Thursday, September 25, 2014


Over 100 cards and autographs into this project, I still had not added any from players on active rosters of the local teams.  Enter Kennys Vargas and Danny Santana.  Two of the few bright spots in another disappointing Twins season, these exciting rookies made an appearance at Fan HQ in Minnetonka on September 20.

Vargas made his Target Field debut at the 2014 All Star Futures Game.  Days later, he leaped from AA to the Twins' everyday lineup.  With his size and smile (and sprinkled with the eternal resentment Twins fans feel over losing David Ortiz for nothing 11 years ago), he was annointed "Little Papi."  Vargas became the third player in MLB history to tally at least 34 hits and at least 24 RBI over his first calendar month in the majors.  The other two: Joe DiMaggio and Albert Pujols.

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