My First Twitter-ball – Balls #24 and #25 (5/7/2012)

It helps to know your baseball.  I am not talking about just the home team, or even the visiting roster, but having connections every once in a while.  Twitter is a great place for these connections.  Now I’ve never actually talked to CJ Wilson (@str8edgeracer) on twitter, but I do follow him. I think it’s really cool that he is so open about being “straight edge” while still making it cool.  For those of you not in the know, I also choose not to drink or do any drugs (never touched a drop and never even smoked), so that’s why I followed CJ.  So when the Angels were back in town to play the Twins, I thought I might try to talk to CJ and see if he’d toss me a ball.  He was warming up in right center field and since that area was a tough home run and higher up compared to other areas of the field, no one was in that section behind him.  I ran over and yelled out, “Hey str8edgeracer!  I follow you on twitter!”  He looked up at me and smiled and then I asked for a ball (always use “please”).  he happy obliged and began his quest of trying to toss me a ball.

I use the term quest because it was not simple, especially for a pitcher (they tend to try to toss very gently in order to avoid fluke injuries).  CJ ended up tossing it 4 times before it finally landed in my glove.  Twitter gave me a bat back in Spring Training (Trevor Plouffe) and now an Officially Licensed Major League Baseball!!  I’m glad my stubbornness towards social media only included a ban against Facebook and not Twitter.

As for the second ball, this one was a gamer.  I love snagging gamers, it is a piece of the game and much tougher to come across compared to a BP ball.  The scene:  Torii Hunter, top of the 3rd, grounds out to 2nd base to end the inning.  Parmelee was playing first base, and so when he came in towards the dugout, I stood up, flashed my glove, and yelled his name multiple times.  He immediately saw that I was ready and so it turned into a 4-3-Tony putout to end the inning.  A piece of history from the game touched by a future member of the Twins Hall of Fame (you cannot deny Torii’s importance to the resurgence of the Twins reaching the playoffs in the 2000s).

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And so it’s time for my thank you list.  Thank you CJ Wilson (@str8edgeracer)!!  It’s very cool that you still tossed me a ball, even though I was wearing a Twins hat and no Angels gear on.  I’m still a fan of yours and wish you success.  it’s also cool to say that I caught a baseball from an All-Star, in the year that he was an All-Star!!  Thanks also go out to Chris Parmelee.  I know it’s been tough, you’ve bounced up and down between the Twins and AAA, but you’ll make it permanent some day.

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