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Twins fans can’t stop cheering for Chris Bosio

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Because they think he’s Ron Gardenhire, but I’m (pretty sure?) he’s not.

Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers
THIS IS NOT GARDY.
Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images

The Tigers were in town this week to take on the Twins for the first time this season, and one of the big story lines was obviously the return of Ron Gardenhire. After managing the Twins for 13 years, Gardy now manages the Tigers. Though many Twins fans resented Gardy near the end of his tenure in Minnesota, fans now seemed eager to welcome back an old friend. Gardy got a hardy applause when announced before the game, and fans were eager to cheer for him during the game.

In fact, a little too eager, as Twins fans started giving Tigers pitching coach Chris Bosio a standing ovation when he went to visit pitchers on the mound.

Okay, so Bosio does look creepily a lot like Ron Gardenhire — especially the old, fatter version of Gardy Twins fans are used to. The real Ron Gardenhire is much more slim these days, thanks to a healthier lifestyle he picked up after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

I mean, try drinking three beers and telling me this is not Ron Gardenhire:

Detroit Tigers v Seattle Mariners Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

Seriously. I was just looking through AP pictures of Ron Gardenhire, and even they mislabeled this picture of Chris Bosio walking out to the mound:

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
Background: May 22, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire (15) walks out to the mound during the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jordan Johnson
Jordan Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

I’m sure you can understand why Twins fans were confused, especially since most of them were sitting far away. I mean, I’m sitting right here in front of my computer and I’m still pretty confused.

But, it was still embarrassing, so the good people at Target Field decided to go something about it.

There. Problem solved.

P.S. - Gardenhire wears glasses. Chris Bosio does not.

P.S.S. - Do you think Nick Punto has a secret twin out there too?!