Friday, October 18, 2019

Sweep 16 is getting old

What a deflating end to what had been such a promising season.

I’m sure I’m not alone in wallowing my disgust and frustration over how the season has ended for the Minnesota Twins. Our AL Central champions have now inherited the label of “Sweep 16.”

The hex of the playoff monster continues to haunt the Minnesota Twins. For the 16th time over the past 15 years, the Twins have been swept in the playoffs. They haven’t even got a taste of victory in the postseason since 2004.

The Twins are now tied for the longest postseason losing streak in major American professional sports leagues. They join the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL with 16 straight losses in postseason. Chicago’s record was set from 1975-79.  The Twins are in some bad company.

What has happened to those magical years of 1987 and 1991 when they won the World Series? I hate to think this, but I’m beginning to wonder if I’ll ever see another World Series championship by the Twins in my lifetime.

Call it a hex, a jinx or a curse. Whatever it is, the Twins need to find a way to rid themselves of it. This is getting to be too much for fans to handle.

I can’t figure out how the New York Yankees can always come in and take control of everything. The Yankees completed a sweep Monday night, ending the Twins’ magical season of what everyone had such high hopes for in possibly doing a repeat of 1987 or 1991, what now seems like a lifetime ago.

Despite the downer of the playoffs for the Twins, they provided us with a blast throughout the regular season. It was so refreshing to watch this group of athletes perform. And it didn’t just come from one or two players. It was an entire contingency of players that contributed to this year’s success.

Who would have ever thought the Twins would set the homerun record for the American League? No less than five players blasted 30 plus homeruns this season behind the team leader Nelson Cruz with 41 homers. Others to crack the 30 mark were Max Kepler (36), Miguel Sano (34), Eddie Rosario (32) and Mitch Garver (31). They all gave something extra to cheer about throughout the season.

I think most will agree the Twins came a lot farther than anyone expected this season. After losing star first baseman Joe Mauer last year, everyone had visions of the team totally crumbling. But that it didn’t happen. New manager Rocco Baldelli came in and put together a team that was fun and entertaining to watch… and they won, 101 games to be exact.

The Twins have a good core of young players that one can only hope they will be able to build off in the off-season for next year. Bring in a solid pitcher or two and things may just be a different story about this time next year.

I’m still holding out for repeats of those World Series championship years. It just has to come back one of these years, right?

Like most Twins fans, I’m in hot pursuit of waiting to see what next season produces.

 

 

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