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Home Run: Minnesota Twins Offer Mass for Players, Staff



Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 04/17/16

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Mike Scioscia, veteran manager of the Los Angeles Angels, visited the press conference room at Target Field on Sunday morning, but it wasn’t to announce a trade. Instead, Scioscia was among perhaps 30 worshipers attending a Roman Catholic Mass the Twins will be offering for all Sunday home games this season. Catholic Athletes for Christ, an organization based in Alexandria, Va., approached the Twins about the idea this offseason. Twins President Dave St. Peter, who joined the club in 1990, couldn’t remember Mass being held at Twins home games during his tenure. “When this was brought to my attention in the offseason, I was amazed that I wasn’t aware of this organization,” St. Peter said. “I really didn’t see any reason why we couldn’t add it to Target Field. Not just for players and coaches and media, but for our game-day staff and front-office staff.” Baseball Chapel will continue to hold an 11 a.m. service at Target Field before Sunday home games for interested players and staff from both teams. “Baseball Chapel has long been a part of the ballpark,” St. Peter said. “We’re very familiar with that. But this organization, CAC, really had expressed an interest in forming a partnership in Minnesota, and we were supportive of that.” Twins general manager Terry Ryan also attended the inaugural Mass, but Twins players and coaches weren’t aware it was being offered. “This is really turnkey for the team,” St. Peter said. “It’s not like it’s a lot of heavy lifting for the team. I was a little surprised we haven’t done it before. I wasn’t aware of it.”

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