Did’ja ever notice when a fan runs out onto the field during a Twins game that the television broadcasters Dick Bremer and Bert Blyleven tsk tsk the fan for such a foolish move and talk about what a wrong thing it is to do? One time, Bremer even went so far as to suggest that the fans were booing the break in the action when you could actually hear them cheering. Whatever. That’s his job, I guess.
I think most fans are like me: They find it a welcome and amusing diversion. That’s why the following video from a Houston Astros game this year is so awesome: It shows a great fan escape and the crowd reacting with enthusiasm.
Found at YouTube from megamark09 via Arik Hanson.
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.
I admit to being highly skeptical that light rail would work in the Twin Cities.
You had to convince me–someone who loves to drive (Seriously? I get to do this every day? For free?!?)–to get out of my car and take a train, with a bunch of other people?
Then, during a trip to Washington, DC, I tried their subway system and I was sold. I’d totally use light rail, if the Twin Cities built such a system.
Well, years removed from that revelation, I finally took my first light rail ride two weeks ago from my office in Bloomington to three blocks from Target Field. It was a breeze and I imagine I’ll be doing a lot more of it once the Central Corridor system connects Minneapolis to Saint Paul.
In the meantime, I’ll need to endure this (still, no pain, no gain):
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.
It was a long, long time coming but better late than never. Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire finally won Manager of the Year! at ESPN.
Minnesota Twins designated hitter Jim Thome takes the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals on June 10, 2010 at Target Field, and strikes out.
Jason Kubel hits a long flyball out to center field in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals on June 10, 2010 at Target Field.
Joe Mauer drives in a run with a single to right field on June 10, 2010 at Target Field against the Kansas City Royals.