By Michael Rand
Words to live by, fresh from the mouth of Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. If it seems as though the mascot story has been on top of RandBall forever, there’s a reason: We just came from the Twins’ media luncheon, which was both delicious and informative. We’ll let dedicated ball guy Joe Christensen fill you in on most of the nuts and bolts on Startribune.com and in tomorrow’s paper, but here are a few highlights:
*Dave St. Peter said he’s excited to have Dick Bremer and “a censored Bert Blyleven” back on the broadcast team. … No further elaboration is required, but that drew a pretty big laugh.
*Look forward to Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer and Michael Cuddyer bobbleheads in 2007.
*Twins President Jerry Bell said despite headaches over the land for the new ballpark, “It will get done.” … He also said it will have a distinctive look, adding, “Nothing will say, ‘That’s like the Metrodome,’ if we’ve done our job.”
*Several Twins players are shooting commercials today for an upcoming TV ad campaign.
*Boof Bonser and Joe Nathan were the player representatives. Much of the roster is in town for TwinsFest, which starts tonight.
*Of Sidney Ponson, Terry Ryan said, “There’s urgency in his career. … We’re going to see if we can get lucky here.” Several candidates are in the mix for the final spot in the rotation, including Ponson and the youngsters.
*Gardenhire went last, and was his typical funny self, baiting a certain columnist at the Star Tribune with a phrase RandBall is not at liberty to repeat.
*Gardenhire guaranteed a World Series title, and also boasted that he could eat his own weight in jelly beans. OK, we made both of those things up.