If you’ve been lucky enough to have great seats you know the feeling: Sitting up front close to the action watching a tie game just as it gets really tense — it’s so easy to get completely absorbed in the drama.

So who could blame Chris Herrmann?

The Twins rookie was taking it all in from the front row of the dugout Thursday night at Target Field soaking in a ninth-inning rally when his manager made a suggestion that caught him off guard: Say why don’t you grab a bat and go hit?

Actually it was more like Why don’t you already have a bat in your hand? “I was too caught up watching the game. I didn’t have any of my stuff” Herrmann said. “Gardy said ‘Hey you’re going to hit.’ ”

Herrmann grabbed his batting gloves and helmet hustled unprepared into the batter’s box and proceeded to smash a hard one-out grounder into right field scoring pinch-runner Doug Bernier with the winning run in a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox. It completed a comeback from a 3-0 deficit.

“With young guys you sometimes have to tell them ‘You might hit here get a bat in your hand and look like you’re ready to hit.’ As [was] the case tonight when I told Herrmann ‘Would you please stand up and do something because I might use you?’ ” manager Ron Gardenhire said like an exasperated parent of a tweener. “He says ‘I’m ready’ but he’s not got his gloves he’s not got anything. But that’s what you deal with.”

That sort of absent-mindedness is a lot easier to take when you deliver a game-winning hit. But Herrmann who said he took some needling about his gaffe from teammates said “I won’t be doing that again.” He means the not-being-ready part; the base hit on a 1-1 fastball from Ramon Troncoso? “Hopefully there’s more to come.”