Baldelli on Opening Day: ‘It’s a day to rejoice’

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Major League Baseball’s Opening Day was originally scheduled for Thursday, but no pitches were thrown, no bases were stolen and no home runs were hit.

March 26 might have well been January 26 for MLB ballparks. The coronavirus pandemic forced MLB to postpone their season and it is still anybody’s guess as to when Opening Day will actually take place.

Despite not being able to lead his team onto the field in Oakland on Thursday, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli took a positive attitude as his team, like all others, continue to play the waiting game.

"It’s important for us to remember what Opening Day is and what it symbolizes. It’s a day we all celebrate and a day to rejoice," Baldelli said.

The Twins were to enter the 2020 as one of the favorites in the American League after winning 101 games and earning the AL Central division championship in 2019.

"The situation is going to challenge everybody in ways they’ve never seen before," Baldelli said on Thursday. "We’re going to adapt. We’re going to be able to adapt to whatever comes our way. It’s one thing our people do very well. It’s one thing our players do very well. Whatever is in front of them they will figure out the best possible way to approach it and figure out the best possible way to attack it."