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Twins players hang backstage with Elton John before concert (pic)


A handful of Minnesota Twins players on Wednesday night had the chance to meet a music icon when they were granted access backstage and got to hang out with none other than Sir Elton John.

Brian Dozier, Joe Mauer, Trevor Plouffe and Phil Hughes, along with their wives (or fiancee or Hughes) and Mauer’s parents and in-laws scored first-row seats for John’s concert at Germain Arena, which is nearby the Twins’ spring training home in Fort Myers, Fla.

And while Dozier said it was the “best concert I’ve ever seen,” what thrilled the ballplayers most was the chance to discuss myriad topics while meeting with John in his dressing room before the concert.

“A really nice guy who just wanted to hang out and talk,” Dozier said of the meeting, which was arranged by John’s tour accountant, a Twin Cities native and such a huge Twins fan he has the team logo tattooed on his stomach.

What blew the Twins players away most about their encounter with pop music royalty was John’s astute knowledge of the game of baseball.

“People were saying, ‘He’s a big baseball fan.’ I was like, ‘C’mon. He’s from England,’ “ Plouffe said. “Sure enough, he’s lived in the south for 20 years. He watched the Braves. That’s how he learned about baseball. He was really insightful about sports in general.”

The players raved about the show, the highlight of which for them probably was when John dedicated “Your Song” to the Twins. Not a bad gig if you can get it.