01/19/11 12:51 AM EST
Twins moved by Caravan visit to hospital
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
Target Field to get statue honoring Oliva
FARGO, N.D. -- Twins president Dave St. Peter joined the Caravan on Tuesday night for the leg's night stop at the Hub in Fargo and he provided updates as to what's going on at Target Field for the 2011 season.St. Peter's big announcement to the packed crowd was that the Twins will be unveiling a Tony Oliva statue outside Gate 6 on Opening Day. Oliva's statue will join the three statues that are all currently in place at Target Field -- Hall of Famers Harmon Killebrew, Kirby Puckett and Rod Carew. "Tony we all know is a player with a Hall of Fame resume and we're keeping our fingers crossed for the Veterans Committee voting that takes place next December," St. Peter said. "But he's also probably been as good an ambassador as we've had in our franchise. So we as an organization frankly felt really good about the fact that Tony Oliva should be the next statue. Over time there will be additional legend player statues, but we are really proud of the fact that there will be a Tony Oliva statue on or around Opening Day next year."
Killebrew touched by outpouring of support
FARGO, N.D. -- Throughout the week, Twins fans have not only shared their questions for the Twins about the upcoming season but they have also inquired on the health status of Hall of Famer and Twins legend Harmon Killebrew.During a lunch stop at Shady's Restaurant and Lounge in Jamestown, N.D., a fan in the audience asked Twins manager Ron Gardenhire to pass along the support of the fans to Killebrew as he is currently battling esophageal cancer. Twins president Dave St. Peter said Tuesday night that Killebrew and his wife, Nita, have been overwhelmed by the amount of support that they've received throughout baseball and particularly from people throughout Twins Territory during what the slugger has called "the most difficult battle of my life." "They are very touched by all of it," St. Peter said. "Harmon continues to be very upbeat, very determined, and focused on the treatment plan as prescribed by his doctors. He's very focused on getting to Spring Training in Fort Myers, Fla. We're all very optimistic and hopeful that good news is ahead on Hamon's health front." Killebrew is currently being treated by doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and has asked for privacy while he receives treatment for the cancer. But for fans interested in sharing their support for Killebrew, they can do so by posting on the Get Well, Harmon blog and all of the messages will be passed along to him.