Hello Fellow Twins Fans,
I live in Iowa. My dad is a big Twins fan, and therefore, I also have become one (although I also root for Oakland, because they were good when I was growing up). I have probably attended 10 or 15 Twins games in my lifetime. I haven't been to Target Field yet, but I'm hoping to make it there later this summer.
Yes, the Twins are struggling this year, and many key players are underperforming. But I want to encourage you fans, as well as the writers, to refrain from following the pattern that is becoming all too common in modern America: hyping something to a fever pitch and then turning on it when the going gets tough.
I'll admit that Jim Souhan's recent article was the first of his that I have read. And yes, newspaper writers should have and use the freedom of the press. But why start throwing stones at your franchise player half-way through a year that is going down the tubes for a myriad of reasons? Reading through the comments on that Souhan article, and reading through the comments on Twinkie Town, it seems as though there are plenty of fans who are all too willing to complain about Mauer. Any failures this year are by the team. When the team starts losing games because of Mauer fielding errors, or because of Mauer going 0-5, then fire away.
I'm sure that Twin Cities area fans are aware of the criticism that too many are fair-weather or apathetic. And I know there are plenty of good fans who don't wait for the currents of opinion to decide how much they will support the Twins, or Vikings, or Wild, or T-Wolves. But, right now would be a good time to show just how supportive we can be, by being more supportive of a team that still has a chance to get healthy and make a run at the playoffs.
Let's root for the Twins, including the highly-paid ones. If this summer turns out to not be a playoff campaign, well, let's get ready for next year. This franchise has won 6 division titles in the last ten years. They know how to get to the playoffs, and I'm sure they will get back there soon. And if things break right, they could bring you another World Series Trophy one of these years.
Twins Fans Unite!