MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Like many people in America, Torii Hunter was asleep when hijackers crashed two planes into the World Trade Center a year ago.
Minnesota Twins teammate Corey Koskie called Hunter from his hotel room in Detroit and told him to turn on his television. Hunter reacted like many people that day.
"I couldn't believe it. I thought it was a movie or something," he said.
The Twins will spend Wednesday remembering the events of a year ago and paying tribute to the people who were killed when terrorists hijacked three planes on Sept. 11. Then, they'll get on a plane themselves.
After wrapping up their home series with Detroit, the team begins a 10-game road trip at Cleveland on Thursday. They've flown countless times since the Sept. 11 attacks, but one can't help but feel apprehensive about boarding a plane on the anniversary of the worst tragedy in the nation's history.
"I think every American who has gotten on a plane since has thought about it," first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz said. "It was a tragic day."
The Twins will pay tribute with a ceremony before Wednesday's game against Detroit -- the team they were to play last Sept. 11 -- that will include parade of fire and police officers, a videotaped address from President Bush and a moment of silence. The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by New York firefighter Danny Prince and retired Edina police officer Mike Blood, who was shot in the line of duty in November 2000.
No commercials will be shown in the Metrodome during the game. Two red, white and blue ribbons have been painted on the turf.
Fifteen other games will be played Wednesday, with the Detroit-Minnesota contest being the first.
"It's going to be a sad day for everybody," pitcher Eddie Guardado said.
Like several players throughout the league, Guardado said he doesn't think games should be played on Sept. 11, and everyone should instead spend the time with their families.
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