This is what Target Field looked like yesterday. All jokes aside, this is unseasonably crappy conditions for Minnesota in April. It was a risk the Twins ran when they opted for an open-air stadium in the farthest north in baseball. Snow is unlikely but not impossible, as the Twins learned this week.

Snow! So much snow! The Twins were on the road during the week but are due back in the Twin Cities to host the New York Mets for three games starting tonight. Can’t play baseball in the snow, despite what the 1977 Toronto Blue Jays tried to teach us.

Luckily, the above tweets are from yesterday. Today, baseball is a go as the grounds crew and the forces of nature conspired to allow for outdoor baseball, come hell or frozen water.

Doing work! The Twins grounds crew clearing the field with aplomb. Other than a few snowy sections, that ballpark looks ready to receive huddled frozen masses for a baseball game. The Twins, aware that sitting around in the freezing cold doesn’t make for a very inviting baseball environment, the Twins upped the core temperature ante.

It isn’t often you hear the word “free” come from a professional baseball team but there is it, in black and white! Come for two of the worst teams in baseball, stay for hot water poured over powder! Sounds like a good deal for me.

minny weather report

Judging by this weather report for tonight, they’re going to be beating the fans back with sticks. Frozen walleye on a stick? That might get me through the doors. Then again, the Twins are pretty bad…

Comments (9)

  1. That’s cool (no pun intended), maybe having a snow game, might be the highlight of the year for Twins fans.

  2. And people keep saying the Jays need to build an open-air stadium… BY THE LAKE!!

    • If the Jays had an open-air stadium, there’d surely be a few cold weather games in April and late September but in the summer you’d get the breeze off the lake and the Jays wouldn’t be playing in an over-sized concrete ashtray (2nd worst ballpark after the Trop?). As for rain-outs, I think Toronto ranks in the bottom third of MLB cities for average precipitation during the MLB season, so they could probably get away without having a roof without losing too many games. If Minnesota, Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland can live with open-air stadiums, so could Toronto.

      At the end of the day, it will warm up in Minnesota sooner or later, and even with the snow Target Field is a nicer stadium than Rogers Centre.

      • It’s not really about whether to have a roof or not … there are loads of good stadia with retractable roofs now. It’s just that that the Jays put a roof on the world’s largest toilet bowl. Not sure why Target Field didn’t go the Safeco route …

        • Most likely because the costs of designing and building said roof would have added maybe another $100 to the total price tag.

  3. Nitpicking alert: Safeco is at 47 degrees N.

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