June 10, 2005

Twins Blogger Night: June 21

John "Twins Geek" Bonnes has been talking about putting together a big night at the Metrodome for Twins bloggers and Twins blog readers for quite a while now. He e-mailed me the other day to say he's finally got a plan together for what sounds like a great night at the ballpark.

One of John's friends runs a non-profit organization called "Admission Possible" that helps low-income students earn admission to college through SAT/ACT test preparation, assistance with college applications, and financial aid. The Minneapolis Star Tribune ran a very favorable editorial about the organization a couple years ago.

What does this have to do with going to a Twins game? Good question. Admission Possible was recently given a gift from Carl Pohlad and the Twins that is basically a full-fledged "event" for the game against Detroit on Tuesday, June 21.

The event includes a pregame picnic outside the Dome with food, drinks, and a band, a raffle to sit in the owner's suite with Twins great Tony Oliva, and plenty of tickets to the game. And perhaps the best part, aside from the fact that it's a chance for a whole bunch of us to get together for a night of baseball, is that 100% of the money raised goes to Admission Possible.

So you hang out and have some good food, go to a baseball game, maybe sit with Tony O in the owner's box, and give a little bit to a very deserving cause. It's a win-win situation if there ever was one. Plus, you get to meet and talk Twins with John and I (and maybe some other Twins bloggers). You know, if that sort of thing sounds exciting to you.

The total cost per person is going to be $25, for which you will receive:

  • A ticket to the game against the Tigers.
  • Admission to the pregame picnic tent from 5-7 p.m. for hot dogs, chips, and pop.
  • A chance to meet Oliva, who will reportedly be making an appearance at the pregame picnic.
  • A raffle ticket to win a spot in the owner's box to sit with Oliva (where you can nag him for endless autographs and tell him about how I don't think he's a Hall of Famer).
  • Admission Possible will be setting up a website within the next couple days where you can sign up for the event. In the meantime, please save the date. I'll be there, John and his whole family will be there, and it would be great if a whole bunch of our fellow Twins fans came too.

    Today at The Hardball Times:
    - News, Notes and Quotes (June 10, 2005) (by Aaron Gleeman)
    - Blast From The Past: History Lesson From 1929 (by John Brattain)

    Today's Picks (47-43, +$190):
    Washington (Ohka) -130 over Seattle (Pineiro)

    Saturday's Picks:
    New York (Johnson) -110 over St. Louis (Mulder)
    Atlanta (Smoltz) -170 over Oakland (Saarloos)

    Sunday's Picks:
    Oakland (Zito) +105 over Atlanta (Ramirez)
    Washington (Armas) -130 over Seattle (Franklin)
    Baltimore (Ponson) -130 over Cincinnati (Ortiz)
    Chicago (Garcia) -115 over San Diego (Lawrence)
    Minnesota (Radke) -110 over Los Angeles (Houlton)
    Boston (Wakefield) +120 over Chicago (Rusch)
    Cleveland (Lee) -125 over San Francisco (Rueter)

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