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THAT'S Unexpcted

Amid a lot of negative attention, both nationally and locally, aimed at the Twins, a bit of encouragement to fans is coming from an unexpected place.

Torii Hunter, who spent much of the last two seasons bashing the Twins organization for several reasons and saying how great it would be too play any number of other places, had this too say about the players the Twins got in the Santana trade, and the young players left on the roster overall.  

From an article today by Kelly Thesier:

"It's just like in '98, '99, and 2000 when that group of us came up, it took awhile for people to take us in and embrace us," Hunter said. "Once we won that division in 2002 and made it to the ALCS, the fans fell in love with us. And that's what it's going to take for these guys too."

Despite the losses the club suffered this winter, including his own, Hunter doesn't believe it will take long for the Twins to get back on the track of winning titles. He praised the club's additions, like that of Delmon Young, as signs the club is not going to suffer a significant setback.

"I don't think they are rebuilding," Hunter said. "I think they are trying to put pieces in place around Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Michael Cuddyer. I think the bullpen is still the same. The starters, they are going to be young, but they are talented. This team has many of the right pieces already in place."

After spending the last couple of years liking Hunter less and less because of his double-talking attitude towards the organization, ending with e being indifferent too his loss beyond his skills as a player, that was the kind of quote I wasn't expecting, especially after he left town he still talked about how the Twins weren't dedicated too winning.  At any rate, it's nice too see SOMEONE around baseball see what the Twins are trying to accomplish by dealing Santana, even if the value of their package is up for debate.