MINNEAPOLIS -- Hall of Famer Rod Carew, who suffered a heart attack near his home in Southern California on Sept. 20, is feeling better and will attend TwinsFest at Target Field next weekend, the Twins announced Friday.
Carew has been a fixture at TwinsFest over the years, but after he suffered the heart attack, he had a left ventricular assist device surgically implanted to help maintain the pumping of his heart as he awaits a possible heart transplant. Carew is feeling good enough to attend the event, but he won't be able to sign autographs.
Carew will instead help announce a major initiative for the Twins next Saturday at 9:30 a.m. CT in the Legends Club at Target Field. On Sunday, he will hold a 30-minute question-and-answer session with fans at 1 p.m.
Additionally, the Twins will host two private VIP meet-and-greets with Carew as part of an auction that will raise money for the Twins Community Fund. Fan can bid at www.twinsbaseball.com/twinsfest, with bidding closing on Thursday at 9 p.m. The experience is for two people and includes two autographs and two photos with Carew.
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