Ole Pappy

You on the band wagon?

Just about everyone is a Minnesota Twins fans these days. I’ve never seen so many Twins caps being worn, Twins Shirts declaring the message of the winning team or the amount of conversation about the team.

All it’s taken is a winning team that has clobbered more home runs than any other team in history. And there’s still a month left in the season. You know what they call this phenomena? It’s called, “Jumping on the band wagon.” I don’t recall so many people interested in The Twins when they were losing.

I’m going to tell you about one very special fan — whom I’m proud to say is my wife. She’s enjoyed the Twins for years, but just within the last year or so, I’d say she’s become a “dyed-in-the-wood” fan — not just a Twins fan, but a baseball fan.

I’ve heard her say to others, “I don’t like when they lose.”

But the most amazing is the way she’s begun paying so much attention to Major League Baseball in general. “Are you watching the Brewers game on TV,” she calls and asks. If I am not, she’ll continue to describe what’s happening, practically play-by-play.

She’s started following what happens in other games. “Did you see the Cleveland Indians lost?” she’ll say.

“We’re not five and a half games ahead of them,” she’ll add. Sometimes when we’re watching the game together, she cheer and yell as the Twins score a run. But her best trick is “calling the shots.” She’ll say, “C. J. Cron is going to hit a home run.”

And when she calls it, she’s almost always right. But the most amazing is the way she call me up from Wisconsin when I’m watching in Minneota and say, “Cruz just hit a home run.” If I happen to be at another event, she’ll keep me in touch with the game. At night we’ll hook up on the cellphone and keep it on the entire game so we can talk to each other about what’s going on. It’s like we’re sitting there watching it together.

Recently, when the Twins had a day off she said, “I don’t like it when there’s no game on.” Now, that’s a real die-hard Twins fan.

LAUGH A LITTLE: Sad ending Three guys that all worked building high rise buildings sat down to lunch one day.

The first one opens his lunch and says, “Tunafish, tunafish, I hate tunafish. If I get tuna fish one more time I’m jumping.” The other two guys open their lunches and say the same thing. The next day the first guy opens his lunch and says, “Ah, ham and cheese.” The next two open their lunches and say, “Tunafish, tunafish, I hate tunafish. If I get tunafish one more time I’m going to jump.” The third day the first two guys open their lunches and both got their favorite sandwiches. The third guy opens his lunch and says, “Tunafish, tunafish, I hate tunafish. All right, that’s it. I’m jumping.” So he goes to the edge and jumps off. The other two look on not believing what just happened. After a while the first guy says, “Gee, that’s sad. He actually jumped.”

The second guy says, “Yeah, the worst part is that he packed his own lunch.”

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: As my Ole Pappy used to say, “Surrender to what is; let go of what was and have faith in what will be.”

Thanks Ole Pappy!

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