It's the middle of January and there aren't enough curse words in the English language to describe how cold it has been in Minnesota this week. How cold is it? It's so cold that Minnesota is getting attention from the national media. There at least seems to be a perception nationwide that it's always 20 below in Minnesota. What does this have to do with the Twins? Well, the national image of this state as frigid flyover country coupled with our Scandinavian modesty enables the Twins to brainwash us with the small market myth.
Minneapolis and Saint Paul do not belong in the same category as Omaha, Des Moines, and Oklahoma City. They shouldn't even be compared with Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Kansas City. Cities like Seattle, Denver, and Phoenix are much more reasonable comparisons. The Twin Cities are at the smallest a "middle" market. There is no need to convince the fans that we have to settle for less because we don't live in a big important city. This doesn't mean I think they should throw money at free agents just to do it. New York already has the Mets and they're a "big" market. I'm just sick of the crutch and the propaganda.
In order to find blog-worthy material between now and spring training, I will continue by posting something about most if not every expected 2009. Naturally, this will mostly take an "airing of grievances" format.