The Minnesota Twins (specifically slugger Jim Thome) are on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. Pretty cool if you're a Twins fan, like me - even if there is that dreaded S.I. cover jinx (let's not think about that).
As the Twins sit poised to clinch the American League Central Division title on this final full day of summer, here are just a couple joys of baseball and how they relate to music.
What other sport lets the crowd sing in unison during the game? Gotta' love the 7th inning stretch. Just about everyone seems to enjoy doing this, whether they can carry a tune or not.
By the way, did you know you can mingle with the Twins organist at Target Field? You can, and she's a gem.
And just one more - earlier today, Julie Amacher shared the story about how violinist Gil Shaham (just here over the weekend with the SPCO) once broke his violin bow as a kid using it as a baseball bat. He told his parents he sat on it. Hmmm...knowing how well Shaham uses that bow with the violin, I bet the kid went 4-4 at the plate that day.
The Twins DID IT Tuesday night thanks to a come-from-behind 6-4 win over Cleveland, while the White Sox lost to Oakland late, 7-2. It's the Twins' 6th division title in 9 years. Most definitely music to my ears. Way to go, Twins!
Not to give props to the White Sox, but this article about their soon-to-retire organist in the New York Times was really pretty neat.