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July 1, 2010 1:14 AM

Here's why the Tigers will not win the AL Central this year:

Yesterday, in the top of the ninth with one out, Miguel Cabrera reached on a Matt Tolbert error. With the Twins up by four runs, Morneau was playing behind him. By my count, no less than five opportunities passed without him taking second base on what would certainly have been fielder indifference. He pretty much just stood at first waiting for the game to end.

Had he been on second when Guillen singled, he could have scored easily. Does a gift run plus a vulnerable Rauch equal a rally? Tiger fans will never know.

As it happens, Guillen's hit came on a full count with two outs. Cabrera was off (if you can call it that) on the pitch. In fact, he sort of jogged toward second as the pitch was thrown, and didn't bother to even look to see where the ball had been hit. He didn't kick it up a notch until the ball actually passed through his field of vision on its way into center field.

He did make it to third, and was still slouching there when the game ended.

To win a division, attention must be paid.

Lots of sun, but not much scoreboard from 127

We had some talk in the last thread about foul ball injuries. Basically, it all comes down to that old mantra: Bring your glove. Pay attention.

Well, only a few pitches into today's game, that mantra was once again proven correct.

I was sitting down in section 127, just a handful of seats away from the limestone on the admin building, and Magglio Ordonez launched a foul ball our direction.

It's really a great moment when you realize that the ball is definitely coming your way, but the initial elation gives way to fear pretty quickly. It's a primal fear, one that I remember well from my days in the church softball league. Am I going to catch this thing?

And this ball was coming -- I'm not kidding -- directly toward me. Well, OK, pretty much everybody around me was thinking the same thing. And that's the moment when you truly experience just how much energy went into hitting that ball all that distance. And all of that energy is about to test you.

Two rows behind me and two seats to my right, a kid wearing a Rays t-shirt with "Longoria" on the back reached up with his glove, and when he opened it and saw that the ball was actually in there, the look on his face was pure magic.

Bless his heart. He was sitting 300 feet from home plate, in foul territory, and wearing his glove. Awesome.

That's somebody who knows, attention must be paid.

As the game wore on, I moved from that seat and never looked back. It was OK, but those sections are just too cramped for me. I was elbow-to-elbow with a couple of big guys, the aisle always seemed packed with people I had to try and see through, the articulation is just a little bit shy of comfortable, I was sweating and wondering whether I'd put sun screen in enough places, and the group to my left seemed to shed and reclaim one or two members per half inning. Up. Down. Up. Down. Sheesh.

I know that this is all standard ballpark stuff, but there are so many options for seeing the game at Target Field that if the one you got just isn't clicking, you simply move on to the next one.

So I worked my way around the main concourse, watching each half inning from a different standing room area. Finding spots was pretty easy, though I usually didn't make it to the front railing. I was typically one row back, but always with a great view of the action.

By the bottom of the sixth, I was standing behind the Overlook when another ball came rocketing my direction. Morneau's homer -- reportedly the longest yet in TF history, though I'll check HitTrackerOnline for verification because I think I saw Brennan Boesch hit one farther -- landed about 10 feet to my left.

I took this picture just moments before Morneau's homer landed almost exactly where I had been standing. If only I hadn't wanted to watch the game...

This time there were no gloves. It hit the FSN stage and bounced into the type of mad scramble that mother's teach their children to avoid. I was not involved.

I was actually working my way around to the batter's eye, from which I watched the rest of the game. (Did you know that there's now a mini-donut stand out behind the Powerball seats?)

This is a great place to stand and watch, and I'm just barely tall enough to see over the wall. I don't think this has been true in the past, but you can now also hear the radio broadcast from there.

I noticed a couple of John Gordon calls that caught my ear:

"Here's a line drive -- foul!"

Well, no, it was actually a lazy pop foul that had a huge arc and landed a long way from the field.

"Ground ball to second. Tolbert now playing..."

Well, no, it was a ground ball to third, and Tolbert booted it.

Very odd. Attention must be paid.

Today's late-inning office.

The big story of the day, at least for those who were actually at the game, was the fire alarm, which was -- at least -- pretty creepy.

I was watching from standing room behind section 119, and first noticed the flashing emergency lights across the ballpark. I thought it was people snapping pictures with pointless flashes, but soon realized that it was too many flashes to be that and they were all happening in sync.

Next, I heard the alarm siren and had flashbacks to fire drills in elementary school. Even knowing there was nothing wrong, those were always oddly unsettling. Of course, the natural instinct at that point is to assume some sort of false alarm.

Here's where I was when the alarm went off, and though the siren wasn't terribly loud, at least one guy is plugging his ears.

But what happened next was truly unsettling. It was a woman's voice, louder and more omnipresent than the standard PA announcer, in an exaggerated calm (if such a thing is possible). She said one, calm but stern, word:


The crowd fell silent. The umps stopped play. It was like some freaky science fiction movie.

The whole thing, from my point of view, lasted about 30 seconds (the game was stopped for maybe 10 seconds), but that was enough. Your mind can do a lot of racing in 30 seconds. Possible scenarios from routine to catastrophic pop into your brain, responses are calculated, and the route to the nearest exit is plotted.

Elsewhere in the park, the announcements were reportedly much longer and more elaborate, though I've seen only sketchy accounts of what they contained.

Luckily, there was almost nothing to it. A short time later, I noticed that one of the concession stands on the main concourse had closed prematurely, so I put two and two together.

The closed concession stand.

After the game I spoke with Kevin Smith, who explained that a single sprinkler head had simply gotten too hot, for reasons still unknown. There was apparently no fire or smoke, though it was in the cooking area behind the Mill City Grille in section 105, near the fryer.

The head started spewing water, which limited the team's response options with regards to the audible alarms. If there's no water, they have the ability to override the audible emergency announcements while investigating. But once water starts flowing, only the fire department can stop the announcements by shutting off the sprinkler.

Smith said that by the time he made it to the area, the fire department was already on the scene and had shut down the sprinkler head. He estimated that the whole thing lasted about two minutes -- excellent emergency response from the Minneapolis Fire Department.

As I said, however, it was nowhere near two minutes from where I was standing. In fact the "noisy woman," as Smith calls her, got only the one word out. That's because the system is zoned, and announcements play only where they are actually needed. It is, obviously, a very sophisticated system.

Imagine if the one sprinkler head had either set off all the sprinklers in the building (the way those things used to work) or even piped emergency announcements everywhere. The little mishap could have gotten much more ugly very quickly.

As it is, the only ugliness was a bunch of water on the floor of the Mill City Grille. And that was easily and quickly cleaned up without causing any appreciable damage.

What's the lesson? I'm not sure, but when the noisy woman speaks, attention must be paid.

One of the sweetest sights of the day -- the Dome, and only through passing bus windows.

This evening we celebrated my dad's 73rd birthday at Pancho Villa on Nicollet. Tomorrow I will be attending the funeral for the father of one of my best friends. He was 84, healthy of body, sharp of mind, and simply did not wake up one morning earlier this week.

Though the family is still obviously in shock, tomorrow's event promises to be a joyful one. His life was simple, but fully lived. He was someone who seemed to know great calm and deep happiness and could find them in the simplest things (his collection of bottle caps is legendary in that neck of the woods; he collected many, many different types of things).

Attention will be paid.

Those of us who have baseball in our veins know something about what that's like. It's an essentially calm game in which the simplest things -- like taking second on fielder indifference -- can mean a lot, and from which a simple happiness can be found.

At least that's what I found out there today.


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I say this wholeheartedly admitting that I have had anxiety issues in the past. When that woman's voice came on saying "Attention!", I literally felt all the blood in my body drain from my head, hands, and feet. It was a very creepy moment as any number of horrific possibilities crossed my brain, contrasted with what appeared to be a perfectly gorgeous day, and the game continuing to progress. I know no one did anything wrong necessarily in what occurred, but I can definitely say that moment left an unfortunate jarring effect on me for the rest of the game, and even afterwards into the evening. Although I understand that they could not turn off the siren, I wish they could have provided a message, even on the jumbotron perhaps, letting the fans know what the situation was, and not to be alarmed.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 01:43 AM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 1

Great piece, Rick. Thanks again for such good writing. I'm glad that I'm in the number who bring my glove to the games...though Tuesday night high up in 238 I figured I was safe without it.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 07:02 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 2

There was an announcment during the middle of the inning that the alarm was an isolated situation. I didn't give it a second thought after that PA announcment.

Great game overall. Best weather yet and the ball really seemed to carry more than other games I've been to.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 07:51 AM by st. paul Paul (aka sandmn) Highlight this comment 3

Having gone to TF for the first time on Wed I have only one complaint. We sat in section S and before the game started we decided to walk around the field. We took the escalator down to the main level and started walking around the outfield and ended up near gate 34. From there we made our way down the first base side concourse and stopped to get a bite to eat. Here is where I had some issues. With both hands full of food I kept making my way down the concourse towards home plate and around expecting to find stairs back up to the second level. The whole time we were battling against people and it wasn't until we got back to the escalator that we were able to get back to our seats. I wish that there were stairs somewhere between gate 34 and the escalator. Just a nit pick really. Who knows, maybe there was and I somehow missed it with the mob of people. Anyways, we had a great time and the place is amazing!

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 08:21 AM by James1979 Highlight this comment 4

Rick, I had the closest encounter yet with a foul ball at the game Monday, from section 124. A screamer from Nick Punto. I was able to reach high enough and have it glance off my left index finger. I'm fully convinced if I'd had a glove, I would have caught it. And you're right, that initial elation was awesome, but my next reaction wasn't fear, it was, "I think I can get this sucker" so my elation rose another notch. At least the person who dug the ball out once it landed was a kid and he was pretty psyched. My finger stung for the next half-inning.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 08:23 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 5

Nice pics Rick! How long did that alarm stay on?. I could hear it when watching the game replay from last night and the radio broadcast yesterday. How tall do you have to be to see over the batters eye out there? Looking forward to the game and the fireworks tommorow night. Would like to take at least 3 out for from the Rays!

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 08:35 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 6

I was there yesterday and noticed the flashing strobes along 1st base as well, and thought it was camera flashes at first too. Then I realized it was some kind of alarm right before the loud siren/"Attention!" notice. We were sitting in the batter's eye (missed seeing you Rick!) and my wife said in the women's room, the announcement continued on for much longer.

It was a great day, and my son, celebrating his 7th birthday today, got a ball from Slowey - the ball he used to warm up with before the game!

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 08:40 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 7

That homerun ball Morneau hit and the mob that rolled on the ground for it looked like someting right out of the AWA days! Bert Blyleven just saying Ohhhhhhh my goodness on the broadcast! LOL! That sec 107 is great place to stand cause you can see the whole field and scoreboard to boot.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 09:10 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 8

The mobs risking injury to get a ball are just as easy to understand as the people who throw them back on the field of play. I've seen people damn near break an arm jumping over seats, etc. It's a baseball folks, nice to make an easy catch or grab - otherwise, go to Dick's and plunk down $12 if it's that big a deal.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 09:24 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 9

Ben, are you this jaded about everything in life?

I've been to dozens and dozens of games since I was 7 years old and Monday night was the first time I ever came close to getting a foul ball. Damn right I scurried after it. It's the unexpected things in life that make living fun. I wasn't disappointed I didn't get the ball, in fact I high-fived the kid who got it, the joy was in the experience. You're right, if I wanted just a baseball, I'd go to Dick's. But a foul ball (or a home run) from a major league baseball game has memories and stories behind it you can't buy at Dick's for $12.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 12:06 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 10

I have Michael Restovich's first major league foul ball sitting in front of me as I write - easy catch in my hat. I stopped a BP ball from rolling so the kid chasing it didn't have to run so far. There have been another half dozen or so that I should have gotten but had my hand in the peanut bag, etc. What I am referring to is the guy who goes ass over teakettle in the seats and winds up with a wrenched knee, torn pants/shirt, skinned up shin, etc. Or the hog-pile that we saw yesterday. I just don't think a ball is quite that important - sorry you disagree.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 12:41 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 11

The closest I've ever gotten to a foul ball was in Kaufman Stadium. My son and I went down for an April series, and for the first night (a fireworks Friday, which I very much recommend) we chose the upper deck on the third base side so we could have a good view of the show afterwards.

In any case, Mauer steps up and sends a screamer up towards us in the middle of the game. It was just shot at us, and we were up pretty high. My son had gotten a cast off his arm the day before we left, and all I could think of is another broken arm. I pulled him out of the way and it clanged off the edge of his seat and bounce a whole section away. Clearly could be caught, but boy it would have stung.

We still laugh about Mauer trying to break his arm again to this day.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 12:53 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 12

That was one ugly scrum fot that Morneau homer on the plaza yesterday!!!Unless it lands in my lap I'm not jumping in there! LOL!

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 1:08 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 13

Speaking of foul balls I got a ton of foul balls from the old met stadium days in the late 60's. Best place to get them was down the left field or 3rd base side in between the 3rd base and left field bleacher areas where there was that large grassy hill area. Now what did I do will all those?

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 1:12 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 14

TwinkFan ---

eBay. I bet there are collectors who collect by era and/or commissioner signature. Could be wrong but worth a try. I had a friend who worked at the old Met and have a couple balls right out of the storage room. Calvin's ghost is now approaching.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 1:24 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 15

Thanks Ben, I think we just used all those foul balls as pickup games! They are long gone. P.S. You can go to and click on scoreboard then go to wed scores and catch the morneau homer and scrum action. Great web site to catch all the highlights from every game!

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 1:29 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 16

Ah, the old verb tense trap!

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 1:34 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 17

I had one of Killer's cracked bats back in the 60's. He would bring them home and give them away to neighborhood kids. Every kid for a three - four block radius had at lease one Killer bat. I tried to resurrect it with a wood screw - to no avail.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 1:43 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 18

That Killer bat I bet weighed a few pounds!!! LOL!

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 1:56 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 19

I agree. The fact that there isn't a good way to get upstairs/downstairs behind home plate creates some problems. Even if you have season tickets right behind home plate in the upper deck, and park in the North Loop, you still have to travel quite a ways to exit the stadium. Small problem, of course, but it has caused us to watch the 9th inning of most games from the lower level standing room to ensure a quicker exit.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 1:56 PM by ew Highlight this comment 20

There is an elevator bank behind home plate (slightly towards the 1B side) that will take you to any level of the ballpark. Also, directly adjacent to the elevators are stairwells that you can use to navigate the levels quickly. I do think the Twins could greatly improve their wayfinding signage to make this more obvious for people. You do have to look quite closely to see what you are looking for...

I'll be at the yard tonite. Definitely ordering up some Michelbob's ribs in CF...

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 3:10 PM by Max Highlight this comment 21

Max, I've taken those steps before and you can get down real fast if those escalators are jammed and backed up. Those ribs sound tasty. What do they want for those and how many bones in em?

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 3:21 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 22

The elevators are pretty much an untapped resource as well, or were.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 3:29 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 23

The ribs are $8.50 and include fries. I think one of the best values in the park for concessions. I would estimate it at about a 1/3 rack. They used to sell them (along with the BBQ sauces by the bottle) at Byerly's and Lunds. Not sure if they still do or not.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 3:35 PM by Max Highlight this comment 24

Long lines for those ribs?

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 3:38 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 25

Going tonight! Second game as fan. Not recalling what section/seat but its terrace view toward home plate. My inlaws season tickets and going for B-day.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 3:47 PM by j2eepgmr Highlight this comment 26

Forgot to add. Will enter from first ave. Best sights in Baseball/Urban down-towns. I will never get tired of TF. I wonder what it will be like when I'm 89. that is how old my Grandpa was in 1989 at his last baseball game(ever) at Wrigley. Died in November that year. He was only 9 years old when Wrigley opened and he said he remembered when it was built and so many things still looked the same to him.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 3:53 PM by j2eepgmr Highlight this comment 27

My math is awe full. And to ruin such a sentimental story. He would have been 14 at the opening.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 3:56 PM by j2eepgmr Highlight this comment 28

Last game we got there early enough to check out the Town Ball Tavern and got one of the little bar stool tables. I had the Murray's sandwich and DW a juicy lucy. Also an order of garlic fries. Food arrived hot, well prepared, and nicely presented. I was impressed and I'm as big a skeptic when it comes to ballpark food as anyone. Very tasty, even surprisingly so. The tax was a bit heavy (not used to eating DT) but overall highly recommended.

So far:

TBT --- A
Italian beef sandwich --- C
Cheesburger basket --- B+
Anything Kramarczuk's --- A+
Cheese curds --- F-
Dogs (you pick) --- C
Oliva sandwich --- C+
Vincent burger --- B-

I'm sorely tempted by the ribs but am personally unable to eat ribs without making a real mess of myself. Loon chili on the list.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 4:00 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 29

j2eepgmr ---

Hardly ruined - everyone loves a good Granpa story, good math or not.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 4:03 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 30

What is the Oliva sandwich?

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 4:36 PM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 31

He's referring to Tony O's Cuban Sandwich.

It's one of my favorite items at the ballpark. /yum/

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 6:03 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 32

Cuban Sandwich.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 6:05 PM by Dr. X Highlight this comment 33

Someone please tell me why Delmon is batting 8th tonight. And if Mauer doesn't improve soon we will need to consider dropping him in the order, i.e. 7th.


Posted on July 1, 2010 at 7:07 PM by Kramer Highlight this comment 34

My view

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 7:30 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 35

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 9:17 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 36

holy crap! That's what the alarm was for!

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 9:18 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 37

Maybe we could sign him and he could get a clutch hit! This team is so inconsistent.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 9:22 PM by firedog Highlight this comment 38

Delmonte for MVP!

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 9:38 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 39

Target Field is number 1!! I guess ESPN isn't all that bad. Click my name.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 9:39 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 40

The Twins and Wild are #1 and #3 respectively. Thats pretty cool to have two of the top three in our backyard! Considering what we had before.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 10:19 PM by firedog Highlight this comment 41

Rauch is a bum!!!

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 10:26 PM by firedog Highlight this comment 42

Herman Munster can't get it done again! FCOL!

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 10:30 PM by twinkfan Highlight this comment 43

How bout a walkoff for Thome?

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 10:31 PM by twinkfan Highlight this comment 44

Let the replay banter begin!

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 10:45 PM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 45

That's unreal. I can't believe that 3rd base ump bought that load of bull from Shoppach. That's a play you either gotta be in position to call definitively, or else you gotta give the fielder the benefit of the doubt. Shoppach was out by 15 ft!

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 10:49 PM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 46

There closer is worthless, how many games is he gonna cost us before they figure that out. 4 Blown saves in 21 chances, thats 20% of his chances. This team is going nowhere unless they get two starters and a closer and thats not gonna happen.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 10:50 PM by firedog Highlight this comment 47

Another foul ball drills a fan...

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 10:51 PM by tk Highlight this comment 48

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 10:59 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 49

LOOK AT THAT ANGLE! That jackass ump it looking [i[]right at[/i] the tag. HOW does he call him safe?!
Oh well, it didn't end up affecting the game anyhow.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 11:02 PM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 50

Speaking of the I'm blaming it on my anger at Rauch.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 11:03 PM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 51

Does anyone really care?? It affected nothing...

Twins lose with what TLJ says...

Wow, takes a woman to shut up two former MLBers, nicely done Gelner...

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 11:06 PM by tk Highlight this comment 52

Twins lose with what I say? What?

And why does everyone think that my name is "The Lonious Joe"

If it were, I would've put spaces in there. TheloniousJoe. Thelonious. As in Thelonious Monk. Not that anyone cares, and I don't blame you. And you don't have to care about the blown call at 3rd in the 10th either. But if Shoppach had scored and the Twins were only able to muster one run in the 10th - well, that call is all anyone would be talking about right now. Like the blown call that ended the game in the 10th in Seattle about a month ago. I'm still with Rick on replay. 5th ump in booth. Little red light on top of booth. 5th ump has right to overrule a call if need be. Managers argue calls in the same way they do now. Gardy comes out to argue that play in the 10th, replay ump looks at it. Sees Cuddyer's glove OBVIOUSLY touch Shoppach's shirt. Shoppach is out. 1 out, 1 runner on. Call got right.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 11:18 PM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 53

And crew chief has the right to overrule a replay appeal from a manager, the same way they overrule appeals to the third or first base umps on check swings. Keeps the whole umpire/manager "manage the umpires" element in play for all those purists out there.

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 11:20 PM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 54

Virtual Waiting Room, WHAT???

Currently in one waiting to look at tickets...

I have not seen this since early there really that many people online right now looking for Twins tickets???

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 12:25 AM by tk Highlight this comment 55

And theloniousjoe, it was the easies way to Abbreviate your knew exactly who I was talking about.

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 12:29 AM by tk Highlight this comment 56

Oh God! I just checked the wild card standings and we're not even to the All-Star break! Is that bad? Is that bad? That's bad isn't it!

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 12:39 AM by N.D. (aka N.D. "Rube") Highlight this comment 57

Anyone notice that Minnie's head wasn't lit up tonight, and why did a section of the lights in the canopy go out at the beginning of the 11th inning?

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 12:55 AM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 58

Oh, for Christ's sake. Is the whining going to start again after one loss? Look, Rauch has been good for them this year. He blew a game. It happens. Get over it.

And to the person who pointed out he's blown four saves in 21 opportunities, it's also worth noting that he stuck around for another inning in two of those games to get the win. So only two of those blown saves were losses for the team. Again, get over it.

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 01:03 AM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 59

Thanks for the level head, Buffalo.

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 06:08 AM by Dr. X Highlight this comment 60

Then again, maybe a little panic here and there helps to "cull the hedr," so to speak. We're well rid of one obnoxious, little pissant already because he's given up on the Twins before they're out of June.

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 06:13 AM by Dr. X Highlight this comment 61

I'd say Punto's error in the fifth hurt us the most. It's a game we should have had either way.

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 07:01 AM by AJ Highlight this comment 62

Gardy might think about perhaps going to closer by committie down the road if Herman Munster continues to blow up. I mean he mows down the first 2 guys then implodes. Kinda the opposite of huff and puff n stuff Nathan. Nathan would walk or allow a couple hits and hang on for dear life and somehow wiggle out a safe! Heartbreaker fer sure last night. No way we sweep the next 3 from these guys. I will settele for 2 out of 3 though. Looking forward to tonights game and the fireworks after!

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 08:25 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 63

Those lights behind home are not supposed to be on during the game. They were turned on in the 9th so they could be bright when people exited the ballpark. When the game went into extras the lights got too bright and they had to turn them off.

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 08:29 AM by Joe117 Highlight this comment 64

The kid on the ledge would argue that Cudy's tag on Shoppach was the perfect display of "Minnesota Nice".

Happy 4th y'all!

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 08:36 AM by N.D. (aka N.D. "Rube") Highlight this comment 65

Interesting story on the old Met Stadium home plate...

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 09:03 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 66

TwinkFan, Rauch has blown four saves all year and has a 2.61 era. Of those four blown saves, he stuck around to pitch for another inning and got the win for the team. I'm tired of fans like you jumping the gun and saying he's been "exposed" or that he "implodes" regularly.

Is he the best closer in the majors? Of course not. But the way people like you react you would think he's cost this team losses in the double-digits to this point when in fact it's been two damn losses.

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 09:17 AM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 67

Sorry, I'm still asleep. I forgot to put "two" in that line about the games he's stuck around in, but I think my point came across.

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 09:18 AM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 68

"he mows down the first 2 guys then implodes"

That's a poor characterization of what happened. The walk to Crawford was unfortunate, but a walk and a double hardly can be called an "implosion".

He gave up a run. So what? The Twins should have had that game, but they didn't lose because Rauch gave up a run (or because an ump blew a call, for that matter).

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 09:24 AM by Rick 69

Very poetic post Rick!

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 10:22 AM by deepee Highlight this comment 70

The thing that worries me about Rauch is that (at least on TV) it looks like his fastball is dead straight, no movement at all. And since he isn't "overpowering" with it, major league hitters will get hits off him.

He's got good command, I just wish he would use his breaking stuff more.

Or, learn the secret to Rivera's cut fastball. ;-)

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 11:12 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 71

Last night was a great game. It went back and forth and the Twins certainly had plenty of opportunities to win. The blown call by Alphonso Marquez at 3rd base was poor but thankfully it didn't help the Rays add any more runs so it ultimately didn't affect the game's outcome. You knew Gardy had to get "run" out there and I'd have loved to be a fly on the dirt as he walked back to the dugout with HP Umpire/Crew Chief/St. Paul's Cretin alum Tim Tschida whom Gardy is buddies with (whom does most of the Twins spring training games in Fort Myers and had a pretty atrocious strikezone last night).

What an absolutely gorgeous night at the ballpark. Man it was jammed to the gills. The Twins sure are selling a lot of SROs. I'm glad to see they've added quite a few standing rails behind most of the sections. Great addition if you are going to sell 1000-1200 SRO tix. As I was sitting in the Overlook last night looking at the huge packed crowd with nary an empty seat my mind wandered to how electric this place is going to be in the playoffs. The luxury of being a fan and looking ahead.

Twinkfan: There really isn't a line at the State Fair Stand in CF for the Michelbobs ribs. You just pay and then wait for them to be made/cut. They usually quote you 10 minutes and it is done in 4-5 mins.

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 11:26 AM by Max Highlight this comment 72

That 85 mph fastball Herman gave to Longoria on a 2-2 pitch was belt high right down the middle of the plate. A very poor pitch selection there! FCOL!

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 11:29 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 73

" --- my mind wandered to how electric this place is going to be in the playoffs."

Let's all hope it is very electric --- and for more than two games!

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 11:32 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 74

Looking at prices on StubHub, it sure is tempting to part with my tickets for tonight's game. If I hadn't promised my daughter fireworks and ribs, I probably would have to sell.

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 11:42 AM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 75

It was a great night for a game. I got scalped tickets, right behind Home plate (as you saw) in sec 315, $24 face for $35 is not bad. Also right next to where we are sitting for BPM night! I agree people shouldn't jump the gun of Rauch! Everyone messes up, here and there!

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 12:22 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 76

Sort of regarding Rauch...Paul Allen had him on the radio this morning for an extended interview. P.A. is such a terrible commentator they spent about ten minutes with him fawning over his tattoos and about two minutes actually talking baseball. To top it off, P.A. doesn't know anything about baseball besides. I get sick of Queens talk, but I'm not sure bad Twins talk is a good replacement.

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 1:10 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 77

Was listening to Reusse on am1500 over lunch talking to Gardy. He said Tschida had a terrible time with the strike zone last night. And that the guy on 3rd fell for the tampa guy faking that he never was tagged. Gardy also bubbling over Anthony Slama who made the AAA all star team and who we shall see up here pretty pretty soon me thinks! Slama has a 1.39 era 15 saves 45.1 innings pitched 51 K's , 19 hits, 21 walks! Sounds like he can bring the heat!!!!

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 2:26 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 78

Slama needed to be up here last year. He's not getting any younger. I wonder who they'd take off the 40 man to add him? I have a few ideas, but I'm guessing they won't happen...

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 2:29 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 79

How bout Mr Harris for starters! Tough matchup tonight with Price 11-3 vs Moonshot Scott. Hell of a breeze blowing out there makes me very nervous!!! Keep em in the yard tonight moonshot! Please!!!! Looks like it might be blowing in from right field. Left field looks to be the launching pad tonight!

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 3:43 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 80

In from right and out to left seems to be the deal due to the wind tunnel effect created by the DT buildings & the 6th street "channel."

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 6:50 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 81

Was there just another bad call by that umpire? Any video.

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 8:17 PM by michael Highlight this comment 82

Valencia does it again!

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 9:19 PM by rback Highlight this comment 83

Hoping somebody got some fireworks pictures...

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 10:46 PM by Rick 84

Sorry, fireworks photos. They were OK. Certainly not Aquatennial caliber, but you know...for the first show in forever, they were entirely enjoyable.

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 11:37 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 85

The highlight of the fireworks was finally getting to see the park without the overhead lights on. Very cool.

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 11:48 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 86

I wish they scheduled fireworks after every game. SO nice to have an open escalator out and to be sitting in my car five minutes after the last out. Keep them coming!

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 11:59 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 87

They're going to have to do something with Target Center during night games. It's a huge, unlit building that looks abandoned from the 3rd base stands. Light the neon that's already there or throw some spotlights on it so it still looks like a going concern.

Posted on July 3, 2010 at 12:25 AM by Dr. X Highlight this comment 88

You want them, I got them (well 2 for now, anticipation for the rest).



Posted on July 3, 2010 at 12:29 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 89

Thanks, Jared!

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Posted on July 3, 2010 at 11:04 AM by Steve Highlight this comment 92

What a great night to be at the ballpark last night. We sat in the RF bleachers and had a blast.

Posted on July 3, 2010 at 12:04 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 93

What do you think? Too windy for sky divers today?

Posted on July 3, 2010 at 12:59 PM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 94

I've been saying that for months!
During night games on the telly, it looks like TF is the only thing in downtown Minneapolis.
I don't even care, throw a big Walmart ad up there (there's an antitrust lawsuit for ya).
They have to do something!

Posted on July 3, 2010 at 2:00 PM by luke Highlight this comment 95

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"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

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Wind veil install from across Seventh

The plaza as viewed from across the park. The right field overhang section will be built just in from where the plaza supports are.

Trains now rumble regularly beneath the promenade.

Air conditioning condensation on the floor.

What has been actually built so far is only a tiny subset of this vision.

The tower is actually finished, though it looks like a work in progress.

Another over-my-head shot

The main concourse.

Building the canopy is a spectacular sight.

The brick has been tinted where the circulation ramp meets the admin building.

The Polo Grounds (left) and Shibe Park (Connie Mack Stadium)

Which way to the skyway? Really??

Two concepts here remain in the final design. First is the oddly-shaped pavilion in center. Second is the section just above the right field fence. In the current design this section will hang over the field by a few feet. The original doesn't do that, but you can see that the concept goes way back in the planning.

The Pro Shop.

Future home of the Met Stadium flag pole

Infield dirt used as accents

The dessert carts came out earlier, and looked even better than last year.

Look beyond the gigantic hand (a hounds tooth jacket? really?) and you'll get a glimpse of the main grandstand configuration. The two (or is it three?) levels of suites are visible, as is the design of the so-called "split upper deck," and the extensive use of limestone for decorative accents. Let's hope these little touches don't get cut as costs increase, because they make a nice tie-in from the outside of the park to the inside. Of most interest to me is the way that the very best seats are physically separated from all the rest of the seats by that limestone. There will be virtually no way to sneak into these seats. On one level, that's a somewhat sad design feature...

How many times did we water down our field as kids? More times than we played games, that's for sure!

Door to the visitor's clubhouse.

Speakers spaced evenly among the lights

Dugout Dog

Working on the connecting LRT tracks (this view looks up Fifth Street toward downtown.)

Two train stations

Walkway entrance from ramp

The limestone now wraps around onto the HERC side.

Here is one of the concept drawings referenced (but not shown) in the MPR story (conceptual ballpark at left, LRT tracks switched to the north half of the Fifth Street bridge, which is actually in all of the long-range plans).


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

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First Edition (1992)

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Second Edition (1987)

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

(2000, large coffee table)

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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


Book and six ballpark miniatures

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