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 3042 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Champion's Club details (click to enlarge)
Look closely and you'll see limestone on the front of the press box!
That's Fifth Street (and a tattooed arm) in the foreground.
On this day, George was handling fruits and veggies right inside gate 34.
The seating bowl of Citizens Bank Park overlaid on the Target Field site
Spring of 1982 (click to enlarge greatly -- can you pick out Kent Hrbek?)
Seventh Street circulation
The stunning curtains, which skillfully evoke the architecture, keep the atrium from getting too hot in the late afternoon sun, simultaneously hiding the HERC.
Flagpole historian Ben McEvers at far right (click for the full photo set, graciously loaned to this site by Pat Backen)
Viewed from a different angle, it seems fair to wonder is some of those seats will have slightly obscured views. Yet, if they're cheap, that's not a problem.
Before the team came out to warm up, Kirby Puckett, Jr. was playing Frisbee out in center.
Click to enlarge. (Photo by Jared Wieseler)
Jose Alvalade XXI Stadium in Lisbon, Portugal has towers much like I'm imagining to hold up our canopy while also making a bold statement on the horizon
The main ticketing area beneath the restaurant.
This is as close as I could get to a pedestrian-eye view of the main entrance. This is what you'll see as you enter by coming down Sixth Street.
Ballpark elevation diagram, viewed from Fifth Street. (Click to enlarge.)
Here's a first view of the surprisingly spacious walkway on Fifth between the ballpark and the LRT platform.
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
There's the opening through which the groundskeeping equipment will emerge (and disappear).
A close-up of the rooftop party deck.
Here's another look at the Oliva gate.
Looking back toward the doorway into the club
"I've never seen them do that before," said a Metropolitan Club waiter as I snapped this picture.
Saturday afternoon, KMSP-HD 720P
The plate marker is just to the left.
I suppose that one day my son will graduate from Mrs. Fields to Hooters. At least he won't have to travel too far. *Shudder*
Here's a curious little room at the end of the circulation ramp. What could they be selling there?
Section 101, Row 34
A scene repeated about a BILLION times each game
Photo by Jeff Ewer
The Fifth Street side is pretty busy. There's a small street entrance to the B ramp, then ticket booths and an entrance gate, a rare exterior section not covered in limestone, the wooden screen covering the circulation ramps, the administration building, and finally (just out of view) the interface with Northstar. All of that sits behind the LRT action. How pedestrians will interact with this side of the park is a great mystery to me. You know that Metro Transit won't be letting them cross the tracks anywhere but at either end of the block...
All that's left is to add wood! (Seventh Street circulation ramp.)
Upper deck view of the out-of-town scoreboard.
Looking up Seventh Street (click to see what it looked like from the same spot in 1950)
At the corner of the Pro Shop.
Look at all those flag poles! But wouldn't the one from Met Stadium look great just inside the gates in the middle of that entrance plaza?