I'm returning to Minnesota with my new team for the first time. It will be a three-game series at Target Field. I played my first seven seasons in the big leagues with the Twins before signing with the White Sox as a free agent this past winter.
For the most part, I feel very well acclimated to my new team. Everyone -- from my teammates to the coaching staff to the front office -- has been great to me. It feels like home. Obviously, it's only been a few months, but I'm having a great time.
Switching teams for the first time is pretty much what I expected it to be. After spending time up here in the Major Leagues, you learn that most of the guys here have a lot in common with one another. It just makes it that much easier to fit in with a new team. Having been with one club for so long, it's actually made the transition pretty easy. You never know what to exactly expect, but these guys have made it easy.
Playing Minnesota will kind of be the last step in completing the transition to a new team. It will be great to see all those guys again. I made a lot of good friends over there and still keep in touch with some of them. I played with them for many years and came up the ranks with a lot of them. We hosted the Twins earlier this season in Chicago, so now that I got some time in against them, it will make it easier this time.
It will be a little weird because the series is in Minnesota. But I don't think it will be too bad. I got my work in against them this year, so that helped. I think it was good for me to get out there and do it. It will be a little different being in Minnesota, of course, but nothing too bad.
I found myself following the Twins during Spring Training a little bit. Like I said, I still have a lot of friends on the team, so I like to keep up with what they're doing. Plus, they're in our division so I like to keep up with what's going on with their team. It's a way of keeping in touch so when I talk to any of those guys, I'm current with everything going on with them.
There are definitely no bad feelings between the Twins and me. I left as a free agent. I think most players look forward to that point in time when they become a free agent. If it's not working with the team they're currently on, they could have an opportunity with the 29 other teams. That's just the way it is. I miss those guys and I had a great time while I was there, but this is a new chapter in my life. I'm looking forward to what this season will bring.
White Sox veteran reliever Jesse Crain has been impressive with his new club, posting a 2-2 record and 3.10 ERA through his first 28 appearances. He began his career as a member of the Twins in 2004. The Twins host the White Sox from June 13-15.
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