Believe me, when your favorite player is offered up for trade (even when you think they'd be the least likely candidate), it's hard to not take it personal and to see the (possible) good in the situation. Eventually, you (like any dating relationships that end) will move on. You need to move on.
I am somewhat indifferent to the Twins signing Joe Mauer to a 8-year, $184 million contract. I think there are both positives and negatives about this deal. What if Joe gets hurt next year? (I know, it's not something I'm hoping for either!), What if Joe's knees won't let him play more than 3 more years? He is guaranteed his salary (which eats up a lot of the Twins' payroll.) He also has a no-trade clause, so for at least the next 8 years, ladies, you can get attached!
What will this mean for the Twins a few years from now when Justin Morneau, Michael Cuddyer and others (who will deem large salaries as well)? Well, quite frankly, I don't know. I don't think anyone does know. We could see both Morneau and Cuddyer signed longer than their current contracts take them (especially since we don't know that there would necessarily be anyone ready to replace them.) There are some good candidates waiting in the wings in the Twins' farm system (Ben Revere, Aaron Hicks, etc.), but just because they look "promising" doesn't mean they will be guarantees. Look at what a "promising" future the Twins' had thought Delmon Young would have...so far, it hasn't been the case. He's left us all feeling a little empty at the end of the day, and also a little frustrated.
Well I'm happy for Joe Mauer to sign, so the Twins and the fans don't lose focus on the current season, I'm sad to see that Joe Nathan will not be able to play this season. He'll miss out on a lot of things: the new ballpark, a great team to work with, etc. I feel bad for him, I honestly do. I think this year, Joe Nathan should work with Bert and Dick and commentate the games. He was quite entertaining to watch on Sunday, when the Twins were on WFTC. Hey, he could be the "on-the-field" commentator, like Robby or Marney...I know I would rather look at him, than the other couple options! (no offense to either Robby or Marney).
Also on another note...there will be another Twins Centric blogger meet up/viewing party. I stopped by the last one (at the end of the game) and it was fun! It's always great to meet fellow bloggers out there in the Twins world!
Here are the details:
TwinsCentric Viewing Party
APRIL 10, 12:05 p.m.
Twins vs. Chicago White Sox (in Chicago)
Major’s in Blaine
*There will be drawings for several great prizes, including Twins 2010 Annuals, Major’s gift certificates, Twins/Target Field tickets and more.