MINNEAPOLIS - The ballpark is a place where hope and joy often come easily, but on Friday the crowd at Target Field joined together to send a little of that hope beyond the fence in honor of Jacob Wetterling.
Prior to the game against Cleveland, the team held a moment of remembrance. Players walked onto the field wearing patches with the number 11, which was the number Jacob wore on his hockey jersey.
"We join Jacob's family to make the light of Jacob's hope, live," said the Twins PA announcer during the tribute.
Many fans felt the same. Eleven year old Caleb Klinkhammer wore his own number 11 baseball jersey in honor of Jacob. His father says the decision came after the family talked about Jacob's life and legacy.
The Twins also auctioned off 11 game-used jerseys after the game to raise money for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center.
Joe Mauer said growing up in Minnesota, Jacob's story was always present.
"Sadness was probably the first thing that I felt. I mean, you almost feel a part of that family," Mauer said.
He said wearing the patch for Jacob was an honor.
"I have two girls and I can't imagine the pain that that family is going through and other families that have missing kids," Mauer said. "It just seemed like the right thing to do."
"We didn't get the ending we wanted but it's great that we can honor Jacob and the family can bring him home," Scott Klinkhammer said.