Today we followed our hearts and ended up at Hammond Stadium – home of the Twins for spring training. We are going to play scrabble soon, so I will not bore you with the details, but will focus in on the highlights.
After which we hung out with Brian Duensing in the stadium. I was reminded too late that his wife is a teacher and we probably should have taken time to bond over that. Next time. We watched Joe Nathan be interviewed, then got a photo with him (he was glad to see us – true fans – after some kid had the nerve to ask him to sign a Yankees hat!)
We watched a little more of the practice on the other field, then joined the throngs of fans awaiting the end of practice and the walk to the clubhouse. We are pretty sure that Tiffany got Mauer’s autograph because of the extended eye contact they shared earlier in the day. Once that excitement was over, we saw that Pavano was being interviewed. Amber and I re-lived our play-offs mustached memories and the genius idea was suggested to sharpie on finger mustaches for an epic photo opp. He may have watched, looking amused, while he was interviewed, and so naturally he rushed over to have a picture with us. This is probably our proudest photo moment of the day. Ridiculous? Yes. AMAZING? Yes. We are genius fans. We thought to ourselves, “Wow, our day truly is complete. It really can’t get better than this.”
Then it did.
We were innocently eating a picnic lunch, (right outside the door of the club house) and who did we see over yonder, strolling up in a Pavano t-shirt and shorts? Kev. So we said, “Kevin, can we get a picture with you?” He said yes, we exchanged some banter, and all was right with the world.
We wrapped up our lunches, (not literally wrapped them up – more so finished up eating), hung out with Gardy for a bit. (He promised to hand out flyers to all the players for our Presidents’ Day Party) (insert sighs of happyness and joy here.)
p.s. While we were playing scrabble and enjoying the evening, we reminisced about the day. (When so much excitement occurs, it is never to early to begin reminiscing). We decided that Joe was probably also playing scrabble that evening with some of his friends. We decided the group would likely be Joe, Drew, Kev, and Pavano would be the fourth player – he just seems the type. The game probably came down to being between Kev and Pavano – Kevin is after all taking college classes currently. Even though Slowey is my favorite, I think I’ll put my money on Pavano for the win.