Monday in the Off-season: Winter Mtgs & Twins Fest

Ok, this isn’t what I had originally intended to post today and I thought to myself, “..the plans of mice and men..” at which point my brain wandered to thoughts about what if I was a mouse or a man… Yeah, it’s just been that kind of Monday.

At any rate, today is the beginning of the Winter Meetings. Given that there is a percentage of the Twins fandom that is unhappy with the lack of news from the Front Office, now would be a good time for there to be at least some good reportable rumors! Obviously, there is going to be some discussion of Nishioka and whether or not progress is being made on signing him and we have that little problem of filling all the holes due to free agency. I think the sheer amount of work that has to happen during this off-season is adding more pressure than normal to the expectations of news from Smith and friends. You’d think Twins fans would be used to the “not hearing anything over the winter” but Smith broke that mold last year when he was so much more active (to our benefit) than previous general managers had been. He set the bar high for himself.

ESPN radio’s Phil Mackey is down in Florida covering the Winter Meetings and wrote up a great report covering what needs to be done.  If you need a quick catch up, I would give it a read.  Seth also has a good write-up with more of the player detail over at Seth Speaks.

As far as what’s going on here at HOME vs sunny Florida, TwinsFest tickets go on sale today.

Here’s the general details:

Friday, Jan. 28 4 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 29 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 30 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices

Adults: $9 in advance
($15 at the door)
(14 & under):
$5 in advance
($8 at the door)

Tickets on sale Dec. 8
Advance pricing ends on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011

Here’s a link for more information.  I don’t know if I’m going this year or not yet but I’m sure that turn out will be high.  And also, I honestly don’t remember exactly what ticket prices were in previous years but it seems like these are lower than I recall.  Can anyone verify my recollections or set me straight (if only for ticket prices)?

One Reply to “Monday in the Off-season: Winter Mtgs & Twins Fest”

  1. Speaking of Seth… he apparently got turned down by every legitimate blogger he asked to join him for the first 10 minutes or so of his Winter Meetings podcast Sunday night and became so desperate that he invited me to call in and chat until John Bonnes (TwinsGeek) could come on the show and they could have an intelligent conversation.

    So if anyone is curious whether I sound as stupid as my writing would indicate I am, click the link below and hear for yourself! Seth is going to be hosting nightly podcasts during the Winter Meetings this week with guests who actually know what they’re talking about. I highly recommend you check it out! – JC