Free The Minnesota Twins!

A politician speaks.

A politician generally knows very little about infectious diseases but some politicians do think they do. Minnesota state representative Pat Garofalo has decided that COVID-19 has virtually disappeared, well maybe not entirely but a recent Twitter posting had him saying, “the COVID situation has dramatically improved and is no longer in crisis.” With that in mind, the conservative politician, who has no degree in infectious disease studies, has decided it is time to free the Minnesota Twins and allow the business to have some fans in the stands somewhere. That somewhere being Wisconsin where the state government has green lighted Major League Baseball’s Milwaukee Brewers organization to allow some customers into its Milwaukee building to watch games. Minnesota governor Tim Walz is holding back any decision to allow customers at Twins games in Minneapolis and the same holds true for the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild games in St. Paul.

Garofalo complained “even lowly Illinois is moving faster than Minnesota” in that Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox stadiums will have customers. His solution, a state law allowing customers at games. “Teams across the country have safely allowed fans at stadiums and even typically liberal states like Colorado have announced that fans will be able to enjoy outdoor baseball. Releasing the Twins from any state contractual obligations to play in Minnesota, will give Minnesotans the chance to cross the river and cheer on the team. The Twins are not the only business having to tolerate the slow moving Walz administration. This is illustrative of what the wedding planning, youth sports tournament and hospitality industries have been dealing with. Minnesotans are ready to safely reopen many activities. It is time for Governor Walz to stop holding Minnesota back.” No word on whether Garofalo would require a mask or social distancing at Twins games.

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Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.