162 and Counting
October 3, 2010 10:11 AM
Back on March 27, Noah and I bundled up and headed out to Target Field for the first time. It was a nice day, just a little chilly for a four-year-old.
It's hard to measure who was more thrilled that day.
This afternoon, Noah and I will suit up again and head out to watch game 162 (or 81, depending on how you're counting) to bookend the season. Once again, it promises to be a nice day, just a little chilly for a five-year-old.
But he's eager. I'm eager. And we're both pretty smiley about the fact that today is not the end of TF's inaugural season. Like everyone else, of course, we'll also be watching the out-of-town scoreboard pretty closely. Thankfully, it's just a question of who and when, not whether.
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Data performance has improved slightly as the season has progressed, but I've noticed that it's significantly better before and after games, and from the upper deck concourse -- especially the south (first base) side.
We'll be in section 313, row 5 if you want to stop by and say HI.
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From the roof of the Minnekahda building (courtesy Bruce Lambrecht).
The french fry lights were on!
Final pieces arrive
Sharing and Caring Hands, as viewed from the ballpark site about a block away. Note transaction in progress in the shadows.
Another classic space in the making above the Hrbek gate.
Frost on the pumpkins, snow on the plaza
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
Secret entrance exposed!
Balcony of the Town Ball Tavern.
Path of quick escape.
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The plaza as viewed from across the park. The right field overhang section will be built just in from where the plaza supports are.
The outline of an infield has appeared on the asphalt in advance of the ground-breaking on Thursday night.
At the base of the B ramp, the foundation for the center field stands.
Now we know what the English phone booths were for...
Photo by Jeff Ewer
Here we are waiting for the first train to arrive at the station (Nov 14).
Home Run Porch Terrace
The model still shows the Batters Eye Club, which is no longer part of the design.
The Metropolitan Club (click to enlarge)
I set up my late inning "office" at the drink rail behind section 206
A distinct misstep, ostensibly to guard against missteps. But methinks I smell a lawyer...
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