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Fans pack Target Field for All-Star Home Run Derby

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KTTC) -- Minneapolis will undoubtedly be a busy place Monday and Tuesday. The MLB's All-Star game takes place Tuesday night, bringing in the best of the best. On Monday night, it is all about who can hit the hardest and farthest.

People came out to Target Field to see their favorite players slug it out of the park with the Home Run Derby. 

Many fans will tell you it feels very special that the All-Star festivities are taking place in Minneapolis. They call it a once in a lifetime opportunity. 

Connor Stoltz got his family together for the big event. "I'm pretty sure this isn't going to happen again. Unless we travel out of Minnesota it's nice to have them here in the home town."

Another baseball fan, Travis Stein, shares similar emotions as Stoltz when thinking about the All-Star Game. "It's phenomenal. Wouldn't miss it ever. We planned this back in January, me and my brother-in-law Jason. We've been excited since January," said Stein,

Everyone had their expectations and hopes for the Home Run Derby Monday night. Little Mason Herrera was hoping for, "a foul ball." His mother, Kori, chimes in to finish his thought, "To catch a foul ball. To catch a home run." 

People's favorite player varies from person to person. Mason's older brother, Dom, says he wants to see Derek Jeter because it is his last time in the MLB. 

"I want to see Justin Morneau hit a lot of home runs," Isaac Damlo said of the former Twin.

Going back to Stein with the same question, he says there's one Twin he can't wait to watch slug the ball over the fence. "I'm excited to see [Brian] Dozier. Hopefully he can do something for Minnesota."

Brian Dozier was in the house Monday night, warming up for competition with his brother, Clay Dozier. The two have been working towards this moment since they were kids in the backyard. Clay has been warming up all week in their hometown in Fulton, Mississippi. The lefty Clay pitched in college for Itawamba Community College and Division 2 Delta State. 

Brian says the last time he played 'home run derby' was when he was a kid. He and Clay would play using tennis rackets. As far as practicing for Monday night, Dozier says they kept it simple. "I'm from a small town, so it's not like we have derby simulations or anything like that," said Brian. "This is at my high school and he's [Clay Dozier] been throwing to my best friend. We played catch in the yard this morning if that tells you anything."

Brian chose his brother to pitch for him after being selected to the Home Run Derby by Toronto Blue Jays captain Jose Bautista. Though small in stature, Dozier said he is hoping to have a huge impact in front of the hometown crowd.

And it is safe to say, Dozier and his brother Clay get to relive their childhood playtime on the grandest of stages Monday night.

Keep it tuned to KTTC and KTTC.com for more All-Star Game coverage.

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