WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Twinkie Town Farm ReportSatire Rob Refsnyder Jersey , Irreverence, & Other HumorGame RecapsHistoryLooking Back: When the Twins swept the White Sox in 2008New,22commentsThat one game where I literally jumped out of my seat.ByZach KoenigSep 22, 2018,3:10pm EDTShareTweetShareShareLooking Back: When the Twins swept the White Sox in 2008The 2008 Minnesota Twins started the season by beating the then-Anaheim Angels at the Metrodome. Carlos Gomez looked like a return-on-investment alone from the Johan Santana trade, and Joe Nathan struck out recently-departed Torii Hunter in the ninth inning.After a 2007 season that had been a severe disappointment, ‘08 looked to be on the right track.Not so fast.Despite a magical All-Star game showing for Justin Morneau, the ‘08 Twins entered the final week of the season at 85 wins and two-and-a-half GB the division-leading White Sox. While today’s Twins fans might be salivating for that type of late-season opportunity, the late oughts were a different time. T.I. (before being crowned Joe Mauer’s hype man) was on the radio spittin’ “Whatever You Like”, and Twins fans were used to exactly that. This was a team that had recently won back-to-back-to-back division titles, and another (‘06) that was the most improbable in baseball history. We were used to winning, and for two straight years that hadn’t exactly been happening to the usual standards.The only saving grace? A three-game series with the Pale Hose in the Dome. Us vs. them in the showdown that would likely distribute the AL Central crown.I’d like to say I was in attendance for Game 1 strictly due to the hype, but I was in town for more practical matters: the Twins Job & Internship Fair. You see, I had recently finished my undergraduate studies and after a summer of lifeguarding, teaching swimming lessons, and generally decompressing following 17 straight years of education, it was time to look to the future. The admission to that job fair was a $25 ticket that came with a free hot dog & soda.While the job fair was a bust (showing up in a Joe Nathan jersey while the rest of the future interns were in suits and ties probably didn’t help) I did get to see the Twins win 9-3. Scott Baker was fantastic, while both Jason Kubel & Delmon Young hammered out three hits and a homer each. I figured that I’d make the three-hour drive back to Fergus Falls the next morning and catch the final two games of the series on TV.But that was before I got the call (on my grandparents’ landline phone they’ve had since the 1970s http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , if not earlier) from my Aunt, who had been stricken with Twins Fever. So, instead of gassing up my ‘92 Ford F-150, I found myself back inside the Dome for Game 2.Once again the Twins prevailed, this time by a much tighter 3-2 margin. Nick Blackburn somehow scattered eight hits over five innings to only allow two runs (so basically just being Nick Blackburn), and then Breslow-Bonser-Mijares-Nathan didn’t allow the Sox on the board again. Delmon banged out three more hits, Brendan Harris (perhaps my least-favorite Twin of all-time, Jesse Crain excluded) added two more, and Carlos Gomez robbed A.J. Pierzynski of what looked to be a sure extra-base hit in the ninth inning. The Twins were now just a half game behind the Sox, with one more big showdown left.Yet again, I prepared to catch that finale from my couch. Yet again, fate intervened in the form of my grandmother’s brother, who happened to have two tickets to that night’s game...and needed to unload two more.Now, most of the games I go to I make sure to arrive in plenty of time for the first pitch. Due to some scheduling conflicts, however, I was dropped off at Kirby Puckett Place at about 6:50 and remember running up the aisle to join the other 43,600 fans in attendance that night. Also, these were the worst seats I had ever found myself in for a Twins game. Down the right field line in the upper deck http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , one row from the giant blowers.The game didn’t start out any more positive than the sprint up the aisle or the nosebleed seats. After the top of the fourth inning, the Sox were up 6-1 and had knocked Kevin Slowey out of the game (literally, a ball came up the middle and clanged off him). But then, Denard Span & Carlos Gomez stepped up and delivered perhaps the most incredible two-man show in Metrodome regular-season history:Bottom of the 4th: Gomez triples & Span drives him in with a double. 6-3 Sox lead.Bottom of the 6th: Gomez triples & Span bunts him in. 6-4 Sox.Bottom of the 8th: Gomez singles, scoring Harris (okay, maybe I don’t hate Brendan’s guts at this point). 6-5 Sox.Once again, Span stepped to the plate with the opportunity to tie the game (or at least keep the line moving):To this day. To this very day. I still do not quite understand how Span’s bouncer got between Paul Konerko & the first base line. But it did. I saw it with my own two eyes.I’m usually a pretty passive watcher of sports, even in a live scenario. Years of Vikings fandom has likely conditioned me to expect the worst outcome instead of cheering for the best. In that moment, though, it all went out the window. For the first (and thus far only) time in my life, I jumped out of my seat and literally leapt straight up into the air when I saw Gomez sliding across home plate. I will never forget that moment as long as I live.Alexi Casilla winning it on a 10th-inning single? That almost seemed anti-climactic for what had come before.I walked (no, no, was blown) out of the Dome that night in a state of unreality. Had this really happened? Had the Twins really swept the rival Sox and moved into first place with just three games left to play? Yes, and yes.What happened during those final “three” contests? Again, perhaps another story for another day... The winner takes it all..."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Diamondbacks Farm TeamsGameday ThreadsDiamondbacks NewsDiamondbacks Game ReportsFang FoodDiamondbacks 3/5, Reds/Rockies 2: Abba-cadabra, that’s a sweep!New,4commentsThe winner takes it all...EDTShareTweetShareShareDiamondbacks 3/5 Christian Arroyo Jersey , Reds/Rockies 2: Abba-cadabra, that’s a sweep!Record: 8-8-2. Change on 2018: 0. 5-inning record: 8-7-3.Early on at Goodyear, the D-backs struggled against Tanner Roark. He struck out the side in the first, and has six K’s through three. But in the fourth, LF Abraham Almonte led off with a single; one out later, DH Yasmany Tomas banged one off the wall for a long single, and C Caleb Joseph hit his first home-run of spring. That three-run shot was all the offense the D-backs would get, managing just three baserunners outside the inning, Tomas later adding a double. But it was all they would need. Merrill Kelly was a great deal better in his third spring outing. Indeed, he tossed four hitless innings, facing one over the minimum on two walks and four K’s. RF Andrew Aplin helped, doubling a runner off from the outfield. Greg Holland’s spring struggles continued: another inning, another run allowed on two hits. Mark Rzepczynski and Jimmie Sherfy tossed scoreless innings, the latter fanning two of the three batters faced. But Stefan Crichton let the Reds get within one in the eighth, setting up a nervous ninth for the Diamondbacks. An error and single put the first two men on against Daniel Gibson, before a bunt put the tying run on third with one down. However, Gibson coaxed a weak ground-ball to the catcher, and the man on third was retired in a rundown Nathan Eovaldi Jersey , then clinched the save in the 3-2 victory, with a fly-ball to center.South of the border, Arizona’s pitchers got it done, allowing only a pair of unearned runs in the 5-2 victory over Colorado. the teams traded runs in the first. A sacrifice fly off Matt Koch gave the Rockies the lead, after a three-base error by LF Tim Locastro. But Koch settled in. allowing only one hit and no more runs over four innings, with no walks and three strikeouts. Nick Green was also not helped by the defense, allowing an unearned run over three frames, on two hits and two walks, with one strikeout. And Braden Shipley looked as good as he has all spring, working a six-out save with two perfect innings, striking out four of the six batters faced. 3B Eduardo Escobar tied the game up in the bottom of the first with an RBI double, and another double from Escobar led to the D-backs taking the lead in the third. 1B Kevin Cron’s second home-run of spring made it 3-1 in the fourth, though it was his error which let theRockies score in the sixth inning. But just when it was looking as if this score might mirror the one in Goodyear, SS Ildemaro Vargas added a pair of insurance with his first homer of the pre-season in the bottom of the eighth. He and Escobar each had a pair of hits and drove in two runs for Arizona. And, hey! Kelby Tomlinson finally got his first hit, doubling in the fourth... and was thrown out trying to make it a triple. He’s batting .059 in spring. After a busy weekend, the D-backs get to enjoy a well-deserved off-day tomorrow. They resume Cactus League play on Tuesday night against the Rangers at Salt River Fields.