In the spirit of the holidays, here are a few things for which I am thankful — generally Twins related:
1.) I’m thankful that the Twins biggest star is Joe Mauer, and not some other schmuck. I say this because I think there is a legitimate opportunity to keep Mauer a Twin for the remainder of his career — I’m not saying it’s a done deal, just that there’s a great chance — whereas virtually any other player of his caliber would be likely to walk at the end of his first contract. I legitimately believe the Twins can commit a significant chunk of change to Mauer and still find ways to win, and that a World Series title is not out of the question with a team built around Mauer in his prime.
2.) I’m thankful that Twins fans are no longer in the position that Vikings fans are, wondering if the team is a scant few years away from leaving Minnesota.
3.) I’m thankful that Ozzie Guillen is NOT the Twins manager.
4.) I’m thankful that the BBWAA voters generally did their job well with the major awards this year — something that isn’t always the case. Of course, they could still use some work on those Gold Gloves . . .
5.) I’m thankful that the uniform unveiling revealed uniforms that I can live with. I’ll particularly miss the home uniforms from 1987 and 1991, because they are so closely associated with the world championships and with the players that I loved growing up. Nonetheless, I don’t hate the new styles, and I somewhat expected do. I don’t particularly like change, after all. I think they did a good job, though, and look forward to seeing the uni’s on the field.
Of course, I’m also thankful for family, friends, and readers. I wish all of you the best today, and hope you get a chance to enjoy your holiday. Don’t get crushed in the Black Friday crowds tomorrow! And yes, that AFL season-ender is still brewing — look for it by the weekend, unless I get distracted again.