Found June 12, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
Mlb-twins-orioles-jul
MINNEAPOLIS Of all the events the Minnesota Twins participate in during Hope Week, Tuesday's was perhaps the highlight for manager Ron Gardenhire. The Twins skipper was joined by catcher Drew Butera, pitcher P.J. Walters, former Twins Kent Hrbek and Tim Laudner, and mascot T.C. Bear at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis. The group spent time with military veterans, signing autographs and swapping stories. Gardenhire, a self-proclaimed "Army brat" whose father was in the military for nearly 25 years, had a special appreciation for the service of those men and women he met with Tuesday. "It's emotional, really emotional for me," Gardenhire said. "I look in their eyes. I can see that they appreciate us being here, which that makes it all worthwhile, them understanding that we're here just to say thank you. But it's emotional for me because I see my dad right in there in that room." Among those in the hospital's common room that had the chance to meet the Twins was 94-year-old Harley Wishart, who served in World War II as a member of the Air Force's 49th Fighter Group. Wishart recalled buying tickets to see Minnesota play at the old Metropolitan Stadium, paying just 1 to sit in the left field seats. He and the other veterans were given Twins hats, which were then autographed. It was clear that after meeting with the players and Gardenhire, Wishart and others were grateful for the experience. "This (hospital) is a great institution, but the daily life gets dull after a while," Wishart said. "To see these people come in and greet us, give us caps, it lifted our spirits and gives us something to talk about. . . . It was sure wonderful for the Twins to come and say hi." Tuesday marked the third day of the Twins' second annual Hope Week, in which the players and coaches give back to the community. On Sunday, Justin Morneau hosted his annual Casino Night, which raises money for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. During Monday's off day, the Twins took part in a Habitat for Humanity project and also interacted with fans while raising money during the Hanging with the Majors event. But Tuesday's visit to the VA Hospital put the game of baseball into perspective for the players after meeting with veterans who risked their lives for their country. "It's definitely something that you're thankful that they gave their time and their service for us to be able to play baseball," said Butera, whose grandfather was in the military. "To hear what they went through, some of the stories of war, I'm speechless. Sometimes I don't know what to say other than thank you. This is our way of saying thank you and coming out and talking to them." Added Gardenhire: "I think our players, you see them in there, it's reality for them, too. We're going to go leave here and we're going to go back to the ballpark and get ready for a baseball game. You won't forget some of the faces in there, some of the smiles and some of the tears coming out of their eyes. Us being here, you won't forget that ever. I never have and I don't think my guys will, either." The Twins will wrap up Hope Week on Friday with "Field Day for the Kids" at Target Field, which allows local kids to meet and interact with the Twins players. Before then, there will be several other surprise events along the way. For Gardenhire, though, Tuesday's time spent at the VA Hospital was one he won't soon forget. "To see all these men and women in here and understand they've been through the same thing my dad has and been a part of that, it's real special for me," Gardenhire said. "It's really neat to be able to shake some hands and tell them thanks." Follow Tyler Mason on Twitter.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Twins fan catches foul ball while on cell phone, plays it off like a boss (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. The more cell phone use we see at baseball games, the more great plays and embarrassing moments we will be treated to when balls go flying into the stands. On Tuesday night in Minnesota, the former came into play. As you can see from the clip above, a Twins fan made a nice stab on a foul ball down the first base line in the seventh inning....

Twins players have many superstitions

MINNEAPOLIS Before his team got set to take on the Chicago Cubs this past weekend, Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was asked about Trevor Plouffe's improved play in the field. But talking about his infielder's defense before the game put Gardenhire a bit on edge, as if just discussing it may change what happened to Plouffe during the game. "I'm going to...

Twins will 'ad lib' in altered interleague play

MINNEAPOLIS Interleague play as baseball fans currently know it will be changing next season, and the Minnesota Twins have mixed reviews about the new format. Beginning in 2013, the Houston Astros will move from the National League Central to the American League West, meaning each league will have 15 teams and each division will have five teams. Given the odd number of clubs in...

Twins get payoff for sticking with Plouffe

The Minnesota Twins were hoping Trevor Plouffe would finally find a role this season as what they called a "super utility" player, a guy who can play every infield position (he has) and both corner outfield spots (he has). They're getting so much more. "He's picking us up big time right now, which we needed," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We needed...

Twins' Walters likely to land on DL after abbreviated start

Minnesota Twins right-hander P.J. Walters lasted only four batters Wednesday, tagged with four earned runs and the loss in a 9-8 setback to the Philadelphia Phillies at Target Field. After Walters gave up four consecutive singles to start the game, manager Ron Gardenhire had seen enough. "I said, 'You're throwing 80 miles an hour. What's going on here?' ...

Twins' offensive surge raises confidence

MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Twins have said all season that hitting is contagious. It looks like the entire team is currently infected. For the third time in 10 games this month, the Twins' offense exploded for 10 or more runs when they beat the Philadelphia Phillies by an 11-7 final on Tuesday at Target Field. Eight of Minnesota's nine starters had at least one hit, and...

Twins close to agreement with No. 2 pick Buxton

Byron Buxton, the second overall choice in the MLB draft, took batting practice with the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday and is close to wrapping up a contract. General manager Terry Ryan says the Twins are in negotiations with Buxton's agent and expected a deal ''shortly.'' The 18-year-old outfielder from Georgia took a physical on Tuesday and then took some swings...

Hendriks could be added to Twins rotation

MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Twins' recent schedule has allowed the team to roll with a four-man rotation lately, but it's likely they'll add a fifth starter for Saturday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers.And it's likely that the pitcher they add will be right-hander Liam Hendriks.Hendriks began the season in the rotation but was optioned to Triple-A Rochester...

Rookie Diamond keeps shining for Twins

(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer Scott Diamond grew up in Canada, seemingly destined to become a pitcher. He says he was a bad skater, so hockey was merely a hobby. Baseball was his primary sport, but he only found the mound because, he says, he couldn't play any of the other positions very well. The Minnesota Twins are happy...

Ex-big league pitcher Boswell, 67, dies

Dave Boswell, who won 20 games for the Minnesota Twins in 1969 despite missing a couple of weeks after a fight with manager Billy Martin, has died. He was 67. He died in his home in Joppa, Md., on Monday, said the Baltimore Orioles, his last major league team. The right-hander had a colorful, albeit short, career and participated in a great pitching duel with Baltimore's Dave...

Twins agree to terms with their first round pick Byron Buxton

According to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a deal, pending physical, with their first round pick Byron Buxton. Neal III adds that Buxton arrived in Minneapolis on Monday and met with the Twins at Target Field. People familiar with Buxton's deal close to Ben Goessling of the Pioneer Press say that the outfielder will get...

Series Preview - Twins

Phillies (29-33) at Minnesota Twins (324-35)Pitching Matchups:Tuesday, 8:10 - Oh great, it's KK v. Nick BlackburnWednesday, 8:10 - Cole Hamels v. PJ WaltersThursday, 8:10 - Oh no, it's Joe v. Scott DiamondTwins Batting:Runs - 245 (22nd)Avg - .252 (17th)Slug - .386 (22nd)Twins Pitching:ERA - 5.05 (29th)WHIP - 1.39 (26th)BAA - .283 (29th)Their Danny Sandoval:Danny Valencia...

Minnesota Mashes 17 Hits Against Kendrick and Not So Great Bullpen, Defeat Phils 11-7

  The Phillies were simply looking to have fun coming into this series against the Minnesota Twins. As assumed by the fans, the entire Phils lineup sported high socks tonight in honor of Jim Thome. Whether that's true or not, it's certainly different. Also, a majority of the team wore Hunter Pence's t-shirts that read "Fake Tough," an obvious shot at Nationals...

Phillies try to turn things around against Twins

Jim Thome homered as a member of the Twins in the two teams' last meeting in June 2010. (Courtesy of SportsChatPlace.com) It's not often this season that you can look at the standings and find a team that the Phillies are supposed to beat. But if there ever was a team, it's the Minnesota Twins. The Phillies have spent the past three weeks facing teams with winning...

Unthinkable

Who would've thought that going into tonight's inter-league game between the Minnesota Twins (24-35, 8.5 GB) and the Philadelphia Phillies (29-33, 8.5 GB) that they would both hold the same position in their respective divisions - dead last! They couldn't have been any different to start the season as far as expectations go with the Phillies expected to compete for...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.