MINNEAPOLIS – Baseball is full of traditions, but you don't have to teach two Minnesota friends about that. They've got tradition covered.

"We look forward to this every year," says Roger Faber.

Faber and lifelong friend Steve Ellingboe arrived Monday to Target Field for the Twins' home opener. It's their 40th consecutive home opener together.

"The first thing we do is give each other a big hug," says Ellingboe. "Because we made it another year!"

After becoming friends at a Willmar college, the two 19-year-olds decided to skip class and head to Met Stadium to attend a home opener. It became a tradition.

"We start asking each other about tickets in January," said Faber. "We wouldn't miss it."

The streak nearly hit a snag a few years ago when Steve was diagnosed with cancer, but he remained determined.

For these two friends, the opener is more than baseball.

"This is about friendship," says Faber. "A continued friendship."