From the Wait 'til this Year Humor Vault
NEW YORK--After getting swept by the Yankees in last year's ALDS match-up--the fourth time in eight years the Twins were eliminated from the playoffs by the Yankees--the Minnesota Twins headed to Yankee Stadium Monday for an early season series seeking a measure of revenge. They found it in the fifth inning when infielder Alexi Casilla singled to right field.
"Relief," said catcher Joe Mauer of his immediate reaction when Casilla's weak grounder dribbled past the second baseman into right. "It's just ... after the last few years, getting completely humiliated by the same team over and over and over. It was embarrassing, and we knew we had to come in here and show the Yankees we're not that same team they've steamrolled in the playoffs like a hundred times. When Alexi got that single, it was like, 'What now, Yanks! Whatcha got!' It's like we can finally put 2010 behind us."
Though starter Brian Duensing allowed eight runs and the Twins tallied just one more hit in the game, Twins players doused each other with champagne in the clubhouse after the 14-0 loss.
"We knew after the playoffs last year that we were going to have to come out fighting this season," said an emotional, confetti-covered Ron Gardenhire. "Today, we did that. The Yankees won't be taking us lightly any more!"
"It's nice to be the one who finally balanced out the rivalry again," Casilla said. "Pretty heroic, what I did out there."