April 14, 2010

Random Picture Day

Since the Twins had yesterday off and I'm still basking in the Target Field experience, allow me to cover a truly important topic: J.J. Hardy is a dead ringer for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia star and co-creator Rob McElhenney.

I first discussed this fact with Sooze Solheim at the TwinsCentric get-together Saturday, when she brought up Hardy's dreamy blue eyes and I countered with how much he looks like "Mac." (Note: It might have been the other way around, as there were beers involved.) And then, oddly enough, during Monday's adventure at the new ballpark I had basically the exact same conversation with a fellow writer who shall remain nameless. And now, you decide:

I've yet to decide who Hardy's double-play partner Orlando Hudson looks like, but two months ago I did bookmark this picture of him with the intention of posting it here at some point:

Also, I like to post this picture of Bert Blyleven every few months, as sort of a public service:

And that concludes random picture day here at AG.com, although you can always take another look at my amazing white turtleneck/mullet combo.

19 Comments »

  1. Hudson looks like Otis Nixon. Not sure how well it would come through in photos, because it’s very much a body language thing.

    Comment by Tim — April 14, 2010 @ 1:41 am

  2. But did you ever notice how our LAST, real shortstop, Jason Bartlett was an almost dead ringer for Winnie Cooper, Kevin’s paramour from “Wonder Years”?…scoff if you will, but look at his pic next to Danica McKeller and, minus the facial hair ( on her!)…you tell me!?

    Comment by Neal Polister — April 14, 2010 @ 7:09 am

  3. In that specific picture, Hudson looks like Wanda, the character Jamie Foxx played on ‘In Living Color’.

    Comment by Michael — April 14, 2010 @ 7:29 am

  4. Hudson looks like E.T. How this was overlooked I have no clue.

    Comment by VT — April 14, 2010 @ 7:33 am

  5. Hardy has made an appearance on “The Young and the Restless,” I think he should make an appearance on Always Sunny as Mac’s long lost identical twin (no pun intended). That could make for one hell of a good episode.

    Comment by Adam — April 14, 2010 @ 8:29 am

  6. I was watching the Twilight movies last week (I have a legitimate reason, I swear), and I was trying to figure out why one of the Cullens looked oddly familiar. Then I saw some Twins highlights and it came to me:

    http://www.newmoonmovie.org/images/Kellan-Lutz_l.jpg
    http://mentoringworks.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/joe-mauer.jpg

    Comment by Jason w — April 14, 2010 @ 8:36 am

  7. I would just like to point out that I have documentation that I said this a while ago: http://twitter.com/achester99/status/11806943397

    Comment by Alex — April 14, 2010 @ 8:49 am

  8. I wish Hudson would keep his mouth closed. His comments on free agent black players are way off base. Jermaine Dye does not have a job because he would not take a pay cut. Plain and simple. If Jim Thome insisted on his salary from last year, he wouldn’t have a job either.

    Comment by Aaron — April 14, 2010 @ 8:49 am

  9. Alex, I think every Twins fan who is an IASIP fan has noticed this. I noticed it when I saw J.J. during Caravan season.

    Comment by bjhess — April 14, 2010 @ 9:26 am

  10. Hudson looks like Flavor Flav.

    Comment by Joel — April 14, 2010 @ 9:54 am

  11. Hudson is starting to look like a scatter-brain on and off the field.

    Comment by bozolaq — April 14, 2010 @ 10:06 am

  12. Funny, I see the Hardy thing, too, but I’ve always thought Mac looked like a thinner Sean Casey:
    http://img1.tvloop.com/img/showpics/20/42/l3589ff9e0000_1_12107.jpg
    http://digitalderek.typepad.com/sawxblog/photos/2008/offseason/february/sean_casey_red_sox.jpg

    Comment by TimBo — April 14, 2010 @ 11:01 am

  13. I agree about Hudson being a scatter-brain.
    Anyone who jabbers as much as he does probably doesn’t have time to think.

    Comment by millie — April 14, 2010 @ 11:26 am

  14. I was always awed by the separated-at-birthness of Lew Ford and Joel Hodgson:

    http://z.lee28.tripod.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/ford3.jpg

    http://www.mst3kinfo.com/history/images/joeltuxs.jpg

    Comment by Greg — April 14, 2010 @ 11:38 am

  15. The picture of Blyleven reminds me of the days when you didn’t have to be in shape to play ball. I think back then they focused on keeping two muscle groups strong: their ball throwing muscles and their table/fork raising muscles (See Rick Ruschel for evidence: http://pages.prodigy.net/themod/cubspitcher.jpg)

    Comment by Larry — April 14, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

  16. As it turns out, the Hardy/Mac connection precedes both of us: http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Separated-at-birth-J-J-Hardy-and-Mac-from-Al?urn=mlb,221493

    Comment by Alex — April 14, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

  17. (AG actually linked to that in his column, but I didn’t bother to click the links. Sorry.)

    Comment by Alex — April 14, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

  18. I’ve always thought Carl Pavano looked like Dominic Purcell (from Prison Break)
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0700712/

    and that Johan Santana looks a bit like Gary Sinise
    http://johansantanamets.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/alg_santana-1.jpg
    http://www.imdb.com/media/rm157588224/nm0000641

    and that Armando Benitez looks like Christopher Judge from Stargate: SG1
    http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/PHO/AAES022~Armando-Benitez-Studio-Portrait-Posters.jpg
    https://www.wolfevents.com/store/images/ChrisJ%282%29.jpg

    Comment by Paul — April 14, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

  19. That picture of Bert in his “I heart to fart” T-shirt never gets old. Thank you for posting it again.

    Comment by sploorp — April 18, 2010 @ 1:04 am

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