Originally posted on The Last Angry Fan  |  Last updated 4/3/12

If you’re going to sell Minnesota Twins baseball to the masses, you’d better come up with a damn good plan.  You know, something like a takeoff on The Big Lebowski, starring one of the most beloved players in team history, Kent Hrbek, in the titular role of The Dude.

Yeah, that should work.

The premise is simple—Twins’ Joe Mauer, Denard Span, Josh Willingham and manager Ron Gardenhire are participating in a bowling league for some reason, and all they need to win is a spare.  But that seems an impossibility after Span’s shot leaves the team with a devastating 7-10 split.  Enter The Big Hrbowski, a Zubaz shorts and robe wearing Kent Hrbek, who comes in and cleans up Span’s mess with his baseball-themed bowling ball, thereby winning the game for the Twins.

It’s a tremendous commercial, as are most commercials that rely on past stars and pop culture references.  Good thing too, otherwise it’d be kind of hard not to notice Hrbek has really put on some weight post-retirement.  Sure he’s 51-years-old, but sometimes you just have to step away from the buffet table.

Those Zubaz really tied the room together.

[H/T to Big League Stew]

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