Other season ticket holders and myself gathered outside Gate 29 to be let into the stadium before most other fans had even thought about getting in line for the game. When we entered Target Field, one of the Twins representatives escorted us to the overhang near the flag poles in right field (see picture above). This is where we were suppose to gather for the event and it seemed like a good spot to catch some home run balls.
This view was not good enough for us so we quietly moved from the overhang in right field to the foul line down the first base side. We definitely were not suppose to do this but in the end this turned out to be a great decision. Our new location became a heaven for collecting foul balls because there was only one other family of four along that side of the ball park.
OUR TOTALS FOR THE DAY:
Dustin, my buddy: 3 balls
Me, NoDak Twins Fan: 4 balls
TOTAL: 7 balls
There is a story that goes along with one of the balls that I had received on this day. I had two balls left in my bag as the gates opened for the evening game. I had given the rest to other people that were around for the STH event. We started to make our way around Target Field and I knew that I had an extra ball that seemed to be burning a hole in my pocket. There had to be someone out there that would enjoy this ball more than me.
I eventually saw a family that had a boy that was around two to three years old. They were standing looking at the field near Gate 34. The little man was situated behind his parents and I walked up and pulled the ball out of my bag. I asked him if he knew who Matt Capps was and of course he shook his head no. I told him that Capps had tossed me the ball and that I wanted him to have it. A huge smile went across his face and his mom asked if it was okay for me to take a picture with her son. I left by telling him to cheer loud for the Twins and he was still amazed by his new treasure.
A very fun experience for myself and I am glad that I got to brighten some people's day with the simple gift of a baseball.