Twins to hold moment of silence at 8:46 for George Floyd, honor health care workers at 2020 home opener

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 20: Josh Donaldson #24 of the Minnesota Twins bats during an intrasquad game on July 20, 2020 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Twins unveiled plans for their fan-less home opener which will include a ceremonial first pitch from frontline health care workers and a tribute to Black Lives Matter and George Floyd with a moment of silence at 8:46 p.m.

Before the Twins begin their 2020 campaign, the team wants to spotlight some COVID-19 frontline health care workers in a video tribute. The video will feature doctors, nurses, hospitalists, lab technicians and staffers at area hospitals. The guest stars will throw out the first pitch in the video.

The “Star-Spangled Banner” and the Black national anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” will both be performed by Minneapolis native Jovonta Patton before the game as well.

To honor the death of George Floyd, the game will be paused at 8:46 p.m. for a moment of silence. Target Field will also unveil a memorial graphic on the outfield wall that will remain there for the 2020 season.

Here are other plans for Tuesday’s home opener:

  • In memoriam: The Twins will hold a moment of silence to remember Twins minor leaguer Ryan Costello, those in Twins Territory who have died from COVD-19 and George Floyd.
  • 60th anniversary: Six decades of Twins players will play a game of catch over video to commemorate the anniversary.
  • American flag raising: 101-year-old World War II veteran Alvin Donahoo, of Spring Park, Minnesota will be the virtual flag raiser.
  • Flyover: Minnesota National Guard will fly two C-130s over Target Field before first pitch.