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Blaze of Orange

October 31, 2014 4:28 PM

Whatever you think of the final disposition, the 2014 season went out in a memorable blaze of orange. Best game of the year? You could make that argument. Even if not the best, second likely to another which took place in the past three weeks. This was not the year to wonder why it's called the Fall Classic.

The Royals may have been my team, but Madison Bumgarner is more likely to stick in my memory as the details of this World Series fade into the mists. I'm confident that his performance has become fixed for all time, right next to Sandy Koufax and Jack Morris and the handful of other pitchers who make you think, "This game is so over."

Prior to the game, I said to anyone in my household who could listen (whether they were or not), "When Bumgarner comes in this game, the Royals are done scoring. They better have the lead at that point, or they can forget about the champagne." I suspect that there were many others expressing such sentiments around TVs during the game. You could just smell it in this postseason air.

There are so many great stories on both teams. And as happens every post-season, a new group of names has been permanently etched on the stone tablets of my baseball memory: Pablo Sandoval, Joe Panik, Jarrod Dyson, Nori Aoki, Hunter Pence, Salvador Perez, Billy Butler. Well, I should probably put "permanently" in quotes because, as we all know, it takes a lot to make such etching actually permanent. Josh Beckett got etched back in 2003, but I'd be hard-pressed to name anyone else on that World Series Champion Marlins team. Such is the nature of post-season fame. In the hometowns, more names will be remembered, but the rest will fade into "I think I remember that guy" territory.

Late in the game, the cameras lingered on Bumgarner in the dugout, waiting patiently for his chance to go out and restore the quiet. At moments like this, especially when rooting for the opposing team, I long for the National League rules. No player should be able to sit quietly in the dugout without the potential of being handed a bat as his team makes its way through the order.

But his face was so calm, and his gaze fixed so intently on some unknown spot at Kauffman Stadium. Was it the pitcher's mound? No, he seemed to be looking farther than that. The foul pole? Sweet Baby Ray's Barbeque stand? No, even further.

The third base dugout in Kansas City faces east, and whether he knew it or not, he was looking toward Cooperstown. If there had been a thought bubble over his head, it probably would/should have read, "Of course I'm going back out there. I'm F-ing Jack Morris."

The other day I wrote that I'd prepared a consolation speech for a first grader who was taking it all pretty seriously. I've realized today that his team selection wasn't quite as arbitrary as I first thought. I'd forgotten that I brought him back a souvenir from the Giants ballpark which has become part of his summer identity.

That particular speech has been filed away.

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Building the canopy is a spectacular sight.



Met Stadium on May 17, 1975 (Twins vs. Brewers featuring Hank Aaron)



8:32 PM The glare is gone. Elapsed time: 1 hour (approximately 3 innings).



4th inning in the nearly deserted Home Run Porch View Level in left.



"Hey look! There we are!"






Here's a closer look at the bullpen area. It's hard to tell for sure, but I think there is still an opening to the concourse right above.






573 Club



A flurry of action in front of the dugout before the game (Photo by Jeff Ewer)



A little ground's crew action in the first inning the other night.



Nine spots for hops bats.



Emergency access viewed in context



A glimpse of the rather plain west facade (the side which faces the HERC plant).



The Metropolitan Club (click to enlarge)



This is the plaza as viewed from the A ramp.









Skywalk over Seventh









The rendering which excited a fan base! (Inset is an enlargement of the pictured neon sculpture.)



There must be millions of details needing tending






Two signs visible from beyond the confines of the ballpark.



Rally Hanky (2002 ALCS)



The steel cage expands.









Suite level view



Serious home dugout work in progress.



Complicated pedestrian crossing












Noah is checking out the ample leg room and truly exemplary sight lines.









From last week, you can see the piers taking shape. I believe that the front row, visible here as just forms and reinforcing rods, is the front edge of the plaza.



This looks south and shows the track configuration for Northstar. The platform shown is just a placeholder. To the best of my knowledge, concept drawings for this platform have not been released. Keep in mind, this is NOT part of the ballpark project. It is completely separate.












This is the trapezoid (for lack of a better name) in right center. Be sure to notice section of seats just below the pavilion and above the fence (which I hadn't noticed before). For those who are interested, what looks like an old-style scoreboard is in fact a high-def video board which will look, at times, like an old-fashioned scoreboard.



The back gates at Comerica park, like everything else, a bit overwrought.









Looking back toward the doorway into the club



Looking down Sixth Avenue toward the plaza



Looking back toward downtown from the end of the balcony


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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)

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SRO - Standing Room Only

STH - Season Ticket Holder

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Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
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Original edition (2000, round)
 


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