Great article, Andy. But isn't complaining what Minnesotans do best? The weather, politics, baseball. It makes us feel like we have some sort of control, and it just gets exponentially worse when things get worse. Good points though on topics that fans just need to let go. Does it really accomplish anything when you complain about it? I equate it to being on any road in Minnesota - there are going to be horrible drivers and there's nothing you can do about it. Just move on with your day and don't be one of them.
I also couldn't agree any more with one_eyed_jack. Your point about losing and retaining players with large contracts is spot-on. Can you imagine the message boards had Mauer signed elsewhere?
We do love our complaining!
Originally Posted by TCBurgerGuy
I'm going to switch it up a little. My top 3 Twins issues I'm sick of are 1. Fans reaching for any little reason to stick up fo r this front office and oraganization as a whole and letting them coast through season after season shooting for mediocrity and being thankful when they actually achieve it and NOT HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE! Jim Pohlad, Terry Ryan, ron Gardenhire, Rick Anderson, Joe Vavra, Francisco Liriano, Joe Mauer, Matt Capps, Nick Blackburn, Alexi Casilla, Trevor Plouffe, are the main people who I believe have way too long of leashes in their own way and get to many excuses made or people constantly reaching to defend them instead of HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE for their failures. 2. People complaining about Mauer's contract. The same people whining about his money now are the same people that were threatening to lynch Bill Smith and burn down Target Field if he let Mauer leave. I never thought Mauer was worth what he got but we actually got him at a discounted rate at the time so quit blaming Bill Smith for that one at least and accept that mauer will be eating up $23 million a year for awhile and work around it. 3. I'm sick of t Ahe PITCH TO CONTACT theory. Yes, I understand it isn't supposed to mean throw a meatball over the middle of the plate and let your opponent smash it over the fence but with the staff we usually go in with, that what happens. If your whole pitching premise is going to be to pitch to contact, you'd better start doing a better job scouting pitchers with pinpoint control who can work the corners and change speeds effectively. Right now, besides Pavano, who on our staff can do that consistently? Marquis is in and out, Blackburn doesn't walk a ton of people but doesn't consistently locate pitches in good spots either, Hendricks might be ok but needs another year in the minors, I'll give Baker a free pas since I believe he is the best starter oin this rotation but since he's out for the year and injury prone it doesn't really matter. As for Liriano, he can't even throw a meatball half the time because he usually has no idea where his pitches are going.
The publicly funded stadiums are a catch 22, I love them but really do believe it is just another example of corporate welfare. These owners can afford to build these stadiums themselves and hold cities hostage to get them done. They really don't I prove the economy in the long run either. Many studies actually show that they hurt as people tend to stay away from these areas on game day if they aren't interested themselves. Twins had no choice with Mauer, it isn't smart to have him lock up that big of a chunk of payroll but what else could they have done. Can't wait for 2014 when Sano gets called up at 20!!!