Last April, the Twins rescheduled a rained-out game against the Indians for July 18, 2011, setting up the double header that was played yesterday.
Conveniently, the heat index was 115 degrees.
It was hot. It was sooooo hot. How hot was it? Consider:
- The photograph accompanying an Associated Press story on the heat wave was of fans at Target Field.
- Dozens of fans needed medical attention. ESPN 1500 reported the number as fifty for the noon game alone. At least several fans were taken to HCMC.
- Anthony LaPanta and Roy Smalley fried an egg.
- Players were offered IV bags in-between games. Michael Cuddyer opted for one.
- At least one player—Tsuyoshi Nishioka—did not play the second game due to fatigue (although he was later seen inexplicably wearing a sweatshirt during a meet-up with a youth soccer team from Japan, which was in town for the Schwan’s Cup in Blaine).
- The Star Tribune has a poll up asking fans if they miss the Metrodome and its AC ("No" is winning, but not by all that much).
- Oh, and the Twins lost both games of the double header to the first-place Indians.
Playing multiple games in this heat will likely wear the Twins players down significantly. On the bright side, however, Joe Mauer did go 6-for-8 yesterday, raising his batting-average to .290.
The Twins play again today at 7:00pm. The heat index forecast is 113 degrees.