Twinkie Town is on Facebook: Like Us and Win Stuff!

"OMG YOU GUYS, TWINKIE TOWN IS GIVING AWAY FREE STUFF, GO GO GO GO GO!!!"

We know there's not a lot going on in the world of Twins baseball right now. Over the next couple of weeks that won't change too much, although we will endeavor to keep you entertained nevertheless. But as we wait for the Rangers and Giants to face off in the World Series, and as we wait for the off-season to officially begin...we thought it might be a good idea to give you a chance to win more free stuff. How does that sound to pass the time?

While Jon, Adam, Stu, Beau, Roger, James, Trevour and I try to bring you balanced, diverse and (generally) informed commentary, we all recognize that it's all of you who make this community what it is. And in an attempt to continue to bring people into the conversation, we've spread ourselves to Facebook.

Facebook is The Social Network (see how that works on multiple levels?), with more than 500 million users worldwide. Most people I know are on it in some capacity, whether that's to keep in contact with their friends and family, to brag about their kids or simply to waste time by playing games. Certainly nobody uses it to use up time at work.

On our Facebook page we'll be sharing the stories that appear on our front page here at Twinkie Town, sharing links to other baseball and/or amusing stories, and generally just finding another way to engage with you. That's one of the great things about Facebook--it makes interaction easy. It's one more way for you to stay in touch with Twinkie Town, and we want to make it worth your while.

By "liking" us on Facebook (either scroll down the page and like us directly from here, or you can follow the link above and like us right on our Facebook page), you enter yourself into a drawing for a prize. Once we reach each level, we'll hold a drawing and select a winner. Here are the levels and prizes:

500 - 1999 likes: Twins jersey t-shirt of the player of the winner's choice ($25 value)
2000 - 9999 likes: Twins hooded sweatshirt ($75 value)
10,000 - 39,999 likes: Twins replica jersey of a player of the winner's choice ($129 value)
40,000 + likes: Twins authentic jersey of the winner's choice ($250 value)

The only other rule: this contest only runs until December 31, 2010. This means we're running on a limited time schedule, people! So if you don't like us yet, get on it. If you already like us, recommend us to your friends. Right now we're sitting at 325 likes, so I have no doubt we'll reach level one. But I'd like nothing better than for us to reach 40,000+ likes, no matter how incredibly out of reach that might seem.

Stick with us this winter, and hopefully we'll be bringing you more contests to help keep your Twins-lovin' hearts warm no matter how cold it gets outside.

Official contest rules below the jump.

Official Rules for the Twinkie Town Facebook Sweepstakes

No Purchase Necessary. A Purchase will not Increase Your Chances of Winning.

1. Eligibility: The Twinkie Town Facebook Sweepstakes (the "Sweepstakes") is open only to legal residents of the United States who are at least eighteen (18) years of age. Employees of SportsBlogs, Inc. or other companies associated with the Contest, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee, are not eligible to enter.

2. Sponsor: The Sweepstakes is sponsored by SportsBlogs, Inc., 1740 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036 ("Sponsor").

3. Agreement to Official Rules: By entering the Sweepstakes, you indicate your full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, (a) these Official Rules and (b) Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

4. Entry Period: The Sweepstakes begins at 12:00 pm ET on 10/21/10 and ends at 11:59 pm ET on 12/31/10. Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible. Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Sweepstakes.

5. How to Enter: "Like" the Twinkie Town Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/twinkietown. There is a limit of one (1) entry per person/e-mail address. Entries will not be acknowledged. The use of an agency or any automated system to enter is strictly prohibited and Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries received through such methods, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.

6. Drawing: On each of the dates when the Twinkie Town site reaches 500 ("Level 1"); 2,000 ("Level 2"); 10,000 ("Level 3") "likes" of www.facebook.com/twinkietown; and on January 1, 2011 so long as there are over 40,000 "likes" of www.facebook.com/twinkietown; Sponsor will select 1 potential winner(s) in a random drawing of all entries received. The odds of being selected are one in 500; one in 2,000; one in 10,000; and dependent upon the number of entries as of January 1, 2011.

7. Notification and Requirements of Potential Winners: Sponsor will attempt to notify potential winners within 10 business days of the drawing. If a potential winner does not respond within 45 business days after the notice is sent, the Sponsor will select an alternate potential winner in his/her place at random from all remaining entries received. Only three (3) alternate potential winners will be contacted. Except where prohibited, a potential winner may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release. If a potential winner is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian will be required to sign the documents on his/her behalf. If a potential winner fails to sign and return these documents within the required time period, an alternate potential winner may be selected in his/her place in a random drawing of all remaining entries received. Only three (3) alternate potential winners may be contacted.

8. Prize(s): The Level 1 winner shall receive one Twins jersey shirt of the player of the winner’s choice ($25 value). The Level 2 winner shall receive one Twins hooded sweatshirt ($75 value). The Level 3 winner shall receive one Twins replica jersey of the player of the winner’s choice ($129 value). The Level 4 winner shall receive one authentic Twins jersey of the player of the winner’s choice ($250 value). Any winner is responsible for paying any applicable income taxes and any and all other costs and expenses not listed above. Any prize details not specified above will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. A prize may not be transferred and must be accepted as awarded. Winners may not request cash or a substitute prize; however, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the prize is not available for any reason, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

9. General Conditions: In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Sweepstakes is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, or other technical problem, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Sweepstakes to address the impairment and then resume the Sweepstakes in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules; or (b) award the prize(s) at random from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Failure by Sponsor to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to Sponsor by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by Sponsor. In the event of a dispute as to any online entry, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter will be deemed to be the participant. The "authorized account holder" is the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. The Sweepstakes is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.

10. Release and Limitations of Liability: By participating in the Sweepstakes, you agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (the "Released Parties") from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Sweepstakes; (b) technical errors related to computers, servers, providers, or telephone, or network lines; (c) printing errors; (d) lost, late, postage-due, misdirected, or undeliverable mail; (e) errors in the administration of the Sweepstakes or the processing of entries; or (f) injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use of any prize. You further agree that in any cause of action, the Released Parties’ liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Sweepstakes, and in no event shall the Released Parties be liable for attorney’s fees. You waive the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.

11. Privacy and Publicity: Any information you submit as part of the Sweepstakes will be used for purposes of this Sweepstakes and treated in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy. Except where prohibited, participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes an entrant’s consent to Sponsor’s use of his/her name, likeness, voice, opinions, biographical information, and state of residence for promotional purposes in any media without further payment or consideration.

12. Disputes: Except where prohibited, you agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in Washington, DC. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Washington, DC, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of Washington, DC or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Washington, DC.

13. Results: To request a winners list, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to 282 King's Avenue, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4PJ, England. Requests must be received within four (4) weeks of the end of the Entry Period.

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