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2014 Minnesota Twins: A Team of Destiny

September 4-6, 2006. That’s the last time the Minnesota Twins took a series from the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. The Twins won the American League Central that year. The Twins won on Thursday and finally won a series in Tampa.

1965. That’s the last time Paul McCartney played an outdoor stadium in Minnesota and the All-Star Game was in Minnesota. The Twins made the World Series that year.

What I’m trying to say is that the 2014 Minnesota Twins season is a season of destiny.

The season of destiny theory is the only thing that really explains why Chris Colabello is playing out of his mind. It really is the only reason that explains how he hit a home run while FOX Sports North was interviewing his mother. That’s just too good.

I could go down the scripted WWE trail, but let’s look at it positively.

Look at the AL leaderboards, Chris Colabello has 26 RBI and five ahead of second place. Brian Dozier is third in the AL in home runs. Three Twins are in the top 30 in WAR in the AL: Dozier (Tied for 12), Trevor Plouffe (Tied for 14) and Colabello (26).

Let’s make it clear that the destiny of this team might not be the same destiny of the 1965 Twins or the 1987 or 1991 Twins. That’s too much destiny, at this point anyway.

The destiny of this team might be to surprise and surprise longer than 25 days into the regular season. I think the destiny of this team could be a team that we’ll always remember. The 2014 Twins might be like the 2010 Minnesota Vikings, but for good reasons.

I find it myself needing to rationalize how the Twins are over .500 and destiny is what I’m going to hang my hat on. Paul McCartney and the All-Star Game just don’t come every 49 years.

Maybe it’s the over .500 Kool-Aid that I’m drunk on, but the Twins haven’t cooled off yet. I just hope this Kool-Aid is bottomless.

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  • Gary Zimmerli

    I understand, Collin. It seems crazy. But baseball is more than a game of athletic ability and stats; and more than luck is involved. In 1987, before the season started, I said I thought the Twins would win the division, beat the Tigers in the AL series, and go on to beat the Cardinals in the WS. It was crazy. The Twins weren’t a great team, though they had been improving over the previous several years. Still, there was no way it could happen, but it did. I operated most of the season on the premise that if the Twins finished at or above .500 it would be a good year, but it turned out they were a team of destiny that year. And most of the time, whoever we see winning in any season, they usually seem to have some kind of magic going for them. Yes, it’s too early to expect it to happen, so we’ll just sit back and watch. But it could happen.

  • gil4

    The Twins have only been hovering around .500 and it’s only April, so the Kool-Aid isn’t particularly strong yet. You must be drinking waaaay too much of it.
    There have been positive signs (maybe Kubel isn’t washed up, maybe Dozier’s power is for real, maybe the minor league stats were a better measure of Colabello’s ability that the short MLB crash-and-burn last year) and there are things that should get better (the rotation should be better than it has been, Mauer will hopefully come around, Arcia and Willingham will come back and will hopefully provide some offense rather trhan drag the lineup down).
    But they were at .500 after 32 games last year, and you do remember how that turned out, right? (If not, let me know what you did to wipe the memory so I can do it too.)

  • gil4

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