Minnesota Twins closer Glen Perkins became the first-ever pitcher to get an All-Star Game save in his hometown on Tuesday night at Target Field.
"That's what it's about, that's why we play the game," Perkins told Fox 9's Jim Rich. "Closing out an All-Star Game at my home stadium is as good as it gets."
Perkins ended up giving Minneapolis the perfect All-Star cap pitching a perfect 1-2-3 ninth inning as the American League beat the National League 5-3. A crowd of 41,048 got on its feet to cheer the Stillwater, Minn. native as he got on the mound in the ninth inning. He finished off the game after Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon hit a grounder to second base.
"I've never experienced anything like that, and ever since I got named to the game and had a thought that I might get to close it out, as the game went on, we scored three in the first [inning] and I thought, 'Ok, here we go,'" Perkins said.