Twins solidarity showing in support of GM Ryan takes form of T-shirts
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Twins began spring training in earnest Saturday, with the first full-squad workouts of the year. But they did so without a familiar face.
Twins General Manager Terry Ryan is still in Minnesota recovering from surgery to treat his cancer.
Ryan checked out well in his one-week checkup, according to the Twins, but he'll stay home to rest and recover, even as spring training kicks into full gear.
"What a better fitting for the first day to show our support and hopefully be very optimistic towards Terry and his fight through this," Twins second baseman Brian Dozier said. "I know he's recovering good and hopefully when he sees this, it might encourage even more."
The black T-shirts with "Stand Up To Cancer" written across the chest were a sign that the Twins were thinking of Ryan.
"Sometimes all the other [organizations] try not to be too personal between the players and the GMs. Terry is totally not like that," Dozier said. "From the top of the line to the bottom, how family-oriented we are, we're all one big family. He's really good about that and that's what we love about him."
The Twins players in camp sported the tees for workouts Saturday. Much of the staff had the shirts to show their support as well, including Rob Antony, Tom Kelly, and clubhouse attendant colorful character, Wayne "Big Fella" Hattaway.
"It's like one big family here," Dozier said. "One guy at the top of the line, especially, going through this, it's kind of [like] the whole organization is going through it, not just Terry."