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I’ve got two boys that I’m raising and so far they have picked up none of my bad habits. Now that I’m a family man, I left the rock band thing that I did when I was younger. I spent age 17 to 35 or so moonlighting as lead vocalist with a little keyboard playing to help fill out the sound with different bands over those years, Ranging from high school garage bands to serious regional bands that toured a little and to local bands that got it’s ya-ya’s out in small clubs around the area. I was never close to the big time and never expected to get close; I just had a good time doing it. I realized I had to quit because my kids were young and demanding and it was too hard to function as a parent on Sunday morning when you got back from Warroad at . God, do I miss the band thing, but my life with my kids is beyond words and I have no regrets, just a little longing that would probably go away a couple of weeks later if I got back into it again.
My life is Family, Work and Youth Sports right now and it’s been blur.
I read Lavelle Neal and I listen to him on 1440 the Fan. Lavelle Neal is the Minnesota Twins beat writer for the StarTribune. I find Lavelle very measured in his statements and there is no question that he understands baseball like very few do. He's good at his job and he has direct access to the Twins... So when he offers an opinion... I tend to listen to it.
Awhile back... I heard Lavelle make the statement that the Minnesota Twins Clubhouse is very library like. He says it's a laid back clubhouse to the point of too laid back. He says the difference is very noticeable when you walk into the clubhouses of other teams. Saying that most of the other clubhouses have an energy and the Twins simply don't have that. Lavelle also says that the Twins clubhouse is a reflection of Joe Mauer's laid back personality.
I've never been in the Minnesota Twins clubhouse so I really can't confirm or offer an opinion on the Twins clubhouse atmosphere. However, I've watched a bunch of games and I can say without reservation that they play like a bunch of librarians and baseball needs to have an aggressive energy to it or it isn't being played right.
Disclaimer: I apologize to any librarians who may have been offended by that statement. Librarians are intelligent and they provide a much more important service to our society than Baseball Players do.
Disclaimer: I apologize to any Baseball Players who may have been offended by the above disclaimer. There are many baseball players who do wonderful things for our society.
If what Lavelle says has a grain of truth to it and I have no reason to doubt him. Terry Ryan needs to address this. Let Joe be Joe but bring in some new leaders... high energy players who will lead by example. They don't have to be over the top talented... They can be a couple of Nick Punto type players. They just need to be the type who will bring it nightly. Give it 100 percent and have fun while doing it. Someone who will get in the face of someone if needed and fill their hat with shaving cream just to keep things loose when needed. Let that type of player become the leader in the clubhouse and let Joe be Joe. Its my opinion that players like that are a tide that can lift all boats. It doesn't matter what they produce... They will be worth the addition because everyone around them becomes inspired and produces more.
I don't know... Just a thought! Fixing the Twins will be hard... I'm trying.