Life in first place: Twins fans living the baseball dream

Minnesota Twins fans are enjoying the 2019 team's success and relishing a chance for postseason baseball. 

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Zach Zimmerman, 5, hung on the bat of the Harmon Killebrew statue for a photo while his mom, Nikki Zimmerman stood nearby before the game against the Mariners Tuesday night.
David DeLuna held his son, Caleb, 3, while hoping for a ball to come their way at the railing in right field Wednesday. They were rewarded for their efforts.
Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario looked for a fan in the left field bleachers to throw the ball to after warming up before the start of the ninth inning Tuesday night.
Twins first base coach Tommy Watkins signed the back of Michael Hucovski's jersey while Twins players took batting practice before Wednesday night's game. Hucovski was with a group of friends, that included Brody Arnold and Liam Barkley, right, celebrating his 10th birthday.
Loretta Petersen made her way to her seat on the concourse level of Target Field before Wednesday's game against the Mariners. She's been a season ticket holder since Target Field opened and is a favorite guest services staff for the candy she brings to each game and shares with them. "It brings back so many memories," she said. "All three of my brothers played little league. I used to listen to Twins games on the radio with my dad." The retired elementary school teacher added, "One of my former students invited me to her wedding, but it's this Saturday - and I have to be here for Joe Mauer!"
Bill and Ann Taylor, season ticket holders for 12 years, both began keeping score the traditional way with their own home made score books last season. "We do it to stay off our phones," she said.
Laurel Thom held up a home made sign after Twins pitcher Jose Berrios came off the field in the seventh inning.
At left, three young Twins fans hoped for a ball from the Mariners' batting practice while standing at the railing in right field. At right, downtown loomed over the the Twins sign in center field as the sun lowered in the sky.
Cheryl Morrissey took a photo her brother-in-law, Jerry Battis and her sister, Val Battis, with the Kirby Puckett statue outside Target Field before Tuesday night's game. They brought their father, Richard, to his first game that night.
Bonnie and Duane Neumann finished up their ice cream before the Twins faced the Mariners.
Twins first baseman Marwin Gonzalez signed a hat for a young fan after he was done with batting practice Wednesday.
A group of friends posed for a photo while watching the game from the Barrio eating area above left field Tuesday night. They are, from left, Ava Wilkinson, Cody Cox, Samantha Thompson (upside down), Dylan Martin, and Jordan Kansanback, taking the photo.