MINNEAPOLIS (KMOX) - Major League Baseball ballparks have been a lot quieter than in previous years with no fans in attendance. But no stadium was quieter than Target Field on Tuesday night when in the middle of the game, both the Minnesota Twins and St. Louis Cardinals participated in a moment of silence in honor of George Floyd.
Floyd was the Black man who died in police custody on May 25 after an officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. The incident happened about four miles southeast of the ballpark in Minneapolis.
At exactly 8:46 p.m. local time, after Minnesota's Eddie Rosario flew out to Cardinals left fielder Tyler O'Neill for the second out in the bottom of the fifth inning, the game was put on pause.
It was the home opener for Minnesota and the announcer asked for the moment of silence "to both honor (Floyd's) memory and to remind us all that we are here together, one team and one territory uniting for change."
Players took off their caps as Floyd's picture appeared on the scoreboard.
The Twins have signage posted around the stadium supporting "Black Lives Matter" and a message reading "Justice for George Floyd" on the right field wall.
"Everyone felt something in that moment," said Baldelli, who was among the Twins who knelt during the national anthem. "It definitely draws your attention to something other than baseball for a minute, and it was the right time to do so, in my opinion."
Last Friday, at the Cardinals home opener there was some confusion as some players began to kneel as the national anthem played, but then stood back up.