Eddie Guardado is inducted to the Twins hall of fame

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Eddie Guardado and Torii Hunter exchange greet each other before the game. Photo Credit: Matt Blewett
Photo Credit: Matt Blewett
Photo Credit: Matt Blewett

The Minnesota Twins hosted the first of a three game series against the Detroit Tigers at Target Field on June 14, 2013.  The Twins honored the first employee ever hired by the Twins, Tommy Mee, who retired after 30 years as the Twins’ media director in 1991.  Also awarded was long-time Twins’ closer Eddie (Everyday Eddie) Guardado.

Both men expressed thanks to the Twins for all the team did for them but Guardado’s speech, filled with thanks to everyone in the organization, many by name, brought tears to his eyes.  His trademark smile and humor was on display for the full house as he accepted his jacket and was officially inducted into the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame.

The game that followed between the Tigers and Twins was scoreless through the first five innings.  In the sixth inning the Tigers mounted a two out rally and scored four runs on two walks and three doubles.  Those would be the only runs of the game as the Tigers improve to 37-28 and sit atop the American League Central with a comfortable 4.5 game lead over the Cleveland Indians and a 7.5 game lead over the Twins (29-35) as the midpoint of the season approaches in a month.

The Tigers will finish up the series at Target Field on Sunday and then the stadium will play host to the 2013 Minnesota State High School League baseball tournament on Monday as the top two teams from all three divisions will compete for the state title.  Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report as we will have complete coverage of finals Monday.

This article has been re-published from the original article on Examiner.com.

Here are some photos from the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

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Here are photos from the game.  The Twins lost 4-0 with the only runs of the game coming in the top of the sixth inning.