A shipment of Kentucky bluegrass is scheduled to arrive Thursday, and team vice president Ron Colangelo says this was essentially the timetable all along. Colangelo said the process of installing the new grass should take only a few days, giving the team a bit of a grace period even if more bad weather comes through.
"Obviously, Mother Nature's been incredibly generous in the amount of snow that she's been offering," Colangelo said. "The plan is on schedule."
The Twins are also confident, and have a stadium built to handle the cold. They began playing at their open-air ballpark in 2010, and it's well equipped to combat the remnants of winter.
"We have a state-of-the-art heating system that allows us to keep the field at a constant temperature no matter what the winter brings," Twins president Dave St. Peter said. "We worry more about the seating bowl and making sure that the pedestrian plazas and walkways and gate locations are dry and ice-free and safe. We spend just as much time if not more on those areas."
The Twins begin the season on the road — something St. Peter says the team requests every season. Baltimore won't have that luxury this time. The Orioles are at home March 31 against the defending champion Boston Red Sox. That same day, the Tigers host Kansas City and the White Sox welcome Minnesota to what Bossard hopes will be a thawed-out opener on Chicago's South Side.
He's optimistic, but there are still plenty of reasons to be cautious.
"If I had this type of frost line on opening day, I would tell (manager Robin Ventura) that he couldn't play. That's how severe it is. I've never said anything like that before," Bossard said. "But we have two weeks, so I'm comfortable."
AP Sports Writers Dave Campbell and David Ginsburg contributed to this report.
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