Strangers at the Twins game: A blind
date outing in their own tweets
One man's date, another woman's "complete stranger."
On Tuesday night, WCCO producer Tracy Perlman had a pair of tickets to the Twins game. She was planning to go with a pal, but the friend hurt her neck and ended up having to bail. (Hurt her neck? C'mon! Just say you don't want to go if you don't want to.)
Perlman proffered the spare ticket to other friends, but none of them took the bait. So what to do with that ticket? Instead of pulling a Funkhouser and going to the game alone, Perlman ended up making what she calls "one of the strangest decisions of my life" -- offering it up to a complete stranger.
If that's as strange as it's gotten for her, then she clearly doesn't have an OKCupid profile.
In any event, per the suggestion of the Star Tribune's Michael Rand, Perlman offered the ticket to the first replier on Twitter. That ended up being a young man named Jimmy Berg -- "I'm only moderately creepy and I could go," he replied -- and Perlman and her
date new acquaintance met at the game and made an evening of it.
The whole experience -- commemorated on Twitter with the hashtag #WTMJ (When Tracy Met Jimmy) -- ended up being a big hit. By the end of the night, #WTMJ was trending in Minneapolis, thanks in part to the fact that Tracy and Jimmy tweeted every time one of them sneezed. Anyway, via their own tweets, here's a look back at the sensation that was Strangers at the Twins Game:
Jimmy, hearing rumors of a kiss-cam appearance with Tracy, gets the evening off to an awkward start:
Once kiss cam happens, I'm proposing.Bought a ring on the way here like a boss. #wtmj-- Jimmy Berg (@jimebonesmn) July 18, 2012
Tracy lets Jimmy taste a little bit of rejection before they've even met:
@Partray :( :( :( :( :(-- Jimmy Berg (@jimebonesmn) July 18, 2012
Once at the game, Jimmy, perpetuating negative male stereotypes, apparently just can't get past the idea he's on a date:
Pretty sure I'm getting to third base before Mauer is tonight.#wtmj-- Jimmy Berg (@jimebonesmn) July 18, 2012
Tracy tweets a photo of the happy couple... of strangers:
Apparently neither of them had much conversational material:
Top of the first is over. And the awkwardness begins... #WTMJ-- Tracy Perlman (@Partray) July 18, 2012
Meanwhile, Jimmy is still obsessed with sex:
What's the protocol on nudity on the fan cam?Anyone?#wtmj-- Jimmy Berg (@jimebonesmn) July 18, 2012
My goal for the night is to give out more clap than this crowd.#wtmj-- Jimmy Berg (@jimebonesmn) July 18, 2012
Both of them were apparently content to let the world pass them by from the comfort of their smartphones:
What have we misses? Been too busy tweeting to watch the game. #WTMJ-- Tracy Perlman (@Partray) July 18, 2012
It's the middle innings, but Jimmy is still hoping there's a long night ahead:
The scoring is just getting started tonight... Amirite? ;) #wtmj-- Jimmy Berg (@jimebonesmn) July 18, 2012
But then, unexpectedly, things start looking a little more promising for Jimmy:
Kiss cam just happened.Not even joking.#wtmj-- Jimmy Berg (@jimebonesmn) July 18, 2012
Albeit perhaps not as promising as he hoped:
As the night winds down, Tracy and Jimmy are photographed awkwardly holding TC the Bear's paws:
In response to a friend's quip that she'd have to feed Tracy a mimosa to get the full scoop about the night, Tracy volunteers a response to the burning question -- In hindsight, was it a date?
Finally, in a WCCO blog post recounting her #WTMJ experience, Tracy writes:
Will I ever see Jimmy again? Likely not. But that's OK, it wasn't the point of the night. Now we both have a crazy story to tell and made a lot of people smile as they watched it unfold. Maybe it'll inspire others to try something different too.
But Jimmy, unfortunately, might have had different notions about the "point of the night." Seriously, dude, just get on OKCupid. You can meet plenty of random female strangers to accompany you to Twins games, and if you play your cards right, you might actually walk away with more than a kiss on the cheek.
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