Dan Gladden greeted a visitor at the top of the driveway overlooking his 64-acre property with an observation.
"Those are tennis shoes," he said. "They're going to get dirty."
Gladden instructed me previously to bring boots because he planned to put me to work during a visit to his home for an interview.
Not quite sure whether he was kidding, I threw a pair of boots in the back seat just in case.
He wasn't kidding.
"If you go anywhere near that place," Gladden's close friend and former Twins teammate Al Newman warned, "there's a pretty good chance you're going to have shovel in your hand."
Not a shovel on this day, but plastic cups filled with frozen water that we placed at the base of pine trees he planted throughout the grounds in spots that can't be reached by sprinklers.
"The drought is killing me," Gladden said, driving his Bobcat UTV past fields of corn, hops and alfalfa. "I've got a project for you."
And off we went.
The man who scored the winning run in the 10th inning of Game 7 of the 1991 World Series can be found here most days, his own slice of utopia.