There’s never been a better time to be a sports fan, and few have made good on the abundance of unique opportunities more than Lindsey Fast.
The Sioux Falls resident and Minnesota Twins super fan on Friday is off to New York City to hang out in the MLB Fan Cave (pictured above), meet two Twins players (her hunch is that it’ll be All-Stars Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins) and go see Minnesota play the Yankees. All expenses are paid for Fast and a friend.
Previously, Fast got to sit in the TV booth with Twins color man Bert Blyleven and watch an entire game in a suite with former Minnesota pitcher Jack Morris - both the result of fan contests. But this figures to be the best experience … so far.
"I don’t know if I’m just lucky," Fast said, "or if I’m one of those crazy fans that enters every contest and wins them."
It doesn’t hurt that the Minnesota native is a Twins season-ticket holder – that made her eligible for the Morris giveaway. In this case, Fast sent out seven tweets about the Twins over seven days, participating in a contest that was open to the public. One fan from every MLB team was selected to come to New York during the course of the summer, in most cases when their favorite club was taking on the Mets or the Yankees.
The centerpiece of the trip is hanging out in the Fan Cave, a dwelling set up for seven people selected to (live and) watch the entirety of the MLB season. Celebrities, players and musicians stop by, too.
Fast said that being a full-time member of the Fan Cave wasn’t an option for her due to her job as a pediatric pharmacist. But this is the next best thing. She’s always been a baseball fan, the intensity ramping up in recent years.
"Baseball, to me, is just very relaxing, and the more stress I have in my life, the more baseball became a part of it," the SDSU grad explained. "It’s kind of become where I’m following the minor league and being kind of a diehard."
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