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What if you went to all 81 "away" games? Making the dream a reality...


Steven Trefz

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Hello everyone, allow me to introduce myself.

Steve Trefz, 42 yrs old, Twins fan by virtue of birthplace (farm in rural NorthCentral South Dakota), of influence (Herb and John every summer evening for 3.5 hrs), and of circumstance (first World Series that I remember watching was 1987, which was also the year of the first Metrodome trip and Twins game of my life).

I have more to share when it comes to "Why the Twins?," but for now I just want to introduce where this blog is headed...literally.

26 Series

22 Stadiums

81 Games

1 Idea that I just can't shake

What started out as a dream...a vision...is now actually happening.  The original vision for this journey emerged in the winter of 2019-20.  I had planned out the travel, the cost, the ramifications of attending all 162 Twins games in person  Needless to say, 2020 would not be the year that I attended all 162 games for my favorite squad.  The reasons are legion, and obvious to all of us who have lived through the past few years.  But in the meantime, and in the present, the dream continued.  An altered quest emerged.

As a resident of Mitchell, SD, I've discovered that while I've loved having a flex-plan season ticket package off and on for the past several years, getting to Minneapolis for home games has become less and less feasible.  In many ways, every pilgrimage to Target Field serves as a reminder that while I feel at "home" at Target Field, going to all 162 essentially "away" games was not going to happen with my current life circumstance (Husband of an awesome lady, and Father of two awesome teenage boys).  The dream, however, refuses to leave me.

Enter a negotiation, a truce, a window of grace...

"All 81."  

An epic, albeit difficult, journey to be with my team out on the road.  A pledge to be present and accounted for in a Twins jersey at each of the enemy stadiums.  A quest to rekindle a love for community, and my country, after a couple of years of being isolated.  A hope for the kind of experience that might shape me for years (if not generations) to come.

Plus it should be a blast!

Stay tuned please, I would love to share this journey with you.  I plan to post every few days during the "planning" phase of the season.  Let me know as we go how far into the weeds you want me to get.  I have spreadsheets, data points, mileage and cost estimates, qualitative community assessments for the various cities and neighborhoods, etc.   I'm prepared to nerd out.   I also look forward to sharing the stories, sights, emotions, and insights that emerge from the quest.  I'm prepared to get personal.  I also look forward to a freaking division championship and a World Series run that adds another dozen or so "away" games to my list :)  I'm prepared to get medication to help with that part.

I'm going to need your help in this.  I'm starting this quest with this community in mind.  The TwinsDaily family (aka you the reader) has helped me navigate through much of the nastiness of the past few years.  It's my prayer and hope that by me going to all 81, you will be right there with me.  

Grace and peace, and thanks for reading!  Until next time,

Steve

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First of all, thanks for the comments!  It's nice to know where this fits on the sane-crazy spectrum.   I hadn't thought of maniacal...but that checks out.

The Corn Palace has prepared me for many things.  I am sure the experiences are identical.  

That tractor has survived and will survive more than I ever will.  But it does top out at around 6-7 mph.  Once I entered that into the spreadsheet (see today's blog), it was deemed impossible.  Plus the AC went out in the early 90's.  The painting project will be a future story, but I learned valuable lessons about how hydraulic oil and discount paint work together.  Good way for noticing new leaks though :)

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13 hours ago, Steven Trefz said:

....That tractor has survived and will survive more than I ever will.  But it does top out at around 6-7 mph.  Once I entered that into the spreadsheet (see today's blog), it was deemed impossible.  Plus the AC went out in the early 90's.  The painting project will be a future story, but I learned valuable lessons about how hydraulic oil and discount paint work together.  Good way for noticing new leaks though :)

I get it -- as a kid, I mowed too much hay in an International 966 with a non-working air conditioner.

So what model is that under the stylish paint job?  

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13 hours ago, Steven Trefz said:

Versatile….left the engine yellow in case it all breaks ?

 

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Ah, there was not a lot of Versatile in the area where I grew up, so I'm not as familiar with that profile or model numbering scheme. 

Beef or dairy? I grew up milking about 60, which for the time and place was a pretty decent number. Now, not so much -- I visited a 2400-head dairy operation near Freeman a few weeks ago. 

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Both....my dad did similar with the dairy side, and my brother (pictured with Twins-rific grin in the tractor) rans/runs the beef operation.  I avoided most of both until I got "away" from the farm...now I can't get enough of it :)

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18 hours ago, IndianaTwin said:

Ah, there was not a lot of Versatile in the area where I grew up, so I'm not as familiar with that profile or model numbering scheme. 

Beef or dairy? I grew up milking about 60, which for the time and place was a pretty decent number. Now, not so much -- I visited a 2400-head dairy operation near Freeman a few weeks ago. 

A few miles Southwest of Freeman?  My older brother was the owner's HS classmate.

My family farm is 7 1/2 miles straight south of Freeman on US 81.

We milked also but I think we maxed out at 30-40.  That was one of the reasons I moved on ASAP.

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