Friday, August 21, 2015

Joe Posnanski Writes on Yankees Domination of Twins

Joe Posnanski is one of the best writers going right now.  He's much more than just a sportswriter, and his essay on Katie the Prefect still brings me to tears every time I read it.  He's an incredibly talented writer, and is absolutely worth the read.

In yesterday's post, he takes on the Yankees total domination of the Twins over the past decade or more.  I'll let Joe take it from here:

How bad has it been for the Twins against the Yankees in recent years?

This bad: Since 2002, the Yankees are 80-29 against the Twins. I’ll repeat that in capital letters in case you missed it: They are EIGHTY and TWENTY NINE.

This is simply not a realistic record: 80-29. It’s the sort of record you will see for some ultra-successful 1A  high school football coach in Georgia. It’s the sort of vote total you see for a bill that will designate some day in the near future as “Chocolate Cake Day.” It does not seem possible that one Major League team would beat another Major League team 80 out of 109 times.

And it’s not like we’re talking about a doormat Major League team either. Yes, these have been rough times for the Twins lately, but they have won six division titles since 2002. The Twins have lost 92 or more games each of the last four seasons, and they STILL have a winning record since 2002. This has been a good, sometimes excellent, baseball team. And they’ve also been the New York Yankees’ plaything for 13 years.  

If you're a Yankees fan, a masochistic Twins fan, a baseball fan, or just a fan of good writing, check out Joe's entire post here.

By the way, that "Chocolate Cake Day" is classic Posnanski.

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