Long and lean Kevin Garnett has less than three weeks to limber up his right arm for throwing the ceremonial first pitch ahead of the Minnesota Twins’ home opener.
The honor bestowed on the newly returned 6-foot, 11-inch Minnesota Timberwolf is one of many events making up festivities for the April 13 opener vs. the American League champion Kansas City Royals.
Garnett has first-pitch history. The day after he left the Timberwolves and signed with the Boston Celtics, K.G. took the mound at Fenway Park on Aug. 1, 2007, for a pregame toss to a familiar face behind the plate, former Twin and Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.
The Twins’ 2015 Opening Day unfurls at 6 a.m. with free breakfast on the Target Field plaza. When the gates open at 1 p.m., Twins legends Bert Blyleven, Tony Oliva, Kent Hrbek and Tom Kelly will be at the entrances to greet fans.
Game time is scheduled for 3:10 p.m., and it kicks off the three-game series vs. K.C.
A ballpark-wide photo will be taken during the third inning. Fans are being asked to be in their seats for the shot. They can then visit www.twinsbaseball.com/tagoramic to tag themselves in the photo.
As of Wednesday morning, limited seats and standing room tickets were available for the opener.
The Twins start the season with six games on the road, first in Detroit for the Tigers’ home opener on April 6. The Twins are also the visitors for another home opener, in Chicago vs. the White Sox on April 10.