The pitcher sat in manager Ron Gardenhire's office for over a half-hour following the Twins' 7-1 loss to the Rays. During that time, he visited with the skipper and pitching coach Rick Anderson.It was a time to exchange laughs and stories with the two people who Santana said have had a huge impact on his career. "I spent all my years talking to those guys, always listening to them and trying to do the things the right way," Santana said. "Andy, he's not only a great pitching coach, but a great friend. We always talk not just about baseball, but about life and a lot of things. And he makes you realize a lot of things in life. I was very happy to talk to them today." The two-time American League Cy Young Award winner said he will take some of the lessons from his time with the Twins to his new team. "We really work [here with the Twins] and put a lot of attention to all the details and the little things," Santana said. "That's what will make you a winner. From the personal side, I've become more than a player, but a good person. I've learned a lot of things in this organization, and I'm very proud to have been a part of this organization in the past." Santana still has his house in Fort Myers and said that he hopes to check in with everyone at the Twins from time to time. But while the brief visit was a chance to catch up and rehash old memories, he's not remaining wistful about what might have been. "It's baseball, you have to move on and look forward to the future," Santana said. "Hopefully the Twins will exceed all the expectations and we'll do the same thing over there with the Mets."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.