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Glen Perkins will buy you beer during a rain delay

Sep 16, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

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I wasn’t going to write about this, but since Phil Ervin of just “reported” on it … why not?

The rain delay at Target Field on Saturday night lasted exactly two hours and four minutes. Plenty of time for the Twins’ closer to express his gratitude toward a group of fans for riding it out.

At some point during a respite that drove many fans away from an already-thin contingent–Minnesota trailed the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 after 3 ½ innings when the tarps first came out–Glen Perkins bought a round of drinks for some folks on a pub crawl.

I went on/co-organized an all-day light rail pub crawl Saturday in which 100 of us ended up at the Twins-Rays game at Target Field, except it rained for basically the entire night. I assessed the situation and chose not to go into the ballpark right away, staying a couple blocks away to continue bar-hopping, but about half of the pub crawl crew was already in Target Field and killed time at Kent Hrbek’s bar.

At some point during the delay Twins reliever Glen Perkins, who in addition to being one of the league’s best closers is also a native Minnesotan and very active on Twitter, sent his credit card over to Hrbek’s and bought a round of beers for everyone in the group. I finally made my way into Target Field a couple hours later and a bunch of us were going to thank him by yelling stuff at Perkins while he warmed up in the bullpen, but then everyone got creeped out by the whole “distracting someone while they’re technically working” vibe.

So, yeah: Thanks for beers, Glen.

  1. larjones64 - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Perk is a good dude. He and his wife Alisha do a lot of community work in the Twin Cities. I’m not surprised that he would buy some loyal locals a round.

  2. jlovenotjlo - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    This is a baseball blog, don’t ever hold back from talking about the little personal baseball things like this. I loved hearing about it, whether or not some other outlet reported on it. Cool story.

  3. dluxxx - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    This is kind of weird, and sorry to post this on your deal Aaron, but what happened to the “Craft Beer Night” post that was up earlier today? Why did that get pulled down?

  4. billyboots - Sep 16, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    I really used to enjoy the Twins bullpen when you get two meals from two quality restaurants, Perkins and Denys (Reyes).

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