"I've got a huge picture in my office of Jacque hitting the leadoff home run," Gardenhire said. "I see that all the time, and we talk about it all the time. First day as a manager, how exciting it was. It was a great way to start it."
The Twins have now been part of three Opening Days this year.
"Opening Days are always special," Gardenhire said. "I always tell my guys, 'Take it all in.'"
Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.