In an effort to make every single baseball game matter in my life, I joined three fantasy baseball leagues this season. My allegiance will and always will remain with the Minnesota Twins but sometimes the Twins aren’t playing and other teams are. Being a Fantasy Baseball Manager is my favorite, least paying part-time job ever.
The WCCO-TV News Assignment Desk keeps me pretty busy during the evenings, but my fantastical managerial experience may bleed into some Twins Blog posts this season. It’s still my goal to stick to the Twins, produce some more silly videos and let everyone know what Lew Ford is doing. Also, in a perfect world, I’ll get my modest budget request approved so I can begin production on the marginally anticipated sequel to “Petey’s Big Adventure.”
In order to make all my dreams come true, the Twins Blog obviously needs professional help. This season we’ll have a couple familiar faces contributing to the blog along with a special guest from time to time.
First up is Tracy Perlman. She’s a producer at WCCO, writing newscasts and working behind-the-scenes on many stories you see on TV. She’s won two Upper Midwest Regional Emmys. She contributes to the WCCO Twins Blog by sharing unique stories about Target Field and the Twins players.
Tracy says her favorite Twins memory from the past five years is the day her family took her grandma to Target Field. “It was July 3rd 2010, the Twins were hosting the Florida Rays,” she said. “We ate hot dogs and sipped our sodas while she gazed in awe of the new stadium. Then she called it, Jim Thome would hit a home run. He didn’t just hit one, Thome hit two and surpassed Harmon Killebrew’s record. The Twins ended up losing the game, but that sunny afternoon will always be, hands down, the most meaningful game I’ve been to.”
Next is Dan Cook. He’s been a Studio Coordinator at WCCO Radio since February of 2001. What’s a Studio Coordinator? Call it a “Technical Director”, or “In-Studio Producer”, or “Guy Who Makes Sure The Broadcast Stays Out Of The Ditch”. Whatever you like.
He runs the studio for Chad Hartman, John Williams and Mike Max. And if he still has some sanity left after that, you can find him at Target Field or the Xcel Energy Center. Dan will be contributing to the Twins Blog this season focusing on the plays, players and post-game sound.
Dan says his favorite, recent Twins memory is an easy one. He says, “I was in attendance for the first of the two exhibition games the Twins played against St. Louis as Target Field prepared to open in 2010. Sure the game didn’t count, but it was my first time entering Target Field and being mesmerized by the wonder of it all (copyright: Dark Star). The scoreboard, the real grass, even the open air-ness of it. For a lifelong baseball fan who grew up with the Metrodome, it was complete sensory overload. I couldn’t even tell you who won the game, but I vividly remember Denard Span hitting a home run, and Jacque Jones (who was getting a cup-of-coffee tryout) getting emotional as he got a standing ovation from the crowd.”
My favorite is easy too. Game #163, 2009.
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