Baseball fan sees 3rd Minnesota All-Star Game

MINNEAPOLIS - A Twin Cities man fulfilled a goal on Tuesday night that he never set out to accomplish.

The Minnesota Twins have hosted three All-Star Games in three different stadiums and George Toops has been in the stands for each of those games.

"We were not gonna miss this, whatever it took," Toops said.

A simple photo on Tuesday night saved another memory, but this one caps a baseball trifecta.

The New London man was a 12-year-old at Metropolitan Stadium in 1965 watching the All-Star game with his dad. He has kept the ticket stub all these years.

But that's not all for this 61-year-old baseball enthusiast.

He's also held onto ticket stubs and other items from 1985, when major league stars met at the Metrodome.

"We camped out all night at the dome to be the first to get tickets the next morning for the game," Toops recalled.

In 1965, he was the son going with his dad. In 1985, he got the chance to enjoy the game with his elderly father and his two sons.

The All-Star Game has exploded into a five-day event, but while the festivities surrounding the game have changed, Toops' passion remains.

"Doesn't matter if it's a pro game, legion game, or junior high game, we just love watching baseball," he said.

He said it's great to see future Hall-of-Fame players in action, but Toops said the most important thing is spending time with his boys.


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