MINNEAPOLIS — When reliever Jesse Crain was pitching for the Minnesota Twins, he was trying to find a baseball-themed bed for his son, Hunter. Not satisfied with what he was finding on the internet, Crain turned to Kurt Weber.
Weber is the father-in-law of Crain’s former Twins teammate and current Minnesota closer Glen Perkins. A teacher and hockey coach by trade, Weber enjoys woodworking in his spare time. So he made Crain a bed out of baseball bats that turned into a one-of-a-kind item.
Since then, Weber and Vision Custom Design have made several more baseball bat beds, one of which is available as part of the Twins’ Broadcast Auction. The auction runs Monday and Tuesday, beginning at the first pitch of each day’s Twins game and ending 10 minutes after the final out.
The bed — which opens at $700 for the auction — includes baseball bats on the main headboard, with baseballs on the end with laser engravings of current Twins players such as Joe Mauer, Josh Willingham and Perkins. It also includes pictures of former Minnesota players who are in the Baseball Hall of Fame. There are also autographs on several places.
“It has Twins logos all over the place,” Weber said. “So if you’re a Twins fan it’s a pretty unique deal.”
The bed isn’t the only thing up for auction made by Weber, the boy’s hockey coach at Lakeville South High School. He also designed a poker table — something he had never made before — which also has customized Twins touches. The octagon-shaped table includes baseball bats signed by past Twins players and it pays homage to the eight players who have their numbers retired by Minnesota.
The “Legends of the Game” poker table will be up for auction during Tuesday night’s game, with the bidding starting at $600. There are drawers on the table, with signatures laser engraved onto them. There is also a plexiglass display of baseballs with pictures of each Twins legend.
“I figured there’s always high demand for the man cave type thing,” Weber said. “I thought it’d be kind of cool to tie in the legends of the game, the people who have been retired at the field by the Twins organization.”
The broadcast auction includes several other items and experiences, included the opportunity to spend an inning in the FOX Sports North broadcast booth. Among the other highlights are a 2014 All-Star game package, which includes two tickets to attend the Futures Game, Home Run Derby and All-Star Game at Target Field next year; a dinner for 10 in the Twins’ home clubhouse; a spring training trip for two for 2014; and a guitar autographed by Kenny Chesney after his 2012 concert at Target Field.
But the bed and poker table made by Weber will likely be two of the most unique items in the auction.