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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Minnesota Twins home opener to be played in 33 degree temp. with 17 mph northwest wind to make it feel even chillier. Coldest home game in Twins history May 2, 1967 at 32 degrees

"The coldest home game in Twins history was May 2, 1967, when the thermometer at Met Stadium plunged to 32 degrees during a 13-4 victory over the New York Yankees." 

3/28/13, "Minnesota Twins: Home opener will be cold, windy ... and as scheduled," St. Cloud Times, Brian Murphy, Pioneer Press

"The earliest outdoor home opening date for the Minnesota Twins is shaping up to be one of the coldest, certainly in the Target Field era.

According to weather.com, the high temperature for Monday, is projected to reach 33 degrees, with a 17-mph northwest wind that would make the outdoor ballgame experience feel even colder. The evening low is projected to dip to 25 degrees.

Despite the teeth-chattering forecast, the Twins have no plans to postpone the 3:10 p.m. game against the defending American League champion Detroit Tigers to Tuesday's open date, when the weather calls for 41 degrees and lighter winds -- cold but dry.

"While it appears that Monday's weather could be less than perfect, the forecast for Tuesday is only marginally better," Twins president Dave St. Peter said. "The good news is that it appears next week will be precipitation free."

Since leaving the Metrodome in 2009, Minnesota's sold-out home openers have occurred April 12, 8 and 9, respectively. The first two were warmer-than-average days in the 60s while the temperature dipped to 45 degrees for last year's game against the Los Angeles Angels.

The club opened the season on the road each of the past three years. But MLB offered no such buffer in 2013. The Twins have a combined 31 home games scheduled in April and September this season but only 25 in July and August, including just nine in July.

The coldest home game in Twins history was May 2, 1967, when the thermometer at Met Stadium plunged to 32 degrees during a 13-4 victory over the New York Yankees. Attendance: 8,171, according to baseballreference.com." via Tom Nelson. Tom kindly provided a wind chill calculator.

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