With a 6-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians last night, the Minnesota Twins became the first team to reach the Major League post-season by clinching the American League Central Division. Among the jubilant Twins celebrating at Target Field was outfielder Jason Repko, who just a year earlier was involved in a similar celebration at Isotopes Park when the ‘Topes reached the post-season.
Repko, who entered this year having spent each of his 11 professional years in the Dodgers organization, was brilliant for the ‘Topes in 2009, battling through injuries to post a .277 average with 20 doubles, 16 homers, 47 RBI, and 24 stolen bases in 110 games. As the Isotopes were celebrating their clinching of the PCL’s American Southern Division, Repko was informed he would be joining the Dodgers, with whom he finished the season and where he celebrated again when Los Angeles won the National League West.
The outfielder’s latest celebration comes after a season that started with his release by the Dodgers on March 31, near the last day of Spring Training, and his subsequent signing by the Twins, who assigned him to Triple-A Rochester. After batting .281 in 60 games for the Red Wings, Repko was called up to Minnesota on June 25 and has been in the Major Leagues ever since, providing a key component off the Twins’ bench.
As one of the nicest people to ever don an Isotopes uniform, Repko’s latest celebration is definitely one worth celebrating, even here in Albuquerque.
But that’s not the only Isotopes connection in last night’s division-clinching win. In fact, the very field on which the Twins celebrated was partially the handiwork of former ‘Topes Head Groundskeeper Jarad Alley, who is wrapping up his first season as Assistant Groundskeeper at spectacular Target Field.
Congrats to Jason and Jarad and go get ’em in the playoffs!