The 2023 American League Central Division champion Minnesota Twins today announced in-ballpark festivities for Games 3 and 4 of the best-of-five American League Division Series, set for Tuesday and Wednesday at Target Field.
After the Twins and Houston Astros split Games 1 and 2 this weekend at Minute Maid Park, Game 3 is scheduled for a 3:07 p.m. CT first pitch tomorrow (Tuesday, October 10). Game 4 will be played Wednesday, October 11 at either 1:07 p.m. CT (if the Baltimore Orioles vs. Texas Rangers ALDS also needs a Game 4) or 6:07 p.m. CT (if the Orioles-Rangers ALDS ends in 3 games).
ALDS Games 3 and 4 are Sold Out
ALDS Games 3 and 4 between the Twins and the Astros at Target Field are sold out; however, fans are encouraged to check today and tomorrow on twins.com/postseason, should more ticket inventory become available. Fans have a final opportunity to secure their tickets for all potential remaining Twins 2023 Postseason home games with a commitment to a 2024 Twins season ticket plan by visiting twins.com/seasontickets or calling (612) 375-7454.
2023 ALDS Game 3: Twins vs. Astros; Tues., October 10 at 3:07 p.m. (Gates open at 1:00 p.m.)
• Gate Giveaway – Homer Hanky presented by Star Tribune and CUB: Every fan in attendance at Target Field for Game 3 of the ALDS will receive a free “We Believe” 2023 Homer Hanky™ presented by the Star Tribune and CUB.
• Ceremonial First Pitch – Batterymates Reunite: Twins Hall of Famer and two-time American League Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana will throw out Game 3’s ceremonial first pitch to his former Minnesota batterymate, fellow Twins Hall of Famer and 2009 AL Most Valuable Player, Joe Mauer.
• Rosters and Starting Lineups: In Postseason tradition, the rosters and starting lineups for both the Twins and the Astros will be introduced along the first- and third-base lines, respectively. The Twins’ lineup will be accompanied by a special pyrotechnics display.
• National Anthem: The “Star-Spangled Banner” will be performed by Minneapolis-based vocalist Aby Wolf, backed by a quintet from the internationally-renowned, Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra (Manny Laureano, trumpet; Lynn Erickson, trumpet; Ellen Dinwiddie Smith, horn; Felix Regalado, trombone; and Andy Chappell, bass trombone).
o Wolf, a vocalist, music maker and passionate collaborator with an elastic skillset, has performed everywhere from Brainerd to Bratislava to Beijing – always with a palpable element of joy. Her latest EP “Dream Fruit” explores themes of climate anxiety, interconnectedness and collective potential; this month, Wolf will celebrate the release of her long-awaited debut LP with 12-player progressive chamber ensemble Champagne Confetti.
o Founded in 1903, the Minnesota Orchestra is an internationally renowned symphony, now led by Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård. The Grammy Award-winning ensemble is known for its acclaimed performances in its home state and around the world; award-winning educational programs; and a commitment to building the orchestral repertoire of tomorrow. Each year, Minnesota Orchestra concerts and recordings are seen and heard by more than 3 million people via television, radio, digital streaming and on-demand platforms. The Orchestra makes its home at Orchestra Hall in the heart of downtown Minneapolis.
• Flag Raisers:
o Giant American Flag: A group of Twins Season Ticket Holders will unfurl a giant American flag in the outfield.
o American Flag: The American flag in the Gate 34 area will be raised Army Captain Pamela Barrows, a Vietnam veteran. After finishing nursing school in Denver, Pamela joined the Army in 1967 at age 21, deployed to Vietnam in March 1968 and served with the 71st Evacuation Hospital in Pleiku until returning home in March 1969. After a long career in various nursing capacities, she served as Interim Deputy Commissioner for Minnesota Veterans Homes, a service of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.
o Twins Territory Flag: The Twins Territory Flag will be raised by Tom Graves and Ginny Agresti of Minneapolis, Twins Season Ticket Holders for 22 years.
• Flyover: A pregame flyover will feature two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Minnesota National Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing, based out of Duluth
• Gate 34 DJ: DJ Dudley D will be spinning and entertaining Twins fans before and during Game 3 from inside Gate 34. The personal touring, studio and private DJ for the late musical icon Prince, and with nearly three decades of experience playing to dance floors around the world, DJ Dudley D currently has several Minneapolis residencies.
2023 ALDS Game 4: Twins vs. Astros; Wed., October 11 at either 1:07 p.m. CT (gates open at 11:00 a.m.) OR 6:07 p.m. CT (gates open at 4:00 p.m.)
• Gate Giveaway – Homer Hanky presented by Star Tribune and CUB: Every fan in attendance at Target Field for Game 4 of the ALDS will receive a free “We Believe” 2023 Homer Hanky™ presented by the Star Tribune and CUB.
• Ceremonial First Pitch – 1987 World Series Champions: Gary Gaetti and Dan Gladden – Twins Hall of Famers and key contributors to Minnesota’s 1987 World Series title – will reunite at Target Field for Game 4’s ceremonial first pitch. The pitch will be thrown by Gaetti, a two-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove Award winner and 1987 ALCS Most Valuable Player who became the first player in AL/NL history to homer in his first two career Postseason at-bats when he did so in Game 1 of the 1987 ALCS – a feat matched this October by current Twins rookie Royce Lewis. Gladden, whose grand slam in Game 1 of the 1987 World Series ignited a Twins win and helped lead to the club’s first championship in Minnesota, will catch Gaetti’s pitch.
• National Anthem: The “Star-Spangled Banner” will be performed by renowned Twin Cities trumpeter Mark Holton.
• Flag Raisers:
o American Flag: The American flag in the Gate 34 area will be raised by a servicemember from the Minnesota National Guard.
o Twins Territory Flag: The Twins Territory Flag will be raised by Cindy Hamilton and Katie McMullen from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The two have been Twins Season Ticket Holders for 48 years.
• Gate 34 DJ: Cristian Baca will be spinning and entertaining Twins fans before and during Game 4 from inside Gate 34. The Mexico-born artist is one of the top rising DJs, producers and event promoters in the Midwest. From headlining sold-out shows at Minneapolis’ legendary First Avenue to building two of Minnesota’s most successful dance parties, DJ Baca has made his presence felt across the local and regional music scenes.
(info courtesy of Twins)