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Go early, stay late

April 13, 2009 - Chuck Hunt
I had an opportunity to go to the second Twins baseball game of the season last Tuesday. I briefly had a small pang of regret that I wasn't going to the season - and home - opener the night before. But any chance to go catch a Twins game is a welcome break from the usual schedule of covering meetings and news. We scheduled an early departure, mainly out of fear of rush hour traffic in the late afternoon. However, a miracle happened and we actually got to the game plenty early. That happenstance allowed us time to wander around the outside of the dome, and get inside with plenty of time to watch warmups, etc. That was pretty entertaining. It was a week day, so I was fully aware I would not get home early, and yet would have to be at work early to get to Wells for a story I am working on. We had the tickets which are owned by Bevcomm and First Bank, and they were excellent seats - right behind home base. We were thoroughly enjoying the game, the atmosphere, and the experience as a whole. While many, many folks left in the latter innings, my group decided to stay. The people leaving probably had only a short drive to get home, and we had nearly a two hour drive facing us, but we wanted to see the end of the game. "They can still pull this out," I kept repeating, not really believing it 100 percent myself. But they did. It was a huge come-from-behind win in the ninth inning. We were cheering our lungs out and high-fiving everyone around us. The real fans had stayed. It reminded me of my brother Bill. He and I have attended many, many events in the dome. Vikings and Gophers football, Twins baseball, a couple of World Series, etc. He believes that if you paid for a ticket, you stay to get your money's worth. And, he always says, you just never know what is going to happen at the end. I am glad I followed his advice. I would have been kicking myself the whole two hour drive home had I left early and missed that spectacular ending. I think there is a lesson for life in there somewhere.


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