Fans at the Home Run Derby experienced a little wind, a little cold and even a little rain at one point, but very few people seemed to mind. Whether it was their first All-Star Home Run Derby experience or one of many, fans were excited to see it back in Minneapolis, at Target Field.
The choice for the final spot on the National League home run derby squad was easy for captain Troy Tulowitzki. Justin Morneau, his Colorado teammate, had the chance to go back to his baseball home in Minnesota.
Seattle’s Felix Hernandez will start Tuesday night’s All-Star game for the American League and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals will open for the National League.
As we’ve heard from the commercials, all eyes are on Minneapolis. And thousands of ears are here too as visitors have flocked from around the country to see the All-Star Game. While known to have a distinct accent, Minnesotans also have a bit of a native language that may be foreign to our ASG visitors. Thus, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to come up with a list of Minnesota terminology to help ease people in to the Land O’ Lakes.
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Frank Thomas, otherwise known as the “The Big Hurt” is in town for the All-Star game on behalf of the Gillette Home Run Derby. He remembers playing in past All-Star games, and the first Home Run Derby in Minneapolis in 1985.
Even with more than 90 losses for three straight seasons, the Minnesota Twins have averaged more than 30,000 fans a game since Target Field opened in 2010. The ballpark itself is clearly part of the draw. “I love the architecture,” Jessi Oeltjen of Spring Valley said. “I’m a design buff, so just the architecture, the design, the layout. Once you get inside, there is not a bad seat in the house.”
It was a sunny, summer Sunday as some of the brightest prospects in baseball took to Target Field for the 2014 All-Star Futures Game. It was especially fun for Twins fans as they got their first look at prospects Jose Berrios, Kennys Vargas and Alex Meyer playing in their future home ballpark. Berrios was recently promoted from High-A Fort Meyers to AA-New Britain. So far, advancing a level hasn’t phased him.
Sitting in the Minnesota Twins locker room Sunday surrounded by many of the most promising minor leaguers, Christian Binford remembered back five years ago, when he was a 10th grader pitching for the Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania. Up to the plate walked some stud on the other team who was good enough to attract 10-20 scouts.
San Francisco’s Tim Hudson, Cincinnati’s Alfredo Simon, San Diego’s Huston Street and Washington’s Tyler Clippard have been added to the roster for Tuesday’s All-Star game at Target Field as the National League changed about one-third of its pitching staff. They replace a quartet of pitchers who started Sunday: the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner, the Reds’ Johnny Cueto, the Padres’ Tyson Ross and the Atlanta Braves’ Julio Teheran.
The Minnesota Twins and the city of Minneapolis found new locations for the two streets commemorating the Twins’ Hall of Famers, Kirby Puckett and Rod Carew. Kirby Puckett Place and Rod Carew Drive will be relocated next to Target Field.
Before the All-Star Game is even played at Target Field on Tuesday it could set a record. Demand has been so high ticket prices for both Tuesday’s game and Monday’s Home Run Derby could set a record for a Minnesota event. Tickets are going for an average of $675 on websites like Stub Hub and Tickets Now for Tuesday’s All Star Game.
With the All-Star game coming to the Twin Cities, the Minnesota Twins see the mid-summer party as more than a way to distract from another disappointing season. In some ways, it’s a referendum on the success of outdoor baseball in the chilly north country and the first chance 5-year-old Target Field has had to take center stage.
Baseball players know the difference between a hit and an error. The trouble is, their opinion doesn’t count in the score book. Former Twins slugger David “Big Papi” Ortiz has had his problems with the scorekeeper in Fenway Park.
When Pat Neshek found out he’ll be making his All-Star debut in his hometown, he was understandably emotional. “I just shook my head there for a while,” the former Twins player and current Cardinals reliever said. “I couldn’t believe it. It meant a lot to me.”