Sue Nelson’s cool sports job: Minnesota Twins organist

Sue Nelson discovered baseball as a little girl in southern Minnesota when she would go to her grandpa and grandma’s farm.

“They were one of the only ones with a TV,” she says. “I would sit and watch baseball in the early days. My parents would say, ‘Oh, that’s so nice you want to go visit grandpa and grandma,’ and I really didn’t wholesale jerseys free shipping. I just wanted to go watch baseball.”

Nelson, 72, laughs as she tells the story, something she does often when discussing her lifetime love of baseball, hockey and music. She knows she’s fortunate to have combined those passions for decades.

She’s been the Minnesota Twins’ full-time organist since 1999 (even though she made her MLB debut in 1998, filling in for Ronnie Newman when he had arthritis) and has one of the best seats for every game at Target Field. She also played the organ for the Minnesota North Stars NHL team from 1981 through 1992, the outdoor and indoor versions of the Minnesota Strikers soccer team in the 1980s and at hundreds of high school hockey games in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area custom nfl jerseys.

She’s a fine classical pianist who made her living by performing and teaching, but when it comes to playing the organ for the Twins, she says she’s a fan first and a musician second. Her job isn’t to show off what she can do, but rather to help create a fun atmosphere and keep fans involved.

“What I do is cheerleading,” she says. “I’m not that much of a musician. I mean, I can play stuff, but I’m a cheerleader. That’s my specialty.”

Though she doesn’t play the organ for the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, she works for the franchise in the winter as “the food and drink police,” keeping fans’ refreshments out of the team’s main store.

Nelson is a people person first. She leaves her home in Roseville, a Twin Cities suburb where she lives with her softball-playing husband, and arrives at the field about two hours before every game to visit with fans. She loves having fans around her as she plays and getting the chance to talk about the game and the importance of music with them.

Nelson shares her thoughts about wholesale jerseys her career as an organist for the Twins and others:

Setting the tone
I was a cheerleader for basketball in high school, and I always say that it’s up to you to try and get people to put their hands together. As the organist, I’m a cheerleader. I don’t always hit the right notes, but it’s always the rhythm, the rhythm. The rhythm is always absolute.

The opportunity
I worked in a music store. I played demo things and I taught music lessons and played piano bar. A guy came in one day in November of 1980, on a day I wasn’t there. He said, “I’m having a nervous breakdown and I need somebody to take my job.” So that job (with the North Stars) went up for audition. And the guy (at the store) called me and said, “Sue, Sue, there’s a really good job for you.” So I went and auditioned. There were some fabulous musicians, but of course they weren’t looking for a musician, really. They thought they were, and they hired a really good one. But he didn’t like hockey and he didn’t want to stop his song in the middle, and he didn’t want to watch the game. So I got a call the morning of March 18, 1981, and he said, “I know this is short notice, but do you want to play the game tonight?”