Twins fans show optimism, pessimism in season ahead

10:21 PM, Apr 1, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- We're just one game into the season, but let's face it, people have already passed judgment on the 2013 Minnesota Twins. And, that's not to say it's all bad.

"I think they're going to take it all the way to the World Series," said Jaime Kulkay from Crystal at Monday's season opener.

In fact, the optimism at Target Field was about as plentiful as winter hats in the barely above freezing temperatures.

"Absolutely glass half-full. Seriously, if you're not in it, why are you here? Go big or go home," said fan Kate Hendrikson.

That's not to say the half-empty crowd wasn't there to represent.

"We're not going to the World Series," lamented Tim Lavenger of Rockford.

He says it's all about lack of pitching. And, he would get a little support from others on his point.

"I still think they have a lot to prove and they didn't really do much this year in free agency," agrees Mike Mullally, of Woodbury.

So which group is right? Turns out they both are.

"While I don't think the Twins are going to win more games this year than they did last year, at least there's a clear vision of where things are going," says Judd Zulgad of ESPN 1500.

He says this is a strong Twins team, the offense is good, but the pitching does need a boost. Zulgad says it's on the way through the farm system and that in 2014 and 2015, Twins fans will have something to cheer about.

"You can't rush a team. That's the problem. And, while fans might get impatient, at least if you can see a clear-cut direction for a franchise, which I think with the Twins you can see now, that is reason for optimism," said Zulgad.

So put on your Twins hat, grab your glove and pack your patience, they're all necessary accessories for the ultimate Twins fan this season.

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