I’m Conflicted: Minnesota Twins Hiring Paul Molitor


I am conflicted.

There’s this mentality, I don’t know if it is just in this state or not, that we love the ‘one of us’ concept. We love guys that are born in Minnesota and become Golden Gophers/Mavericks/Huskies/Bulldogs/etc. and then play for one of the pro teams in town. We love it. I love it.

There is a cool sense of thinking we are just like our favorite athletes. We went to high school with Adam Thielen, right?! It seems that way.

We like our state. We like it here.

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The Minnesota Twins have hired Paul Molitor as their next manager, if not technically, they are just dotting the ‘i’ and crossing the ‘t’ found in his last name. I don’t need to explain who Paul Molitor is.

Part of me believes that Paul Molitor will be a great manager. Molitor was a beyond brilliant ballplayer, so it’d be pretty tough for that not to come across in game strategy.

Then again, I worry about the fact that Molitor is another in-house hire for the Twins.

I’ve faced the fact that Joe Maddon was never coming here. Maddon probably had an under-the-table deal with the Chicago Cubs before he even called, what I’d assume is a corded phone, the offices at Tropicana Field to tell the Rays that he was out.

I don’t know much about Torey Lovullo, the Boston Red Sox bench coach who came in second in this managerial search, but I do know that he became the sexy pick. Or at least the more compelling pick. Maybe the grass just seems greener on the other side.

An outside voice is wanted, but the hometown boy narrative is always a hard one to turn down.

I want to be happy about the Molitor hiring, I really do. I am sick and tired of moping around in 90-loss seasons and horrible pitching. I just want to be happy about the Twins for once.

I’m trying to type ‘Molitor will be a great manager’, but I just can’t do it. The Twins recent failures have made me cynical about almost everything they do. I need Molitor to make me feel good. I need Molitor to hug me with wins floating around and one of those cheeseburger margarita things from Hrbek’s in my hand.

Stop my confliction. Be my hometown hero, Paul Moltior.

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