There's all kinds of big things coming up in the year ahead, heck, in the next week alone, Carl Pavano will probably pick where to pitch, Bert Blyleven will find out if he gets a Hall of Fame plaque, and Bill Smith will see if he can return ugly sweaters after a couple of weeks. But while each of those events will merit big news coverage, we should also bear in mind the personal stories that distinguish just what makes our team so special.
Of course, every team wants to win a World Series, but what are the personal goals of our favorite athletes? Since we can't ask them ourselves, let's just make up what their New Year Resolutions could be!
Joe Mauer: Drop debut rap album Catcher in the Raw in time for the 2011 holiday season.
Jose Mijares: Find whoever keeps posting pictures of me as a princess and beat them up.
Denard Span: Go rest of life without hitting mother with a foul ball.
Carl Pavano: Keep the facial hair comeback alive by adding mutton chops.
Justin Morneau:Learn how to play first base inside a protective bubble to avoid future injuries.
Matt Capps: Pitch well enough to avoid the nickname "Fat Capps".
Delmon Young: Popularize the nickname "Fat Capps"
Brian Duensing: Convince bouncers in Minneapolis that I am actually old enough to get in to local night clubs.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka: Figure out how to play baseball in a very cold American city (wearing this blanket as a uniform might be a good start)
Scott Baker: Grow facial hair that doesn't get mocked endlessly.
Michael Cuddyer: Perfect the "Vanishing Yankee" illusion.
Ron Gardenhire: Learn how to use the twitter, so I can critique how other people do their jobs...that's the point of the thing...right?