While the Minnesota Twins season might be over, nothing about the Game 4 loss to the Houston Astros in the ALDS feels like the end of anything.
Carlos Correa said as much after the game.
The Twins did a lot this postseason, most notably ending a miserable 19-year losing streak that saw the team fail to win a playoff game in 18 consecutive tries. Ending the streak of that nature could have been the peak of the team's postseason run, but it was merely icing on the cake.
Instead, the Twins fought valiantly against the Astros -- a much better team -- and nearly found a way to drag the series back to Houston. The way the team dominated in Game 2 is not only the peak of the postseason run but a glimpse into the future of what sort of threat the Twins can be moving forward.
That's the message Correa sent to the team in the immediate aftermath of the loss on Wednesday night, and it's the type of thing that continues to indicate a new era has indeed dawned in Minnesota.
Carlos Correa sent a fiery message to Twins after Game 4 loss
His message after the loss was simple, but important: Never again.
"Remember that. Remember that, because you don’t want to ever feel that again. Next year, when you show up to Spring Training, show up better. Because we don’t want to get this far and come up empty," Correa said.
For the first time in almost two decades, Twins fans can take solace in the idea that the team will be back next year but actually believe it. The losing streak is over -- Minnesota won three of its six playoff games after not having won a single one in 19 years -- and the next chapter is being written.
Correa delivering that message is a perfect way to send the team into the offseason. He had taken some flack during the year for some of the offensive slumps he fell in, but the Correa we saw in Game 2 is the one the team paid $200 million for.
His energy was infectious, and exactly the type of fiery leadership the Twins have needed for years. That was felt in the way he played this postseason and is impossible to miss in his message to the team.
All indications are this is a brand new team, and the future has never been brighter or more exciting.