Weather pushes Twins season opener back one day, to Friday
Byron Buxton, for one, isn't bothered by the cold
April 7, 2022
That seven-year contract Byron Buxton signed last November has triggered an unanticipated transformation in the Georgia native: He's a Minnesotan now.
"This year, this isn't that cold to me," Buxton said Wednesday after catching fly balls and taking batting practice in drizzly, 38-degree weather at Target Field. "Normally, I would come [here] and I'm freezing, but mentality-wise, you start to realize it doesn't matter. You've got to go out there regardless of how cold it is. I can't wait - whether it's snowing or not, I'm ready to play."
Unfortunately for Buxton, not everyone is. Overnight forecasts of extended snow showers and temperatures falling even lower caused the Twins to delay their 2022 opener from Thursday to 3:10 p.m. Friday, when the new Target Field turf will at least be drier, if no warmer.