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The Twins home stand that brought the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels to Target Field over May 23rd to May 29th was full of memorable moments. Most remarkable has to be the tributes paid to Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew after he passed away at the age of 74 on May 17th from battling cancer. The first game against the Mariners was the Twins’ first home game since his passing and the Twins took time to pay tribute to Harmon before the game. For this game only a large #3 was etched into the infield dirt behind second base. More permanent tributes included wrapping a black band around Harmon’s retired #3 jersey number and putting his famous signature on the right-center field wall (seen above).
Before the game started against the Mariners the entire Twins team gathered around the #3 in the infield dirt to take a moment to remember Harmon. All Twins players and coaches will also wear a black #3 on the right sleeve of their jerseys for the rest of the season. They will also be wearing their 1961 throwback jerseys for all remaining home games.
Between the Mariners and Angels series, the Twins held a public memorial for Harmon that brought together not only Twins legends, but some other notable names in baseball as well including MLB commissioner Bud Selig and former homerun king and Hall of Fame member Hank Aaron.
Jim Thome returned to the Twins lineup in a big way on May 23rd after some time on the DL by hitting not one, but two homeruns during the game. That brings his career homerun total to 593, just 7 shy of the 600 mark.
The Angels series meant former Twins outfielder Torii Hunter would make his annual return to Minnesota where he still remains very popular with many fans. The May 27th game was also the first post-game fireworks show of the season at Target Field.
The game against the Angels on May 28th was a very exciting game for Twins fans indeed. It started off by Twins starting pitcher Anthony Swarzak taking a no hitter into the 8th inning before Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos broke it up with a double.
Not to be outdueled, Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver matched evenly with Swarzak by forcing a 0 – 0 game into the 10th inning. Danny Valencia got to play hero once again by getting the game winning hit with bases loaded giving the Twins a dramatic 1 to 0 walk-off win. If you remember, he was the hero in a nearly identical situation back on April 12th.
The next home stand starts on June 9th where the Texas Rangers will visit Target Field for 4 games. The Twins will play 10 home games including a 3-game series against their division rivals, the Chicago White Sox, and also their first home interleague games of the season where they will host the San Diego Padres. I plan on photographing several games from these series, so check back as I’ll be updating my 2011 Twins Galleries page periodically as usual.
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