Here is a sentence that might never have been written until this moment: I'd love to be in Minneapolis for the season-ending three-game series between the Twins and Kansas City. The series will end the regular season, I mean.
They'll undoubtedly move to Minneapolis for a one-game playoff Tuesday. On Monday, the Vikings play at home against Green Bay. Could be an interesting week on the tundra.
The Twins trail Detroit by two games in the American League Central, the only race still going on in Major League Baseball. The suddenly evil Tigers play the Chicago White Sox in a three-game series of their own. Unfortunately, it's in Detroit. The Tigers play all their games at home. The underachieving White Sox are my new favorite team.
Many of you know what it's like when your team, after playing since April, has to do everything right to make the playoffs. It's tense, it's painful and it's exhilarating. The baseball schedule is a journey, and I salute the Twins for having the opportunity to finish it.
The Tigers spent a lot of money to assemble their team, and I don't begrudge them that. I don't blame the New York Yankees for attempting to purchase a championship, either. The rules say you can, so why not?
The Twins can't. They're another small market team getting by on guile rather than bucks. That doesn't usually work, as Kansas City and Pittsburgh will attest. But the Twins have a great farm system. Once their stars leave, they bring in some young guy few have heard of, and here they are, in contention again.
I see a Minnesota-St. Louis World Series. If the Twins can beat Kansas City, they can beat anybody, don't you think?