As a Twins fan living in Vietnam, I awake each morning yearning for good news from a day game, or the prospect of spending my morning trying to sneak peeks at the game as I work through the morning. During the off-season I have followed TwinkieTown for the insightful comments (often) and the hilarity (at least as often) but I came into the season hoping for something good from the returnees, healthy seasons from M&M, dingers from Thome and Young, and strong seasons from a healing pitching staff. Such dreams . . .
Sigh . . . So, are these dreams dead? The view from 8000 miles after the jump.Now after the Twin aces get shelled and the bats are listless (to put it mildly) it is easy to act like things are terrible and the season is going to be a swoon into oblivion. But seriously. Take a deep breath and think it through. Doesn't Nishioka deserve a few weeks to show he has the game we (the psychic investors in the Twins franchise) paid for? And do you easily find a staff that goes 1-5 that looks better (these first two games aside)? And when Sweet Drew isn't playing, I still like our bats 1-9. Better speed? I think so, and the team needs to grow into that. Gardie may be challenged to find out what to do with that tool, but I trust he will figure it out.
So, it hasn't made breakfast any easier this week-end, and I've trudged a bit heavily through the 85 degree morning mugginess, but hope lives in my heart, and I want to offer any of the faint of heart a chance to offload their mid-July tickets to me. When I get back to God's country, I trust that the Twins will be in the hunt, and games at Target Field will be the kind of fun they were last year.
Be brave and let's see how things look in a couple weeks. Seriously. I'll take those mid-July tickets.