GameChat – Tigers @ Twins #3, 7:10

Despite a rumor to the contrary, it appears Pavano still has his mustache and yes, I sadly did spend the better part of the afternoon stalking my twitter account waiting for verification on the yay or nay. Sad.

Kubel is still dealing with swelling and soreness so he didn’t swing a bat today but, according to Phil Mackey, Thome was feeling better and will be available to pinch hit. That being said, we’ll still be doing piece-meal lineups for a couple days.

Detroit @ Minnesota
Jackson, A, CF   Span, CF
Rhymes, 2B   Casilla, A, 2B
Damon, DH   Mauer, C
Cabrera, M, 1B   Cuddyer, 1B
Boesch, RF   Young, D, LF
Peralta, J, 3B   Valencia, 3B
Kelly, LF   Morales, J, DH
Avila, C   Repko, RF
Santiago, SS   Hardy, SS
Verlander, P   Baker, S, P


  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E
Detroit 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 1 0 1 0 1 10 19 2
Minnesota 0 2 0 1 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 9 15 2


It’s bad enough losing a game like this one, but it’s hard to escape the feeling that burning through the pitchers doesn’t put Friday’s game at risk, also. There were SO many opportunities to win this game. 15 hits is great… but you know it would be nice to get ONE extra base hit instead of all singles. The guys certainly put out the effort tonight (which is more than we can say for 2B umpire Cowboy Joe West, who flat out sucked).

We have to hope nothing is seriously wrong with Scott Baker’s elbow, but when your starting pitcher has to leave after 2 innings, it’s a bad omen. Jeff Manship performed admirably in his 4 innings pitched. I wish I could say the same for a few other members of the bullpen.

I don’t think there’s any doubt that a call has been made to Rochester for a couple of pitchers to help out this weekend against the Rangers. Let’s hope for the best! – JC

Talkin’ Baseball 2010 Follow-up

Ok, talk about unexpected popularity – that post I did about the new Twins Talkin’ Baseball commercial continues to get hits every day.  I guess I’m not the only one who really likes it. 

But in the time since then, I have kept up the search to get more information on versions and recordings.  Much to my surprise and pleasure, I got an official answer from the team that the 2010 version is not a complete recording.  They haven’t redone the whole song – just the one piece so that is why it’s a bit harder to locate.  Here are the exact lyrics for the new piece:

(Talkin’ Baseball) The Fans They All Agree (Outdoor Baseball) Target Field’s The Place To Be Mauer And Morneau Are Comin’ Thru Cuddy, Span And Liriano Too Just Like Tony, “The Killer” And Carew.

I think something very similar happened in 2007 because for all that I was told there was a version out there, I can’t find any solid record of it at all.  Given my success in finding the other information I wanted, I’m not too upset about that but it might be that I’m not entirely done rooting through the internet. 

I found one other thing when I was looking around that isn’t really related to the new versions of the song at all but to the “original” remake that birthed the Twins version.  During all the contraction discussion, Terry Cashman gave an interview in which he was asked about how it would affect his songs:

Q: You’ve recorded versions of “Talkin’ Baseball” for both Minnesota and Montreal. If MLB  contracts, are you going to “contract” the compilation CDs those songs are on?

Cashman: Oh, no. I’m going to keep the ones that are there. If the poor Twins disappear, that song would be valuable.

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about his answer but at least it didn’t happen, the song AND THE TEAM are still valuable and all I can say is it’s a good song.

Talkin’ Twins Baseball

by Terry Cashman

© Copyright 1981, 1983, 1988, 1992, 1996 PKM Music

c/o Publishers’ Licensing Corporation



When the Senators stopped playin’ ball

The Twin Cities got the call

Minnesota joined the American League

With Mele at the reins

The Twins made instant gains

In ’65 they had the flag and an MVP


I’m talkin’ baseball…

Allison and Perry

Twins Baseball…

Kitty Kaat and Jerry

Don Mincher and Mudcat comin’ through

Jimmy Hall and Davey Boswell too

Just like Tony….the Killer and Carew


Rod was rookie of the year

There was a Chance, no hitter here

Under Rig and Billy the Kid they won the West

But though Harmon kept on cloutin’

Tony’s knees were givin’ out

And he was never the same but he always came and gave his best


I’m talkin’ baseball…

Roseboro & Ulander

Twins baseball…

Tovar, Reese & Campbell

Perranoski and Darwin in the crew

Lyman Bostock, and Bert Blyleven too

Just like Tony….the Killer and Carew


Talkin’ baseball in Minnesota

Bernie Allen, Red Worthington

Kralick had a no hit game

Danny Thompson what a shame

Hisle, Landreaux, Goltz what can we say?

We love to watch ‘em play


Well ‘96 is another year and if the Twins can get their game in gear

T.K. will answer to the call

New names join the old

Another team unfolds

They’re right at home in the Metrodome so let’s play ball


I’m talkin’ baseball…

Aguilera is a starter

Twins baseball…

Kirby Puckett’s not the part

Cordova, Meares & Knoblauch comin’ through

There’s Molitor and David Hollins too

 Just like Tony…the Killer & Carew

There was Tony…the Killer & Carew

There was Tony…the Killer & Carew

(Kirby, Kirby, Kirby)

 Talkin’ baseball, the Killer & Carew

(Kirby, Kirby, Kirby)

 Talkin’ baseball, baseball…the Minnesota Twins…

 (Kirby, Kirby, Kirby)

They had Tony… the Killer & Carew…

One of our readers, ShawntheRoad, shared a YouTube video put together that you might enjoy!