I have been bravely optimistic about the Twins this spring.They had several players exceed expectations last year and have a wealth of talent at the top two levels of their minor league system.
I have rolled with and even defended the decision to go with a failed prospect and a guy who signed a minor league contract as the Opening Day center field options.I have been willing to give the benefit of the doubt in the selection of the final five players or so to the roster, despite the decision seemingly unerringly going with lower-upside, older players.Each decision was met with skepticism and snark, and I couldn't be critical of the skeptics because there seemed to be too flimsy a case to be made for each succeeding roster choice.
Now comes the Santana Suspension and the moves of giving Mike Pelfrey a spot in the starting rotation and adding Aaron Thompson to the 25-man roster.If all of the earlier moves hadn't played out with the same result (upside sent packing, questionable older player/veteran getting a less than deserved shot) I might be able to defend the most recent announcements.Can't do it--gotta walk away and wait for the silver lining to appear.All hope is lost.
I realize there are far more important things than a baseball team in flyoverland.People suffer terrible fates every day and suffer real loss.I also realize baseball isn't reality--A-Rod is getting paid, utility infielders make more than anyone in my home town, and questionable characters are heroes to kids and adults across the country and the world.Baseball and the Twins have provided me with entertainment and hope when times got tough.Right now they offer only dismay, disappointment and (predictions of) doom.
When the real games start and the Twins win a few, I'll feel better about this.I had similar feelings last May when the Twins were using their Rochester infield as their starting outfield.I hope it gets better soon, but maybe this summer I can play a lot of golf.Time will tell.