Dan Gladden’s HOF Speech Turned into the Roast of Randy Bush
Dan Gladden, former Minnesota Twins World Series winner and current radio broadcaster, was inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame on Sunday, along with the late, great Cesar Tovar. The ceremony took place before a scheduled afternoon game vs the Texas Rangers.
And the “Dazzle Man”, Dan Gladden, wasn’t going to miss out on an opportunity to educated thousands of Minnesota Twins fans that he was able to play day games after night games. He milked the podium for 24 long minutes, some much more awkward than others.
Roast of Randy Bush
Dan Gladden is a Twins legend and deserved today’s festivities. But his “Day Game After a Night Game Rant” will go down in Twins HOF history. And former teammate, Randy Bush, was Gladden’s fall guy.
There’s an inside joke amongst former teammates that Dan Gladden took a lot of day games off, when they immediately followed night games. And Danny boy was out on Sunday afternoon determined to rid his former clubhouse of such rumors.
When Dan Gladden didn’t play, it was Randy Bush who took his place in the Minnesota Twins outfield. Bush had a formidable MLB career, playing 12 seasons (1982-93) and stacking up over 3000 at bats. Danny claims that he and Randy are good buddies.
Bush was in attendance for today’s induction. You probably saw the camera pan over to him multiple times while Gladden was throwing his baseball reputation under his HOF induction bus. But Randy could not have known, when he got his special game passes walking into Target Field on Sunday morning, that his old buddy Dan had brought him there to witness his own downfall.
Parting shot for mom
But Gladden didn’t stop with Bush. He even took a parting shot at his own mother and her ability to “fart and walk at the same time”.
The pregame ceremony was organized by the Twins as a classic bait-and-switch. Where the schedule says first pitch is at 1:10 PM but, in reality, the pregame ceremonies are only getting underway by that time. Joe Ryan’s first pitch on Sunday afternoon was finally thrown at 2:01 PM.
It’s an evil pregame tool used by professional sports teams for years, to gain TV and in-person viewing numbers on their various pregame events. But Gladden deserved his moment in the sun. He’s served as a radio voice for much of the young fanbase, who may not know how great of a player he actually was.
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan