The Red Sox and Twins were set to begin a four-game series Monday afternoon in Minneapolis. That first game has now been postponed.
News of the postponement came just minutes before what was scheduled to be a 2:10 p.m. first pitch. Fans were already in their seats when the announcement was made.
Shortly after the game was postponed, the Twins released the following statement:
“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 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.”
Minneapolis has seen large ongoing protests over the last 24 hours after police shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright on Sunday. The shooting occurred in Brooklyn Park, a suburb of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The Brooklyn Center police department, which has drawn a large crowd outside since Sunday night, is less than 10 miles from the Twins’ ballpark, Target Field. There have been increased tensions in the area for the last month, since the trial of Derek Chauvin, who is being charged in the death of George Floyd, began. That trial is being held in a courthouse which is also located near the stadium.
Shortly after the announcement, Twins president Dave St. Peter told reporters that the game was postponed for “both respect for the family of Daunte Wright and community safety concerns.” He added that “it’s too early to tell what will happen with the rest of the series,” according to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe.
This is an ongoing story, and will be updated…