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

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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: