Minnesota Twins: My 2021 season-ending emotions
By Billy Porter
After the Minnesota Twins’ 2020 postseason season finale, I was left with a huge lump in my throat. The emotions were akin to that of grieving. I was sad to see 2020 slip away in disappointment to a very beatable Houston Astros team.
Minnesota Twins: Early Excitement Dashed
As 2021 approached we couldn’t help but be excited as the winter faded to spring hopes of another division title for our beloved Minnesota Twins. The Twins took chances on pitching veterans like relievers Alex Colome and Hansel Robles and starters J.A. Happ and Matt Shoemaker. The “Twins Way” has always worked, right? These guys were supposed to show they have more gas left in the tank and produce at championship levels.
Well, we quickly discovered the “Twins Way” isn’t sprinkled with magic fairy dust that always brings fortune. Devastating April and May results quickly dashed any hopes of postseason thoughts. Dream as we might to hold on to anything, it just wasn’t going to happen this season.
Injuries to Byron Buxton, Kenta Maeda, and others salted the wounds of non-success to put fans into a phase of disbelief of what we were witnessing. We saw fan favorite Nelson Cruz appropriately dealt away at the trade deadline. The Jose Berrios trade was the final nail in an already dead season.
Minnesota Twins: Midseason Acceptance
After it was said and done by July my grieving was over. Anger receded, and acceptance was settling in as I reflected and observed the upcoming prospects in Joe Ryan, Bailey Ober, and Nick Gordon along with a host off preseason no names such as Ralph Garza.
I could say I’m disappointed, which I am, but at this stage I’m a little ambivalent about it. I’ve somewhat moved on from the Twins season, focusing my energies into other fall hobbies. In a nutshell I would put the 2021 season in phrase of disappointingly boring.
They were out so early it became easy to watch in casual fashion. Most of my vested emotions gave way as I celebrated the 4th of July. As the 2021 season wraps up in KC in a 2 team pillow fight I will look forward to the winter hot stove league and see what the Twins brass has in store for 2022. We they retool or rebuild? All topics for November and December as drift away the 2021 season on Puckett’s Pond.