A couple of months ago I pledged to eat my 22-year old wool Twins Cap if they ended the season ahead of either the White Sox or the Tigers. It seemed like a pretty safe bet. The Twins sucked. They sucked hard. With “players” such as Tony Batista, Rondell White and Ruben Sierra brought in at the beginning of the season to bolster a young, inexperience lineup, I saw little hope. That hope fled even further when Torii Hunter and Shannon Stewart went down. Even with Morneau hitting better and Mauer hitting more than missing, Johan couldn’t pitch every night (and he really needed to the way Radke was winding down his career).
So you see where the lack of confidence came from.
A funny thing happened — they ditched the old guys and brought in the youngsters that should have been with the team at the beginning of the season (if you’re going to bring in some free agents, bring in some decent ones). Since then, they’ve gone 50-19 and have been the best team in the league. They’ve passed Chicago, and if they win tonight could be only four games back of Detroit with a month left in the season.
That hat is looking scared. I’ll eat it, but it will have been worth it to be able to enjoy a season such as this.