The Minnesota Twins are cool and casual

Posted on June 7, 2010

Jim Thome #25 of the Minnesota Twins puts a bat in the bat rack in the Twins dugout before the game against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on June 5, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

 

The Minnesota Twins just left town after taking two out of three from the Oakland A’s. I am sad to see them leave because they are so much fun to shoot. This small market team with a big time superstar and a lineup of no-names continue to play great baseball in 2010. They also happen to be one of the coolest and most casual teams in all of baseball, posing for pictures in the dugout two minutes before the first pitch and playing winning baseball. Led by their terrific manager Ron Gardenhire and their local hero turned big money superstar Joe Mauer the Twins are a team that I wish would come to the Bay Area more than once this season. I am jealous of all the shooters in Minneapolis who get to photograph this team on a regular basis in their brand new ballpark, Target Field.

Danny Valencia #19 of the Minnesota Twins gets ready in the dugout before the game against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on June 5, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

Saturday’s game was a 6:05 pm start, which meant great light for the first few innings and a chance to shoot the Twins in the dugout before the game. Naturally, the Twins did not disappoint (except for wearing the blue uniform tops). Danny Valencia was all smiles sitting on the bench joking with his teammates, and once Joe Mauer got back into the dugout after warming up starting pitcher Francisco Liriano in the bullpen he was his usual fun self joking around with his teammates and posing for pictures with Nick Punto (see below). Mauer has got to be the nicest superstar in baseball. I wrote about Mauer in November of 2009 when he won the 2009 American League Most Valuable Player Award. He really is a great guy who everyone can feel good about rooting for.

Jim Thome #25 of the Minnesota Twins applies eye black to teammate Matt Tolbert #20 in the Twins dugout before the game against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on June 6, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

Sunday was Little League day at the Coliseum, which meant that over 5,000 kids would be parading around the field before the game, canceling batting practice. I slept in a little bit and did not get to the park til 11:00 am, which is super late for me. After some surprisingly good bowtie pasta in the A’s press lounge I got over to the Twins dugout to try and get some more fun pre-game stuff. As usual they were loose before the game, and made Michael Zagaris and I very happy by wearing their new road gray uniform tops, which look much better than the blue ones they wore Saturday night.

Nick Punto #8, Joe Mauer #7 and coach Steve Liddle #9 of the Minnesota Twins get ready in the dugout before the game against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on June 5, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

The Twins left town in first place in the American League Central with a 33-24 record. I expect this cool and casual bunch of guys, who happen to be playing in a new park, to ride the wave all the way to the post season. Maybe I will have a chance to see them again in their new park in October. That would be sweet!

What Others Are Saying

  1. No-Names June 8, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Hey Brad, nice site; came across your site from Graph Paper Press.

    Just like to respectfully disagree to your statement of “lineup of no-names.” Since when is having 2 MVP’s (Mauer and Morneau), All-Stars in Hudson, Hardy, Thome, Liriano and Nathan a team of “no-names?” Then there is Kubel and Cuddyer that put up 20+ HR’s in recent years. Just sayin’.

    By the way, not too many other teams have won their division five times in the last eight years either.

    best.

  2. Brad Mangin June 9, 2010 at 4:09 am

    No-Names,

    Thanks for the comments- I love the Twins- but because they play in a small market most CASUAL fans have no clue about most of their roster- especially when they trot out Matt Tolbert, Danny Valencia, Brendan Harris and Drew Butera due to injuries and the flu (Morneau). THis is the beauty of this ballclub- they always have great role players coming off the bench to fill the gaps and great gamers like Punto who help make this ballclub what it is.

    By the way- Thome was great, but he is close to done and Nathan is out for the year- but a no-name like Rauch has done a nice job this year for them. Every year the Twins have been the team that gets written off and always ends up in the post season. Now they have the paerk and the attendance, so it will be fun to watch them spend some money (Mauer) and get even better.

    Thanks,

    Brad

  3. Bianca July 6, 2010 at 2:43 am

    I’m a big fan of your work especially when you photograph the Minnesota Twins! :]

    Keep it up!

    -B

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