I’ll admit it – I love storylines! This game had them…
First off, the reason for attending this particular Twins-White Sox tilt at Target Field was to be a part of a larger group (approximately 500 people) sponsored by Lavender magazine (and Ameriprise), whom I did some articles for over a year ago. Last year, I went to the same event held by said magazine with a smaller number of folks from the gay community. This time, I bought two seats – the other for a local friend who also loves sports.
Gradually, I began to see other friends from the community as part of this group. We figured it’s the best for us to share our love for the game instead of guessing which games we’ll show up for and how to get seats together. This season had been a challenge to get folks together for Twins games.
On the field, Francisco Liriano started for the home side against Gavin Floyd. Every time the Venezuelan pitched – he would disappoint. Yet, the buzz had been positive this season for a resurrected Liriano. Would this newly confident and winning Liriano show up on this evening? I was not confident that would be the case.
Still, I had to contend with my fellow gay folks in the right field stands. Last year was great since I mainly hung out with my fellow subcultural buds (called “Bears” in case you’re not freaked out by open and frank discussions of GLBT fans on this blog). This year, it was just a few friends – though I did get into some good conversations with others in attendance. The original 400-seat allotment sold out so quickly, Lavender was lucky to get from the Twins an additional 100 more tickets, but these seats were spread out in two different parts of the ballpark.
In the meantime, there was a game to talk about. A Twins win – to begin with. Last night, though, I saw two teams: Both happen to be the Twins. There was the Twins’ squad that was capable of scoring runs in bunches making life hard for opponents. That first squad also included a strong performance by Liriano. He certainly regained my confidence in him again.
Then, there was the other Twins squad. What we witnessed was a team that wastes opportunities by miscues and sloppy fielding. This was also a squad that lets their opponents back into games by inconsistent relief. Funny thing: Everyone was hyped about Jon Rauch being the closer after Joe Nathan was considered out for the season. He looked good at my first Twins’ home game at Target Field. Last night – Rauch was nothing short of horrible. Jesse Crain had to come in and mop up the mess.
A win’s a win. Better still, a win over the White Sox! For a larger victory, the 500 folks that showed up for being “Out in The Stands” this year. To the majority of the remaining 40,000-plus who were in attendance (namely, Twins fans), thank you for not making life hell for us 500!