t became past due, perhaps too late for dinner, however six humans accrued in a downtown Minneapolis hotel eating place for a meal in early January 2019. Celebrations have been in order.

Around the desk sat Twins GM Thad Levine, president of baseball ops Derek Falvey, senior director of communications Dustin Morse, newly signed free agent superstar Nelson Cruz, Cruz’s agent Bryce Dixon and Cruz’s cousin/supervisor Adiel Rodriguez.

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Cruz, coming off a 37-homer season in Seattle — his 5th straight 35-plus domestic run campaign — had flown in to take a bodily for the Twins so as to come to be their new specified hitter. At 38 years old.

Results had come again that Cruz surpassed all his checks and the dinner became deliberate to commemorate it. He became formally a Twin.

The group mentioned the upcoming season, the city and what the house run champ should expect in his first season in Minnesota. And then, the subject of naps got here up. Cruz’s each day relaxation regimen were documented withinside the past, however Twins executives were not precisely positive how critical the slugger became approximately it all. Everyone form of joked and laughed approximately the concept till Cruz’s cousin interrupted the again-and-forth.

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“No, no, Nelly naps,” Rodriguez stated.

Cruz, additionally trying to reiterate his seriousness approximately his naps, deadpanned the desk.

“Yeah, so in which is the nap room at Target Field?” he asked.

The 3 Twins personnel more or less froze, understanding they did not have a nap room ready to move on the stadium. Nobody had ever wanted one earlier than. But whilst a hulking 6-foot-2 slugger, who you simply signed as your prized loose agent, asks you in which he can take naps earlier than games — you must surely have an area for him to take naps earlier than games.

“I suppose it became Thad Levine, who quick-wittingly stated, ‘Oh Nelly, we are constructing it, we are constructing it. It’s in progress,'” Morse recalls. “And then I suppose after that dinner we referred to as Matt Hoy, our stadium operations VP, and stated we gotta get creative: Nelson Cruz wishes a nap room.”

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