Thu Sep 23 11:40am EDT
After the disaster that was Prince's Minnesota Vikings fight song, the minstrels of the Twin Cities had some making up to do with the angry sports music gods.
Enter Minnesota native Craig Finn. In honor of the upcoming Twins playoff run, the lead singer of The Hold Steady (and a noted fan) has just dropped a team-themed song that gives you one more reason to love the talented storyteller even more. (Not that you or I needed any, of course.)
As Linda Pitmon, the drummer for The Baseball Project, notes, the song features Finn's specialty of "name-checking no less than eight Minnesota cities, two neighborhoods, two streets, nine Twins players and two (managers) in just over four minutes."
"From Mankato up to Brainerd, from Burnsville to Bemidji,
Now we're playing outdoor baseball and that's the way it should be,
Raise a toast to Kirby Puckett, raise another to Tom Kelly
They're the Minnesota Twins, so let's not call them Twinkies.
We got Justin, we got Joe, that's enough reason to party
We don't buy our titles, but we still won two World Series.
So grab yourself a 3/2 beer and raise your glass to Gardy.
These are the Minnesota Twins ... so please don't call them Twinkies."
Now, it's going to be a tall order for any of the forthcoming playoff anthems to top the catchiness of this song, but one of the things I like best about the postseason is posting all the victory songs that get written this time of year. So if a certain song is making waves in your city, feel free to point it out to me via Twitter or email.
(Thanks to @bigleaguechoo for pointing this one out to me.)