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Minnesota Twins Rewind, Week 9: Hammer Time
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Tuesday night's celebration of Josh Willingham's walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Oakland Athletics was probably a bit too much.

The mob scene at home plate and the Gatorade shower should probably be saved for a more special occasion, but this is baseball and the Twins have been yearning for a moment like this all season long.

Truthfully, I am surprised there wasn't a pie in the face or a champagne celebration. But no matter how the team handled the situation—it was a welcome sight to be sure.

There were plenty of welcome sights this past week in Twins Territory. Our  favorite team played its best week of baseball yet, sweeping a three-game series from the A's and taking two-of-three from the Cleveland Indians.

Riding a five-game losing streak, the Athletics' arrival at Target Field could have not have come at a better time. Their anemic offense proved to be the difference in the Twins snapping their own five-game losing streak.

Neither team played particularly well, but Willingham's offense carried the Twins to their first three-game series sweep of the season.

Hammer's heroics in Tuesday's game were probably more coincidence than anything else. But the Twins rode that momentum into Cleveland, where they met an injury-ravaged Indians club and gained a game in the standings.

It remains to be seen if the Twins will continue to trend upward as the season inches closer to the midway point. But Ron Gardenhire seems to have finally pieced together a competitive roster.

In hindsight, the Twins' celebration Tuesday was much more than a goofy ritual performed by every baseball team from Little League to the major leagues. It was the release of all of their early frustrations and a glimpse at what could lie ahead in the summer months.

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