Post Season Celebrations Abound, But This Season Ain’t Over Yet
You all know I’m a die-hard Twins fan. I mean, I love the game in general, but I have never hidden the fact I’m a complete homer when I write about the Twins. Needless to say, last night after the Twins won their game, I was glued to Instagram, switching between live videos from Twins players Eddie Rosario, Nelson Cruz, Luis Arraez, and Miguel Sano while they all waited out the Cleveland/White Sox game to see whether they’d be clinching the AL Central. It was so fun to get a glimpse into what was going on in the clubhouse, rather than listen to the banter that Fox Sports North was forcing upon us (sorry, Glen Perkins!) while they waited it out with the rest of us.
And with that, I decided I should probably compile my favorite post season celebrations from this season thus far for you guys, because there have been some really good ones.
I mentioned this one the other day, but a bunch of the Braves’ squad hopping into the fountains behind centerfield at Sun Trust Park, thus becoming a tradition after doing the same thing last year.
85-year-old Bob Uecker getting down in the clubhouse with the team, probably more energetic than most 30-year-olds. Proceeds to gnaw on a cigar:
Bob Uecker is a national treasure pic.twitter.com/DsUvFKjIXE
— Baseball Quotes (@BaseballQuotes1) September 26, 2019
2B Brian Dozier, shirtless and twerking. For those unfamiliar with Dozier, you’ll know that he’s typically an aw-shucks kinda guy, openly religious and puts out a wholesome vibe. So yeah, this was awesome.
Brian Dozier and the Nats celebrate clinching a spot in the playoffs 🕺
— ESPN (@espn) September 25, 2019
Like I said, these are my boys, so I have TWO different things to mention. The first being Sergio Romo, a trade-deadline pickup who has fast won over the hearts of Twins Territory. His celebration last night was legendary:
Sergio Romo demonstrates a new way to celebrate a postseason clinch. pic.twitter.com/I8mmmBYzKK
— Subscribe to Cut4 on YouTube!!!! (@Cut4) September 26, 2019
And on a sweet note, Marwin Gonzalez FaceTimed absent teammates Byron Buxton and Michael Pineda to make sure they were part of the celebration. Buxton was in bed, on the 60-day IL for a separated shoulder, and Pineda was suspended a couple of weeks ago for testing positive for a diuretic. This gesture was a testament to what all fo the guys on the squad have said about how they’ve really worked as a team all season, despite having some big names and big power. Gonzalez held up his phone during the team photo to make sure Buxton was front and center:
It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over
Oh, and while all of this celebration has been going on, you might have missed some big moments in baseball. The season might end in a couple of days, but there’s still a ton of really good baseball being played. Behold, a list of some of the best (non-post season related) moments over the last few days:
- Jonathan Schoop of the Minnesota Twins just hit the 300th home run for the Bomba Squad. The Twins are now the first team in MLB history to hit 300 in a season. The Yankees are sitting at 299, and will likely reach 300 any minute as well. Oh, and while I was writing this, Willians Astudillo, aka La Tortuga, just smashed number 301. Turtle power!
- Pete Alonso hit his 51st home run of the season, now tying Aaron Judge’s record for homers hit by a rookie set in 2017. It’s looking very likely that he’ll be the new rookie home run king by Sunday night.
- Zach Greinke nearly had himself a no-hitter on Wednesday night, just weeks after teammate Justin Verlander had one of his own. The no-no bid was broken up by Seattle’s Austin Nola in the 9th, presumably because ESPN kept sending out notifications about it in the 7th and 8th innings and jinxed it. This gem of a game solidified the sheer terror of all teams that will have to face Houston in the post-season, because the rotation of Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Greinke will be untouchable.
- Reds 3B Eugenio Suarez hit his 49th moonshot of the season, setting the NL record for the most home runs hit by a third baseman. Which leads us to….
- ….Suarez’s teammate, Aristides Aquino, set a record of his own by hitting the Reds’ 223rd home run of the season. Their previous record of 222 had stood since 2005. Aquino is no stranger to record setting, which is crazy considering the guy has only played in 53 major league games ever – 1 last year and 52 this year.
- St. Louis and Arizona played an exhausting 19 innings on Wednesday, finally ending on a walk off single by D-Backs Ildemaro Vargas. Not the best outcome for the Cardinals as they seek to win the NL Central. They’ve managed to clinch a post season spot, but the fire-hot Brewers refuse to concede the division.