The Twins Winter Caravan came to Rochester, MN just a few days ago. The event was held on Wednesday night at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center.
I attended the Caravan with my friend Mr. Most and one of his friends. As we entered the convention center we were each handed a ticket for prize drawings.
Kris Atteberry (Twins radio broadcaster) started by introducing the Twins President, Dave St. Peter. He followed by introducing Joe Vavra, Glen Perkins, Brian Duensing, and T.C. Bear. Each person then took their turn with the microphone. Each gave a short speech himself, and answered the questions that Kris Atteberry had for them. I learned something new about every one of them!
I recorded Brian Duensing’s response to Kris Atteberry’s question about Justin Moreau’s 2012 season.
Following this, we watched a highlight video from the 2012 season, which also highlighted new additions to the 2013 Minnesota Twins. My favorite part of the video was when it showed who would likely fill each fielding position in 2013. Trevor May, Vance Worley, Ray Olmedo, Kevin Correia, Rich Harden, Alex Meyer and were among the many new names in the Minnesota Twins Organization.
Now, do you remember the tickets I mentioned we had received as we entered the event? Well, those were used to give away prizes. There were probably around 10-15 prizes given away. Prizes included Twins Fest Tickets, Bobble heads, and autographed baseballs. Mr. Most won an autographed baseball, so that was cool to see!
After the prizes were given away, people were allowed to get in line for autographs. While everyone was getting in line, I noticed that Dave St. Peter was in the back of the room. I took advantage of this, and made my way back to talk with him before others did. I introduced myself, and while we were talking, I mentioned my blog. He sounded interested in what I had to say. Mr. St. Peter is a fantastic guy, and he is also very down to earth! He really encouraged me to keep writing and to look into a sports related career. I was even able to interview him for a few minutes!
After I got a picture with him, I left him with my card.
Following my conversation with Dave St. Peter, I got in line for autographs. I proceeded to get the autographs of Joe Vavra, Brian Duensing, Glen Perkins and Kris Atteberry.
When I got to Kris, I didn’t have anything to get his signature on so I handed him one of my business cards for him to sign. When he saw the front of the card he asked, “Is this your card? Are you Paul? So are you a writer?” I answered his question and told him that I write about collecting baseballs and interviewing MLB players. When he heard this, he got excited (probably because sports media is his profession). He asked me where I go to school, what grade I’m in, what I want to do for a career, and a bunch of questions about my blog. After I answered his questions, he gave me his phone number and email in case I have any questions about writing. It was awesome to see that he was genuinely interested that I write a baseball blog. That was SO cool, and it meant the world to me!! Kris really reached out to me by giving me his support and professional advice. People like Kris can really build confidence in others. I know I’ve said it before, but thank you for everything Kris!!