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Apparently new Twins manager Rocco Baldelli is SUPER into Phish

A groovy avi from the newest leader of your Minnesota Twins.

A groovy avi from the newest leader of your Minnesota Twins. Twitter: @roccodbaldelli

On Thursday, the Minnesota Twins made Rocco Baldelli their new manager. Here's the perfunctory baseball scouting report on Paul Molitor's replacement:

Baldelli, 37, spent eight years in the bigs, mostly with the Tampa Bay Rays, smacking 60 home runs while batting .278; the native Rhode Islander retired in 2010 and promptly joined the Rays coaching staff, where he's been generating managerial buzz for years. Veteran baseball writer/talker Peter Gammons thinks the Twins scored one helluva skipper

Profoundly more interesting, however, is Baldelli's apparent mega-fandom for Phish, those cultishly followed jam-band gods from Vermont. Major League Baseball's youngest manager is a Phan

The proof is in the tweets, all 51 of 'em. That's how many times Baldelli has posted as a member of the Phamily, the term for those who worship at the smoked-out altar of Trey Anastasio & Co.

A sampling: 

Will there be on-field implications? Of course not. Except for the possible soft influence on players' walk-up song selections. Just look at this praise of former Twin Wilson Ramos: 

Very chill, very chill. 

Among Baldelli's other cultural passions, if we're to believe his tweets: 

  • Twin Peaks (see the Dale Cooper quote in his Twitter bio)
  • Dave Chappelle (Baldelli attended a 2016 gig at Minneapolis' State Theatre, it seems)
  • Prince, thus endearing himself to Minnesotans "right off the bat" -- and, with that, we're full-circle back to baseball! 

Phor phurther Phish reading, please enjoy this 2016 City Pages report headlined, "Stoned reporter seeks the truth during Phish at Xcel: A timeline."