Friday, February 12, 2010

Countdown to Spring Training: 5 Days

It’s officially “Truck Day” for most Major League Baseball teams.

For those who don’t know what Truck Day is all about, it’s simply the day when teams load up their bats, balls, jockstraps and other supplies on trucks and ship it all down to Florida or Arizona for Spring Training.

The “tradition” started with the Red Sox, but has expanded in recent years to include a number of other teams.

Personally, it gets me even more pumped for the season knowing that trucks full of equipment are headed down south as I type this.

With that excitement, let’s take a look at today’s Major League Moment.

Today’s installment is another relatively recent moment, a flashback to Game Four of the 2006 American League Championship Series.



Watching this game I was a little disgruntled because, as a Twins fan, I was spending my first fall in Boston and had to bounce from sports bar to sports bar to even find baseball coverage of the Twins.

I watched the Twins get swept (read: slaughtered) by the Athletics in the ALDS after making a magical run and winning the AL Central pennant on the last day of the season.

The Tigers, who came sputtering into the playoffs—thus allowing the Twins to take the division—handled the punchless Yankees in the ALDS and went on to sweep the Athletics before falling to the Cardinals in the World Series.

The Athletics/Tigers series had all the drama of the previous Twins/Athletics series (read: none), but Magglio Ordonez’s clutch ninth inning walk-off home run was still incredibly memorable.


Authors Note: Watching Placido Polanco leap around like a geeked-out 12-year-old kid after the home run is undoubtedly my favorite part of the entire thing.

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