Twins lose first game (to weather) in 30 years

Wait. It's still snowing somewhere that isn't a mountain? Yeah:

The Twins, for the first time since 1980, heard those dreaded words at home: Game postponed because of rain.

The Twins, who moved this year to outdoor Target Field, which has no retractable roof, postponed Friday's game against the Baltimore Orioles because of steady rain and snow in the forecast. There is a day-night doubleheader scheduled for Saturday at 1:10 p.m. ET and 8:10 p.m. ET.


"That's going to be the thing they're going to have to worry about this year," Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis [said] last month. "Weather."

In other words: "Life."

There will, I'm absolutely sure, be cries of "Where's the roof?" every time the Twins lose a game to that unpredictable and occasionally inclement Midwestern weather.

Rain-outs are a drag. They're a drag for the players whose schedules and routines get messed up, and they're really a drag for the fans who have been looking forward to the game for weeks or months, and perhaps can't rearrange their lives to attend the make-up date. I know how it feels. Ten years ago, a rain-out cost me the chance to meet one of my favorite writers.

But that's life. Joy. Disappointment. Perfectly sunny days. Showers from the heavens. You roll with it, especially when you don't have a choice.

In this case, the Good People of Hennepin County did have a choice. They chose not to spend an extra $100 million on a roof. I have a hard time faulting them for that.