Thursday, June 11, 2009 – U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago
Chicago White Sox 4, Detroit Tigers 3

We sat through a three-hour rain delay which really leaves you appreciating the Metrodome and its weather-protected roof. Freezing temps even when the game started. But what a game! Curtis Granderson hits a two-out, two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game for Detroit. But the White Sox answer in the bottom half with a Scott Podsednik RBI single to nab the walk-off win.

Friday, June 12, 2009 – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Minnesota Twins 7, Chicago Cubs 4

Joe Mauer homered and Kevin Slowey was dominant. But all anybody was talking about after this game was Milton Bradley‘s eighth-inning gaffe. In case you haven’t watched ESPN this weekend, Bradley tossed a ball into the stands after just the second out in the top of the eighth inning. The error led to no more runs for Minnesota, but Bradley was booed heavily leaving the field by the Cubs fans, while Twins fans cheered wildly. Unbelieveable moment. And the turnout by Twins fans was incredible. I caught the Cubs pre-game radio show on Sunday afternoon, and broadcasters Pat Hughes and Ron Santo said they haven’t seen anything like this weekend in terms of turnout by a visiting team’s fans. Santo said only the White Sox bring that many fans to Wrigley. It was really something.

Here’s a shot of Bradley after the error. The fans were really on him.

 

Baseball that was worth the wait

I’ve been away for a little while from the old GSB (that’s Goethe’s Sports Blog, of course). On a bit of a vacation and thought I’d post an update.

I’ve gotten a chance to see a couple of ballparks I hadn’t seen before in the last couple of days. On Wednesday, I was at Miller Park in Milwaukee to see the Rockies beat the Brewers by a couple of runs. Awesome ballpark, though I’m not sure why they chose to keep the roof shut on a day like that.

Yesterday, I waited through a three-hour rain delay only to be rewarded by one of the more exciting games I’ve ever been to. The Chicago White Sox were supposed to host the Detroit Tigers at 1 p.m. Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field, but the first pitch ended up being at around 4 p.m. It was a pretty cold day, but it was well worth all of the shivering. Curtis Granderson hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning for Detroit to tie the game, only for Scott Podsednik to drive in the winning run for Chicago in the bottom of the ninth for a walk-off White Sox win.

It’s been a pretty good vacation so far.