Today is the Opening Day for the 2008 version of the Minnesota Twins. The team takes on the Angels of Los Anaheimento at 6:05 pm in the Dome.
There are many concerns about the Twins’ prospects this year with the departure of the talented and popular Johann Santana and Torii Hunter, as well as off-season moves by some of the other clubs in the division. Sports Illustrated predicted that they’d finish last in the AL Central.
I’m more optimistic. I caught one of their games last week at Hammond Stadium in Ft. Meyers. It was the one against the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays where opening day pitcher Livan Hernandez booted the ball to starting first baseman Justin Morneau. Although there were a few rough spots in the line-up at times, there was also some solid hitting, particularly in the middle, that gave me hope that things could go better for the home team than expected.
Baseball has been much on my mind lately. For my “beach” reading, I greatly enjoyed “Slouching Toward Fargo”, by Neal Karlen. It tells the tale of the St. Paul Saints, Mike Veeck, Bill Murray and the rest of that cast of characters, who succeeded in baseball, and business, by preaching that “Fun is Good”.
In the book, New Yorker writer Roger Angell was quoted as saying “Baseball time is measured only in outs, all you have to do is succeed utterly; keep hitting, keep the rally alive, and you have defeated time. You remain forever young.”
Forever young, and always with hope.