For the first time since 2004, a Minnesota Twins playoff win was broadcast for the world to see. Folks across the country watched the action on ESPN, but those closer to home who also tuned into the Twins radio broadcast heard a call for the ages from radio announcer Cory Provus.
It had been 6,739 days since the last Twins playoff win and even longer since fans got to watch it happen in front of a home crowd. By now everyone knows about the Twins win over the Yankees back in 2004, but the team hadn’t won a home playoff game since October 5, 2002 when Minnesota defeated Oakland on its way to a ALDS series victory.
That was 7,668 days ago, and is another streak that ended in glorious fashion with Tuesday night’s win at Target Field.
Pablo Lopez turned in a gem of a start, and Royce Lewis stole the show with a playoff debut that saw him homer in his first two at-bats. Everything went right for the Twins, from clutch defensive plays to the bullpen turning in five scoreless innings of work, with the result being the worst playoff losing streak being broken.
Listen to Twins radio call of final out that broke 18-game playoff losing streak
Cory Provus was on the call for Twins Radio Network and unsurprisingly turned in an all-timer during the final out of the streak-snapping win.
No only was this the first home playoff win for the Twins since third year of the Bush Administration, it was also the first ever playoff win at Target Field. Built back in 2010, only hosted a total of five playoff games before Tuesday night, with the Twins posting an 0-5 record.
The 18-game losing streak was the headline, but that home playoff loss streak was another of the handful of curses the Twins seemingly broke in the win over Toronto. The monkey has been thrown off the team’s back, and not only was a losing streak snapped but the vibes suggest that something totally brand new — and much less depressing — has started.