Even though sports involve "only games," they can provide great lessons for life in general.
The Minnesota Twins provided one of those lessons this season - and may have written the most inspiring sports story of the year.
Major League Baseball had a plan this year to eliminate the Twins entirely, as part of a contraction of the league. The team would simply be put out of business.
It didn't happen. And the franchise made the most of a second chance.
Remarkably, this team that had been left for dead, and which sported the fourth-lowest payroll in the league, came within just three games of the World Series.
We're tempted to say "unbelievable." But that's exactly the point: The Twins' players, organization and fans believed.
This is a lesson we should never forget, a lesson applicable not just to the sporting field but to every avenue of human endeavor. It's a lesson captured eloquently in the words of Britain's Sir Winston Churchill:
"Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in ..."