The Minnesota Twins are just two days away from their first home game of the season. The team will play the Kansas City Royals in front of a sold-out crowd Monday afternoon. At the dawn of the new season, Target Field awakens from a long winter as workers ready the ball park for nearly 40,000 baseball fans.
It takes about one minute to clear each seat of snow at Target Field. Now multiply that by 39,000.
If baseball is a game of inches, the Target Field grounds crew has a lot of inches to cover.
The lush green grass of the outfield is one of the first things you notice when walking into Target Field. It certainly doesn’t groom itself. It’s the labor of love that seven dedicated men call their office.
The Twins didn’t play at Target Field Friday, but the Gophers did against Purdue. Although it was nice for fans to see green grass after a long winter, it is debatable what kind of shape the field will be in when the Twins play April 8.
Despite the cool weather and the threat of snow, Target Field will be playable for both the Gophers, who play this weekend, and the Twins, whose home opener is scheduled for April 8.