We’re not quite two months into the baseball season and the Minnesota Twins are already in shambles.
After Tuesday’s loss, the Twins are 11-34 through 45 games. That’s 23 games below .500, 14.5 games behind first-place Chicago and 12 games back of third place Detroit. The Twins are 2-8 in their last 10 games. There is no other way to put it: The Twins are a dumpster fire.
A season filled with so much potential and promise has all come crashing down. The Twins never recovered from an 0-9 start, and any hopes of a comeback and getting into contention the rest of the summer are lost. So what now? The games aren’t relevant and won’t be for a while.
We have a holiday weekend coming up and the Twins hit the road to face Seattle and Oakland. Right now, the baseball isn’t worth watching, so here are four other things to do over Memorial Day Weekend.
Horse Racing At Canterbury Park
If you’re anywhere near the Twin Cities, it’s almost an obligation to make a stop at least once per summer at Canterbury Park. The live horse racing season started last weekend and will go through Labor Day. There is live racing Friday night as well as Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The first post time on Memorial Day is set for 12:45 p.m., and Thursday night racing starts in June.
The food is good, the beer is better and the racing is always a little more fun when a few dollars are on the line. It’s a better option than watching half the Twins lineup strike out.
St. Paul Saints Game At CHS Field
It’s not big league baseball, but it’s far more entertaining than anything going on at Target Field right now. The St. Paul Saints opened their 2016 season last weekend and have a four-game home stand at CHS Field this Thursday-Sunday against the Kansas City T-Bones. CHS Field is one of the best minor league ballparks out there. The baseball is fun, the concessions won’t break your wallet and the entertainment between innings is better. The atmosphere is a little more laid back and all about having a good time watching a game on a summer night. Plus, they have fireworks after most home games.
Hit The Golf Course
The golf season doesn’t last long in Minnesota, and Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. So get the dust off those golf clubs, put them in the trunk and take out your Twins frustration at your favorite course. Many courses looking to attract players will have specials over the weekend, so it’s as good a time as any to get out and practice your swing. It takes about four hours to play a normal round of golf, which on most days is longer than a Twins loss, even if the game is ugly. After all, you can only get a hole-in-one if you’re at the course and not on the couch watching bad baseball, right?
Head To The Cabin
It’s a long-standing tradition for Minnesotans, especially on a holiday weekend. Get in the car, get on Interstate 94 or Highway 10 and “head to the lake.” If you leave too late, you’ll be sitting in a parking lot on a Twin Cities highway. But when you’re on the boat or in front of a campfire with a cold beverage, it makes the days of being stuck in your cube staring at a computer all day worth it. It’s also a better option than the product at Target Field right now. And if you can’t tear yourself away from the Twins, the radio is always an option. But at 11-34, it’s not hard to choose the pontoon and hitting the water over that Joe Mauer jersey and a face palm over a booted grounder.
Extra: Attend A Memorial Day Weekend Service
Perhaps the most important part of Memorial Day Weekend is something that often gets overlooked in our hectic work lives and determination to enjoy free time in the sun. It’s not a three-day weekend or an extra day off work. Memorial Day is meant to honor those who have lost their lives fighting for our country, protecting us and keeping us free to hit those golf courses, bet on those horses or have that cigar as the sun sets on the lake. Attend a Memorial Day dedication service and honor our veterans, thank them for giving their lives so we can do all that.
The reality right now is that the Twins are hard to watch, and it’s tough to justify investing in their season. It’s hard to have 34 losses by the middle of May, and it’s even harder to watch games when they don’t mean anything. So get out and enjoy the sun this summer, you’ll be glad you did.