Even if the Twins hadn’t won last night (which they did anyway), Friday 1st May 2009 will always be a memorable one in the minds of fans everywhere. Joe Mauer, returning at last after missing Spring Training and the entire first month of the season, hit a majestic solo home run with his very first swing off Sidney Ponson of the Kansas City Royals.
Not to be outdone of course, his best buddy Justin Morneau had to get in on the act and hit a two-run homer in the 5th (scoring Mauer, naturally) and the Twins went on to complete a 7-5 victory against a very offensively strong Royals team.
Though Kevin Slowey didn’t have his best start of the year, the bullpen was impeccable, and it was so nice to see Mauer and Morneau all chummy on the bench again. The Royals have proven to be formidable foes, and despite all the hoopla of last night, it’ll be interesting to see if Minnesota can continue playing well and win the next two games on Saturday and Sunday.