MINNEAPOLIS -- The countdown has begun in earnest, with hundreds of fans waiting outside the gates of Minnesota's beautiful downtown and the early verdict is ... it is a gorgeous day for an outdoor baseball game in Minnesota.
Now, the skies are a bit overcast and there's still a chance of rain this afternoon, but it's right around 70 degrees and perfect. It's shirt-sleeve weather, not jacket weather.
The Red Sox are here, the Twins are about to start batting practice and if we can just keep the rain away, it is going to be one memorable afternoon here at Target Field. First pitch: 3:10 CDT. Right now, they're unveiling the Kirby Puckett statue outside the park with dignitaries, including Hall of Famer Rod Carew, at the ceremony.