Photo - Aj Mansour (KFAN)
By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Minneapolis, MN - The news in Minnesota is still fresh and the wound is still bleeding, but Twins fans received a gentle boost of morale Saturday afternoon after hearing that fan favorite Justin Morneau had indeed been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for outfielder Alex Presley and a player to be named later.
Morneau, who has played his entire career with the Twins, had a special place in the hearts of many Minnesotans and as we learned today, Minnesota has a special place in his heart.
Below is a letter written by the former Twins first baseman that will run in tomorrow's Pioneer Press.
First of all, I would like to say thank you to all of the Twins fans. I would also like to thank the Minnesota Twins organization for giving me a chance to realize my dream of being a Major League baseball player. I was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 1999. Since that day I have been very proud and fortunate to call myself a Minnesota Twin.
I was a wide-eyed 22 year kid when I made my big league debut in 2003. I received a warm welcome that day and have felt welcomed ever since. I feel like I was a kid when I first got here, but was able to grow up in this organization and become someone my friends and family could be proud of. My wife, kids and family are Minnesotans and this has become my second home. Minnesotans are some of the kindest, most genuine people I have ever met.
I am sorry that during my time here we weren't able to achieve our ultimate goal of winning the World Series, but I will forever carry many wonderful memories of my time here. I will always cherish every day I was lucky enough to play in front of you fans in a Minnesota uniform.
Thank you for all of your support throughout the years.
Your friend, Justin Morneau