It seems Twins Territory has become pretty negative over the past few days. Now, don't get me wrong, I completely understand the frustration with the results of the past two games...but I also understand that there are millions of fans across the US that would be thrilled their team even had a chance (and don't forget, fans, the Twins DO still have a chance) this year.One of the most frustrating aspects of this series is that the Twins really haven't played terrible baseball. A few bad calls, a couple odd bounces or miscues, and suddenly, they're down a run or two (what I like to call "The Evil Empire Effect", or "E³"). While this may cause some members of Twins Territory to freak out and consider the season over, I find it's much more pleasant to look at things in a completely different light, such as: we're still playing baseball. It is October, during playoff baseball time, and my favorite team is still in the race for the World Series championship.
Yeah, it will be challenging for the Twins to win two in New York and one more at home to advance to the ALCS, but stranger things have happened. I refuse to count them out until the last game is officially over. Even then, it's kind of an awesome experience to continually see this team play in the playoffs. I know, I know, "but what good is making the playoffs if we NEVER WIN?!?!". A valid question, and truthfully, it's really just a matter of personal perspective. I enjoy seeing my team be competitive year in and year out, and understand how difficult a short series against a team that often shuts you down can be.
Anyway, all is not lost yet. And let's keep in mind that 2010 was a really fun year to watch this team. There were a lot of ups and downs (losing Joe Nathan and Justin Morneau were huge blows, but look-we overcame that!), but more importantly, a LOT of really fun ups. Thome's homer against Thornton in extras was simply a beautiful thing. The comeback game in Philly was pure awesome. Kubel's grand slam against Mo in Yankee Stadium, and Danny's grand slam against Greinke in KC-amazing. Really, just owning the Sox in general kicked some major ass.
If you're not satisfied, though, with another playoff appearance and division title-so be it. But don't cut those of us that hold out hope for this team down. We like looking at the bright side of things. :)
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