Friday, December 15, 2017
Sports

Twins show their hearts to Carew

FORT MYERS — Hall of Famer Rod Carew reached his goal of attending the Twins' first full day of spring training, five months after a massive heart attack.

He couldn't have been more touched by what he saw when he walked into the clubhouse Saturday.

The players and staff surprised him by wearing red T-shirts with white-shaped hearts in the center and the words "Heart of 29" in the middle.

"It's funny. My wife knew about this, and I didn't," he said.

Carew, who wore No. 29, was especially happy the Twins were helping educate people to get their hearts checked.

"It's been great what they've been doing," he said. "The more that we can get to people, I think, the more lives we have a chance of saving."

Carew was holding back tears as he watched Twins players stretch on the field before workouts. He said he didn't "want to get emotional on the baseball field because there's no crying in baseball."

Carew, 70, wears a battery pack and said he hopes to have a new heart in four months.

Manager Paul Molitor said it won't be the last time people will see the T-shirts.

"We'll keep these around," he said. "I won't be surprised if we see them under the uniforms of our players."

FOWLER CONTROVERSY: Union chief Tony Clark expressed concern about the way the Dexter Fowler situation was handled by the media and seemed to support agent Casey Close's public statement ripping reporters and the Orioles for premature reports that the free agent outfielder had agreed to a three-year deal to play in Baltimore.

"I think it is disappointing that we live in a world where it is more important to be first than it is to be right," Clark said, "and it's a very dangerous place to exist when information makes its way out that may not be 100 percent accurate, regardless of what the information is and helps to change or sway the dialogue on one side of the equation or the other."

Fowler eventually returned to the Cubs on a one-year deal.

SCULLY SAYS NO TO ROSE: Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully said he wouldn't vote Pete Rose into baseball's Hall of Fame. In an interview for the March issue of AARP Bulletin, Scully, 88, was asked whether he would vote to induct Rose if he had a say, which he does not. "I wouldn't," Scully said. "Should he be in? He should be. But by his own hand, he locked the door and kept himself outside."

D'BACKS: Veteran infielder/outfielder Rickie Weeks, 33, agreed to a minor-league contract and was invited to spring training.

INDIANS: Outfielder Abraham Almonte accepted responsibility for the failed drug test that got him suspended 80 games but said he didn't know how an illegal substance got into his body.

YANKEES: Left-hander Aroldis Chapman said he will throw batting practice for the first time with his new team Monday.

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