[WARNING: Sports post ahead. If you don't care about baseball, skip this one (and go screw yourself).]
I know the Twins haven’t clinched their division yet, but – with an 11-game lead and 12 games to play – I don’t think even the baseball gods would begrudge us a quick look forward.
So the question to Twins fans becomes: Who do you want first? Rays or Skankees?
In order to win it all, I’m pretty sure we’re going to have to face them both.*
So whom would you prefer to face first?
We’ll have one series with home field advantage (against the wild card winner) and then one series without it (against the AL East winner).
Which way do you want it?
I hesitate to even say it, but I think I want the Skankees first.
In the Ron Gardenhire era, the American League team from New York has pretty much done to the Twins what those two hillbillies did to Ned Beatty. And (pardon my mixing of animal metaphors), as much as that monkey still scares me, I want it off my back. So let’s get it on. Bring it in here and let’s do this.
Plus, in that first series, we only have to win three big games from the Skankees. In the second, we'd have to figure out a way to win four big games. And besides, if we’re only going to have home field advantage in one of these series, Yankee Stadium scares me lots more than that juice box in Tampa.
Your thoughts? Anyone?
*This question presupposes a few things:
1. I’m of the opinion that the Twins won’t do what it takes to get best record and home field throughout. (And I don’t think they should jump through hoops to get that.) That status is going to land with the winner of the AL East.
2. I think the Texas Rangers have a very good team and I wish them well. But I don't think they're going to beat the winner of the AL East. So I've pretty much factored them out of this discussion. (Sorry about that. I really am. My Google Analytics [which is easily among the top 5 most fun-to-say phrases in the English language] tell me that I have at least 2 readers in Texas. And I hope I haven't alienated either of you. I just don't think your team's gonna get it done this year.)