Rod Carew is about four months removed from a massive heart attack that nearly killed him. The 70-year-old Hall of Fame infielder has to carry a battery-powered device with him everywhere he goes to keep his heart on track.
He remains adamant that he will be at spring training with the Minnesota Twins as a guest instructor next month. The man who won seven American League batting titles spoke Saturday at the team's annual winter fan festival.
He broke down in tears as he described the grueling recovery from surgery. He's awaiting a transplant, a process he's hoping to start in the spring.
Carew appeared at TwinsFest to help launch a yearlong campaign for the American Heart Association and cardiovascular disease awareness. It's called "Heart of 29" for his old uniform number.