MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau hit two homers in Sunday's win over the Cleveland Indians, including the walk-off game winner in the bottom of the ninth inning.
In the grand scheme of things, the home runs weren't the important part.
What mattered most, at least in a big-picture sense, was that Morneau was on the field and producing in September for the first time in a long time. This season marks the first time since 2009 that Morneau has played a game in September -- but even in 2009, he didn't finish the season.
As the Minnesota Twins were making a playoff push late in the 2009 season, Morneau was going stir crazy as he was relegated to watch from the bench. The Twins' first baseman was shut down for the final few weeks of that season with a stress fracture in his back. It was frustrating for Minnesota's iron man who, just one year earlier, played in all 162 regular-season games, plus a one-game playoff with the Chicago White Sox.