Part graffiti and part cartoon, Michael Birawer’s art turns our everyday neighborhood sites into memory-laden happy places—like his vivid take on Target Field, capturing all that we love about baseball in the city on a summer night.
Available online at michaelbirawer.com, prints (like “Target Field – Home of the Twins” shown here) starting at $60
Give your baseball lover a bottle opener upgrade, from a brand designed by Minnesota sports fans for Minnesota sports fans. It’s a simple way to honor the bygone days of former Twins coach Tony Oliva’s Hitting School held in Bloomington in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Available online at sotastickco.com, Tony Oliva Hitting School Baseball Bottle Opener shown here, $23
Meet the Baby Boomstick—a mini baseball bat from Pillbox Bat Company. An ode to Bazooka gum packaging and the glory days of baseball cards, the Baby Boomstick is the result of Pillbox partnering with card artist Matthew Lee Rosen. Each bat is crafted by hand in Winona, Minnesota.
Available online at pillboxbatco.com, Baby Boomsticks starting at $75 each
Wally the Beerman is as much a legend as the games and stadiums he helped sell out. This shirt takes us back to his days working the old Met, the Dome, Met Center, the X, and others. Whether our home team won or lost, he was there with a cold beer to toast with—or even cry in if needed.
Available online at northmade.co, Wally the Beerman T-shirt shown here, $25
Nothing says baseball like a hot brat at the stadium. Since 1954, Kramarczuk’s has made some of the finest, old-world authentic sausages in the Cities. If you can’t make it to the big game, you can still have the brat at home with a stop at their Northeast Deli or by ordering online. Recreate the Target Filed brat at home straight from a hot grill and topped with sauerkraut, peppers, and onions on a bakery-fresh bun.
Available online at kramarczuks.com, brats and house-made buns available starting at $8