June 16, 2019

The Minnesota Twins Are The Hottest Team In Baseball!

The Minnesota Twins Are The Hottest Team In Baseball!
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for June 16, 2019

I have the good fortune to attend three different Twins games this week with various people.  The Twins are in a place that we in Minnesota don't get to experience very often.  They currently possess the best record in Major League Baseball at 47-22.  Minnesota teams don't usually attain that level of success, so everyone is pretty excited about them around here.  I'm not a huge baseball fan, but I do like riding bandwagons so we went to the games ready to cheer and slap hands in the crowd like we're season ticket holders!

The game I went to on Thursday was a team event for Oracle.  I had the opportunity to spend time with a bunch of my old friends who I have worked with since I started at the company back in 2015.  It was really great seeing everyone!  By the way, the Twins beat the Seattle Mariners by a score of 10-5.

After the game, we met up with my cousins, Cindy and Alison who were in town for a seminar.  We had a bunch of fun at Brit's Pub in downtown Minneapolis.  We had seen Alison a few years ago, but Cindy and I haven't been together in like 35 years.  Hard to believe time passes that fast.  We had a blast catching up and left each other with promises to not go this long again for another visit.  Either that or we will have a great time re-connecting again when I'm 83.

On Friday night, I drug the family out of the house for my second Twins game of the week, this time against the Kansas City Royals.

This was a special game for a couple of reasons.  First of all it was Prince Night which is an annual event now required at all Minnesota Sports teams where teams trash all over Prince's memory. They do this by playing his music during every break and hand out crappy purple merchandise with his name splashed all over the place.  Of course anyone who remembers Prince will also remember that he was notoriously against the commercialization of his music and image.  So now that he's dead, I guess that no longer matters.  In any case, we are huge Prince fans and love his music so we are glad that they exploit the heck out of him now that he can no longer stop them.  We're just pissed we showed up too late to get any of the cheap purple Prince jerseys they were handing out before the game.  They actually looked pretty nice.

The other reason it was a special game was this was the weekend they retired Twins legend Joe Mauer's number.  Minnesota Governor Tim Walz was there to declare Saturday Joe Mauer Day in Minnesota which was nice.  I wonder if we will get that day off of work next year?

We had a ball watching the game and just having some good old fashioned family bonding time.  Not with actual ropes or anything but metaphorical bonding.

The game was a nail biter with a 0-0 tie all the way through the 8th inning when Mitch Garver smacked a home run and RBI to give the Twins the 2-0 win.  Actually, the game was kind of boring up to that point, so the home run came at the perfect time to wake us all up and cheer for the home team!  Did I mention the fact that I'm not a huge fan of baseball?

On Saturday we went to the Farmer's Market in downtown Prior Lake.  I ran into another old friend from Oracle, Tim Bruss.  Tim told me he hasn't looked back since leaving the company about 2 and a half years ago.  He went to Polaris where it sounds like he has a dream job traveling around the world promoting their jet ski's and other vehicles at exotic resorts.  Congratulations Tim and it was great seeing you again!

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