Okay, Brian. You now have the floor. Take it away!
OK... But if I take away the Floor... Everybody standing on it will fall into the basement.
Things to Think About:
1. The Red Sox -- These guys are the reigning World Series Champions... The Curse of Babe Ruth is long gone. It was a team that went from the outhouse to the penthouse in a years time and they did so by shedding a bunch of high priced talent off the pay roll. The cupboard isn't bear at all... I don't want to leave that impression. They have a fantastic farm system and players who can play. The Red Sox are going to be a force to contend with... for years to come.
2. Santana CF -- This is a bit of a hot button topic. What do you do with a young moldable player like Danny Santana. Some feel it's crazy to take a SS in training and place him in the OF. Some feel it's crazy that we don't have an experienced backup in CF. Some feel that it's fine and that's where I am... It's fine... If it turns out that Santana can play a decent CF... That's good for the Twins and it's good for Santana. For light hitting guys like Santana... Being capable at multiple positions will increase his value. I don't think his SS days are over... He will get more time at the 6 Position and if he proves capable at the 8 position it's a good thing for Danny Santana.
3. Nolasco -- I don't know why it is... But whenever I read "Nolasco"... I think of Oreo's... Chips Ahoy... Ritz Crackers and Nutter Butters. Why is that?
4. David Ortiz -- OK... Let's think about Ortiz... The Twins acquired him from the Seattle Mariners for Dave Hollins in 1996. During his time in Minnesota... He wasn't the David Ortiz of today but he was decent while often injured. The Twins were really pinching pennies back then and David Ortiz figured to make 2 million in arbitration for the 2003 season. The front office had negotiations to deal with Jacque Jones and Torii Hunter and Doug Meintkewicz. Plus they had picked up a Rule 5 SS named Jose Morban. They needed to shed payroll and they needed a roster spot. Terry tried to trade Ortiz and found no takers and were forced to release him. In hindsight... it looks horrible. Ortiz didn't arrive in Boston and become an immediate superstar... close but not immediate. Even Boston wasn't sure what they had... He was signed as a bench bat and didn't get much playing time as Grady Little preferred Jeremy Giambi. Evenually... Giambi struggled and Ortiz was inserted and he didn't look back. In the end... It came down to Meintkewicz over Ortiz and Morban over Ortiz. There is no debate... It was a the wrong move. History has proven this... but... I'm not sure if it was cut and dried at the time. I'm not trying to open any old wounds... In the end... I'm just like David Ortiz... I was once let go in Cheyenne Wyoming and they felt bad about it. Those folks in Cheyenne are looking back at that day and regretting it now.
5. Arguments -- I read new research today that states... People who are prone to argue will die younger than those who are not. People who are apt to be quarrelsome are 2 to 3 times more likely to live shorter lives based on the data. My first thought... This isn't good news for some of the members of Twins Daily. My second thought... Even if I don't agree with this research... I don't want to challenge it with any counter arguments.
Edited by Riverbrian, 13 May 2014 - 05:13 PM.