The Minnesota Twins stand for everything that wrecked, ruined, and capsized the Detroit Tigers season. It would be so easy to wish them a quick three games against New York, laugh, and then move on to whatever the hell it is that displaced Tigers fans do. (Watch the leaves change, I think.)
But no. That’s not the AL Central way. The division is getting ridiculed, mainly because its winner, if transposed into the NL West, would be in fourth place. Five teams in baseball lost at least 95 games; two of them dwell in the Central. It’s a veritable national punching bag, and after the 7-2 loss to the Yankees, the sweep is looking likelier than a second key to the city for Derek Jeter, one that opens all of the chastity belts in the nunneries.
There is no reason Tigers fans shouldn’t place their goodwill and hearty wishes behind the Minnesota Twins. What’s good for them is good for the division, am I right? Plus, I’m pretty sure they’d do the same for Detroit. Minnesotans are nice enough to ask their burglars how they like their coffee.
Who says the Twins are going to lay down quietly? Did the Tigers do such a thing in 2006 when they faced the big bad Yankees? What about the Cardinals that same year, when everyone was expecting a Tigers World Series sweep? And how about the fictional team in Little Big League? Oh, they lost in the tiebreaker, you say? Well WHY DIDN’T THAT HAPPEN ON TUESDAY?
Ahem. The postseason is all about momentum, and despite the loss in Game 1, the Twins still contain some, winning 17 of their last 22. Most teams won playoff spots earlier in September, rested their starters and had their superstars achieve personal milestones. The Twins have been playing “playoff baseball” for quite some time now without guys like Justin Morneau and Joe Crede. And, as a Tigers fan, I can tell you they’ve gotten pretty good at it.
Admittedly, Minnesota has yet to beat the Yankees in 2009. I guess this means to everyone else that Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is going to tell his team, “welp, why even bother trying? It’s been fun. Pick up your checks on the way out, and see you all in February.”
Nah, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Twins came back and won this ALDS. They have a habit of shocking complacent teams. The Legend of the Hefty Bag shall continue to haunt the nightmares of rich-payrolled teams.