Laudner, who works as an analyst for Fox Sports Net, had to leave early in order to work a doubleheader at neighboring Target Field, but he got the discussion started by greeting the crowd. Laudner poked fun at the statistical-minded audience, but at heart he was one of them.
“I don’t know anything about OPS or ESP,” said Laudner. “But what I do know is that as soon as I walked into the room, we did share a common denominator. ... I think it’s fairly obvious that the common denominator is truly a love and a passion for the greatest game on this earth.”
Laudner, a member of the Twins’ World Series team in 1987, was joined by a few other players of modest renown. Former infielder Frank Quilici shared the stage, as did Bob “Rocky” Johnson and Bill Davis, a member of the University of Minnesota team that won the College World Series in 1964.
That group was the opening act for Roland Hemond, a three-time Major League Executive of the Year, who would speak to the audience in the same room just a few hours later. And they kept the audience laughing with wide-ranging tales of their experiences as big-league players.
Posted: July 01, 2012 at 05:56 AM | 1 comment(s)
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