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Pick Me Up

April 24, 2012 4:34 PM

Maybe the Twins just need a pick-me-up. So, here's Truman (age 3):

I was recently reminded that one of the authors of this musical classic, Dick Wilson, is a member at the church where I direct the choirs. I'm hoping to interview him soon. (Another of his classics: "From the land of sky blue waters...Hamms, the beer refreshing. Hamms.")

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I have tickets for Saturday. So of course cloudy and temps in the 40s are on the docket. No fair!

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 1

This was my/the last post of the old thread, I'm putting it here to ensure someone actually sees it.

More than the Vikings and their official activist arm, I blame the unofficial arms for some of the negative stuff amongst the fans such as people sending profanity laced emails, making overly angry phone calls, cyber bullying while spamming up legislators' Twitter feeds, and acting like stereotypically mindless football fans at public meetings and hearings. The act of showing up in a jersey is not a negative thing. When people are acting like it's a football Sunday and behave towards people with opposing or on the fence views like they're Packers fans in the Metrodome concourse, it's too much.

By unofficial arms, I'll come out and say SaveTheVikes.org. That outfit has done some good work via focusing fans and keeping the fire burning. However, its lack of political savvy, even understanding how to direct people on basic stuff to avoid alienating potential allies or galvanizing enemies, is pretty jarring. The group, which to a great extent is really one guy at the helm, will deserve some credit when it's all said and done, but will deserve a little blame if this thing dies in the legislature.

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 4:40 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 2

I love the "dot org" part of his domain name. Yeah, like it's a charity.

That guy has certainly been a champion of building a stadium, and an easy source for pro-stadium comments in the media, but has he done anything?

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM by Rick 3

"but has he done anything --- "

Does making a fool of himself count?

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 4

Funny I distinctly remember reports of death threats during the twins stadium journey. Baseball fans are just so above it all right? no offense Rick but why take petty shots at this other guy? You seem a bit more classy than that.

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 5:12 PM by moda Highlight this comment 5

If you heard something about Twins fans being more sophisticated than Vikings fans, it's not because I put it there. I did not.

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 5:53 PM by Rick 6

wow Rick on his high horse again I see. This site has become a total joke! Bashing Cory Merrifield for his years of work to help get the Vikings a new Stadium. To sit and say he really hasn't done anything, is an absolute joke!

For someone who claims to know so much about the Vikings and the NFL, you really are showing you don't know much at all about them.

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 6:30 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 7

So, what has he (Cory Merrifield) done?

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 7:04 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 8

He created a site where fans can unite and come together to work on a solution to keep the Vikings in Minnesota.

He came up with his own funding plan, that included user fees, some of which will be used in the new bill.

He has worked closely with the Vikings and key lawmakers, such as Lanning, Rosen, and most recenty Kreisel.

Ask any diehard Vikings fan how important Cory Merrifield has been to the Vikings Stadium effort, and they will agree with me.

It's diehard fans like Cory, Larry Spooner, myself, that make the Vikings what they are. Not some casual johnny come lately, who watches a game here and there, and claims they are a huge fan!

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 7:09 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 9

High horse? Bashing? Hmm, not seeing that.

I simply asked a question, and as of yet, no one but Ben has offered an answer. So, let me repeat the question:

What has Corey Merrifield actually done to help the Vikings?

My intent here is not to imply anything about him as a person or blogger or media guy or whatever (I don't know him and have only exchanged emails with him a couple of times). I really want to know, because, beyond becoming the go-to guy for a quote in the media, I don't see it. (Maybe that's enough, I suppose.)

By the way, the same question can be asked of the supposed army of lobbyists employed by the Vikes.

Vikeologist, are you forgetting that I am a stadium supporter? I want to see this get done as much as anybody.

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 7:15 PM by Rick 10

So, if they're not a fan like you, they're not really fans?

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 7:15 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 11

Rick, you keep telling us you support a stadium, yet your words would signal otherwise.

You only support it if its where you think it should be, if its paid for how you think it should be paid for, it costs exactly how much you think it costs.

I have yet to see you say anything that would prove you support a stadium, and support the Vikings for that matter. You yourself said you have never beeen to a Vikings game, yet you live about 10 miles away

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 7:18 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 12

yes they are fans, but if you read, i said "casual" fans. Big difference between casual fans, and diehard fans.

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 7:18 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 13

Back to baseball for a moment: Blackburn is throwing batting practice tonight... :-(

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 7:22 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 14

For the record, I never claimed to be a "huge fan" of the Vikings. It wouldn't bother me if they moved.

I just want to know my tax dollars are being spent wisely, to benefit as many people as possible. I'm not sure spending a billion dollars on a stadium for a sport that plays less than a dozen home games a year fits that description.

I have three words for the Vikings about their desires for a new palace: "Pay for it".

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 7:32 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 15

Your tax dollars aren't going to be spent on a Vikings stadium unless you choose to play electronic pulltabs and bingo.

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 7:39 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 16

Yeah sorry rick but I'm not buying the bullshit anymore. I really don't understand you taking the snipes at other stadium supporters. For the record him and his group have ALWAYS asked and reminded people to be courteous and respectful. I've seen you take shots at him in the past as well which is just odd to me. One time you made a comment about him possibly having alterior motives and asking questions about what his angle is. I replied to that on this site back then. I believe it was about a year ago or so. What's the deal dude? You are a good guy that I can testify to in how you went out of your way to handle a ticket mixup for me.this doesn't seem like the same guy to me. I've sent many people here to look at your site. Some wonder about the obnoxious know it all anti sports and anti football attitudes here. I guess sometimes the train runs off the tracks. Later all.

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 8:00 PM by moda Highlight this comment 17

By the way .org isn't and has never been reserved for charities or nonprofits.his organization fits perfectly into the historical and typical use of .org.

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 8:06 PM by moda Highlight this comment 18

I'm pretty tired of explaining the difference between advocacy and analysis.

I did suspect Merrifield of questionable motivations, mostly because there were some out there who thought he was a little too interested in the limelight for his own good. Some would say that has been borne out by his many media appearances.

But I don't care about that if the dude is helping the cause. Vikeologist provides some examples where he may be. That's helpful, though I remain skeptical.

Now, when all is said and done, another year is likely to have been wasted by this nonsensical gambling/Convention Center tax plan. I don't get why I should have to defend myself for calling a turd a turd.

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 8:16 PM by Rick 19

yes they are fans, but if you read, i said "casual" fans. Big difference between casual fans, and diehard fans.

"Casual", aka, "not real". This is always a fun debate. Can you be sure to post all the ways folks can be considered die hard so we'll know if we fit the criteria?

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 8:33 PM by GoAUpher Highlight this comment 20

For someone who claims to know so much about the Vikings and the NFL, you really are showing you don't know much at all about them.

As far as I can tell, he's never claimed to be an expert on either the Vikings or the NFL. He has claimed to understand the political process Re: stadiums in MN. And thus far, everything he's laid out has been pretty much spot on.

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 8:38 PM by GoAUpher Highlight this comment 21

Surly line at 124, 77 people deep, time to move the pizza.

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 8:49 PM by tk Highlight this comment 22

I love Surly, but I can't imagine waiting that long for it.

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 8:57 PM by GoAUpher Highlight this comment 23

Also, just so we're clear, if you think that I'll be happy if (when) no stadium comes out of this current session, you're dead wrong.

Just like you, I'm mad as hell that another year has been wasted. And mostly I'm mad at politicians and fans who think you can just throw any old plan out there and demand that legislators approve it. Anybody who paid even a tiny bit of attention throughout the TCFBS and TF sagas should know better than that.

If the people involved with this process had been honest with themselves and the public, they would have admitted right at the start that this financing plan is built on such shifting sands that no amount of pile-driving can prop it up. It was a political non-starter.

The Vikes should have done what they almost did in the first place: make a deal with Hennepin and get on with it.

I say this not because I think that Hennepin financing is better to me (or that I love the Stadium District site), but because it's significantly more politically and financially plausible.

Had the Vikes made such a deal last year at this time, they'd be building the damn thing right now.

Diehard fan? Maybe I wouldn't meet your definition. But wanting to get this problem solved sooner rather than later? You betcha.

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 9:12 PM by Rick 24

Being a "die hard fan" of the Vikings...does that come with antidepressants? I think I'll remain a casual fan and keep my sanity. If you're a "die hard" of any team, then you probably need to crack the window open a little and get some fresh air.

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 9:35 PM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 25

Since I called out SaveTheVikes.org by name, I'll give my opinion. Has Corey Merrifield and his movement done anything to help the Vikings get a stadium? Yes and no.

On one hand, he deserves credit for being a clearing house for news and information. His website, Twitter feed, Facebook page, and email list have been valuable sources of information about what is happening, where, and when. Even if you argue that the info was available elsewhere, he gleaned it all into a one stop shopping effort. He served as a good booster of morale. Stadium fights can be soul sapping affairs. He's kept supporters in the game by banging the drum. The guy also encouraged people to engage with their elected and appointed officials, although how those people engaged was, at times, one of his failings.

On the other hand, there have been some problems. He set a bad example for his movement and followers, while hurting his and his movement's image by engaging in needless and childish sniping with opponents of the stadium. I know it can be hard to hold back, but it comes off really poorly to the media, neutrals, those on the fence, and fellow stadium supporters who don't want to associate with that kind of stuff. On that thread, some stadium supporters, including some from within the movement, crossed the line in their behavior while interacting with appointed and elected officials, a highly counterproductive course of action. I don't hold him directly responsible for the actions of others, but Corey, in my opinion, made no more than a token effort of calling off the dogs, far less than he should or could have given the reach of his voice. I believe the manner in which he attached himself to the DOA Shakopee proposal didn't paint him in the best light. It also displayed a general political naivety that hasn't served him or SaveTheVikes.org well.

These are just my opinions and observations. Anyone is welcome to disagree. The final chapter in the Vikings' stadium drive hasn't been written, so I won't give SaveTheVikes.org a definitive grade. It's done some good, just maybe not as much as it thinks it has or could have.

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 9:59 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 26

Someone was wondering how they were going to promote the Ben Revere bat day on Sunday- On the scoreboard tonight it was promoted as "Bat Giveaway Game" (I see they did call up Revere for Willingham's paternity leave.)

Has anybody found anything besides ice cream to satisfy the sweet tooth at TF? My daughter and I stopped at the Holiday gas station after the game to get 3 cookies for $1.29. (They were very good.)

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 11:35 PM by gogotwins Highlight this comment 27

I like the apple pies out at the State Fair booth. Like everything, they can be hit or miss. But when they're good, they're very good.

Also, if you can find one, the chocolate cupcake/muffin is superb (and superbly messy). Last I saw, you could get them only on the upper concourse, next to the Hot Beverage cart.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 12:02 AM by Rick 28

Merrifield? Come on. He's a know-nothing. He used to his spend his time bs'ing on the ESPN board, saying things like the Vikings are absolutely positively gone after 2011, yada yada yada. Pretending he had inside contacts and so on. He's a smoke-blowing cheerleader trying to make a name for himself on the backs of the people who actually have something to do with pushing a stadium bill.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 07:12 AM by Piggy Wilf Highlight this comment 29

With the Twins playing so poorly, it is good that we have the Vikings Stadium to rile up all the die hards and provide us with merriment and mirth.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 08:53 AM by terry Highlight this comment 30

"Surly line at 124, 77 people deep --- "

That many people waiting in a line that long to pay that much for a beer - regardless of how good it is - is exactly the reason the Pohlads get away with the quality of their on-field product.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 09:16 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 31

Total buzzkill at the park last night. Place looked 1/2 empty in the upper decks. Blackie looked terrible so did Baloney Maloney. Picked up some fresh brats at Hoilday before the game. Sat in sec 321 row 4 for 3 innings was in 326 last year. Terrible views from there as persons heads in front of you are in the way. I liked the angle view even though farther away in sec 326 as had no obstructed views. Scoeboard does suck and the grass design sucks! Fire Devito now! Ended up walking behind home plate in sec 116. Stood at the bar rail there and then walked down 10 rows and watched the game there till the top of the 8th. The thrill is gone! Record at TF now at 14-28. Did see the Fulton tap room right across the street from the Holiday station. Yes the cookies are very good there 3 for $1.29.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 09:32 AM by twinkfan Highlight this comment 32

Could care less about the Vikings. Last game I went to was at memorial stadium vs the Packers at the U due to conflict with twins at the met. Much better to watch football on your big screen HD sets at home. Bseball is getting to that point also.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 09:37 AM by twinkfan Highlight this comment 33

As far as I can tell, he's [Rick] never claimed to be an expert on either the Vikings or the NFL. He has claimed to understand the political process Re: stadiums in MN. And thus far, everything he's laid out has been pretty much spot on.

From my chair, this has been my perspective on the whole situation. I think the analysis on the situation has been fair. Rick's been critical of important cogs while not straying too far into the "personal attack realm" but also supportive too. Although, I would like to see more of the "what can be done with the current bill(s)" that would get them passed. Rick has stood pat that current bills will go down but it appears that there is still some outside (and potentially inside) urgency that might force this square peg through the round hole. So I am also interested in what might happen with the current bills that might get them to go through even if they aren't the best plans. After all the best option isn't always the chosen option.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 09:54 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 34

...the best option isn't always the chosen option.

Indeed.

If you think of the current legislation as modular, it basically contains (roughly) these components:

- Significant gambling expansion
- Minneapolis Convention Center tax repurposed
- Back-up funding sources
- Metrodome site
- Vikings contributions
- Ownership of facility

It also contains, depending on the day and who you talk to:

- Target Center renovation and refinance
- Xcel Energy Center debt relief
- Special "fund" for downtown St. Paul (could be used for a new Saints ballpark)
- Referendum requirement retained in Minneapolis

To get it passed now, I think all of the items in the second group would have to be removed.

From the first group, all of the funding mechanisms except the Vikings are controversial, and any one of them could trip up the bill. The ownership model is half-baked, and definitely needs more work, but it's unlikely to derail the process. Likewise for the Metrodome site.

The way I see it, there are four possible outcomes right now:

1. Legislature does not pass anything

2. Legislature passes something (Gov signs), Minneapolis balks

3. Legislature and Minneapolis pass the whole thing but something goes wrong (somebody sues, bonds are too expensive, referendum required, etc.)

4. Everything passes, all issues are addressed, and the stadium is built.

I'd handicap these, but I'm tired of being accused of things by frustrated Vikings fans (whose frustration I understand, and whose barbs I do not take personally).

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 10:55 AM by Rick 35

I want to see the stadium get built and hope that whatever passes out of the legislature works. I always have. My take has also been that the best course for the Vikings would have been to pursue the most politically feasible site and funding plan, something they don't seem to have done. If it all works out, great.

I can't tell if this plan's failure will be a major road block or if it will further galvanize people to find a solution. It'll depend somewhat on how the Vikes react, and whether they try to rally people or get overly defensive with their disappointment. A little bluntness is okay, but pure abrasiveness won't cut it.

Regardless, I wish the team hadn't spent so much time chasing illusions in Arden Hills and at Linden Avenue once it was clear neither was happening. They burned plenty of useful time, energy, and political capital in each case that could have gone to more productive endeavors.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM by Jorge Highlight this comment 36

For "plan's failure will" make that "plan's failure would".

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 11:06 AM by Jorge Highlight this comment 37

There's a Holiday station near Target Field?

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 11:40 AM by Raging Peasants Highlight this comment 38

It's down the hill behind the Garbage Burner. If you were standing across from the ballpark facing the Oliva gate and the LRT platform, just take a right and you'll be there in a matter of moments.

It used to be a Shell station, but when gas prices went out of control around 2008, it was one of many stations that bit the dust. It sat vacant for a while before Holiday stepped in not long before Target Field opened.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM by Jorge Highlight this comment 39

Gee whiz Rick, of the four possible outcomes, you listed "stadium is built" as last!! C'MON MAN!! Clearly you have no desire to get this thing built, and you hate the Vikings!! It's totally obvious!!

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 11:46 AM by tongue-in-cheek (aka Expectorate) Highlight this comment 40

Yep Raging Peasants load up on all your goods there! Great Dogs, Brats, Peanuts,sunflower seeds and yes those fabulous cookies I like the raisin oatmeal the best. New Fulton Brewery right across the street. Can park for $5.00 under the bridges there also. Hell next time I get to a game I might bring in a whole Little Cesars pizza.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 2:56 PM by twinkfan Highlight this comment 41

Now the players are lobbying...

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 3:04 PM by tk Highlight this comment 42

Adrian Peterson: Dome is "very tough" on pro athletes

You just can't make this stuff up...some of the comments these players make at times

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 3:25 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 43

Hmmm says Fulton tap room will have a 70 inch tv and $5.00 brews. Might be better than going to the game.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 3:28 PM by twinkfan Highlight this comment 44

I see Jack Jablonksi and his little brother Max scheduled to throw out the first pitch tonight. Should be an emotional momment for him and the crowd. The Kid has come along ways.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 3:44 PM by twinkfan Highlight this comment 45

Senators, presumably opposed to the Vikings stadium bill since no educated proponent could possibly think this will fly, just tacked on Racino as a funding source in committee. The motion passed in the committee by a hefty margin. If that isn't somehow removed, the Vikings Stadium is as good as dead at the Capitol this session.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 4:19 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 46

DAMMIT! When we get so far with the Vikings stadium, the Legislature wants to KILL it again! Why don't the dorks want a Racino? I realize it's not the best MAJOR funding option, but at least it would help.

UUUUUGGGGGHHHHHHH

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 5:00 PM by luke (aka 4-158) Highlight this comment 47

Best part (and please correct me if I read the reports on this wrong) is that the person who introduced the Racino amendment (Sean Nienow) voted against the bill anyway.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 5:22 PM by GoAUpher Highlight this comment 48

Now their going to blame everything on the Indians.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 5:23 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 49

"they're" --- sorry.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 5:24 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 50

The site is Ballparkmagic. Where is the magic? Can we stay on topic and discuss TF and the Twins. Couldn't a different site be created to rant about the Vikings stadium? A football stadium is NOT a ballpark it's a stadium.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 7:03 PM by bmjundt Highlight this comment 51

I don't know why we can't have electronic pull tabs (whatever they are), AND a Racino. I love it that we have a big todo about stopping being a nanny state and let us have big boy fireworks, but boy if you want to have additional gambling options then just hold on there buddy. We'll tell you exactly how, where, and when you can choose to lose your money.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 7:19 PM by Lincster Highlight this comment 52

bmjundt, fine. Rick is probably working on StadiuMagic as we speak...lol.

Speaking of TF, I feel like I'm back in the woeful days of the 90s...why is the outdated and decommissioned "M" logo etched into the mound tonight?

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 7:37 PM by luke (aka 4-158) Highlight this comment 53

That "M" represents the glory days -- which we all might need to hearken back to regularly this season. Pregame tonight Gardy was saying there's no help coming, it's on the pitchers. Well, great. So front office and scouting and minor league development all get a pass on this pathetic pitching situation???

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 8:23 PM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 54

Saw the Royals Advance Scout seats going for $4.99 on StubHub tonight.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 8:44 PM by tk Highlight this comment 55

Jack was not feeling well today and didnt make it out to the park for the first pitch. Too bad, he would have gotten a long, loud ovation. Hopefully he can get up there soon.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 10:56 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 56

Point taken, bmjundt, but I'm going to need help.

Please let me know if you happen to see any magic out at Target Field.

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 12:13 AM by Rick 57

I needs me some public stadium cash... NOW!

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 05:41 AM by Piggy Wilf Highlight this comment 58

Call J.G. Wentworth. 877-CASH-NOW.

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 07:08 AM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 59

Yep Jack Jablonski is back in the hospital. Mr Whipple aka Gardy had to be proud of the way the boys battled their tails off last night though! 5-14 projects to 42 wins this year. Better take the series vs the hapless Royals.

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 09:32 AM by twinkfan Highlight this comment 60

Sports websites reporting Atlanta Falcons want a 900+M Stadium, whats the over/under on whether theirs get approved/built before the vikes fiasco Rick?

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 12:49 PM by JoJo Highlight this comment 61

Going to the game on Sunday, hope to see 'our guys' put together nine good innings.

Although I realize that's asking a lot... /sigh/

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 1:45 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 62

I called J.G. Wentworth. They referred me to Mark Dayton.

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 2:41 PM by Piggy Wilf Highlight this comment 63

Did Mauer swing at a first pitch last night or were my eyes playing tricks?

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 2:42 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 64

Unbelievable...A $1 billion retractable roof stadium? The Georgia Dome just opened in September 1992...more than TEN years after the Metrodome opened in April 1982. Yet, we the people of Minnesota cannot seem to figure out the Metrodome is outdated. The Georgia Dome has hosted several major Bowl Games, Super Bowls, Final Fours, and College Football games to name a few things.

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 2:51 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 65

Joe Sensor's testimony has more holes than the Twins' lineup.

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 3:25 PM by N.D. (aka N.D. "Rube") Highlight this comment 66

Stone liar.

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 3:31 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 67

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Target Plaza in model form






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Dan Mehls, Mortenson Construction



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Harmon Killebrew



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DSP - Dave St. Peter

FSE - Full Season Equivalent

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HERC - Hennepin Energy Resource Company (aka the Garbage Burner)

HPB - Home Plate Box

HRP - Home Run Porch

LC - Legends Club

LRT - Light Rail Transit

MBA - Minnesota Ballpark Authority (will own Target Field)

MOA - Mall of America

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Second Edition (1987)
 


Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000)
 


(2000, large coffee table)
 


Original edition (2000, round)
 


Revised edition (2006, round)
 


(2001, medium coffee table)
 


(2002, small coffee table)
 


(2003, medium coffee table)
 


(2004, very large coffee table)
 


(2006, very large coffee table)
 


Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
 

Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
 


(1992)
 


Book and six ballpark miniatures
(2004)
 

Complete Bibliography

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