Defending Minnesota


Okay, now I’m Red Sox fan. Perhaps even bordering on the edge of insanity, since there is a little part of me that truly believes that sitting in Amrys’s armchair helps the Sox win. (I’ve been 5-5 this year.)
But deep in my blood, I’m still a Minnesotan and a Twins fan first. So when certain foolios send me the following e-mails, I feel the need to play dirty in my response:

To: errhode@alum.MIT.EDU
Subject: twins
why you shouldn't be a fan of a team from a shitty baseball town
even if you're from there
"David carried the Twins the second half of the season but when you play in Minnesota, no one notices or cares," Boston first baseman and former Twin Doug Mientkiewicz said. "Now he's playing here in Boston and people are able to see what a great hitter he is."

You’re from Boston, buddy. The town that traded Babe Ruth to New York and was subsequently cursed for 85 years. So don’t be getting up in my face about unappreciated players and bad decisions by the front offices. Okay, so releasing Ortiz was a bad move, but I’m not such a fair-weather fan that I’ll abandon my team over it.
You sound like a Yankees fan.
That being said, Go Sox! Perhaps this year the Curse of Ortiz will overrule the Curse of the Bambino.


One response

  1. Who is this guy who has the audacity to suggest that Minnesota is a “shitty baseball town”? First, check out the name, it’s a state… not a town. And let’s not start comparing states here… after all Massachusetts is pretty much responsible for the Alien and Sedition Acts and that wasn’t a pretty moment for our country.
    but back to baseball, “shitty baseball town”, coming from someone from a community that hated Ted Williams and Jim Rice, still thinks Pesky held the ball too long, ran Clemens, Fisk, Freddy Lynn and now Garciaparra out of town, and has, as a franchise, the worst collection of managers ever assembled (including Francona)? Did you realize that Don Zimmer once managed the Red Sox? Based on his managing style, it was apparent that he had a metal plate in his head.
    And now, you’re listening to advice from Doug M. who while he may be the best fielding first baseman in baseball, never learned that a .220 hitter who couldn’t hit for power or drive in a run just wasn’t that indispensable.
    Yeah, we didn’t appreciate Ortiz, but in our defense it was kind of hard since he couldn’t stay healthy for longer than two weeks at a stretch.