I. Love. When This Team Wins. Performances by Zimm. And Twins: A Twins Series Recap

Game 1:


“Stephen, this is a baseball.”
“Yeah…I know. Why do you keep following me around?”
(Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Twins 4, Nationals 3

It had been over 40 years since the Minnesota franchise played in their once hometown of Washington. It was 1971, when they lost to the Senators 5-2. Warren  Magnuson had an RBI double, and Karl Mundt went 6 shutout innings.

But those Senators are long dead, as is the thought of a Washington baseball team winning a game. However I suppose the Nats had a chance, as this Twins team’s chances for success aren’t looking very attractive this season. They’re so unattractive in fact, that they don’t inspire any sort of sexual fantasy involving these Twins. Maybe it’s the fact that instead of two attractive women its 25 men, and that’s what’s making me feel that way.

But then again, I got off countless times to the thought of the ’94 Expos, who, to my knowledge, were 25 men as well. Although I wouldn’t be surprised to find out Larry Walker is just a very butch woman.

The game went along pretty uneventfully. Gio had an average outing, running a good deal of baserunners although not letting many come across to score. Sadly he was knocked out after 6 innings which meant it was time for our bullpen to put this game out of reach. For us of course.

So in came Abad who, well, who did fine. .2 IP and 1 hit? I guess you could consider that agood.

But then it was Drew Storen’s time, and he… Uh, he got an out. Weird, but I guess nobody’s perfect. In his case, perfectly disappointing.

Ok, Clippard, you’re fine. You got a scoreless inning, that’s nothing surprising. You’re one of the few bright spots in this bullpen. Oh, that might just be the sun reflecting off your glasses.

Ah, ok. Rafael Soriano. This has to be it, right? Let me go down his line slowly, from left to right. 1 IP, yeah I mean why take him out after the game has already been ruined. 3 hits, also makes a lot of sense. Now let me move my eyes a few millimeters to the right and… 0 runs.

Ok, who the fuck is pulling a prank on me? 0 runs over three innings? With both Storen AND Soriano having pitched? There’s only one reasonable explanation and that’s that Mariano Rivera has killed Storen and Soriano, skinned them, and worn their skin to pitch in this game. But something tells me that isn’t right either.

And then Erik Davis and Ian Krol combined to throw one more scoreless inning.God dammit, where is the disappointment I was expecting? This is the greatest case of blue balls I’ve ever experienced. Someone, please, satisfy me.

Craig Stammen: 1 ER.

THANK YOU. Wow… Finally. That felt so good. Was it as good for you as it was for me? It wasn’t very good for me.


Game 2:


“Whoa man, I’m not into that. Take your hand out of there.” (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Nationals 7, Twins 0

What can you say about Jordan Zimmermann? Well, I can say that he threw another fantastic start, propelling the Nationals to a near flawless victory over the Twins. But just in case you’re still looking for a proper response, here’s a list of 10 good answers to this question:

  1. “He is the best thing and my child will never live up to him, so I threw my child out.”
  2. “I have sewn my eyes closed because my wife is not as beautiful and I don’t want to see her disgusting face.”
  3. “I have a terminal illness and that’s OK because as long as Jordan Zimmermann is fine I’m fine.”
  4. “My cleaning lady is not Jordan Zimmermann which makes sense since Jordan Zimmermann is a baseball player and doesn’t clean houses.”
  5. “The only thing better than Jordan Zimmermann is when I cross my eyes and it kind of looks like there are two Jordan Zimmermanns. But then I uncross them and there’s only one, but that’s OK, because he’s better than me.”
  6. “All employee Christmas bonuses will go towards constructing a giant statue of Jordan Zimmermann on this property. Demolition of the offices will begin immediately.”
  7. “Jordan Zimmermann.” [said over and over until fainting]
  8. “I converted to Zimmism because Jesus Christ was good and all, but the real miracle is winning games with this Nationals lineup.”
  9. “Who are you and why are you in my house?” [this person was not a baseball fan]
  10. “Z_m is great.”


Game 3:


“Ugh, I knew this team was DFA’ing a lot of trash, but I didn’t know I was gonna be stuck throwing out the bag.” (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Nationals 5, Twins 4

6 scoreless innings for the bullpen? Fuck that, you’re lying. Is anything I’ve ever believed real? Is Tom Gorzelanny really ugly? Is Livan Hernandez really large? Is Davey Johnson really old?

Well, the answer is yes to all those things. But is this bullpen actually capable of having long stretches of successful, scoreless innings? It feels so unnatural.

Nats win, I need to go rethink my perception of the world.

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3 thoughts on “I. Love. When This Team Wins. Performances by Zimm. And Twins: A Twins Series Recap

  1. MaryAnn says:

    Fess up. The bullpen is growing on you, right? Right?

    Still hate that bastard Soriano, but I’m beginning to trust Drew again. Is that so wrong?

  2. I guess the bullpen is like a rash that won’t react to medicine. You hate it, but you learn to ignore and accept it for a while. However it’ll probably flare up eventually and ruin your day.

  3. MaryAnn says:


    Just when you begin to trust again, they stomp on your heart.

    Drew coughed up 3 runs in the 8th in Colorado. Sigh.

    Why do I bother?

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