Baseball has many players. I don’t mean just those on the field. There are coaches, hundreds of employees who work front office and dozens groom the field. There are also the people who work in the stadium, the vendors, reporters, TV crews, merchandise sellers, fans, reporters. You get the idea. One of those guys who’s “a part of the sport” is Gordy Jones. He’s worn many hats throughout his career: a newspaper writer, blogger, photographer and most recently, children’s author. “Baseball is my passion,” Jones said. “I love kids and I like to do as many things as I can. I’m having more fun now than I’ve ever had in my life.”
Being a professional athlete comes with some perks. Some are more obvious than others: getting paid to play a sport, being a celebrity and becoming a role model to others. Another great benefit: being able to help the people who support you. Many athletes feel a great responsibility to pay it forward and don’t take that aspect of their job lightly.
Have you ever thought about how you would celebrate your 90th birthday? The way Cocato native Carl Morris celebrated his may have you re-planning your party. Two weeks ago, Morris blew out the candles on his birthday cake. But our soggy weather delayed his birthday wish.
Now that the Wild’s season is over, the players assumably have a lot of time on their hands. They took a few weeks off and are back in the grind of working out and preparing to condition for the next season.
This summer, the Minnesota Twins are making local music fans happy. At every Wednesday home game through August, a local band will perform during games in a series the team calls “The Midwest Music Showcase.” In the past, the Twins have fielded complaints that local music wasn’t played in the stadium.
Twenty years ago, we were introduced to characters like Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez, Smalls, Squints, Ham and Yeah-Yeah. They were far from a pack of superheroes; just neighborhood kids trying to stay out of trouble while playing baseball.
Monday should have marked the 10th home game for the Twins this season. Instead, it marks the third postponed game at Target Field in 2013.
They’re supposed to be the boys of summer. This season, they’re the boys of snowstorms.
42 is a reminder of how we’ve progressed as a sport and a nation. When it ended I felt moved and inspired, but a part of me was also a little sad.
A Minnesota hockey team is on its way to a historical NCAA Frozen Four.
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.
Peter Nelson and I had the pleasure of eating our way through Target Field’s new food tasting event. In keeping with the baseball theme, here’s a line up of our favorites …
Pop quiz, Twins Blog readers! How many games are there in a full Major League Baseball season?
The Minnesota Twins spent the past week warming up their fans with the 53rd Winter Caravan. Friday kicks off the annual TwinsFest at the Metrodome. During a stop in St. Paul, pitchers Glen Perkins and Brian Duensing told me the caravan is more than a chance to meet the fans.
Thousands of the big black birds are suddenly being spotted in the Twin Cities, perching on trees and blanketing the sky.