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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Minnesota Twins: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Minnesota Twins History (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly) (The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly) Hardcover – March 25, 2008

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"I have been with the Twins for more than half of their existence. Steve's book will take you through those years, as well as the ones I wasn't around for, and stir memories of our best teams, our MVPs, our Cy Young winners, our Hall of Famers (and a few more who ought to belong), and our unsung heroes, along with some of our flops, fistfights, and contract hassles. Fans will get to relive their favorite moments, just like I get to `pitch' every night now from the broadcast booth." --from the foreword by Bert Blyleven

"I remember saying, `What are all these cars on the street?' And they bused us into the Dome and lifted that door about three-quarters of the way up. The power wasn't on entirely, and there were 50,000 people in there. And it was, like, goose bumps. Amazing." --Rick Stelmaszek on the 1987 AL championship celebration

"This has been creeping in and creeping in. It got to the point where I knew I had to step aside. I didn't like seeing the way I had become, the way I treated people.... I don't have it in me anymore." --General manager Terry Ryan upon his retirement in 2007

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Professional baseball came to Minnesota in 1961 when Washington Senators owner Calvin Griffith moved his franchise from the East Coast to the Twin Cities. Over the ensuing four-plus decades, the Twins have become one of the most inspiring and beloved teams in the game. Along the way, favorites like Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew, Paul Molitor, Kirby Puckett, and Joe Mauer have graced the Minnesota dugout, riding the ups and downs of the team whose success belies its small-market status. Now every Twins fan can get the cold, hard truth behind all the major players, coaches, and events in team history.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Minnesota Twins leaves no stone unturned in chronicling the highs and lows of the Twins. Go inside the boisterous clubhouse of the 1987 and 1991 World Series champions, then cringe as baseball commissioner Bud Selig threatens to contract the franchise in 2001. Follow Kirby Puckett as he becomes one of the game's most popular and unlikely superstars, then mourn as his career and life end prematurely. Get the inside story behind the late-season collapse of the '67 Twins, Rod Carew's quest to hit .400, the off-the-field struggles of Jim Eisenreich and Jeff Reardon, the recent departures of Torii Hunter and Terry Ryan, and everything in between.

In an entertaining and unsparing fashion, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Minnesota Twins recounts the best and worst Twins teams and players of all time, the clutch performances and biggest choke jobs, and all the fights, rivalries, and clubhouse antics that happened along the way. If you're a through-thick-and-thin Twins fan, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Minnesota Twins is your ultimate guide to the ugly truth!

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Product Details

  • Series: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books; First Printing edition (March 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600780768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600780769
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,224,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By St Paul Check Card on May 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My history with the MN Twins is different from Mr. Aschburners, but I have many fond memories as well. My mother and father played the organ at all the games from the inception till 1974, and I got to see the early greats play the game OUTDOORS!

What a fun book to read - I totally went back to my childhood -

Thanks for writing this, Steve!

Sincerely

Paul Peterson
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By daleylama on May 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm not a Twins fan, but I enjoyed this look at their history. Great moments, sad moments and lighter moments are all here. Brought back a lot of memories for me. It's an easy and entertaining read with lots of interesting looks from behind the scenes.
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Eloquent, engaging, entertaining. It is informative but well-paced. It is sometimes picturesque (“In Minnesota, though, 1967 is commonly remembered for the pennant that got away, wriggling out of the Twins’ grasp like a walleye slipping back into one or another of the state’s 10,000 lakes.”), sometimes funny (Finally, Terry Felton deserves some credit, inadvertently or not, for adding to the game’s long history of bloopers and malapropisms. It happened when Fred White, an announcer of Kansas City Royals games, was tracking out-of-town scores one night and came across a wire-service summary that mistakenly showed Felton as both the starter and the reliever in a distant Twins game. “Well, I see in the game in Minnesota,” White said, “that Terry Felton has relieved himself on the mound in the second inning.”), and sometimes thoughtful (“Dad used to work with my brother and me on different things that were important in all sports—football, basketball, baseball. One evening we were out in the front yard, and my mother came out on the porch and said to my father, ‘Clay, the boys are digging holes in the yard, tearing up the grass.’ “And my father went over to my mother and very sternly said: ‘Kate, we’re not raising grass here. We’re raising boys.’”). I think it would have been even better if it had kept the “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” organization most of the way through. After starting with that format, the book discusses random topics the rest of the way. I think it would have flowed more smoothly and avoided some repetition if it had stuck with the original format, but it’s still very good.
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By Jerry Plachecki on September 25, 2014
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I gave it as a gift
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