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They’re playing sub-freezing baseball in Minnesota

Apr 17, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT

Last night’s Twins-Blue Jays game in Minnesota was postponed due to snow–seriously, it was pretty gross here last night–which means they’re playing a doubleheader today. The first game just started despite plenty of leftover snow and sub-freezing temperatures.

In fact …

Good news, though: It’s supposed to get all the way up to 40 degrees for the first pitch of the second game tonight!

  1. johnnysoda - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    I know the Metrodome wasn’t a pretty place, but there was a reason why it existed.

    • El Bravo - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      I know, right? Why the F did they not do what Milwaukee did and put a retractable roof on that thing? I’m still at a loss trying to figure out those crazy cold-immune Minnesotians. Don’t ya know.

      • ezthinking - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        Seems there was an extra $150 million reasons there is no roof on Target Field.

      • El Bravo - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        how many tickets aren’t being sold today and similar days like this every season? easily $150 million worth over the life of a roofless stadium in Siberia.

      • Liam - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        Pretty sure that ticket revenue goes to the Twins and the $150 million would have come from the good people of Minnesota. If the Twins wanted a retractable roof stadium they should have built it themselves.

      • ezthinking - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        Well, average ticket price is $33 at Target Field, $150,000,000 / 33 = 4,545,454 tickets. Filed capacity is 39,504. So assuming no one goes at all to a cold game, you would need about 115 sell outs to make up the difference.

        P.S. Siberia doesn’t have an MLB team.

      • El Bravo - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:47 PM

        Good arguments all around, EZpie and LiamNeeson. I still fail to see how that logic makes more sense than playing games indoors when it’s 31 degrees in Siberia.

      • Liam - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        I definitely agree that baseball shouldn’t be played outside in 31 degrees, but the answer to me seems to be cutting some games. Then baseball has more flexibility and can avoid scheduling northern teams too many early home games, while also giving themselves easy make up days later in the year. Or for those Northern teams to start building their own retractable roofs. More taxpayer money in baseball is exactly the opposite of what I think we should be doing.

      • El Bravo - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        I agree about taxpayer money. I don’t agree to any idea that involves less baseball. I’m afraid to disagree considering LiamNeeson kicks everyone’s ass except wolves (eventually). I’m no wolf, just a cool cat.

      • dluxxx - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        And broken site lines.

      • fissels - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:13 PM


  2. josemartez - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    There’s about six people in the stands right now.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      Cold beer, get your ice cold beer here, beer!!!
      Hey, if you want to feel even colder, 31F is below 0 Celsius.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        It will be colder for tonight’s game.

    • kopy - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      They straight-up closed the upper deck and just told people with tickets for such to go to whatever lower level seats they could find.

  3. migoli - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Coldest game ever….. As in unusual… was 70 last week so yeah get over the cold thing. Thougt that entire thought would be gone by now

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      I think it will be gone when teams are not , you know, playing games with snowbanks in foul territory.

  4. canadiansportsfan77 - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Sounds like a perfect day for some Canadian baseball

  5. brianincbus - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Gee who would have guessed that scheduling games in Minnesota, Detroit, Cleveland, etc. would be a bad idea in April? I have a concept for MLB, warm weather and dome teams all start with a two week homestand. If the cold weather teams don’t like it, too bad, build a dome so we don’t have weather problems!

    • philsieg - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      “If the cold weather teams don’t like it, too bad, have your taxpayers build a dome so we don’t have weather problems!”

      Fixed that fer ya.

    • ezthinking - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      Average temp in Minneapolis in October = 58°F
      Average temp in Boston in October = 61°F

      Average temp in Minneapolis in April = 58°F
      Average temp in Boston in April = 56°F

      Put a roof on that piece of crap Fenway while your at it.

      • mazblast - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        Nah, rules only apply to people in “flyover country” like us. East Coast folks (and I’m a NYC native) like to make rules to tell us what to do, but always have weaselly reasons why they won’t do the same thing.

        Here in Cincinnati, it was short sleeve weather Sunday. Overnight Monday, we got a bit of snow. That’s April.

      • moogro - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        Avg. temp is not a smart way of looking at this, it’s beside the point. What matters are the cold weather that can affect the baseball games. Minneapolis has far more of those kinds of days than Boston.

  6. cur'68 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Ball players dressed like Ninjas. Toques galore. Cold dead numb hands on the fielders. Its madness.

    • El Bravo - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      Is this the scene in your place of residence on a routine Saturday night?

      • cur'68 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        Not a chance, mang! I live in Florida right now. On the beach, too. Its bikini-a-rama here. Envy me, suckers!

      • El Bravo - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        oh god i do and i also hate you so much, MANG! where in FL? i got a couple homeslices in those parts, tampa and sarasota and stuff

      • cur'68 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        Right on the bay; Fort Myers Beach. Dolphins, seahawks, spring break hotties. The works. Its beyond lovely here. I want to move here permanently. Pity its all barely above sea level everywhere you go. One big wave would wipe the whole state out.

      • vivabear - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        Down there to visit Old Felcher, huh?

      • El Bravo - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        Oh like actual seahawks. Hahaha. I thought you lived with Russell Wilson for a second. What is this “spring break hottie” you speak of?

      • cur'68 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        El Bravo: that’s hotties in general, alas. And when I mean seahawks I mean some as yet to be identified by me fishing falcon that will dive in after fish. Its an awesome sight.

        fecalbear: GFY

  7. brandotho - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Target Field is freaking beautiful, but they really messed up with not at least putting a roof there. What if they’re in the World Series? It’ll be like Cleveland in 97 but worse

    • janessa31888 - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      I still cry just thinking about 97. Sigh.

    • carpi2 - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      The Twins found a remedy to this problem by never making it to the playoffs.

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        zing! lol.

      • brandotho - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        They made the playoffs first year it opened……

  8. mdpickles - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    How is it that their football team play indoors and the baseball team outdoors?

    • vivabear - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      Not for long, Vikings will get an open air stadium too.

      • DJ MC - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:05 PM

        Not for long. They’ll be back in a new dome in a couple of years.

      • vivabear - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        True, that new prism they will be playing in is a fixed roof. For 2 years they’ll be outdoors on the Gophers campus.

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:11 PM

        Only for two years but that’s gonna be miserable… Favre’s career ended on the field they’re playing on in part due to the frozen field.

    • lanflfan - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Funny but somewhat irrelevant since football can be played in snow, but Vikings will not be making the playoffs again for a few years (at best).

  9. migoli - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Oh many more tickets do the twins sell in the summer because there ISN’T a roof though?

    • El Bravo - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:13 PM


      • dluxxx - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:43 PM


      • lifer124 - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        I’m from Milwaukee, went to many games at old County Stadium and Miller Park and I can tell you a retractable roof is still a roof. It’s obnoxious even when it’s open.

    • sportsdrenched - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      That’s the way it’s been explained to me, and native MN can correct me if I’m wrong. After such brutal winters, the last thing a MNan wants to do in the summer months is go inside to a baseball game.

      Sure, you might get some bad weather in April, but you might get a nice day too.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        Plenty of parks have retractable roofs or some other solutions to let the nice nights in but keep the nasty weather out. Houston, Arizona, Seattle etc all have some version of this.

        Really, $150MM isn’t all that much money in baseball dollars. Most teams have at least one player making that much as 1/25 of their roster, and the stadium should be expected to last longer than any player.

  10. flyingvien - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    It’ll be 60 this weekend. Spring is so topsy turvy; it’s not like this is happening every game here. Playing presason football in August outdoors in AZ before their retractable stadium was built seems crazier to me.

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      Eh… football is all weather sport, but I’d say the craziest is the high school programs that have football training camp in July in Texas.

  11. sandrafluke2012 - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Global warming!

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      Global warming must have been last year.

  12. hardkor07mn - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Weather didn’t seem to bother Gibson. Great start today

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