Off of the Air-Waves, But On the Golf Course
John Gordon, who loves being on the links as well as the ball park, does a little dance after sinking a putt.
I talked to my friend John Gordon the other day. The former voice of the Twins is happily retired in Fort Myers, spending time with his wife, Nancy, something he dearly missed doing when he worked with the Twins. “Everyone’s fine,” he replied when I asked. “Nancy’s fine, I’m fine, but the Twins aren’t doing so well (chuckling). Nancy and I golf a lot. We went nine holes this morning, and we’ll do another nine tomorrow.”
I told John that I missed seeing him at spring training this year. “I’m retired!” he blurted out. I thought living a few miles from the park, he would’ve hung around a little, but I think he had to cut the cord. He probably liked his job so well, it would have been hard to just hang around. John went on to say: “I go to see the Miracle now and then, and I talk to (manager) Jakie Mauer. Jim Rantz was here, and I had the chance to visit with him. Now the Gulf Coast League starts, I’ll go see them, too.”
In my mind, just as the sound of Herb Carneal’s voice represented the Twins, Gordo’s voice is synonymous with Twins baseball and summer in Minnesota. I love the radio descriptions of baseball, and after listening to John for 25 years, I really miss his “Touch ‘em all!” call. I never thought I’d say that, but now I look back to all of those great games, including playoffs and World Series, and he was making the calls. John even did a little on-air eulogy when my dad passed away. His replacement, Cory Provus, does a fine job, and in 25 years when he retires, I will probably say the same types of things about him.
Brian Dozier has settled in quite nicely at third base….hunting for the ball.
John said he has been in Minnesota twice for events since retiring, but he wasn’t here long. Our conversation was drawing near the end when suddenly he said with excitement, “Oh! I’ll see you in September! Tom Kelly asked me to MC the event at Target Field when they retire his number. I told him I’d do it.” We talked a few more moments, and then he said in a positive tone, like when a Twin would get a hit, “September! See you then!” See ya, Gordo, and touch ‘em all.
A Hunting We Will Go!
A few weeks back, I wrote about Twins shortstop Brian Dozier. If you recall, I told you Brian is from Mississippi, he’s a country type-of-guy, and lives and breathes hunting and fishing. I was talking to him again last week, and asked if he’s had a chance to make plans to try Minnesota hunting or fishing. He said no, explained how busy he’s been, even on days off. Then he did a double-take and asked, “There’s a lot of hunting in Minnesota? What kind?” I told him: “Duck, pheasant, deer…” At that he interrupted, smiled and said, “Deer? Whitetail?” I told him I knew many hunters, and that in fall (thinking that even if he is sent down, he’d be back in fall when roster expands), I’d set him up. The first person I thought of was Joe Mauer’s dad, Jake. He lives for hunting. Every day in fall, whether it is bow season, muzzle-loading, or other seasons I don’t even know about, Jake is out there nearly seven days a week, from October to January.
Brian Dozier, who loves hunting, has been hunting for a higher batting average. He has the ability to hit the long ball, and the Twins are showing patience. They are allowing the young man to get used to major league pitching.
Later that day, I told Joe about Dozier’s love for the hunt, and immediately he said, “We’ve got to get him together with my dad!”
I will work on this. To be continued.