It’s now officially the Offseason. Congrats to the St. Louis Cardinals for their victory but with that win comes the end of 2011 baseball – special congratulations to David Freese on his well-deserved MVP designation. I still say there is a lot of karmic balance in Nick Punto now being in possession of a World Series ring. It reminds me a little bit of Dougie Baseball – I don’t want to know how many former Twins got rings after they left for whatever reason.. it’s depressing.
Of course, now we can officially look forward to Spring Training. I believe we have 125 days until the first spring training game… I am always the offseason optimist amongst our crew. The old year is done, the next year has yet to begin! This weird void time is always a little odd with the Twins. We never know what to expect – if anything – from the winter meetings or the player market acquisitions. But no matter what the Front Office does (or doesn’t do) between now and March, there is really no accurate way to say what next year will bring.
Of course, I’m looking forward to my first opportunity ever to ATTEND Spring Training so that might actually enhance my optimism but regardless, I think there is a lot to be hopeful about. We have a lot of good things going on with this team and I’m hoping that we can deal with some of the obvious holes in a good way and see what some of our young guys can do. I also think that perhaps we don’t own enough stock in bubblewrap.. just saying.
Now begins the season of guesswork, rambling proposals & general baseball wish lists!