ARLINGTON -- Bert Blyleven made his return to the Twins' broadcast booth on Wednesday after being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Blyleven made sure to show off his new Hall of Fame ring before the game, impressing Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who joked that the only Hall of Fame he's been inducted into is the Paris (Texas) Junior College one.
Blyleven also threw out the first pitch prior to the game, as he pitched with the Rangers from 1976-77 at the old Arlington Stadium.
"He's got a lot of stickers on that suitcase and a lot of places he played in," Gardenhire said. "I don't think he ever pitched in this ballpark, so he'll have another mound he can say he stepped on to. So this is still a magical moment for him, the Twins organization and every organization he pitched for."
Gardenhire added he was happy to have Blyleven back in the booth, rejoining longtime play-by-play announcer Dick Bremer after Roy Smalley filled in for Blyleven the last few games.
"We're excited to have him back," Gardenhire said. "He's a lot of fun up there in the booth. He does a really good job for us. And now we don't have to do anymore countdowns. We have a real Hall of Famer in our booth."