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Video: Parise throws first pitch, credits Twins’ help with luring him to Minnesota

Jul 15, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

Zach Parise is a Minnesota Twins fan and on Sunday, he got to throw out the first pitch in celebration of him becoming one of the newest members of the Minnesota Wild.

As we previously reported, Twins star Joe Mauer and manager Ron Gardenhire participated in the recruitment video sent to Parise.

“That was the kicker, I think,” Parise said of Gardenhire and Mauer’s efforts. He added that Gardenhire made good on his promise to give Parise $5 if he signed with the Wild. Gardenhire also offered Parise “about 18,000 rounds of batting practice.”

You can watch the interview and Parise throwing the first pitch below:

  1. hockinj25 - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    The Twins aren’t even good. At least go somewhere with a good baseball team if the NHL team you are signing with isn’t good.

  2. sportsfreak13 - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    He could be getting batting practice from mccutchen and assists from Crosby. In the end family wins out and there’s nothing wrong with that.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:59 PM

      Family was part of the reason but it wasn’t the only reason. Somehow Chelios seems to think that’s the only case though.

  3. minnesotasbandwagon - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    get this bum outta here. overpaid 3rd liner.

    • williplett - Jul 16, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      Your bit is confused and unfunny, pal. Try harder. Which is what your team should done this off season.

  4. lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    I’d rather see Konopka throw the first pitch at a Saint’s game. Any way someone can line that up?

  5. noozehound - Jul 15, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    I love all the haters. Parise and Suter were the nest players ever when there was a chance thru would go to your team. Now they’re apparently just TERRIBLE, only because they went somewhere else… See you in the playoffs!

  6. natlbnkilr - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Hahahahaha!!!! You said playoffs…. now that’s funny! its gonna take a lot more than 2 overpaid players for the Wild to make the playoffs. They’ll need to get a goaltender and better D before that’ll happen. Remember, Suter had Weber & Rinne to make up for his mistakes and Parise had one of the best goaltenders to ever play the game in Brodeur. The Wild will need a few more pieces before I’d get too excited.

    • rgledz - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:59 AM

      Hahahahaha!!! Thanks for showing us what an idiot you really are. The Wild have two goaltenders with equaul or better save percentage and goals against than Brodeur….and they aren’t pushing 50 years old either. So really that kind of craps on your theory there. I should also mention that the Wild don’t just have Parise and Suter, they also have Koivu, Seto, Heatly and Bouchard….not too mention a nice little 3rd line with Cullen and Clutterbuck. The rookie Granlund, I’ll add for good measure. Thanks for playing, maybe next time you’ll make a better argument.

  7. credible316 - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    judging by the pitch he just threw, he would be the ace of that rotation.
    signed MN sports fan trapped in hell until hockey starts.

  8. daryllh - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    It’s been reported that he’s now suffering from bi-lateral leg weakness.

  9. purpleguy - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    He was the only good Minnesota athelete on the mound Sunday.

  10. quizguy66 - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    “That was the kicker I think. Even if we totally flop with the Wild there’s no way we could possibly be worse than the Twins.” That must be his thinking.

    -QG

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