To quote an Elton John song, "I've seen that movie too." We've been down this road before and the story always ends the same way. You know, if the manager doesn't matter when it comes to winning and losing, then why even have one? If there aren't any particular strategies that are either winning or losing games, then we don't even need a manager. If there is not a certain mentality that can be passed on to the players before a certain game, then is there any need for a manager? If it is never the manager's fault that the Twins choke at a certain time every year, then I guess he must be expendable, but hey, he comes cheap and he is well-liked in the clubhouse, so I guess that's all that matters!
The other side of the coin, is that the manager does matter and he makes decisions and provides the team with direction and purpose, in which case RG has failed at the most crucial moments. This is the stance that I have always taken (even though I was again hoping to be proven wrong). (Of course, players matter as well. It is impossible to win consistently with lousy players, but the Twins have always had a solid minor league pipeline, so decent players keep coming up through the system. I think the Twins have a very good group of players at the moment and before one of those dry spells comes about, it would be nice to get a third WS championship.)
In the real world, I would like to see the Twins land a third World Series ring, but with RG at the helm folks, it ain't gonna happen, is it? Do you really think that it will??? Honestly??? We've been there and done that four times (or is it five), and we've always ended up losers--even thought the press always marvels that the Twins compete. Here's a news flash, the Twins don't compete when it comes to the playoffs! The game against the Sox was just one more example of ineptitude at the worst time.
The bottom line is this Tom Kelly took the Twins into the playoffs twice. In 1987, the Twins were gonna get their heads served on a platter against the Tigers, and then were supposed to get stomped by the Cardinals. They won the World Series. In 1991, the Twins were a better team than they were in 1987, but they were still supposed to get their clocks cleaned both in the championship and in the World Series. They won the World Series again......personally, I think the manager matters.
OK, I'm finished. Let the poison arrows fall where they may.