What a strange time it is for Twins fans. After finishing last season by coughing up a playoff berth, and with a shiny new Target-branded stadium opening in 2010, this off-season held the promise of significant moves and acquisitions for the first time in recent memory. Instead, general manager Bill Smith has spent most of the past several months twiddling his thumbs. Then Carl Pohlad went to the big owner's box in the sky, forcing Twins fans to confront their mixed bag of feelings for him. Yes, he saved the Twins from leaving when he bought them in 1984. Yes, he saw them win two World Series. But this was also the same guy who volunteered the Twins for contraction. And what about his notoriously low payrolls? For these reasons, this year's Twinsfest might take on the feel of a group therapy session. And although there's no better time or place to commiserate with fellow Twins fans, Twinsfest still offers its usual bevy of MLB awesomeness. Kirby Pucket and Dave Winfield's Hall of Fame plaques will be on display, as will the remarkably detailed model of the club's new park, and young fans will have a chance to ask players questions during kids-only Q&A sessions. Plus, each ticket gets you a buy-one, get-one-free coupon for a future game, ensuring you the chance to commemorate the Twins' final season at the Metrodome on the cheap.
Fri., Jan. 23, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 24, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2009