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.
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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)...
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.
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.
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?
"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.
Midway Stadium (seen from our tailgating spot across the parking lot)
Franchise history before Minnesota. (Click to enlarge.)
This view looks up Fifth Street toward downtown and shows how the LRT tracks sort of snuggle up to the ballpark.
Here's a correction: The LRT platform will actually be able to load outbound trains from both sides.
Gate 3 "Killebrew"
A look at Gate 34.
Anna keeps the riff raff under control.
Spring of 1982 (click to enlarge greatly -- can you pick out Kent Hrbek?)
The lights have covers on the top, presumably to reduce light pollution
There are no caddies in baseball.
A cross section of the field construction. (Click to enlarge.)
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
This is the staircase (ramp?) leading up to the trapezoid. Nice flagpole too. You'll be able to find me and Ben McEvers at the base of that flagpole on opening day in 2010!
A mysterious smile from within a very deep planter!
I know you've seen these, but is there a better finishing touch anywhere else in baseball? I know not one.
Click to see the whole, beautiful image. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
The HERC promenade side.
Detail of the train tunnels (click to view the entire drawing)
The media had some beautiful foliage to use as a background.
Is it possible to take a bad picture of this building?
Note reflected sunset (7:30 PM). Could be a worry...
Locations for ticket machines near the Hrbek outdoor plaza
This is the LRT bridge under construction as viewed from the east looking west. The ballpark facade would be at the left in this photo.
A glimpse of the rather plain west facade (the side which faces the HERC plant).
That's part of the wind veil, waiting in the B ramp for installation
TC meets the Mayor (Photo by Jeff Ewer)
Go get 'em, boys!
(Click to enlarge.)
Photo by Jared Wieseler
Somebody asked how long it would be before the tarp had a sponsor. Well, not very long.
Love the LC!
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Look closely and you'll see limestone on the front of the press box!