Rand: Curse or Coincidence? Target Field trees cut, team's fall began

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  • Updated: January 29, 2014 - 12:27 AM

As far as anniversaries go, Tuesday brought about an odd one — but a notable one if you are a Twins fan of a certain mind.

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hrbekmorneauJan. 28, 1411:01 PM

Bring 'em back! They never should have brought them down in the first place.

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daver123Jan. 28, 1411:56 PM

This is actually a comment on Mr. Rand's article that appeared in Monday's paper, "Excitement is Part of NFL Mindgame". I hope that Mr. Rand is not serious. His argument that a major league baseball game is or "should be" more exciting to watch because it has 7 more minutes of action per game is ludicrous. The reason people find football more exciting is because SOMETHING ACTUALLY HAPPENS when the ball is in play. Guys get hit, knocked down, run full speed into each other, get chased around the field, etc, etc. The "action" in baseball is some guy lazily parking himself under a fly ball, picking up a run of the mill grounder, or walking to first base. So, just to clue you in Mr. Rand, football actually IS more exciting than baseball. It is not our imagination.

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h091364Jan. 29, 1412:38 AM

I think the payroll cutting had more to do with the teams fall then the tree cutting.

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jackstpJan. 29, 14 6:22 AM

I like the theory and it is funny but in reality no, not the fault of the trees. It's another example of the excuses made for the terrible choices and decision making of the Twins the last three years. They have been nothing but inept. Getting rid of Hardy, thinking Nishi was MLB quality, keeping around an overmatched, gutless Terry Ryan who does not know pitching at all. Keeping around a horrible pitching coach who has yet to develop or help one pitcher. Keeping around a gutless, lazy manager who cannot lead his players, motivate them or teach them fundamentals. No, the problems are much deeper. The biggest problem is the owners, they do not care about baseball or the fans, they only want to increase their Scrooge McDuck pile of gold. They need to change their ways or sell the team to someone who cares.

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nfldprintJan. 29, 14 8:05 AM

I disagree. The trees haven't been the source of the curse. My theory: it's the Curse of Wally the Beer Man. He got busted and banned from serving at Target Field and the Twins have been in the dumper ever since. FREE WALLY!

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keith20mnJan. 29, 14 9:02 AM

Trees? That would be crazy to think that trees could affect a major league baseball team. The real reason was the change in the music. Pink Floyd's "Time" was the key to their early success. When the team heard that song, they knew it was time to play. When the song was replaced, the winning ways stopped. That's my take on what changed at Target Field.

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SchmengeJan. 29, 1410:27 AM

So we have nothing to talk about with the Twins but the trees? That doesn't bode well for a good season.

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nshoreJan. 29, 1411:54 AM

I think the trees would have observed the terrible baseball they were being forced to watch, refused nourishment, and died anyway.

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bgrahamJan. 29, 14 7:55 PM

Totally agree with the earlier post. The Twins nosedive actually started in September 2010 after they clinched the AL Central. At the same time late in that season "Wally The Beerman" was fired and it's been downhill ever since.

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samihoustonJan. 30, 1411:39 AM

I tried to get the Twins to do an ad for the Twins showing Twins players planting trees with the slogan: "What could it hurt?" I sent it to Dave St Peter, etc. I still think it would be a helluva good idea.

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