Twins didn’t have much choice but to play late-night game

“How do you like me now?”
The Metrodome

The Minnesota Twins are extending an olive branch to fans who were initially livid last night when the team refused to postpone a game despite the storms that raced through the Twin Cities for most of the evening.

Fans were forced to either give up on the game, or sit through hours of rain to watch two of the worst teams in baseball.

The game didn’t start until close to 10 p.m.

On the company website today, the Twins say they’ll make it up to fans.

All fans holding tickets to the Tuesday, July 5, weather-delayed game against the Oakland Athletics will have the ability to exchange those tickets for a future Twins home game (subject to availability).

Tickets may be exchanged at the Target Field Ticket Office located on Target Plaza off 7th Street. Tickets may be exchanged for any seat of equal or lesser value. Fans holding premium tickets (Suites, Thomson Reuters Champions Club, CATCH and the Budweiser Roof Deck) will be eligible to exchange their ticket for a future game in the general seating area. Tickets for the weather-delayed game are not subject to refunds.

By the time the game started, only a few hundred of the Twins’ closest friends with nowhere else to be were still around. They got a ballgame, a win, and a free ticket to another game.

Official attendance for the game was listed as 16,938.

Blame the schedule. Non-division teams only come into Target Field once a season. A day game was scheduled today because the Oakland A’s need to get out of town in time to get to Houston at a reasonable hour to play a game on Thursday.

The two teams only have one day off on the same day for the rest of the season — Sept. 8. But the days off are guaranteed by contracts with the players’ union. But even if they weren’t, there’s no way a team would fly to Minnesota for a game, then back to Oakland for the next scheduled game, especially when so few people would be interested in watching it.

  • Gary F

    Just think if you stuck it out until the end and they lost. They’d have to give out two tickets.

    • John

      you buy a ticket to see a game, not to see the home team win a game.

      • BJ

        >you buy a ticket to see a game, not to see the home team win a game.

        (insert good thing because the twins don’t win joke here)

      • Rob

        in the case of the Twins, truer words were never displayed

  • blindeke

    It was actually a really fun game, and they let everyone sit up close. Plus lots of Twins’ home runs and good defense.

    • Jeff

      We always buy the cheapest seats and sneak into the lower bowl when the usher is distracted or by just using bravado (don’t tell anyone). In these days of diminished attendance seems like they should allow that after the middle innings or so.

  • Paddy

    I suspect they always planned to make good the ticket holders. I don’t think it had anything to do with the “outrage”. The Twins are really good like that (glad they are good at something).

    And for people in Champions or the Catch who are sort of screwed because those areas are actually sold out I’m sure the Twins will take care of them too.

  • John

    My guess is that, since the games don’t sell out, this is a big win for the Twins budget. Free tickets (subject to availability – ha), putting people in seats that would otherwise be empty and then selling them beer and snacks.

    A good business move for the Twinkies.

  • Gary F

    But they did dump Jepson, so my cross is a little lighter. Just a little.

  • tboom

    If a Twin hits a homerun and no one is in the stadium to hear it, does the bat hitting the ball make a sound?

  • Jack Ungerleider

    After a rant by Mark Rosen about the unbalanced schedule, many years ago, I tried to figure out a way to get non-division teams here more often. If you want the division championship to reflect the team that plays best among the 5 teams in the division then you should want the majority of games to be played in the division. That’s what the current schedule does. I was unable to find any schedule combination that would allow for multiple visits to/from all non-division rivals that would allow for anything close to 50% of the games within division. It was several years ago, but I think the best result I could get was around 30%. I think it went up to about 40% if you allowed one division each year to be 2 series at one park and 1 at the other. Still unbalanced but not as bad.

    The basic math works like this (assuming no interleauge which is currently not possible with the odd number of teams in each league):
    5 teams in each division
    Minimum number of games to allow multiple visits: 12 (2 each 3 game series at each location)
    Total games outside division: 120
    Remaining games: 42
    Games with each in division opponent: 10 (doesn’t allow for 2 series in each park)

    Of course the math changes if you allow 2 game series, but neither MLB or the MLBPA was very happy with the schedule a few years ago that had a lot of 2 game series. Too many teams for it to “be like the old days”.

    • BJ

      I despise the American vs National league games. All-Star and World Series only!!

    • Rob

      you’ve spent way too much time on this…

      • Jack Ungerleider

        It was an exercise in recreational mathematics. It keeps me out of trouble. 8^)

  • lindblomeagles

    I’d love to get rid of inter-league play. In fact, I’d like to see more double headers. While I’m at my big wish list, I’d like to see hitters that can actually hit the ball.

  • Rob

    Kafka’s got nothin’ on the Twins.