Twins in Tracy

HAPPY FANS — Allison Edwards and Brooklyn Elsen showed off their new winter hats that kids could win by answering questions at one of the stations at the Twins Winter Caravan stop last Wednesday.

TAES was one of just a handful of schools in Minnesota chosen to get a chance to get to know some Twins players up close, and work on their skills at the same time

LEGENDARY TWIN JACK MORRIS spent some time during last week’s stop in Tracy working on throwing drills with elementary students. Morris was the MVP of the 1991 World Series.

By Per Peterson

None of the dozens of the fifth- and sixth-graders at last Wednesday’s Twins Caravan event might ever don a Twins uniform, but for a day, they at least felt like big leaguers.

The Twins Caravan, along with KMB Event Productions, made a private stop in Tracy last week for an hour of interactive fun that included numerous stations that got the kids off the bleachers of the VMC and onto the floor to show off their skills.

“Kids are kids, everywhere you go,” said former Twin and Hall of Fame pitcher Jack Morris. “They like to have fun with their buddies, and they all need exercise and a release, and this is a good opportunity to do that.”

And, Morris said, the kids aren’t the only ones who get something out of it.

“For the former players, and current players, it’s just nice to get out in the communities,” he said. “We’re always welcomed. It’s just a wonderful feeling for me.”

Joining Morris on this leg of the Twins Caravan were relief pitchers Trevor Hildenberger and Stephen Gonsalves and media member Cory Provus. After the players were introduced, the kids split into groups and went to their stations, which included throwing, hitting and agility. There was also an informational station where kids asked and answered questions and a photo station where everyone could take a photo with Twins mascot TC Bear.

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