MINNEAPOLIS Matt Capps heard the boos. How could he not? He heard them on more than one occasion, raining down on him from the Minnesota Twins faithful at Target Field.
With closer Joe Nathan still recovering from 2010 Tommy John surgery, Capps was occasionally inserted into the ninth-inning role for Minnesota early in the 2011 season. But Capps struggled mightily. In a span of two weeks in May, Capps blew three saves, earning losses in two of those instances.
Again in early July, the Twins went to Capps to close games. Again, he struggled, blowing two more saves while getting booed off the mound at Target Field.
But those memories, the boos and blown saves, those are in the past, Capps insists.
"What doesn't kill us makes us better," Capps said at the Twins' winter fan event. "It was a tough year all the way around, mentally, physically. But move forward, take the lessons you can take out of it and try to get better."
In 2011, Capps allowed 31 runs and surrendered 10 homers i...