Twins Talk, June 10 10 Jun 16

Twins Talk

Stories and Photos by Gordy Jones

Twins Wife Is a Star!

Alisha Perkins, wife of Twins reliever Glen, has a new book out called “Running Home.” It tells how Alisha tried to find her own identity while struggling with anxiety problems, but then found relief through running. Many literary experts have had good things to say about her work, and I’ll throw my two cents in after I read it in soon.

Alisha is an energetic and talented woman who has done TV, radio, and a blog – and it appears that she is a natural at all of them. She is the organizer of Fifteen’s 5K, which is a popular run named after her husband’s uniform number. It began four years ago, and has raised a lot of money for cystic fibrosis; this year will benefit PrairieCare Child and Family Fund, an organization that deals with mental-health and behavioral issues. The race takes place July 31 and finishes at Target Field, where runners receive finishing medals awarded by nearly all of the Twins players, refreshments, and this year entertainment, plus a ticket to that day’s Twins game.

Alisha has several book signings scheduled throughout the Twin Cities over the next several months. You can find out where atalishaperkins.com. It’d be worth it just to meet this cool lady!

Shine a Light on Eduardo

I always try to find a bright spot in this dismal Twins season, and one pleasant surprise we have enjoyed is the recent success of Eduardo Nunez. At the time of this writing, he has nine home runs (one of them inside-the-park), 24 RBI’s, and has brought some much-needed fun and excitement to an otherwise-somber ball club. You can tell he is having a blast as he runs the bases, and it never fails that he’ll lose his helmet somewhere on the paths. Let’s hope he can infect the rest of the team so we can have a little fun in the rest of this long season.

More Good Stuff!

Here’s another bright spot! The Twins haven’t made many folks smile with their play on the field, but they haven’t forgotten how to put smiles on the faces of those in the community. All year long they do some pretty amazing things for others, and many things are done anonymously.  But this past week was their annual Twins Hope Week, when many charitable acts came together at once.  During Hope Week, Twins fishing experts Kyle Gibson and Glen Perkins hosted a celebrity fishing tournament on Lake Minnetonka, which benefited the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Later in the week, Glen taught kids how to fish at Lake Harriet, and Kyle delivered Meals on Wheels. Brian Dozier taught kids archery at Lake Calhoun, while Joe Mauer and some of his teammates delivered superhero capes to patients at Gillette Children’s Hospital. On Friday the entire team hosted a day of games right on Target Field for homeless children from various local shelters. Even the wives got into the act as they stuffed bags with toys for food shelves, where they are given to parents living in poverty, allowing them to give their kids birthday presents. And finally, Trevor Plouffe played catch on the field with kids from U.S. military families. I hope they can carry such positivity onto the field!

Minnesota Mauers

After I wrote last week’s story about NBA referee Ken Mauer, and I mentioned that his dad, uncle, and cousins had been in the Twins organization, Ken’s cousin Tim Mauer made me aware that there has always been a Mauer in the organization since the Senators moved here in ’61 and became the Twins. John Mauer Sr. was hired immediately as a clinician and also did some scouting. Later, his son John Jr. joined the Twins clinic team, and he was followed by Ken Mauer Sr.. While Ken was running the clinics, the Twins signed Joe, Jake, and Bill. Joe is still a key part of the team, while Jake manages their Single-A team, the Cedar Rapids Kernels.