MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — When baseball is the special bond between you and your dad, the All-Star Game is the ultimate experience. Dave Anderson knew taking his son, Keith, to that game would be one of their greatest memories.
“These tickets were pretty expensive in 1985. Lower reserved for 30 bucks!” Dave said, laughing.
Excitement wasn’t exactly what had Keith’s stomach in knots on the way to the Metrodome. In the days leading up to the game, he got the flu.
“We go to the game, I’m 10 years old. We eat nothing. We drink nothing,” Keith said, adding that they quickly walked past the concessions.
The guys made a deal, when the Twins hosted the next All-Star Game, they’d get a do-over. Since Dave treated the first time around, Keith would be in charge of taking his dad.
A few months back, Dave had a health scare, which complicated getting tickets to the game at Target Field. Keith owns Risen Drums and makes sets for musicians around the world. So, when local drummers heard about his situation, they found a way to help.
“I knew something had to be done,” Jay Corkran said. “I reached out to the drumming community that Keith and his company helped cultivate. It didn’t take long at all to find someone who had access to All-Star tickets.”
Fred Barrett plays Risen drums. His wife, Tammy, works for US Bank, who was honored to send Keith and his dad back to the game.
On July 15, the father and son will write a new chapter in their All-Star story and spend an evening enjoying their favorite pastime in a way they couldn’t 29 years ago.