For those sport fans that do not follow San Diego State Aztecs in the major leagues now is the perfect time to start. Before I start the article I wanted to give everyone some background information on Chicago White Sox Closer Addison Reed. Reed was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the third round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. Reed made his major league debut on September 4th, 2011, against the Detroit Tigers. Reed is ranked 5th in the American League in saves with 32. The 32 saves are a career high for Reed as he saved 28 games in his first full season as the closer of the Chicago White Sox. In two seasons with the Chicago White Sox Reed has a record of eight wins, three losses and 61 saves. During those two seasons opponents are only hitting .245 off Reed.
I was in Minnesota last week for my family reunion and was sad that all the fun had come to an end. I was sitting in my hotel room at the Hyatt in downtown Minneapolis and decided to check out what was going on in the Twitter world. I came across a Tweet by GoAztecs (Official Twitter Account San Diego State Athletics) congratulating Reed for obtaining his 30th save of the season against the Minnesota Twins. I was near the stadium (Target Field) the night before at one of my favorite breweries, Fulton Beer.
I sent a tweet to Addison Reed congratulating him on the great outing he had the night before. We got into a conversation about how I should have stopped by to say hello to Reed the night before after the end of the game. Unfortunately I was back in my hotel room as my uncle had an early flight the next morning back to Louisiana. A few tweets later Reed made me the offer of a life time. He offered to leave tickets for me at the player will call window and wanted to meet me after the game. I jumped on the opportunity to watch the game as his guest and started the mile walk from the Hyatt to Target Field.
@DavidFrerker why dont you hop in a cab..could have tickets for you at will call
— Addison reed (@Areed43) August 18, 2013
Attending the game as a guest of the White Sox was a very weird experience. My mom was born in Minnesota so when our family is not cheering for the San Diego Padres we are cheering on the Twins. Twins starting pitcher Samuel Deduno ran into some trouble early as he hit three batters in the first three innings. The White Sox capitalized on the hit batters and errors picking up three runs. The game became competitive in the third inning when the Twins strung together a few hits to narrow the White Sox lead to one.
The White Sox were able to tack on two more runs in the fifth inning to lead the Twins by a score of 5-2 which would end up being the final score of the game. Reed came into the game in the ninth inning attempting to get his third straight save against the Twins. Reed started off the bottom of the ninth inning sloppy and walked the first batter he faced, Joe Mauer. Reed regained his composure as he got Josh Willingham to fly out to right field and caught Justin Morneau looking for the strike out. Reed got exactly what he was looking for his third straight save against the Twins with the ground out of Ryan Doumit. San Diego State Aztec Alumni Addison Reed was named the player of the series going three innings, giving up one hit and earning three saves.
While there’s much less at stake now when Addison Reed trots in to pitch the ninth inning, it still feels the same as last season for the second-year White Sox closer. Reed, who quickly got his first taste of closing meaningful games as a rookie, now knows what it’s like to close for a last-place team.‘‘Everything is the same,’’ said Reed, who bagged his 31st save and third of the series Sunday in the Sox’ 5-2 win against the Minnesota Twins. ‘‘Any time I go out there, I have tons of adrenaline flowing. If we’re up seven and I’m in the game, or if it’s a one-run game and we’re a game out of first place, everything is the same.’’
Paragraph from an article in the Chicago Sun-Times by Staff Reporter Daryl Van Schouwen (Article Link).
My fun day at Target Field watching my fellow Aztec succeed took a tumble shortly after the game ended. I headed down to the dugout from my seats behind home plate and was stopped by security. The security officer argued with me for three minutes and finally decided to let me go down the stairs to the dugout. At that time Addison Reed had finished his television interview and was in the dugout headed back to the locker rooms. The major thing I forgot about was that children got the chance to run the bases after the game. That meant there was no way they would let him come back out onto the field to take a photo with me. I then asked the television crew if any players were going to come back out of the dugout and they said one player might.
So I waited around for about 30 minutes watching the children run the bases waiting to see if Reed would make an appearance. He never would come out to meet me because he was being loaded up onto the team buses for the flight back to Chicago. I was the last person remaining near the White Sox dugout and was then told by security to leave. I told them the reason I was standing there and again was given lip. My mom was also yelled at by the Twins staffers for laying a Twins souvenir cup and hat on top of the dugout. My advice for fans traveling to Target Field do not talk to security officials. Out of all the ball parks I have traveled to they are the least friendly. Target Field, however, has really good food as they participate in the farm to table program. They also have a really good beer selection. Target Field has an atmosphere nothing like San Diego as the fans are decked out in Minnesota Twins gear. All in all this was an experience that I will never forget. If you ever have an opportunity to attend a game in which SDSU alumni are playing make sure to go over and say hi. They do not get to see many SDSU people out and about on the road.
PS: Addison Reed thank you for giving me free tickets to the game. If you read this article please contact me!! I want to send you a thank you card and have you sign one game ticket.
Also I would like to thank San Diego State Athletics for sharing my article.
— GoAztecs.com (@GoAztecs) August 22, 2013
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