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  1. The Laughs of the 90s Are Alive With Provus.

    I've liked Cory Provus from day one. The man calls a good ballgame. He doesn't oversell the drama. He sounds like baseball ought to.

    Since I've permanently ditched cable for the radio, I've been spending a lot more time listening to Mr. Provus. My opinion hasn't changed.

    However, I've begun to notice something.

    He's funny.

    He's really funny.

    He isn't flashy about it. He's not about loud voices, zingers, or crazy stories. I can't quote ...
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  2. A Snowy Vision of the 2013 Twins.

    While I was moping behind my snowblower, I noticed an unusual formation of snow. I turned off the machine and stepped closer to it.

    The identify of those piles of snow became clear. You've seen them before, too. They're the smiling, handshaking baseball players whose image lights up when Twins players hit home runs. The players looked at me as if they were waiting for me to speak.

    "Who will these 2013 Twins be?" I asked. "Who can I cheer for? Who can I believe ...
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  3. The Snowed In Opening We've All Imagined.

    Weather reports tell me something wicked this way comes. I've got two gallons of gas for the snowblower and just enough left in my own tank to dig out from this one.

    Downtown, Target Field better be ready. Come April, we're all coming over to watch the game.

    With the weather waiting to pummel us yet again, how many of us are imagining a Wintery Wasteland Opening Day nightmare? Ever since they announced the stadium, the truly pessimistic of have smirked small, bitter smirks ...
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  4. Playing on the Radio.

    I think Twins magic begins with a car radio, a commute of erratic, skidding traffic, and staring at the sun while waiting for red lights.

    Returning to baseball life is a greater gift to the fans living in places where the offseason is covered in snow and loneliness.

    When the bat cracks and the crowd cheers, we know the small city filled with red- and blue-clad fans will be born around Target Field. There will be beer, hugs, and shouting.

    At that moment, the ...
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  5. Betting on the Wrong Horse.

    Thought about the title of this blog. How would I feel if someone sends it back to me after a victorious Twins season? Then, I decided I'd feel pretty damn good about a winning season and probably wouldn't care someone reminded me I started out bitter.

    Twins fans across the Internet are writing like the team was dying and they're planning the services in its hospital room. Opening Day will be the funeral service, and Spring Training the visitation.

    Too morbid?
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  6. Sacrificing Shirseys.

    I drive by Target Field nearly every day. In the off-season, it looks like a brand new piece of playground equipment. The next time I go past it, it'll look broken-in.

    Target Field's not Yankee stadium, but it deserves history. And what's history without a few ghosts?

    Revere was a player with a future. Moving him is smart. Giving up winter dreams about his potential will still hurt.

    I was as ready as I could be to lose Span. Losing Revere came as a surprise. ...
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  7. A Spring Training Report From A Civil War Era Soldier.

    12 March, 2012.

    Ft. Myers, Florida.


    I trust this Letter finds you Well and in Good Health and Spirit. Tell Mother I miss her Hot Dish Casserole every Day.

    I fear this Baseball Season will be what We feared it would be when this Spring Training Campaign began. It is now mid-March, as you can see, and we are still faced with the same Questions of last Year's horrid and shameful Defeat.

    The Artillery was splendid yesterday, on 11 March 2012, ...
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  8. Still Preheating.

    September 1st, 2007.

    Driving home from a night class at St. Mary's, I turned on the Twins game. Gordo was hinting at something big happening for the guy on the mound. I listened to the game and drove home in a daze. I parked my car and did my best to walk to my back door without running or skipping. Once inside, I turned on the baseball game and called my wife into the living room.

    "I can't say what's going on, but look at the numbers on the scoreboard when Scott Baker ...
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  9. Clubhouse Pin Drops.

    Yesterday, a comment on 1500ESPN by "Everyday" Eddie Guardado took Patrick Reusse and Jim Souhan into a brief rant against the quiet, introverted Twins clubhouse. My first instinct was to write it off as being just another "back in my day we were tougher and manlier" speech.

    Then, I started thinking about the relationship between clubhouse dynamics and communication, like I blogged about earlier this week. It seemed to me Olson's concept of cohesiveness applies to ...
  10. Butera? Solved!

    The Butera problem goes like this - Drew Butera is both horrible at hitting baseballs and beloved by Twins fans. If only there was a way to keep him around Target Field without letting him get to the plate . . .

    Guess what? There is.

    Drew Butera should be the Twins mascot.

    There are lots of reason why Butera could step into TC Bear's shoes without much difficulty.

    -- He's kind of a wee little guy, and it seems like that helps with fitting into ...
  11. Donruss Commons

    We used to bike to the Denver, Iowa, Kwik Trip (before it became Kwik Star) to buy baseball cards. I'd prop my dirt bike up on its kick stand, ignore it when it fell over anyway, and scramble into the store to buy packs of Topps and Donruss baseball cards.

    I didn't really know baseball at the time, so every card boasting a name I'd heard of was pure gold to me. I thought I had a pretty sweet collection going until my friends told me all I had were a bunch of commons. I couldn't even ...
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