Blog by: Josh Shelton
While I knew fan interaction was going to be a part of this trip. Little did I know, the Twins fans were ready for their close-up… like really close-up.
It started much later than usual (8:45 a.m. instead of 6 a.m.), so I was feeling oddly well rested. After breakfast, I had a lukewarm shower to minimize the pain from water coming in to contact with my sun burnt skin.
I was dressed and ready to roll when we began our voyage to Fort Meyers to find stories in Hammond Stadium amongst the 8,615 attending fans.
Spontaneously finding a story takes a lot of patience, observation and, most importantly, an insane amount of luck. I thought I had the luck when I noticed two Twins fans cheering ecstatically for a young relief pitcher, Taylor Rogers.
They were Rita and Angie Duda, and while they weren’t related to Rogers, they did have a deep connection to the Twins ball club.
My story idea faded into the background, but I knew they would make for great characters in a live video. Once the video started, I barely had to do any of the talking.
The ‘Duda Duo’ were naturals on camera, keeping the story moving and providing plenty of laughs along the way. I could not stop smiling and I am truly thankful for them providing with an unforgettable memory (which you can enjoy below).
After my outfield experience, I wandered around the ballpark before making my way behind home plate for the final innings.
Shortly after the Twins comeback win in the ninth and tenth innings, a woman who I thought was interested in what we were doing approached me. Instead, she was interested in my hair.
She explained that her grandson recently got a hair cut just like mine, but the back was causing problems for the hairdresser. She politely asked something I had never been asked before: a picture of the back of my head.
I agreed and then she asked for a front facing picture then proceeded to rub my hair in admiration (I think) before she showed proof of her grandson’s haircut.
While it was a bit bizarre, I can’t remember a time where I wasn’t smiling.
Twins fans: 8/10, super friendly, but quick to jump into your space.