Bringing Baseball to Mexico: Fundraiser and Equipment Donation

On a 2010 trip to Isla Mujeres near Cancun, Mexico, Jeff Cogbill saw a group of kids playing what he eventually realized was a version of baseball. Only instead of bats and balls and gloves, they had sticks and rocks bare hands. The sight upset the lifelong baseball lover and coach, especially as he thought … [ Read more]

Beyond Everywhere: Jordan, Minnesota, is a townball destination

I had once visited the town of Jordan, Minnesota, but I didn’t really see it. On one of those December days when the sun goes down a couple of hours after it comes up, my high school basketball team stared out into the endless winter’s night for the ten steps between the bus to the … [ Read more]

Craft That Cares: Freshwater Society

12welve Eyes, the Saint Paul Saints, and Freshwater are teaming up for a common ingredient: clean water Details: –5pm to 8pm at 12welve Eyes Brewing in Lowertown –Celebrity BEERtenders from 6-7pm –Impromptu Q&A’s thru the night with brewers and CHS reps regarding the importance of water quality in brewing and water management at CHS field … [ Read more]

Maybe this is heaven: Nine innings in Miesville

The village of Miesville, Minnesota, wears Father’s Day like a ballplayer wears a broken-in glove. It’s fit, it’s snug, it’s natural. There are few matches more perfect for each other than a ballplayer and his mitt. There are even fewer matches more perfect for each other than a day like this in a place like … [ Read more]

Sam Adams to honor David Ortiz with a “Big Hapi” beer

Samuel Adams is raising a glass to Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, also known as “Big Papi,” with a limited release beer. The Boston-based brewery is specifically issuing 541 bottles of “Big Hapi,” an 8% ABV mango-infused double-IPA, this Friday to pay homage to each home run Ortiz slammed out of the park during his 19-year career. For … [ Read more]

When the games don’t matter: The joys of bad baseball

The smell fills my nose from blocks away before my eyes can even see it. Despite the exhaust from downtown’s late afternoon traffic and the aromas of a dozen different cuisines from nearby restaurants, the smell of the ballpark—the salted peanut shells, hot dogs and grilled onions, and the stale scent of beer soaked into … [ Read more]

Play ball: Returning to the roots of America’s pastime

Across the northlands each summer people flock to ballparks big and small to revel in the American tradition and pastime of the game we call baseball. They set up their folding chairs along grassy third-base lines, settle into cushioned seats under flashy jumbotrons, or relax on rickety bleachers behind home plate. This tradition dates as … [ Read more]

American League batting champ award named after Hall of Famer Rod Carew

The name of Hall of Fame first and second baseman Rod Carew is already etched into baseball history, but Major League Baseball furthered his legacy by naming the winner of the American League batting title as the Rod Carew AL Batting Champion. Though it came as a surprise for Carew, a look at his career statistics shows how deserving he is of … [ Read more]

Kevin Youkilis to open California brewpub

Former MLB first baseman Kevin Youkilis is teaming up with his brother Scott to open Loma Brewing Company in Los Gatos, California. The two-time World Series champion and three-time All-Star says he will primarily work on the brewpub’s brand and events while his brother, who owns three other restaurants in the San Francisco area, will … [ Read more]

PHOTOS: Sights from St. Paul Saints opening day

The St. Paul Saints claimed their first victory of the 2016 season Thursday night in front of an 8,300-person crowd. Though many fans were more interested in tracking down the newest food offerings, grabbing a glass of craft beer at the Beer Dabbler Craft Beer Corner, or catching a glimpse of Saints Team Psychologist, Bill … [ Read more]

Minnesota Twins announce 2016 Midwest Music Showcase lineup

The lineup for the Minnesota Twins’ Midwest Music Showcase is better than ever this year, reports the Star Tribune. Offering performances by Minnesota musicians at Wednesday home games, the series will kick off April 27 with rapper/rocker/wordsmith/part-time preacher Astronautalis. Subsequent weeks will feature (in order) Al Church, Holidae, Sean Anonymous, Bad Bad Hats, the 4onthefloor, Har … [ Read more]

Where to play hooky for the Twins home opener

The start of baseball season marks the beginning of spring (and the impending arrival of summer), all of which deserve a serious party. Lucky for us, Target Field and numerous bars and restaurants near the field are throwing just such celebrations, and you’re invited. So go ahead: play hooky, and go enjoy a day at … [ Read more]

Bauhaus Brew Labs debuts tallboys at Target Field and First Ave

Baseball season is officially upon us, and Bauhaus Brew Labs is marking the occasion accordingly. Last year, Bauhaus joined the craft beer ranks at Target Field alongside the some of Minnesota’s finest craft breweries. This year they are upping the ante and unveiling 16-ounce tallboys of Wonderstuff Neü Bohemian Pilsner and Sky-Five! Midwest Cöast IPA at Target Field. … [ Read more]

MN Twins unveil new Target Field food lineup

The Minnesota Twins just unveiled the newest food offerings for the year, including such goodies as chocolate mousse cups, prime rib sliders, and walleye tacos. New to Hrbek’s this year is the Cluck & Moo Bloody Mary, a bloody Mary featuring a slider and dry-rubbed chicken wing as garnishes (along with a slew of other salty goodness). Best way … [ Read more]

Dollar dogs and baseball-themed beers ring in opening day at Eastlake

It may be too cold to feel your hands outside, but it’s opening day for Major League Baseball, and Eastlake Craft Brewery is celebrating by airing all the day’s ball games (even some basketball sneaks in there), dollar dogs courtesy of Taco Cat, and trivia. Welcome the start of baseball season with a Dank Aaron or Kirby Pucker. … [ Read more]