Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Twins Future=Now

“It hurts doesn't it? Your hopes dashed, your dreams down the toilet”

That’s Teddy KGB talking to Mikey McD. in Rounders, but I think this same phrase can be used for Twins fans everywhere. As short as a couple days ago, Twins fans got a small glimpse of hope. A little crack in the pennant race window. We won a home series versus the division leading Indians and the Detroit Tigers lost their fifth game in a row. We sat only 4 ½ games back of the division. It was super. We were back in the conversation baby. When ESPN showed the standings, our sweet “TC” logo popped up! Side note: Who doesn’t love our logo? I love it. It has to be top five in the league. Thoughts? Anyways, forget the fact that it was at the bottom of the screen, it was still flipping there. “We’re comin, we’re comin” was back in the lingo of Twins fans across the state. It was awesome. Now...

Teddy’s right. It does hurt; it stings real good Mr. KGB. Detroit and Cleveland rattled off two quick wins, while the Twins were baffled by the “talented” Royals pitching, dropping their last two. Side note: You know you have a team hitting problem when you can’t hit pitching from arms that mirror Johnny Damon & Shannon Stewart. Anyways, we’re off the ESPN screen now and on the back burner again. Ohhhh, how quickly things change. This shouldn’t surprise us though. This has been the pattern all year, so the last couple days have simply been a mirage. We were suckered again. It’s sad to say, but we’re not winning the division and we’re not making the playoffs. Yes, I just said it. Take a moment... We might even make a little run in early September, where we climb back within 3-4 games or something like that. But, we’re not going to get over the hump. We don’t have the offense. Period.

That’s why this off-season might be the most important ever in Twins history or at least the last 15 years. I know this is a huge cliché and gets thrown out far too frequently, but it’s true. You have young superstars in their absolute prime right now. That would be Mauer, Morneau, & Santana if you’re wondering. Then you have good ballplayers but not superstars playing well right now: Hunter, Nathan, Neshek and Cuddyer. I mean, wake up and smell the coffee front office! This is your window. You’re getting invaluable experience with your young staff this year. Bonser, Garza, & Baker are all getting quality innings and are all getting familiar with big league hitters. Truthfully, who really knows about Liriano? We can win it without him, but with him, you’d have to put our staff in the top three heading into next year. I don’t think that’s even a stretch. The problem isn’t our pitching though, it’s obviously are hitting.

So...I’m with Santana on this one. Here are his comments one week ago on not attaining a bat:

"That's why we're never going to go beyond where we've gone. It's not just about hope. In a realistic world, you have to really make it happen and go for it.”

Terry, stop signing tools like Ortiz, Ponson, Batista, White, Cirillo and all the other bargain basement puds you pull in every year. We’re sick of it. They all suck and it’s wasting money. Listen to your biggest asset on your team and…go for it! Yes, this might take some convincing of the big swinging dicks upstairs, but make your case. Sell them that spending just a little more money places you in great position to hoist up the trophy at the end of the year. Another side note: The great thing about this is that I know TR is reading this. Huge TK on Toast fan. Huge.

Sign Hunter, bench Punto, bring in one good (proven) bat and another solid bat and let’s roll! I personally think we’re two bats away, not one like most people believe. We’ve been shutout 10 times this year. We need two. This organization seems to be building for the future the last decade. The future is right now ladies and gentleman. I don’t know about you guys, but I want to be sloppy drunk downtown next October for a meaningful playoff run. I want to be at some random bar for every playoff game giving high fives to other baseball nerds and kissing the Twins hotties. It might be a little early to talk about next year and I’m a big enough homer not to give up on this season, but I’m trying to be realistic. TR messed up this year and we all know it. It’s time to fix it.

In the meantime, we have this to look forward to all winter:

How fast can you say #1 pick? Exactly. They’re years away of me being sloppy drunk downtown in June.

Go for it Terry, go for it...

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