What You Need To Know Before Your First Twins Game of the Year

April 13, 2012 10:30 am

There are many new beers to choose from at Target field this season, but before you wash down those hot dogs and fried cheese balls, I want to address some important facts you might not hear about elsewhere. Beer and baseball go way back to the days of nickel tickets and outfield-wall-knotholes, but you know […]

There are many new beers to choose from at Target field this season, but before you wash down those hot dogs and fried cheese balls, I want to address some important facts you might not hear about elsewhere.

Beer and baseball go way back to the days of nickel tickets and outfield-wall-knotholes, but you know what goes back even further? Baseball and the Irish. Baseball evolved from the Irish game of rounders, a game that pioneered hitting leather balls with bats and running around bases to score. Modern baseball is played a bit differently, but it’s still got Ireland written all over it. You might not know this, but they originally called it a baseball emerald, not baseball diamond. And you know why they chose grass on the field instead of cheaper dirt, or clay, or asphalt? Because it’s green, or course. And you gotta admit, a home run ball follows a path that looks remarkably like a rainbow.

Baseball is basically as Irish as you can get. Don’t you feel just a teensy bit blasphemous not celebrating that heritage while watching a game? Remember, I’m just presenting the facts here.

Next fact. The only connection older that baseball than Ireland that I know of is baseball and feeding the hungry. Traditionally, after each game, the winning team’s catcher would serve the famished players and spectators a freshly cooked meal on home plate. The namesake has lived on, but the feeding, unfortunately, has not. Now, if only there were some way to bring back this forgotten part of the game…

I’m not making any conclusions right now. I’m leaving that part totally up to you. There’s no pressure here. I also thought you should know that FINNEGANS Irish Amber is available on tap in the 537 bar behind home plate. Oh, and interpret this as you will, but don’t forget to drink like you care.

Here’s to doing good

Matt Beachey


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