The 2009 Ballpark Construction Calendars are finally here, after an unexplained production delay at the printer. They look great, and will make terrific stocking-stuffers. Please note: It's a limited edition, so don't delay! They aren't all sold yet, but they will be.
Here are the final images:
The link above will take you to the calendar info page, but if you're ready to buy, just click here ($14.99 plus $2.00 shipping for each calendar):
That will take you to PayPal where you can pay with a credit card (without even becoming a PayPal member if you don't want). If you'd rather pay by check or money order, make your check payable to VideoMakers, and send it, along with your shipping information, to:
If you already locked in a lower price, you should have received a PayPal invoice by email. That contains a link by which you can send your payment electronically, but feel free to use the above address for alternate payment methods.
Orders will be shipped First Class on the same day payment is received, so there's still plenty of time for Christmas delivery!
It's a small book, but tells the story of the franchise (including the Washington years) through a series of quotes from players, managers, reporters, authors, and fans. There's no narrative, just quotes. It's unique, a very fast read, and lots of fun.
The author, Alan Ross, has a bunch of books like this for various teams. But unlike so many sports books written by non-fans, this one really captures the spirit of the franchise.
Coolest. Gift. Ever.
I have a friend who is a season ticket holder, but not very excited about the new ballpark. She's someone who would trade blue sky for guaranteed 70-degree weather. I've tried reasoning with her, but to no avail. She's fond of saying, "Sure, it's on the skyway system. But when I get there, I have to sit outside."
There will always be nay-sayers.
But this particular nay-sayer has a heart of gold, because the Twins sent two extremely cool premiums to long-time season ticket holders, and she didn't want them so she gave them to me:
The countdown clock is, well, just that. It doesn't have any buttons, and doesn't appear to do anything else. The back is held on with screws, so I could probably open it up to see how it works. But I won't do that. It does just what you might want such a thing to do.
And from that countdown clock came the countdown you see at the top of this page. In case you haven't figured it out, it's set to go off at 1:06 PM on April 5, 2010. What will happen at that moment on the countdown clock is anybody's guess. But I hope I won't be home to see it!
And the hard hat matches those used at the ground-breaking and other publicity events. I'm not sure it actually counts as protective gear, but it's cool.
Here are a few new pix from my quick trip down to the site last week. It's getting harder and harder to see new things from the street. Eventually, pedestrians will be shut out from the fun. But for now, you can still get tasty glimpses.
View level as seen through the Seventh Street circulation ramp
The admin building (note TF logo on banner)
Circulation building with construction team on top
The right field overhang as seen from Seventh Street (with dude)
From the B ramp, 6th level elevator lobby window
Also from the same lobby, other window, a view which will clearly disappear before too long...
This is from inside the B ramp, where an entrance to the plaza will one day be
"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 3019 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Then you turn around to this!
Legend's Club, Section E (Click to enlarge greatly.)
Dancing for the cameras
Nuts on Clark (a couple blocks north of Wrigley Field)
Wood-backed seats viewed through gate 6
They help create a psychological safe area along the plaza edge, and help you forget that cars are zipping by directly beneath you.
The blue line now indicates where the back of the accessible seating ends and standing room begins.
This looks from the base of the stairs, behind the big pillars, toward the street.
...but you can get a feel for what it will be like.
I think that's a pig up there on that vane!
Sue Nelson, and her organ, in one of the Twins Pubs
The back gates at Comerica park, like everything else, a bit overwrought.
Lots of pix waiting to be seen from Bert's memorable night.
Click to enlarge
Which way to the skyway? Really??
Inexplicable bright yellow baseball amid the trees.
2007, Noah's first game (Torii's last)
The base of the old Met Stadium flagpole. (The plaque refers to the "Flame of Freedom" and not the origin of the pole.)
Larry DiVito, mowing
I know you've seen this, but I can't get enough of it.
Is it possible to take a bad picture of this building?
Home Plate Box, Section 111, Row 8 or 9-ish (Click to enlarge greatly.)
A few weeks ago there were sand volleyball courts here. When the park opens, this will be surface parking. Maybe one day there will be something more interesting built on top of that parking...
July 7, 1966 (Click to see the entire scorecard with ads)
Here is Seventh Street viewed from the west looking toward downtown. This will probably be the most pedestrian-friendly side (other than the plaza), but only if there is some psychological barrier between the people on foot and the people in their dangerously fast-moving automobiles.
The scoreboard also towers over the LRT tracks, which now are functional (though not open) all the way to the park -- and beyond!
Through the windows of the Metropolitan Club you can see one of the displays of Met Stadium memorabilia.
The flowers don't have quite the fullness depicted in the original sketches (where they were positively overflowing), but they are quite lovely -- a great, subtle touch. And that's probably a very challenging place to grow anything.
More of a bird's-eye view of the same area.
That's Jacque Jones looking up in awe at the Great Greenness.