It had been rumored for several days now, but the Minnesota Twins made the change official today, moving Opening Day back exactly 24 hours, from Thursday at 3:10 to Friday at 3:10:
The move isn’t really a surprise. The team had been mulling the decision for the past week, as the weather predictions for Thursday are vastly different. On Thursday, the weather is expected to be 38 degrees with high winds (40 MPH!!!) and a 70% chance of a rain/snow mix, while the expected weather for Friday is 42 degrees with less than 5% chance of precipitation.
The team had an off day built into the schedule and has been working hard to get fans into the stadium despite the brutal weather. They have a better chance of that now, and will be able to do all of the planned festivities with a little less worry.
Breakfast on the Plaza Returns will still be from 6-9 on Friday, gates will be opened by Tony Oliva, Kent Hrbek, Tom Kelly, Jim Kaat, Kirby Puckett, Jr., and Catherine Puckett at 1, and all of the other Opening Day festivities will continue as planned. It’s all just going to be a day late.
The weather might not be very good on Friday either and we’ve waited such a long time for baseball, so it’s hard to love this move. With that being said though, this is clearly the best option for almost all involved, and while they waited till the day before to announce it, it’ll be very exciting to see this team and Opening Day starter Joe Ryan back in action.