Thursday, July 12, 2012

"Harmon Killebrew: The Ultimate Slugger" Interviews, Author Steve Aschburner

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                                                                     Local Twins Cities A.M. radio interview
                                                                      with author on Davis & Emmer Show.
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Great depth, nice insights.

The net has been bulking up with Steve Aschburner interviews. He is the author of the new book, adding fresh color to our portrait of Harmon Killebrew.

It is - hard to believe - the first whack at an in-depth portrait of the most prolific homerun hitter of the 1960's since 1971. Wayne J. Anderson wrote Harmon Killebrew: Baseball's Superstar," for which I gave a thumbs-down in my Twins books post from a while back. That book definitely had redeeming features, but Anderson's plodding method ultimately bogged the book down with some trivial detail. Too much vanilla!

I like the comprehensive nature of these interviews, with the two local clips featuring Steve Aschburner (Twitter link), who writes regularly for Aschburner also created a fantastic overview of Twins history with his 2008 book "The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Minnesota Twins History." The ten year-old schoolboy in me gushed over that book's richness, the enjoyable "You are there" narrative in the aforementioned review. I can't help but think I'll similarly react to the new take on The Killer!

The Following is a radio interview Aschburner gave for Doug Miles, a southwest Florida writer and broadcast personality:

 The post concludes with the Killebrew segment of the 
"Boys In The Hallshow from Fox Sports, which aired in May, 2012.

As that great orator of the microphone ended his Twins broadcasts, I say:
"So long, everybody!" (Herb Carneal)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Weird And The Wonderful: Brian Dozier's Amazing Single

Gif from The Score provides a fine perspective!

[ UPDATED 4:40 P.M., 7/1/12]
Yes, I understand this scene (full video) from the Twins June 30 ballgame has already played out in other parts of the blogosphere...

...but for purposes of this site, it really deserves a small space at Classic Twins. We don't really do much up-to-the-minute stuff at this blog, ever. Yet, if we can include posts about weird fielding plays (see Brant Alyea's role in The Most Bizarre Fielding Play in Twins history), our guy Brian can get his niche.

Unlike the video-bereft Alyea post, this scene was captured by MLB Media. Otherwise, words, in no way, would provide justice. In the fifth inning of the first game of a split doubleheader at Target Field, Brian Dozier went to bat against Jonathan Sanchez, one out, two runners on base, with a 1-0 count when a fastball rode in on his hands, jammed him, producing a 45 foot squibber up the first base line into foul territory. A normal ball will roll foul, which it was for the first five feet of life. Then, it spun violently back into fair territory for an infield single. You see for yourself...

A memorable play to be recalled years from now, likely. Ryan Doumit alertly scored from second base, as the video shows. In his last 20 games (scroll to blue area, game logs) Dozier had batted .194 (14 for 72, with -EGAD-3 extra base hits, 4 RBI!). Thus, a screwball hit = manna from heaven.

Dozier remarked:
''It was spinning really, really hard, so I was just like, 'Well, why not, I'm dying for a hit, let's just take off and see what happens,''' Dozier said with a laugh. ''(Justin Morneau) of course was the first one, he said, 'Hey why don't you just try that every time, you might get a hit out of it.''
I would have loved the comment our great Hall of Fame announcer might have given ("Well, John, that was a basehit only Minnesota Fats could love!").

"So long, everybody!" (Herb Carneal)
- TT