After a thrilling game 7 victory over the NL Central Champion Chicago Cubs, the Minnesota Twins won their third World Series title in franchise history. Ending a drought since 1991, the Minnesota Twins completed one of the most electrifying seasons of baseball the upper midwest had seen in a long time.
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Entering the postseason with a 99-63 record, the Twins knew the story. They were following a path laid out by a World Series contender of yesteryear. A mere six seasons ago, the Kansas City Royals were making their first playoff berth in 29 years. While the Twins have been in the playoffs, they hadn’t sniffed the World Series in that same amount of time. Unlike the Royals, Minnesota was able to complete the journey.
It was dubbed the Central Showdown as representatives from both of Major League Baseball’s Central Divisions would clash. After an All Star Game victory by the American League, thanks to a three batter save by Twins closer Nick Burdi, Minnesota would claim home field advantage for the Fall Classic.
A back and forth series found Minnesota trying to defend their home turf in a pivotal game 7 matchup.
Going up against a Joe Maddon led Cubs squad, Paul Molitor and the Twins knew they would have their work cut out for them. A back and forth series found Minnesota trying to defend their home turf in a pivotal game 7 matchup.
Jorge Soler and Kris Bryant both had led the way for the Cubs thus far in the series, each with three home runs. Heading into game 7 though, Meyer was in shutdown mode. Byron Buxton had served the Twins well patrolling center field, and had already made a few game saving catches in the postseason.
As game 7 would go on, it was apparent that one big hit would break the game open. That hit came after Nick Gordon singled in the sixth inning. Eddie Rosario would bunt him over to second, and then it happened. Batting out of the three hole, Miguel Sano clubbed a 397 foot home run onto the plaza in right field and the Twins had all the lead they would need.
Jake Reed would come in and get Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora looking, before Javier Baez hit a weak dribbler to Jorge Polanco at second base to end the top of the eighth. Nick Burdi would come on to slam the door in the 9th, just as head had done 47 other times for the Twins this season.
The team that had come up through the system and grown together, had become the team of destiny, and achieved their ultimate goal.
Minnesota was World Series Champions again, the first time since 1991, and just in time to end the 29 year drought. The team that had come up through the system and grown together, had become the team of destiny, and achieved their ultimate goal.
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