Posted at 9:22 PM on April 16, 2008
by David Zingler
Former Twins hurler Scott Erickson has been in town this week promoting a movie he helped fund and his wife, Lisa Guerrero, is starring in: A Plumm Summer. If you scroll down a little, you'll notice that I ran into Erickson at the Swarm game on Saturday.
Other than Johan Santana and Frank Viola, has there been a better Metrodome-era Twins pitcher than Erickson? He won 20 games in 1991, started the legendary Game 6 of the World Series and finished second to Roger Clemens in the Cy Young voting that year.
On April 27, 1994 Erickson pitched a no-hitter against the Brewers. I was actually at that game. Erickson had a rough start to that ill-fated season and I remember some early line drive, at 'em ball outs by the Brew Crew. An early exit seemed likely, but the handsome hurler settled down and etched his name into history.
1991 turned out to be Erickson's peak; he never again won more than 16 games in a season. The Twins traded him during their 1995 fire-sale and he pitched for the Orioles, Mets, Rangers, Dodgers and Yankees before calling it quits at age 38 in 2006.
Erickson finished his career with a 142-136 record and 4.59 ERA. I'll always remember how exciting his 12-game winning streak was early in the '91 season. He was as responsible as anyone for igniting our last World Championship team.
I caught Erickson on with Gordo and Dan Gladden last night. I remember his interview leaving me with a sense of, 'Well what the heck is the movie about?'
The film is based on an actual event that occurred in the hometown of screenwriter T. J. Lynch, Billings, Montana. At the time there was a very popular locally produced children's TV show on the air called "Happy Herb & Froggy Doo." Happy Herb was a magician and Froggy Doo was his wisecracking string puppet sidekick. Billings was turned upside down one day in 1968 when Froggy Doo was kidnapped and held for ransom.
It has been a privilege, and great fun, getting to work on projects for, "A PLUMM SUMMER". It was a treat for my husband, Harry, a huge baseball fan, to learn that Scott Erickson is Executive Producer. As a "Big" (Big Brothers, Big Sisters) I'm looking forward to taking my "Little", Hope, to the opening in Bozeman on Friday, April 25th. Wishing huge success to Scott Erickson, and everyone at Fairplay Pictures, especially, Caroline Zelder. A good family movie which is truly enjoyable for all is hard to come by. Thanks for bringing this wonderful story to the screen.
Sooooo......."Who stole Froggy Doo?" We all get to find out on Friday! Eileen K., Owner, PARTY ON! Party & Wedding Center, Bozeman, MT
I think you forgot Brad Radke - definitely had a more impressive career than Erickson, despite the fact that the Twins were pretty bad for much of Radke's career.