I like analogies. I think everybody does.
This Minnesota Twins team doesn’t really have any good analogous situations to compare itself to.
A horrible relationship? No, everybody had pretty low expectations coming into 2013, and you probably shouldn’t have low expectations at the beginning of a relationship.
A train wreck that you can’t look away from? Not quite. I didn’t really feel like watching any longer after Evan Gattis hit a Vance Worley 3-0 offering out of Turner Field for a grand slam.
Oh, I know what this whole season is analogous to: a tweet.
Yes. If you are on Twitter, you know the feeling of sending out a tweet. At first you don’t think much about it because it’s just a tweet, but then you start getting proud of yourself because you think it’s a really good one...then you realize how bad it is.
That’s the Twins' season in a 140-character nutshell and a lesson they learned after the loss on Wednesday to the Atlanta Braves.
To set the scene, Twins radio broadcaster and former outfielder Dan Gladden has been hanging a Kent Hrbek jersey outside of the Twins Radio Network booth during the whole series against the Braves.
This of course is in homage to the 1991 World Series and more directly when Kent Hrbek may or may not have lifted Ron Gant off of first base in Game 2 and recorded an out.
It doesn’t matter if Hrbek did lift Gant or not, but that’s what our little feud is about.
The Twins' official Twitter account has been tweeting out some pictures of the Hrbek jersey that can be seen from the stands at Turner Field, which resulted in the following tweet from the Atlanta Braves' official account:
Atlanta Braves @Braves
Leave it there. We'll SWEEP it up for you! RT @Twins The Kent Hrbek jersey is on display in Atlanta. http://t.co/RpXiR3ZHgx2013-5-22 19:15:32
OK. That’s funny. The Braves are a very good team, and they just swept a not-so-good team in the Twins. We can laugh and make fun of ourselves, right?
The Twins responded with another picture of their own:
Minnesota Twins @Twins
.@Braves While you're sweeping that up, we'll be dusting this off. http://t.co/24ymoNQ9UD2013-5-22 19:40:17
Let’s brag about a World Series that was won in 1991—a World Series that was over 20 years ago.
Pointing at a 22-year-old scoreboard? RT @Twins .@Braves While you're sweeping that up, we'll be dusting this off. http://t.co/UNZ9x7Iw9q2013-5-22 19:45:26
It’s not a scandal by any means this tweet. It’s not in the ballpark of what happened to cross the Los Angeles Kings’ Twitter account last night, but this tweet is ill-advised.
For one, you got swept. Let the Braves make the jokes.
Two, the Atlanta Braves have won a World Series more recently than the Minnesota Twins. You don’t ever exactly get over a World Series loss, but that does definitely make this joke worse.
Third and finally, your current Twins team stinks. Don’t go and brag about something that happened before Aaron Hicks even turned two years old.
Patrick Reusse @1500ESPN_Reusse
Twenty-two bleepin' years ago. The "brand'' the Twins talk about is imploding in front of our eyes.2013-5-22 19:50:20
I am aware that the guy who controls the Twins’ Twitter account doesn’t have control over the players and how well they perform, but you need to take that into account before pressing send.
You are on an eight-game losing streak and you just sent down your Opening Day starter to Triple-A.
You are in trouble and don’t have any time to be bragging.
Grab a laptop and start researching prospects or try to sell some tickets.
It’s the selling-tickets-to-batting-practice controversy all over again.