Circle Me, Bert!

Photograph of a girl holding up a Circle Me, Bert! sign at a Minnesota Twins game
Circle Me, Bert!

Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven, a former Minnesota Twins pitcher and their current television color commentator had a habit of circling fans on screen. And fans, of course, have reacted by bringing Circle Me, Bert! signs to the ballpark.

Michael Cuddyer Drives In A Run

Minnesota Twins OF/IF Michael Cuddyer knocks in the Twins first run en route to a 8-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday, June 11, 2011. During a complete game performance, pitcher Scott Baker gave up only one run on five hits. Rookie centerfielder Ben Revere went 2-5, scoring two runs and making a highlight reel diving catch of a fly ball in center and shortstop Alexi Casilla had three hits and scored two runs, one on a wild pitch. Michael Cuddyer RBI from David Erickson.

Manitou Triathlon In White Bear Lake

Manitou Triathlon In White Bear Lake

OptumHealth Performance (a client of Tunheim, my employer) trains endurance athletes, from novice to elite, through personalized coaching, scientific testing and analysis, and group classes for running, biking, and swimming. This Sunday they host the Manitou Triathlon in White Bear Lake, so all you runners, cylcers, swimmers and, of course, tri-athletes, here’s a chance to put your ironman suit on. [REGISTER.]

Manitou Triathlon from OHPChannel.

Harmon Killebrew

Harmon Killebrew
Photo: Harmon Killebrew
Harmon Killebrew at bat

I was so sad to hear that Harmon Killebrew is entering hospice care after losing his fight to esophageal cancer. A good friend of mine died of it; it’s nasty.

My first memory of Harmon Killebrew is my first iconic boyhood memory: It was my first ballgame with my father at the old Met Stadium. The Twins were hosting the Baltimore Orioles. We went with a neighbor and our seats were along the third base line, so our neighbor kept telling me to keep an eye on the great Orioles third baseman of the time, Brooks Robinson.

I remember fat men standing around on the concourse drinking beer and the smell of their thick cigar smoke. I remember Tony Oliva breaking a bat by pounding it on home plate after disagreeing with the umpire’s called third strike.

In the bottom of the ninth the Twins were behind by a run. Harmon, in his last years as a Twin and relegated to DH duty, stepped up to bat to the thundering feet of the crowd, stomping in expectation.

Crack. The ball arched high across the sky down the third base line and settled into the upper-deck stands…just foul. Harmon ended up striking out and the Twins lost but I was astonished that a human being could hit the ball so hard and so far.

I never had the pleasure of meeting Harmon Killebrew but from afar he always came off as a kind and gentle man. Thank you, Harmon.

ARTCRANK

ARTCRANK

ARTCRANK began in Minneapolis in 2007 but has since expanded to other cities across the nation. It is a show of bicycle-inspired poster artwork that introduces people to talented local artists they’ve never heard of before and sends them home with affordable, original works of art. Every ARTCRANK show features posters created by local artists from the host city. Admission is always free, and posters are priced to let everybody take home at least one. ARTCRANK runs from yesterday through about mid-May. [DETAILS.]

Here’s a video of scenes from last year’s ARTCRANK. Found at Vimeo from red23films.

This is a preview of some of the posters that will be available at this year’s ARTCRANK:

Joe Mauer Mocks Troy Polamalu

Joe Mauer Mocks Troy Polamalu

Love it! Twins catcher Joe Mauer makes fun of Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu over his high voice and his Head & Shoulders commercials…in this Head & Shoulders commercial. Mauer ought not quit his day job; he’s a far better hitter than he is an actor. Found at YouTube from headandshoulders.

Surfing In Duluth

Surfing In Duluth

This may surprise you, but people actually do surf in Duluth. Perfect Duluth Day posted this video of people doing just that. It would’ve been a surprise to me, too, if I didn’t known Graeme Thickens, who, in addition to being the guy who knows everything you’d ever want to know about Minnesota start-up businesses, he’s also the go-to guy about surfing in Minnesota.

I know: who knew?

Check out Graeme’s Tech Surf Blog and you can find him on Twitter here: @GraemeThickins. Found at YouTube From CBS News.

Lingerie Football League Comes To Minnesota

Lingerie Football League Comes To Minnesota

Did Vince McMahon start a football league? Cause the Lingerie Football League would seem to be right in his wheelhouse. Regardless, Minnesota will soon get a taste of what nightwear on the gridiron is all about. And from the looks of it, it could be awfully entertaining.

These girls can play them some football!

They’ll play at the Target Center. They haven’t got a name yet but you can submit your suggestion to LFLinMinnesota@LFLUS.com and if it’s picked, you’ll win season tickets for life. Open tryouts will be announced shortly. (If you want to get some practice in before the tryout, we play every Saturday afternoon at the Northeast Minneapolis Athletic Fields. Just saying.) The season home opener is scheduled for October 1, 2011. Found at YouTube from LingerieFootball.