MINNEAPOLIS Joe Mauer grew up in the frigid winters of Minnesota, but no high school baseball game he played in compared to the first game of his second minor league season.
Mauer, just 19 at the time, was part of a Low-A Quad Cities team that played a 17-inning game on opening night. Mauer was behind the plate for all 17 chilly innings, which he said was colder than any snow-filled game he was a part of during his time at Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul.
Like Mauer, Twins first baseman Justin Morneau recalled the coldest game he ever played in came during his time with Quad Cities, where temperatures were in the teens and the snow was blowing.
"But you know what? We survived," Morneau said. "It can be tough to play in, but you warm up with the heaters in the dugout and you go out there and play."
That's exactly what the Twins and Tigers did Monday as they took part in the coldest home opener in Target Field's four-year history. The temperature at first pitch at 3 p.m. CT was 35 ...