If Joe Mauer and Jim Thome wanted to, they could probably set themselves up as co-benevolent dictators of The Kingdom of the Lakes and no one would bat an eye. It’d be all “what sort of cured meats would you like brought to you today, your highnesses?” Then Thome would be all like “Oh, sit down. I already have some burgers on the grill for everyone. And don’t worry! I brought the pop!” Because I’d bet my life that Thome says “pop” instead of “soda.”
OK, I lost my train of thought. Just watch the video. Jim Thome, by the way, thinks everything is “great.” Man, I just want to hug him.
You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.
The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.
Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.