Target Field was designed with Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau in mind. It was built with a short right field fence to frame and enable their expected home runs, and a pathway beyond the right field fence down which you could imagine a Morneau blast hopping until it reached Kieran's courtyard. It was built with extensive exercise and physical therapy rooms behind the clubhouse to keep them healthy, as the M&M Boys became men. It was built to pay their salaries and those of the teammates with which the Twins would surround their two franchise players. It was built in anticipation of Mauer and Morneau winning championships and awards, and yet until Thursday afternoon, during the 166th home game in the limestone castle in downtown Minneapolis, they had never before homered in the same game at Target Field. They heard jeers in the third inning, when Mauer popped to third and Morneau flied to right and they left the bases loaded, and the Twins trailed the Angels 5-0, and M&M still seemed to stand for Mending and Melancholy. The score was 6-0, and the Twins were facing another series loss when Mauer came to the plate in the fifth. There were runners on first and second with nobody out, and while no one booed, you could sense restlessness in the crowd. Two pitches later, Mauer turned on an inside fastball cutting toward his hands from Angels righthander Dan Haren and hit his second home run at Target Field, and first since Aug. 18, 2010. Morneau was 0-for-4 when he came to the plate with Mauer on first base and nobody out in the eighth and the Twins trailing 7-6. Righthanded reliever Rich Thompson threw a high pitch and Morneau swung at it as if he were trying to remove cobwebs from a chandelier.
The return engagement of the M&M Boys
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Apr 13