What’s in The Cooler today? Glad you asked. Here we go:
Maybe some of you already knew this but I just saw a pretty cool fact about former Twins pitcher and current Twins broadcaster Bert Blyleven via that tremendous Super 70s Sports Twitter feed:
Today in 1992, Bert Blyleven joins Herb Pennock as the only major league pitchers to win games both as a teenager and after turning 40 years old. pic.twitter.com/VlORwQXi6g
— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) May 30, 2018
It’s hard to imagine that feat being duplicated anytime soon. While plenty of pitchers are competing into their 40s these days, it is extremely rare for any player — especially a pitcher — to make his MLB debut before turning 20.
*Reader Anders checks in and demands — or more like politely asks via Twitter — that Wednesday night’s literal wild goose chase in the Tigers/Angels game “has to make” the cut for today’s Cooler. Anders, I wholeheartedly agree. In case you didn’t see it, a Canada goose got on the field during the game and interrupted play while several folks tried (unsuccessfully) to nab it. The goose then flew up toward the stands and crashed into a scoreboard.
THE GOOSE IS LOOSE ��
— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) May 31, 2018
The Tigers reported that the “rally goose” — they put together an offensive rally to win the game after the incident — was fine and was released outside the ballpark.
*One of the best saves I’ve seen in a long time — and one that changed the complexion of the NHL Finals — came late in Washington’s 3-2 victory over Vegas on Wednesday. Braden Holtby absolutely robbed former Wild prospect Alex Tuch, and I’m still not sure how he did it.
*The NBA Finals start tonight, and very few people are giving the Cavaliers much of a chance against the heavily favored Warriors. But ESPN’s Zach Lowe at least takes an interesting look at how the Cavs might try to slow down Golden State and make this a series.
*OK, shameless Star Tribune promotion: We’re doing a very cool high school awards event this year on June 26 at Target Field to honor the best plays, athletes, teams, coaches and more from this past season. Spread the word!