Twins Around Town Statues Auction Underway
The Minnesota Twins and the Minneapolis Downtown Council said Monday that they will auction five “Twins Around Town” statues that have appeared throughout downtown Minneapolis during the summer.
Fans can now bid on the statues, each of which represents a different season from the Twins' 50-year history. Here's a look at the five statues, the milestones captured by each one, and where you can go to see them:
- 1963-the Twins finished 91-70, third in the American League (Nicollet Mall and Eighth Street)
- 1984-the Twins drew a then-record 1,598,692 fans and finished 81-81, second in the American League West (Nicollet Mall and 12th Street)
- 2004-the team met its goal of “three-peating” as American League Central Division champions (Nicollet Mall and Seventh Street)
- 2007-the Twins broke ground on their new $555 million ballpark, Target Field, in downtown Minneapolis' warehouse district (Nicollet Mall between Eighth and Ninth streets)
- 2008-the year Twins player Justin Morneau won the Home Run Derby in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game and the team tied for first place in the American League Central Division (Nicollet Mall and 11th Street)
All statues can be viewed at their current locations until September 23, when they'll be removed for cleaning and any necessary repairs. Click here to see the statues and make an online bid.
The online auction ends at 9 p.m. on September 26. A portion of the proceeds from the “Twins Around Town” auction will benefit the Minnesota Twins Community Fund, a nonprofit that aims to “enrich local and regional communities by providing resources for the healthy development of children and families through an association with baseball, softball, and the Minnesota Twins.”