Pregame ceremony features moment of silence, Twins alumni

Pregame ceremony features moment of silence, Twins alumni

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins began their fourth season at Target Field on Monday with a pregame ceremony before their contest against the Tigers.

It started with a video and moment of silence honoring those who lost their lives in Newtown, Conn. Hall of Famer Rod Carew, who joined the Marine Corps in 1965 and served active duty as a combat engineer before serving as a reserve from 1966-71, raised the U.S. flag on Target Plaza in right field.

Nathan Perttula, 11, and Cole Harms, 12, of Crystal Little League raised the Hennepin County flag, and the Twins Territory flag was raised by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.

Nicolas David, a native of St. Paul who appeared on Season 3 of NBC's "The Voice," sang the national anthem while a large American flag waved behind him on the infield.

The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by a family member of Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker, who was killed in the line of duty while responding to an emergency call in his community on Nov. 29, 2012.

The day started with Twins alumni opening the gates; Bert Blyleven at Gate 3, Tony Oliva at Gate 6, Kent Hrbek at Gate 14, Carew at Gate 29 and Tom Kelly at Gate 34.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.