COMMENTARY | Minnesotans love their sports. Whether it's the Vikings, Wild or Timberwolves, there's nothing like seeing the area glow when a team is in the hunt for a championship.
While some people think otherwise, the real pulse of the area belongs to the Twins. There are several reasons why the the Twins own Minnesota.
Minnesotans Hate Cold Weather
Talk to anybody that lives in the state, and they'll tell you how much they hate sitting in cold weather to watch a sporting event. Back in April, Twins fans griped about cold weather on opening day and responded with a half-empty Target Field.
The sight of frozen bleachers and on field beatings is a combination that Minnesotans can't bear to think of, so when the Twins start to get destroyed at Target Field, they still come out in mass to enjoy the beautiful weather.
That plays into the Twins' hands as they enjoy one of the best home field advantages in baseball.
Minnesota Has Produced a Slew of Baseball Talent
Minnesotans love it when they can declare a professional athlete to be "one of us." With the Twins, they've seen that storyline play out several times.
As the power behind two World Series champions, Bloomington native Kent Hrbek hit 293 home runs during a 14-year career.
The trend didn't stop there as other Minnesotans, such as St. Paul natives Dave Winfield and Paul Molitor, had stints with the Twins during the twilights of their careers. Even today, the Twins have several hometown talents in their organization, including Stillwater's Glen Perkins and St. Paul's Joe Mauer.
The Twins Have the Most Admiration of Any Team in Minnesota
Minnesotans see the Twins as the little engine that could. Even when they're matched up with a team like the Yankees, the attitude that manager Ron Gardenhire instills upon the team makes fans think "I think they can."
A lot of it also has to do with the type of players that the Twins have on their team. Guys like Mauer and Justin Morneau are blue collar players that do the little things to help the team win.
WIthout prima donnas on the roster, the team is easy to get behind and Minnesotans recognize that.
The Twins Are The Only Major Minnesota Sports Team to WIn A Championship
When it comes to Minnesota sports, championship is a foreign word. In the four major sports, only the Twins have been able to resist the urge to choke and capture a major championship.
The Twins won two World Series championships in 1987 and 1991. The Vikings, Wild and Wolves have all shown promise to accomplish a similar feat, but fell short to leave Minnesotans wondering if the sports gods have it out for them.
While the Twins haven't won a playoff game since 2004, the team has seen some success past the regular season at some point in their history. That's more than the other three teams in the state can say.
The Twins are the Only Trump Card Minnesota has Over Wisconsin
In sports, Minnesota has a true hatred for the folks across the border.
It is a tough situation for Minnesotans as Wisconsinites bombard them with taunts of their teams' superiority in other major sports while they look sheepishly at the ground without a reasonable comeback.
But when the two sides talk baseball, Wisconsin is finally defeated. The Twins have several division championships to go with their previously mentioned two World Series trophies.
Meanwhile, the rival Milwaukee Brewers can only talk about Harvey's Wallbangers in 1982 and the National League Central championship in 2011 (as a side note, they also won the NL Wild Card in 2008).
It seems irrelevant now that the Brewers aren't in the same division as the Twins, but there's not much else that Minnesota has to trump Wisconsin.
For Minnesotans, that's good enough to have a special place in their heart for the Twins.
Chris Schad is a lifelong Twins follower that has spent a majority of his life cheering the Twins on through the dark '90s and success of five American League Central championships in the 2000s. His work has also been published on Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @crishad.
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