What goes best with baseball? Snow. That's what.
And there's a chance it'll be snowing when the Twins open the 2019 season at home against the Cleveland Indians on Mar. 28 next year.
All 30 MLB teams will play Opening Day games on Mar. 28, the earliest start in league history. They're starting early in an effort to provide teams with three or four more days off during the regular season.
Of course, those days off will be erased if inclement weather postpones the early games. This season, just two of 15 Opening Day games were postponed because of bad weather.
The Twins opened this season on the road before returning home to snowflakes on their April 5 Home Opener against the Seattle Mariners. It was 38 degrees with flurries, but 39,214 fans showed up in extra layers to brave the chilly weather.
Of course, a week later (April 13-15), the Twins had an entire series against the White Sox postponed because of a historic blizzard that pulverized southern Minnesota with 15-20 inches of snow.
It's Minnesota in March and April, and they play baseball then, so we'll never be stunned if a late-season snowstorm disrupts the schedule of play.
Here's what the high temp in the Twin Cities has been Mar. 28 the past few years:
- 2018: 52 degrees
- 2017: 64 degrees
- 2016: 59 degrees
Anything could happen, the late March tends to offer some pretty nice days every now and again.
As for the schedule, the Twins play three against the Indians to close out March followed by seven games on the road, with trips to Kansas City, Philadelphia and New York (Mets).