01/23/12 2:38 PM EST
Target Field usher to compete on 'Baseball IQ'
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
The show, hosted by MLB Network's Matt Vasgersian, is a recall-based trivia show featuring two participants, 30 minutes and a chance to win up to $45,000 for charity.
Each club, along with MLB.com and the Baseball Hall of Fame, has a representative competing in a bracket-style tournament. The winner of each head-to-head matchup advances to the next round until a champion is crowned on Feb. 23.
The winning player of each episode will win $5,000 for the organization's charity they represent. The championship episode will award $25,000 for the winner's charity and $15,000 to the runner-up's charity.
Nordquist, who serves as an usher at Target Field, beat out his fellow Twins employees by compiling the highest score on a written test provided by MLB Network.
"I knew that among the people I took the test with on the second session that I did fairly well, but I was definitely shocked when I got that call the next day that I would be going to New Jersey," Nordquist said. "I felt pretty confident in myself, but at the same time, you don't expect anything to be so surreal to be happening to you."
Nordquist already returned from New Jersey after filming the show at MLB Network's studios in Secaucus, but couldn't reveal how he fared. He faced off against Indians season-ticket account executive Jeff Stocker, and the episode is set to air on Feb. 8 at 8:30 CT.
A recent graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., Nordquist said he'd like to continue working in baseball in some fashion moving forward, and grew up a fan of the Twins.
"I've lived in Minnesota my whole life and I've been a baseball fan as long as I can remember," Nordquist said. "We first got season tickets back in 2001 as part of the Turnaround Twins phenomenon. So I've been going to 20 to 30 games every year since I was in middle school."
Nordquist's charity of choice is the Twins Community Fund, which has a mission of enriching local and regional communities by providing resources for the healthy development of children and families through an association with baseball, softball and the Minnesota Twins.