Twins Caravan brings glimpses of what's on tap for 2010 season
By: By Eric Morken, Sports Reporter, Alexandria Echo Press
The Northwest Tour of the Twins Winter Caravan made a stop at the Holiday Inn in Alexandria last Wednesday night.
Twins’ great Tony Oliva, set-up man Matt Guerrier and starting pitcher Nick Blackburn answered questions from fans that ranged from “What will you do if it rains” next season to “What are you doing in the off-season to help take the next step in the postseason.”
The night started with a video that gave fans a glimpse into the opening of Target Field. The video also looked back on what was a memorable 2009 for Minnesota.
The win over the Detroit Tigers in game No. 163 was a big focus of the night. Guerrier said it was easily the best game he’s ever been a part of, while Olivia said it was the greatest game he has ever seen in his more than 40 years in baseball. That made the three-game sweep against the Yankees in the playoffs a little harder to take.
“It didn’t seem right to lose three straight games to the Yankees,” Guerrier said. “Especially after game 163. Two days later, that comeback and missed call (on Joe Mauer’s fly ball down the left field line) and all the stuff that happened so fast. Next thing you know, the season’s over. I think that left a sour taste in all of our mouths.”
Both Blackburn and Guerrier said they feel they have a team that is capable of winning another American League Central Championship and competing for a World Series this season. They left fans in attendance with a lot to look forward to with less than a month remaining until pitchers and catchers report for spring training.