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Twins 2014 Winter Caravan – Part 1

Well it’s that time of year again, and the Minnesota Twins Caravan is scheduled to visit more than 50 communities across Minnesota, Iowa, and North & South Dakota during the next few weeks. Here is the info from the Twins website:

“The Minnesota Twins’ 54th annual Winter Caravan features stops in nearly 50 communities throughout Twins Territory between Monday, Jan. 13 and Thursday, Jan. 23. 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 2014 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.”

2014 Twins Winter Caravan Schedule

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The Twins Caravan is something that’s definitely worth checking out. Last year I went to the caravan when it stopped in Rochester. If you want to see what the Twins Caravan is typically like, then I suggest checking out the entry I wrote from last year’s event. The Twins haven’t had a solid performance on the field for the last few years, but they’ve always done a good job providing a positive fan experience.  This year I’ll get to see  Kyle Gibson, Caleb Thielbar, Tony Oliva, Paul Molitor, and Cory Provus when they stop in Rochester on January 14th. I’ll post an entry about that sometime afterwards.

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2013 Twins Fest – Saturday, Jan 26

Here is the highlight video from Saturday, Jan 26 (The second day of TwinsFest). It is about 2 minutes longer than the first video, but that is because Saturday was a bit more eventful. Anyways, here it is:

I thought it would be good if I included the videos of us on the mock broadcast booth. Here is the broadcast that Sean and I did:

Here is Mateo and Isaac’s broadcast, but the actual broadcast starts at the 1:10 mark:

Over Friday and Saturday I got 12 autographs (13 if you include T.C. Bear). I stood in line for all of them (except T.C.). Here is a picture of the autographs:

My autographs from TwinsFest 2013

The Photo of T.C. Bear (in the previous picture) contains the autographs of Kyle Gibson, Caleb Thielbar, Chris Herrmann, and Pedro Hernandez (Also T.C. Bear).

The Twins pocket schedule (in the previous picture) contains the autographs of Nate Hanson and Austin Malinowski.

Trevor May, Tony Oliva, Terry Steinbach, Alex Meyer, Tom Brunansky, and Paul Molitor’s autographs are on their baseball cards in the previous picture.

Also, here is a picture of almost everything I got from TwinsFest over Friday and Saturday:

Twins Fest stuff

Out of the 11-12 hours I spent at TwinsFest over the weekend, I spent the majority of time with Mateo and Sean. Both Mateo and Sean attended all three days of TwinsFest. Mateo made a Vlog (video blog) for each day of Twins Fest. The videos are great, and they really capture the excitement and energy that was at Twins Fest. If you want to watch any of the videos, then click the following links:

TwinsFest Day 1

TwinsFest Day 2

TwinsFest Day 3

Both days of TwinsFest were a blast! I got some cool stuff, had an Amazing time, and I met some great people (I learned some new names).

Very big shout-out to Ben Erickson! I met Ben in an autograph line on Friday. We had some good conversations and I got to know him a little bit. We also saw each other 5 or 6 times on Saturday. I’m glad to have me you Ben!

I’d like to thank my family for going to Bloomington on Friday so I could attend TwinsFest. Thank you Mr. Most for inviting me to go along with you on Saturday! I had a great time with you up there. Also, thank you Isaac for coming along with us! Thank you Sean and Mateo for spending Friday and Saturday with me at Twins Fest.

Spring training is thought to be the starting point of baseball. However, TwinsFest is the start of Twins baseball.

Twins Logo

2013 Twins Fest – Friday, Jan 25

Twins Fest 2013 was scheduled for Friday, January 25 – Sunday, January 27. This year, I was able to attend TwinsFest on Friday and Saturday. The gates were scheduled to open at 4:00, so I got there at 3:30. Mateo and Sean got there around 3:50 and jumped in line with me. We stayed together for most of the day. I made a “Highlight” video for Friday and Saturday. Here is the video from Friday:

The next video will be published on Tuesday, February 12th.

Twins 2013 Winter Caravan – Part 2

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!

This is Dave St. Peter and Me

This is Dave St. Peter and Me

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!!

All of the Autographs from Twins Caravan 2013

All of the Autographs from Twins Caravan 2013

Twins 2013 Winter Caravan – Part 1

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.

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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:

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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.