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TwinsFest, that annual Winter event, has a new twist this year as it will be at Target Field for the first time. That's a great thing in terms of the niceness of the facility, since the Metrodome always felt like a cave. That said, the charm of the Dome was that admission seemed to be almost limitless and inexpensive -- advance tickets last season were $9 for adults and $5 for kids 14 and under.
This year? Well, tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and if you missed earlier announcements there might be a little shock in terms of prices and availability.
Per the Twins:
The Minnesota Twins and the Twins Community Fund today announced additional details for "TwinsFest at Target Field," a new twist on a longstanding Minnesota baseball tradition. "TwinsFest at Target Field" will run from Jan. 24 through Jan. 26, 2014 and will provide a much more exclusive and intimate experience for fans in comparison to the event's storied Metrodome history.
The fundraising event will feature numerous new interactive activities and behind-the-scenes fan experiences that celebrate Twins baseball and Target Field. Based on the event's move to Target Field, TwinsFest '14 tickets will be much more limited than in previous years and will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. Ticket sales will be capped for each day and a sell-out is expected. Tickets will cost $20 for adults and $10 for kids 14 and younger.
The Twins are promising new activities and a "chance to reinvent" the tradition of the event, according to Twins President Dave St. Peter. Among the new twists: The option to purchase a "white glove" tour of the Twins Archive Room, the chance to take batting practice in the Twins batting cages and an opportunity to enjoy the signature food and beverage options which have made Target Field baseball's best dining experience.
Also: No live National Anthem auditions.
Yes, the ol' Gunslinger was pretty excited about it all.
Per the Hattiesburg American:
As the final seconds ticked off, the Warrior sideline erupted in joy, and the center of attention was former NFL MVP Brett Favre, who has volunteered as the Warriors offensive coordinator the past three seasons.
"I can't say it's a Super Bowl, but it's pretty close," said Favre. "It really is. It's a different kind of feeling, but I'm awfully proud of these kids."
Almost as notable: Favre sported a grizzled beard in postgame pictures (via the AP).
In yet another example of convergence -- this seems to happen all the time with both good and bad things in this sports market -- the Wolves are having an awful time scoring ... and the potential scorer they traded away (Derrick Williams) just had his first big game in Sacramento.
We'll tread lightly here because we didn't think much of D-Will here and don't think he will ever be much more than a guy who can put the ball in the basket every three or four games. That said, we could be wrong -- and Williams certainly had one of those "flashes of brilliance" games last night for his new team, the Kings.
Williams had 31 points, five rebounds and five steals in a blowout win over Dallas. He played 35 minutes and went 12 of 16 from the field (3 of 5 from three-point range), including a highlight reel dunk (video above). That's the good D-Will.
Of course, in his first five games with the Kings -- playing at least 21 minutes in all of them and 25 in all but one -- he had a total of 46 points (9.2 ppg average). He didn't make a single three-pointer. He stunningly had a game against OKC where he played 27 minutes and scored 13 points yet failed to register a rebound or an assist. That's the bad D-Will.
He's a momentum player, so we'll see if his big game against Dallas propels a run that makes him a more consistent scorer and overall player -- or if he puts up 8 points next time out with very little else added to the mix.
Quarterbacks Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, AJ McCarron of Alabama and Jameis Winston of Florida State were all invited to the Heisman ceremony on Saturday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN). Auburn's Tre Mason and Boston College's Andre Williams are the running backs.
That's a pretty good list, but what we like better is the trivia.
Lynch, of course, used to play for Jerry Kill with NIU in the MAC. And it's been a while since the MAC had a Heisman finalist. How long?
The last two players from the MAC to be named a finalist for the Heisman were Marshall wide receiver Randy Moss in 1997 and Marshall quarterback Chad Pennington in 1999. Moss finished fourth behind Peyton Manning, Ryan Leaf and Charles Woodson while Pennington was fifth, placing behind Ron Dayne, Joe Hamilton, Drew Brees and Michael Vick
After the turn of the century, the MAC has placed several players in the top 10 of the voting, but none were invited to New York for the final ceremony.
Marshall's Byron Leftwich finished sixth in 2002 while Miami (Ohio) quarterback Ben Roethlisberger placed ninth in 2003. Ball State QB Nate Davis was eighth in 2008.
There's your MAC history lesson for the day, and a great reason to write a headline with Moss in it.
You might know that Trevor May is a pitching prospect the Twins acquired from the Phillies during last year's Winter Meetings along with Vance Worley in exchange for Ben Revere.
You might also know May has a side hobby/gig as a DJ.
Whichever you choose to think of first is up to you.
On the mound, May was 9-9 with a 4.51 ERA and more than a strikeout per inning last year for New Britain.
In the music realm, he has dropped a HOT new single called Tambor, which he announced to the world yesterday via Twitter. We can only assume the beats were inspired by Jeffrey Tambor of Arrested Development fame.
We've embedded the preview of the track below. We cannot confirm or deny whether May is still performing under the name DJ Hey Beef, but if you want more beats and want to go back to a time when he certainly was, this YouTube link and the "Five Minutes of Beef" should delight you.
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