Do the positives make it any easier to swallow?
- 1st Round draft pick from the Angels, as well as a sandwich pick. So we're not immediately making up Hunter's production by what we're getting in return from Los Angeles, but at least the picks will have better cheek bones, right? No, probably not. But at least we get that first round draft pick. Re-stock and re-load, baby.
- Financial freedom. Certainly there's someone on the market who would be willing to sign for 3 years and $45 million. Someone who could help the offense? Perhaps that's a fiscal buffer we can use to trade for a third baseman. A third baseman who still won't have Torii Hunter's cheek bones.
- We get to listen to people who are personally offended by Hunter's decision to not stay with the Twins. For double the money. It's a positive because when they spout things like "Hunter sucks" and "Hunter's greedy" and "Hunter's cheek bones weren't so great anyway", they are absolutely right. Unequivocally. Ride that bitter bus, KFAN call-ins.
- It's finally over. That nervous pit in my stomach, every night, hoping that the Twins will pull out some magic bullet and sign Hunter for that etherial and elusive "home town discount"--I don't have to worry about that anymore. No magic happened, but at at least the end has finally come. WHEW!