Thursday, October 20, 2011

Twins Highlights for 2011: Mr. Thome's 600th In Multiview

In 2011, we Twins fans had the wonderful distraction of watching Bert Blyleven join the Hall of Fame ranks.

We beheld the sad passing of Harmon Killebrew (Homerun Derby, Hulu).

We could gaze at the tranquil, Minneapolis skyline behind the Target Field confines.

We stared in puzzlement & disappointment at the difficulties of newcomer Tsuyoshi Nishioka.

We stared some more at the Minneapolis skyline, while our team of recruits flailed...

But for sheer on-field pleasure, I don't know what kind of smoldering wreck 2011 would have been without the exploits of Gentleman Jim Thome and his quest for career homerun 600...

This photo set originally appeared at Starlins And Pinstripes blog (Tumblr)

The milestone game was at Comerica Park in Detroit, August 15th, 2011 (game log at BBRef).

Jim was traded 10 days later back to his original team, the Cleveland Indians.
It was an amicable parting of ways for him and the Twins, a means for him to
play yet with a team that was contention for the pennant. In short, it wasa way to say
 "Thanks" for all the good he did for Minnesota in his short stay with the club.

As our dear, old friend at the mic, Herb Carneal, put it: "...And the count rides along." - TT

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