His great aunt, Gloria Cordes-Elliott played in the All-America Girls Professional Baseball League, the one featured in the movie "A League of Their Own."
"I never really knew much about her until I saw her jersey in the Hall of Fame," Lanigan said. "She gave me her baseball card, so I was proud to be able to give her mind."
Lanigan had been stuck at Double-A for two years until being called up to the Red Wings in June. It's not the majors, but Triple-A feels good, too. "The food is good at Triple-A, I'll tell you that," Lanigan said. "It's a promotion. It means the Twins still believe enough to move me up in their system and it's chance to learn from more experienced players."
If you hear some extra-loud cheers for Lanigan at Frontier Field, it might be from Lanigan's Legion. When Lanigan began his pro career, many games were close to his Staten Island home. His father and brother were coming to every start (Lanigan is a reliever for the Wings).
When Lanigan was called up to Double-A in nearby New Britain, larger groups of family were coming to games. T-shirts were created and soon after, Lanigan's legion was born. "It means a lot," Lanigan said about his cheering section.