MN Twins Caravan greeted with WARM reception in Wadena
The Minnesota Twins Caravan stopped in Wadena on a chilly Thursday morning and made a 45-minute appearance at Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary.
As the former and current Twins players and coaches were introduced, they were greeted by a very enthusiastic audience of Wadena-Deer Creek K-6 students! The warm reception was welcomed by big league smiles from players/coaches Dan Gladden, Tom Brunansky, Glen Perkins and Brian Dozier.
The popular and entertaining TC Bear and Wooly the Wolverine had a friendly competition that included shooting hoops, playing baseball and performing a "dance off" to the delight of the students.
St. Paul, Minn. native, Glen Perkins shared with students that his favorite subjects in school were math and social studies and how he wanted to be a math teacher. Newlywed Brian Dozier, who grew up in Mississippi, talked about how anxious he and his team mates are to start spring training in Fort Myers, Fla. Tom Brunansky, who smiled and laughed throughout the visit, noted that he's from California, "where we don't have weather like this there." The Twins hitting coach/former player also talked about how he has five children, three of whom are in college, and stressed the importance of school and continuing your education.
Radio announcer/former Twins catcher Dan Gladden served as master of ceremonies, giving out prizes to students and keeping the program moving along. He gave an autographed Twins program to second-grader Brooke Self, who answered Gladden's question: "What is TC Bear's uniform number?" Brooke correctly answered: "Zero!"
At the end of the program, WDC Activities Director Norm Gallant presented the player/coaches with an appreciation gift from WDC -- black Wolverine stocking caps from The Wolverine Den! The Twins immediately put on the warm hats, which served as perfect attire on a cold Minnesota day! TC Bear received a yellow WDC T-shirt as his gift.
It was truly a great day to be a Wolverine and a Twins fan!
Thank you, MN Twins Caravan, for visiting WDC and brightening our day!
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The Twins Winter Caravan features stops in more than 50 communities throughout Twins Territory between Jan. 13 and Jan. 23. Tours like the Twins' Winter Caravan are rare in professional sports, with most major league baseball teams waiting until spring training to come together for the first time. The Twins Winter Caravan is one of the longest-running and most extensive offseason team caravans in professional sports, according to the Minnesota Twins official website.
KWAD A.M. Radio of Wadena and Wadena-Deer Creek Public schools co-hosted this community event.