This is all just a bad dream...right?
by, 05-03-2012 at 12:03 PM (996 Views)
"Wake me up when it is over." I have heard this in reference to bad movies, horrible television shows, lectures in college auditoriums--the list goes on. Add now to the list "wake me up when the Twins game is over."
After being shutout for two straight games and being no-hit on Wednesday by Jared Weaver, the Minnesota Twins are beginning to give the term "the Bad News Bears" a whole new meaning. From their pitching to their hitting, the Twins are an all-around disaster.
I know that every game I watch, I always hope that today will be the day. Today the Twins will turn it around and start down the right path. This is just a bad dream, isn't it? The Twins are going to start winning, aren't they? I am coming to realize that this isn't going to happen. They are on the road to 100 losses with the pedal to the metal. No cruise control here, just gunning it and speeding towards that dubious distinction as quickly as they can.
Perhaps the team isn't aware of how dire the situation is--it is possible as manager Ron Gardenhire doesn't seem to grasp the situation. Maybe the team just doesn't have the talent to compete at the major league level--unlikely as the team has multiple veteran and proven players on the roster. Another possibility is that the Twins can't stand the pressure of having the 100 loss mark looming and just want to get it over as quickly as possible. Now I know, that was awfully cynical but the idea is substantiated by the fact that they can't seem to handle the pressure of leading during a game. They have to give the runs back as quickly as they can, that way the expectation of their play isn't so high.
Whatever the reason is, the fact remains that the Twins are flying towards another stupifyingly bad season. 2012 was supposed to be full of promise. Where is Terry Ryan now? We haven't heard much from him lately. What about the Pohlads? Have they had enough of Gardenhire, Joe Vavra and Rick Anderson yet? I know I have. I know many Twins fans have as well.
I have been a die hard Twins fan since the moment I was born and that hasn't changed but something has to give. How can the Front Office expect fans to sit back and accept this atrocious example of a MLB team? At least when you have a nightmare, you can wake up from it. This is a disaster we have to wake up to each morning and see in our Pioneer Press or the Star Tribune and, Heaven forbid, on SportsCenter for everyone in the country to see.
A shake up needs to happen and fast. The Front Office needs to clean house and cut loose Gardenhire, Vavra and Anderson and start fresh. Gardenhire and Vavra have destroyed the hitting approach of this team. Playing "the Twins way" or playing "small ball" is a load of hoey. These two coaches in particular have ruined the offensive talent of this team. What happened to going out and just giving the ball a ride? Here is a novel idea--pitches thrown in the strike zone aren't the only hit-able pitches. The Twins need to get aggressive instead of just letting the bat rest on their shoulder every time they are in the batter's box. Maybe their bats are too heavy if they can't get them off their shoulders...that was a joke!
The Twins are on their way to losing 120+ games if they continue at the clip they are at. If they have a hope or prayer of salvaging even just a little respect this season, some MAJOR changes need to happen ASAP.