The Minnesota Twins have been tripping over themselves since June and now their cushy 12+ game lead on Cleveland in the Central, is down to the most disgusting 3-game division lead in baseball history. I was gagging like an unprofessional pornstar while I typed that entire sentence… Now, the fanbase is trying its best not to panic but the New York Yankees are coming to town to start this week and you can feel the anxiety in the air.

Except here.

Fuck the Yankees. Fuck New York and fuck the East Coast. You can keep your big disgusting city, all of your bright lights, and your overhyped musical plays. Nobody over the age of 8 likes musicals. They are all lying. We’ll take Amazon though, since you didn’t want them

Admittedly, I used to shake in my winter boots when I was a kid in MN thinking about playing the Yankees in the playoffs. Back then, the Twins actually made the postseason on a regular basis just to get booted early by the Yankees every time. Except, this isn’t 2003 or 2004 or 2009 or 2010…..

Those days were 10-20 years ago… Think about where you were back then. Think about where the Twins were back then…

In 2019, this isn’t one of the “scrappy Twins” teams who can’t hit the ball out of the infield. HOPEFULLY, this also isn’t the front office that refuses spend money to go all-in before the trade deadline either…

Let’s check the numbers (via TeamRankings.com):

At the plate, the Twins have a better Batting Average, better OPS, more homeruns, more total bases, and more extra base hits… but that’s only on the offensive side. We also have a better team ERA, better WHIP, fewer homeruns/9, and fewer walks/9. Oh, and neither team is very good on defense, but we have fewer errors too.

In 2019, we are better than the Yankees. Even after playing like shit half of the time since June, we are still better in most batting and pitching categories. The Yankees play in a miniature stadium that’s meant for oversized little leaguers and then brag about how they hit fewer homeruns than the Twins; who play their home games at Target Field, where we didn’t even know you could hit homeruns until the MLB started juicing baseballs in 2019.

If you’re still afraid of the New York Yankees then it’s time to drop your pokemon cards and move out of the 2000’s. Those were dark times in baseball, full of bunts, singles, and mediocre pitching. This is a new age. It doesn’t matter if the Yankees are the same Yankees because this Twins team isn’t the “same old Twins” of our past.

And for Yankees’ fans who have read through this entire blog just to see why I’m calling you bandwagon…

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Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan