October 06, 2006

Why The Twins Lost and I'm Not Pregnant

How you go from this:

To losing it all?

I blame it on stress... the pressure to perform. To live up to expectations. Or, another term: self-fulfilling prophecy. Saying "I'm not going to screw up this time" and then screwing up. Being Joe Mauer, the best batter in MLB, 2 outs, 2 men on base and grounding into an out. We built these poor guys up to be our heroes. What happens now that they didn't make it? Do we go back to watching games in half-filled domes?

I've been a Twins fan since I was a little kid. At age 9, my parents took us to spring training in Orlando. Somewhere on a hello kitty notepad, I have the autographs from ball players such as Kent Hrbeck, Tom Brunansky, and our beloved Kirby Puckett. I was a softball firstbaseman for 10 years- proudly wearing my number 14 every year. So, even though they lost in the playoffs again this year, I will continue to be a proud Twins fan. To all the fairweather fans out there? Fine. Don't go to the games next year. You just left the best seats open for me!

Oh yeah- and in response to my last entry? I'm not pregnant. Again. Yet another pressure-filled self-fulfilling prophecy.

How to overcome this? Continue to do everything you need to do to get to your goal. Whatever it takes. Most importantly continue to dream big!

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