The winter months can get pretty long for Orville Olson, who’s already thinking about the days when the Minnesota Twins will play again and he can be in front of his television, watching his favorite professional baseball team.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Olson said. “That’s what I’ll be doing, watching the Twins, day or night.”

Olson was among the more than 700 people at the Mankato’s Kato Entertainment Center on Monday for the 23rd annual Minnesota Twins Caravan, hosted by KTOE, which brought pitchers Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn, pitching coach Rick Anderson, broadcaster Dan Gladden and mascot TC Bear to town.

“This is the first time I’ve been here,” he said, waiting for the Twins’ contingent to take the stage. “It’s good so far.”

There were Twins’ caps, jerseys and jackets everywhere, with one girl dressed in a uniform with Joe Mauer-like sideburns drawn on with a dark marker. A highlight film played on stage, with baseball-themed music ringing out.

Olson sat at one of the front tables, with sons Lynn and Larry, daughter Kari Staloch, grandson Dan Staloch and family friend Ted Stenzel. Kari Staloch bought the caravan ticket as a gift for her dad’s 93rd birthday, which was Jan. 6.

“He’s an avid Twins fan,” Larry Olson said. “He lives for the next Twins’ game. This was a good opportunity for him to see the players up close.”

Orville Olson still lives on the family farm outside of Amboy. He needs a wheelchair to get around, and glaucoma has taken some of his sight, so he wanted to sit close to the stage. He hasn’t attended a Twins game at the Metrodome since 2006.

“He’d rather watch it on TV,” Lynn Olson said.

Last summer, the family helped to buy a big-screen TV so he could watch the games more easily. If he can’t watch the games, the radio is on.

“It’s good to have such a good organization in Minnesota,” Olson said. “It’s a real progressive team; they do a good job.”

He enjoyed watching the team win World Series championships in 1987 and 1991, and he watched as the team lost the American League Central Division and a postseason berth in a one-game playoff at Chicago. He’s excited about the upcoming season, planning 162 dates with his new TV.

“Last year, they played a lot of young players,” he said. “I hope they wind up in the World Series again soon.”

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