Monday, May 9, 2011

Recent Mother's Day History for the Twins

Plouffe wore pink cleats to honor his mother, a breast cancer survivor (Photo:Getty Images)
Mothers were honored across baseball yesterday with the use of pink bats, the wearing of pink necklaces and sweatbands, and even Trevor Plouffe wearing pink cleats. This overzealous use of pink on the baseball diamond was also to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and research. The Twins found themselves on the short end of a loss to the Red Sox on Sunday, but the Twins have been able to have some great outings with the use of the pink bats. 

Let's take a look at the recent history of Mother's Day appearances for the Twins:

Mother's Day 2007 (Sunday, May 13; HHH Metrodome)
Twins 16
Tigers 4
WP: Boof Bonser
LP: Virgil Vasquez
Twins Player of the Game: Torii Hunter 3-5, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 2 R
The Twins scored runs in every inning except the second and amassed 22 hits for the game. Anytime a team scores 16 runs, there are going to be some players that compile some great numbers for the game. Torii Hunter easily had the best game of the Twins players. He ended the game with an eye-popping seven RBI off of three hits with two homeruns. Other Twins players with three hits included Michael Cuddyer, Justin Morneau, and Jason Kubel. Even Mike Redmond got into the action by hitting a HR.

Mother's Day 2008 (Sunday, May 11; HHH Metrodome)
Twins 9
Red Sox 8
WP: Nick Blackburn
LP: Tim Wakefield
Twins Player of the Game: Craig Monroe 2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R
This back and forth game saw the Twins squeak out a win in the end. Joe Nathan made things interesting in the ninth by allowing two runs to make it a one run game. Manny Ramirez was asked to pinch-hit with the tying run already on base. Nathan got a weak ground out from Ramirez to end the threat. In what might have been Craig Monroe's signature game during his time with the Twins, he hit two homeruns and drove in four to lead the offensive attack. Mike Lamb and Adam Everett each had two RBI. Justin Morneau had the most hits on the team with three.

Mother's Day 2009 (Sunday, May 10; HHH Metrodome)
Mariners 5
Twins 3
WP: Miguel Batista
LP: Jesse Crain
Twins Player of the Game: Joe Mauer 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 R
Nick Blackburn started the game for the Twins and pitched a marvelous game. He lasted seven innings without allowing a run and collecting six strikeouts. The problems started in the bullpen with Jose Mijares and Jesse Crain. In the eighth inning both of these players allowed two runs apiece while only collecting a total of one out. Mauer provided some of the offense for the Twins and say his average rise to .485 for the season. Nick Punto was also 2-3 with a run scored. 

Mother's Day 2010 (Sunday, May 9; Target Field)
Twins 6
Orioles 0
WP: Nick Blackburn
LP: Brian Matusz
Twins Player of the Game: Denard Span 3-4, 3 RBI, 2 R
Another great Mother's Day outing for Nick Blackburn. For the second Mother's Day in a row, Blackburn pitched seven innings without allowing a run. This time the bullpen would not blow the lead and the offense scored more than enough to back Blackburn's effort. Denard Span led the way with a triple, three RBI, and two runs scored. Nick Punto, Brendan Harris, and Alexi Casilla all had multi-hit games. Punto also drove in two runs to help the Twins to the victory. 

Pink bats for Mother's Day
Overall, Mother's Days of recent years have been fairly productive for the Twins. This past Mother's Day was the first time the Twins have been on the road for the event in quite some time. The best pitcher for the Twins on Mother's Day over the last half decade has been Nick Blackburn with two outstanding outings. The Twins haven't had a consistent hitter during that same timeframe. Torii Hunter had one outstanding game in 2007 before he left for the west coast. Only two current players have been in the line-up for each of the last five Mother's Days, Justin Morneau and Michael Cuddyer. In the last two years they are a combined 1-16 on this special day. Hopefully, they bought their mom a nice card. 

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