Posted at 11:12 PM on July 31, 2006
by Josh Lee
A 15-2 win usually says more about the losing team than the winners, unless it can be chalked up to this interminable heat wave. So while the Twins can bask in the warmth of their victory, the Rangers probably have some soul searching or team meetings or whatever it is that scuffling teams have to go through to get themselves back on track when they can't just dump Tony Batista to inspire themselves.
At the center of the Twins' scoring orgy was a player just off the DL, and he seemed more than ready to make up for the time he lost. Torii Hunter went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and three runs scored, and hit his 15th home run of the year in the 4th. I was happy to see Torii back from injury, but halfway through the game, something else hit me. He wasn't just back from the DL, he was back with the Twins, which means that the mid-season trade I'd been vaguely dreading all season didn't happen.
Saying goodbye to Kyle Lohse (goodbye!) is one thing, but I wasn't -- and still am not -- looking forward to bidding farewell to everyone's favorite homer-robbing, streaky-hitting center fielder. But now I can stuff that rough draft of a sendoff blog post back in the drawer for the rest of the season, and go back to trying to figure out how Ron Gardenhire's going to fit all of these overachieving call-ups into the lineup with Hunter back.
(And if anyone cares to bring up the fact that not trading Hunter now just increases the odds of losing him with no compensation in the off-season, rest assured that I'll be over here with my fingers in my ears, shouting "la la la, I can't hear you." Denial is a fan's best friend.)
You don't have to put your fingers in your ears. We'll never win anything if we trade away our best players just as we're getting good. Plus, what are they gonna do with the 13 million they're gonna save on Radke and Lohse next year? They can come up with 1.5m of that for Hunter's raise if they want him. Maybe the other 11.5m will go to more free hotdogs and sideburns.