DULUTH, MINN. --- It was only a year ago the Minnesota Twins last faced the New York Yankees in the MLB postseason, losing three games to none.
Now, those same two teams will meet again in this year's American League Division Series.
"The Yankees kind of took it to us last year," Twins fan Adam Olsen said. "I'm not too worried about it this year, though. Our lineup is a whole different lineup this year. Our pitching staff is on point. Our hitters are doing real well."
That kind of brazen support for the hometown ball club does not come without some nervousness.
"It is pretty nerve racking," Twins fan Kayla Pedersen said. "It's always the most nervous thing playing the Yankees in the first round."
This year, though, the Twins hold home-field advantage in the series, something fans aren't quick to overlook.
"I think it's going to be huge, It was big for the Yankees last year," Olsen said. "It might be the change of atmosphere that does it for us. It's an exciting place and an exciting feeling."
"I think the boom of the fans will pump up the Twins, too," Pedersen said. "There's nothing better than baseball."
Even more so if the Twins can keep playing deep into the month of October.
Posted by Zach Schneider