Marney Gellner had an awesome call of Matt Wallner’s game-tying home run

Minnesota Twins announcer Marney Gellner had an incredible call of Matt Wallner’s game-tying home run vs. White Sox.
Minnesota Twins announcer Marney Gellner had an incredible call of Matt Wallner’s game-tying home run vs. White Sox. / Jamie Sabau/GettyImages

It was a historic night for the Minnesota Twins, and it had nothing to do with what was happening on the field.

Marney Gellner stepping into the announcer booth to become the first woman to serve as play-by-play announcer for the Twins, and she wasted no time turning in some epic calls. It was a tighter game than most fans would have liked, especially since the Whtie Sox are hardly formidable foes, but it simply presented Gellner with a chance to flex her announcing muscles for those who might not be familiar with her game.

Gellner has called Timberwolves games in the past and is one of the most iconic sports broadcasters in Minnesota history. She was someone who fans hoped might be the replacement for Dick Bremer when it was revealed he was stepping away, and we got a taste of what that might have sounded like on Monday night.

Needless to say, it ruled.

Listen to Marney Gellner call Matt Wallner’s epic game-tying home run for Twins

After falling into a 5-2 hole against Chicago, the Twins came storming back in the seventh inning. Matt Wallner used the opportunity to announce that he is fully back, blasting a game-tying home run and serving up a perfect moment for Gellner to deliver an awesome call.

It’s hard to overstate just how satisfying this moment was. Gellner on the call is fantastic, and Wallner being the one to deliver the moment is exactly what he needed after what he went through earlier this season.

Wallner was sent down to Triple-A in April after batting .080 in 25 at-bats, something made even more frustrating and stunning based on how well he hit last season. He was a key piece of Minnesota’s offensive plans and to have him sputter so badly out of the gate was less than ideal.

After a few months in St. Paul, though, it seems Wallner is back. He was called up on Sunday and is 3-for-5 with two RBI and a home run since. That’s the Wallner we expected to see earlier in the season and it’s great to have him back.

In addition to the Wallner home run, Gellner also had an awesome call of Brooks Lee batting in the go-ahead run in the top of the eleventh inning.

Lee has been a revelation ever since making his MLB debut last week. He’s 11-for-24 with eight RBI and has reached base in each of his first six games. The most hits by a Twins rookie through their first six games was 14 by Kirby Puckett, which means Lee is already in the conversation alongside one of the franchise’s greatest players.

There’s still a lot of road ahead of Lee, as well as Wallner, but Monday night was an incredible evening for new faces. Gellner being on the call for it all was the cherry on top, as it continued the good vibes that have been rolling through Minnesota all summer long.

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