My Funny Encounter With Bert Blyleven

I'm not sure if I ever told this story here, and I don't know why I never have....

I was at TwinsFest last year, and I was sitting down at a table drinking a beer and eating a hot dog at a table full of old dudes. Really nice, really cool old dudes, who were telling me about players who were gone before I was even born: Earl Battey, Vic Power, Bob Allison blah, blah, blah. And I was having a great time listening to them.

In the middle of the conversation, one of the old men sees Bert Blyleven walking by. He was on his way to sign autographs. He hailed Bert, and Bert came by and was talking with us for a few moments. I said to Bert, "Bert, I know you have to go, but I just wanted to say "Fuck the Hall of Fame." Bert laughs and says to me "Don't say that to loudly! They're here!" Then he whispered "But you're right. Fuck them."

And he then went to sign autographs.