If The Weather’s As Bad As The Weatherman Says, We’re In For A Real Mean Storm – Balls 868-870 (April 5, 2018)

Seattle Mariners 2 – Minnesota Twins 4

Target Field – Minneapolis, MN

April 5, 2018


 

Narrator (in regards to the title): It wasn’t.

Sandwiched between two actual cold days, the Twins’ Home Opener was one of complete luck. Sure, the temperature never cracked 40, but it wasn’t below freezing, nor was it the coldest game I’ve attended. Quite honestly, when you were in the sun, it actually felt quite nice.

Koo Koo Kanga Roo

I may have dressed like a lunatic, errrrr, like one of the members from Koo Koo Kanga Roo and spent much of my time in line at the gates in just my t-shirt. Truth be told, it wasn’t horrible. I’m just glad they don’t wear shorts. That would have been brutal, especially once the 6th inning came around and the clouds blocked any and all sunlight AND the wind started to come in from the north. No Bueno.

But let’s travel back in time a little and give the run-down of events.

10:00 am – Arrive at Target Field with Jared. Two foldable chairs were brought, along with a blanket and sleeping bag, just in case. I can confirm that the sleeping bag was not used, but the blanket *may* have been used by Jared (I’m not 100% on that).

10:45 am – Alex arrives. The gates started to have a few people in line, but no more than a couple dozen. Alex arrived and we started to throw around the ball a little. That felt GREAT.

11:15 am – Dave arrives. The family was growing and we had enough to call it a reunion at this point. Stories were told as we geared up for real baseball for the first time in 2018.

12:15 pm – The podcast begins recording. Without patting myself on the back too hard, I would like to say that the questions, especially the “Would You Rather?” segment, went over quite well. I will be trying to think of more for future episodes, but if you have any you’d like to hear, send them my way.

1:05 pm – The gates open. After a bit of technical difficulty (our gate was the only one that was frozen shut – not a joke) and delay for cameras to show the celebs opening the gates, we were allowed in the stadium. A free sweatshirt was nice, but it went unused, since jackets were more appropriate.

2:15 pm – Finally on the board. No BP meant very few opportunities. And the new nets that extend well past the dugout, down to about where the ball boys are, made it interesting to try to get pitchers to toss up any balls. I saw the Gold Medal US Men’s Olympic Curling Team and wanted them to sign a ball, but I didn’t have one. So I asked the bat boy and he came through big time for me. Thank you! Because of this toss up, I was able to get three of the five members to sign, including the captain himself, John Schuster.

Oh, and one the guys even asked for a picture of ME! He said his wife teaches 1st grade and they listen to Koo Koo Kanga Roo all the time.

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3:10 pm – Target acquired! Mission Accomplished! After the national anthem, sung by Dessa, Eduardo Escobar came back to the dugout and walked over my direction. He has been super kind to me the last few years and he grabbed an Opening Day commemorative from the ball bag and tossed it right to me. Excellent!

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At this point I just kind of wandered out to the flag court area. I was hoping to maybe see some action and catch a bomb, but it wasn’t happening. The low-scoring affair (2-0 for the majority of the game) meant no balls my way.

5:00 pm – Duplicate target acquired! I went back to my section and close to the dugout and was tossed a ball between innings from the bat boy. Three for a no BP and highly attended game? I’ll take it. Especially since I had the commemorative in possession (twice).

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After scoring that target, I went back to the flag court and waited a little longer. It was at this time that the sun was obscured by clouds, and the wind tried to match the noise of the crowd… and Miguel Sano hit a bomb to tie it at 2-2. Too bad he isn’t a lefty. Then Mitch Garver put them ahead and the rest is history. I was in no position to make any more plays or to even ask for one. The greed just wasn’t there.

I see the end in sight and do not need to have a year like last year. This one is about getting those commemoratives I am after, making some sweet catches on homers, and trying to take in the last remaining days as a regular baseball collector.

7:00 pm – Jared was dropped off at the airport and I returned home. A long day at the ballpark, outdoors, and in the elements was in the books. For the ninth straight year, two buddies got to experience Opening Day. Let’s just hope the tenth is warmer.

If you liked the podcast and want to see my adventures, maybe take a look at the video below. I’ll be trying to record many (all?) of my games this year. I won’t be trying to catch balls on camera, so if that’s your thing, sorry. What I do want to showcase is the adventure to and from the stadium, maybe a few guests, and the sights and sounds of the game… along with a little recap by yours truly.

PS: I was wrong on nearly EVERY prediction I made for Opening Day. The Twins WON, I was off by 11 degrees for the weather, was off by one baseball, they did NOT have BP, and the attendance was off by 300 or so people. This is why you do NOT trust a small sample size, folks.

Upcoming excitement:

  • West Coast Tour – San Diego, Los Angeles (Angels AND Dodgers), Phoenix, and Denver x2
  • Ballhawk Fest in Minneapolis!

 

Song of the post:

Titus Andronicus – Real Talk

 

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