Just informed by FSN that there will be no more “Circle Me Bert” and Minnesota Lottery winners for this coming season. I want to thank all the fans that made signs over the past 15+ seasons. Doesn’t mean you can’t still bring signs! Go Twins 👍⚾️— Bert Blyleven (@BertBlyleven28) March 27, 2018
“I probably see a couple hundred a game [at home] and 20 to 50 on the road,” Blyleven told the Star Tribune in 2002, the year the phenomenon began after Blyleven spontaneously circled a sign-holding Twins fan during the broadcast.
"I think it's awesome. It's neat. On the road or at home, so many
people have an opportunity to say hello to their loved ones or have
a chance to get on TV and have people see them."
Fans for years have made note of the hundreds of miles they’d driven just to attract the attention of Blyleven and his telestrator with signs showcasing those three words: "Circle Me Bert."
But no more.
Or is it?
“Doesn’t mean you can’t bring your signs,” he wrote on Twitter.
Touché. But it’ll never be the same.