Sunday, July 4, 2010

Belated Anniversary Gift - A Twins Game!

Thanks to my lovely wife, we were able to enjoy a Friday evening game Twins game at Target Field against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.  When she got the tickets as an anniversary gift, she didn't know that it was fireworks night at the game, which was an awesome bonus!

It was a close game (sorry Cubs fans - you lost by 12 that day...), with the Rays going up 1-0 in the 1st, but were held scoreless the rest of the way.  While the Twins were able to get runners on base by walks - and put up a few legitimate threats - they weren't able to get a hit until relatively unknown Danny Valencia broke the no-hit bid by David Price (one of the best pitchers in the A.L. - selected to this year's All-Star game) in the 5th inning.  In fact, the top 5 hitters for the Twins failed to get a hit all game.

Problem?  I think not.  In the 7th it looked like much of the same.  Morneau grounded out and Cuddy struck out swinging.  With 2 out, Kubes stepped up to the plate and singled to center.  Enter Delmon Young (vote for him for the final All-Star spot on the A.L. roster here).  With a stroke of the bat, Delmon doubled to deep left center, scoring Kubel all the way from first (he's not the fleetest of foot, so it was close!).  Delmon was able to make it to third on an error, which set up Valencia to come in and continue to be a thorn in David Price's side.  With a single to center, Young crossed the plate to put the Twins up 2-1.  The Rays were able to get runners in scoring position in both the 8th and 9th, but Rauch came through for the save (a night after blowing one to the same Rays).  All in all, a low-scoring, but high-excitement game!

About 15 minutes after the game, the first fireworks show in Target Field's history was set to kick-off.  Because the fireworks were set to be fired from the B-ramp behind the Minny & Paul sign in center-field - and because we were seated fairly close to the location - we made our way to the lower-level on the third-base line.  While it may not have been the best seat in the house - those belonged to the kids of the Twins players who were allowed to sit on the field - it couldn't have been much better.  Check out pictures below.

We had a great time and can't wait to go back again! 


Jill said...

Looks like a really fun evening. Good job with the tickets, Kel! :) I especially love the firwork picture that looks like a giant rake with all of the colors going up and out in all directions.

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