Baseball to play at Metrodome

The baseball team get to play in the old Minnesota Twins stadium, it does not hold any more professional baseball games so the team got the chance to rented it out for the day.

It is the first year that a baseball team has ever gone on a trip like this. It is common that a team plays on a local college fields but never a professional field. The team will be playing on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. against Osseo-Fairchild.

“The idea actually came from a parent, I thought it was a good idea. It’s not everyday you get the opportunity to play inside a stadium, so I thought it would be a memorable experience,”  said varsity baseball coach Jake Dahlke.

The trip is being funded by the athletic boosters club. The boosters club has donated a lot to the baseball team and this trip was a huge surprise to the players. The varsity and JV teams will both be playing.

“I think it will be fun to get to play on a former MLB field,” said junior catcher Tommy Torkelson.

It takes a lot to excite a high school student enough to make them get up and be on the bus at 6:30 in the morning on a Saturday.

“The opportunity to step onto a former Major League Baseball Field filled with years of history, a chance to feel like a MLB player for the day, and hopefully a day that they will remember and talk about the rest of their lives,” said Dahlke.The Metrodome is not a normal field it has turf instead of grass. “I think the ball will take a different hop of the the turf, but it will be more predictable than playing on grass and dirt,” said junior third baseman Dalton Shaw.

Getting the money to rent the metrodome was the easy part of the planning. It took about two weeks of planning just to get everything set. “It took me the first week to get ahold of the lady in charge of renting the Metrodome. Then I finally got ahold of her, and it took another week for me to find a date available that matched up with ours and Osseo-Fairchild’s schedule,” said Dahlke.

The game that we will be playing does not count for conference it is just a game that we get to play. The game is just getting more games in and experience for the athletes.

“I think that this will give us confidence from playing on a professional field and we will get the feeling of being professional baseball players. Hopefully the confidence transfers onto the field when we are playing conference games,” said Shaw.