FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins announced details Tuesday for their home opener at Target Field against the Royals on April 13, and NBA star Kevin Garnett will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Garnett, who returned to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a trade with the Nets on Feb. 19, previously played for the franchise from 1995-2007. He has a similar career trajectory to Torii Hunter, who played with the Twins from 1997-2007, before Hunter returned to Minnesota on a one-year deal worth $10.5 million this offseason.
"That's kind of a neat homecoming for he and Torii," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. "I'm glad that Kevin Garnett has accepted our invitation. Anybody who has lived [in Minnesota] knows his place in our sports history."
The home opener is at 3:10 p.m. CT, with the gates opening at 1 p.m. Legendary Twins players will be there to greet fans at their respective gates, as Bert Blyleven will represent fellow Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew at Gate 3, Tony Oliva will be at Gate 6, Kent Hrbek will be at Gate 14 and Tom Kelly will represent Rod Carew at Gate 29.
The club will once again host Breakfast on the Plaza at Target Plaza from 6-9 a.m., where there will be free breakfast and live music, beginning at noon. Musical acts include DJ Mad Mardigan, Field Trip and The Golden Hippie. Shawn Mendes will also perform at Target Field at 2:30 p.m, and the national anthem will be performed by local singer Greta Oglesby, with a flyover featuring a pair of F-16s from the Duluth, Minn.-based 148th Fighter Wing of the Minnesota Air National Guard.
All fans in attendance at the home opener will also receive a Twins hooded sweatshirt as a promotional giveaway.
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