The winter doldrums can finally be broken by a weekend full of anticipation for the coming baseball season. Fans from across Twins Territory will convene in Blaine, MN for the Twins annual fan gathering, TwinsFest. Twins Faithful will hunt down their favorite players for autographs, photo opportunities, and radio interviews.
As usually, the list of players attending this year is excellent. There are the usually stars of the big league team, the great players from the past, and the up-and-coming stars of the future. The two noticeable absences will be from former MVP's Justin Morneau and Harmon Killebrew. It was announced earlier this week that Morneau has been excused from the festivities by Twins GM Bill Smith. Smith felt that interrupting Morneau's recovery from last year's concussion at this critical juncture could set the star back further than the team would like. Killebrew is continuing to fight esophageal cancer and has been very appreciative of the support he has gotten from fans.
Besides the change in venue this year from the Metrodome to the National Sports Center, there will also be some differences from years past. The smaller venue means that the number of tickets sold this year was capped at 25,000. The event will be held in two different buildings and in one of the buildings it will be held on two different floors. There are also parking lots all over the place that fans have to get bussed in from to get to the event. I hope they have plenty of people around to organize some of the chaos that could ensue.
I'm going to be all over the National Sports Center this weekend and I plan to have updates and pictures from all three days of TwinsFest. If you want instant updates of the happenings at TwinsFest make sure that you follow my Twitter account. Otherwise check back here to see the summary of my adventures at the National Sports Center.