Thursday's game against the A's provided another reminder why Eddie Rosario is the best player on this Twins team. Not only did he gun down a runner from left field with a great assist by a stone-cold bluff by Mitch Garver, not only did Eddie drive in an important run with an expert double, but then, from second base, Eddie also helped his buddy Jorge Polanco get a hit.
Nothing as bland as stealing signs, mind you. Instead, Eddie Rosario bluffed a bold steal of third while the pitcher was getting signs from the catcher. 3B was playing deep, and Eddie dashed almost halfway to the next bag before stomping on the brakes and dashing back to second. It shocked the A's pitcher, traumatizing him just enough to induce a ball on the next pitch. Then he tossed a lame something down the middle, and Polanco pounced on it to drive in Rosario.
I know it's too late to expect a miracle drive to the playoffs, but this last couple dozen games still can be entertaining for fans that enjoy baseball for its own sake. For us few baseball purists, watching guys like Eddie Rosario catching opponents by surprise is worth the price of admission.
Otherwise, these last games do offer something else: a bit of hope. If you look at the current roster, you may notice that it is well stocked with guys that may figure into a serious contender for 2019. This is why I wanted the kids up even earlier than now. There is going to be a stretch of years from 2019 to about 2025 where this could be a very dangerous team. No guarantees, of course. But worth watching, eh?