Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Finally. Opening Day is here.After a tailspin led to 99 losses for the Minnesota Twins last year, the end of the 2011 season seemingly couldn't come fast enough. And for a Twins team looking to turn the page on all that, the 2012 opener couldn't come soon enough. A chance at redemption officially begins Friday when the Twins open their year on the road against the Baltimore Orioles.Few sports, if any, celebrate the first game of the season in the same fashion baseball does. The pristinely manicured fields are painted with special logos and emblems to signify the start of a new year. Fans begin countdowns to Opening Day months before the first pitch is thrown. In Minnesota, that means dreaming about and wishing for baseball long before the snow melts.At the beginning of each season, all teams are even; everyone has a clean slate. No one trails in their division race. There is hope for all 30 teams. That includes the Twins, the same team that finished last in the American Leag...
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