Congrats, Tom Kelly, the Last Twin to Wear #10

No Twins player will wear this number again

The Twins wrapped up the annual Diamond Awards banquet Thursday night with a very special award… announcing in front of the 500 or so attendees, a FSN television audience, those of us watching online, and one very surprised former manager that the organization would be honoring Tom Kelly by retiring his #10 in a ceremony this September 8.

Kelly had just finished introducing retired radio broadcaster John Gordon, recipient of the Herb Carneal Lifetime Achievement Award, and was getting ready to return to his seat. Emcee Dick Bremer kept Kelly on the podium, however, and brought club president Dave St. Peter up to the microphone. St. Peter then proceeded to bestow the team’s greatest honor on Kelly, announcing that no Twin will ever again wear his number 10.

Standing behind St. Peter, TK was clearly overcome with emotion as the words sank in. Kelly was so emotionally overwhelmed that he simply stepped down from the podium and returned to his seat without a word, but his face and body language spoke volumes.

Kelly managed the only two World Series championship teams in Twins history, in 1987 and 1991, and even after his retirement from the field has remained a constant fixture in the organization. Visitors to the Twins spring training complex in Ft. Myers may not see much of Kelly if they only show up to watch the Major Leaguers play their afternoon games, but anyone who gets there early enough to patrol the practice fields in the mornings will have no trouble spotting him.

Tom Kelly remains a fixture on the practice fields

You may see him running the Big Leaguers through infield drills or, his particular specialty, working with the club’s first basemen. But you’re just as likely to find him working with the youngest of the club’s minor leaguers… doing what he does best, instilling the fundamentals of baseball in the young minds and bodies of future Minnesota Twins.

Tom Kelly made his name as the skipper of the championship teams he managed for the Twins, but he’s continued to leave his mark on the Twins organization long after he left the Big League dugout.

In my mind, that’s what makes this honor not only appropriate, but long overdue. Congratulations, Tom Kelly!

- JC

 

TWINSFEST!

So Twinsfest starts tomorrow.. you can still get tickets if you haven’t indulged yourself yet. They have changed a few things up this year so reading the materials they provide is a good plan.  Here’s the email then sent me yesterday:

 
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January 25, 2012 – TwinsFest weekend is upon us and we’re extremely excited to see you back at the H.H.H. Metrodome. We’re looking forward to a fun-filled weekend with all of our favorite players, coaches and especially you, the fans. As you prepare for TwinsFest, please take note of the following new items:

NEW Random Draw Autograph Sessions

In response to fan requests to provide an equal opportunity for fans to secure an autograph at the highest demand stations, Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau’s TwinsFest autograph lines will operate under a random draw system. Running to an autograph line, holding spots and standing for long periods of time will no longer be necessary.

All fans must participate in this process for the chance to secure an autograph at these designated sessions; no exceptions. If you’re seeking an autograph from Joe Mauer or Justin Morneau, please familiarize yourself with the autograph station rules byclicking here.

Jack Morris Limited Edition Baseball Booth
Jack Morris has signed 1,000 baseballs with his name and the notation, “1991 WS Game 7″ on the sweetspot. On the side of the ball, Jack has handwritten a special inscription. More info » 

Special Social Media Opportunities
Stay tuned to the Twins Twitter account ( @Twins) for unique opportunities throughout the weekend.

For tickets or more information, please visit twinsbaseball.com/twinsfest. We’ll see you this weekend!

I hear we have several attendees this year who don’t usually come up – including JC! Maybe you will see him if you stop by! Things to remember, even though they are working to solve the line issues, you still need to bring some cash along once you get there if you want to participate in a lot of the fun stuff. Hope you have a GREAT weekend!