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    The days are beginning to get noticeably longer. Football teams are being eliminated from the playoffs one-by-one. The Minnesota Twins Caravan is winding down. So it must be almost time for TwinsFest.

    I know many fans enjoy going to TwinsFest yearly. Those folks already already know what they want to do. But, if you haven't been in a while, allow me to point out some of my TwinsFest traditions.
    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    1. Make a plan: Be sure to visit the TwinsFest website to view the autograph and photo schedules. If you're in to these things, you'll want to plan your arrival at the optimum time to visit with your favorite players. Now is the time to gather or purchase the items (photos, baseballs, jerseys, etc.) that you want signed. Allow plenty of standing-in-line time.
    2. Grab Seth's book: You've already ordered Seth Stohs' Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook 2013, right? It's a must-have for all the cool Twins fans. A fun thing to do is have the prospects sign their entries in the Handbook. If you haven't ordered it, you should get on it (there are expedited shipping options). There is also an e-version available for a reduced price. Be warned that I don't recommend you have prospects sign their entries on the e-version of the book. It might ruin your device.
    3. Decide whether you'll carry your coat, stash it, or do without: It's almost always the coldest weather in a generation during TwinsFest. This makes it worth taking pause when you're deciding whether your awesome Twins sweatshirt will be warm enough to make the dash to the Dome from your parking spot. If you do wear your coat, try to score a plastic bag when you walk in (they give bags filled with coupons, ads, and other stuff at the doors). If you trust the masses to not steal it and want to stash it among the blue seats, please be considerate to the said masses and stick it somewhere where it isn't likely that some masses will want to place their asses (i.e.: away from the ESPN1500 radio area).
    4. Score a grab bag: I love stadium giveaways. Who doesn't? And being the neat freaks that they are, the Twins clean out their closets of all the old giveaways and other treasures, bag them up, and sell them -- a couple years ago, they went for $15 for a large grocery bag. And sometimes, they'll throw in an autographed item. Be sure to get there early, though. They sell out quickly.
    5. Get your (or your kids') pic taken with the best mascot in the bigs: There is no doubt that our friend TC Bear is a great mascot. He usually hangs out in the kids' area. And if you're the one getting your picture with him, don't be afraid to butt in line in front of all those kids waiting their turn. (Joking.)
    6. Revisit the past: Make sure you take a stroll through the National Baseball Hall of Fame exhibit. They always put on an fascinating display of Twins and baseball heroes from past generations. Plus, you can say howdy to the two Twins World Series trophies.
    7. Shop 'til you drop: TwinsFest features the area's largest gathering baseball card and memorabilia vendors. So if you're looking for that elusive 1972 Charlie Manuel card or that Twins-themed Hamm's beer can, you can look for it here. The Twins Pro-shops will also be there, so you can get yourself a sweet new shirsey.
    8. Sing your heart out: They'll be holding auditions for singing the National Anthem and God Bless America for the season. So, you're at all musically inclined, you may as well give it a go. What do you have to lose? The worse they can do is point and laugh.
    9. Take a load off: It's probably been a while since you've had some horrible stadium food, so grab yourself a Dome Dog and a pop, and take a seat in front of the ESPN1500 radio booth area and listen to what some players, coaches, and other Twins folks have to say. They'll be conducting interviews throughout the event, and it's kind of fun to sit there, rest up, and listen.
    10. Get excited for BASEBALL!

    See you Friday, January 25th through Sunday, January 27.

    Editor's note: #11:Join TwinsDaily for our TwinsFest After-Party on Saturday night!
    This article was originally published in blog: 10 Things to Do and See at TwinsFest started by Kirsten Brown
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. Teflon's Avatar
      Teflon -
      One thing I like about Twins fest that has a little variety from year-to-year is the past stars from the rest of baseball who appear. Hall of Famer Bob Feller (rest in peace) used to sign autographs and plug his museum in Van Meter, Iowa and the self-dubbed "Black Aces" (Fergie Jenkins, Vida Blue, Mudcat Grant, Dave Stewart, etc.) had a table recently which was cool.

    1. Paul Pleiss's Avatar
      Paul Pleiss -
      BASEBALL! Woot!
    1. ltwedt's Avatar
      ltwedt -
      Yeah - I "scored" a grab bag - very disappointed - last year's poster (made available last year at this time, so you can imagine how up-to-date it was), last year's Twins yearbook, and a 2013 autographed - Terry Steinbach - calendar! Once again, the Poland are making money by misleading the fans!
    1. OldManWinter's Avatar
      OldManWinter -
      Misleading? A grab bag is like a lottery, nobody knows what they get which is maybe not much at all. Of course the P family makes $$$. If they did not the Twins would be owned by somebody else ... or maybe someplace else. As owners, we could have way worse.
    1. jimbo92107's Avatar
      jimbo92107 -
      I told Aaron Hicks he would be the center fielder this year, and he seemed okay with that.

      I asked Kyle Gibson how his arm felt, and he said it feels fine, which means at least twelve wins from him.

      I also got Trevor Plouffe to promise to hit 30 home runs this year. Specifically, he said, "Please go away, you're bothering me."

      Sounds like a promise to me.

      I also entered the national anthem contest. I didn't hit many notes, but I think I yelled the loudest.
    1. johnnydakota's Avatar
      johnnydakota -
      Quote Originally Posted by OldManWinter View Post
      Misleading? A grab bag is like a lottery, nobody knows what they get which is maybe not much at all. Of course the P family makes $$$. If they did not the Twins would be owned by somebody else ... or maybe someplace else. As owners, we could have way worse.
      Or we could have owners who wanted to win......
      Yes i understand Pohlads want to win , as long as it doesnt cost anything or take up there time
    1. Kirsten Brown's Avatar
      Kirsten Brown -
      @ltwedt Sorry you didn't get an awesome grab bag. I bought 4 (for my whole family) and we were pretty tickled -- Jim Kaat and Jack Morris bronze statues, large beach towel, medallion sets, 3 hats. Of course there were some lame stuff -- Joe Mauer sideburns, book covers (probably would have been cooler if my kids were littler) and the 2012 yearbook. But that's how grab bags are -- you win some, you lose some. The Terry Steinbach signed 2013 calendar is my fave because I love having the Twins schedule on my calendar.

      Keep in mind that the funds for these grab bags go to the Twins Community Fund, which I know first-hand is a great charity.
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