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Opening Day Hope Still Unites in Twins Territory

Around Twins Territory a common refrain is heard today, “It wasn’t supposed to be like this.” No, no it wasn’t. Today was supposed to be Opening Day at Target Field. A time of hope has been replaced with one of uncertainty and despair. Baseball will be back though, and baseball remains a common thread uniting us all.
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You’re reading this, and are here at Twins Daily, because of baseball. This day matters because you invested time and emotion into a 2019 Bomba Squad that put up arguably the most legendary regular season performance in franchise history. Target Field would have been filled to the brim with fans because of what was, and the expectation of what is to come.

Today we won’t have the opportunity of hitting up a local watering hole, and then grabbing that first roller grilled hot dog. There will be no pyrotechnics, and TC Bear will need to wait a while for his photo opportunities. All those things are saddening, and maybe even maddening, but the celebration can go on.

It is because of what we are doing right now that has baseball on track to return. By joining together for the greater good, we are mitigating future disaster, improving the pace in which normal can return, and ultimately providing the quickest roadmap for the National Pastime to once again deliver a first pitch. While we do that there’s still no reason not to celebrate what was, and the expectation of what is to come.

As I said before, think back on that 2019 squad, we may never see something like that again. A regular season home run record that could take substantial time to break. A win total that was outdone by just one other campaign in franchise history. A rookie manager that made his mark en route to a rookie Manager of the Year designation. Those are just some of the highlights, but the reel sharing all of them could’ve ran forever.

You can bet that prior to first pitch from a Minnesota arm today, there would have been plenty of recaps involving that special 2019 team. Sure, the club would’ve played a road trip and had a few wins under their belt at this point, but one last hoorah to the groundwork that was laid for the year ahead seems more than fair.

Then the jets fly over, fireworks pop, and the first pitch is delivered. In what was scheduled to be the first of 81 home games the journey towards what was to come begins. This Twins team was set up in a way we haven’t seen for over a decade. Derek Falvey and Thad Levine supplemented an already talented squad with some legit pitching additions and the largest free agent contract in team history. Already viewed as the AL Central division favorite, Minnesota had a legitimate shot to represent the American League in the World Series.

We don’t know what the schedule will look like when play resumes. There could be significant changes to who is on the roster, or where the Twins ultimately find themselves. None of that takes away what was though, and the uncertainty of what is to come remains driven by a very strong and successful front office that has repeatedly shown a capability to win.



Today we don’t get the home opener as desired. I go without a beer and bowl of potato soup from O’Donovans before entering Target Field. There are no free giveaways to all fans in attendance, and that first lap around the concourse will have to wait. None of us are alone in those realities though, and as much celebration at Twins Territory enjoys together, this too is a uniting moment and one that will ultimately lead to a glorious reunion when those first grass stains are brought back to us.

Share your traditions for what the home opener day generally looks like. Talk through the disappointment of the void we are currently experiencing. Creating further anticipation for the story yet to unfold will only lead to thunderous roars when it is again inevitably upon us.

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Ever since I've had kids (now 5 and 2), we've had a "morning workout" before the opener. Usually involves some tee work and just running around outside on a chilly late-March/early-April morning. 

Then we get ready to take the LRT downtown. get there when gates open, walk around, take it all in. First concession ALWAYS has to be a hot dog. The 5 year old can down the 1/4lb dog no problem (never been prouder than when he finished his first one). 

 

 

This year, the 5 year old didnt want the tee. I pitched some wiffle balls to him. Hit a few Bombas. Then he helped his 2 year old sister with her hands and feet while using the tee (proud dad moment). For dinner, we had hot dogs and soft pretzels. During dinner, both kids asked why we werent going to the Twins game since we were all wearing Twins shirts/jerseys. Explained as best as we could. They seemed to get it, but were understandably disappointed. 

 

In the grand scheme of things, going to a baseball game doesnt matter, but once the pandemic is over, and we get to go to Target Field again, I have a feeling some tears will be shed. 

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Ted Schwerzler
Apr 03 2020 11:51 AM

 

In the grand scheme of things, going to a baseball game doesnt matter, but once the pandemic is over, and we get to go to Target Field again, I have a feeling some tears will be shed. 

I keep envisioning David Ortiz when he took the mic in Boston following the Marathon Bombings. Everywhere in the country is dealing with this, and without sports we have no distraction or outlet. They matter to only a certain portion of the population, but man I think it will be an outpouring of love when they do return.

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While i have been distracted and busy enough with life to break my tradition somewhat the past 2yrs, for YEARS my tradition has been to watch Bull Durham and Major League before the season gets underway. And then, whether it be opening day or the Twins home opener, I make sure I have one of thise days off to listen to, or watch, that "first" game. And in my head, having spent most of the past 45+yrs as an avid radio broadcast fan, I still hear Herb Carneal and his patterned "hello Twins fans".

Our beloved Huskers are so very important to my father and me. We bleed red! We also have a lot of purple coursing through our veins for the Vikings even after years of frustration and disappointment. But the Twins have always been something very special we share together from the season, to next, to the off-season, to the minors and even the draft. Baseball just marks something special in regard to spring truly beginning and everything in the world being more "right". And I'm really missing that right now. Right now, I haven't even seen my dad in a couple weeks as he's home being safe and I see the public daily. So I'm being extra careful right now.

I can promise you that whenever baseball comes back, win or lose, I will be spending that first game with him. Even if I have to call in "sick" that day. Perhaps I'll be calling in extra well that day.
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theBOMisthebomb
Apr 04 2020 12:11 AM
I've tried to avoid posts like this to avoid the negative streak in me from coming out since nobody needs that right now. My head says no baseball in 2020, not at least how we know it. I can see maybe empty stadiums with a December World Series as a possibility. My heart begs to be at Target Field for the home opener in July with my wife. Bring my first grade daughter to the games she has for the TC Sluggers Kids Club. Hang out with my buddy as we enjoy my partial seadon ticket package. Gather the work friends and old friends I only see once per year when we meet at Target Field. Watch the games every day when I can, even though a lot of them are replays started on the FSGO app after the children are in bed. This has all really made me realize how important the Twins are to me. I know in the grand scheme in today's world it is silly. Still, if society stops caring about things like MLB then we are in a bunch of trouble as a society. So, I will keep caring and keeping the faith we will have a season.
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