Monday’s game between the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins was postponed due to civil unrest in the Minneapolis area.
On Sunday, Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in suburban Brooklyn Center. The death prompted violent protests on Sunday and into Monday.
“Out of respect for the tragic events that occurred yesterday in Brooklyn Center, and following the additional details in this evolving situation, the Minnesota Twins have decided it is in the best interests of our fans, staff, players and community to not play today’s game,” the team said in a statement.
“The decision was made by the Minnesota Twins after consultation with Major League Baseball, and local and state officials. Information regarding the rescheduling of today’s game, and corresponding ticket details, will be released in the near future.
“The Minnesota Twins organization extends its sympathies to the family of Daunte Wright.”
The contest was slated to serve as the opener of a four-game set.
The two teams are also scheduled to play day games on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, although there is a 40 percent chance of snow in the forecast for both Tuesday and Wednesday.
Speaking before the postponement announcement, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli expressed sorrow for what happened.
“I shouldn’t say there’s a disbelief because I think we’ve seen these things happening around the country way too much,” Baldelli said. “It is very disappointing and very sad every time we see this.”
An NBA game between the Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves also is slated to be played in Minneapolis on Monday night. Also, the NHL’s Minnesota Wild are scheduled to host the St. Louis Blues in Saint Paul.
The tragedy involving Wright occurred as the trial of former Minneapolis police office Derek Chauvin continues in Minneapolis. Chauvin, who is white, is being tried for last May’s death of George Floyd, a Black man.
Brooklyn Center police chief Tim Gannon said the shooting of Wright was “accidental,” and that the female officer meant to use a Taser and not her handgun.
–Field Level Media