An unscientific gauge of the popularity of Twins past and present reveals that the late Kirby Puckett and 2009 MVP Joe Mauer are far and away at the top of the heap.

On a day that must have warmed team merchandisers' hearts, far more Twins clothing was being worn than was in evidence in recent seasons. After Puckett and Mauer, other jerseys bore the names Morneau, Killebrew, Hrbek and, uh, Santana.

Speaking of Mauer, when he wrapped up batting practice, he was surrounded by a huge scrum of cameras and microphones, at least six deep, to record his every utterance.