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Gabbing w/ Gamble: Which player’s departure hit you the hardest?

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Right in the feels

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Hello and happy Friday to all of you! Another work week down, another Twinkie Town discussion to take you into the weekend. However, we’re getting sad on this Friday. The question I have for you today is this: Which former Twin’s departure made you the most sad at the time? (Non-retiree division)

There’s obviously no shortage of options for this question. Most players aren’t Twins for life, especially these days. Lots of fan favorites have come and gone ever since free agency’s dawn. Below you’ll find a few of the departures that made me sad (and one that might be coming soon).

Johan Santana

This is probably my #1. Johan was my first favorite player growing up, and he also happened to be one of the greatest Twins pitchers of all time (as well as a great guy, by all accounts). It broke my heart when the Twins traded him away, and it didn’t help that the package we got in return ended up being more than underwhelming. The Twins would’ve been just as well off letting him walk in free agency rather than getting fleeced like they did.

Michael Cuddyer

Cuddy was an overwhelming fan favorite throughout his time in Minnesota, a fun clubhouse presence, and an above average player all around the diamond. I remember meeting him at a signing event at a Twins Pro Shop as a kid and admiring his neat Harmon Killebrew-approved signature. It was nice to see him succeed with the Rockies and Mets, but made it all the more bitter that the Twins let him walk in the first place.

Jim Thome

Big Jim Thome worked his way from Twin-killer to a beloved gentle giant in a very short period with the Twins. After years of the Twins playing piranha ball, it was awesome having a genuine slugger for once. And his walk-off home run, the first ever at Target Field, was one of the most electric moments I’ve witnessed during a Twins game. Rumor has it that his helmet is still in orbit.

Nelson Cruz?

Another aging slugger (though you couldn’t tell it by his performance), Cruz came to the team late in his career and quickly endeared himself to the clubhouse and the fans. A crucial part of the Bomba Squad, Cruz helped the Twins return to relevancy. While he isn’t gone for sure at this moment, it remains very up in the air whether he will be returning. I know that I speak for more than myself when I say that it’ll be hard to say goodbye to the Boomstick.

Now that I got that off my chest, it’s your turn! Who did you have a hard time saying goodbye to? Let us know in the comments!