Sunday Confessional: I Drank the Vance Worley Kool-Aid


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Sunday Confessional: A series where Senior Editor Collin Kottke confesses something on Sundays. Seems simplistic enough, we’ll see.

I drank the Vance Worley Kool-Aid. No, I didn’t drink it. I picked out the packet, grabbed the pitcher, stirred all up and drank it all down in seemingly one fluid motion. I made and consumed the Kool-Aid.

Sure, I drank the Trevor May Kool-Aid, too, but I’m an instant gratification kind of man. I like things and I like them now.

As you may recall, Vance Worley was the Minnesota Twins Opening Day starter this past season. Remember? Opening Day? Yeah. Worley and May where sent to Minnesota in exchange for centerfielder Ben Revere whom the Twins dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies.

I was sold on Worley as soon as I opened up his Baseball Reference page and I saw that his nickname was the ‘Vanimal’. I thought that nobody with that cool of a nickname could be a bust, but I, like many Twins hitters over the past three seasons, swung and missed.

Hope can still be held for Worley. He is only 26. He tasted success with the Phillies in 2011. He has it in him somewhere.

The Twins sure hope so, because it’ll be tough to build up a starting rotation in just one offseason.

I’ve drank a lot of Kool-Aid in my day. I most certainly consumed a lot of what I thought could have been in last year’s starting rotation.