Somebody pinch us. It's April 27 and the once-hapless Minnesota Twins are 15-5.
Skeptics will remind us that it's a long season and baseball lore is filled with tales of fast-starting teams that faded in the heat of July and August. The skeptics are right, of course. Still, the ice isn't even off Gull Lake and the Twins are still in first place in the American League Central Division. They continue to own one of the best records in Major League Baseball.
Who are these guys?
-- Well, they're literally from all over the map. The roster includes players from Toledo, Ohio, Manitoba, Canada, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.
-- At $24 million they represent the lowest payroll in Major League Baseball.
-- Their won-loss percentage during the last eight years is a woeful .430.
-- Only one Twin (Matt Lawton) has hit more than 20 home runs in any of the last five years while contemporaries on other teams have been knocking balls out of the park at record rates.
English poet Alexander Pope wrote that "Hope springs eternal in the human breast," but even hope needs a little help every now and then to keep it springing in the hearts of long-suffering Twins fans.
Surprising signs of life in April, from a baseball team that wasn't supposed to be a factor in the A.L. pennant race, can go a long way to help baseball fans shed the last vestiges of a long winter that only reluctantly loosened its icy grip on Minnesota.
Who knows what May will bring?
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