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Golden Gophers Baseball Player Asks Glen Perkins for PS4, Twins Pitcher Delivers

Minnesota Twins' Glen Perkins pitches in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk
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Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2016

When it comes to his alma mater, Minnesota Twins closer Glen Perkins is more than happy to give back when he can.

The 32-year-old Perkins was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, went to the University of Minnesota and was drafted by his hometown Minnesota Twins, the only organization he has ever played for. To put it simply, he is a Minnesotan through and through.

On Tuesday, Minnesota Golden Gophers pitcher Ben Humbert decided to tweet at Perkins to see if the former Golden Gophers star would be willing to help out the team a bit:

Athletes and celebrities receive tweets like that from random people a lot. Most of the time there is no response, but the Minnesota freshman decided it was worth a shot.

"I thought it would be awesome if we could score a PS4 for our new locker room because we love to game outside of playing baseball," Humbert said in an email to the Star Tribune's Howard Sinker. "I've never met or talked to Perk before but I knew that he was an alumni and a huge supporter of Gopher baseball. So I took a shot."

As easy as it would have been for Perkins to ignore the tweet, it took less than an hour for the three-time All-Star—who signed a $22.175 million extension in 2014—to come through for his old squad:

Regardless of what the southpaw is making in the majors, he didn't have to do this. And Humbert knows that. That's why he was extremely grateful for the kind gesture:

For those who see this and are thinking about trying to get Perkins to send you a PlayStation 4, he's not going to give in every time. This was Perkins' way of thanking a school that did so much for him, per Sinker:

Every once in a while someone sends me a tweet asking for something. Sometimes it just seems like the right thing to do. That school and the people there did a lot for me. I thought about how awesome it would be if something like that happened when I was there, and really it didn't take much thought at all. I thought [it] was funny and ballsy that someone asked for a PS4 so I figured why the hell not.

Great reasoning. Great guy.

[Twitter, h/t CBS Sports]

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