I expect that I will have a lot more to say about this over the next few days, but for now I just have to say that I’m thrilled about today’s news that Joe Mauer will be a Twins through at least 2018. I’m sure that most Twins fans feel the same way, although there are undoubtedly some nay-sayers and contrarians who will argue that the Twins should have moved Mauer in a deal to gain back younger talent because they can’t afford his new contract. Hogwash, I say — the deal is expensive, but is made possible by the revenue that will be generated by the new stadium. The Twins might not have playoff success in the next decade — but it won’t be because they can’t afford good players.
I’m particularly pleased about Mauer’s signing because it deals a blow to all the self-righteous Yankees and Red Sox fans (and a few members of the national media) who felt that there was simply no way anyone could turn down the allure of playing in New York or Boston. I also can feel justified in believing that this deal was going to get done (although as a few friends of mine will know, I was beginning to lose a bit of faith in the last few days). It’s a great time to be a Twins fan!