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Twins Planning To Honor GM Terry Ryan At Their Home Opener Monday Against The Athletics

After opening the 2014 season on the road – in Chicago and then Cleveland – the Minnesota Twins finally get to play a game in the friendly confines of Target Field.  Monday is the home opener against the Oakland Athletics.

The festivities that day begin at 6 am when breakfast will be served free of charge on the 7th Street Plaza, adjacent to the Twins Clubhouse Store.  They’ll be serving until 9 am.

At 1 pm, the gates to Target Field will open with legendary Twins players ceremonially opening their respective gates.  Bert Blyleven will represent fellow Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew at Gate 3, Tony Oliva will be at Gate 6, Kent Hrbek at Gate 14, Tom Kelly will represent Rod Carew at Gate 29, and a Twins representative will represent Kirby Puckett at Gate 34.

At approximately 2:30 pm, Home Free, a local accappella group that won season four of NBC’s “The Sing Off,” will perform a pregame concert on the field.  The National Anthem will also be performed at that time.

Just before game time, scheduled for 3:10 pm, the ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Minneapolis based actor Barkhad Abdi, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the movie “Captain Phillips.”  Following the first pitch, fans can meet Mr. Abdi in the new Twins Digital Clubhouse on the U.S. Bank Home Run Porch.

Following that, both teams will be introduced along the foul lines, and then a giant flag will be unfurled by Twins Season Ticket Holders.

As a show of support for Twins General Manager Terry Ryan, and those impacted by cancer everywhere, players from both teams will wear “Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) uniform patches.  In addition, both teams will wear special SU2C caps during batting practice.  Following the game, the Twins batting practice caps will be autographed and auctioned off via twinsbaseball.com with proceeds benefiting SU2C.

The Twins’ first “Split The Pot Raffle” of the 2014 home season will also benefit “Stand Up To Cancer.”

At the end of the second inning, all fans will be invited to join players from both teams as they “Stand Up To Cancer.”  Cards will be distributed to fans as they enter Target Field and fans will be encouraged to personalize their card with the name of someone they know who’s been affected by cancer.

Fans in attendance are also encouraged to be in their seats during the third inning to be part of the Target Field ballpark-wide photo.

“Take Me Out To The Ballgame” in the seventh inning will be performed by children from the group “Hope Kids,” an organization that provides fun activities for kids battling cancer.

And, of course, if you’re unable to attend the game, you can always listen to every pitch on 1140 KSOO.  You can also listen live at KSOO.com.

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