I'm not sure exactly what it is about this video that makes me cringe. Maybe it's the jersey and hat combination, which seems a little too MTV-staged for my tastes. Or the look on Craig Finn's face at the end of it that says "there isn't enough Budweiser in the sea to wash the blood from my hands." But I'll admit that if I was at a Twins' game and I heard The Hold Steady coming out of the PA, I would get pretty pumped. So...I dunno.
Stereogum has the whole sexybackstory.