CLEVELAND (AP) -- His blue sweatshirt drenched with beer, Twins
manager Ron Gardenhire picked up the boxed bottle of Dom Perignon off
his desk and smiled.
"Looks pretty good," he said, admiring the pricey Champagne. "It'll
look good on the mantle, unless my wife and I drink it tonight. You just
Gardenhire became the 10th manager in major league history to win
1,000 games with the same team on Saturday as Minnesota, staked to an
early lead by Brian Dozier's homer on the game's second pitch, beat the
Cleveland Indians 7-3.
Following the game, Gardenhire was doused with adult beverages by his
players, who wore gray T-shirts that said, "1000 wins ... 67 ejections"
on the front and "And Still Counting" on the back.
Minnesota's Kyle Gibson limited Cleveland to one run over five
innings in his season debut after Dozier led off the game with his homer
against Carlos Carrasco.
Gardenhire, who has managed Minnesota since 2002, joined Tom Kelly as
the only managers in Twins history to reach 1,000 wins. He's also the
fifth active manager to hit the milestone, and he joined a list of
managing immortals including Connie Mack, John McGraw, Walter Alston,
Tommy Lasorda and Earl Weaver as the only ones to get all 1,000 wins
with the same team.
In typical fashion, the 56-year-old "Gardy," who has guided the Twins to six AL Central titles, downplayed his accomplishment.
"I haven't looked at the list," he said. "I kind of stayed away from
all that stuff. We were kinda talking about it earlier. I really haven't
gotten into this very much: How many? Who? Maybe I'll look at it now.
"I guess you tip your hat to those guys because I know how hard it is."
As he spoke with reporters, Gardenhire's cellphone buzzed with a
flood of incoming congratulatory texts. One of his daughters called
immediately after the game and his wife, Lindsay, was in his office as
the Twins celebrated.
"My kids and my family are very, very excited," he said. "They've been waiting for this."
In addition to getting the bottle of bubbly from the Twins and the
game's lineup card as a souvenir, Gardenhire was also touched by the
gray T-shirts, which included a photo on the front of him being thrown
out by late umpire Wally Bell, who died of a heart attack in October.
"It's really heartwarming because Wally Bell is on the front,"
Gardenhire said. "He's a very, very dear friend of mine, so it means an
awful lot to have that T-shirt with Wally on there -- and it's also a
pretty entertaining T-shirt."
Before taking the mound, Gibson (1-0) did his usual round of
high-fives with teammates and coaches in the dugout before delivering a
message to Gardenhire.
"I went up to him and said, 'Hey, let's get it today,'" said Gibson,
who allowed one run and three hits in five-plus innings. "It's exciting
to be the guy who is out there for the 'W' but it's Gardy's 'W' for
sure. It's a pretty cool day to be a part of."
Gibson made 10 starts as a rookie last season, and the Twins are
counting on the 25-year-old to do more after giving him the fifth spot
in the rotation. The right-hander worked around four walks -- two in the
third, when he escaped a big inning by getting Nick Swisher to ground
into a double play.
Afterward, Gibson was most pleased about getting Gardenhire his win.
"The short time I've played for Gardy, it's been a lot of fun," he said. "He's fun to play for. He's a great manager."
Indians manager Terry Francona was the last active manager to reach
1,000 wins, and he was more than happy to welcome Gardenhire into the
"Gardy's been doing this for a long time," he said. "Yeah, I guess I
wish it would have come in the next series. But he's been good at what
he does for a long time. I think that number indicates he's getting
When reminded that he also has 1,000 wins, Francona quipped: "I'm old. That's why I didn't say too many nice things about it."
NOTES: Also on the list of managers with 1,000 wins with the same
team are: Mike Scioscia, Kelly, Danny Murtaugh and Red Schoendienst. ...
The Twins snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Indians. ...
After going 0-for-13 to start the season, Dozier is 3-for-5 with a
double and homer in this series. ... Twins OF Oswaldo Arcia was given
the day off with a sore right hand. Gardenhire said Arcia injured his
hand swinging in the batting cage earlier in the week in Chicago and it
flared up during an at-bat late in Friday's game.