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Anything Is Possible

March 31, 2014 1:46 PM

It is rainy in the Twins Cities today. The sky is as grey as it gets, and the chances of actual sunshine are around zero percent. There is more cold, and more snow, in the forecast.

My yard is still partially covered with snow, the top of which now sports a crust thick enough that my kids can walk across it without leaving footprints or, thankfully, getting their socks and shoes wet. The remaining cover is thickest out in the middle of the yard, about where home plate generally gets placed, right in front of the garden bed that my mom will fill with hostas in a few weeks. Those plants will be mined over and over all summer long for balls which got by someone's bat, but my mom doesn't seem to care. She's a fan.

On the boulevards, the gigantic snow piles I created with my own muscle power have been steadily shrinking away from the sunshine of the past week. Their edges, once plump and tall and foreboding, are now scalloped and dirty and oddly crystalline. If I do have to shovel later this week, there will be a place to put it all. That wasn't true a couple of weeks ago.

But the disappearing snow is revealing something that I always forget about: The yard beneath it is still just as scruffy as it was when the first snow covered it so beautifully last fall. If there is a gift to winter, it's that all the sins of summer are shrouded for a time -- not exactly forgiven, but at least put away. Dormancy has its virtues.

Now those memories emerge, and the hidden things look once again like they need tending: The pitching got better, but the hitting got worse. The base running is an open question, as is the defense.

Wait, what just happened? Let's see, I was talking about the grass and leaves and general muck of my yard, and then...

On Opening Day, everything is about baseball.

As I write this, the sun is defying the odds and peaking out through a small break in the overcast. It reminds me that today all teams are 0-0 and, regardless of the forecast, anything is possible.

Happy Opening Day to all! And Win Twins!

Today's match-up (click to enlarge)

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On the topic of "anything's possible", I had a friend who went to Las Vegas before the start of the '87 season. On the morning he was to leave for home, he had one last ten dollar bill burning a hole in his pocket and he placed it on the Twins to win the World Series. The odds were 100 to 1 and even at those odds the guy who took his ten spot must have felt like he was taking candy from a baby ... and then the damndest thing happened that year.

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 2:04 PM by terry Highlight this comment 1

That is a cool story. I don't see the damndest thing happening this year though. Alot has changed since then-there are more rounds to the playoffs for one. I will stick w/ 60-102. Yes we brought in starting pitching but our offense is so atrocious long term aside from Mauer and during the off season that issue was ignored as part of the "let's get the former ALC Division CHampions band back together" philosophy that was evident over the winter. We have way too many "hope to regain their 20XX form" on this team for anyone to think we will be battling for anything other than 4th place in our division. To the Twins front office this season is all about ASG and putting on a great show for the mid summer classic. That being said I do love the game which is why I follow this blog and at the beginning of the year everyone has hope and I do respect those contributors's opinions that offer hope. Until something is shown on the field (which wasnt the case entire Spring Training) I will continue to be pessimistic about our chances but that is my opinion. I do want us to win and at least be competitive but i know that like the Titanic, however, we will be under by mid April and will be under water a long time.

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 2:53 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 2

Rick, I want to go to a baseball game with you someday.

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 5:48 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 3

Sale is a very good pitcher, but starting 2014 with double digit strikeouts is not a good sign. But on the plus side, Suzuki is on pace for 486 RBI's this season!

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 9:24 PM by terry Highlight this comment 4

Sounds good to me, F_T_K!

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 10:36 PM by Rick 5

Rick, As I started on my bike ride home, I thought "I could stop by Rick's house to wish him a happy Opener." Alas, I was two blocks from home when I remembered that earlier thought. May the Twins do better than my memory this season! Happy opener...though it's outcome wasn't so happy.

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 09:10 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 6

I can't remember...now that we have a new post, if anyone asked about new foodstuffs at TF. Clicky for a KSTP article about new offerings. If someone beat me to it already, read it again...lol.

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 12:43 PM by luke Highlight this comment 7

Looks like some plowable snow coming Thursday into Friday! Get that field covered Larry! 51 and cloudy for the opener!

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 1:31 PM by Twinfan (aka Twinkfan) Highlight this comment 8

luke, I don't think the food has been covered yet. I was wondering when they would announce the new items. The only one that I am slightly interested in would be the Butcher & Boar rib tips. I REALLY hope this isn't replacing the Michelbob's/Gabe's ribs that were at the State Fair stand. They were the best deal in the whole stadium!!!

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 1:55 PM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 9

More on new TF foods. Of note: Good ice cream, finally! Izzy's near Gate 14.

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 3:15 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 10

Twins announced on Instagram today that at Hrbek's they have a bloody mary with all the trimmings attached, including a mini cheeseburger.

TTH

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 4:12 PM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 11

(ugh. sorry about the wrong link. It keeps auto-filling from an old posting.)

TTH

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 4:13 PM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 12

I didn't think it had been mentioned CSG. Asked about, but I didn't think anybody mentioned specifics :). The rib tips definitely are worth a try.
I saw that bloody Mary...that'll last ya the whole game...

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 5:40 PM by luke Highlight this comment 13

Courtesy of the Twins site, the full concession price list. Clicky.

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 6:33 PM by luke Highlight this comment 14

Damn. According to that pricing list the old ribs ($8.50 for half rack) are gone and the new rib tips are $12.50. That's disappointing. The State Fair stand looks like there is nothing left. I wonder if that big stand is being split into 2-3 stands.

I can't wait to get out to the ballpark and see the changes and hopefully some winning baseball.

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 10:23 PM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 15

According to Charley Walters, the spruce trees are coming back for Opening Day...above the batter's eye.

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 10:46 AM by hofflalu Highlight this comment 16

Boo to Dave St Peter stealing Gardy's (now 6th annual) quote that we werent going to go 162-0 and that we got plenty of baseball left. He also stole quotes regarding that we need better starting pitching and more timely hitting. I thought I was watching a (low) highlight reel circa 2013, 2012, 2011

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 11:44 AM by Uffda Highlight this comment 17

I am still mesmerized by the $5 Knob Creek. That is cheaper than most bars sell it for.

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 12:17 PM by Duffman Highlight this comment 18

Me too Duffman. I'm guessing it will be tiny, but I see myself visiting that stand often.

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 12:28 PM by jctwins Highlight this comment 19

I think it would be hilarious (in a good way) if the Twins have a breakout year with the bringing the trees back. Didn't look promising in Chicago on Monday, so who knows!

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 12:29 PM by tk Highlight this comment 20

Still lots of "good seats" available for the opener. About $70 worth of Knob Creek should keep you warm.

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 1:51 PM by ben Highlight this comment 21

So where exactly are the trees going? It says above the betters eye but below Minnie and Paul. So they will be on the concourse?

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 2:36 PM by Duffman Highlight this comment 22

Oh, please, not in pots along the top edge of the batter's eye! I have enough trouble seeing over that thing now as it is...

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 2:41 PM by Rick 23

Hoffalu, I read that too. Exactly where are they placing them? I am confused...like Rick said...Spruce Trees? In pots? On TOP of the batters eye? This makes no earthly sense to me.

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 4:34 PM by luke Highlight this comment 24

Only 5 days to the home opener and my OD tickets haven't arrived yet. What about the rest of you?

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 4:52 PM by terry Highlight this comment 25

I have a feeling it won't matter. After the crippling storm coming, we won't be ready by Monday. Game will probably be postponed til Wednesday at the earliest.

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 5:11 PM by luke Highlight this comment 26

Twins find another unique and creative way to lose a game falling to 0-2 and have managed to do it against one of the only teams in baseball worse than them last year so whats this about new food and spruce trees?

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 5:37 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 27

terry mine arrived a few weeks ago; both sets of tickets. I remember that being an issue a few years ago, but in the last couple of years they have always been plenty early.

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 5:39 PM by jctwins Highlight this comment 28

Picture of the trees. Not sure I understand why they are there....

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 9:09 PM by ole Highlight this comment 29

Totally out of place. And, what happens when they grow? It'll cover up "Target Field". And it seems to me having them there takes away SRO space. #confused on this one...lol.

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 9:43 PM by luke Highlight this comment 30

The trees seem to be a last minute add for this season. I do not think they look good up there and I doubt they last. This feels like it was done as a "People say bring back the trees. So let's give the people what they want..."

Hopefully soon we see them back in a better place...

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 10:46 PM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 31

Plus they won't let them get any higher in order not to obstruct the Target field sign.

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 11:29 PM by Duffman Highlight this comment 32

Knowing the Twins Way, those trees are artificial and were purchased at Wal-Mart on Dec. 26 at 50% off - and half of them will undergo Tommy John surgery before the season ends.

TTH

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 08:47 AM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 33

Learned a new baseball-ism yesterday thanks to Mauer --- apparently he "mowed the lawn".

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 09:30 AM by ben Highlight this comment 34

I think we have to go easy on the trees. They may wind up being the best lumber in the ballpark this year.

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 10:44 AM by Rick 35

What happened to Mauer? "Mowed the lawn" sounds like a face plant.

I missed yesterday's game because the official Twins schedule that I printed out from their official web site and posted officially over my computer showed it at 7:10 PM... I know: All game times are subject to change. Everybody got the memo but me. Between this and digital reception problems on Monday, my season is off to as rough a start as the team's.

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 10:49 AM by Rick 36

"Mowing the lawn" apparently refers to a hitter grounding out to all four infield positions in one game.

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 11:00 AM by ben Highlight this comment 37

GOOD ONE Rick...lol.

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 1:04 PM by luke Highlight this comment 38

The trees are a metaphor for the Twins lineup. Young, stiff, no emotion and out of place. I dont anticipate it being a big deal if they block Minnie and Paul as they grow unless they decide to light up the scoreboard and show Minnie and Paul shaking hands for every base hit instead of every home run we hit. Or possibly every non strike out.

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 2:25 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 39

Another classic implosion. Still time to rally. Still time to give up even more runs. Oy.

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 3:30 PM by DeePee Highlight this comment 40

I'm glad there are trees again somewhere in the ballpark even though the new trees and their location are nowhere near as attractive as the 2010 trees and their location.

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 4:21 PM by terry Highlight this comment 41

DeePee - not sure which inning you posted, but I think the Twins did more of both from your prediction. Thankfully there were enough runs to get over the top for the first time this year and Perkins didn't quite implode enough to blow two saves in a row.

Ten runs from that lineup?

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 5:18 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 42

My postgame remarks (in honor of Gardy and Dave St Peter): "Well we weren't going to go 0-162 and the boys tried-giving up runs in bottom of inning when we scored in the top- but try as they might they just couldn't give this one away. Was a nice try giving up a double and then advance to third base w/ throwing error bottom of 9th w/ 1 out but alas we won the game" .....on a serious note I am not meaning to be so down and sarcastic on what is supposed ot be joyous time of year and want the team to do well but I am not getting any younger and am just tired of knowing we have so little hope and waiting on prospects to pan out. We are stuck in a perpetual "be patient help is on the way" mode the past 23 years.

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 6:01 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 43

Stevie B- I posted that right after the score became 8-5 Sox. I broke my own cardinal rule of ingame complaining but it looks like we kept ”battling our tails off” for the W. I'll take it!

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 6:08 PM by DeePee Highlight this comment 44

Wasn't it Hunter who said something to the tune of "the Twins are always about next year"?

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 6:31 PM by ben Highlight this comment 45

I've never heard of "mowing the lawn" before. Interesting. Who remembers the "mow em down" inning promotion from Snapper?

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 8:44 PM by luke Highlight this comment 46

I've heard of "mowing the lawn" before, but it has nothing to do with baseball.

Rick, May I assume the answer to my question on the previous post is no?

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 10:44 PM by Dave Highlight this comment 47

Sorry that I forgot to answer that, Dave. At this time he does not have ADA seats available to the group. We get a new list of seats each year, so that could change, but the differences are generally pretty minor.

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 11:03 PM by Rick 48

Ok, thanks Rick!

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 08:33 AM by Dave Highlight this comment 49

Is Larry blowing the lawn this morning? Looks like wed 68 and sunny!

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 10:06 AM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 50

I saw a picture of the field that was completely snow covered. It's crazy to think that we will have our home opener in just over 3 days. It will be quite the swing from the temps we're having now to mid next week.

Sounds like the Cleveland's temps are better, in the 60's today, but there is a strong chance of rain today. Tomorrow will be in the 40's without rain, with lots of wind. Sunday looks like the best day of the series.

I know it will never happen, but this time of year I really think the baseball season should start about 2 weeks later. Cut a few weeks off the end too. As much as I love baseball, the season is 1 month too long (only because of weather, IMO).

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 10:35 AM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 51

Here are the teams with games airing on local over the air TV this season. Fox games are not counted. This is local inventory only.

Baltimore Orioles - 20 on WJZ-13

Chicago Cubs - 73 on WGN-9 (local feed, not the national cable feed which has fewer) and 8 on WCIU-26 for 81 overall

Chicago White Sox - 30 on WGN-9 (local feed, not the national cable feed which has fewer) and 25 on WCIU-26 for 55 overall

Cincinnati Reds - 1 on WKRC-12 (home opener)

Cleveland Indians - 1 on WKYC-3 (home opener)

New York Mets - 29 on WPIX-11

New York Yankees - 21 on WWOR-9

Philadelphia Phillies - 12 on WCAU-10 and 1 on WPHL-17 for 13 overall

San Francisco Giants - 15 on KNTV-11

Texas Rangers - 25 on KXTA-21

Washington Nationals - 20 on WUSA-9

The Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, Oakland A's, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays will have their local broadcast inventory entirely airing on regional sports networks.

Keep in mind as well that the Saturday game of the week now largely moves to Fox Sports 1. The Twins game at Cleveland tomorrow airs on Fox Sports 1 instead of Fox-9 as in the past.

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 11:12 AM by Jorge Highlight this comment 52

A few tidbits that are a little old but I don't recall seeing them here...

Click the link to head over to the Interchange Project webpage. On the third tab (or 3rd "lead" story, however you prefer) shows a fly through animation of the interchange. it's not the high dollar ones we are used to seeing with stadiums but its decent. A little over 42 days till it opens. Plus if you look at the updates page there are some images of the screens going up too.

Second, I was reading a thread on the UrbanMSP forum about the interchange, which led me to a TF section on ballparkbiz.wordpress.com and finally this article

I also haven't been able to get down there to get construction updates but it appears the fine people on that UrbanMSP forum have been posting some really nice coverage, if you want to check it out. The Ballpark Authority has some update photos as well.

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 11:15 AM by jared Highlight this comment 53

Now that Cubs ownership has been severed from Tribune Broadcasting, there's a lot of talk that the team will either significantly decrease its presence on WGN-9 in the near future or leave the station altogether. In my opinion, even if it means airing 15 to 20 games per year on WGN-9, it's worth it since the Cubs broadcasts on WGN-9 are grandfathered in. If the Cubs ever leave the local station, even for a season, they forever lose their ability to put games on the national WGN America feed. The same goes for the White Sox. At any rate, the Cubs still have 50% of their slate on fee to air TV as of this season, but that won't be the case for long most likely.

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 11:21 AM by Jorge Highlight this comment 54

I'm not sure when the scheduling changed, but at least through the 1960's opening day in Washington and Cincinnati was the second Monday of April with everyone else opening the following day. Opening at the end of March and playing the series into November - and at night - has always seemed to me like the dumbest of ideas. But television rules - if TV told MLB to play the World Series at 3:00 in the morning, 3:00 in the morning it would be.

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 12:59 PM by terry Highlight this comment 55

Follow link to interesting piece on the Cleveland ballpark at 20. I was there on Opening Day in 1994, and it was just as magical as Opening Day 2010 here. It's intriguing to see the Cleveland prez saying that "we wouldn't build it this way today" (in terms of luxury suites). I wonder what DSP will say in 2030 about TF?

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 3:08 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 56

Looks like Larry got all the snow off today! Click name for link. I refuse to shovel my driveway in April! All snow should be gone by Wed.

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 3:56 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 57

Your obsession with the Twins' groundskeeper is starting to seem just a tad disturbing. Time for professional help, perhaps?

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 7:08 PM by Spud (aka Winona Mike) Highlight this comment 58

Put up two runs in the 1st, then Murderers' Row put up eight straight zeroes. Bullpen imploded but it didn't really matter.

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 7:59 PM by terry Highlight this comment 59

I agree with him. Devito has not been a good heads grounds keeper. For how little that whole field is used, it has looked terrible from day one. Even the color green isn't the best.

Posted on April 5, 2014 at 02:35 AM by Duffman Highlight this comment 60

Gardy wins his 1000th today. Only 10th MLB manager to win 1000 with the same team. I believe TK did the same.

Posted on April 5, 2014 at 5:07 PM by luke Highlight this comment 61

A good outing by Gibson yesterday. The disturbing trend however, admittedly after only five games, is the ungodly number of strikeouts. Twins hitters are averaging almost eleven per game.

Posted on April 6, 2014 at 08:31 AM by terry Highlight this comment 62

Congrats to Gardy on 1000.

(Side note, was nice seeing Cuddy and Morneau hitting back to back last night at Coors Field. Two hitters that actually hit the ball ...)

Posted on April 6, 2014 at 09:45 AM by Jfh Highlight this comment 63

Soooo. Willingham goes out with an injury and the Twins put Bartlett in the outfield. He then proceeds to be exposed badly on 3 plays. Awesome.

Francona should by now be in the dugout demanding that every hit be sent to Left field.

Posted on April 6, 2014 at 2:13 PM by jared Highlight this comment 64

Willingham as a fielder could be replaced by a beer keg.

Posted on April 6, 2014 at 2:29 PM by ben Highlight this comment 65

3-3 after the opening road trip. Anyone expect that? Pitching has been mostly awful, hitting (when they make contact) a nice surprise.

Posted on April 6, 2014 at 9:25 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 66

So if your life depended on it, would you start Willingham or Delmon in LF?

TTH

Posted on April 6, 2014 at 10:50 PM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 67

Deleon. And prayers with fingers crossed.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 01:43 AM by Jfh Highlight this comment 68

I hate auto correct

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 01:43 AM by Jfh Highlight this comment 69

If my life depended on it, I would start saying my goodbyes.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 08:16 AM by Rick 70

It was nice driving to work this morning. Didn't need to turn on the heat in the car, wore the 'spring weight' jacket, and the big "Opening Day" graphic on the Target Field scoreboard.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 08:16 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 71

So, who is going out to the ballpark today? And where will you be?

I'll be there, free-ranging.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 08:17 AM by Rick 72

I'll be in the "powerball pavilion" for the first time--sec 134. That leaves the homerun porch, diamond box and champions club as the only sections I haven't seen a game in thus far. I did, however, watch the Big 10 tournament last year from champions club seats, but it didn't have all the cache of a Twins game there. And I will be in a diamond box next Friday, so here's to a good week of baseball! Happy opener all!

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 08:35 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 73

I'll be there... not quite sure where - Section 130? - as my buddy bought the tickets.

I wonder .... Have they un-discounted all the Kubel and Bartlett T-shirts and jerseys in the Twins pro shops?

TTH

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 08:54 AM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 74

I will be in section 322, row 3...looking forward to a much milder home opener experience this year after the last two years.

Pretty sad the home opener has not sold out, if that is any indication of ticket sales this year, its going to be another long season. Of course, that can change in a hurry if the team is winning games and playing meaningful baseball into July, August and September.

Nothing like Opening Day at the local ballpark!!

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 08:57 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 75

I'll be there. My friend won tickets from a radio station. I think they are tucked up just below the main scoreboard. We'll be roaming for most of the game trying to find a SRO drink rail in the sun. My best guess is the left field corner.

Bartlett showed that he is not an OF. I hope we make another move and not just Hermann coming up due to injury. We need better OF. We should not have let Alex Presely go...

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 09:15 AM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 76

I'll be there - LC, section Q (with frequent forays to the Town Ball Tavern, depending on what's happening on the field)

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 09:21 AM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 77

Section 110, row 27.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 09:43 AM by terry Highlight this comment 78

I will be going to Wednesday's game with a couple of work friends. I got tickets in the Skyline Deck for 19 dollars for us. I am very excited to be back at Target field again. Last year I went on April 3rd and 4th and it was in the 30's, so I am glad the weather will be better. I will be going to Petco Park later this summer when I visit my cousin, has anyone else been there? I am excited to see their nice cantilevered main grandstand.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 09:47 AM by Tom D. Highlight this comment 79

I will be in LC. I am so ready to drink a beer or two at the ballpark.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 10:04 AM by jctwins Highlight this comment 80

F_T_K, I'm also just bringing the spring jacket...but am feeling a bit uncomfortable...how is it possible that I'll stay warm enough??? Can't wait! Headed to LRT station very soon.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 81

Enjoy the day, Fiesta (and all the rest of you attending). I'll be here at work, listening to the game on the radio.

I'm seriously thinking of playing hooky for Wednesday's game, though. Forecast is for seventy degrees!!

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 12:30 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 82

A few notes from the game so far.

The unnumbered gate has been relabeled as a Gate 6 extension.
The apparel stand that was there is now gone.
Metal detectors are only at a couple of the entrances right now, not all.
The lineup score boards all have All Star looks.
I don't mind the trees in the upper level under the Minnie and Paul sign.
The grassy area under the batters eye where the trees used to be is now a mound.
The Butcher and the Bear stand is inside Gate 34 and has a looooooooong line. Smells good though. I plan to sample it today.
The backstop is now ASG branded.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 2:38 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 83

Question: I may have missed it in the discussion, but was the new Interchange supposed to open today, or are they still working on it? I was curious if any BPM attenders had used it and could give reviews on its first day (if today is in fact its first).

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 3:47 PM by luke Highlight this comment 84

The ASG hype is going to get very tiring.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 4:48 PM by ben Highlight this comment 85

Clicky for some snaps of TF I took today on my lunch break. Not a ticket holder, but I still got down there.
ben - sorry...but I took a pic of the ASG banners on the plaza. Personally I think you're right - there is going to be tons of hype leading up to the game, and it will get tiring, very quickly.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 5:17 PM by luke Highlight this comment 86

Luke, the new interchange isn't scheduled to open until Mid-May, the 17th as I recall. The interchange website has a countdown listed on their front page. I would dig more but I am on my phone at the game in spotty/slow service.

I thought the rib tips were good. Okay for $12.50. The batch that I had was a bit over loaded with pepper for my taste though.

There was decent attendance today but the seats were definitely not full. There was a lot of people walking around though which could either have been those empty seats or just a ton of SRO.

Little Nicky Punto got a nice cheer in his return to TF.

Considering the trees took over the space where that drink rail was, they obviously took out the rail and now people are watching the game by wedging 2-3 deep in between with a bunch more milling about behind. I think it's creating a bit more congestion in that are than in the past because of the reduced view.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 6:09 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 87

Thanks Jared

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 8:46 PM by luke Highlight this comment 88

It was great to be back at the ballpark and the atmosphere downtown was wonderful. There's nothing like Opening Day. As I've said before, I think the Interchange is going to be a wonderful upgrade to the ballpark complex.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 9:05 PM by terry Highlight this comment 89

With all the wonderful upgrades in and around the stadium I sill miss tailgaiting and the good old days.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 10:36 PM by Leroy Highlight this comment 90

This may be old news, but the ASG logo seems to have been updated since its initial unveiling. The buildings in the skyline have some contrast to them, a la the different shades of limestone of the stadium. A big improvement, in my opinion:


Picked up the Official Team Yearbook at the game today, and couldn't be more excited about some of this season's giveaways, especially the "Sid Hartman Ceramic Mug" to celebrate "Sid Hartman Day" on May 18, the "Gardy Gnome" for the lucky first 10,000 fans on June 7, and, last but not least, the "Joe Mauer Growth Chart" on Sept 21.

Boo. Ya.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 10:43 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 91

You can also get a Sid bobblehead if you are among the first 1,000 to purchase a special ticket.

No lure this year, which is a disappointment to collectors.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 12:42 AM by ben Highlight this comment 92

Wow team era already at 6.46 with the 2 new pitchers? This is not going to end well. Mauer still on pace for 0 RBI this year? You do get an RBI for a bases loaded walk right. So maybe there is a chance? Well I suppose we always turn the discussion to the field!

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 09:25 AM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 93

Yes, let's. I hate to feed into what I'm increasingly convinced is just a silly bit, but objectively, with absolutely no personal ties or loyalty to Larry DiVito, if there was a better looking field than TF on opening day across the majors - I didn't see it.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 09:45 AM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 94

Yes, a silly, old bit.

And, yes. The field looked spectacular from every angle -- even up close. I had real trouble imagining that it had been covered by so much snow only 72 hours earlier. Amazing.

In fact, I saw no lingering signs of winter anywhere in the ballpark -- until I got to the State Fair stand, where you could not get a pulled pork sandwich before the game because they forgot to defrost the meat.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 09:53 AM by Rick 95

Regarding the State Fair stand I stood in line for at least 10-15 minutes behind I think three other people. The service there was terrible. A tweet to DSP went unanswered.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 09:57 AM by jctwins Highlight this comment 96

When I was there (about an hour before the start of the game), it looked like their kitchen had not been properly prepared. They were scrambling to find things and were discovering all sorts of problems.

They also had trouble making what I ultimately ordered instead of the pulled pork: the new Italian burger. It took over 10 minutes, and they seemed to be trying to figure out just what had to go on it, then looking for those ingredients.

Ultimately, it was pretty tasty. I'd get it again -- though I do wonder if my next one will be the same as the one I had.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 10:22 AM by Rick 97

One more thing: The State Fair stand has been staffed with volunteers in former years. This year it was paid staff, and the woman I chatted with while waiting for my burger said the volunteers had been moved to other parts of the ballpark. She said she'd never worked this stand before.

That suggests that maybe nobody in that booth had ever been there before. That is kind of what it looked like...

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 10:26 AM by Rick 98

Wow just $6 is all the Twins are charging for field view seats tomorrow? Be interesting to see what the crowd or walk up is. $1 dog day also! Cheaper than Holiday even! Never seen tickets priced that low.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 11:39 AM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 99

I heard reports that various concessions just weren't ready. A friend was going for the full B&TB basket (brisket, ribtips, beer & bourbon), but they were already out of brisket at game time. Maybe they had more on the way, I hope. Kramarczuk's, too, was having trouble keeping up. I shared a basket of rib tips (purchased for me, kindly, by the friend who was already in line. They were good, but not knee-buckling good.

How great it was to be in the ballpark again and to gaze upon the lovely, green field. Rick, great to see you, too. Thanks for visiting!

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 11:55 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 100

Avoid the $1 dog. Tried one last year and it was worse than any school lunchroom hot dog I ate in my life. Even though it costs less than your beloved Holiday dogs, don't waste your $1.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 12:16 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 101

I really don't understand how a business that is supposed to make money can fail so badly at something as simple as concessions. It's not as if they can't prepare for what to expect, especially on opening day when they have months in advance.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 12:31 PM by jctwins Highlight this comment 102

On a non-TF-related note: I went to the Vikings stadium construction site today and took some snaps. I will post a link later. Looking forward to VSM (Vikings StadiumMagic) soon :).

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 1:08 PM by luke Highlight this comment 103

You know, I stopped eating the hot dogs at TF a few years ago because they were so bad. I tried all the different kinds (other than the Kramarczuk's) and they were just all lousy.

I even bought the equivalents in the grocery store to see if maybe it was just how they were cooking them at the ballpark, but nope. The hot dogs themselves are just plain blah.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 1:31 PM by Rick 104

My 'usual' at the ballpark is a Kramarczuk's bratwurst. Yum.

Bought myself a ticket for tomorrow's game, row 1 of section T on the club level. Decided that going to a ballgame is more important than work, at least for a few hours!

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 1:46 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 105

You can't go wrong with a Johnsonville Brat from Holiday! 2 fer $2.50 I think still! I microwave the bun for about 10 seconds to get it soft! Load em up and bring em on in!

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 2:10 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 106

The food and beverages at the permanent concession stands are standard government-issue ballpark fare. The selections at the carts, however, are very good. Compare a brat from the permanent concession stand to one from Kramarczuk's or a Bud Light to a Sam Adams. And did everyone smell the smoke from the Butcher & Boar fire pit inside Gate 34? It reminded me of the smell of the tailgating parties out at Met Stadium 35 years ago.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 3:52 PM by terry Highlight this comment 107

Well at least the smoke wasn't from the Herc plant man!

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 3:54 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 108

Strib has a piece on the "hits and misses" of the new ballpark fare. Fluff piece that is mostly just free advertising.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 4:22 PM by ben Highlight this comment 109

Yes, I agree that the Schweigert hot dogs are absolutely terrible. Bring back Hormel or try Sheboygan, please.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 4:22 PM by FD Highlight this comment 110

Not the greatest pics in the world, but clicky for some snaps I took at the stadium construction site today. It's the closest I've gotten. You can see on one of them there is a "knothole" of sorts for people to peek through the fence to take a look. You SHOULD be able to see the pilings in one of them.
Definitely not Rick-caliber photos, but I'll try to get better :).

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 4:51 PM by luke Highlight this comment 111

Question regarding the lower level seats - labeled left field bleachers I believe.

Does anyone know roughly what row where the overhand from the second level ends? Better phrased - which rows are uncovered?

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 2:07 PM by Brandon Highlight this comment 112

Brandon,

My brother has seats in the 2nd row of sec 131. If it rains the people in row 1 will get wet but row 2 is dry.

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM by Joe117 Highlight this comment 113

Did they get 20,000 out there today? Am 1500 said lots of empty seats all around. Would $2.00 seats get more into the game?

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 2:34 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 114

Luke your no Jimmy Olson but thanks for the pics. Next time put a hardhat on and just walk in! Tell em you work for the Trib.

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 2:35 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 115

Or ----- do your best to look like a complete slimeball and tell them your name is Zygi.

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 3:15 PM by ben Highlight this comment 116

Lol Twink. I should do that...embellish my way to get in there. I DID do some contract work for the Trib a couple years ago. So technically....
I SHOULD take some knowledge from Rick. Rick how were you able to get all the construction photos for TF? did you just tell them you were a curiosity seeker? Did you have to ask to take pics? I did run into an older gentleman who identified himself as a "sidewalk supervisor". He had a name badge on. I'll try to get better :).

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 3:45 PM by luke Highlight this comment 117

With this ballclub struggling to get people to go...is it possible the Twins might re-launch general admission seats, and possibly sell them for $2-4?

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 4:45 PM by luke Highlight this comment 118

They announced 22,973 today. Must be the same guy that counts for Timberwolves games. He counts legs!

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 5:07 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 119

I was at the game. The lower level was pretty full, not completely full, but pretty full. I was actually extremely surprised with how many people I saw. I thought it would be way less than it was. I was at games in July/August/Sept last year and there were a lot less people back then. Back then it looked like 5-10k.

I was not surprised that the attendance was 22k, before they announced it it looked like lower 20's. I was in section 111 at the top so I couldn't see the upper levels, but the lower area was definitely a lot of people. Lower level concourse was hard to navigate at times, like it gets when it's busy...though not as bad as when it's 30K of people.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 08:26 AM by AJ Highlight this comment 120

No way was there 22,973 people at the game yesterday. I'd guess more like 13,000.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 08:29 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 121

With that being said, after the Twins tied it there was a mass exodus. Guessing the "beat the rush hour traffic" crowd. Close to half the lower level left. Then when Norris hit the HR it became even more empty.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 08:30 AM by AJ Highlight this comment 122

I'm with AJ. I was at the game yesterday and I was surprised how full it felt. I was in the lower level behind home plate and I was guessing around 20K before I saw the announcement. I could not see the upper decks except the outfield (which had people soaking up the sun). I always assume the announced number minus 10-15% seems like the real number. At least until it is September and they are 20+ games out of 1st.

FTK, were you there? Why do you doubt our numbers?

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 11:08 AM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 123

People need to remember that according to the Twins/MLB,
Attendance = Tickets Sold NOT actual attendance/turnstile count

They announced 35,837 on Monday and there were no more than 28,000-30,000 there. Lots of empty seats for the Opener.

Remember the days when they had to have an Opening Day ticket lottery???

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 11:46 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 124

Funny. It seems like whenever games go into extra innings, some people just say, "OK, I've had enough," and get up and leave. It continues to happen after every half inning of the extras until only the die-hards remain.

On one hand it's easy to understand. You've been at the game for a while, and you're starting to feel fatigue. When I'm there with the kids, I have no choice but to leave at a certain hour.

But extras are often where the game gets really interesting! Don't you want to see who will win? How it will end? What kind of moves the managers will make? Who will be the hero/goat?

Even with the fatigue, or maybe I should say even through the fatigue, I find extra innings completely irresistible...

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 11:54 AM by Rick 125

Actually, regardless of what the teams say publicly, they are allowed to calculate attendance however they like. It's a secret sauce.

Under normal circumstances, they probably go for the biggest number possible. If they're trying to get a new ballpark built, they probably try for the smallest number possible. If they have contractual issues (with media or governments or advertisers or such), they may also be motivated to slant one direction or the other.

Then there's the reality that it's pretty much impossible to get a true count. People come and go. There are comps and other tickets that get issued but not used. People arrive in the fifth inning -- or even the ninth.

This time of year especially, it's not unusual for the official number to not pass the smell test.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 12:01 PM by Rick 126

And even at games that are legitimate sell-outs, there are always many empty seats at TF because of all the options to just remaining seated, e.g. walking around the park and watching from different standing room vantage points, drink rails, Towne Ball Tavern, Met Club, Hrbek's, the Twins Pub (or whatever it is called now). Because of these options there are always many fans who are at the park but not in their seats. I guess that could be said of any sports venue, but TF has more options and more appealing options than other stadia.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 12:27 PM by terry Highlight this comment 127

Determining how many people actually walked into the building is not that difficult - nobody reports that number however.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 12:40 PM by ben Highlight this comment 128

I am wondering why section 103 is completely empty from row 10 up. The sections that are both better and worse are nowhere near as empty as that section. Strange, but clear evidence of some manipulation by team or mlb as to what seats are available.

It's also interesting how the top half of almost all of HPB sections are completely empty.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 12:45 PM by jctwins Highlight this comment 129

It's actually surprisingly difficult to count how many people walked into the building because there are so many entrances without turnstiles. And there are plenty of people who enter without a ticket getting scanned. In many cases that is because they came in before the gates were open, or through the corporate offices, or with comps waiting somewhere that may or may not actually ever get scanned.

This isn't saying anything new, but things work very differently for people with lots of money and/or friends in the right places.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 12:53 PM by Rick 130

Joe -

I appreciate the insight! I try to sit in different locations and haven't sat in the left field bleacher seats yet. Have row 10 seats for Saturday and was trying to figure out how wet were were going to get.

Different note - What happened to the home blue 'TWINS' jerseys? We're wearing the usual road blue 'MINNESOTA' jerseys today.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 1:06 PM by Brandon Highlight this comment 131

Brandon - The Twins got rid of their blue "Twins" jerseys and only have one alternate blue now with "Minnesota" on it for both home/road. I like the "Minnesota" but just wish they would inverse the red/white on the script like we saw on the Minnesota blue jerseys used from 1997-2008.

jctwins - I was wondering that same thing at Monday's opener why section 103 was so empty

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 1:21 PM by Mike (aka Mike) Highlight this comment 132

I bet part of why the top half of the HPB seats are empty is due to the shading. Yesterday when I was there it was a 10 degree difference from sun to shade. I could watch the crowd shift as the shadows moved across the seats.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 1:42 PM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 133

Anybody else smell a sweep?

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 1:46 PM by Rick 134

jctwins - do the Twins try to use section 103 for group reservations on the lower level? Seems like I have seen another section on the LF lower side (125 OR 126 maybe?) in the past couple years that has large holes, even on busier attendance dates.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 1:49 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 135

Rick - regarding 125. The intrigue of extra innings is exactly what kept me at the metrodome on Aug 31, 1993. Twins and Cleveland battled for over 6 hours until Pedro Munoz ended it in the 22nd on a walk off HR. Kept moving seats until we (and most of the few of us left) were right behind the plate).

Went with a group of 4 and one had to defect as the hour approached 11. It was a game that started in August but didn't end until September.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 1:56 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 136

I feel like I always see sec 104 & 124 as more empty than the sec next to them. That is because they are Diamond Box and 103 & 125 are Field Box and cheaper.

Yesterday the ushers were checking tickets at sec 114 where I was sitting. It will be interesting to see how long that lasts.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 2:43 PM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 137

Through eight the boys have collected three hits and one run. Have to wonder if Sano with only one good arm and Buxton with half a year of low minor league experience wouldn't be better than what they're putting out there now.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 2:48 PM by terry Highlight this comment 138

Buy the cheapest seat and sit where you want! Back to the good old days man! Baby Jesus got an RBI yet? How many times has he been rung up looking at strike 3 this year? Sure earning that 23 mil!

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 2:49 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 139

Regarding Rick's comment other day about attendance figures being a "secret sauce" I had to chuckle at that. My brother used to work ticket office and later on sports information for media (basically a runner for the media and looked up facts pre internet) for Gophers at Williams arena back in 1990-1994. For a couple years one of his duties was turning in the "official attendance" count. There were alot of games the attendance was fudged just a little bit to match year of his birth (1973) or birthdate (27) so it was not uncommon to see something like 11,227 or 11,073 as "official attendence"-anything ending in 27 or 73. If a friends birthday was day of game he would put their birth year or date as part of attendance for them. So like Rick said-it is not an exact science.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 140

I was disappointed to see online that they were wearing the softball tops today. I thought we would be spared that at home this year.

On another topic, my first game in the powerball pavilion seats on Monday revealed their fatal flaw: a cupholder at elbow length at the end of the armrest. Can't say how many times my sleeve ended up in my drink! Nice vantage point from those seats, though!

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 3:09 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 141

In other news (yawn) Twinkies swept at home first series- way to go fellas! And to bolster the offense we bring in Darin Mastionni (spelling?) who WAS CUT FROM THE 40 MAN ROSTER and now 9 games into the season is not only brought in to bat but is batting LEADOFF?!?!?!?!? And the Florimon "we expect him to rebound this year" bit is sure working out- batting .091. Again- 60-102 and that is exactly what they deserve. What a joke. And today ANOTHER story about Target Field food options. Good thing becasue the product on the field gives me gut rot.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 3:25 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 142

Through 9 games, the Twins are on pace for a 54 - 108 season!!

Giving up 59 runs through 9 games --- an average of 6.5 runs/game...not going to win many games this year at this rate.

Should also mention today's announced "attendance" of 20,650 was the smallest crowd in Target Field history...

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 3:30 PM by Mike (aka Mike) Highlight this comment 143

That's right, baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint, so no worries Twins fans!!

Or did we hear those same things in 2011? 2012? 2013?

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 3:32 PM by Mike (aka Mike) Highlight this comment 144

Well at least there should be no long lines at the concessions this year! Lose 6-1 BUT we battled our tails off once again! Our 23 mil man GIDP and had 2 more strikeouts not sure if swinging or looking going 0-4 today!! Mercy!

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 3:56 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 145

CSG Mike (#123), I was in row 1 of section "T" on the club level. From where I was, I could see entire upper deck sections with less than five people sitting in them. Looking down at the section below me (122?), it was about 30% full. Even the section right behind the Twins' dugout was maybe 50% full.

Now, as others have mentioned, the difference between the shade and sun might mean there were more people in the sections I couldn't see (above me on the third base side), but from where I was things looked pretty sparse.

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 08:34 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 146

Rick,

What's going on with the counter at the top of the page?

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 09:06 AM by FD Highlight this comment 147

Oops. Forgot to load the 2014 schedule. It's there now!

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 09:18 AM by Rick 148

So can someone tell me a bit about the Champions Club? I know they get those sweet seats right behind home plate. Is it true that all the food/drink is free? What sort of extra amenities do you get?

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 10:31 AM by Schda Highlight this comment 149

If you call the price of a ticket "free" then so is the food.

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 1:43 PM by ben Highlight this comment 150

I have done a game in the Champions Club a few years back. If I remember correctly the food and beverages are included in the price of the ticket. They have a wide variety of items that are not available in the rest of the stadium. My friend was a big fan of the candy station. (big jars filled with assorted goodies, kinda like I've seen at friend's weddings)

We luckily were given the tickets as a thank you so it truly was free.... for us. :)

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 3:52 PM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 151

The day I sat in Champions was also a gift ticket, thus free to me.

Once you've purchased the ticket, which is generally no small amount, as Ben points out, there is no additional cost for food. This includes a wide array of stuff, ranging from very fine (I had some memorably-yummy salmon, and "ballpark sliders" which were much more than just a little burger) to standard ballpark (free unlimited hot dogs, popcorn, candy, ice cream, etc.). I think the menu changes regularly, but I've only actually eaten there once.

Soda was also free, but there's a cash bar for everything else. (I can't remember about beer. I think there may have been one free beer option...)

Here are a couple of images from last year...



Posted on April 11, 2014 at 4:07 PM by Rick 152

The S. Preston "Minimalist Ballparks" series is now on display at TF. This is in the hallway on the club level, near the skyway to the A ramp:


(Sorry about the picture quality - was taken with my phone)

Posted on April 12, 2014 at 12:16 AM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 153

Regular beer (Grain Belt, etc.) was "free".

At the game tonight they announced Yost as KC manager while displaying Melvin on the jumbotron. Seems like something they could have done right.

Posted on April 12, 2014 at 12:36 AM by ben Highlight this comment 154

Remember the dude that did the 30 minimalist ballparks? He did some "heritage" ones too. Clicky for the site. You will see not one but TWO for the Dome. Sorry if this has already been discussed, but I have never seen the heritage mini ballparks, just the 30 current minis.

Posted on April 12, 2014 at 4:29 PM by luke Highlight this comment 155

So, we carried this damn poster around with us all through the afternoon (why don't they give these things away as you exit? they did it with those light bulbs), and we get it home and unroll it, only to see...


...the loneliest man on the planet.

If I were to caption this, the thought bubble would read, "I can't believe I lost my favorite position, and my best friend plays for another team now."

Posted on April 12, 2014 at 11:51 PM by Rick 156

Anyone know when the AllStar lottery is? Are the Twins still holding out how to sell more ticket packages? I get about 5 emails/day from Twins in my junk email acct and just wanted to make sure I didn't miss the "I'm sorry" email, but guarantee by clicking here for season tix.

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 09:15 AM by TK Highlight this comment 157

*holding out hope

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 09:16 AM by TK Highlight this comment 158

I have an eMail about ASG tix opportunity on Tues PM along with a secret number to get in. I wonder what the interest will be.

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 11:27 AM by ben Highlight this comment 159

All Star lottery? You'd have a better chance hopping on eBay and making the highest bid. All Star lottery...lol. THAT'S a laugher.

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 2:55 PM by luke Highlight this comment 160

It looks like they are giving all partial STH the same window for ASG selection. Yay for multiple browser windows!

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 5:37 PM by jctwins Highlight this comment 161

Thanks for your intellectual insight.

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 7:09 PM by TK Highlight this comment 162

Comment 162 aimed at Luke, in case it was not obvious.

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 7:10 PM by TK Highlight this comment 163

It wasn't so much insight as it was a directive...lol.

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 9:18 PM by luke Highlight this comment 164

Ben - I assume yours is based on season ticket account. Are you guaranteed a shot at tickets, or is it "an opportunity to potentially buy, but only if our supply is at a level that we are comfortable releasing them to you"

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 07:55 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 165

Thanks for the info on the Champions Club. My plan is still in place. I've had a dream for the last few years of sitting in those seats at least once. Since I figured I'd have to buy a ticket on the secondary market I'm waiting for the price to hit low enough then I plan to eat/drink enough 'free' food and beverages to equal my ticket price. Yeah it sounds a bit silly, but I think it'd be fun to do it and have a fun little story. I wouldn't be obnoxious or a lout or anything, but I think it'd make for a fun time. The prices on the last couple games have come close, but I think if the Twins have a down year this year that during September it might just hit my magic price point as tickets get cheaper and cheaper.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 08:42 AM by Schda Highlight this comment 166

I've been told that partial STHs will all have a chance to actually buy ASG tickets - not just a virtual waiting room chance to maybe buy them. They just can't guarantee the specific inventory that will be available. Shorter term partial STHs (less than 7 years) are going this week, Tues through Thursday, I think. My time is Wed morning. I'll let people know what I see/buy.

With the team's ongoing marketing to purchase STHs even now to "guarantee" ASG priority, I think the team knows that it has plenty of inventory available. I also expect that there will be some - maybe not many, but some - ASG tix available for a public onsale.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 09:16 AM by BR Highlight this comment 167

Schda, I've had the same plan for a while. From what I've read, basic beer/wine is included in the CC ticket price, but not premium stuff. Still, I think I could drink enough cheap stuff, and eat enough good food (if I get there early!), to justify paying $100-125/seat. Any more, though, and it makes more sense to simply buy dugout box for $50.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 09:19 AM by BR Highlight this comment 168

"All sale participants will have the opportunity to purchase two ticket strips."

The problem for me is whether it would be worthwhile. Best case scenario would be to sell off the homer derby, etc. and wind up with tix to the ASG at a reasonable price. Don't know if that will be doable. I'm sure I'm hardly the only guy with that plan.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 09:54 AM by ben Highlight this comment 169

Group organizers are getting a chance Thursday to login for ASG tix. Wonder what that wait will be like!

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 09:56 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 170

Ben, I had the same thought.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 09:56 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 171

As to the Champs Club --- I've never seen prices get low enough for me to consider them a good deal. My theory is that they are not allowed to go below a set figure somehow. Odd to see lots of CC seats empty - you would think they would grab whatever they could get but that does not appear to be the case.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 09:59 AM by ben Highlight this comment 172

BR, that's my price point too. Tickets for Sunday were down to $150. I figure if you get there when the park opens, then stay for a 3 hour game, that's around 4-5 hours of time to make it up. My favorite spot seat wise though is those lettered sections down the 3rd base line. They have a great view, convenient to get to, feel close to the field, and are usually pretty reasonably priced. I got an opportunity to sit in the dugout box (I think that's the one that has the moat you cross) for part of opening day. It was pretty nice, but I don't know if I'd normally buy a seat there. One of the benefits of the Twins not being so hot in the standings for the last few years is that the ticket prices at least on the secondary market get a bit cheaper so there is more of a chance to try out some new areas of the park.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 10:32 AM by Schda Highlight this comment 173

We also have the opportunity to get ASG tickets Wednesday morning. From everything I have heard it sounds (fingers crossed) like not only number of tickets but also selection for us will still be pretty good.

I have a buddy that regularly gets into the Champions Club...and for cheap. I know for a while he was scoring super cheap tickets on Craigslist (usually day of, and negotiating for $50-ish) and I can only assume that is still the case. So for those looking, that might be a solid avenue these days as well.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 12:54 PM by jared Highlight this comment 174

I agree about the lettered sections down the 3rd base line, just don't let your wife / GF have the binoculars, the Twins don't seem to close the door of their bathroom in the dugout.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 12:59 PM by trebor651 Highlight this comment 175

Looks like possible snow out on Wed. Should play tonight!

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 4:07 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 176

Oh no! I have tickets for Wednesday night. I really hope they make a decision early. I might have to pull the winter gear back out of storage.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 5:57 PM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 177

You could just borrow some from the Twins- i remember 2 years ago it was snowing during a game vs Tampa Bay and was coming down pretty good and the crowd went wild and the Twins lost 11-1 or something like that. More than half the Twins players were 100% covered head to toe-I have seen snowmobilers wear less gear. I remember thinking how embarrassing it was to lose to a team from Tampa Bay SO badly in conditions like that and Tampa clearly looked less concerned about the elements based on how they were dressed (someone must have not read the weather report) . I know that (like in every other sport) every team has players from parts of the USA and Latin American countries not used to cold and snow but it is brought up by media every time a World Series is played in a cold weather city in Oct (not that the Twins are accustomed to playing in Oct) as if it is a home field advantage.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 11:34 AM by Uffda Highlight this comment 178

Uffda -- I can recall the exact game you were talking about as I was there. It was in 2011 and the Twins ended up losing to the Rays 15-3. It was a really long game and Blackburn was terrible.

The Twins players (Span, Morneau, Casilla especially) were all bundled up with cold weather gear while Tampa Bay was not letting the weather deter them from playing a good game.

They even played Christmas Music throughout the game and had the "Twin-ter Wonderland" graphic on the video board.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 1:56 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 179

Yes thats right-good memory. I remember now thinking "wth Morneau -you are a canuck for cripes sakes don't look so uncomfortable" -I understand w/ the latin players and in general baseball is not meant to be played in snow of course but the fact that Tampa Bay was able to put up w/ it like no big deal and it seemed our team just wanted to go back to the clubhouse and it showed. At least the fans appeared to have a good time w/ the snow. What made it most embarrassing was losing such a lopsided game to a team from the south that plays in a dome was able to come up here and manhandle us in our house in the cold/snow.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 2:28 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 180

Check out the videos on the Viking site. Time lapse of metrodome's deconstruction. And also right down in the site. Might be just a tad better than your pics luke! :)

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 2:39 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 181

Of course they're a tad better...lol...professional grade cameras vs a 5.1 MP smartphone :p

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 7:49 PM by luke Highlight this comment 182

I fully support making April 15 Jackie Robinson Day across baseball, but I wish they would do away with the idea of everyone wearing #42. A "42" patch makes much more sense.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 7:54 PM by terry Highlight this comment 183

Well, the jerseys can always be re-used, whereas they have to sew a patch on every jersey for one day, then remove it the next day.
Of course you COULD make every players jersey with a 42 patch, but then again, lots of expense for one day of wear.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 8:44 PM by luke Highlight this comment 184

Luke, these jerseys are never "reused" as they are generally sold.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 9:42 PM by TK Highlight this comment 185

Finally able to catch my first full game tonight...been tough with all these day games. Now FSN is into the finding a sponsor for everything. The copyright announcement is now sponsored by a law firm reading the message. I am however okay without Bert saying it every night, but my gosh.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 9:45 PM by TK Highlight this comment 186

Wheels fell off after 5 innings. Looked like about 200 there at the end!

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 08:58 AM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 187

I have not been here for a long time but I'm getting ready to order my ASG strips and asked myself do I cancel my season tickets after this year? yes i have had them for 10 years & that is the only reason I can think of to keep them.. the fact that I can get tix on stub hub for 6 bucks & the Twins flat out refuse to sign any talent make for very long seasons with very long games I have to sit through with there not ever being much offense on the Twins part. 3 years is long enough fir rebuilding i can't take another season of losing.. i don't want to be the new kansas city… I think there will be a mass exit of the STH base next year.. i think about all the perks i had as a sth say in 2008 when they gave you bobble heads and other give aways they have taken everything away including twinsfest tix.. i did luck out and get a pair but i had to complain.. in turn they also gave me a meet and greet with rod carew so that worked out good but when is enough enough???

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 09:41 AM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 188

and yes.. the hot dogs @ TF flat out suck.. i compared them with a hotdog off the roller 2 holiday gas station and the gas station won out.. my point is it seems like the Twins are doing exactly what i feared.. get the stadium and then you don't even try… they keep adding all of these fancy foods and what not but can grill a fucken hot dog??????? when i pay 6 bucks for a dog it should taste good.. i don't want steak or sushi at a ballgame , i want a hot dog… rant over...

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 09:45 AM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 189

so back to the ASG I want to go that is why I will pay the price but i am considering putting them up for sale and make some money… it would have to be "a offer i can't refuse" type money.. is anyone else thinking about this and what is your plan or how much do you think you will get?

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 09:48 AM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 190

Well I was in at 2:00 on the nose yesterday and bought a pair in Dugout Box 15, Row 2. I figured that this is my best chance at being close to a lot of good talent at Target Field.

I guess that tells me that MLB must have taken all they wanted and left a little even in the good sections.

I would have liked to look around a little more, but as always with me when good seats come up in a search I feel the need to jump in before I lose my only chance.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM by jctwins Highlight this comment 191

Incidentally I got in on my first try, with zero hassle with the system. That makes me wonder if there wasn't much demand :( .

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM by jctwins Highlight this comment 192

We have really only been hanging on to our tickets for ASG priority in the event they would clearly sell out. Now that it doesn't appear that will happen and we are in line to get our tickets today, it's become way easier to want to drop.

As much as we would love to sell the tickets in hopes we make some money, the ASG doesn't come around here often and we want to experience it here at face value. If we can score some extra in a public sale we may try to sell them.

We got a pair in 120 row 5 for $791 per strip. Apparently these were some of the last pairs available. The rest were singles. They are going for over $1500 for the game alone.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 10:14 AM by jared Highlight this comment 193

"They are going for $1500.."

on stubhub.

We also had little hassle with the system.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 10:16 AM by jared Highlight this comment 194

Listed at is not the same as going for.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 11:35 AM by ben Highlight this comment 195

No game tonight. A 12:10; 6:10 doubleheader tomorrow.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 11:58 AM by DeePee Highlight this comment 196

"Listed for" on StubHub is not the same as "going for" nor does it reflect the market value/demand by any means...

The prices on StubHub will fall as the game gets closer, guaranteed.

And if you are a season ticket holder looking to re-sell, then they better be pretty good offers otherwise it makes no sense to keep renewing your season tickets just for the sake of All Star Game priority.

We got lower level tickets (down the third baseline/left field area) for the 2012 All Star Game in KC for $150 each in the parking lot prior to the game...face value was probably $125. So we only "overpaid" by $25-$50 at most.

We decided one game in July 2014 was not worth the cost of sitting through the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons as a STH. We decided not to renew following the 2011 disastrous season. For as much money as we saved by not renewing in 2012, 2013 and 2014, we can easily afford to go to the 2014 All Star game as well as any other single games we choose.

It was a great decision by our group to not renew following the 2011 season and we were never going to fall into the "2014 All Star Game priority" marketing trap the Twins use.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 12:10 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 197

In 2012, I had 10 games unused in our two seating packages, costing us $600.00. I cannot imagine the cost savings from last year when we did not renew and would have lost two more partners.

In doing a quick search of StubHub sold tickets:

Dugout Box (ASG Only)3 sets of tickets have been sold: $1576/ticket (Pair); $1885/ticket (Pair); $2700/ticket (set of 4)

Cheapest Dugout Box pair currently listed $1927.00

Field View (ASG Only)10 sets of tickets have been sold: Cheapest: $580/ticket Most Expensive: $826

LC (ASG Only) 3 sets of tickets have been sold: Cheapest: $1377/ticket Most Expensive: $1982

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 12:28 PM by tk Highlight this comment 198

"Listed at is not the same as going for."

Thanks for being quick to point that out. That's what I meant. I for whatever reason have just always said "going for" when referring to list price. I didn't mean to insinuate that is what they were selling for. Soda vs Pop.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 1:16 PM by jared Highlight this comment 199

And a nice sidenote, I am starting to post my OD images. Remember what a nice day at the ballpark looks like?


See it large here.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 1:20 PM by jared Highlight this comment 200

Nobody knows what the secondary demand for the ASG will be. You can't say definitively that interest on the secondary market is peaking now, in April, before the first half of the season plays itself out and rosters are announced. Historically, secondary market demand for the ASG fluctuates throughout the season leading up to the event itself, no matter the location.

It's a gamble. You might make money, you might not. Yes, smaller markets like the Twin Cities or KC are at a disadvantage compared to a location like Citi Field when it comes to selling ASG tix, but who knows? Perhaps the "allure" of Jeter's last ASG (should he be selected) will entice enough buyers. Nobody knows.

Fortunately for me, my decision to continue to renew my season tickets has nothing to do with the ASG. I'm not buying strips, so I'm neither going to the ASG, nor attempting to sell tickets to it. I renew because my sons love going to the games, and I love going with them.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 3:19 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 201

All star games are nuthin but a silly exhibition game im my book. Now the home run hitting contest is a different story! Maz yes dump your season tickets. You correct on the dogs! Holiday has some great Johnsonville Brats for 2 fer $2.75. Hey you can go to the game for $6 and sit where you want just like the good old days at the met and dome!

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 3:59 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 202

I finally had a Kramarczuk's brat at Saturday's game. Definitely worth $7.50 ($6.75 after STH discount), and certainly the best of its ilk in the ballpark.

I still have to say that the Johnsonville brats and Oscar Meyer beef hot dogs I buy at the supermarket beat them all.

I don't think I've ever said this about the Holiday dog option, but I'm not interested in eating a cold dog. The price premium may very well be the amount you pay for heat, absurd as that sounds. (I also think all of the in-stadium options are bigger, but that's only a good thing if it tastes good...)

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 4:08 PM by Rick 203

Lowertown Ballpark update.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 4:12 PM by DeePee Highlight this comment 204

Thanks for that Jared. I was beginning to wonder.
Mazarati- my ticket buddy did just as you are suggesting, he is giving up his season tickets after this season :(. He will revel in getting his ASG strip, then he is done :(.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 4:47 PM by luke Highlight this comment 205

ASG secondary market historically peaks in early-mid June. However, if you really want to go, it should be pretty easy to find good seats at/below face value the week (sometimes the days) before the game, especially if you are local.

This was true in Phoenix in 2011, KC in 2012 and even NY last year. (Anaheim in 2010 was a different story, but I think Disney bought a boatload of tickets). Every year, STHs think that ASG strips are lottery tickets and all but a fortunate few find out otherwise. The demand is for the ASG, and to some degree, the HR derby. No one wants to pay for the Futures game (though it is a must see if you are a true baseball fan) / Celebrity game or the overpriced programs and FanFest tickets, but MLB forces you to buy them.

I was lucky with ASG this year - I am going to use one set of tickets for myself and I got an offer to purchase my other set at double my cost. I see much higher asking prices out there, but going for "free" not counting travel costs (though I got my room rate locked in before anything good hit $500/night) is a big wn in my book. But if you have tickets to sell, don't wait too long. The seats I ended up using at my last ASG were right behind home plate and I paid 65% of FACE value for them (e.g. seller list money on the easiest part of the strips to sell)

The Twins opened up All Star Sunday ticket sales a few weeks ago for seats MLB did not want, so you could get an idea of single game tickets that MLB was keeping for the far more popular HRD and ASG (convenient for them they get to do what pretty much everyone else wants to do)

Unless a miracle occurs and the team is competive, I small dropping my HPB seats next year. Still planning to move to Munneapolis at so e point, so will grudgingly keep my LC seats. But I fault the organization for just totally blowing the new ballpark effect in record time. As bad as FSE was this year, I'm convinced it was propped up by the lure of the ASG. I agree with the other poster - three years is plenty of time for a plan to start taking shape, but it doesn't seem like the Twins even have a plan.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 8:13 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 206

Tripleheader for Friday? 12:10, 3:10, 7:10 start? They will not get TF cleared out in six hours today.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 06:14 AM by luke Highlight this comment 207

Outdoor baseball --- it's what everyone (except the Twins) wanted.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 07:23 AM by ben Highlight this comment 208

They started working on the field around 5am today. No doubt they will be ready. I am just wondering who is going to show up??? It's going to be an empty stadium all day!

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 08:12 AM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 209

Wednesday's postponed game was only the 9th postponed game in Target Field history (331 regular season games)...not bad at all if you want my opinion. Of those 9, 3 of them were within a single 8-day stretch in April last year (Mets, Angels, Marlins).

I would be curious as to how other teams rank over that same time period?

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 08:16 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 210

I sure wish I could go out there today. Games with tiny crowds are a great window into how the players play the game. With no crowd noise, you can actually hear the chatter among them, and even from the dugout.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 08:37 AM by Rick 211

Click for a link of postponed games for 2014. It looks like there have already been 12 games effected this year. I'd say we're lucky to have only 1.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 08:43 AM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 212

Rick the Holiday Brats or dogs are hot right off the griller. A mere 5 minute walk to the gate and you can wolf em right down. Steam the buns for about 10 seconds also! What a day to be at the game today and tonight! Do the beer venders even show up today? LOL! Had close to 9 inches in the yard this morning!

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 09:25 AM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 213

Yuck, I really have no idea how you guys love the Holiday Dogs so much!?!?!? I've tried them and used the bun trick... it's still just gross to me! IF I am going to get something like that, it is always a Kramarczuk's hot off the grill.

BTW - The field is clear... only took them a few hours.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 09:36 AM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 214

I just ordered ASG tix through the group organizers window. Didn't even look at the good seats, as they're *really* out of my price range, but in the lower priced areas got rebuffed several times with "no 2 seats together." (Grandstand, Field View, and Skyline view.) Ended up with 2 in home run porch. It'll be fun to be there anyway, and I'm sure my scorecard will look just as messed up as at my last ASG in 1981.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:30 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 215

If its a matter of not having tickets (haha, i know right?) I have a pair for the noon game I can't use for anyone that my want them. You kinda have to drive to EP to get them though. I could take an early lunch and meet a short distance away if needed.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:31 AM by jared Highlight this comment 216

Mike have you tried the Johnsonville Brats at Holiday??? Top notch! Plus you get 2 fer $2.75!!! You can always use the free condiments at TF by the way! Nice job by the crew to clear the snow. Are they power washing the seats? I would tell the folks to not even go up to the 3rd deck today. Sit where you want!

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:40 AM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 217

Apparently the upper deck has been closed off for the early game today meaning all fans will be sitting in the lower level.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:40 AM by Mike (aka Mike) Highlight this comment 218

I might add that was according to Dan Gladden on 1500ESPN a few minutes ago.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:47 AM by Mike (aka Mike) Highlight this comment 219


See large here. I also put a little description in the image on my flickr. Got me thinking about how the plaza topiaries are more like bat sculptures with weeds growing at the base and how its way nicer once the color has returned to the plaza. Then I think about what else will be done (temporarily) to the plaza for the ASG.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 11:03 AM by jared Highlight this comment 220

Sidenote: i know it's not a weed growing on the topiaries.

And as an example of the things I can think of that they could/might do: I don't doubt that there likely will be some kind of billboard(s) on the A ramp with players on them, similar to:


I was also thinking there could be some new billboard/signage on the Target Center/skyways. Maybe put some decorative coverings over the opening in the plaza looking down over 394? Doubt it but could look cool. Similar to:


IDK, it's a slow but busy day for me and I am daydreaming rather than working.

Then I did a websearch to find the image above and found this article about a facility built on top of A Ramp. Interesting and obviously my ADD is getting the best of me today.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 11:19 AM by jared Highlight this comment 221

Wow, I just saw that the upper concourse will be closed for the early game too! That has to be a first for TF.

Jared, I was just thinking that the hops growth in the bats is basically nonexistent considering it's been 5 years. I do hope they figure out a better plant to grow and fill them out. I agree something will probably be done temporarily for the ASG.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 11:34 AM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 222

Looks like the club followed my advise on the upper deck today! LOL! Be curious what they get for crowds today and tonight! Teens?

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 11:58 AM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 223

I've wondered many times what happened with the hops. When the design of the plaza was revealed, much was made about how hops would be the perfect plant for our climate and would grow full and lush by the end of the season -- which could make for a wonderful October baseball image (if that ever happens again).

But they've never been more than thin strands when they were real, and roughly the same when they were fake.

It basically mutes another of the clever features of the plaza: lighting them up according to what inning the game is in. I think that they still do this, but it's sort of hard to make out which ones are lit.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 12:21 PM by Rick 224

I know that it's only "five minutes" (or thereabouts) between Holiday and the ballpark, but five minutes is an eternity in hot dog time...

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 12:22 PM by Rick 225

2010 was such a magical year (until the playoffs) in so many ways. In addition to a good team that WON more than 90 games, we had wonderful weather that spring and summer. The never-ending winters we've had the last couple years are really getting old - regardless of where you get your hot dogs and brats.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 1:14 PM by terry Highlight this comment 226

Well on a record breaking coldest Twins start time temp day 31 degrees like today, Yes those brats would get cold quick. No problem on the other normal days. Wrap em up tight in plastic. I did drag a $5.00 little ceasars box in a couple years ago! LOL! Why pay $5 a slice when you can get a whole pie for $5??

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 2:22 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 227

Looks like we get back to 500 for a little bit anyways! Lads up 7-0 top of 8! No way we can blow this big of a lead is there?

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 2:33 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 228

Nice outing for Gibson! Now 3-0 on the season with a 0.93 ERA and 19.1 innings pitched through 3 starts.....keep it going Kyle!!

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 3:35 PM by Mike (aka Mike) Highlight this comment 229

I've never used StubHub, but are all tickets sold there the electronic variety? Or do some have the "hard" tickets? Call me quirky, but I like having the hard tickets in my hand and not a fill piece of paper that gets all crumpled up.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 3:50 PM by luke Highlight this comment 230

Every time I've used StubHub I get electronic tickets, then print them out.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 4:38 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 231

Could we please have an end to all the commercials for holiday dogs and brats? Enough is enough, already. Why we have to go on and on about gas station food is a mystery to me. You couldn't pay me enough to use the rest room at holiday, let alone eat any food being prepared in those dodgy joints.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 6:19 PM by Spud (aka Winona Mike) Highlight this comment 232

I JUST GOT SKYLINE VIEW strips for 401 each… just want to take my son and get in the blgd. I guess it was assumed that I am a baseball fan to have STH in the first place.. my point was for the last 3 years and 3 weeks i have not been watching baseball at TF..calm down everybody calm down

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 233

Looks like a split today! Not a big Johnsonville fan there Spud?? Man looks like about 2000 in attendance tonight!

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 8:03 PM by twinfan Highlight this comment 234

Not a fan of those miserable, filthy holiday gas stations or your constant harping on them. Give it a rest.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 9:31 PM by Spud (aka Winona Mike) Highlight this comment 235

Let's be frank: the hot dog thread has gotten old and has gone on foot long as I can remember. And we, the readers are the losers. In fact, there are no wieners.

TTH

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 9:31 PM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 236

The Truth!!!!! LOL!!! Nice rally by the boys! Jays walk 8 in the 8th along with 4 wild pitches! The lads are above 500 for the first time since when?? Nice home stand 5-1!

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 9:49 PM by twinfan Highlight this comment 237

So, how was the actual crowd on Thursday?

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 04:53 AM by Jfh Highlight this comment 238

I heard the Twins closed a portion of the upper level Thursday because of falling ice.
I also heard though I find it hard to believe, Thursdays first pitch was the coldest twims game on record (31 F)? Come on, Minnesota has been colder than that in April.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 05:46 AM by luke Highlight this comment 239

There have been a great deal of Aprils, but only a few since TF was built.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 07:05 AM by ben Highlight this comment 240

The report I heard said that it was the coldest first pitch in Twins history. I have no reason to doubt that.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 07:12 AM by Rick 241

twinfan your memory is as poor as your prognosticating skills. Twins were swept in the TF opening series, leading to a 5-4 homestand.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 08:15 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 242

Actually, I believe,according to my book I have this recent game was probably noted for being the coldest game at first pitch at Target Field. On May 2, 1967 at Met Stadium the game between the Yankees and Twins was 29 degrees at first pitch,making that game the coldest at first pitch.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 09:01 AM by Tom D. Highlight this comment 243

I have to admit this club is far more entertaining to watch than I expected they would be. The fact that they have been able to capitalize on bad pitching at least says something. I think the 2012 and 2013 clubs couldn't have even done that.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 09:28 AM by jctwins Highlight this comment 244

On base percentage is such an important offensive stat as last night's 8th inning proves. In 2013 the Twins had far too many hitters with enormous numbers of strikeouts and just a handful of walks. A team can accept 120 K's from a guy who will hit 35+ HR's and probably draw 100 walks, i.e. a Harmon Killebrew or Jim Thome type. 120 K's from someone who hits 10-15 HR's and walks only 30-40 times is a Black Hole in your batting order - and yes Pedro, I'm talking about you.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 10:12 AM by terry Highlight this comment 245

The Pioneer Press states that the 1967 game was a balmy 32 degrees, thus the all-time record hype.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 10:36 AM by Raging Peasants Highlight this comment 246

If demand was so high, why would they extend the offer to buy more tickets? The desperation is not very well veiled here.

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As a Twins Season Ticket Holder, we hope you took advantage of your opportunity to purchase ticket strips to this summer's MLB All-Star Week events at Target Field. Because of high demand for additional MLB All-Star Week ticket strips, we're offering an exclusive Ticket Opportunity for Season Ticket Holders to register for the chance to purchase additional ticket strips for the 2014 MLB All-Star Week. All season ticket accounts, regardless of plan type, are eligible to register for the opportunity to purchase a maximum of two MLB All-Star Week ticket strips per account.

Each All-Star Week ticket strip includes:
One (1) 2014 MLB All-Star Game ticket
One (1) 2014 Gatorade All-Star Workout Day ticket featuring the Home Run Derby
One (1) *2014 Taco Bell All-Star Sunday ticket featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game
Two (2) 2014 T-Mobile All-Star FanFest tickets
One (1) 2014 Official MLB All-Star Game Program
*Important to note: those chosen to participate in this exclusive sale who purchase will be required to buy two additional tickets to the Taco Bell All-Star Sunday ticket featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 10:52 AM by jctwins Highlight this comment 247

I thought the same thing when I got the email, jctwins! It should read "Because of high *supply* of additional All Star Week Ticket Strips..."

On the other hand, and as others have reported, the tickets in the sections I was looking at seemed to be going fast as I was looking around. I did manage to get a couple in the upper deck 317 row 2 behind home plate.

I really don't like the practice of having to buy the whole strip. Like others I mainly want to go to the game and don't care much about the other hoopla, but I'm not optimistic about the resale value of those other pieces. Could be an expensive game, but I could get some of it back. But it's a big investment, those seats for one game cost almost as much as my entire 40 game plan.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 11:55 AM by ClarkAddison Highlight this comment 248

Anyone going to Kansas City this weekend? Should be a nice weekend for baseball down there. And if you go, have some 'burnt ends' for me!

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 12:42 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 249

OMG I could really go for Oklahoma Joes right now. Down on State Line RD in Kansas City. Or go a little west and go to KC Masterpiece in Overland Park KS.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 12:48 PM by luke Highlight this comment 250

So you guys got an email about a drawing for more ASG...and the twins are saying they are offering due to high demand. Welp. Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice...well, can't get fooled again. I don't manage our account. Will have to see if he got the email and registered us.


See large here.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 2:15 PM by jared Highlight this comment 251

Nice pic Jared!

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 3:06 PM by jctwins Highlight this comment 252

Zygs is hocking up some extra cash for scoreboard/videoboard upgrades at US Bank Stadium. Clicky.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 10:02 PM by luke Highlight this comment 253

I recd the same email about i can buy more strips from them.. I guess thats a good thing right? everybody is so freaking negative all the time smh.. I'm gonna buy another set to sell to a friend for face value plus the fees.. take advantage guys all that matters to me is i will be there with my son enjoying a once in a lifetime event for us… i don't care if people overpay/underpay blah blah blah …

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 09:26 AM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 254

Even though the only error in that Halloween inning this afternoon was attributed to Suzuki, it was that brutal outfield and 3d base play that cost them the game IMHO (to use a Luke-ism).

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 6:25 PM by terry Highlight this comment 255

Even though the only error in that Halloween inning this afternoon was attributed to Suzuki, it was that brutal outfield and 3d base play that cost them the game IMHO (to use a Luke-ism).

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 6:25 PM by terry Highlight this comment 256

Terry, IMHO has been internet short for In My Humble Opinion since they invented Easter. Not one of my "ism"s. Jesus...

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 9:47 PM by luke Highlight this comment 257

Terry, clicky. Read. Learn. Study. Apply. This is just a starting point to get you familiar.
Oh and check the Glossary on the right sidebar which contains acros we use on BPM (short for BallPark Magic, ICYDK, something EVERYBODY uses). Study those too. It'll make navigation on the internet much easier for you.
Any questions? Thought not... :/. Oh, BTW, the colon and backslash means, in internet lingo, I'm smirking at you.

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 9:55 PM by luke Highlight this comment 258

I can see where Terry's coming from, Luke. You do tend to overuse some of that internet shorthand. "LOL" leaps to mind...

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 10:47 PM by Spud (aka Winona Mike) Highlight this comment 259

Let's hope the Twins can put a solid start together today and not resurrect the Home Opener sweep by the Athletics. (See what I did there?)

Happy Easter everybody.
TTH

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 12:55 AM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 260

I do tend to use LOL a lot, but DWA?

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 07:28 AM by luke Highlight this comment 261

Holi-DOH!

http://www.kare11.com/story/news/2014/04/20/kraft-recalls-96000-pounds-of-oscar-mayer-wieners/7951491/

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 08:18 AM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 262

Sir Paul at Target Field this summer!

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 11:09 AM by terry Highlight this comment 263

Well at least they were not Johnsonville brats or Italian sausage! Mmmm I think I will spring bye and grab a couple right now!

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 1:21 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 264

Yup. No goat-roping, cow dung, hay throwing concerts this year. At least its after the ASG and the grass won't be flattened down to nothing.
I was hoping for something a bit more...current than Sir Paul. Metallica perhaps. I wonder if Sir Paul even remember the lyrics to his own songs...

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 3:36 PM by luke Highlight this comment 265

And just for you terry, no internet short, with the exception of ASG of course.

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 3:38 PM by luke Highlight this comment 266

Betcha tickets wont be cheap for that show

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 5:55 PM by Leroy Highlight this comment 267

Justin Morneau takes NL Player of the week honors.

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 01:21 AM by Jfh Highlight this comment 268

Read in today's St Paul fish wrap that Target and the Twins have yet to get the concert artist for the concert at TCFBS during all star week. Apparently, they are looking for an artist that appeals to a "younger audience". Oh no. There are four words, two proper names I am thinking of...and if its one of them, I think I will skip town during all star week.

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 05:42 AM by luke Highlight this comment 269

Paul MaC??? Really??? I always loved Jet and Band on the run man! LOL! I hear Barry Manilow is opening up for Sir Paul?? Ohhh Mandy! Hopefully nobody gets to step on Larrys grass!

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 09:16 AM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 270

What do you mean, Twinkfan? Do you think a McCartney concert is a good or a bad thing?

And, Luke, do you really think that previous concerts left hay and cowpies on the field? Or that a McCartney concert will be any different in how it uses the field for stage and seating?

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 10:01 AM by Rick 271

Goat roping, cow dung and hay throwing all refers to the same thing. it refers to the McChesney concert of year last and 2012. We BPMers came up with the "goat roping" part...come on Rick...
And of course they left ungodly patches in our fresh green grass. Of course, that's not to say Sir Pauls stage won't do the same. And do you realize that...ever since the tree thing and the "country" concert thing...we just haven't had the same Twins ball club? Its a conspiracy and is all connected.

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 12:51 PM by luke Highlight this comment 272

just when you thought it couldn't get any more ridiculous...

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 1:27 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 273

We BPMers came up with the "goat roping" part

Actually luke, I think it was only a select few who came up with that little nugget (you and Twinkfan). I'm hopeful this pair is not a representative cross-section of the "BPMers;" maybe I just have too much faith in humanity...

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 2:59 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 274

Wasn't me who came up with goat roping. I figured it was part of the BPM "style sheet" so to speak.

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 3:25 PM by luke Highlight this comment 275

It may be time to shut this board down.
TTH

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 7:01 PM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 276

We have three years of StadiuMagic to go TTH. can't stop now.

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 8:58 PM by luke Highlight this comment 277

Just when I thought Luke couldn't top his last one......BOOM here comes another. You are the gift that keeps on giving!

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 08:34 AM by JoJo Highlight this comment 278

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New-Look TwinsFest 2014

January 29, 2014 12:03 AM

Reports in the media have been generally favorable toward this year's TwinsFest reboot. I didn't get to go, but here are some highlights as reported by BPMers who did.

First, from CSG Mike:

The crowds were not bad on Saturday afternoon from 1-3pm, considering it was "sold out." I think they probably limited it to the right number of tickets. I would compare it to a full game scenario in the LC. Make sense? Overall the spaces seemed rather disjointed. Unlike previous TF where it was all held in one giant space... They used the Suite level, LC, and service level (-2)...

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Metrodome: Three Final Thoughts (not Shots)

January 20, 2014 11:58 PM

Steve Maki, the Metrodome’s head of operations...said that long time staff from the MSFA and Mortenson went to the controls of the fans that hold up the building this morning, and one by one took turns shutting them off. "It wasn’t three-two-one, but still symbolic of taking down the building," Maki said.

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Replay, Finally

January 18, 2014 1:15 AM

In case you missed it, here are all the details on the replay rules.

This one caught my eye:

Once the manager has exhausted his ability to challenge plays during the game and after the beginning of the seventh inning, the crew chief may choose to invoke instant replay on any reviewable call. In that circumstance, the crew chief is not obligated to invoke instant replay if requested by the manager.

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A Job, Well, Done

December 31, 2013 3:05 AM

Well, it's finally all over. Are we sad? Even a little? Really?

What is there left to say about one of the most maligned sports venues in the history of professional sports? That it served its purpose? That it was cost effective? That it was sufficiently warm/cool/dry on those too cold/hot/wet days? That some interesting things happened there? That some of our teams won? That a lot of people shouted, or roller-bladed, or even worshiped there? That the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney and U2 played there? That it could be converted from one sport to another in just a few hours?

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Earlier Articles




"You talk about the magic, the aura, but what really makes a stadium is the fans. Concrete doesn't talk back to you. Chairs don't talk back to you. It's the people who are there, day in, day out, that makes the place magic."

– Bernie Williams

Explore the Site

Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3037 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.


Here's the entrance from the seating bowl. It's down the outer moat, just beyond the last of the Dugout Box sections.















Mary Larson (left), a music teacher from Maple Grove, was a TwinsFest SSB winner and got to sing the anthem before the game.












Supports viewed from beneath. These seats will be just a few feet from the outside edge of the building!






Checking out the bike racks on the promenade.



This is the left field pavilion in the original concept model. The restaurant pictured to its right has been moved, and the seating area has been extended at least one full section toward center.



Dave St. Peter introducing the first physical models of the ballpark in June 2007






Site of the proposed new Atlanta Braves ballpark. Look familiar?












Staircase entrance. You cannot miss them.






From the ground beneath the troubled skyway.



We took refuge for a time in the Twins Pub where you can drink a beer (or just hang out) and listen to some ballpark tunes. The organ is decorated with a TC (of course) and what looked like drawings which Sue has received from kids.



The wall of brands at General Mills headquarters in Golden Valley (Source: RP)












Integrating the administration building was really a great idea. Actually, there will be more things inside than just offices, but that will probably be some sweet space.






Work going on under the steel.






These images are found at the top of the staircase, which leads to the Suite Level.



Workers against green



A closer look at the grid on the Pro Shop.






This maze of scaffolding is something you'll probably never see again.






Nathan greeting the other pitchers on the all-Metrodome team (October 4, 2009)






The restaurant.



Very interesting detail starting to appear here.






Click to see the full-size image.






Finally, a night game image -- complete with fireworks! (OK, it's either a construction photo which has been Photoshopped, or some lucky photographer spent the Fourth of July in the upper deck watching the fireworks over the river. Cool either way.)



Look closely and you'll see limestone on the front of the press box!






5:45 PM, section 327, row 9, sitting: shade.



Do you know who did this drawing? If so, please tell me so I can give them proper credit.



Here's one big problem with a retractable roof: completely terrible seating in left. These scant few seats would have been tucked under the track. No sunshine, no open concourse, it was a terribly kludgy idea. With some hindsight, it's very clear that adding a retractable roof on this small site would have required compromises which would have just been too extensive to tolerate. Without it, the design was free to grow into something much more memorable.


Glossary

BPM - Ballpark Magic

BRT - Bus Rapid Transit

DSP - Dave St. Peter

FSE - Full Season Equivalent

FYS - Fake Yankee Stadium (see also: NYS)

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

MSFC - Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission (owns the Metrodome)

NYS - New Yankee Stadium

SRO - Standing Room Only

STH - Season Ticket Holder

TCFBS - TCF Bank Stadium

TF - Target Field

Selected Bibliography - Analysis
 


(1993)
 


First Edition (1992)
 


Second Edition (2006)
 


(2008)
 

Selected Bibliography - Surveys
 


(1975)
 


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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