On Wednesday, June 9, at 6 p.m., the Minnesota Twins will help unveil a new “Miracle Field” in Hibbing, Minnesota, as part of the weeklong run-up to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game July 15 at Target Field in St. Paul. The new ball field is located at Bennett Park on the north side of Hibbing, probably most visible from 3rd Avenue (Greyhound Boulevard). This is the road that leads up to the Hull Rust mine view past the Greyhound Bus Museum.
The Minnesota Twins organization kicked in $200,000 for the new field, about half, which is part of their ongoing program to providing playing space for kids with disabilities around the state. A special “Miracle League of the Iron Range” formed this year, which will organize youth baseball games on the new field every summer.
Twins legend Kent Hrbek will be making an appearance at the opening ceremony. He may or may not be my favorite player of all time and the reason my favorite number to this day is “14.” But I’m totally calm and collected about this whole deal.
“‘Sup, Herbie. Catch anything lately? Would you like some of my potato oles?”
I’ll need to work on this.
UPDATE: Here’s Kent Hrbek on “Late Night with David Letterman” in 1987: