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Target Field is covered in snow and the Twins play tomorrow

Apr 11, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

Here in Minnesota we’re known for living with some pretty brutal weather, but heavy snow in the middle of April is a bit much even for us.

Luckily the Twins are off today, but they begin a three-game series with the Mets at Target Field tomorrow night and … well, this is what the ballpark looked like this afternoon:

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It’s currently 34 degrees and still snowing here and the forecast for tomorrow is a balmy 36 degrees with more snow. Because the Mets won’t be coming back to Minnesota again this season canceling the game could be tricky and it’s not supposed to be a whole lot warmer over the weekend.

(Photo courtesy of Twins president Dave St. Peter on Twitter.)

  1. mjames1229 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Only $100 million more for the retractable dome doesn’t sound so extravagant now, does it?

    Signed,
    A Milwaukee baseball fan

    • sknut - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      After years in the metrodome this is well worth the trade off. It’s crazy but not like this hasn’t happened elsewhere. Funny thing is people complained that the Twins opened the year at home and yet 10 days later the weather is worse then it was for the first three games (snow wise anyway).

      • kopy - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        The weather is just volatile here. It’s fun to complain about snow, but it could just as easily be rain. There’s not much difference since it’s going to melt real fast. The first game ever played at Target Field was 4/12/10 and it was 65 and sunny.

      • dluxxx - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        And last year it was 80 by St. Patty’s day.

      • badintent - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:45 PM

        This is what Al Gore meant by Global Warming ! Right AL. Now go shovel all the snow .Chumpass

      • moogro - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:43 PM

        That’s either really ignorant or really bad humour. Neither is awesome.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 12, 2013 at 3:44 AM

        “Global warming” is more properly known as “climate change” and it predicts that we can expect weather events to be more extreme than usual. Like superstorms instead of hurricanes, serious droughts, etc. Sure glad that hasn’t happened.

    • bigleagues - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      Inter-league Freaks and Fanboys: There should be ZERO WHINING from you if games are postponed and difficult to reschedule because of this storm.

      • mjclementz - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:53 PM

        There won’t be. I like and support interleague play but I sure as hell don’t give two craps if the Mets and Twins have trouble kicking things off.

  2. vanmorrissey - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Well that’s what you get when you schedule an interleague game like that early in the season in Minnesota. MLB schedule makers need to take full blame for that.

    • Cran Boy - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      I don’t blame the scheule makers. Nobody wants a bunch of April games. The weather’s not great (check out last night’s Rangers game), kids are still in school, attendance is weak. Putting early games in CA, TX, AZ, FL and under domes would be a revenue shift from those clubs to the clubs in the north.

    • geoknows - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      What’s it have to do with being an interleague game? They could just have easily been scheduled to be taking on the Angels. Or the Tigers. Or any other AL team.

      • kopy - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:43 PM

        It’s a lot easier to reschedule a postponed league or divisional game. But with 15 teams in the AL and NL, there’s ALWAYS going to be interleague games – even in April.

      • vanmorrissey - Apr 11, 2013 at 4:27 PM

        You’re playing a team once a year, that’s what it has to do with it. If you’re not playing that team at home again all year, well, duh, it’s a problem.

      • frank433 - Apr 11, 2013 at 6:54 PM

        vanmorrissey, the Tigers and Jays had a 2 1/2 hour rain delay yesterday, then still played parts of the game in heavy rain to get it in because they Jays only play 1 series in Detroit all season. It’s the same issue as the Mets and Twins. 1 series in town all year, even if its interleague.

    • ctony1216 - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      Joe Girardi agrees with you about those MLB schedulers, van: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/yankees-indians-rained-straight-night-article-1.1314497

      Girardi also makes the point that schedulers have a thing for night games in April in the North, which creates more problems if the weather’s bad. Day games, at least, would give teams a longer time span to get the game in, not to mention that it’s warmer during the day.

  3. jtpercell - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Good thing the Mets planned for this…

    http://outstandinginthefield.blogspot.com/2013/04/heres-what-mets-are-doing-today.html

  4. raybrower - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    On an unrelated note : I have two tickets for tommorrow’s game if anyone is interested.

    • kiwicricket - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      Certainly am! I am in the region holidaying, just pop through your bank account details and phone number, will sort something out. Cheers.

  5. sisisisisisisi - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    The grass at Target Field comes with the heating system.???

    no worries

    NOT

    • historiophiliac - Apr 11, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      Yeah, I was kinda shocked at learning about the field warming. Too funny.

    • moogro - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      Yes. It’s to get a jump on the growing season.

  6. sophiethegreatdane - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    I think this is outstanding — it tickles the chaos-loving 11 year-old kid that lives in (and often rules) my brain.

  7. andreweac - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Is the Metrodome even an option this weekend?

    • dluxxx - Apr 11, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      NEVER!!!!!!!!

    • kopy - Apr 11, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      Anyone can rent the Metrodome for $500 an hour, and it comes with a scoreboard operator and PA announcer. No, I’m not kidding.

      However, once the Twins moved out I believe they made the dome permanently un-convertible to baseball.

      • dluxxx - Apr 11, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        I was getting all excited about the possibility of putting together a baseball game at the dome for a birthday or something until I read the last part…

      • kopy - Apr 11, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        Yeah, the mound and home plate were permanent fixtures that were turfed over during football games, and those are all dug up now. You could still play baseball, but without dirt.

      • dluxxx - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:20 PM

        That wouldn’t really be baseball then, would it? Of course, playing in the dome wouldn’t really count either.

      • wlschneider09 - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:15 PM

        Not true, they play many college games there still.

      • billyboots - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:33 AM

        @wlschneider09: The Golden Gophers played there until last season. They just opened up Seibert Field, their new on-campus baseball field, a few weeks ago. The opener was called for snow after five innings.

  8. steelers88 - Apr 11, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Why don’t they move the series to Milwaukee?

    • dluxxx - Apr 11, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      NEVERRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!

  9. bryco9 - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    I have a great idea, start the season in May. Play 2-3 games a week and end the season in August. Then people might give a damn about this dumb game, 162 or whatever games is f-ing ridiculous. Sport seasons longer then 50 games simply scream greedy owners and bored ass fans.

    • dluxxx - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      Apparenlty you’re not a golfer…

      And as much as I hate to feed the trolls, I guss you must be a football fan, because no other professional sports league plays less than 82 games in a season.

      Baseball has twice as many games because it’s TWICE AS AWESOME!

  10. muskyhunter2542 - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    What about the humpdy dump? Or Miller Park?

  11. desal2ds - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Silly Bud inter league play in April is your fault

  12. lolo20msu - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    the dome still hosts college baseball, not sure about the dirt around the bases but they must have some sort of mound. not that the twins would ever play there again, but baseball is still played there

  13. granted42 - Apr 12, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Why should anyone worry about this series being canceled. Games between the Mets and Twins are as meaningless now as they would be in September. By the end of the season, missing these three games won’t have any affect on the playoffs, and most likely no affect on the standings. Play what you can, then move on.

  14. bolweevils2 - Apr 12, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    For NFL games they seem to be able to clear all the snow off the field and out of the stands and play the game, so I don’t know why they wouldn’t be able to do the same here and get the game in. Yes, it will be miserably cold, but they could play.

    There are supposed to be snow showers this evening, but snow showers don’t usually amount to anything. Or they could play in the afternoon when it’s not supposed to snow. But my guess is doubleheader on Saturday. (Forecast is mostly cloudy and 41 degree high)

    Sunday looks crappy though. 70% chance of rain, high of 42. So the Mets may have to come back on an off-day anyway. If that’s the case, maybe they’ll just make the doubleheader on that off-day sometime when the weather is warmer. They could play the Thursday after the All-Star game, when everyone is off. Or not. The union agreement probably prohibits that.

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