Our favorite "Twinerisms"

                                         Images courtesy of Tambako the Jaguar and  Keith Allison 

Whoever said that "familiarity breeds contempt" probably watched some baseball - or at least caught a few innings of R.A. Dickey in relief.  That's a negative way to begin this article, I suppose, because really, one of my favorite aspects of the baseball season is the comfortability that accompanies bringing, say, Denard Span into your home every night.  There's a certain consistency and congeniality that comes with the 162-grind; a trust, knowing they'll be there most days or nights.

And with said comfortabiluty, that "familiarity," there's a 6th sense that we get used to with our boys as they pass the 100-game point of the season - knowing their stances, their windups, their respective kinks, idiosyncrasies, and mannerisms.  Or, as I like to refer to them - "Twinerisms."  Here are a few of my favorites that have surely been noted by you as well, gentle reader. 

And for those that I've no doubt missed: please feel free to share them (both the celebrated and untoward) in the Comment section of the page.  



Denard Span

Mouthing the expectant pitch - "Fastball, fastball, fastball . . .".  When watching the televised side of the pitcher unavailable to him, it's fun to guess if he's right.


Joe Mauer
Whenever he smacks a good one, there's that split millisecond of head-risen, wide-eyed, almost kid-like pride and expectation on his face.  It's probably the most he'll ever emote publicly.





Delmon Young
This one filed more under the afore-noted "untoward," but damn - most times a ball comes his way in left, there's that half-second "freak out," like toeing the lake water to see just how cold it really is.

Justin Morneau
Probably my personal favorite as most slow-mo replays of his swing catch it: eyes in a state of near-freakish rage, cheeks puffed like Louie Armstrong.  The whole face mirrors and exhibits the exertion of his powerful frame.


Matt Guerrier
Kind of a subtle one: but from the stretch, the way he masks his pitch grip has a near-skeletal quality; for reasons unexplained, it kind of reminds me of that guy "Benny" in Total Recall, who ultimately reveals his freakish claw.

Carlos Gomez
Does sniffing the bat really do anything?



Jason Kubel
He offers a brief blink/wink (a sign to his wife?) of the left eye prior to each pitch.








Joe Nathan

Would his equine-like, facial-breathing be best characterized as a whinny, a neigh, or a snort?





Alexi Casilla

Is sucking a mannerism?