Winter Caravan Diary Day 1
Monday, Jan. 21
Today was the first day of the ?Southeast? Twins Caravan leg…brought to you by Dodge, Monster Energy drink, USA Today crossword puzzles, the complete Seinfeld DVD collection and anything else that might entertain you on long, cold bus trips through the Minnesotan wilderness.
After stumbling into a casual conversation on blogs, and mentioning my very minor experience during the Arizona Fall League, and most recently blogonoscopy.com, I was duped into signing a three-day contract to keep the fans informed as to exactly what goes on behind the scenes, on the private motor coach, and anywhere else we might find ourselves this week.
Today started bright and early as we (Scott Baker, Bert Blyleven, John Gordon and me) shoved off from the Twin Cities and headed toward Winona. Our first stop was a breakfast/radio sitdown with our friends at KSTP, and a handful of diehard Twins fans. Three interviews and a few good cups of coffee later, we took off on our way to Fury Motors in South St. Paul. While Scott and I signed autographs, Bert and John attempted to negotiate complementary vehicles for our group (we succeeded, Bert and John came up a little short). From there, our crew took off for a fan Q&A session at the American Legion post in Red Wing, MN. Lunch was a good time, and gave us a chance to get to know some genuine Twins fans, most of whom have been baseball fans since the days of spitballs and Murderers Row. Today?s travels concluded with an evening event at the Cathedral in Winona. We were welcomed by the biggest crowd of the day, as close to four hundred people sat down with us to eat dinner, talk baseball and share stories.
With the first full day behind us, we are headed to the Quality Inn for what I hope will be a quality night sleep…tomorrow?s departure time is sure to be early.
Note: Today?s temperature range was -10 degrees to +4 degrees, with snow flurries and a 15-mph wind. This is why teams go to Florida for Spring Training.