If the Twins are going to reach the postseason again, their chances hinge greatly on the performances of Torii Hunter and Justin Morneau -- two of this week's guests on the Players Talk show.
Morneau had a breakout season last year, beating out Derek Jeter and David Ortiz for the American League MVP award and leading the Twins to the Central Division title. 2007 has been no hangover for the first baseman; he is currently second in the AL with 16 home runs and has slugged 44 RBIs, while batting a robust .282.
Despite a slow start out of the gate, Morneau remains determined not to put extra pressure on himself in the wake of last year's successes.
"You let the expectations from last year go and just go out and play," Morneau says. "If you're playing well and you help your team win games, the numbers will be there at the end of the year."
Hunter has joined Morneau to lead the Twins' offensive charge. The six-time Gold Glover has smacked 13 homers and driven in 47 runs as he heads into free agency this offseason.
Because in his younger days he was a football player first and a baseball player second, Hunter says it's taken time for him to learn baseball's subtleties, but that he now feels comfortable in his ninth big-league season.
"The older I get, the more experience I get and the more I learn, because this game was something I was very raw in," says Hunter. "As I age, I feel more comfortable at the plate and I'm more mature -- I'm like fine wine."
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