Posted at 10:27 AM on July 23, 2007
by David Zingler
6-4 – two games over .500. Win 4, lose 3, win 2 and lose 1. Instead of making a surge during their post All Star break home stand, the Twins ran in place. Should we have expected anything else from the 2007 squad? Of course not.
It’s time for Twins fans to face two cold, hard realities:
1. The Twins aren’t going to playoffs this year.
2. Torii Hunter is playing his last season in Minnesota.
The fans still clinging to post season dreams will point to last season’s miracle turnaround. The problem with that is that it isn’t last season, it’s this season. The ’07 Twins haven’t shown the resilience, spark or toughness need to go on a run that even faintly resembles 2006. They’re entertaining, star-studded and underachieving. These Twins aren’t the “The little team that (almost) could” anymore, they’re the “The talented team that (probably) should.”
If you are devastated by the thought of Torii Hunter playing for another team next year, I have some advice: Start preparing for it now. If the Twins wanted to re-sign Hunter they would have done it by now. Instead, they haven’t even made a credible offer to the centerfielder. Why? Because, right or wrong, the franchise has no intention of paying Hunter anywhere near the price he’ll command.
With Johan Santana’s current contract running down and Justin Morneau having another big year, the Twins aren’t going to break the bank for a 32-year-old outfielder. It may not be popular with the masses, but it is consistent with the Twins philosophy.