Wed Jun 29 12:41pm EDT
With the scored tied in the bottom of the fifth, Bremer decided Hughes was about to do something special as the Aussie first baseman stepped into the batter's box with one runner on base.
Bremer: "Hughes hasn't homered since the end of April. I got a call here."
Bert Blyleven: "I like it."
Bremer: "I got a call."
Who knows where he got it from, but Bremer certainly did have a call. Three pitches later, Hughes lifted a Ted Lilly(notes) pitch into the left-field stands at Target Field for a two-run homer that would be the difference in a 6-4 victory that snapped a six-game losing streak.
Blyleven: "Ha ha ha. Good call! Gimme five!"
Bremer: "And the Twins are back in front!
Blyleven: Now that's a call! Luke Hughes with his second home run of the year because he heard what you were saying ... While you're hot, give me about five good numbers, ok?"
So does Bremer have a future as baseball's Miss Cleo?
Or is he a guy like your brother-in-law or White Sox radio announcer Ed Farmer, who frequently predicts homers and then never mentions all the times they were wrong?
I'm not familiar enough with Bremer's work to make a definitive statement.
Still, there's always something fun to actually hearing someone hopefully predict a baseball outcome and then seeing it come to pass. Take a curtain call, Dick Bremer.
A Big BLS H/N goes to a loyal Stewie named Andy Reagan for the tip.