Bucs’ Anderson scores a double
The Minnesota Twins new home, Target Field, is becoming familiar territory for Garrett Anderson.
The Blue Earth Area High School Buccaneer star athlete recently received two honors for his prowess on the pitcher’s mound, and both involved visits to Target Field.
Anderson was one of seven finalists for the title of ‘Mr. Minnesota Baseball,’ a new state award for the best high school baseball player in Minnesota.
That honor involved a banquet held at Target Field on Sunday, June 20, where the seven finalists for both ‘Mr. Baseball’ and ‘Ms. Softball’ were honored.
Chris Anderson, of Centennial High School, was named Mr. Minnesota Baseball.
“I played ball with him on a traveling team last summer in Iowa and Illinois,” Garrett Anderson says of the other Anderson. “We both are pitchers and play first base.”
Anderson says the banquet was quite impressive, with both Ron Coomer and Dick Janckowski doing the emceeing.
Anderson, who will play ball at St. Cloud State University next year, was from the smallest school on the list of seven finalists.
Last weekend, June 25-26, Anderson received another award. This time he was selected to play in the Lions All-Star Baseball Tournament in Chaska.
There were four teams in the tournament – two from out-state and two from the metro area. It features all of the best high school players in the state, and is sponsored by the Lions Clubs of Minnesota.
“We got to tour the Lions Eye Bank at the University of Minnesota, which is what the tournament was raising funds to support,” Anderson says. “It was quite a place.”
Also included during the weekend was another banquet, which honored the 80 players in the tournament.
“We also got a great tour of Target Field, including the Twins locker room,” Anderson says. “And we were able to be on the field.”
He will be on the field again this week. Before Friday night’s Twins game against the Tampa Bay Rays, the members of the All-Star teams, including Anderson, will be brought out on the field and introduced, then get to watch the game – all compliments of the Twins and the ‘Play Ball Minnesota’ organization.
As if that isn’t enough time at Target Field, Anderson is going to the game the night before he is honored, just to enjoy watching the Twins with friends from Blue Earth.
“I’m becoming pretty familiar with the place,” he jokes.
And what does Garrett Anderson do for fun during the summer?
Play ball, of course. He is on both the Pirates and Legion ball teams.
“Yeah, I do like baseball,” he says with a smile. “A lot.”