Good Times, Good Times!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Twins back-up catcher Mike Redmond is known for being tough, and for being a pretty good hitter of the slap single to right field variety. He's an old grizzled vet who spends most of his time on the bench, backing up the best offensive catcher in recent memory. He is most definitely not known for his speed on the bases.
That's what made his triple against the Texas Rangers so damn entertaining. That, and the reaction from the Twins bench (Ron Gardenhire chuckling, and Carlos Gomez doing the worst dance/jumping thing I've seen lately) and from the wonderful Twins commentating team of Dick Bremer and Bert Blyleven, which was a combination of surprise, pride, with a liberal dose of humor. As Bert notes in the clip, this is Redmond's first triple in about 6 years, and I believe one of three in his entire career.
It didn't lead to a score--in all ways it was inconsequential. But still--the single most entertaining triple you will see this year, bar none.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Dick Bremer and Creepy Massage Enthusiast Ron Coomer were wrapping up the Twins vs Kansas City, which featured a rare Joe Nathan blown save, and a rare Joe Nathan win.
By the way, how rare is Joe Nathan blowing a save against the Royals? Here's La Velle Neal of the Star Trib, dropping science: "Nathan entered the season with 30 saves and a career 0.81 ERA against the Royals and hadn't given up a run in five outings against them this season."
Anyway, Bremer and Coomer were wrapping up the game, and specifically, praising the bottom of the Twins hitting order, when Bremer was attacked! ATTACKED! By, according to Coomer, a "pterodactyl". Turns out, it was just a big ass grasshopper. Of all the days for Bert Blyleven to be on vacation--you know he would have eaten that fucking thing without a second thought.
Here's your Pterosaur, with shitty filming by me, and IDYFT contributor miwacar reacting incredulously to the Coomer's use of "pterodactyl". You want the audio, you'll probably have to crank your volume.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Sure, the talk this week has been all about another creepy, sick video, but the lads over at FSN have a response. The Twins media folks have been doing some promotion work at Wisconsin vacation getaway city, the Wisconsin Dells. It's been horrible timing for it, as the weather has been the coldest it has ever been in 100 years for July in the northern midwest.
But during tonight's Twins game (which the Twins won over the Rangers, 4-1, to get their win streak up to four games) there was one of the most disturbing cross promotions. This one is former MLB'er (career AVG: .274) Ron Coomer, being massaged by an employee of Rhapsody Resort and Spa. Your camera operator is Garwood B. Jones of IDYFT, and would wholly endorse his fancy iPhone has a video camera.
"Enjoy" the video--please note the volume isn't super loud, and you may have to turn up your speakers to really the truly creepy way Ron Coomer is talking (I term it the "near-release whisper"). The people reacting at the end are the awesome crew of Dick Bremer and Bert Blyleven, who should be in the Fucking Hall of Fame already.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
When it is 9-2 in the 6th, and your Minnesota Twins offense has not looked particularly strong all year (aside from that 12-5 abberation against the Sox), you might start to flip around on the old TV remote hoping to find something more compelling. But then you miss the absolute fun that is Dick Bremer and Bert Blyleven when they no longer have to talk about the game at hand. I offer up two verbal recaps (without the express written consent of MLB or the Twins):
1. Dick, I think in the 5th or 6th inning, mentioned that everyone was wearing #42 for a reason. It was because, of course, the annual celebration of Jackie Robinson. The lads then went into a little bit of well-intentioned specious reasoning--namely, talking about great African-American players who we would not have seen if Jackie Robinson hadn't broken the color barrier. Famous names were thrown out there--Reggie, Kirby, Ricky, etc. (Of course, almost all of those guys would have played in the Majors--if it wasn't Jackie, it would have been Larry Doby, or Satchel Paige, or someone else before 1950.) But their hearts were in the right place. And then they talked about the inclusion of African-Americans helped open the game to all nationalities--I'm Paraphrasing here:
Dick: "Cubans, Venezuelans, all these players from different people."
Bert: "A number of great players from many different countries."
Dick: "There's been some talk about retiring Roberto Clemente's number retired like Robinson's has been."
Bert: "And don't forget the Dutch!"
Dick: "That's just you and Jim Kaat."
Bert: "Jim Kaat was from Holland,
New York Michigan." (corrected via miwacar's recall)
2. Right about the same time, just before or just after, there was a dugout interview with last night's winner, Glen Perkins. Bert handled most of that interview, and they hit upon Bert's FAVORITE THING--which is pitching inside. I'm in total agreement with him on that, but pitching inside is, without doubt, one of Bert's favorite things (right up there with farting). After some discussion about Perkins' game the previous night, the discussion turned to Baker's rather poor outing tonight.
Bert and Dick both asked questions about how Perkins talks to his fellow pitchers, what he gets from them, what they give to him, etc. It was mildly humorous work from the Fox Sports director to get shots of Perkins talking about giving his fellow pitchers some space before he talks to them, intercut with shots of fellow pitcher Kevin Slowey practically interrogating Scotty Baker in the dugout.
But what really sold it, after a good 5 minutes of interview, in which these two shots were intercut throughout, was the final shot, with Perkins talking about how it is important to get the feedback from other pitchers, and how a pitch of your own might strike you as a good pitch until your fellow pitchers tell you that no, that isn't a good pitch. As Perkins is discussing how he would talk with Baker at some point, but wanted to give him space (the cuts showed us, yet again, Slowey in the midst of a heavy convo with Baker) the camera pulled back a bit, and the final joke was revealed--not three feet to Perkins' right was Baker, who must have heard everything Perkins had said. Hilarious!