Craig Monroe has really affected this team....how? Well, he has affected us in two ways. He has contributed to some losses by the Twins, which if he wasn't on the team, the Twins would have most probably won those games. And also, he has affected us towards winning games. 3-run tying blast in KC, 3-run homer to put the Twins up over Detroit against Nate Robertson. But, more than his homers and late-inning heroics, Craig Monroe has improved this club in the biggest way. I know that usually this doesn't get talked about much here on Twinkie Town (or on any site) but a man that has GREAT CLUBHOUSE PRESENCE is needed. Monroe is that man.
When first the Twins signed Monroe, I was looking for big things. Monroe has provided some fireworks for the Twins but has batted a paltry .207 (.284 vs. RHP and .127 vs. LHP) in that period. Monroe currently sits 3rd on the Twins roster in HR with 8 and 8th in RBI with 28. However, something that I did not expect coming into this season, is Craig Monroe's love for the Twins. As a matter of fact, he loves them so much, he is helping. Delmon Young is now on a tear having hit .321 in June and hitting .342 in July. How come Young has turned it around after his slow start? Yes, Delmon is a second half hitter, we all know that, but it is also because Craigsy took Delmon aside and taught him a few things. (Do you think that Delmon would have taken this from Crawford last season?)
Craig has helped this team tremendously although it is not seen. Craig has told several of the Twins hitters to shorten up and put the ball in play and good things will happen. Who has he told? LNP, Denard Span, Delmon Young, Brian Buscher. Craig is that vet which every team could use. Everytime a Twins player gets an RBI hit, he and Reddog are up out of the clubhouse cheering for that player. I thought that Craig was going to be a little pill in that dugout, only playing for himself, but he has accepted his role and is going above and beyond his call of duty. Young comes and sits by Monroe now (I believe Gardy has made them roommates too). Monroe, after striking out with two runners in scoring position with 0 or 1 out, goes back to the dugout and instead of slamming gear, he cheers on the next batter and tells him to pick him up and drive those runs in.
Monroe has done more for this team than he gets credit for. Thanks Craigsy! I thank you, the clubhouse thanks you, the Twins thank you, and Minnesota thanks you!