Minnesota Twins pitcher Glen Perkins throws during a baseball spring training workout in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Glen Perkins: A Fantastic Minnesotan

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Minnesota Twins pitcher Glen Perkins throws during a baseball spring training workout in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)


Ladies and Gentlemen: Thank you for joining me. We are gathered here for the announcement of Glen Perkins’ retirement. To begin the ceremonies, I’d like to introduce the 3x all-star’s better half, Alisha Perkins.

You have to wonder if she’s more appreciative of her husband breaking the 500 career strikeout mark or the two daughters they have together. I think my sports-addicted self knows which one, but I don’t want to say the wrong thing. Respect.

Anywho, as for the sports aspect, it was a hell of a ride for the MN native. Perkins, who went to Stillwater High School, refers to his senior year with the Ponies as “the best time” he has ever had playing baseball.

I’m sure Perkins enjoyed his college life as well, which also took place in Minnesota. During his tenure at the U of M, while representing his home-state Gophers, the MN boy accumulated a 19-5 record (13 complete games) with a 2.87 ERA. On top of that, the lefty still provides support for his alma mater.

In Kobe-like fashion, Glen Perkins played for one, and only one, franchise throughout his professional athletic career. In the 2004 draft, the Twins took the Maroon and Gold product in the first round (22nd overall)  Same shit, different day”. “Different shit, same location”. Despite being riddled by injuries the last couple of seasons, his 624.1 innings over 409 lifetime appearances for the Pohlad-owned organization came at a discount.

After the excellent job Mrs. Perkins’ did framing her husbands’ career, there’s not much of a need for me to expand on that realm. She already touched on most of the major accomplishments. For example; the 3 All-Star game appearances. In the 2014 Mid-Summer Classic, he memorably closed out an American League victory in front of a hometown Target Field crowd.

Glen is already a Minnesota legend. Unsurprisingly, Minnesotan’s have called for Perkins to immediately be offered a front office position. If he’s not interested in that realm, maybe he’d be a great radio or TV personality. As you can see from his Tweet above, the 34 year-old would have plenty of hobbies to discuss on different local platforms.

If he wanted to go rogue and start some sort of show of his own, that would be amazing. In the rare chance that’s the route he takes, it’s unfortunate that a perfect name for the program is already taken.

Johnny Minnesota @TheJohnnyMN
Minnesota Sports Fan MinnesotaSportsFan.com

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