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Winsted boy takes out first ball during Twins game
May 17, 2010

By Lynda Jensen

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – A Winsted second-grader got the thrill of a lifetime when he was picked randomly from the crowd during a Twins game at Target field Tuesday to carry out the ball for the first pitch. To see a video clip, courtesy of Paul Herbolsheimer, click here.

Cody Dickhausen, 8, of Winsted is an avid baseball fan who has been to the Dome many times, he said.

However, this was his first trip to Target Field. “I was a Target Ball Kid,” he said with quiet pride.

It took only a few minutes, but he was able to take the first ball and rosin bag out to Twins pitcher Kevin Slowey, in order to set the game into motion.

The whole procedure took about five minutes, Cody said, although he got to wait around the dugout area before he ran the ball out.

He received a blue Twins cap for his trouble. Even though the Twins lost 5-2 to the Chicago White Sox, Cody said the whole experience was great.

At this particular game, he went with his dad, Dan Dickhausen, and friends Paul and Curtis Herbolsheimer of Winsted, as well as Daisy Blanchette of Howard Lake.

Paul Herbolsheimer was able to videotape the event. This is posted online and featured on the newspaper blog at www.herald-journal.com.

Cody is the son of Dan and Nola Dickhausen and a second grader at Winsted Elementary.

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