GameChat – Royals @ Twins #2, 7:10

I wish I could think positively about our starting pitching tonight – and I’m trying really hard! – but I keep dreading that horrible ‘stache.  Even if Pav kicks a bit of tail, you KNOW that is going to be a major portion of the discussion.  Does that officially count as a team distraction?  Does Carl Pavano/’stache = Kris Benson/Anna Benson as far as non-baseball controversy goes?

I don’t know.. I just don’t like it.

Kansas City @ Minnesota
Podsednik, LF   Span, CF
Kendall, C   Tolbert, 2B
DeJesus, D, DH   Mauer, C
Butler, 1B   Morneau, 1B
Guillen, J, RF   Cuddyer, RF
Callaspo, 3B   Kubel, DH
Aviles, M, 2B   Young, D, LF
Maier, CF   Valencia, 3B
Betancourt, Y, SS   Punto, SS
  Davies, P     Pavano, P


  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 1
Minnesota 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 x 6 10 0


Yay!!  Pavano DID kick serious tail!!  (and yes, the convo was still about the darn ‘stache) And while there was lots of great hitting and fielding (Delmon, Punto, y’all should treat yourself to caribou or something), the very stellar performance of the mustachioed one has earned him today’s BOD.

Talkin’ Baseball – Terry Cashman Twins redux 2010

There are innumberable Twins fans out there who were/are just not as impressed with the GB Leighton Twins Territory theme as perhpas they would hope to be.  In fact, there are a good number who mute/channel-flip/leave-the-room/puncture-their-eardrums every time the piece comes on during games.  There was even some hope during the roadtrip that the song had been dropped since it wasn’t played during either the Seattle series or in Oakland.  I hated to be the voice of pessimism when I pointed out that perhaps the “Twins Territory” theme was better reserved for home games and they were using something else for roadtrips.  Sure enough, GB’s theme made an appearance during the game last night.

However, several of us in the Knuckleballs game chat noticed that we were also treated to something a little different.  Ok, a LOT different and vaguely familiar.  Turns out the Twins have a NEW musical commercial segment.  Due to it’s odd listenability and catchiness, we set out to see what the song was and where it came from.  Was it new?  Were the bringing back something old?  Does it mean they are getting rid of the GB bit?  I was assigned to be “investigative reporter” and find the answers to these monumental life questions.

Here’s the breakdown:  the Twins have a new commercial.  It a remake of the 2007 remake of the 1981 “original” Twins version of Talkin’ Baseball by Terry Cashman.  You can find the Lyrics of the two original versions by doing a simple internet search – which I found straight off.  Who knew that if I had just bothered to go to the Twins website, I would have gotten the CURRENT version straight off.  Check out the link and judge for yourself.

MN Twins Talkin’ Baseball Commercial

So, no, GB isn’t gone – at least not yet – this is a legitimate new commercial.  And I like it!  But maybe it will fill a little more broadcast time and we’ll have a little less of the musical angst.

But I believe this ends my very brief career as an investigative reporter.