I moved to Minneapolis in April of 2006. At that time, it was the start of a season for the Minnesota Twins in which they would end up winning the division on the very last day of the season with the help of Justin Morneau’s incredible second half domination that led to him winning the American League Most Valuable Player award. It was quite a way for me to get more familiar with the Minnesota Twins and one of the faces of the franchise. Justin Morneau has been a pillar of the Minnesota Twins since I moved here, but all of that changed on Saturday when he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates to help bolster their playoff chances. Now one half of the M&M boys will no longer be putting on a Minnesota Twins uniform and it’s going to take some getting used to.
Baseball trades are an interesting occurrence because there is often very little warning. Sure, we all knew it could happen with Morneau being in his last contract season with the Twins, but it’s not like we ever knew an exact day ahead of time or if it would actually ever happen. So when it does happen there is a slight feeling of shock when such a prominent player on a team I’ve seen play hundreds and hundreds of times will no longer be taking the field for them. Last Tuesday was perhaps the last time I will ever photograph Justin Morneau in a Twins uniform and at the time I had no idea. With baseball trades there is no real opportunity to savor the knowledge that you’re watching that player in that uniform for perhaps the last time, but that’s baseball. Here is a photo from the last game I photographed with Justin Morneau as a Minnesota Twin:
I’ll certainly miss photographing Morneau, so here a few of my favorite shots of him in the last few years (click on them to view them larger).
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