July 25, 2021

Sports moments that made you cry tears of joy (mostly): 2006 and the Clinch (Twinkie Town)


Generally-speaking, I’m not one for waterworks. Though I obviously feel emotions—good and bad—like everyone else, I tend to shy away from the sadness or hyper-emotion that tears are facilitated by. But there are some moments in life so powerful that the faucets simply cannot be staunched. The final day of the 2006 season was one of those for me.

During the summer of ‘06, my family experienced a very difficult time. Without going into details, it will likely be one of the toughest personal situations I will ever weather. Concurrently, the Twins were off to a horrible start and it looked to be the second-straight playoff-less season.

But then, a funny thing happened: at exactly the same time my family was struggling to get through each day, the Twins started to inspire. Almost as if the latter were needed to help with the former.

Over the course of that summer, I have specific memories of:

-Cracking a rare smile and getting to lay my head on the pillow happy after a Jason Kubel walk-off grand slam.

-Sitting with my grandfather—around to help support the entire family—and watching this young phenom Francisco Liriano out-duel Roger Clemens in Houston.

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