There will be much more to delve into in coming weeks and months as the Twins try to reconstruct their lineup, shore up the bullpen, and ensure that their star players have a healthy and productive offseason. I hope to continue to write regularly about things such as trade rumors, free agents, and my thoughts on who should start the 2012 season in Minnesota (Chris Parmelee??), and who needs a few at-bats in Rochester (spoiler alert: I'm looking at you, Tsuyoshi Nishioka).
But for now, I think this picture sums up nicely the Twins' season. While Evan Longoria was getting mobbed in Tampa Bay for hitting a walk-off home run to get the Rays into the playoffs, we had a similar walk-off in Minnesota. The difference being, of course, that Trevor Plouffe's walk-off single ensured that the Twins would lose 99, and not 100, games this season.
I hope this picture is framed and put in the front offices at Target Field as a constant reminder of how quickly things can change. It can be replaced with a different picture when there is again something worthy of celebrating.
OK, enough gloom. Only 4 months and change until pitchers and catchers report to Ft. Myers. I'll be ready!