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  • It's Going To Be Rough...

    "I know you love the Twins brother, it's just..."
    -- My little brother, January 2013.

    For her birthday, I took Stinky, aka Mrs. Peanut, aka the co-founder of this blog, aka my wife, to Chicago to see her sister and a whole pile of friends. We had a great time, trying great restaurants, escaping "bro-bars" and celebrating the fact that she has continued to cheat death for another year.

    My wife's sister lives about a mile down the road from Wrigley Field, and even an American League man like myself snuck peeks down the side streets to admire the classic stone facade, the old flags flapping in the chilly February breeze and dream of the day (soon) when baseball would be back.



    The neighborhood had a whole lot of Cubbie paraphernalia, not to mention bars, souvenir shops, bars, bookstores brimming with Cub memoirs, and bars to cater to the wide flung crowds of fans who--though currently hibernating--love to come out in the summer. And while I looked down the way to dream of spring, all those souls bundled up in their puffy blue and red coats seemed resigned to both the cold and the looming presence of another year and another pack of losses.

    ~~~

    "I don't know, I feel like all my favorites are gone. What team am I even rooting for anymore?"
    --My wife, December 2012.

    The Twins are not the Cubs...well...not yet anyway. Sure it's been 22 years since our last World Series/American League Championship season, but we've got nothing on the Cub's suffering through bad luck or incompetence. Still, for the first time in a while, wearing the interlocked "TC" feels like a sign that I'm committed to a team that's bound for disappointment.

    It's been easy to ignore the Twins this winter, and most national news outlets have. After swiftly swapping out center-fielders for pitching prospects, we were relegated to the "other notes" sections of sports pages. The junk drawer of the "Transactions" column where the Mike Pelfry/Rich Harden/Rafael Perez contracts of the world land, next to mutant paperclips and quaint sticky notes.

    Most "experts" point to 2016 as our most logical date of contention, and even that date assumes that nothing will go wrong with player development or team finances. It'll be a time when most of the current roster is a distant memory. The current players to be guaranteed money for that year are Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins...everyone else might be there or might be dust in the wind.

    Until then, well, we still have some games to play. Some painful, painful games...

    ~~~


    "Do you really still root for them?"

    --A student upon seeing the Twins game on my
    web browser during study hall September 2012



    Do we have a better outfield? No. Do we have a better infield? No. Do we have a better pitching staff? Maybe.

    Do we stand a chance against the Tigers? No. Do we stand a chance of getting a wild card? No. Do we stand a chance of even seeming competitive after the all-star break? Probably not.

    And yet, here we are, early March and I've got the itch again. I'm perusing Stub Hub for tickets to see the Twins play in Washington DC (as a chance to take my niece to her first big league ball game). I'm hoping that Bert Blyleven is doing some stealth scouting of Korean and Taiwanese players at the World Baseball Classic. I'm cogitating and considering the wisdom of various 40 man roster spots and all of this despite the fact that I know the Twins are bound for another difficult year.

    Maybe being a fan means being stupid. Maybe it means being inexplicably loyal to the point that your brother and your wife and even your 15-year-old students question your mental faculties. Maybe it means willfully enlisting for a struggle of a season simply because it seems like the right thing to do.

    During the aforementioned trip to Chicago, our birthday celebrations took us to a brunch spot (apparently a vital part of any weekend in Chicago). Unfortunately our chosen restaurant had to close due to sudden pipe damage, and on our way out the hostess stopped me.

    "Excuse me," she said, "are you a Twins fan?"

    While I normally try to keep a low fan profile in rival towns, the fuzzy hat and embroidered gloves made denying the truth impossible. "Yes," I replied, "yes I am."

    "Oh my god! ME TOO!" She said with relish, "I don't usually see other Twins fans. I'm so excited for this year! I mean, I know it's going to be rough, but that's what makes us fans right?"

    Yes, my fellow fanatic, it will be rough. So rough that in order to a win a bet with my wife and father-in-law, I'm banking on the Twins to lose between 88 and 92 games....and I'm the optimistic one!

    But this is what makes us fans. The ability to find excitement and intrigue even in the most desolate seasons, even when family and friends question your sanity, even when it just does not make sense, that's what makes a fan. So yes, it will be rough, but that is what makes us fans.

    Just ask the Cubs.
    This article was originally published in blog: It's Going to be Rough... started by PeanutsFromHeaven
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. The Wise One's Avatar
      The Wise One -
      My, isn't that a nice story
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Great post. I feel a kinship with Cubs fans as well.
    1. mako83's Avatar
      mako83 -
      It maybe be a badge of loyalty but I still feels sorry for anyone wearing yankees logos this year. Bottom line everyones luck runs out and how long it runs out for is an organization thing
    1. ND-Fan's Avatar
      ND-Fan -
      I am a fan but sure am disappointed by Twins moves this year. With the payroll flexibility i thought they could piece together a team that would be close to 500 and outside chance of catching wild card spot. I could see this plan if we had our prospects close to ready to make it to major league but for most were probably 2 years away before we have the prospects ready to play at major league level. Older i get less patience i have for building a team that takes 5 to 6 years if everything works out like planned. I love to watch baseball but Twins may test my love to watch baseball. I hope i am wrong but i just feel were heading for 100 plus loss season and very few young players that i can watch and think things are going to get better. Am i only one thats thinking this and how can Twins organization look reporters and fans in eye keep selling us they are going to be incontention this year thats what makes me mad as hell.
    1. Texastwinsfan's Avatar
      Texastwinsfan -
      Great post! I too am a "twins fan" and I will suffer through this year. Even when they are 20 games out, I will still get peeved when they can't get a runner in from 3rd base with less than 2 outs, still get frustrated when they play stupid, still get irritated when Joe hits into another double play, but I will always, always root for them!
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      Great blog, I too can't wait for the season to start, I can't wait to get back to TF and I'm not even a masochist.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Wise One View Post
      My, isn't that a nice story
      I am glad to see the posting guidelines being put to good use, my brother.

      Apart from that, I mostly echo ND-Fan's sentiments. I'm totally on board with the offseason trades that temporarily weaken the team, but am disappointed that this wasn't done hand-in-hand with some short-term moves to serve as a bridge to 2015 and beyond. As I understand the marketing of how Target Field came to be, there is a moral commitment to spend like a major league team if it can help put a better product on the field, and it seems to me $20M was left on the table, or in ownership's pockets more like, all while they told us that money is not the constraining factor. More money could have obtained the services for two years of a pitcher with a better track record than Correia for example. I fear that there is a conscious calculation that the team would rather have one more kick-ass draft pick in June '14 than to strive for a few more wins to come closer to .500 in '13; it's not exactly throwing games, but close enough that I don't like the implication that you can't succeed long-term without shenanigans.
    1. wavedog's Avatar
      wavedog -
      Nice post - I too will hope to catch a Twins game in Wash DC this June with my dad. Well, the expectations for this season can't be much lower so the only way to go is up! Life is too short to waste a season so I will have to take joy in the small wins, the development of the young guys and maybe the last season to enjoy watching Morneau and maybe Willingham playing for us. Hopefully a player or two will come out of nowhere like Diamond last year to have an impressive season.
    1. Carolyn M's Avatar
      Carolyn M -
      This afternoon my brother started texting me incessantly telling me I had to read this blog post, he wouldn't tell me why, just that I HAD to read it. As I read it I liked it a lot and I agreed with it all but couldn't figure out why my brother had been so persistent about this particular article, then I figured it out! I work at a brunch restaurant in Chicago that had to close because of the pipes, I am a HUGE twins fan, and I was the crazy girl that berated you about your fuzzy TWINS attire! It is indeed going to be a rough season, but I am so glad that we could share this encounter on that crazy busy saturday in the middle of Chicago and agree on one thing, "Our team will always be our team, win or lose." GO TWINKIES and beautifully written article, I couldn't agree with you more. P.S. I am so sorry I had to kick you out of the restaurant that saturday, but pipes are fixed! You and your wife should come back to Chicago and we can all eat some bacon and trash talk the White Sox.
    1. PeanutsFromHeaven's Avatar
      PeanutsFromHeaven -
      Mil Gracias, for the comments my brothers.


      No question about it, there's plenty that will be frustrating throughout the year (I'm already practicing my weary head shake at swinging strike threes on sliders low and away). But I'm glad that there are people who are as irrationally fanatic as I am to while away the summer postulating about the future (even if we have long been promised that the future is now).
    1. Dave T's Avatar
      Dave T -
      Hicks hit 3 home runs today, Morneau looks to be healthy again, Mauer is hitting well. I think we will score more runs than last year. The middle infield is looking solid, Plouffe is hitting, damn. The pitching still sucks. One more good pitcher and we're a threat to win the division. I was hoping that would be Gibson, but he has a long ways to go. Still, the Twins will be fun to watch, even when they lose.
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dave T View Post
      Hicks hit 3 home runs today, Morneau looks to be healthy again, Mauer is hitting well. I think we will score more runs than last year. The middle infield is looking solid, Plouffe is hitting, damn. The pitching still sucks. One more good pitcher and we're a threat to win the division. I was hoping that would be Gibson, but he has a long ways to go. Still, the Twins will be fun to watch, even when they lose.
      I applaud your unbridled optimism, your MI outlook takes that word to new levels.
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carolyn M View Post
      This afternoon my brother started texting me incessantly telling me I had to read this blog post, he wouldn't tell me why, just that I HAD to read it. As I read it I liked it a lot and I agreed with it all but couldn't figure out why my brother had been so persistent about this particular article, then I figured it out! I work at a brunch restaurant in Chicago that had to close because of the pipes, I am a HUGE twins fan, and I was the crazy girl that berated you about your fuzzy TWINS attire! It is indeed going to be a rough season, but I am so glad that we could share this encounter on that crazy busy saturday in the middle of Chicago and agree on one thing, "Our team will always be our team, win or lose." GO TWINKIES and beautifully written article, I couldn't agree with you more. P.S. I am so sorry I had to kick you out of the restaurant that saturday, but pipes are fixed! You and your wife should come back to Chicago and we can all eat some bacon and trash talk the White Sox.
      That is awesome. I love the internet. Welcome to Twins Daily.
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