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Continued: Twins opener: Earliest one outdoors also could be the chilliest

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 31, 2013 - 1:05 PM

Besides, they’ve played through worse. Back in 1962, volunteers with shovels uncovered the tarp that protected Metropolitan Stadium’s infield, and sprinklers were turned on in the outfield to melt the 6 inches of snow that had fallen overnight. When standing water developed and the dirt congealed into icy mud, a helicopter was hired to hover over the diamond, in hopes of drying out the worst of it.

Trucks carted off the snow and ice that blanketed the stands and dumped their loads into a huge mountain just beyond the scoreboard in right-center field. “That pile was there for weeks,” said Tom Mee, the Twins’ media-relations director at the time. “We were lucky as hell to get that game in.”

The moisture meant they had to push the game back a day, then play the opener in freezing temperatures, one of the coldest games in major league history. Or as it was known at the old Met, football weather.

That’s the mentality Twins fans should take Monday, St. Peter said. “If this was mid-November at TCF Bank Stadium for a Gophers game with Wisconsin, people would dress appropriately and feel pretty good about it,” the Twins president said. “It’s a state of mind.”

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