6-17-12 (@ Minnesota)

I got up Sunday morning expecting decent weather for the game, and didn’t even pack my umbrella or poncho in my drawstring bag. I left Chris and Amber’s place at 11:30 and was parked before 11:45. Once I got to Target Field I went and found two of the other statues that are located outside of the stadium. On the left is Harmon Killebrew (who played with the Senators/Twins from 1954-1974). The Twins were the Washington Nationals/Senators from 1901-1960, before they moved to Minneapolis. On the right is Kerby Pucket (a Twin his whole career from 1984-1995).

Closer to the stadium in the right field plaza they have a giant gold glove. The plaque on the lower left lists all the Twins who have won the Gold Glove award. It’s awarded annually to the best defender at each position, in each league. So every year there are 18 Gold Gloves awarded.

Before I entered the stadium I stood on one of the benches to get a picture of the view looking into Target Field from the right field plaza. It’s an area where people can congregate and meet up before they enter the stadium.

I entered Target Field at 12:15 and went up to the club level, where they show off the awards that Target Field has been honored with.

I then ventured to the upper deck to get game photo number 66. Normally I would get the picture from directly behind home plate in the uppermost deck. At Target Field that doesn’t give you a very good view of downtown, so I compromised and got it taken a little to the left of home plate. There was a group of Brewers fans sitting in the fourth row of the section I was in, so I told them what I was doing and the picture I wanted. When I mentioned I was going to all 162 games they said that they had heard about me and knew my first name, so that was pretty cool. I had Aaron take the picture because he was in the best spot. One of them saw my cardboard diploma envelope that I keep my game number sign in and he told me that they are all going to be sophomores at UW-Madison in the fall. ♫ “U-Rah-Rah! Wisconsin!” ♫

Over my right shoulder you can see that something was going on in the outfield. Here’s a closer look:

A game of mascot tee-ball broke out! I was going to wait until they were done before getting my game number picture taken, but an usher informed me that they would likely be out there until about 12:50 (for the 1:10 start). I didn’t want to risk the stands becoming too full to find a good spot to stand for the picture, so I just took it anyways. I’m not even sure who won, team Bernie had put 10 runs on the board in his team’s turn at bat, and looking at the game number photo, team TC scored at least 7. After thanking Aaron and his friends I went further down the left field line in the upper deck to get a more complete view of the Minneapolis skyline.

I got to my seat as the National Anthem was getting underway, and the game started on time at 1:10. The Brewers struck first and went up 1-0 on an Aramis Ramirez RBI single in the opening frame. As Greinke pitched in the bottom of the first I took a picture of the view from my seat in section 116.

The Twins tied it in the third on a single by Mauer, but the Brewers put three on the board in the fifth. The Brewers had runners on first and third with nobody out in the inning, but a pop out by Braun and a strikeout by Ramirez put the inning in jeopardy. Chart came through for the Crew with an opposite field three-run home run to give the Brewers a 4-1 lead. Whenever Chart gets to Ed Sedar on a home run trot they both do some sort of wiggle, where they put the non-high-five hand on their head and rotate the hips. I don’t know what it’s about and if I ever meet Corey (or Ed) I’ll be sure to ask them. Most players were wearing baby blue armbands because Sunday was Father’s Day, and you can see them on Hart’s and Sedar’s forearms below.

I don’t remember when it started, but it began raining at some point during the game. It was just a drizzle at first, but then got worse, and there was a mass exodus up the stairs into the concourse. Luckily for me my seat was under the second level overhang, and I was dry as can be. I took the picture below in the top of the fourth.

It was looking good for the Crew, and Greinke was pitching well. Here he is in the sixth throwing a slider to Josh Willingham. The pitch was strike three to Willingham, and through six he had given up just the one run.

After walking the leadoff batter in the bottom of the seventh, Greinke got the next two hitters out using a total of four pitches. The next four batters all singled, however, and the Twins tied it up with three two-out runs. Neither team scored in the eighth or ninth, and the game went to extras. In the bottom of the eleventh the Twins had a runner on third with two outs, and the rain really started falling. Kameron Loe got Denard Span to ground out to Rickie Weeks, and the game was going to the 12th. This is what took place over the next 42 minutes, going clockwise from top left:

1) Heavy rain and lightening in the area caused the grounds crew to roll the tarp over the infield as the game went to “weather delay” status.

2) The infield covered, as fans head back up into the concourse.

3) After the sky cleared the grounds crew was back at it.

4) The field after it was uncovered. The grounds crew was spreading a drying agent over parts of the infield (all of them) that had gotten wet before the tarp was rolled out.

The game went to the 15th inning, and in the bottom half the Twins had runners on first and second with only one out. Jamey Carroll singled to right, but Aoki has a good arm, and the runner rounding third was given a late stop sign by the third base coach. Trevor Plouffe got in a rundown between third and home and had made it back to third safely. The runner who had been at first, though, went to third because he was expecting Plouffe to be tagged in the rundown (which he should have been). I’m mad that I didn’t get a picture of it, but there were two Twins just lying there touching third base with outstretched arms, one on the home plate side of third, and one on the second base side. Plouffe was called out (since you can’t have multiple runners on the same base), and the Brewers dodged a bullet. Dillard had been pitching and was relieved by Juan Perez, to get the lefty-lefty matchup on Denard Span. Perez got ahead of Span 0-2, and it was looking like we were headed to the 16th inning. I’ll let the following four part picture explain what happened after the 0-2 pitch. Clockwise from top left:

1) Span singled to left, Dozier scored, and the Twins won. After getting to first Span realized he was going to get mobbed, so he kept running towards second.

2) Span then pulled a nifty juke move on Ben Revere, and escaped for a moment.

3) As he got to the outfield grass more teammates were upon him and stopped running.

4) The Twins celebrating their 15th inning victory.

Final Score: Twins 5 – Brewers 4. It was a tough one to swallow. What made it worse is that I didn’t leave Target Field until 6:45, compared to the 4:00 departure time I had been hoping for. I jumped in my car at 7:00 and made it to Victoria’s and my apartment at 11:04 pm. It’s almost 2:00 pm on Monday, and I need to go. I just realized that I should probably get an oil change before I put another 1,000 miles on my car in the next week and a half. I’ve already put on over 5,000 miles since my last oil change which was right before the season began. The Brewers play the Toronto tonight and I’m looking forward to seeing the Blue Jays in person. Brett Lawrie, who was the main piece in the Shaun Marcum trade, is the Jays’ starting third basemen. He’s got somewhat of a temper, so I might or might not be cheering for some questionable ball-strike calls from the home plate umpire when he’s at the plate.

I forgot to mention this, but during the seventh inning (I think), Dan, or maybe it was Dave (it was a long game), stopped by and gave me $60 to donate to Be the Match. He recognized me and said he reads the blog. THANK YOU!!! If you’re reading this, if you could leave a comment with your email address, I’d like to get in touch. When you leave a comment it doesn’t automatically post, and I’ll get a chance to not approve it once I get your contact info. This actually goes for anyone that wants to get ahold of me.

Personal Stats:

Daily:

Time inside Target Field: 6 hours 31 minutes
Time on stadium grounds: 6 hours 40 minutes
Miles driven: 281.4
Sausages: 1 (Chili Dog)
Pitches Missed: 0
Percentage of pitches seen: 100% (466/466)
Current streak of pitches seen: 590

Season:

Brewers current record: 30-36 (.455 winning percentage)
Time inside stadiums: 283 hours 6 minutes
Time on stadium grounds: 329 hours 37 minutes
Miles driven: 6,649.3
Miles riding in car but not driving: 1,702.1
Public Transit miles: 262.7
Flight Miles: 11,263
Total distance traveled: 19,877.1 miles
Distance as % of Earth’s circumference: 79.82% (19,877.1/24,901)
Sausages: 54 (22 Hot Dogs, 15 Polish, 7 Bratwurst, 5 Corndogs, 2 Italian, Cheddarwurst, Bison Dog, Chicken Apple Sausage)
Pitches missed: 57
Longest streak of pitches seen: 1,469 (5/28 – 6/1)
Percentage of pitches seen: 99.72% (20,074/20,131)

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1 Comment

Hi Ben. This is Dan, I met you at the game on Sunday in Minneapolis. I read your blog daily but missed the past few days because I also was burned out from my 4 hour drive home after the marathon game. The 4:30am alarm came way too soon on Monday. BUT IT WAS WORTH IT!!! Your “Be The Match” effort is worth it as well. Keep going in this endeavor Ben, because it is a very worthy cause. Brewer fans nationwide are proud of you! Maybe we will see you at Miller Park yet this year as the Brewers make their playoff surge in the second half!!!! GO CREW and GO BEN!!!

Dan
p.s. I intended to give you a $50 donation, but I only had twenties when my wife told me, “Give him $60 ya tightwad!” Kudos to my bride for sacrificing her beer from the next round for Be The Match!!

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