Here's a 10-level guide to gauge how "Minnesotan" an athlete is.
The most tenuous connection -- Like his father might have driven through here once 50 years ago. Or, slightly better, the case of Marlins pitcher Josh Johnson, who was born in Minnesota -- and even attended the Twins' 1987 World Series victory parade -- but left the state at age 5. The better you are, the more we will cling to this connection.
The player with no previous connections to the state, but who arrives here mid-career and flourishes as an honorary "one of us." Example: Andrew Brunette.
A legend and former rival who spent years tormenting us, only to later become an exalted (at least for an important stretch of time) member of the Minnesota covenant. Examples: Brett Favre and Jim Thome.
A player with no high school or pro connections to the state, but one who excelled in college and is therefore always linked to Minnesota. Example: Laurence Maroney.
Similarly, a player with high school connections but no college or pro connections. Example: Cole Aldrich.
An athlete with high school and college connections, but no pro connections. Example: Marion Barber III and Kris Humphries.
A player with no connections to the state before arriving here as a professional player, but one who became such an icon within the sport and within a local fan base that it gradually became impossible to identify him any other way than as a Minnesotan. Example: Kirby Puckett and Kevin Garnett (pre-trade).
The venerated athlete who is from here, played here in high school and college, then returned here at some point in his pro career. Example: Paul Molitor and Dave Winfield.
The rare triple play -- any athlete who played in high school, college and the pros in Minnesota without playing at the top level anywhere else. This rating goes to the top of the list if the player achieves superstardom. Example: Glen Perkins.
The rare homegrown athlete who rises to stardom with his hometown team. Example: Joe Mauer and Kent Hrbek.
|Houston||5||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Philadelphia||4||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Minnesota||5||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Tampa Bay||6||Bottom 9th Inning|
|St. Louis||5||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Chicago Cubs||0||Bottom 4th Inning|
|Cincinnati||4||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|San Diego||3||Top 3rd Inning|
|San Francisco||2||Top 4th Inning|
|LA Angels||1||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|Chicago WSox||2||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|Cleveland||2||Top 3rd Inning|
|Texas||0||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|Arizona||0||Bottom 3rd Inning|
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|NY Rangers||6:00 PM|
|New Jersey||6:30 PM|
|NY Islanders||8:00 PM|
|Radford||54||2nd Half 10:35|
|Illinois State||2||1st Half 14:13|
|Char Southern||5:00 PM|
|Kent State||6:00 PM|
|Western Mich||6:00 PM|
|Morehead State||6:30 PM|
|Utah Valley U|
|Southern Ill||8:35 PM|
|Eastern Ky||9:00 PM|
|(5) South Carolina||67|
|(14) NC State||79|
|(11) Penn State||82|
|Vermont||49||2nd Half 14:31|
|(23) Iowa||49||2nd Half 12:04|
|Florida||41||2nd Half 15:26|
|Saint Josephs||46||2nd Half 9:07|
|Canisius||32||2nd Half 11:18|
|Florida State||31||2nd Half 14:43|
|(2) Notre Dame||53|
|Jacksonville St||25||2nd Half|
|La Salle||4:00 PM|
|Georgia Tech||5:00 PM|
|(19) Michigan State|
|Kansas State||6:00 PM|
|(13) North Carolina||7:00 PM|
|(15) Texas A&M|
|San Francisco||8:00 PM|
|Air Force||8:00 PM|
|San Diego State||8:00 PM|
|Washington St||8:00 PM|
|Texas Tech||8:30 PM|
|San Jose St||9:00 PM|
|San Diego||10:00 PM|
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