Happy Ron Gardenhire Day!!
Coming off another diseased chapter in the Minnesota Vikings season, at least fans of professional Minnesota sports have something to celebrate today. Gov. Tim Pawlenty has declared today “Ron Gardenhire Day” in the state of Minnesota.
This caps off what has been an incredible week for the Minnesota Twins manager after winning his first ever AL Manager of the Year award last week. The day after Gardenhire won the award he was given a two-year contract extension that keeps him at the helm through 2013. Gardenhire has a career winning percentage of .550 with a record of 803-656.
“Different people will tell you how many games a manager wins or loses by tactical decisions,” Twins general manager Bill Smith told Kelly Thesier of twinsbaseball.com. “But the clubhouse atmosphere and the chemistry on a ball club is something that factors in every day, from the first day of Spring Training to the last day of the season, and he never wavers with any of that.”
Thesier also talked to Twins DH Jim Thome “I think he’s done a great job of handling his players, and I think to be a good manager, that’s key, You have to know each personality, and he does that. I think he knows everybody from top to bottom, and he does a great job with the on-field stuff, too. … I’ve had good ones, and he’s right up there, definitely, at the top of the list. It’s definitely been a pleasure to play for him, that’s for sure.”
So everyone enjoy the day and show a little hustle and scrapiness for Gardy today. HAPPY RON GARDENHIRE DAY MINNESOTA!!