I've somehow lost the piece of paper with my 2018 Minnesota Twins prediction scratched on it.
The forecast must have slipped out of my computer somehow after a vicious thunderstorm sometime this summer. I couldn't dredge it up anywhere when I looked to reprint it.
No matter. It doesn't matter at this point in the season. The team is packing their duffel bags as this is written. A merciful end to the season is in sight.
What seemed to be a bright future for this year's team evaporated like early morning mist on a northern lake. After a rapid start out of the gate, the wheels came off one by one. A strained ligament here, a broken toe there, a ruptured Achilles here, a fractured elbow there and you've got the makings of a team in a downward spiral.
Add the fact that no one could hit the broad side of a barn with runners on base and you have the formula that doesn't equal a trip to the playoffs.
I, regardless of what some might think, am an eternal optimist. I tend to shun negativism. Although I might get an argument from my wife, I do try to see the sunny side of the mountain most of the time and so it was this spring when I predicted a lot more wins than losses for the Twins this season.
My annual forecast is looked forward to by many who are either ready to ridicule my forecast or to pat me on the back for making them feel more secure on the coming season's record.
And so it was that I looked at the mostly positive spring training record. I knew that Paul Molitor was a great coach with a speedy infield, a powerful outfield and pitchers with a chance of striking someone out.
It was after lots of deep thought that I published my forecast for all to see. It's kind of like hanging all your laundry out on a clothesline. Everything is showing. There you are, in public view.
I really can't put my finger on exactly what went south with the Twins. For some reason our hitters couldn't buy a hit with anyone already on base. Even with a good starting pitcher, the runs just didn't come. And, there were many good pitching starts, but when you can't score a run, you don't win many games.
It's a mystery to me why we played the tough teams well and laid down for the poor teams. When Cleveland came to town, we played well. When Kansas City came to town, the team went into deep hibernation. The bottom of the division licked their chops when they played the Twins. They came in with 10-game losing streaks and got healthy by playing in Minnesota.
No wonder they like our pristine stadium and the $18 Bloody Marys.
I'm thinking that next year I might just forego my very popular forecast. Why put myself in the position of bragging the team up and knowing that I have a more than equal chance of being ridiculed when the record goes into the dumper? I have other life issues that are less painless.
But, maybe a long, cruel winter will give me a reason to again throw caution to the wind and publish a prognostication. One can get mighty depressed staring out at non-melting snow drifts in April. It is at times like that where I look for any hint of positive thought.
And so, I utter some nonsense about a winning Minnesota Twins season.
I really hope I don't find this year's prediction. I want to enter fall with a cheery disposition.
See you next time. Okay?
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Ed's Note: We found John's 2018 Twins forecast. If you want to see it, the link is here - 'JUST CLICK'