In this edition of The Cooler, we have a story about beer and a story about precocious Twins prospects who can’t yet have a beer. Let’s get to it:
*It was a memorable night in Cedar Rapids for two of the Twins’ most promising young hitting prospects.
On his 19th birthday, last year’s No. 1 overall pick Royce Lewis hit his first professional grand slam. Lewis blasted a 2-0 pitch over the left field fence, turning a 3-2 Cedar Rapids lead into a 7-2 advantage. Here’s a look at the home run on a pretty smooth swing:
Not to be outdone, 20-year-old teammate Alex Kirilloff hit a grand slam of his own later in the game, part of a 14-3 Kernels rout of Beloit. Kirilloff, a left-handed hitter, hit his slam to the opposite field off a left-handed pitcher — both impressive feats.
Lewis is hitting .294 with four home runs, while Kirilloff is tearing up the league with a .330 average and 11 home runs. Our own Joe Christensen profiled both players recently during a trip to Cedar Rapids.
*Padres fan Gabby DiMarco was enjoying a beer and the game at Petco Park against Atlanta on Tuesday when her moment of fame arrived.
A ball fouled back flew into the seats near DiMarco and bounced directly into her full beer. What is a person supposed to do in that moment? Exactly what DiMarco did: Smile, enjoy the moment … and then chug the beer with the ball still inside it.
She’s the hero America wanted and needed. You can check out the video here.
*I still look at this tweet once a month or so with amazement. I think you should, too.