Rod Carew returns to MN after heart transplant

KARE 11 | Jay Olstad

Rod Carew threw the first pitch at Monday's Twins game on his first trip back to Minnesota since undergoing a heart transplant surgery. (Photo: Bill Middeke, KARE 11)
MINNEAPOLIS - The baseball park holds many of our heroes. Monday night at Target Field, it held one of the past ones.

Rod Carew made his first trip on an airplane and back to Minnesota since undergoing a heart transplant surgery.

And if you ever wondered the place former Twins All-Star has in Twins fans’ hearts, hang out at the hall of famer’s statue outside the stadium.

"In my opinion the best Twin to ever play," said Marc Berris. “He’s been my idol since I was a little kid… and to come back and see him is like I’m a little kid again.”

You'll meet people like Berris or Steve Reindal.

"It was his first game back from open heart surgery, his transplant. I thought that was kind of cool,” said Reindal, a Twins fan from Northfield.

Or Lory Aguero, who is from Iowa but grew up a Twins fan and had no idea one of her favorite players would be back.

"Oh, you're kidding. You just made my day,” she said.

And it wasn’t just Twins fans, but Angels fans who traveled from California to watch their team take on the Twins. Carew played for both teams. Continue reading

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