MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins and Red Sox postponed their scheduled series opener on Monday following the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, on Sunday by a police officer in the suburb of Brooklyn Center.
Amid the greater context of the ongoing murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd last May, Wright’s death sparked protests in Brooklyn Center and unrest in the Twin Cities throughout Sunday afternoon and into the night.
The Twins announced on Tuesday that the 1:10 p.m. CT game would be played as scheduled, and that Monday's postponed contest would be made up on Wednesday as part of a straight doubleheader beginning at 1:10 p.m. CT. Both games of the doubleheader will be seven-inning contests.
Fans holding tickets for Wednesday’s originally scheduled 1:10 p.m. game will receive admission to both games of the straight doubleheader. Tickets remain available and can be purchased at twinsbaseball.com.
Twins season-ticket holders with tickets for Monday’s postponed game will receive credit back on their account. Single-game buyers holding tickets purchased directly from the Minnesota Twins for Monday’s postponed contest will also receive credit, which can be used for a future 2021 home game. Additionally, those fans holding tickets for Monday’s postponed game will receive two complementary tickets to a future weekday (Monday-Thursday) value or select home game during the 2021 season (Monday’s ticket holders will receive further communication directly from the Twins).
The Twins remained responsive to developments around the Twin Cities and communications with local authorities, government and Major League Baseball as they made their decisions.
"When we went to bed last night, the thought was that we were aiming to play today," manager Rocco Baldelli said Tuesday morning. "But [president of baseball operations] Derek [Falvey] had a call at about 8 a.m. just to verify that we were a go and that everything was ready and we were safe to come and play and everything was fine."
On Monday, Minnesota governor Tim Walz set a 7 p.m. curfew for Hennepin County, which contains the city of Minneapolis. The Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA and Minnesota Wild of the NHL also announced the postponements of their scheduled home games on Monday.
“Out of respect for the tragic events that occurred yesterday in Brooklyn Center, and following the additional details in this evolving situation, the Minnesota Twins have decided it is in the best interests of our fans, staff, players and community to not play today’s game,” the club announced in a statement.
“The decision was made by the Minnesota Twins after consultation with Major League Baseball, and local and state officials. Information regarding the rescheduling of today’s game, and corresponding ticket details, will be released in the near future.
“The Minnesota Twins organization extends its sympathies to the family of Daunte Wright.”
According to Twins president Dave St. Peter, the decision to postpone the game came both out of respect to the Wright family and in the interest of the safety of fans, players and employees.
"We’re in regular communication with law enforcement as well as people within the governor’s office and elsewhere, and it's something we’re monitoring," St. Peter said. "We would obviously like to play games when it’s appropriate to play them, but at this point, those are decisions that will be made here in the days to come."
The postponement also had the support of The Players Alliance, a nonprofit organization comprised of more than 150 active and former Major League players.
"We are deeply saddened to have to issue a response condemning the loss of yet another unarmed Black American at the hands of police," the organization tweeted. "We support the Twins' decision to postpone today's game and send our most heartfelt condolences to the family of Daunte Wright."
The decision to postpone the game wasn't made until very late in the pregame sequence, when many fans had already settled into their seats and the Red Sox had taken batting practice. But both the Twins and Red Sox were fully aware of the situation once the Twins came to a decision and are prepared to react to the developments over the next 24 hours.
"Our community has been through a lot," St. Peter said. "We have a trial taking place just blocks away from Target Field. Emotions across our community, emotions across our organization are raw. Based on the events of the last 24 hours and as information has started to come to light, playing a baseball game today felt a little less important.
"When you add a level of public safety to that, particularly the safety for fans, our players, our staff, again we thought the decision we made today was the right call. History will maybe tell us otherwise. But today, this moment, we're pretty confident we're doing the right thing."