Twins series: How to meet the players

Before posting details about how to get tickets, what to do at Target Field, etc. this will answer one of the most important questions everyone has: how to meet the players. I’ll be honest–it’s not easy but read on for some helpful tips.

Twinsfest is a great place to get pictures taken/autographs.  This year was my first time ever attending Twinsfest and although I was unsure of what to expect it turned out to be well worth the drive and time commitment.  If you want pictures and autographs you have to be willing to spend a little bit of money ($25 + a long line for Joe Mauer) but if you look over the schedule just right and happen to see that your favorite player is taking pictures for only $3 you are in luck!  There was also photo ops with TC  (always take a picture with TC whenever possible).

TC is always up for a picture.

When meeting players you might want to have something random/awkward to say.  For example, when meeting Kevin Slowey I thanked him for the Christmas card and asked if he received ours.

Kev!

For the more dedicated fans who want to take a vacation in February I would highly recommend attending Twins Spring Training in Ft. Myers, FL.  You will not regret it.  We went the first full day pitchers and catchers reported and because we were younger than 95% of the people that were there we got a lot of photo ops.  If you are going to make the commitment to go to Florida you should make sure you can identify many of the players (since they aren’t running around in practice with their names on the back of their shirts).  If you have access to a roster you should probably take advantage of that too since there are a lot of newbies running around.  Also, if you know their names they might think you are already friends and will definitely come over for a picture with you.

Ex: I knew Kevin's name even though he is not wearing a jersey and looks like the average guy walking around camp.

If you want pictures/autographs consider going to training in the late morning–since practices end around noon most days.  A little planning and you can meet lots of players after they are done with their practice–again knowing their name helps (and in some cases favorite foods too).

During the season a few players do a “Baseball Unplugged” session for fans.  Although I have not been to one of these I have read great things–basically they take fan questions and do an autograph session.  The dates/times for these are obscurely placed on the Twins site.

Finally a great way to meet players is to just run into them on the street—if you live in Maple Grove the likelihood of a player actually being your neighbor increases by 50%.  If this does happen for sure get a picture because otherwise it might not be believable that you ran into Joe Mauer at Lunds in NE Minneapolis.

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Vacation= happiness

February = snow and cold in Minnesota but warmth and sunshine in states like Florida….so me and three of my friends headed to Florida for a few days.

We had so much fun!  The beach was a favorite spot since it was sunny and 80 degrees EVERY day we were there.  It was a small gift after last year’s temps of 60 degrees.

We were trying to jump higher than the dolphins we saw!

Coincidently, the Twins heard we were going to be in town so they decided to start their spring training the day we arrived.  It was mostly magical.

Conveying our emotions going into Spring Training!

We saw many of our favorite players and got pictures with them…we forgot our notebooks of baseball cards.

Finger mustaches were a new trend we were starting with Pavano.

With my quick player identifying skills and Laura’s photography skills we successfully got pictures with the following players: Brian Duensing (P), Carl Pavano (P), Joe Nathan (P), Kevin Slowey (P), Danny Valencia (3B), Matt Capps (P) and Ron Gardenhire (M).  Laura has more pictures posted here.

We wanted to make sure not to distract too many of the players to take away from their practicing…

The coach of the catchers was very motivational for everyone!

Away from the field we had more beach time, took a road trip to the Everglades where we saw millions of alligators and cruised around in the convertible.  Vacation success!

How many alligators can you spot?

Vacation= happiness!

We tried to take this home...but Florida mostly just wanted us to stay.

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