Sunday, January 25, 2009
Hello everyone! Thanks for stopping by the site. I have to write quickly this morning as I am headed out for a few days. I won’t be able to post anything tonight, but do hope to be back on Monday night.
Just had to write a few quick notes about the baseball-filled weekend. On Friday morning, I headed in to the Lagoon Cinema in the Uptown to watch a screening of the movie Sugar, which will be coming out in mid-April. Seriously, this might be one of the best baseball movies I have seen. It actually has a lot to do with baseball. Think about it. Field of Dreams, Bull Durham, even For Love of the Game… can we even say that those movies are 50% baseball? This is a tremendous movie for any baseball fan, and I will write more about it when it comes out.
Twins Fest on Friday night was a lot of fun. Got a baseball and had all of the minor leaguers to sign it. What a group they had! A couple of quick notes. Danny Valencia was terrific with the kids and in that environment. I was able to talk to him a bit. Ben Revere seems to be everything we have heard. Charismatic, always smiling, just a terrific guy. He also is not tall. He looks like he could be a junior in high school. But he also looks very strong and I was told “He will hit some over the fence!” On Saturday, I did the clubhouse tour again, and again I think that is one of the better reasons for a new stadium too. Spent some more time in the minor league area. The lines on Saturday were absolutely crazy. I haven’t really seen lines like that there before. When Revere was signing, the line was literally hundreds of feet long. As always, it was just a terrific event, one I am happy to go to each and every year. I would love to go back on Sunday but prior commitments make that impossible.
And then on Saturday night, I went to the 2nd Annual “Final” Ballpark Tours Hot Stove League Banquet and Charity Auction at Harriet Island Pavillion in St. Paul. What a tremendous night. Julian and Sammy did a great job again. Howard Sinker was a wonderful and comedic MC. Tim Tschida was excellent, telling stories of umping experiences, including that rain-filled World Series in Philadelphia last fall. Dave St. Peter was terrific. He spoke on many subjects Twins, but just was a terrific representative of the organization. Also, he acknowledged my existence!! LaVelle called me a mean name for the Springer story last week, which was hilarious! The auction included items such as a Rod Carew signed bat, the opportunity to watch Batting Practice from the field and several other items, and they made a lot of money. And then Corey Koskie got up there. I didn’t know if he was much of a speaker, but wow (!), he was the highlight of the night. I think he talked for close to an hour and had the crowd rolling with laughter with stories of Twins Caravans, spring training, TK and much more. Then the organization acknowledged and gave an award to the Mauer family for all of their great work in the St. Paul community. The whole family was there, well, except Joe who for obvious reasons was unable to attend. All in all, it was a very fun night. I was sitting by John Bonnes the whole night and it was a lot of fun. I will definitely be attending again next year… assuming there will be a 3rd Annual “Final” banquet!!
Alright, I would love to hear any and all of your Twins Fest stories, so please feel free to e-mail me or put them in the Comments to share with others. Have a great week!