On May 10, I attended the most dramatic night in Target Field’s history–and not all the drama was baseball-related! Earlier in the day, meteorologists predicted severe weather would enter the Twin Cities around 8 p.m. so I thought the Twins would postpone this game. But they decided to play. Fans and Target Field were well-prepared for the worst weather possible. And let me tell you, the game wasn’t as great as the weather.
When the game started, the temperature was a warm and humid 87 degrees and the sky was dark and discolored; I knew something big was coming in. During the 2nd inning, it started raining lightly and by the 3rd inning it was raining hard. Both lightning and funnel clouds were spotted around Minneapolis. At first, when the tornado sirens were sounded, Twins officials ignored them and the game continued to be played. But, finally, the umpires signaled to the grounds crew to pull the tarp over the infield in the bottom of the 4th inning.
During the 62-minute delay, hail–some the size of golf balls–bombarded Target Field for about twenty minutes while fans huddled under concourses. It was an incredible site to see! Eventually, about thirty grounds crew members got the field playable again by raking hail off the turf. One of the funniest things to watch was the use of a four-wheeler to melt and clear hail! The machine didn’t seem to help much as it was just pushing the hail around. I stayed through the delay (why would I want to walk back to the van in a hail storm!?)
After the delay, in the bottom of the 5th inning, Rene Tosoni belted a 426-foot home run (his first in the Majors) over the high wall in right-center field. For those of you who haven’t heard of Tosoni, he was called up from Triple-A to replace Delmon Young in the outfield. To be honest, I didn’t know a player could hit a home run there, let alone a minor-leaguer who was just called up just over a week ago. Congrats, Rene!
Despite Tosoni’s home run, eventually the Twins lost to the Tigers by a score of 10-2. The game didn’t end until about 11:10 p.m. All in all, it was a very eventful night at Target Field!
Written by: Michael L. Sack