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May 31, 2012 - Per Peterson
Twins fans are like good dogs — our love is unconditional. We make fun of them when they lose, we call for Gardy’s head and we give up on them at the slightest of glances at the standings. But we love them. And here’s why: They make us love them. We can’t stop. The Twins are a six-month addiction. They have good players who are good people. Sure, Joe Mauer is overpaid, and while even losing him a couple of years ago would not have tainted our love affair with this team, we would’ve criticized the front office non-stop had the team let him go. Raise your hand if you wouldn’t have blamed the Twins for not paying him. Put your hand down liar. The Twins this week have once again made us love them. They’ve won three straight with strong pitching and timely hitting (who doesn’t love a walk-off home run?). They’re not as sound overall as they once were, and “Playing Twins Baseball” is nothing more than a hokey cliché, but admit it, they’ve sucked you back in. They’ve got us thinking things like, “If they could get it down to six, seven games by the All-Star break …” The reality of the season is the Twins are fortunate to have a semi-new ballpark. Before this week, Target Field was seemingly the only reason to go to a game, despite our adoration for our club. Face it, it’s no fun calling another 4-6-3 off Mauer's bat or watching Twins’ starters struggle to reach the fifth inning. Still, for all their warts, they’re still our Twinkies (and only Minnesota fans can say that out of love).
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