MINNEAPOLIS - This weekend’s four-game series between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins will be played as scheduled at the Metrodome, despite the fatal freeway bridge collapse near downtown.
The Twins postponed Thursday afternoon’s game against the Kansas City Royals because of the disaster that occurred about a half-mile from the stadium. The accident sent dozens of cars into the Mississippi River as fans were filing into the Dome on Wednesday night.
Cleveland third baseman Casey Blake spent three seasons in the Twins’ organization, often drove over the bridge.
“It’s a big blow to that city,” Blake said. “That’s some serious stuff there. I would imagine the city is very somber. I don’t know what affect it will have on the players or the crowd. It’s sad.”
Thursday’s postponed game will be made up on Aug. 31 as part of a day-night doubleheader.
Minnesota trails Cleveland by 5½ games in the AL wild-card race. The two teams will play Friday night, Saturday afternoon, Sunday afternoon and Monday night.
The Twins encouraged patrons to use public transportation to get to the stadium. President Dave St. Peter said the team was encouraged to proceed with the series following consultation with the Minneapolis Police Department and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the individuals and families who are impacted by this horrific situation,” St. Peter said.
HBT: Controversial umpire Angel Hernandez blew another call that nearly cost the White Sox a win on Friday, earning the ire of manager Robin Ventura.
Add another near miss in this 2013 baseball season - this time it was Detroit's Anibal Sanchez falling just short of a no-hitter.
A span of freeway plunges into the Mississippi River during rush hour in Minneapolis.
Video: Minneapolis bridge collapse
Another body recovered following bridge collapse
Aug. 10: Divers found another body in the wreckage of a Minneapolis bridge that collapses last week. MSNBC's Alex Witt reports.
Taking a look at some of the greatest catchers off all time.