Hello and welcome to a special Thanksgiving edition of Gabbing w/ Gamble! As we all go through our (COVID-aware) holiday activities today, let’s take a moment and think about what (Twins-related things) we’re thankful for.
There is no shortage of things to be thankful for as a Twins fan this year, even if postseason success has once again eluded us in 2020. I’d like to share a few things that I’m grateful for, and then it’s your turn in the comment section.
Back-to-Back AL Central Titles
Success is fleeting, but banners hang forever. After many years of ranging from awful to mediocre, the Twins have had two years of great success (at least in the regular season) and I am as thankful for the opportunity to watch meaningful September baseball as I am for the chance to point our pennants out to rival fans.
Derek Falvey and Thad Levine
We likely wouldn’t be talking about back-to-back titles if not for the architects of the organization, Falvey and Levine. Falvine have brought the Twins into modern times tactically and analytically, making great coaching hires in the organization and acquiring winning players.
Nelson Cruz (and his robe)
The nap-loving, baseball-mashing, young player-mentoring, robe-wearing elder statesman of the past two years has been an absolute joy to watch on the Twins. Whether he returns or not, Cruz has worked his way into the hearts of many Minnesota fans.
With solid, young, established pieces such as Miguel Sano, Jorge Polanco, Max Kepler, Jose Berrios, and Byron Buxton, the Twins are well set up for the future. Add in promising prospects such as Ryan Jeffers, Alex Kirilloff, Trevor Larnach, Brent Rooker, and Royce Lewis, and the future Twins have an embarrassment of riches.
I suspect there are many Twins fans with some freezing cold takes floating around the internet from back when Falvey and Levine flipped Brusdar Graterol for the 2020 AL Cy Young Runner-Up. I’m not here to shame you, but I would imagine you realize now that you were wrong.
Now it’s your turn! Let us know in the comments what Twins-related things you’re thankful for this year!