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Target Field with a retractable roof might be nice for April 1 openers

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Yesterday’s Minnesota Twins’ home opener was played in record cold at Target Field in downtown Minneapolis. Sunshine drenched the field, but sharp, cold winds from the Canadian north kept the wind chill at game-time around 20 degrees. Actual air temperatures were hovering around the 30 degree mark when the first pitch was thrown.

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That broke the 34 degree game-time temperature recorded in 1962 for the coldest Twins’ game ever played.

So much for playing baseball in Minnesota on opening day of the season. Brrr!

If I recall correctly, the Twins had considered a retractable roof for the three year old stadium prior to the team’s decision to go topless.

Monday’s near capacity crowd, especially those sitting in the shadows behind home plate into the right field stands, wished the retractable roof had been part of the stadium plans.

Oh well, fans and players will have Tuesday off to thaw out.

Looking back at the time the stadium was built for the boys of summer, one would have thought that schedulers would have avoided playing opening day at any stadium in the northern climes. Sure there were years like 2012 when we were all convinced the global warming wasn’t all that bad and we had already experienced temperatures in the 80s by opening day. Well, we can’t rely on global warming to keep fans and players from the elements of Minnesota springtime.

Oh well, those old enough to remember the Twins’ first home, old Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington will exhort younger fans to buck up and remember we’re Minnesotans. Cold is simply a state of mind.

It’s time to play ball!

Keith Hansen

Baseball

The very symbol, the outward and visible expression of the drive, and push, and rush and struggle of the raging, tearing, booming nineteenth century!

Mark Twain

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Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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