September 20, 2013
• Nick Punto had his most Nick Punto moment ever, sliding head-first into first base on a single to the outfield. Randball's Stu may have to update his oral history of Punto's head-first slides.
• Baseball America's article naming Byron Buxton as their minor league player of the year is essentially porn for Twins fans.
• "Breaking Bad" fans will enjoy this Yelp page.
• As an embarrassed, longtime BlackBerry user I can safely say most of these reasons are bullshit.
• My blog-mate Craig Calcaterra showed why I almost never call into radio shows when invited.
• There's a ton of dead weight on the Twins' roster, so who will they get rid of this offseason?
• Thanks to everyone who attended the "Grand Drunk Railroad" event Saturday. It was a major success, as more than 100 people joined the light rail pub crawl in the afternoon and the group continued to have fun at night despite the Twins-Rays game being delayed by rain, thanks in no small part to Glen Perkins buying us a round of beers from the bullpen. It went so well that we'll definitely do something similar again and we're already brainstorming other get-together ideas.
• We recorded this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode at various stops along the pub crawl, so it features multiple special guests and everyone getting progressively drunker/weirder as the show goes on. I already posted a bunch of videos and photos from the event on the episode page, but here are a couple more pictures of the podcasting in progress:
We're recording a new "Gleeman and The Geek" show this weekend at New Bohemia's inaugural beer fest, where a taster pass gets all-you-can-drink beer from 10 different breweries.
• More people will probably click on this link than watched the Astros on CSN Houston.
• Chiara Atik of How About We explains why I'll never stop tweeting at Jon Taffer.
• One of my rules is that whenever Lizzy Caplan appears on a talk show I'll link to it.
• During my weekly half-hour chat with Paul Allen he grilled me about a first date, I complained about getting a ticket driving to the studio, and we brainstormed questions for Terry Ryan.
• Todd Helton is one of the most productive home hitters in baseball history, but Coors Field is all over the list.
• After six years as Minneapolis Star Tribune editor Nancy Barnes left for the Houston Chronicle.
• Conan O'Brien playing "Grand Theft Auto" made me also want to play the game without a clue.
• I have no idea how to handle this emotionally.
• One second on the internet is plenty of time for anything.
• In real life Jonathan Banks is very different than the Mike Ehrmantraut character he played on "Breaking Bad." But he's no less fun to watch.
• After watching last week's "Breaking Bad" episode I wondered on Twitter what happens if no one ever tells Huell he can leave that room now and it turns out someone did the research:
I watched that for ... well, longer than I'm comfortable admitting.
• This conversation started at 1:30 a.m.
• Uh oh. It turns out NBC has had a hidden camera in my office this entire time.
• One of my favorite stand-up comedians, Gary Gulman, is performing all this weekend at the comedy club in the Mall of America.
• Netflix recommendation: "Starlet" is a well-done, small-scale story that avoids the usual movie cliches and features two really strong lead performances by unknown actresses.
• Alison Agosti is always one of my favorite podcast guests and she was great on "Hey, Teens!" with Eric Gosselin and Jon Wiener.
• "Parks and Recreation" writer (and former AG.com commenter) Harris Wittels had a funny, interesting chat with Marc Maron.
• Two of my favorite podcasts joined forces when Graham Clark from "Stop Podcasting Yourself" was on a live show with Jesse Thorn and Jordan Morris from "Jordan, Jesse, Go!"
• Some of this week's weird and random search engine queries that brought people here:
- "Byron Buxton's mom"
- "Grand Drunk Railroad"
- "How did Meatsauce from KFAN lose weight?"
- "Nick Punto head-first slide"
- "Ben Grieve net worth"
- "Jim Souhan is the worst"
- "Gillian Jacobs introvert"
- "Connie and Aaron play me"
- "Tevin Campbell radio interviews in 1999"
• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Humpty Dance" by Digital Underground:
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