Name: Erik Thibault
Hometown: Stillwater, Minn
College: Minnesota State University, Mankato
Favorite teams: Minnesota Wild
Favorite athletes: It’s actually a wrestler: Ric Flair
Favorite KFAN Show: Bumper to Bumper with Dan Barreiro
Best sports memory: I attended both the Blake Wheeler Diving Goal Game at the 2007 WCHA Final Five and the infamous 2007 Stanley Cup Playoff Game Four Ducks vs Wild and the fans in Xcel Energy Center were never louder. Attending Gabby’s five-goal game and meeting Mikko Koivu while camping out for Wild tickets in 2010 were pretty cool too.
Best part about being an intern: Assisting in call screening and show content. Providing accurate information and statistics or screening interesting and thought-provking callers gives me a sense of self-satisfaction
Worst part about being an intern: Answering phones during ticket giveaways.
Dream job in ten years: I’m open to anything. My two college degrees in business and mass communications leads my life down no distinct path.
Anything surprise you about the KFAN Personalities? I expected all personalities at The FAN to be self-absorbed, egotistical and unfriendly and I was completely off about my expectations.
Name: Barrett Anderson
Favorite KFAN Show: Paul Allen
Best sports memory: Our Wayzata/Minnetonka football game, my senior year.
Name: Isaac Wenzel
Hometown: West St. Paul, MN
College: Winona State University
Favorite Teams: Vikings, Timberwolves, Wild, the Twinkies and #TeamBringIt
Favorite Athletes: Ricky Rubio, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki, Adrian Peterson and The Rock (yes, he counts).
Favorite KFAN Show: The Power Trip, Extreme Pro Wrestling Radio, The Common Man Progrum, Saturdays with Sauce
Best Sports Memory: Henry Sibley Boys Basketball winning in 2008 Section Finals for the first time in school history against Cretin Derham-Hall following a missed three pointer from current Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver, Michael Floyd.
Best part about being an intern: Having the opportunity to work with and learn from such unbelievably talented people in this business. I honestly couldn’t be more grateful.
Worst part about being an intern:Not the biggest morning person, but working with the guys on The Power Trip makes it a heck of a lot easier to wake up so early.
Dream job in ten years: Honestly, working with The FAN or any of the sister stations in the cities would be a dream come true.
Anything surprise you about the KFAN Personalities? Most of the personalities were actually how I imagined them. That’s why they are so great at what they do – it’s second nature.
In wake of learning about the honorable Joe Mauer’s selection to his fifth American League All-Star team, I was inspired to share my unique run-in with Mauer at Spring Training in 2010.
After 26 hours in a car, countless hours working on our tans and a few spring training games later, my comrades and I faced the end of our journey. The day before we were to depart, we arrived at Hammond Stadium early with our eyes on one particular prize: get Mauer to sign his practice bat that I had luckily acquired only weeks before we hit the road. The bat was marked with the words, “BIG STICK
When we arrived, the weather looked grim. To our dismay, officials decided to postpone the game. A moment of defeat came over us. Being at the stadium a number of times that week without having the opportunity for a signature made us hold onto this game as our last hope.
Some time after we decided to stick it out, the players took to the batting cages and fans looked on trying to shield themselves from the Floridian downpour that had begun. Shuttles of Twins in golf carts were taken from the stadium to the gym a short jaunt across the grounds when finally, he emerged.
I yelled after him, “
“How did you get that?” was his response.
Seconds later, he disappeared.
We stood in the rain for what seemed like an eternity waiting for the players to finish practicing. We knew if we stuck with the plan, we’d be able to score a sighting and signature from our native Minnesotan hero.
After an hour or so, we were soaked to our bones. Players started moving again, and before we knew it, there he was. I yelled after his cart, “Joe! Sign my bat!” He looked at us, laughed and waved us over to the stadium. Elated, we started sprinting behind him.
When we finally reached the doors that had swallowed our Twins, they had been shut. We thought aloud, “What a tease. Why would he wave us over like that?” Then, the doors swung open and there he stood. All 6’5” and 220 pounds of him. We pushed our way to the front of the crowd that had gathered and he took to us right away.
“Thank you for coming out and signing for us, Joe!” one fan cried.
“You can thank these girls who chased me down in the rain,” he said smiling looking down at us.
One photo, one signature and one friendly chat later, we were on our way. What started out as a bleak March day, ended as a day my friends and I will never forget.
“Sam, best wishes. Joe Mauer #7.”