Ben Humbert, a freshman pitcher on the Gophers baseball team, had an idea Tuesday. He wanted a PlayStation 4 for the team. So he did something you and I probably wouldn't do. He tweeted to twins pitcher and Gophers graduate Glen Perkins.
@glenperkins how about a ps4 donation for Gopher baseball? The boys would love it— Ben Humbert (@benhumbert44) January 19, 2016
"I thought it would be awesome if we could score a PS4 for our new locker room because we love to game outside of playing baseball," Humbert said in an email. "I've never met or talked to Perk before but I knew that he was an alumni and a huge supporter of Gopher baseball. So I took a shot."
The shot was good. About 20 minutes later, Perkins tweeted to Humbert, who was a three-sport athlete in International Falls:
Will this be the start of an #AskGlenForAnything hashtag? Probably not, but Perkins explained why he did it.
"Every once in a while someone sends me a tweet asking for something," he said. "Sometimes it just seems like the right thing to do. That school and the people there did a lot for me. I thought about how awesome it would be if something like that happened when I was there,and really it didn't take much thought at all. I thought is was funny and ballsy that someone asked for a PS4 so I figured why the hell not."
Humbert said, "I do take some risks in my life and sometimes a dog finds a bone, and today I found a bone."
As you'd expect, team members were pretty psyched when the word went around. But Humbert said they do have two more requests: "The team would love a Glen Perkins Fathead for our wall and we would love to have him play the first game on the PS4."
h/t: Parker Hageman at TwinsDaily