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Continued: Circle me, Ber-r-r-r-t! Temp dips below freezing at Target Field; free java, cocoa

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 13, 2013 - 11:00 AM

Peterson said she put the tickets on Stub Hub on Thursday “at one of the lowest prices tickets were selling for. Of course, they have not sold.”

Come Friday morning, Peterson posted on Facebook that she’s giving away the tickets. “Surprisingly, no takers,” she said.

Steve Hepokoski, of Maple Grove, said he is bringing with him “some of those chemical heat pads for my boots and mittens. I’m pretty much dressing like I would for deer hunting.”

The weather for the rest of the weekend is a mixed bag. The forecast for Saturday is for dry conditions but a high just short of 40. Game time on Saturday is 3:10 p.m. For Sunday’s 1:10 p.m. start, rain could spoil things.

This will be at least the fifth game in the majors this year with a starting-time temperature of 35 or lower, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The coldest so far this season was the April 5 game in Chicago, when the temperature was 34 for the first pitch between the Seattle Mariners and the White Sox.

While there are no all-time records kept, it was 29 degrees for the first pitch when the Tigers played the Royals in Kansas City on April 7, 2007. On that same date, the Twins’ road game at Chicago vs. the White Sox had a 31-degree game-time temperature.

On Wednesday, it was 39 degrees at first pitch for the Texas Rangers’ home game vs. the Tampa Bay Rays -- deep in the heart of Texas and in the afternoon, no less. Winds gusting near 20 miles per hour made it feel more like freezing.

Since the Twins franchise was moved from Washington, D.C., to the Twin Cities in 1961 and played outside at Metropolitan Stadium through the 1981 season, the Twins called off only four games to snow.

The latest on the schedule to fall victim to snow was on May 2, 1976. It was made up the next day as part of a doubleheader.

Moving indoors to the Metrodome starting in 1982 didn’t make the team immune from winter’s whims. The roof came down late on the night of April 14, 1983, after one of the Twin Cities’ biggest spring snowstorms.

The storm had already resulted in postponement of the Twins game because their opponents, the California Angels, were grounded by the weather.

 

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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