MINNEAPOLIS -- WNBA players Candice Wiggins and Maya Moore, who play for the hometown Minnesota Lynx, threw out ceremonial first pitches prior to the Twins' game against the Brewers on Saturday.
It was an especially touching moment for Wiggins, as her father, Alan, played seven seasons in the Majors, including the 1984 season with the Padres, in which he set a club record with 70 stolen bases and hit .364 in the World Series that was ultimately won by the Tigers in five games. But Wiggins never saw him play in person, as he died of AIDS in 1991, when she was four years old.
"My whole life has been about trying to fulfill his legacy, so this is really huge for me," said Wiggins, who was attending her first Major League game. "I can sense that this is what he was doing back in the '80s, warming up for a game. He worked his whole life from poverty to the big leagues, so this is just awesome for me today."
Moore, meanwhile, said she had been to a few baseball games before, as she grew up in Missouri and remembered rooting for Mark McGwire during his historic home-run chase in 1998. But it was her first time at Target Field, and she was excited about meeting Twins players and throwing out the first pitch.
"This place is beautiful," Moore said. "It's exciting. I've never been on this level of a Major League stadium. I've been in the stands, but never on the field like this. So it's pretty cool."