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Twins players visit Mayo Clinic Children’s Center patients

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – While the calendar may say January, that didn’t stop Minnesota Twins players from getting fans excited for the upcoming baseball season.

As part of their 2019 winter caravan tour, team members made a stop at the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center and  brought smiles to the faces of many sick children.

This is the 59th year that the Twins have done a winter caravan tour and while the time the players spent with the kids was short, it absolutely made their day and a memory the kids will never forget.

“Very Exciting,” said Emilee Riedel, a patient at Mayo Clinic Children’s Center.

Emma Kuisle smiling for a picture with Twins Mascot T.C.

Twins Outfielder Jake Cave and First baseman Tyler Austin attended the meet and greet, along with announcer Dick Bremer and Twins Mascott T.C.

They took pictures, signed autographs, and brought plenty of smiles to the kids and their parents.

“It was pretty cool,” said Emma Kuisle, another patient at Mayo Clinic Children’s Center. “It’s something different to do during the stay because it kind of distracts you from the pain.”

With all the pokes, needles, and doctors, these kids were happy to welcome the much needed distraction.

“Mayo Clinic really does a lot with the community to keep everybody involved and break up the day and give some happiness to the kids that are here for longer periods of time,” Colette Riedel, Emilee’s mother.

Jake Cave poses for picture with a young patient and his mother.

No matter how long the hospital stay, parents never want to see their kids not feeling well and they’re thankful for the bright smiles on a gloomy Monday afternoon.

“We’ve been to hospitals where they don’t do anything like this and it’s really nice that they do that here and really seem to genuinely care about the kind of care they are providing the patients,” said Coette Riedel. “I feel grateful and blessed.”

Sarah Gannon

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