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The Latest Minnesota Twins Commercial Features Jim Thome As Paul Bunyan

Despite his generally low-key, unassuming demeanor, Minnesota Twins designated hitter Jim Thome has developed into a larger-than-life persona during his 21 home run-mashing MLB seasons, so it is more than fitting that in the most recent in a long line of brilliant and entertaining Minnesota Twins commercials, Thome assumes the likeness of a larger-than-life (literally) Minnesota mythological icon: Paul Bunyan. Also featured in the ad are teammates Michael Cuddyer and Joe Mauer…as well as a blue ox, which if you know anything about Paul Bunyan lore, is nod to Paul’s lifelong companion, Babe. No, not that kind of lifelong companion, people. Jeez.

There is so much good stuff going on this commercial that it’s hard to pin down only one component of it as the best, but as Big League Stew points out, Thome taking his traditional at-bat pose to point the direction to the clubhouse for a delivery guy is a pretty solid bit. Well played, Minnesota Twins. Well played. Now, if you’ll excuse me, all of this nostalgia over the great lumberjack has me inspired to book a vacation up to Brainerd for a visit Paul Bunyan Land. It’s going to be a real hoot.

[H/T Big League Stew]