Twins’ Winter Caravan visits Ely

by Jessica Kellogg -

In a long standing winter tradition, players and representatives from the Minnesota Twins made a stop in Ely, Jan. 25, as part of the state-wide Winter Caravan tour.
At Ely’s International Wolf Center, the team’s mascot, TC, play-by-play announcer Dick Bremer, left fielder Eddie Rosario, and relief pitcher John Curtiss were on hand to talk to fans, sign autographs, and take pictures with fans.
Bremer took a minute to talk about some of the new things happening this season. In addition to every game being televised, the season will be starting earlier to accommodate four additional off days for each team. The Twins will also be playing two of their home games in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Rosario, a native of Puerto Rico, is “excited and blessed” for this opportunity to bring professional baseball to his home. He explained that his grandmother has never seen him play, so this will be a wonderful opportunity for his family.
When asked by a young fan how the season will go, Rosario said, “the first goal is to win the division.” After that, their sights will be set on the World Series.
Following the stop at the Wolf Center, students on the Vermillion Community
College baseball team had an opportunity to practice with Curtiss.
With spring training just three weeks away, and the season opener March 29, the Winter Caravan is a way for the team to take some time in the offseason to thank their fans and drum up excitement for the coming season. The home opener is scheduled for April 5.