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Updated: August 31st, 2013 5:52pm
Recently traded Justin Morneau writes an open letter to Twins fans

Recently traded Justin Morneau writes an open letter to Twins fans

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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Justin Morneau, who was traded Saturday to the Pittsburgh Pirates after having spent his entire career in the Twins organization, wrote an open letter to Twins fans in which he thanked them for welcoming him to the organization, thanked them for the memories and efused praise toward Minnesotans in general.

Morneau apologized for not winning a World Series in his time in Minnesota.  

It's rare to see athletes do that when they leave town. It's not required, nor is it easy to express the emotions Morneau touches on. General manager Terry Ryan called it an emotional day for the organization, and Morneau's comments fall right in line with that.

Here is Morneau's letter, published in the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press:

First of all, I would like to say thank you to all of the Twins fans. I would also like to thank the Minnesota Twins organization for giving me a chance to realize my dream of being a Major League baseball player. I was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 1999. Since that day I have been very proud and fortunate to call myself a Minnesota Twin.

I was a wide-eyed 22 year kid [sic] when I made my big league debut in 2003. I received a warm welcome that day and have felt welcomed ever since. I feel like I was a kid when I first got here, but was able to grow up in this organization and become someone my friends and family could be proud of. My wife, kids and family are Minnesotans and this has become my second home. Minnesotans are some of the kindest, most genuine people I have ever met.

I am sorry that during my time here we weren't able to achieve our ultimate goal of winning the World Series, but I will forever carry many wonderful memories of my time here. I will always cherish every day I was lucky enough to play in front of you fans in a Minnesota uniform.

Thank you for all of your support throughout the years.

Your friend, Justin Morneau

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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