April 19th, 2012
Greetings fans, interns and blog-readers! I’m Collin, the Game Presentation intern, also known as “Buddy.” My job deals with being on and around the field during games organizing the pre-game activities, choosing various people for contests along with other different jobs in the Game Presentation Department.
This year, fans will notice a few new things when they come to Target Field, one of them being a new on-field contest known as “Groove in the 3rd.” This contest involves three different people that are staged in either the home or away dugouts and the plaza by the flagpoles. Fans receive 30 seconds to “Bust a Move” at their respective area as the fans watch and critique their skills….. or lack thereof. At the conclusion of the contest, fans get to cheer and applaud the dancer that they think put on the best show while each contestant gets a prize for participating.
My frustration thus far in dealing with this contest is picking winning dancers, and my record certainly reflects that. I am 0-6 this season. Seriously 0-6! I’m hoping it’s a case of bad luck and not a trend throughout the year.
I’ve also been finding out that the person that is the most willing to go out there and shake their tailfeathers are males around the age of 25-45, to which I find somewhat odd since, in my experience, I have found that females enjoyed dancing more. Who could say no to an autographed baseball, a gym pass and a free sub right? The toughest people to convince so far have been children. When I asked one of them if they would participate last Sunday, he replied “NO. Not ever. Not in ten years. Not in a MILLION years!” Indeed I may have to think of some new tactics.
As the season progresses, I’m interested to see how this turns out for me as well as the two others who help pick out the contestants. A few words of advice to the fans that will be picked in future groovin’ or are interested in it…. “You can dance if you want to. You can leave your friends behind. ‘Cause your friends don’t dance, and if they don’t dance, well, they’re no friends of mine.”
“Opening Day is by far the best Twins game of the year,” employee after employee told me. I certainly began to believe them especially as I could feel the excitement already at 9:00 a.m. Monday morning. Monday, April 9th was 2012’s Twins Opening Day, my first opening day, and I was going to be a part of it.
This year, the Twins celebrated the 2002 team with players like Torii Hunter, Doug Mientkiewicz, Jacque Jones, and Brad Radke. All 14 players that could celebrate this Opening Day with us at Target Field were going to throw out the first pitch. This had to be a world record, or least it is in my book!
The opening ceremonies at Target Field were breathtaking. The two other Public Affairs interns and I got the chance to go through the Twins’ Clubhouse before the game and hang out in the dugout while the current and 2002 Twins players were there. The players were listening to the rap song ‘Barbra Streisand’ as we walked through the clubhouse. To this day, I still don’t get that song, but hey, to each their own.
Watching the 2002 team throw out the first pitch and seeing the flyover from the dugout was such an amazing experience. I had the chance to snap this shot from the dugout of the flyover. I will never forget this day.