Late Homerun FTW; Miguel Sano Shut Everyone Up Last Night (probably not)

Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano (22) is greeted by Minnesota Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario (20) after hitting a two-run home run in the eighth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday, May 20, 2019, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Wow, there are going to be some stupid-looking people in this state over the coming years… Terry Ryan and Ron Gardenhire snagged another uber-talented, bomb-dropping, Dominican hack artist when they signed Miguel Sano at 16-years-old… and they did their very best over the next 8 years to ruin another uber-talented, bomb-dropping, Dominican hack artist.

“Take better at-bats.”

“Hit the ball the other way (more).”

“Take more pitches but strikout less.”

“Play Right Field.”

They tried them all… and we had seen them do it before. The media did a good job of shifting the heaviest weight of his struggles (pun intended) on Miguel, himself. Because nobody has ever played this game overweight……

Don’t get me wrong. I’m mostly fine with the pressure on Sano to get into better shape. Until you take responsibility for your own actions and your own downfalls, you’ll never recover from adversity to become successful. Sano needed to take responsibility. He needed to take better care of himself. And by all accounts, during this offseason, he did everything we’ve been asking him to do for a long time.

And it wasn’t that much…

  1. Work on your craft
  2. Don’t get in trouble
  3. Get into/stay in better shape

But then, after winning a championship for his Dominican team…. he got unlucky. And when the Twins started winning without him early, we didn’t need him anymore, apparently (as seen in the tweets above).

The last two nights have been peak Miguel Sano. He went 0-4 and struckout three times on Sunday before striking out again in his first at-bat last night. The haters were out and they were THICK after that (some of the tweets above were taken after that K last night). The guy strikes out a lot. I hate it too, and he needs to improve in that area, to really reach his full potential, but with those pesky K’s (and that’s all they are), you get a whole lot of bang for your buck.

David Oritz struckout a lot early in his career too. We don’t need to make the same mistake with Miguel, that we made with him. One that we might never forget and will definitely always regret. Sano is that type of talent, and a slower start than expected to his career can’t let us forget that.

If he and Buxton really blossom this season….. well…. big things people… big fucking things.

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Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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