Monday, April 12, 2010 — it’s a date that will be long remembered by Twins fans, and here at FOX Sports North, we’re doing our part to chronicle this historic event in Twins history.
Our broadcast day kicks off at 4 a.m. with a four-hour marathon of some of our favorite Twins-related programming. Then, at 8 a.m. we’re live at Target Field with a five-hour special “Countdown to Target Field,” featuring special guests, ballpark ceremonies and an inside look at the highlights of the Twins’ new home.
Finally, at 1 p.m. it’s a special two-hour edition of Qwest Twins Live, with more interviews, analysis and the on-field ceremonies leading up to the first pitch as the Twins take on the Boston Red Sox at 3:10 p.m.
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Monday, April 12 — Broadcast schedule
4 a.m. Minnesota Twins: A September to Remember 5 a.m. Spotlight: A Tribute to Carl Pohlad 5:30 a.m. Under the Lights: Twins New Ballpark Tour 6 a.m. Under the Lights: Target Field 6:30 a.m. Under the Lights: Target Field Summer ’09 Update 7 a.m. Under the Lights: Target Field Nears Completion 7:30 a.m. Under the Lights: Countdown to Target Field 8 a.m.Countdown to Target Field (Live) 1 p.m.Qwest Twins Live Pregame
Highlights of our live coverage from Target Field include:
8 to 9 a.m. — A discussion of how Target Field was built and how it will fit the 2010 Twins; a history lesson on Minnesota ballparks of the past and how parts of them are reflected in Target Field.
9 to 10 a.m. — A look back at “A September to Remember” and the Target Field groundbreaking ceremony.
10 to 11 a.m. — A look back at the Twins’ time in the Metrodome.
11 a.m. to noon — Live interviews with Joe Nathan, Rod Carew and Harmon Killebrew, as well as live coverage of the unveiling of the Kirby Puckett statue at 11:30 a.m.
Noon to 1 p.m. — Live coverage of the gates opening, batting practice and fan flavor around the ballpark. Note that these segments won’t re-air in our evening replay, so this is a one-time-only chance to see many “firsts” from Target Field.
1 to 2:15 p.m. — Live interviews with Twins President Dave St. Peter and Twins Hall of Famers Jim Kaat and Frank Viola; singer Brian Leighton discusses the new FOX Sports North Twins theme song recorded by his band, GB Leighton; analysis of the Twins-Red Sox matchup.
2:15 to 3:10 p.m. — Live coverage of the pregame ceremonies at Target Field.
3:10 p.m. First pitch — Twins vs. Red Sox 6 p.m. Qwest Twins Live Postgame
Interviews with Ron Gardenhire, Carl Pavano and the stars of the game. Also, a rare chance to see all the FOX Sports North analysts on the field after the game, covering the new aspects of outdoor baseball for the Twins.
7 p.m. Qwest Twins Live Pregame (Replay) 7:45 p.m. Twins vs. Red Sox (Replay) 10:45 p.m. Qwest Twins Live Postgame (Replay)
It’s “all hands on deck” for our wall-to-wall coverage of Opening Day — here’s a look at what our FOX Sports North on-air personalities will be providing viewers throughout the day:
Dick Bremer and Bert Blyleven will call the game and show viewers their favorite parts of the ballpark outside of the broadcast booth (look for it between noon at 2 p.m.).
Anthony LaPanta and Marney Gellner will host the day’s coverage from our studio set at Target Field.
Roy Smalley, Ron Coomer and Tim Laudner will serve as our pre- and postgame analysts, and also look at how Target Field will affect the way the Twins play this year — how to play the outfield wall, infield nuances on a grass field, and how player tendencies will develop at the ballpark.
Kevin Gorg, Ann Carroll and Robby Incmikoski will highlight many of the Opening Day “firsts” and interview players and fans.