MINNEAPOLIS — Angels outfielder Mike Trout headed out for batting practice at Target Field on Monday wearing a red ski-mask-like pullover on his head and face that made him look like Spiderman. Several teammates wore hats with ear flaps and heavy hooded sweatshirts.
There are still snow drifts around the city, and the forecast for Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Twins calls for a temperature of 39 degrees. But a bigger problem than the cold might be wind gusts of up to 25 mph, which will make it feel like 28 degrees.
“It’s not ideal to play when it’s windy,” said Peter Bourjos, who will start in center field. “You have to be on your toes. You can’t drift on balls. At least we had some windy days during spring training in Arizona, so you can get used to it.”
There will be great incentive for both teams to have quick defensive innings. The dugout benches are heated, and there are also heat blowers in each dugout.