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Podcast Season 1 – Episode 6 – Part 1

The Duck Duck Gray Duck podcast from the Twin Cities

Grandma's cremated remains were found by JJ when he went to a garage sale recently.

Grandma’s cremated remains were found by JJ when he went to a garage sale recently.

In episode 6, JJ discusses his horrific garage sale find. They also cover Minnesota sports.


Twins baseball player wears something special for Mom

With his mom being legally blind, Minnesota Twins player @JRGraham013 wears stirrups so she can tell him apart on the field.

Twins Ervin Santana to miss the first 80 games

ervin santana suspended

It’s gonna be a long season Twins fans. The StarTribune is reporting that Ervin Santana, who signed a four-year, $54 million contract with the Twins during the offseason, tested positive for Stanozolol. Stanozolol is a steroid favorited by cheating athletes and is banned by the MLB. The consequence? Suspended for 80 games. 

Twins fans reading this now just had their hearts broken. This usually doesn’t happen until the postseason. 

Seems like Minnesota always picks the winners don’t they? In unrelated news to the PED thing, Major League Jewelers Inc. is saying Santana owes them more than $40k for unpaid bling and is suing him for it. This guy is shaping up to be a real team leader huh?

Maybe Santana wasn’t that great of a signing after all? 

Joe Maddon has opted out of his Tampa Bay Rays contract


The Minnesota Twins need to make this happen NOW.


The Twins retirement gift to Mariano Rivera

Last night, the Minnesota Twins gave retiring Yankee pitcher Mariano Rivera a rocking chair made with bats he has broken over his career.

mariano rivera rocking chair

Cool gesture, but I still hate the Yankees.

Pictures from Joe Mauer’s wedding

group photo

Joe Mauer got married over the weekend to his girlfriend Maddie. Congratulations Joe.

Here’s a link to Dustin Morse’s Instagram. Also in attendace at Joe and Maddie’s wedding were current teammates Brian Duensing and Glen Perkins, and former teammates Jesse Crain and Orlando Hudson.

Thanks for sending David K.

Cool Minnesota Twins gifts here.


Gale from ‘Hunger Games’ is basically Joe Mauer
Joe Mauer’s wedding gift registry

Joe Mauer’s wedding gift registry

Maddie Bisanz

Source: Larry Brown Sports is 99% sure this is Maddie in the picture above.

Joe Mauer got engaged over the weekend, and rumor has it that he tore several ligaments when he got down on one knee to propose. The Twins catcher, proposed to fellow Cretin-Derham Hall graduate Maddie Bisanz who is a nurse, so I’m sure he’s in good hands.

So what do you get a baseball player with a $184 million contract? Here are some things that might be on his gift registry.

  • A pair of gold-plated crutches
  • Bilateral leg weakness cream
  • Clairol sideburn hair color
  • A diamond encrusted Medical ID Alert Bracelet
  • Drew Butera (to walk down the isle on the big day if Mauer isn’t 100% after the rehearsal dinner)
  • Steroid infused wedding cake 
  • Abbott & Costello’s Who’s on First DVD  
  • A wedding band designed to look like a World Series Ring
  • The classic game “Operation” by Hasbro
  • A “get well soon card”
  • A travel sized x-ray machine

All kidding aside, Minnesotans are happy for you Joe. Hope you can make it past first base on your wedding night.

Shop Twins and Mauer gear here.

What else do you think is on his registry?

Bill Smith gets his walking papers

Bill Smith

Photo source: Bruce Kluckhohn

Terry Ryan is returning to the role of Twins GM, the team announced today. Ryan, who has an interim tag on his title this time, replaces Bill Smith. Said owner Jim Pohlad in a statement:

Here is a timeline of terrible moves made by Mr. Smith. Welcome back Terry Ryan. These trades reposted from smithysports.

November 28th – Twins trade starting pitcher Matt Garza , starting shortstop Jason Bartlett and some no name minor league pitcher who has yet to make it to the Big Leagues for Outfielder Delmon Young and in-fielder Brendan Harris.

January 29th – Trade starting pitcher and Cy Young award winning to the Mets for Center Fielder Carlos Gomez and a bunch of no name prospects that are closer to making the Big leagues than Paris Hilton is to practicing abstinence. This is one of the worst trades ever, especially when you consider the Twins could have traded Johan to the Red Sox for Jacoby Ellsburry and some prospects. Bill Smith should be getting more flak for this move than Kahn has for any of his moves
February 12th – Signed Livan Hernandez to a one year deal. This was the first of many moves by Smith making us a team that gets knocked out of the first round.
December 11th – agreed to terms with Nick Punto on a two-year club option.

July 31st – Get Orlando Cabrera for less than half season to make the playoffs and then quickly get ousted in the first round again. We then let him go.
August 28th – traded pitcher Phil Humber for Jon Rauch.
November 6th – traded CF Carlos Gomez to Brewers for SS JJ Hardy, who due to injuries in his first season with the Twins, understandably, played poorly. So what do we do? Get rid and let him go to Orioles where he now has 23 Home runs and batting average of .270. Really Bill Smith?

July 29th – We trade catcher Wilson Ramos for closer Matt Capps.
December 17th – Signed Japanese baseball player Tsuyoshi Nishioka to a three-year contract worth 10 million dollars. But when you consider the Twins paid Nishioka 5 million dollars just to negotiate with they are ending up paying this guy 15 million dollars.

August 15th – Twins trade Delmon Young to the Tigers for two no name, no good minor league pitchers.

Audio of new Twins broadcaster Cory Provus

Scott Paulus, avclub.com photo

Scott Paulus, avclub.com photo

The Minnesota Twins announced their new play-by-play guy will be Cory Provus. Actual game calling sample can be found here. How does everyone feel about this move? I think he’ll make it sound interesting when Trevor Plouffe boots a ball and then airmails it over the first basemen next spring.

Twins position players who have pitched

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) (Tony Gutierrez)

Michael Cuddyer moved from right field to the mound to pitch the eighth for the Twins last night. Cuddyer gave up a double to Napoli, a bloop single to Mitch Moreland, and walked Kinsler with one out to load the bases. He did get out of the inning after retiring Elvis Andrus on a fly ball and David Murphy on a pop-up for a scoreless inning.

The last Twins position player to pitch was outfielder John Moses against California on July 31, 1990. Moses actually pitched twice in 1990, each time in a loss.

Twins position players who pitched: Julio Becquer (10 Sept 1961), César Tovar, Dan Gladden (27 June 1988 and 7 May 1989, both Fred Toliver losses), John Moses, and now Cuddyer.
(via The WGOM)