MINNEAPOLIS -- Jamey Carroll, who was signed by the Twins early in the offseason to be the club's starting shortstop, said he couldn't help but be impressed by TwinsFest.
Carroll said he's never been a part of anything like it, and that it's also a chance for him to meet his new teammates.
"For me, it's a great opportunity," Carroll said Saturday. "That's what you want to do, gel with your teammates as soon as you possibly can, to get that comfort level going in. This is a great way to do it; you're hanging out with these guys, and you're not in uniform. It's good to get this before the stress and tension of Spring Training starts, and the level of play starts picking up."
Carroll, who hit .290 with a .368 on-base percentage over the last two seasons with the Dodgers, was endorsed by Twins manager Ron Gardenhire as his starting shortstop on Friday. Carroll said he's excited for the opportunity, and is willing to do whatever helps the club.
"I'm just going to come in ready to play wherever they tell me to go, that's what I'll do," Carroll said. "I'm looking to win the shortstop job and try to play every day. That's always been my goal, and I don't think there's a guy in here who doesn't want to play every day."