By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
July 2, 2012
T.J. Oakes is a guy I ran into last year on the trail. I think I bullshitted with him while he was charting pitches the day after he pitched. I do know that his old man is a hell of a guy who set up that dude on his team juggling bats for my video camera. That was from the same road trip where the field was so muddy that second base was trashed and they used the backup home plate at second. Anyhow, I got a soft spot in my baseball gut for Minnesota, and my book about the Milwaukee Braves (score! yet another shameless self-plug!) comes out this week. Hey TJ, good luck man, go spin some for your old man and the Golden Gophers. Next time I see you I want to see how much smoother you are and if you’re getting the more that I thought was in there when first took this video.
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