Friday, February 6, 2009

Twinsfest 2009 - 1/25/2009

It's that time of year again - getting ready for BASEBALL SEASON! I love this time of the year - the countdown to spring training - the start of spring and better weather!
This is the second year we have taken Zoe to Twinsfest - this year Rob was able to join us too. I was very excited about this year in particular because Nick Punto was there signing autographs and I was determined to get his autograph and have Zoe meet him.
We got to the dome and were getting ready to buy our tickets and this woman comes up to us and asked if we still needed tickets. We told her yes and she handed us two tickets explaining that her friends were unable to join her and they were going to go to waste. I couldn't believe - she was giving us these tickets - for free! I asked her twice if she was sure and that we would be more than happy to give her something for them - she said she had been given them anyway so she was glad someone could use them. it was so great - things like that remind me that there are still good people around and not everyone is out to make a buck. Thank you so much to that nice woman - what a great start to our day!

We made it in to the dome and headed down to the field. There were quite a bit of people there - it was nice - all of the money spent that day goes toward the Twins charities for kids so it is a great cause.
Mom, Zoe and I got in line to get Nick's autograph - we were able to get three items signed by him and Boof since we had three people. Nick was super cute in person and so nice - he greeted Zoe and I with a big smile and asked how old she was and told us how cute she was - I couldn't disagree she is pretty cute. Both guys were really nice to us and we really appreciated it and thought it was pretty cool. I was even more surprised at how nice they were because if you could have seen the line that had formed for the guys that were signing after them you would have realized how it may have been a bit disheartening that all of these people are waiting in line - but not to see them - they are there an hour early for someone else! Oh well, it worked out well for us cause we were able to go right to the front of the line. Thanks Nick and Boof!
We spent an hour or so walking around and checking out all of the booths. They had a big display for the new stadium which was pretty cool. They had a big life like display of the actual stadium and what it is going to look like - they had actual seats that will be in the stadium - they are all wider and much more comfortable than what is in the dome now. How nice will that be!

We walked by a booth that was there for Cambria granite products - they have a big dragon that is their mascot - who knew! Zoe spotted him but did not want to get too close - recall the aversion to large furry creatures. The Cambi dragon was pretty funny though - he would creep toward her and get just as close as Zoe would let him! It was cute!
Cambi attempting to give Zoe high five - not so much!

I also had the opportunity to meet Al Newman - he had a booth at the fest that was promoting his new charity. He was so nice - he noticed that my brother matt was trying to take a pic of him signing my baseball so he actually offered to let me come back there and take a picture with him. It was pretty funny - he told matt I could come back there as long as he didn't mind him hugging on his wife - Matt replied - you can do whatever you want to her she is my sister! Just then I see Rob step up and say but she is my wife! We just all laughed! Its kind of hard to see but we sort of have matching bellies!

After some more walking we decided to sit and have a bite to eat. Zoe had a good ol time playing with Grandma Sharon's soda bottle top. it was pretty funny she was trying to put it back on the bottle and she was actually getting pretty close to doing it!

A fun day was had by all! Now we just can't wait for the season to start and to get to a game. Most likely our first game will be for Matt's birthday - it typically is so not sure why we change the tradition this year!

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