(KMSP) - Hold the phone! FSN reports that "Circle Me, Bert," is not, in fact, leaving Target Field as previously reported.
FSN took to Twitter Wednesday to announce the segment, which started as "an organic on-air element" is not going away, and it will stay in its original form.
The "Circle Me, Bert," tradition started more than a decade ago when former MLB pitcher Bert Blyleven would "circle" a fan when they appeared on the TV screen. Since then, it's grown its own fandom, with people holding signs reading "Circle Me, Bert," and even shouting it to him on the street.
In a tweet, Blyleven said he "misunderstood" the new Minnesota Lottery Winner's Circle concept from Fox Sports North.
“Circle Me Bert” started as an organic on-air element and is not going away. It will continue in its original form. @BertBlyleven28 will continue to circle fans on TV. The "Winners Circle" concept by @MNLottery - separate from “Circle Me Bert”- is evolving to include more fans.— FOX Sports North (@fsnorth) March 28, 2018