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When a group of young Oakland Athletics fans decided to wear full-body morph suits at Friday’s game against the Minnesota Twins, they must have either forgotten to check the day’s forecast or grossly underestimated the power of 94 degree weather with humidity.
According to the Associated Press, the temperature at the start of the game was tied for the second-hottest start in Target Field’s 10-year history, trailing only a 97-degrees scorcher from July 2012.
It didn’t take long for the four fans to take the masks on the morph suits off, clearly defeated by the muggy Minneapolis heat.
The television announcers on NBC Sports let them have it.
“Yeah, these four, they were gamers for like 12 seconds,” one of them said. “Having those hoods over your face with a heat index of 111, that may not be healthy … So they were good, right? ‘This is great, we’re going to have so much fun tonight, we’re going to get on TV, nobody’s going to see our face for nine innings.'”
The broadcast then showed a replay of one of the fans taking the mask off.
“This is worth the price admission right here,” the broadcast crew joked as the fan removed his mask and let out a sigh of relief. “The guy next to him is like, ‘Have you ever been here before? This is Minnesota in the Midwest in the summer.'”
The A’s beat the Twins 5-3 and pulled within six games of the Houston Astros in the AL West.
Khris Davis hit two RBI singles and starting pitcher Chris Bassit allowed two earned runs in five innings. After the game, he said the heat affected the grip on his curveball.
“I think we all kind of felt the hot,” he said. “It was dripping wet out there, to say the least.”
The A’s have won 20 of their last 26 games, and are currently in possession of the AL’s second Wild Card spot.
They play the Twins again at 4:10 p.m. on Saturday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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