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Give up on the Twins? Maybe tomorrow … or the next day
September 16, 2009 - Per Peterson
Every time we try to get out, they keep pulling us back in. The Twins are doing exactly what they always do at this time of the year — they’re not playing well enough to run away with the division, but they’re not stinking the joint out enough to fall so far back that all of us bandwagoniers abandon ship. They’re an average team in an average division, and because of that, we’re still paying attention. Any other division in the American League and we’re looking ahead to 2010. How cruddy is this division? Well, for starters, the Twins are only two games over .500 and are in a pennant race. And two, the first-place team — the Detroit Tigers — lost 11-1 Tuesday night to the Royals, the last-place team in the division who has beaten the Tigers five straight times. FIVE! And then there’s the Twins, who before finishing off a three-game sweep of the Indians Wednesday, couldn’t find a way to beat them two weeks ago. Parity? No, this ain’t parity, this is mediocrity. One day, the Twins are impressive, the next, we can’t stand to watch. One day, they’re 6 out, the next 4 1/2. They’re the best average team in the Major Leagues, with or without the China doll known as Justin Morneau. It's teams like the Twins that are responsible for bandwagon fans in the first place. Good thing there's no limit on how many times we can jump off and get back on again two days later. It’s a good thing the Twins are at least playing meaningful baseball this far into September — gives us something to do between Sundays.
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