In the final shot, a security guard runs into the Twins' locker room and informs the team that "they're still here." The kid-manager asks "who?" to the guard responds "...everybody". It's then that the team heads back out to the field to find the entire stadium is still in place, cheering on the team for a great year. While it wasn't a championship, I think that concept is even more potent than any victory could have been.
Today, we had the chance to organize something similar for the girls volleyball team. Much like the Twins, they had their season cut short just one game early, but it was hardly in vain. The parents, coaches, and supportive students all gathered in one of our LGI rooms and had a little surprise party for the team, to show them that, while the season is over, their hard work and success still have left something behind. There's an old quote that baseball (and in fact life) is more about losing than winning; we lose far more often than we win. It's all about how you respond. You might just be surprised at who's still cheering for you afterwards.