MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – After a very long winter Twins fans finally got to enjoy some outdoor baseball, and some sun.
It was 60 degrees and sunny during first pitch at Monday’s home opener at Target Field.
A lot of fans were wearing t-shirts, shorts and shades.
A sight that is hard to imagine considering just three days ago a foot of snow fell on the city.
“This is fantastic! And we got beautiful seats right in the sun,” Twins fan Sam Carter said.
Had the home opener happened on Friday, fans would have had to make their way through six inches of snow just to get to Target Field.
But three short days later Twins fans both young and old felt like they hit a well-timed home run with Mother Nature.
“It’s gorgeous. It couldn’t be any better could it? Baseball, sunshine, warmth. Perfect. I’m almost overdressed. But I’m in layers like a true Minnesotan,” Terri and Ron Cobian of Hastings said.
Last year layers were a given considering it was 35 degrees at first pitch. Winter parkas and stocking caps got a lot of use.
The Cobian’s were worried that might be the case again this year after Friday’s snowstorm.
“I wondered if we shouldn’t give the tickets to someone else. But I’d never been to a home opener before so I had to come,” Terri said.
As with many games in the spring, there was a major swing for fans between the lower deck and the upper deck.
“Yeah, it’s a little cold today. I like it better in July,” fan Kirsten Brown said from the upper deck.
While short sleeves were the norm down below, jackets were a popular choice up above.
Brown said it was so cold a year ago that she left early. It was the only time she’s ever done that.
That didn’t happen Monday as she was slightly more prepared.
“I have 5 layers on. T-shirt, long-sleeved t-shirt, a jacket, another sweatshirt and this sweatshirt,” Brown said.
The unpredictable April weather is the reason why the Twins have a day off after the home opener.
It’s a flex day in case the opener gets rained or snowed out.