Super Powers! Move over Franklin Richards here’s some real reality warping!
The Twins are loaded with this type of player: Nice guys who take losing in stride. Sweethearts with “big smiles on their faces” who appear to be just happy to be here.
If the Twins were a hockey team, they’d be considered soft. If they were a college football team, they would be the scheduled foe for every homecoming game in their conference. They are docile. And this has to change.
Yes, they need clutch hitters and better starting pitchers, but they also need an attitude adjustment. For 3-1/2 years they have meekly taken their beatings and then trudged off the field. They tip their caps and congratulate their opponents on jobs well done. They put up with all manner of insults.
...When will they stop going so quietly? When will they get fed up?
I can’t imagine any other team taking so much abuse for so long without reacting. The Twins need to deliver the message that, you may beat us but you won’t enjoy it so much. Instead, Twins players inevitably can be seen laughing and gabbing with opposing players on the basepaths. How’s the wife and kids? Great weather today! And they’re often getting hammered at the time.
I’m all for civility. These aren’t the old days when players spit tobacco juice and tried to maul each other. But after 3-1/2 years or being patsies, maybe it’s time to get a bit surly.
How often have the Twins been down by four or five runs in the early innings? When hitters are teeing off like that, they need to be made to feel uncomfortable at the plate. Granted, it’s not right to throw at a hitter, especially above the waist. But those guys should be skipping rope and dancing and playing hopscotch in the batter’s box.
Infielders should consider dropping a knee in front of the bag when guys are running wild. Let them dive headfirst into that. I’ve seen that pulled against the Twins a half-dozen times this season. And slam those tags on, even when someone is diving back to first base.
The Twins don’t need more nice guys. They need snarls, not smiles. This can’t come from the coaching staff.
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