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Before I was 10-years-old, the Minnesota Twins won two World Series. For a boy growing up four blocks from their stadium, this was idyllic. But in the mid 1990s, things changed and the team went from contender to baseball’s basement. For the past 22 years they haven’t even sniffed at another World Series.
In the early 2000s, the Twins made another turnaround to at least become a perennial playoff contender in a weak division, and in 2010 they won 94 games. The following year everything fell apart: The pitching was awful, their best players were injured, and they slogged their way to one of the worst seasons in team history. I was flabbergasted and perpetually frustrated. They failed, and I was angry. Last year was supposed to be another turnaround year. Not so. They were awful again. This time I was just disgusted. What a bunch of losers.
With spring training now in full swing, this season doesn’t promise to be much better for the Twins. They still have no decent pitching and a bunch of unproven players. But you know what will be better? Me. Rooting for a bad baseball team has taught me some important lessons.
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