Monday, February 25, 2008

Spring Training Sunday

If you haven't been over to Hammond Stadium for Minnesota Twins spring training, you'll find some new trappings aside from the new seats and lights. Shade has been added over the SRO and Drink Rail area, and the stadium as had some bling-bling added:

Minnesota Twins,Spring Training


Minnesota Twins,Spring Training


Unlike the bling-bling on the Reds Stadium in Sarasota, I know what these numbers mean!

Minnesota Twins,Spring Training


Owen doesn't, yet, but he's only three and getting read to start Bitty-Ball.

Minnesota Twins,Spring Training


Twins Field Manager Ron Gardenhire was his usual jolly self. Here he was watching what turned out to be catching drills. Virtually everyone in the park left Justin Morneau alone to infielding drills to watch catching drills.

Minnesota Twins,Spring Training


Not that Justin minded.

Minnesota Twins,Spring Training


Jose Morales looks like he'll be the first catcher called up should an injury happen to either of Twins main catchers, Joe Mauer and Mike Redmond, but Eli Whiteside was gathering a lot of attention from the staff as well.

Minnesota Twins,Spring Training


Australian catcher Allan De San Miguel will likely start the season in High A with the Fort Myers Miracle.

Minnesota Twins,Spring Training


There was no bullpen session on Sunday (bummer) but here we see former Miracle Kevin Slowey taking fielding drills.

Minnesota Twins,Spring Training


Newly acquired outfields Delmon Young...

Minnesota Twins,Spring Training


and Jason Pridie await their turn for batting practice.

Spring Training was lightly attended on Sunday, but don't expect it to remain that way. The Twins open their Grapefruit League season on the road Thursday, February 28 in Sarasota against the Reds. The first home game is Friday night against the Boston Red Sox. Tickets to select games are still available at the Hammond Stadium box office, but games are selling out fast!

2 comments:

Twins Territory said...

Nice pictures, got any of Carlos Gomez?

Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

Not sure. We couldn't figure out who the guy in the red sleeves was. Otherwise he's one of the guys way out in the outfield, so the pics aren't very clear.

There's a lefty pitcher, Mariano Gomez, who looked pretty good during drills though.