Sota's game: Baseball at its best

Minnesota's baseball culture extends far beyond next week's All-Star Game

Updated: July 14, 2014, 8:20 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

When people think of Minnesota, they generally think of snow, cold, winter, Prince (not the Fielder type), mosquitoes, snow, ice, Garrison Keillor, snow, cold, Bob Dylan, hockey, snow, ice, "Fargo" ... and did I mention snow and cold and ice?

Yet despite its northern latitudes and cold, lengthy winters, Minnesota has a baseball culture and history as strong and vibrant as anywhere in the country.

"It's kind of ironic that in a northern state, where you think hockey ...

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