Explaining Alex Kirilloff’s Service Time to Your Child
Image courtesy of © Geoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsAlex Kiriloff is universally acknowledged as a major league-ready, day one starter. Yet he will almost definitely not be with the Twins as the season begins due to service time concerns. While this practical consideration may scan for adults, it might make less sense to the young baseball fan in your life. Twins Daily presents the following strategies for helping your child better understand the issue.
- The Waiting is one of Tom Petty’s best songs. You’re not against Tom Petty, are you? He died.
- The saying is “patience is a virtue.” Virtue is good. Ergo, service time is good. If the Twins were to keep Alex Kiriloff on the Opening Day roster, they would be bad. It’s just how logic works.
- If any other job tells you that you’re perfectly qualified for the position, but you need to spend the next three weeks in Wichita so you can spend another year in Minneapolis somewhere down the line, either turn it down or make sure you get a company car and good dental insurance. But baseball is different, and that's OK. (IF THEY ASK WHY BASEBALL IS DIFFERENT, DISTRACT THEM WITH A NEW VIDEO GAME OR STREAMING SERVICE.)
- None of us really know what next week is going to look like, much less 2027. However, one thing we can take to the bank is that Alex Kirilloff will be playing baseball in a Twins uniform in 2027. He might be doing it while being surrounded by fearsome Mermen, who invaded Minnesota in 2023 and rule as benevolent god-emperors of the upper Midwest entire. His teammates might have gills. Tridents may replace bats. The game may be played in a lake or bog of some sort. But we know for damn well certain Kirilloff will be a Minnesota Twin. That’s something we can all clap our hands and shake our dorsal fins for.
- You know how, even though we celebrate Christmas Eve, we don’t open presents until Christmas Day? Just think of it as Christmas Day, but you wait 3-4 weeks of one day. January 18th isn’t that long to wait! Remember the year you didn’t get Christmas presents from Uncle Todd until summer because of the time he set off all those Roman Candles at Buffalo Wild Wings because he was a sovereign citizen? And he had to spend some time learning about making good choices? This is like that, only instead of Uncle Todd giving you a plastic bag full of his weekend aspirin in July, your favorite team is getting a potential All-Star outfielder.
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