Twins-Cubs Fun Bus a Home Run

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Minneapolis, MN  (NewsDakota.com)–Welcome to Target Field, otherwise known as Wrigley Northwest this weekend, where the Minnesota Twins are entertaining the Chicago Cubs and over 50 baseball fans on the Ingstad Family Media/Budweiser Twins-Cubs Fun Bus.

The fans boarded the bus bright and early at 6:00 a.m. in Jamestown Saturday, then in Valley City a half hour later.  The bus became a full sellout with the acquision of a final fan in Fargo.

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Members of the Twins-Cubs Fun Bus board the bus before departing the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Bloomington for Sundays Twins-Cubs game. (photo by Ryan Cunningham)

While the bus started in Twins Territory, the occupants were of truly mixed affiliations.

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(l-r) Brother-and-sister combo Don Henninger (Oakes), Mary Henninger (Fargo), and Richard Henninger (Oakes) join Ryan and Dawn Mathias at Sundays game. Mary used a Cubs-monogramed check to purchase her tickets on the bus. (photo by Ryan Cunningham)

The fans came from near and far to board the bus.

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Tony (left) and Amy (second from right) Roorda are from Ypsilanti, while relatives Larry (second from left) and Bonita (right) Mesenbrink drove from Wheaton, MN to Ypsilanti to board the bus in Jamestown (photo by Ryan Cunningham)

Some fans came without a “dog in the fight”, just to see Target Field and join the fun. Danny Corbin of Valley City, pictured below on the left, is a longtime Arizona and Washington fan, bought purchased a Twins hat to “root with the people around me.” Cory Borg of Valley City, pictured on the right below, is a lifelong Dodgers fan, and rooted for the Cubs, since they were the National League team in the games.

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Target Field yielded some surprises Saturday and Sunday, as a larger-than-expected portion of the fans in attendance wore Chicago Cubs attire.

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Fans exit the light rail Saturday, with an almost even split of Twins and Cubs fans. (photo by Ryan Cunningham)

“A House Divided” was a common theme at the games this weekend.

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Even the workers did their part to mix things up. A worker at the Saturday Smokey Bear Can Couzee giveaway wore a Twins shirt, but a Cubs hat, saying, “They didn’t let me. I just did it.”

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The Twins used a huge fourth inning to win 11-3 Saturday.  The Cubs won 8-2 Sunday.

Fans on the bus received a game ticket for both games, snacks and beverages on the bus ride, an overnight stay, and a tee-shirt that some fans actually offered to buy from fun bus riders.  The shirts said “Twins, Cubs, Still Fans” in honor of the less-than-stellar seasons both teams have had.

The bus also had one New York Yankees fan that, reportedly, with the blessing of the Yankees, tried to buy the bus, the field, and the three best players at the games for use by his favorite team.


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