Hearty congratulations to Bert Blyleven, winner of a media vote sponsored by the Grand Central Oyster Bar and Heineken to select the best sports figure of Dutch heritage.

Why? Because of the restaurant’s ongoing Holland Herring Festival. Duh!

“I would love to eat some Dutch herring; it’s been awhile!’’ the big winner said in a news release sent by a creative public relations man.

(Blyleven, a Twins announcer, is expected to visit the restaurant next Friday, before the Twins-Mets game.)

Jim Kaat and mixed martial arts practitioner Bas Rutten tied for second.

Somehow, Joe Nieuwendyk (Cornell Class of ’88) was left off the ballot. I voted for him as a write-in candidate.

This ends our blogging week. Happy Father's Day.

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