Twins Fire Ron Gardenhire: Top Tweets

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Ron Gardenhire (left); Terry Ryan (right)
In an unusual move, Gardy attended the press conference that served as his funeral as Twins manager.
Yesterday, an era of Twins baseball came to an end, as the organization fired Ron Gardenhire, the second-winningest manager in club history (1,068 wins, behind Tom Kelly) and the first to finish his Minnesota tenure with a record over .500 since Bill Rigney left town more than 40 years ago.

As with a relationship finally broken off long after it went stale and despite both parties' best efforts to save it, the reaction to Gardy's firing, generally speaking, was one of sad resignation. That didn't stop some people from doing their best to turn Twins fans' frowns upside down with 140-character quips, however. Below are the best tweets we saw about the Twins and their longtime skipper mutually deciding to move on.

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Minnesota Has the Fewest Derek Jeter Fans

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Minnesota might not like Jeter, but Gardy does. During the farewell ceremony pictured above, Gardy said, "We have total respect for you and what you represent in the game."
Perhaps this shouldn't come as a surprise -- after all, his Yankees eliminated the Twins from the playoffs not once, not twice, not three times, but four times -- but according to Facebook, Minnesota has the fewest Derek Jeter fans of any state.

The Facebook data team analyzed Jeter's 2.5 million Facebook likes as a percentage of total users in each state. As you'd expect, New York and Connecticut are home to the most Jeter likers. Minnesota, on the other hand? Turns out we like number 2 even less than Red Sox fans do.

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Rain Costs Phil Hughes $500,000

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Hughes walks off the Target Field mound for the last time this year.
Nobody was more impacted by yesterday afternoon's rain showers than Twins pitcher Phil Hughes, who likely lost out on half a million bucks as a result.

Hughes, you see, has a clause in his contract calling for him to receive a $500,000 bonus if he hits 210 innings pitched, and during his last start of the season, yesterday's 2-1 Twins win against Arizona, he was just one out away from that mark -- 209 2/3 innings pitched -- when rain brought things to a halt during the eighth inning.

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Tom Emmer Campaign Signs Weren't Allowed at Target Field, Twins Officials Say

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Emmer enjoys a Twins game while one of his campaign signs hangs in the background.
As photos of what appeared to be a Tom Emmer event at Target Field during a game on the afternoon of Sunday, September 7, circulated online, we asked Twins officials if Emmer's camp had approval to display his campaign signs at the ballpark.

Turns out they didn't, but just went ahead with it anyway.

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Keith Olbermann savages Minnesota Twins marketing department [VIDEO]

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According to Keith Olbermann, the Twins marketing department is not only the worst in baseball, but the people who work for it were the absolutely most reprehensible folks in all of sports yesterday.

Olbermann sounded off after the Twins distributed an email that left fans wondering what the hell they're smoking at Target Field.

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MLB apologizes for early morning fireworks; free Twins tickets coming to those affected

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City officials were caught off guard by the early morning fireworks show.
:::: UPDATE :::: Patrick Reusse blasts Jacob Frey for making big deal out of loud fireworks show [VIDEO]

When we called him yesterday morning, Minneapolis City Council member Jacob Frey was clearly pissed off about a 12:30 a.m. fireworks show that was part of the MLB All-Star Game festivities.

Frey's indignation was understandable. After all, as the Downtown Journal reported last month, residents living in the vicinity of Mill Ruins Park were told to expect nothing more than a 10-minute "pyrotechnic/water show" beginning at 11:45 p.m. Monday night. Furthermore, Frey tells us loud booms weren't supposed to be part of the show. But not only did the MLB get things going more than a half-hour late, the fireworks were so loud that they had some folks in far-away neighborhoods waking up and wondering if they were hearing gunshots.

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The Twins once had a racist owner too, and his statue stands outside Target Field

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Calvin Griffith is immortalized with this statue outside Target Field.
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In light of the furor Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling generated with racist remarks he made during a recent phone conversation with his girlfriend (listen to the audio here), it's worth noting that the Minnesota Twins once had a racist owner as well.

In 1978, Calvin Griffith, owner of the Twins from the franchise's inception until 1984, told members of the Waseca Lions Club that he moved the team from Washington, D.C. to Minnesota because there are relatively few black people here.

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Twins Territory stretches into Wisconsin, according to baseball fandom map

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Twins Territory actually extends into parts of six states -- Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, the Dakotas, and Montana.
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Using data from Facebook, the New York Times put together an awesome map that allows you to look at which Major League Baseball team is the most popular in each ZIP code.

Turns out Twins Territory isn't just limited to Minnesota. Check out how the Twins are the peoples' choice in a swath of western Wisconsin as well:
 
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Twins' Chris Colabello hits homerun while his mom is being interviewed on TV [VIDEO]

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Chris Colabello is a great story. After toiling in independent ball and the minor leagues for eight seasons, the 30-year-old finally made his major league debut with the Twins last season. This year, he's absolutely mashing, with nine doubles and 26 RBI in just 20 games headed into today.

Colabello came through with his most memorable major league moment to date during last night's Twins victory over Tampa Bay, blasting a home run right as his mom was being interviewed on TV.

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Joe Mauer's twins are adorable [PHOTOS]

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This morning, Joe Mauer's nine-month-old twins, Emily and Maren, made their public debut during a ceremony where their dad accepted his 2013 Silver Slugger award.

Unsurprisingly, they're cute. If the photo at the top of the post doesn't have you convinced, a couple more are below the jump.

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