Twins Home Opener To Honor Health Care Workers, George Floyd + More
The Minnesota Twins have announced details for their 2020 Home Opener, which is Tuesday, July 28 against the St. Louis Cardinals.
According to TwinsBaseball.com, there will be plenty of activities before and during the game, including special tributes to health care workers and Black Lives Matter.
Some highlights include:
- Ceremonial First Pitch – Honoring Frontline Health Care Workers: As we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Twins will spotlight the real stars of our community by shining the light on our true starting lineup – nine representatives of those bravely and selflessly working on the front lines of health care. A video tribute will feature Berhane Gebre-Egziabher (an environmental services staff member at Hennepin County Medical Center), Catherine Gonzalez-Klang (an interpreter at HCMC), Richard Gray (a doctor at HCMC), Sophia Kim (a doctor at North Memorial Health Hospital), Dee Matara (a registered nurse at Methodist Hospital), Andrew Olson (a hospitalist at M Health Fairview Bethesda Hospital), Laurie Taylor (a lab technician at Lakeview Hospital), Vanessa Tschetter (an ICU nurse at M Health Fairview Ridges Hospital) and Kaila Vang (a progressive care nurse at Regions Hospital) – each of whom will join together in throwing out the ceremonial first pitch of the 2020 Minnesota Twins home season.
- Black Lives Matter: The Twins share in our community’s heartbreak and sadness over the tragic and senseless death of George Floyd on May 25. The team will honor his memory at the 2020 Home Opener by unveiling a memorial graphic on the outfield wall that will remain in place throughout the season, and through an in-game moment of silence at 8:46 p.m. CDT. Additionally, the Twins will join all of Major League Baseball in an ongoing partnership with The Players Alliance – the recently-formed nonprofit organization led by Curtis Granderson, CC Sabathia and Edwin Jackson – to be allies and active participants in social change. Specific to the 2020 Home Opener, the Twins will share a message from The Players Alliance focused on support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
- Moment of Silence: The game will pause at 8:46 p.m. CDT for a moment of silence for George Floyd, who lost his life on May 25 after having his neck compressed by an officer for eight minutes and 46 seconds.
- American Flag Raising: World War II veteran Alvin Donahoo of Spring Park, Minnesota, who is 101 years young, will be the virtual “American flag raiser” as part of the Salute to America presented by Thomson Reuters
All pregame elements will be pre-recorded using proper safety protocols.
You can follow the link below to get the full list of things planned for Tuesday night from Target Field.