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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Roughly 75,000 people a year take a behind the scenes tour of Target Field, but even they won’t see the clubhouse.
Wood lockers line the main locker room. Each locker is equipped with electrical receptacles, internet access, a lockbox, and enough space to fit whatever each player would need for the game.
“It’s the players’ office,” says Kevin Smith, the executive director of public affairs.
Not each locker is created equal. Four are bigger, and are placed next to the doors to the room.
“Justin Morneau has one,” says Smith. “Joe Mauer has the other.”
The remaining two prominent lockers are currently vacant, and will be filled by team leaders that have yet to step up. Other lockers are unassigned until the 2012 roster is set.
Manager Ron Gardenhire has a real office.
“This is where he comes in early and strategizes, talks with coaches, and decides who’s in and who’s not,” says Smith.
Gardenhire’s office is filled with hats and helmets, historic team photos, books and memorable lineup cards. One card is from the thrilling victory to clinch the American League Central Division Championship in 2009.
The clubhouse is also made up of a weight room, rehab room, conference room, cafeteria, and aquatic center.
The amenities are nice, but the clubhouse was designed to encourage team unity, from the open shape of the room to a quote on the wall from former Manager Tom Kelly: “We’re all in this boat together. Everybody grab an oar.”