Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs simultaneously threw ceremonial first pitches at Target Field on Friday when the Twins hosted “SKOL Night.”
Defensive end Everson Griffen and safety Harrison Smith also took part in the pregame festivities, bringing the total to five Vikings at the ballpark that is a mile west of U.S. Bank Stadium.
“When I first went on my free agent visit, [Vikings General Manager] Rick Spielman made the point that there’s a really good relationship among all the professional teams here in the Twin Cities,” Cousins said. “He wasn’t kidding. To come down here on the field and get a hat and a shirt and take BP, I never would have thought I could ever do that.
“This is a bucket list type deal,” Cousins added.
Twins Manager Paul Molitor, a Minnesota native, added: “I think for me it’s a little different with my Minnesota roots. I go back a long way with that franchise. We look forward to having people come out and get a chance to know the person besides the guy under the helmet playing football. But being the Vikings fan that I am, I enjoyed getting a chance to meet these guys.”
The quintet of players enjoyed the sights and sounds of a different sport during batting practice, met Twins players and took a behind-the-scenes tour that included the clubhouse, indoor hitting cages, nutrition center and training room.
Cousins, Thielen and Diggs threw their pitches moments after joining Griffen and Smith in leading the SKOL Chant on the mound before the game against Cleveland.
The Vikings watched from a suite as the Twins snagged a 7-4 win over their division rivals.
But the highlight of the afternoon was batting practice. There was plenty of trash talk and laughs to go around in between cracks of the bat.
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