It’s still beautiful. The crack of the bat & the soaring of the baseball through the night air of an American summer’s eve. Yet, these baseball months have been rendered a bit more emotionally challenging in the Upper Midwest with the Minnesota Twins’ 2014 performance.
Longtime GooseRadio friend Caveman Dave steps in to console me. We converse in these directions:
- Why are we so bad this year? We take on Dick Bremer’s recent assertion that the central issue is that… we’re not playing better than we are…
- How can we retain positivity in the midst of the standings? Looking back, the Twins have shown they can rise from the ashes of lean stretches of play. Plus we have some outstanding youngsters on the way to big club like Byron Buxton & Miguel Sano.
- What strategy should the team be taking in terms of holding on to their best players vs. getting the best return in trades & deals?
- On the flip side, we note that Joe Mauer has clearly been better since his recent return from the disabled list. He really looks like he’s enjoying playing baseball again, and that is glorious.
- In the big picture, we have hope to get on a winning path. As a small market team, the Caveman believes we’ll have to content ourselves with several seasons of excellence in the midst of seasons of famine going forward.
- In view of this, should baseball follow in the footsteps of the NFL and implement a salary cap? How would that make a difference to teams like the Twins?
- And why has the NFL experienced such a massive growth of popularity, surpassing baseball?