I would be remiss without at least mentioning Jim Thome.
For the record, I was neither disappointed nor excited about the news of his 1 year contract with the Twins.
I like the fact that his addition to the line-up only increases the odds that opposing middle-of-the-rotation right-handed pitchers will wake up in a cold sweat the night before they face us. I also like the symmetry of The Nicest Guy In Baseball playing for the nicest team in the American League. And I like that I don't have to feel guilty for hating the Nicest Guy In Baseball anymore.
As long as someone has to fill the quota for the Twins' obsessive-compulsive Annual Aging Veteran Free-Agent Signing, we could have done a lot worse than Jim Thome.
That said, I will postpone any plans for a celebratory parade honoring his arrival until he blasts one out of the park in a game against the White Sox.
I think that's fair.
Unfortunately, there is ONE teeny tiny problem with bringing Thome to Minnesota. When Those Girls are physically present at games, Thome never hits anything. I'm not exaggerating. I don't believe we have ever, EVER, witnessed Jim Thome get a hit when we have attended games together....and we've seen Thome plenty. We very much enjoyed calling him The Designated Misser on those occasions. We have long considered ourselves to be his own personal jinx. (And yes, don't think we didn't kick ourselves repeatedly for not making an emergency last minute trip to Chicago for Game 163 in '08.)
It's always been a good thing when he played against us. Now that he's playing for us, it's slightly worrisome.
Note to self: Will do some serious wikipedia research on jinx-reversal techniques before Spring Training.