Originally, I was going to write about the Minnesota Twins’ Winter Caravan AND Twins Fest in this entry, but I have decided to wait to write about Twins Fest for 2 weeks, until the event gets a little closer on the calendar.
All of the information in Italics came from the Minnesota Twins website.
The Minnesota Twins’ 53rd annual Winter Caravan features stops in nearly 50 communities throughout Twins Territory between Monday, Jan. 14 and Thursday, Jan. 24. The Twins Winter Caravan is one of the longest running and most extensive offseason team caravans in professional sports. It features teams of current and former players visiting schools, hospitals, corporations and service clubs during the day with a traditional “hot stove” program each evening.
Twins Winter Caravan tours will be led by members of the Treasure Island Baseball Network and Fox Sports North broadcast teams, including Bert Blyleven, Dan Gladden, Cory Provus and Dick Bremer.
Preliminary 2013 Twins Winter Caravan routes and personalities are below (schedule and players are subject to change). Specific times and locations will be announced right here in the coming weeks.
That was all the information on the Twins’ website. The information above doesn’t explain what happens at the Caravan, so I will explain what you might see if you were to attend one of these events.
The players/coaches/broadcasters usually start by each giving a short speech. After that, the players speak with fans, sign autographs and show a video about the previous season and what types of changes they’ve made over the off-season. You also get a little time to chat with the players while they sign autographs.
Here are a few photos from when I attended in 2011:
This year, I will be going to the Caravan on Wednesday January 16th. I’m expecting to see Glen Perkins, Brian Duensing, Joe Vavra, and Dave St. Peter there.