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90-year-old Golden Valley man throws out first pitch at Twins game
Eeryone, regardless of age or background, has goals in life they want to accomplish.

Some goals are simple. Others are a little more grand in scale.

"It's finally sinking in that I'm here," said Emery Erickson, a 90-year-old Golden Valley resident.

By "here," Erickson was referring to the home of the Minnesota Twins.

Mother Nature may have brought overcast skies and a slight drizzle to Target Field, but if you asked Erickson, it was a beautiful day for baseball.

"Well it's special for me, it truly is," he said. "Yeah it's really an honor and I'm very pleased."

Pleased because this World War II veteran is here to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

"I hope I can get it to the catcher," Erickson said. "That's the goal."

He had plenty of support in the stands.

"We all think he's the greatest," said Lincoln Hudson.

Hudson is one of nearly two dozen people from Erickson's Golden Valley retirement community who were here to witness his big day.

"We've got a club we organized called the four-score and 90 club," Hudson said. "You've got to be 90 years old to get in, and he's one of our charter members."

This day was made possible thanks to Erickson's oldest daughter, Jan Miller, who had a contact with the Twins.

"Well I was having coffee with (Emery) this winter, and he was talking about his buddies and their conversation was about; it went to bucket lists," Miller said.

Throwing out the first pitch at a game was on that bucket list. It's a list that became more important after a recent health scare.

"Two months ago, I had a heart attack, and so you start thinking a little bit more about your future," Erickson said. That's, I guess, what triggered the bucket list idea."

After the Twins staff gave him a new baseball jersey and ball cap, Erickson's big moment came at precisely 11:53 a.m.


And at age 90, he made it across the plate with one bounce.

"That was fun," he said.

The pitch wasn't quite at the level of Ervin Santana, but his contingent of supporters in the stands beamed with pride.

"He's worth supporting. He's done a lot for us and we appreciate it," Hudson said.

Delane Cleveland
dcleveland@ccxmedia.org

April 20, 2017


 

 
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