For so long it felt like the All-Star Game was never going to be here. So much planning, so many meetings and rehearsals, but when that week finally came it felt like it was never going to end! For the grounds crew, that week was just about a 24 hour operation. With all the rehearsals and extra ASG events on the field, whenever we had the opportunity to work on the field, we took it, no matter what hour of the day.
It was interesting and fun seeing the crew work around the busy schedule of events and to see a normal 1-hour field prep be broken up into a few 15 minute windows. Controlled chaos is a good way to put it, with all of the departments coming together and working around each other like a well-oiled machine.
The best part about being on the grounds crew during the week was the opportunity to be on the field for all of the events. The Future’s Game, Celebrity Softball Game, Home Run Derby, and All-Star Game were all exciting to be a part of and to watch once they got started. My favorite part about the whole week and the one thing I will remember forever is that I had the privilege to bring my dad into work with me. For the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game, my dad became an honorary member of the grounds crew. Baseball is huge in our family, and being able to share this once in a lifetime experience with my dad meant the world to me.
Us interns are always talking about how lucky we are to work for a Major League Baseball team. Many of us grew up Twins fans so being with this organization makes the opportunity that much sweeter. But this group, this class of 2014, will always be the All-Star group. Words cannot describe just how lucky we are, not only to work for a MLB team, but to be a part of something so much greater. I am confident that I speak for all of us when I say this will go down as one of the craziest, but best, weeks of our lives.
In 7 days, I worked 98 hours and only got a few hours of sleep each night. But to run out on the field with my dad 4 times during the All-Star Game to change the bases, to see Derek Jeter play in his 14th and last All-Star Game, and to see Glen Perkins pitch a 1-2-3 9th inning with Kurt Suzuki catching to bring a victory to the American League… That made all the hard work worth it.
The Community Relations department was hard at work for the 2014 All-Star game. The Twins and MLB gave a total of $8,575,800 (the largest amount ever by a ASG host city) back to the community during All-Star Week through Legacy Giving efforts. So I will let you soak it all in!
Day 1: The Wednesday before the All-Star Game is when the madness began. The first drive was an everlasting bonding experience to the Iron Range-Hibbing, MN. The Kevin Thoresen Miracle League Field kicked off the beginning of this Legacy journey.
Day 2: Thursday included setting up and taking down 3 different youth ball field renovation ceremonies at Twins All-Star Park at Gilbert De La O Field, Lee Park, and Sid Hartman Field. Bunting became an everlasting staple at these events and will never be forgotten.
Day 3: Friday continued with more Legacy Giving projects like the Kirby Puckett Mobile Eye Clinic revealing, Challenger-Miracle League game at Target Field, and ending the day with Rod Carew Field ceremony. These first three days had already made it feel like a week had gone by.
Day 4: Saturday was like the calm before the storm for a lot of people. We had one Legacy Giving ceremony that day and it was at the Ronald McDonald House.
It seemed crazy to think that the 3 days of All-Star events like the Futures game, Celebrity Softball, Home Run Derby, and All-Star Game were finally going to take place when we had been running wild since Wednesday.
Day 5: Christy and I started our Sunday early with the High School Home Run Derby but that still didn’t stop us from completing another Legacy event, this time in St. Paul for the Trout Brook Sanctuary Nature Preserve ceremony. It was nice finally having an afternoon to take in what everyone else had been working on at Target Field. The Celebrity Softball game was definitely surprisingly entertaining, since I didn’t have many expectations.
Day 6: I knew after Sunday night the next few days were going to fly by. Monday we had two Legacy events, one at the Jerry Gamble Boys & Girls club and the All-Star Fans Choose winner announcement during the Home Run Derby pre-game. I have to admit I have never seen so much organized chaos in my life. There were so many moving parts that took place behind-the-scenes to put on these major events that being down on the field to help with the Fans Choose announcement was nothing short of crazy fun.
Day 7: Tuesday came with a bitter sweet feeling that all this madness of running around was going to be over. Our final Legacy Giving ceremony was going to take place with Common Bond at Fort Snelling. This meant the directors chairs, bunting, bug spray, sunscreen, coffee, diet coke, scissors, sandwich boards and riding dirty through the Twins Territory was coming to an end!
I could not be more proud of the Community Relations team for helping complete the largest Legacy Giving effort in All-Star Game history. I was proud to be a part of a Legacy that will forever been imbedded in these communities that I am a part of. It is by far a highlight of this internship!
So many times on this blog you read about exciting moments in the careers of Minnesota Twins interns. However that’s not to say that there is never a bump in the road. Mistakes are made and when they are, there is never a shortage of office humor floating in your direction.
Late afternoon of July 28th an email was sent out to all staff members regarding a charity softball event that would take place in September. Shortly thereafter, an intern of ours took charge in setting up an all-intern team. Upon opening my email the following morning, my inbox was flooded with emails from interns interested in joining the team. I had clicked on what I thought was the email from the intern when in fact I clicked on the all-staff email. After typing in what so many other interns had replied with before me, “I’m in,” I clicked send.
It only took about three seconds to realize I had just sent out a ‘reply all’ email response to EVERY Twins employee with the simple two word message of “I’m in.” While the jokes have not stopped coming, and probably won’t for a while, one thing is for sure. Nobody here at the Twins will ever call into question my dedication when it comes to charity softball support because “I’M IN”!
My day began at 6:50am that Sunday morning with a trip over to the State Fair Grounds for the All-Star Game Color Run! Fellow interns, Lindsay, Cassy, and Adam V., and I ran through the course at a blazing speed and still managed to be covered in colors.
Next, I attended the All-Star Game rehearsal at 9:30am, in full color. And once noon came around, it was time to try and wash the color off and begin greeting the celebrities and legends attending the game.
Jim Thome was the first legend to walk through the loading dock doors. I was completely star-struck, but managed to remain professional and take him to his locker room. Then came Zach Parise, Maya Moore, Panic At the Disco, John Smoltz, Mike Piazza, and finally Nelly.
After the game concluded, and the NL disappointingly destroyed the AL, I helped bring the celebrity families onto the field to watch an amazing fireworks show. And all of a sudden, my day had come to a close. Although I was exhausted, it was a very eventful and memorable day that I hope to never forget.
First, I want to give a shout out to all of my supervisors in the ticket office that worked their tails off to make sure that everything that revolved around ticketing was a success. They worked a lot of long hours, but they did it with smiles on their faces the whole time. They are great role models for us.
The All-Star Game has definitely been the highlight of my internship thus far. There were so many great activities that went along with the big event that it’s hard to list them all. The rest of the ticket office interns and I had the opportunity to work at most of them.
The first event was the free concert MLB put on at TCF stadium. The ticket office worked at will call, and we all got to enjoy the concert once we were done with will call. Imagine Dragons put on quite the show and the fireworks at the end might have been the best I’ve ever seen.
Sunday was the Futures Game and Celebrity softball. I didn’t work at this event because I worked at FanFest that day which was also pretty awesome. FanFest is definitely something worth checking out at every All-Star Game. I didn’t get to see a lot of it the day that I worked there, but I did go on Monday with my dad and we really enjoyed it. I loved seeing all the trophies that get awarded to players throughout the seasons as well as the Hall of Fame areas. Besides the displays at FanFest they had batting practice in the cages. Even though I played softball until 9th grade all I can say is I will stick to volleyball. I loved FanFest because I got to go a few hours before before work with my dad.
The home run derby was also incredible. I watched most of it on the ticket office TV, but I was able to sneak out and watch Céspedes win the title. How cool is it to be a back-to-back champion?
Tuesday was definitely the highlight of all the All-Star activities. I’d always wanted to go to the game when I was younger, I used to beg my parents to take me… they never did. But having the opportunity to work at it was just as cool. I worked an earlier shift in the ticket office that day, so I mainly worked at the window. MLB released random tickets throughout the day, so we were able to sell some to guests. I had the opportunity to help some really awesome guests at the window. There were 3 women from New York that had flown in for the game, and it was cool to hear their stories about previous All-Star games. There were also a lot of father-son combos that came up as well and seeing their faces light up when they were able to buy tickets lit mine up as well. It is always awesome making someone’s day. The other great thing about working at the window that day was around 7:00 we could say that we were SOLD OUT! That isn’t something we get to say very often.
I will say the the overall highlight for me was when a father and son came up to the window to purchase tickets for the game. They had flown in from Salt Lake City that morning for his son’s birthday. They were so excited that I was able to sell them tickets, they even came back and thanked me later for helping them out. And, during the game when I was walking around I saw where they were sitting and they looked so happy. That is a great way to remember how great and successful the All-Star Game was.
After I was done working, I got to go and enjoy the game. The other interns in my office were allowed to leave early too because we finished all of our duties. It was definitely a blast walking around Target Field and watching the game as well as taking everything in (I got to see my parents and they were so happy that they got to experience the All-Star game). It was pretty amazing to look around and see how everyone’s hard work within the Twins organization and MLB paid off.
Before I was able to experience the All-Star Game with the Minnesota Twins, I was just a senior in college that lacked ‘intern experience’. Fearing that I wouldn’t be able to find a job after I graduated college, I knew that I had to find an internship to build up my resume and earn some experience around my field of study. With that in mind, I decided to visit the internship fair to find opportunities to network with people and perhaps even find an internship for the Spring Semester. I handed out my resume to nearly every booth, but I did not stop at the Twins since I knew nothing about baseball. As I walked by the Twins booth, I didn’t even think twice and skipped over the booth. Luckily Courtney jumped in front of me and stated that the Twins are looking for an IT intern. Courtney handed me the application and told me to apply online ASAP even though the deadline to apply had already passed. As soon as I got home from school that day, I applied for the IT Intern positions that were still being offered by the Twins. Within a couple of days I got a phone call from the Twins human resource department asking me to do a phone interview and later a person to person interview. I was so ecstatic that I got the interview, I even reached out all of my friends and family and let them know my progress so far.
On the day I had the person to person interview, I started to panic inside, although I appeared very calm on the outside. “What if they ask me questions about baseball?” “What if they ask me something that I don’t know the answer to?” These were the questions coursing through the veins of my head as I waited for someone to escort me to the interview. When I walked in, I was surprised that there were actually two people interviewing me, and just not one. At that moment, I was already on my tippy toes and ready to fire answers to any questions raised. It was Tony and Shelley asking me questions for the IT position. Tony did most of the talking while Shelley took notes and watched from aside. Tony spoke to me about what they were looking for and what to expect for the job. Tony even mentioned stuff about the All-Star Game, but in my mind it was just work with little knowledge what the All-Star Game was about. Despite my lack of interest for baseball, I was astonished by the friendly atmosphere that Tony and Shelley brought. They asked me how I was doing in school and if there were any struggles I was going through. Shelley stretched out some technical question, but it seemed elementary to me. It felt like they were looking for a person that they could trust, not someone who has all the ‘brains’. They told me that I don’t have to be a fan of baseball to work with the Twins and that I would learn a lot and maybe even learn to like baseball during my internship with the Twins. When I got hired with the Twins, I was very excited. I blurted out to all of my friends and bragged that I would be working with a well-known enterprise, the enterprise of Twins baseball.
By the time the All-Star Week came by, I finally knew what Tony was talking about when I had the interview with the IT department. I learned a lot about baseball, the most was during the All-Star Game because Shelley told me to take a break during the game to watch and enjoy the recreation of baseball. I learned that Major League Baseball is dived into two separate leagues (American League and National League). I learned that the American League has designated hitters to replace pitchers during at-bats but the National league does not. I learned that there are nine innings in baseball. I learned what a Home Run Derby was for. I learned about the players affiliated with the Twins. I learned that the last time we had the All-Star Game in Minnesota was in 1985, and the list goes on…
The Twins organization has become like a second family to me, we work as a team and we treat each other like close relatives who gets along with each other, occasionally. I enjoy being in the cross-fire of Brent, Ryan, and Joe, who once in a while shoot rubber bands at each other. I like the WORK = FUN rant that John gives. I like Shelley’s straight forward motherly approach. I like Tony’s frequent friendly visits. I like Wade’s sarcastic humor. I like the quick aid that Purvi and James give out when I cry for help. I like sharing the cubicle with Cassie, and Jason as the one ‘new neighbor’ in our department. Overall, I like everything with the Twins, and I couldn’t have asked for a better intern experience.
As an Operations intern, many of my duties for the All-Star Game were behind-the-scenes. We worked hard to set up the building, move things in and out, and rearrange everything to get ready for our three days in the spotlight. The most exciting part of the All-Star experience for me was being able to operate one of two elevators the players used to come from the Red Carpet down to both the American League and National League clubhouses.
I didn’t get to spend much time with the players, but being so close to them was awesome. David Price struck up a conversation with me, and was glad to hear that I wasn’t “stuck in the elevator” all night. Yasiel Puig was very quiet, but his “#66” diamond and gold necklace spoke for themselves. Riding with Derek Jeter was probably the highlight of my day. To be in the presence of such an influential and amazing baseball player was incredible. I also got to see Hunter Pence, Mike Trout, Koji Uehara, Alexei Ramirez, Andrew McCutchen and Todd Frazier.
My fellow intern, Justin, was operating the other elevator. As soon as we were finished, both of us immediately began comparing who got to see which all-stars. Altogether, it was the most memorable part of my All-Star week!
My week started that Friday, July 11. I headed to the Convention Center to help the technology team set up scanners for the opening of FanFest. During that time, I watched as the greats, Rod Carew, Tony Oliva and Bert Byleven, cut the ribbon to indicate the official start of All Star Week. Over the next few days, I walked a lot and slept a little. I set up phones, media rooms, patched cables, and had many more tasks. With that said however, the amount of work that I did paled in comparison to what the technology team was able to accomplish in such a short amount of time. I have never seen anyone work harder than these guys!
Aside from work though, there are many moments I will fondly look back on. From seeing all the excitement at FanFest to getting a glimpse at some celebrities during the Celebrity Softball Game to witnessing one of my favorite players (Justin Morneau) participate in the Home Run Derby to watching Derek Jeter bat at his last Midsummer Classic, I have been trying to pick one moment as my favorite. But I have realized that I am unable to choose just one, because the entire experience was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I can’t believe I got the privilege to be a part of.
After returning from Cooperstown, NY and my 10 week internship with the National Baseball Hall of Fame, countless friends, roommates and family members continuously asked me what my favorite thing was about the Hall — as it is affectionately known.
Typically my answers ranged from the artifact spotlights I did for visitors, or meeting Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith during Induction Weekend, to working closely with our Hall of Fame membership program. Obviously, I was able to take real-world experience away from this internship and place that I worked in one of the most cherished places in all of baseball on my resume.
Now, two summers later, back in Minnesota, I am asked on almost a nightly basis how my day was at my current internship.
Coming to Target Field every day since January, I walk past the home clubhouse and down to the Baseball Communications department. There I work alongside seven men. That is correct; the entire Minnesota Twins Baseball Communications department is male, with the exception of me.
When I learned this tidbit about my new confines, I was worried that I wouldn’t fit in, simply because I am a woman.
This notion was so far from what has ended up happening within our office walls. Between my fellow intern, Patrick, the two coordinators, Mike and Andrew, our Manager, Mitch, Director, Dustin, Team Photographer, Brace and Curator, Clyde, I have been fully accepted as a full-fledged member of the Baseball Communications department and have never experienced a single moment where I felt I did not belong based on my gender.
It is promising to know that sports, as a whole industry, are headed in a direction where women are able to do the jobs which men have held for decades. Although I am not able to wear heels each day to work, as I get my fair share of walking in as an intern, I am the only one in the office to don a skirt or dress on a typically work day. Still, it doesn’t change the fact that I am able to write articles for the yearbook and Twins magazine, make runs to the home and away clubhouses, help out in the press box, make sure broadcasters, writers, radio personalities and the like have everything they need and complete other necessary communications related tasks.
Now, when my friends, roommates and family members ask me what my favorite part about my internship is, I always seem to answer the people.
Being surrounded by seven men who support me, and are truly assisting in the establishment of my career in sports, is more than I ever thought would happen during my time with the Twins. Each and every day, someone makes sure to give me tasks which have tangible outcomes and will eventually make their way onto my resume.
But for now, I will continue to be grateful for the people whom I am surrounded by. When anyone asks what my favorite thing is about working for the Minnesota Twins, I always answer, my boys — as I affectionately call them.
Today team USA takes on Portugal in their second World Cup match, but that isn’t the only exciting part about today. It was also our Glen Perkins kids jersey giveaway this afternoon at Target Field.
Some of the interns decided to celebrate both early this week, because you never know when there will be a giant American flag hanging around the office!
Go Team USA and win Twins!