Twins' Canuck pitcher Albers mowing down opponents

Saskatchewan native Andrew Albers of the Minnesota Twins celebrates throwing a two-hit shutout...

Saskatchewan native Andrew Albers of the Minnesota Twins celebrates throwing a two-hit shutout against the Cleveland Indians on Monday night. (Getty Images/AFP)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:41 PM ET

For the joy of climbing onto the first floor of a bus and making six-hour bus trips, Andrew Albers drove his car.

And he drove.

And he drove some more.

Released by the San Diego Padres in 2010, the lefty drove home — 27 hours from Peoria, Ariz., to North Battleford, Sask.

In the spring of 2011, the Anaheim Angels, Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies saw him throw and collectively said “next.”

So, he drove solo 32 hours from Phoenix to Fort Myers, Fla., for the chance to audition before Minnesota Twins scouts.

All those hours driving he contemplated his future.

Somewhere — maybe driving down I-10 in southwest Texas — he must have dreamed of making the majors, winning a game even.

But this?

This is Hollywood stuff.

This was worth the drive.


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