MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — At 2 years old, MJ Huss is just a few inches taller than his older sister Olivia’s baseball bat. That doesn’t stop him from walking up to the plate with the confidence of a major leaguer. Unlike most baseball fans, MJ doesn’t watch the game … he studies it.

“He watches the nuances of the players,” said MJ’s dad Matt. “He knows how to lead off the bases and all sorts of weird things you wouldn’t expect a 2-year-old to know.”

The little slugger has learned how to hit just like the players in the Twins line up by watching them.

“He would come up to us and say ‘Mommy, look, I Cuddy’ and show me Cuddy’s swing, or ‘Mommy look I’m Joey’ or ‘Thome,'” said MJ’s mom, Brandee. “He’d watch them swing and you could just see it churning in his head, he’d be sitting there practicing it.”

MJ’s obsession with baseball started when he was just an infant. His parents noticed he would pay more attention to the TV when baseball was on.

“We laugh, I didn’t even know he knew who Drew Butera was and the next thing we know he’s kneeling down like Drew Butera. It’s hilarious,” Matt said.

“We have literally not once showed him how to do anything associated with any specific player, ever. That was stuff he just picked up on his own,” he said.

Like his favorite player, Michael Cuddyer, MJ is a utility man. He plays all the positions on the field. These days, MJ likes to play short stop, just like his 6-year-old sister Olivia. He’ll dive for balls and jump around trying to catch the ball.

Standing on the mound, MJ demonstrates how Francisco Liriano bends his elbow and wrist when pitching towards the plate.

If you ask him who his favorite pitcher is, he rattles off most of the bullpen, “Glen Perkins, I like him.” MJ said picking up the ball. “And Carl Pavano, Scott Baker and Joe Nathan.”

Being an avid Twins fan has put the pressure on MJ’s mom.

“I have to keep the laundry done or he gets mad. He wears his Twins shirts every day and when they’re dirty, I try to put some other shirt on him. He gets very angry and upset,” Brandee said.

MJ also plays a lot of baseball around the house, even if there’s no one to play with.

“He will literally walk around the house with a glove and ball, throwing the ball off the wall, fielding it and then throwing it onto the next wall,” said Matt. “I don’t think we’ve broken anything yet, nothing we’d consider extremely valuable.”

For now, the Huss family is taking it all in stride. After all, MJ is only two years old.

“It probably borders on a little bit of an unhealthy obsession, because it’s pretty much all he thinks about,” joked Matt. “We want him to like it and we don’t want to force it on him. From the looks of it, it’s going to be a long road.”

Click here to visit the Twins Blog for more Twins tidbits and check out more about MJ on Monday night on WCCO 4 News at 10.

Comments (10)
  1. Good grief ... says:

    It must be a very slow news day.

    1. MJ Fan says:

      A nice change from depressing stocks, senseles shootings, and whiney polititians who can’t seem to get anything done, if you ask me!

  2. John Smith says:

    Can we put him on the field? He plays with more heart than most of the pro’s!

  3. Chap says:

    This is news? Dumb.

  4. Pundit says:

    Is he aware the Twins corrupted the political process by coercing 4 Hennepin County Commissioners to take away the people’s right to vote and take almost $1,000 from every resident of Hennepin County?

    Given the facts, maybe he wouldn’t be such a ‘big’ fan.

    1. Iconoclast says:

      Have you BEEN to Target Field?

    2. Kayla says:

      This has to be the most ignorant comment ever. The kid is two years old. WCCO was trying to do a fluff piece, and it came out well. Why do you have to try and put politics on a 2 yr old?

      People like yourself are exactly the kind of people that disgust me. You want to spout off your opinion all over the web, but of course…under an alias name, so no one can actually see if you have anything valuable to say regarding the cause you brought up for a reason.

  5. K says:

    I know people will rant that this story isn’t news, but for once…I appreciate seeing a more heartwarming, cute story that isn’t all depressing shootings in Minneapolis and politics.

  6. Pam says:

    This is what is called a human interest story and I for one enjoyed it. Nice to see something that didn’t have anything to do with shootings, killings, war or politcs for a change.

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