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Twins announce plans for Game 1-4 of the 2019 ALDS

AL Central division champion Twins to host Target Field watch parties for Games 1-2; Trampled By Turtles, Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs, DJ Skee and Twins Hall of Famers highlight Games 3-4 pregame ceremonies
October 4, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN – With game times officially set by Major League Baseball, the 2019 American League Central Division Champion Minnesota Twins today announced further plans for American League Division Series Games 1-4, including Target Field Viewing Parties for Games 1 and 2 (tonight and Saturday), and pregame festivities for

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN – With game times officially set by Major League Baseball, the 2019 American League Central Division Champion Minnesota Twins today announced further plans for American League Division Series Games 1-4, including Target Field Viewing Parties for Games 1 and 2 (tonight and Saturday), and pregame festivities for Games 3 and 4 (if necessary) next Monday and Tuesday at Target Field.

ALDS Games 1 and 2 Viewing Parties (TODAY – Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5 at Target Field)

The Twins will welcome their fans into Target Field’s Delta SKY360 Club° and Bat & Barrel, to come together and watch Games 1 and 2 of the ALDS. Food and beverage will be available for purchase, and the viewing parties will take place rain or shine. Fans can go to twinsbaseball.com/postseason to receive their free ticket for these events!

ALDS Game 1 – Twins at Yankees; First Pitch at 6:07 p.m. CT on MLB Network (Gates open at 5:00 p.m.; fans can enter through Gate 34, Gate 6, or through the Skyway entrance via the A Ramp).

ALDS Game 2 – Twins at Yankees; First Pitch at 4:07 p.m. CT on FS1 (Gates open at 3:00 p.m.; fans can enter through Gate 34, Gate 6, or through the Skyway entrance via the A Ramp).

ALDS Games 3 and 4* (Monday, October 7 and Tuesday, October 8 at Target Field)

The Twins will host a MLB postseason game for the first time since 2010 when the ALDS shifts to Target Field for Games 3 and 4 (if necessary). Game 3 is set for Monday, October 7 with first pitch at 7:40 p.m. CT (if there is at least one NLDS game) OR 6:37 p.m. CT (if both NLDS series end in sweeps) on FS1 (Target Field gates open two-and-a-half hours before first pitch; so, either 5:00 p.m. OR 4:00 p.m. CT). Game 4, if necessary, will be Tuesday, October 8 at 7:07 p.m. CT on FS1 (Target Field gates open at 4:30 p.m.).

Among the highlights of the club’s planned pregame festivities:

Ceremonial First Pitch (Game 3) – Twins Hall of Famer Torii Hunter, who batted .300 with an .875 OPS in 21 postseason games with Minnesota and helped lead the team to four AL Central Division titles (2002-04 and 2006) and the 2002 ALCS, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

National Anthem (Game 3) – Award-winning Trampled by Turtles, from Duluth, Minnesota, will sing the National Anthem. The last three albums from this American folk band have reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Bluegrass chart, and they’re currently on tour.

Ceremonial First Pitches (Game 4*) – Two of the best players in team history, Twins Hall of Famers Rod Carew and Tony Oliva, will each throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Carew, the 1967 AL Rookie of the Year and 1977 AL Most Valuable Player and a first-ballot selection to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, helped the Twins win back-to-back AL West titles (1969 and 1970). Oliva, the 1964 AL Rookie of the Year and three-time AL batting champ, played his entire 15-year career in Minnesota and led the league in hits during three Twins postseason runs (1965 AL pennant and 1969-70 AL West titles).

National Anthem (Game 4*) – One of the finest community youth choral programs in the Upper Midwest, the award-winning Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs will sing the National Anthem. A group of 60 boys and girls (grades 2-12) from this Bloomington, Minnesota-based program will perform.

Homer Hanky Gate Giveaway (Games 3 and 4) – Every fan entering Target Field for both Games 3 and 4 (if necessary) will receive a 2019 Homer Hanky™, presented by Star Tribune and CUB.

Earlier this season, the Twins implemented two new policies aimed at speeding fan ingress at Target Field, while still providing a fan-friendly experience and, most importantly, continuing to uphold Major League Baseball guidelines regarding safety and security. For more information, please visit twinsbaseball.com/entry.

Fans are encouraged to plan ahead, arrive early and consider all the transportation options available, whether you plan to drive, take transit, bike or walk.

A complete rundown of ALDS Games 3 and 4 (if necessary) events are detailed below:

ALDS Game 3 – Twins vs. Yankees; Monday, October 7 at 7:40 p.m. OR 6:37 p.m. CT

• 5:00 p.m. OR 4:00 p.m. CT – Gates open at Target Field.

• St. Paul, Minnesota native DJ Skee, the founder of Dash Radio, the host of “Skee TV” on Fuse, a noted philanthropist and the first DJ to discover and give radio play to such stars as Kendrick Lamar, Justin Bieber, Akon, Lorde and Lady Gaga, will entertain fans in the Gate 34 Experience area and throughout the game.

• The National Anthem will be performed by Duluth’s award-winning, chart-topping American folk band Trampled by Turtles.

• The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Twins Hall of Famer, five-time All-Star, nine-time Gold Glove winner and current club special assistant Torii Hunter.

• A giant American flag will be unfurled by Twins Season Ticket Holders.

• World War II veteran Gunners Mate 3**rd Class Joseph Stephes of Bloomington, Minnesota, who served with the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Wichita in the European and Pacific theaters, will raise the American flag** as part of the Salute to America presented by Thomson Reuters.

• “God Bless America” will be performed by Sergeant First Class Benjamin Hanson from Rochester, Minnesota. SFC Hanson enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard in 2006 and currently serves as a member of the Red Bull Band.

ALDS Game 4 (if necessary) – Twins vs. Yankees; Tuesday, October 8 at 7:07 p.m. CT

• 4:30 p.m. – Gates open at Target Field.

• St. Paul, Minnesota native DJ Skee, the founder of Dash Radio, the host of “Skee TV” on Fuse, a noted philanthropist and the first DJ to discover and give radio play to such stars as Kendrick Lamar, Justin Bieber, Akon, Lorde and Lady Gaga, will entertain fans in the Gate 34 Experience area and throughout the game.

• The National Anthem will be performed by the award-winning Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs from Bloomington.

• The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Twins Hall of Famers and all-time legends Rod Carew, an 18-time All-Star, seven-time AL batting champ and Twins retired number honoree, and by eight-time All-Star Tony Oliva, whose number is also retired by the club.

• A giant American flag will be unfurled by Twins Season Ticket Holders.

• The American flag will be raised by World War II veterans Staff Sergeant Richard Edge and Lieutenant Doris Edge. Staff Sergeant Edge, a Purple Heart recipient, served in the European theater and is a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge. Lieutenant Edge served in support from Pensacola, Florida as a Navy WAVE assisting in flight simulations training for pilots.

• “God Bless America” will be performed by Technical Sergeant Jessica Lewellen from Lakeville, Minnesota. Technical Sergeant Lewellen enlisted in the Minnesota Air National Guard in 2010 and serves as a Broadcast Journalist in Public Affairs at the 133rd Airlift Wing in Minneapolis.

Both potential ALDS games at Target Field are currently sold out; fans are encouraged to visit twinsbaseball.com/postseason for more information.