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Meet Tawny Jarvi from Twinkie Town

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Tawny has been a Twins fan since she was a child.

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We have dozens of women covering pro and college sports for our team brands here at SB Nation. Meet one of those talented writers, Tawny Jarvi, who writes for our Minnesota Twins blog, Twinkie Town.

Why are you so passionate about baseball and the Twins?

My parents were both baseball fans, and my older brother was always the best kid in little league, so I grew up around the game. I pretty much just wanted to beat my brother at something for once because I was always losing to him at video games. To practice, I made my poor mother pitch tennis balls to me for hours on end, mostly ricocheting them off various parts of her body. Never did beat him though!

The 2002 Twins were the team that made me fall in love with the game. The Twins had been awful the entire time I had been alive, but this team was good and the whole “contraction” threat was something to rally behind. It felt like I was part of some rebel movement against “the man” and that appealed to the little punk rocker in me. Still kinda want to punch Bud Selig, but I haven’t stopped watching since!

What has been your favorite experience covering the Twins for Twinkie Town?

It’s still absolutely baffling to me that I’m allowed to do this, so I enjoy pretty much every moment. I’m just a gigantic goofball and somehow when I turn a baseball sim into a time travel murder plot, or turn a game recap into a high fantasy story, people are like “Sure!” and they publish it. That’s insane! The Twinkie Town community is full of amazing people and I’m truly grateful for every moment they don’t collectively decide to round me up and try me for witchcraft.

What are some of the unique challenges you’ve faced?

Sometimes random people get really mad about baseball and think that we run the team or something. I get some weird e-mails, and most of them are fairly sexist. They don’t really bother me though, I just find it surreal that I’m visible enough for anyone to take time out of their day to hurl insults at me. So, I guess I really only face the same thing every other writer does: The ceaseless snapping maw of self-doubt.

How did you start writing for Twinkie Town?

I started firing off some Fanposts and they were fairly well received. I think it was largely about signing Brian Dozier’s hair to an extension, as well as Ryan Doumit (Google him, kids) having mind control powers. Y’know, your standard analytics. Our editor at the time must have liked them (or been desperate) because he e-mailed me about joining the recap team. I guess not a lot of people want to write about a team that loses roughly 5 million games a year, so that might have helped me out. Thanks, Twins!

What women in the industry do you look up to?

Our editor at Twinkie Town, Maija Varda, is my hero. I remember the first time I read her work and I was just blown away that there was a woman writing such funny and informative posts. It was an absolute revelation to me. Like “Wow, we’re allowed to do that too!” and “Wow, apparently people write Ron Gardenhire Fan-Fiction!” I’ve looked up to her ever since and she’s helped me get where I am today. Another of my favorite writers is Sheryl Ring who writes over at Fangraphs, even though she’s, ugh, a Yankees fan. Seeing other women thriving is really important, because it can be daunting to try enter a traditionally male job or hobby. I just hope I manage to stick around long enough to inspire someone in the way those two have inspired me!