I wouldn’t have gone to this game had it not been for the Twins’ fantastic game day promotion:
As part of Star Wars night at Target Field the Twins gave away these special “Hughes The Force” bobble heads with the purchase of a special ticket. A few days prior I had noticed that all the special tickets were sold out on the Twins website. I called the box office and they said they’d have some available on the day of the game. When I got up to Target Field on the fourth I bought my ticket, then I hopped in line with Tony Voda to get my bobble head. When it was my turn to get my bobblehead I was told that my ticket wasn’t part of the promotion. I explained that the folks in the box office had assured me this was the correct ticket, but I was not given a bobble head. Way to go Twins… I still have to call a season ticket rep to get this cleared up.
On to batting practice…
My first ball of the day came early during the A’s portion of batting practice. It was a home run that was hit by an unknown A’s player:
After getting on the board early in batting practice I didn’t get my next ball until batting practice was nearly finished. This time it was a toss up from another unknown A’s player:
Could it have been the same unknown player as before? Who knows. Darn A’s, playing mind tricks again.
After batting practice, Target Field was taken over by the Evil Empire:
For some reason, I don’t think the Storm Troopers liked me very much:
Just before the game started Dominique tossed one to me straight from the ball bag:
I’ve never once asked Dominique for a ball, but he always hooks me up after we chat. What a guy!
When the game started I moved to my regular spot:
I started to watch the game from this spot at the end of last season. Since then I have grown very accustom to it. The view is fantastic. Plus, early in the game its a good spot for foul balls.
Although the first inning was a disaster for the Twins, I was happy because I witnessed something that I hadn’t before. After the A’s loaded the bases, Stephen Vogt stepped up to the plate and hit a grand slam! Luckily, the Twins used the force to score four runs of their own in the second inning. After the Twins gave up a run in the top of the 6th, my childhood sports hero, Torii Hunter, hit a 3 run homer to left field to give the Twins an 8-5 lead. The A’s ended up scoring two more runs in the later part of the game, but Glen Perkins was still able to come away with his ninth save of the season. Click to watch the highlight video from the game. Here’s the info from the game:
Phil Hughes (Hughes The Force) earned the W for Minnesota while Jesse Hahn (Han Solo) was stuck with the Loss for Oakland. Coincidence that both Hughes and Hahn pitched on Star Wars Night? I think not.
Here’s the group shot after the game:
TOTALS: 3 balls at this game. 9 balls this year.
UP NEXT: A’s vs. Twins 05/05/15
After sitting through the crummy weather yesterday it was great to have clear blue skies, temperatures in the low 80’s, and a nice gentle breeze blowing out of the ballpark. It was a perfect day for baseball!
Today I was accompanied by my friend Ethan from school. Looking back on it now, I realize we forgot to get a picture. We got to the stadium late because an accident occurred that involved a light rail train that hit a pedestrian. The next 3 stops ahead of our train were closed so the incident could be taken care of, but that meant that everyone on the rail had to get off the train to find alternative transportation to get to the next available station. Busses were provided for us, but it was a lot slower because of traffic. The transit system handled the situation very well and it went smoothly.
Although Ethan and I got to the stadium late, we were still able to get our Harmon Killebrew bobblehead at the gate and catch the second half of batting practice. Usually I don’t go to games when there’s a bobblehead because of how crowded it gets, but Ethan and I both really wanted a Harmon Killebrew bobblehead. Just after we entered through gate 34 a White Sox player hit a monstrous home run into the plaza, but it was to crowed to catch it before it landed. Suddenly I was in hot pursuit of the ball… I weaved in and out and all around people in the plaza just to chase down the ball. I almost grabbed it a few times, but the course of the ball kept changing because the ball kept ricocheting of off people’s feet. When I finally trapped the ball between my glove and my hand I was pretty far away from where I had begun. Then suddenly a guy came out of nowhere and grabbed the ball out of my glove. He said something like, “Hah I beat you!” and then he ran away. Stay classy, Minneapolis. I was pretty bummed that the guy stole my ball, but I could still count it anyways.
When batting practice ended Ethan and I found a nice spot in the bleachers:
There were some pretty cool things that happened in this game. In the first inning Jose Abreu hit his 21st home run of the season, which tied with Alexi Ramirez for the second most by a White Sox rookie in team history. In the 9th inning Paul Konerko cut the lead to 4-3 by collecting his final RBI in Twins Territory. My favorite part of the game was when Brian Dozier stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the 9th inning. He singled to left field to score the winning run in walk off fashion!
Here are the highlights from this very exciting game:
And finally, this was my souvenir for the night: