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To Care and Not To Care

July 16, 2012 1:34 AM

Having a beautiful ballpark is at least something of a consolation when the team is, um, swooning. Given the level of focus on the game that I witnessed, I think it's fair to say that not everyone knows or cares where the Twins are in the standings right now.

That picture was taken from the Bud Deck, a place where it's quite easy to feel sort of above all the noise.

On busy nights, there will be a clump of people hovering on the corner of the deck closest to the field. On this particular night, it would have been possible to stand immediately behind the seated patrons and still get a reasonably good view of the action -- at least the infield portion.

On many nights toward the beginning and end of the season, the fire pit is lit, and there's a crowd of people hovering around it, with no view of the game, enjoying drinks and having a party.

Behind the elevated rows of seating is a rather large bar area which always seems sort of under-utilized. I have seen people hanging out at these tables, but it's much more common to see them vacant. This may actually represent an opportunity for some repurposing, perhaps even another private club.

As it is, the Bud Deck is sort of the ultimate spot where attention to the game is kind of optional.

They really did a great job on the design, it's just that there's no denying that it's built for having a party and not for focusing on baseball. I'm completely OK with that, especially since so much of the stadium really does focus the fans like a laser on what's happening on the field.

The thing that I noticed most on this particular night was the pleasant quiet which can be enjoyed up on the rooftop. If you've ever tried to talk on a cell phone anywhere inside the ballpark, you know that the overall volume level inside Target Field -- every public part of it -- is off the charts.

Not so on the roof. In fact, I think the Bud Deck features one of the great zen spots within Target Field:

That's the thing about baseball facilities: there are amazing little zen moments to be had throughout, and sometimes where you might not expect them...

This groundskeeper is assigned to clean up Gardy's sunflower seed shells (literally; I'm not making that up).


The game is long over. The home team lost. But who wants to go home?


Who would have guessed you could park walkers beneath the stairs?

As the warm evening wore on and the level of hope for a comeback continued to sink, I started looking for a sweet treat I had not tried yet. Sweet treats can certainly have their own zen quality, though I did not set out with such a thing in mind.

I simply set out looking for something cold and affordable, vaguely feeling the urge for one of those frozen Butterfinger ice cream bars they used to sell at a cart up behind the center field stands. Alas, the cart was gone. Moved? Maybe, but I never did find it.

Instead I stumbled onto the Talenti gelato cart located on the main concourse between gates 29 and 34.

For $5.50 you get two scoops and can mix and match among the flavors. It's hard to believe you could go wrong here. I went with Caramel Cookie Crunch and Double Dark Chocolate, and I have to say that it most certainly was its own zen moment.

The portion isn't overly generous, but generous enough. I consider the value to be pretty high because the quality of the product is off the charts. Creamy, delicious, smooth consistency, not too rich, really very good. Next time for me will be Sea Salt Caramel and Tahitian Vanilla Bean.

There was no line, so either I'm in the minority on this, or it hasn't been discovered yet. Perhaps the word "gelato" sounds too foreign for the average ballgame-goer. Whatever it is, use it to your advantage and be sure to try this out next time you get a chance. (There is another cart located near section 302.)

No Trees (yet). Garden (sort of).

Here's a shot I took a couple of weeks ago showing what has become of the former tree space in center. It's not the zen forest it once was, but it's a calm moment all the same:

I'm not sure TV cameras pick this up very well, but they've planted flowers in the shape of baseballs at each end, grass in the middle, and painted a Twins logo dead center. It's just too bad that there's absolutely no way for a fan to get down there and collect the occasional home run ball (such as during batting practice, when I took this).

Seasons

T. S. Eliot wrote a wonderful poem about, among other things, the need to let go when the moment comes. He had much bigger things in mind than a baseball season, but these words came to mind as I watched the Twins "beat the air" in what continues to look like a trough year:

Because these wings are no longer wings to fly
But merely vans to beat the air
The air which is now thoroughly small and dry
Smaller and dryer than the will
Teach us to care and not to care
Teach us to sit still.

About the sixth inning I found an empty seat, pulled up with my cup of yummy gelato, and truly enjoyed the end of this game. Yes, the Twins were getting pounded, but they weren't really playing that badly.

And they were definitely playing the Great Game with dignity, which will always make me sit still.

(More pictures yet to come!)

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Is the zen garden out in CF big enough for a small water feature mayhaps? And on those nice hot days it can spray high enough to provide some relief to those SRO folks behind the CF wall?

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 06:14 AM by luke (aka 3-159) Highlight this comment 1

Time for a fire sale!

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 11:39 AM by twinkfan Highlight this comment 2

For all of those people complaining about high ticket prices at Target Field, particularly, during June, July or August, well, for $4.00, you can get into tonight's game...

That's right, a July game for $4.00...

I can't even imagine how low ticket prices will go come August and September (only one home weekend series in August) but I am guessing there are a lot of STH's that will not be renewing next year.

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 1:19 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 3

We might not renew, and we have the weeniest package available: 20 gamer in field view, which we share with others. No one wants the school year midweek games. Kids' games/schedule conflict with many summer games. And, most problematic: you can get good seats in much better areas for far below face value.

I'd rather pick out a few games and grab Legends Club seats for $25-$30 each than get stuck with other unusable and/or undesirable games. And the main reasons for having the STH package - playoff priority, presale purchasing opp's, ticket discounts - no longer standout as actual reasons anymore. Too bad, really...

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM by br Highlight this comment 4

It's time for all Twin's fans to start hoping that the pictured groundskeeper is given a new, and different, task to perform.

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 2:09 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 5

I went up to the Bud roof deck in 2010 for a game, but didn't stay there the entire time because the view was so limited. Of course the games mattered much then than now. All told, you have to have a seat at the rail in order to really see anything. Otherwise you're pushed too far back.

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 4:25 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 6

The whole ticket group thing isn't working very well for me either. I have five games, either four or five seats, as part of a very large ticket group. It looks like this year is going to be a total bust.

The first game, the family went but it rained.

The second game, I had five seats, used one myself, and sold four to a scalper for $10.

The third game, I had five seats, used three with my kids, and sold two to a scalper for $20.

The fourth game is tonight. Four seats -- good ones. Can't give them away on StubHub. Can't take my young children into the heat. Can't sell them to a guy on the street.

(Don't take this as, "Poor me." I'm just documenting my experience and general bad luck with these things.)

Back in the day, I never bought tickets in advance. Always walk-up. We'd have sort of a general idea of when we might go and then see how the day was going. Once a decision was made, I'd either stop by the Dome sometime earlier that day, or just get them when we got there.

Of course, the Twins sucked much of that time. (And even when they didn't, the ballpark did.)

I hate to say it, but I'm sensing that I may have such options again very soon... (The guy who runs the ticket group is in a world of hurt, as you might expect.)

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 5:03 PM by Rick 7

A couple of former ticket partners of mine are dropping their 40 game plans this year and going in on Wild season tickets.

Can't blame them one bit and I doubt they are the only ones who will not be renewing in 2013. The Wolves season ticket base is increasing as well so the Twins marketing dept and front office will have their work cut out for them and no, the 2014 All Star Game "ticket priority" is not going to be enough...

Fans will find other ways to allocate their dollars if the Twins are not going to put a good product on the field.

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 5:14 PM by Mike (aka Mike) Highlight this comment 8

We are going to get very weary of the Twins banging on the ASG priority drum - especially if, as it looks, that's going to be all they have to sell. And realistically, how much chance of scoring a ASG ticket is a 20 or 40 game STH going to have?

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 12:31 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 9

Product on the field doesn't really play a major role until games become more meaningful, like during a pennant race. Then the product itself can pack the house. In some rare cases, an individual player streak or team streak can also pack them in. Most games however it's more of the overall fan experience/value combination.

And when it comes to determining value, this interesting Forbes article seems to think determining value has become too complex.

With the newness of TF beginning to wear off we will begin to see what the Twins fans really think of the overall experience/value.

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 12:59 AM by Dave Highlight this comment 10

Scored some free tickets from the neighbor for tonights game. I'm 2-0 so far this year at TF! Had 20 game package last 2 years. Glad I dumped em. Once a month is plenty for me. Plus liking the $5.00 seats come late Aug & Sept. I mean who really cares about the all star game anyways? Was a nail bitter this year right? LOL!. Selig has to go back to the drawing board and take away home field for this silly exhibition game! With interleague play the game has lost its luster anyways.

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 08:45 AM by twinkfan Highlight this comment 11

Rick,

That is some tough luck with picking games!

Any interest trading the tickets you can't get rid of tonight for 2 in Legends Club on Sept 15? I just realized I'll be out of town for one of my games from my ticket group. The heat won't be an issue in Sept. :)

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 09:37 AM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 12

I was thinking of actually going in on season tickets for next year. Figured I'd go for a pair of cheap seat 20 game packages, but as Ben says, what is the chance of actually getting tickets. Now that I think of it probably not that good.

Maybe I'd be better of to take that ~$800 (two season tickets for two years (pre-All Star Game year and All Star Game Year) that would give me a CHANCE to buy tickets and the $290 for face value ($1090 total) and put it just towards All Star game tickets off the secondary market. According to an article I just looked up tickets were around $385 a piece for upper deck seats at Kauffman. I imagine if I wanted to 'break even' that spending $550 a seat would be a pretty okay seat. Maybe that would be a better investment for my money. Especially since I live up north, work in the cities, and would want to take my son, I probably wouldn't be able to use most of the games in a 20 game pack anyway (get home, get kid, come back to the cities in time).

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 11:18 AM by schda Highlight this comment 13

Ever thought about just taking the son fishing?

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 1:58 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 14

We do that too Ben :)

We do all sorts of fun things together. I'm as excited about the All Star Gaming coming as he would be. I think it'd be a great time, and a once in a lifetime opportunity.

I figure if bills get paid, money gets into savings, and everything is taken care of, a very occasional crazy splurge can be warranted. :)

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 4:46 PM by schda Highlight this comment 15

does anyone know why we cant have a regular behind the picture camera angle instead of way up in the air? its so much better whatching it when the camera is lower...is that something they can do in the future?

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 6:16 PM by rolo3644 Highlight this comment 16

" --- and a once in a lifetime opportunity --- "

There is one every year, is there not?

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 6:44 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 17

Now 3-0 @ TF this year!!

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 11:02 PM by twinkfan Highlight this comment 18

As long as there are millions of different things in this world, there will continue to be millions of different once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to buy your dream house is different than a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a dream vacation. Taking advantage of both doesn't mean you're a sucker.

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 03:03 AM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 19

Rolo,

The Twins choose to use that angle. In my opinion it is the better angle. It allows you to see the strike zone better and the movement of the pitch.

The angle from the pitcher's side distorts the strike zone. A pitch that looks like it is on the corner from this angle could be a couple inches outside.

The only time the Twins use the side angle is when they are at a ballpark that does not have a place to put the camera over the top of the pitchers head.

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 07:06 AM by Joe117 Highlight this comment 20

Game last night. Arrived my usual 10 minutes late bottom of the first. Sat out in sec 235 row 1 right in the sun. Bolted for some open seats in sect 120 along 3rd base line row 3. Parked for free about 3 blocks from the yard. Smuggled in some rum and of course some Holiday polish sausages. Tickets were free. Very slow moving game. Wife had enough and we bolted after the 6th. Saw the last 2 innings at home! 3-0 this year after seeing the boys go down 15 times last year! That should wrap it up for this year at TF.

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 09:20 AM by twinkfan Highlight this comment 21

Ohhh and the field looks terrible! Devito should be ashamed! Mix up the cut also Larry!

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 11:21 AM by twinkfan Highlight this comment 22

I think you mean DiVito (unless you are talking about the short actor). Why should he be ashamed? The Twins braintrust booked a concert in July that (predictably) killed the grass and then gave him 4-5 days to put in new sod and make the field playable. It doesn't look great right now with the patchwork but what did you expect?

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 11:43 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 23

Devito Divito whats the difference? I say let Larry go and bring in the old fart George Toma the ex KC Royals guy from Ft Meyers. Larry's cut pattern is getting old. It's been the same old crappy pattern for more than 2 years now. Why not have that goat ropping concert at TCF next time like they did with U-2. Sounds like they are going to allow booze there now anyways.

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 12:01 PM by twinkfan Highlight this comment 24

No doubt the concert caused a lot of damage but damn, those three patches in left center, center, and right center (actually they all may be in CF) look awful. I was at the game on Saturday and they look blue.

Even before the concert, it sesms every time a patch is put in it never matches what's on the field.

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 12:33 PM by IowaWigman Highlight this comment 25

I think they cut that grass too short for its own good. And I think they cut it so short because the baseball guys tell them to. And I think the baseball guys tell them to because they want it to be as much like the old Metrodome turf as possible.

Having said all of that, I think DiVito and crew have done an incredible job of just keeping the stuff alive. They also do an amazing job with the million other plants they tend around the ballpark.

It was reported that they had to order replacement turf from Colorado, so there's no surprise that the color doesn't match exactly. Even the stuff grown out behind the stadium comes in looking different. Not much you can do about that.

And the cut pattern? Really? Who cares?

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM by Rick 26

Twinkfan, obviously!

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 2:45 PM by anitfire Highlight this comment 27

Drink a little more of that smuggled in rum. The cut patterns will start to get wavy. Repeat until the lines are to your liking.

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 2:54 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 28

The field looks like something out of a little leauge field. Yes there are blue patches green and then light green patches out there. Perhaps this silly Colorado sod experiment needs to come to and end. Carl the greenskeeper from Caddyshack could do a better job than ole Larry. Perahps a Bluegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Featherbed Bent, and Northern California Sensemilia. Put the traditional checkeboard cut back. It will hide alot of the current crap out there! Who cares about Spahn complaining about how the ball bounces with a differnt cut! FCOL!

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 3:12 PM by twinkfan Highlight this comment 29

Now I've heard it all: The ghost of Warren Spahn, deceased for nearly a decade, is the reason the grounds crew keeps using the same pattern. And a fictional groundskeeper would be preferred to an actual one.

Rum, indeed. (FCOL!)

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 3:21 PM by Rick 30

Oops and I meant Span! Carl not real?? It can't be! Rick I don't care what the flowers look like. Just present a half azz playing surface. Calling Carl, calling George Toma.

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 3:26 PM by twinkfan Highlight this comment 31

Some of the patches look to have been painted. Not destroyed enough to merit replacing so painted until it recuperates?

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 3:55 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 32

Twinkfan...a "little league" field you say? Guess that kinda agrees with how the Twins are playing this season, ay?

And, as far as the cut pattern discussion, yes I do think we need a new look. I am getting tired of our current one. We have had it since we moved in there. I am worried that Divito wont even be able to do a star pattern cut when the ASG shows up in 2014. How about a checkerboard pattern, ala the Coliseum in Oakland?

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 5:22 PM by luke Highlight this comment 33

Ben, you are correct, not certain on the source, but I had heard the grass has indeed been spray painted in certain areas.

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 5:58 PM by tk Highlight this comment 34

You heard it here first folks, Divito will have done the striped grass so much that he will have forgotten how to cut a star into the field.

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 8:22 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 35

We're having a fire (sale)! Evacuate the schoolchildren!

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 04:28 AM by TimInDuluth Highlight this comment 36

Divito must go!!! I agree! Calling hall of fame groundskeeper George Toma! Calling George! The Twins opened up TF with the traditional checkeboard design cut. Then some of our crybaby outfielders like Span and Cuddy complained about the ball not bouncing right! Really???? ROTFLMAO!

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 09:33 AM by twinkfan Highlight this comment 37

Rick why no TF on your header? Oakland Colisuem? Just wondering man.

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM by twinkfan Highlight this comment 38

Yes, the grass is way too short, especially since our team is significally different than the teams that played in the metrodome. The infield should be cut short, the outfield at least an inch, I believe it is kept at 5/8 inch now.

With the grass so short the mow pattern would not matter to the bounce of the ball.

I give no credit to DeVito or his staff for the condition of the turf, with the unlimited watering and special equipment they have. I blind slow person could grow grass with what they are given.

Yes the concert damaged the grass, but that may have more to do with the ground underneath the grass. Since it is mostly sand it probably compact much more easily than a ground based on dirt.

People make excuses for Terry Ryan, Ron Gardenhire, Joe Mauer, and Rick Anderson, do we really need to start making excuses for the grounds crew too?

I am with Twinkfan, change the pattern up, throw a TC logo in the outfield, clearly this pattern isn't doing anyone any favors. Plus if our coaches and players are that big of basketcases, do it intentionally to mess with them.

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 7:18 PM by Duffman Highlight this comment 39

Wow, I really need to proofread.

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 8:06 PM by Duffman Highlight this comment 40

I am considering petioning the league to deny any requests from the Twins to play day games at TF during the week next year. Its the middle of summer for Gods sake, and people are WORKING downtown in a Thursday afternoon. Matter of fact, I think the league needs to stop kowtowing to the Twins, and start them at HOME the first weekend of April. No more of this "it might snow" shit.

But the whimpies on Twins Way are afraid its gonna be too cold at night, in July? Why the hell a 12:10 start? Sunday day games, fine. Saturday day games, decent. Thursday day games, a nuisance, a rush-hour nightmare, please Twins, man up and play games at night like every other team in the league does. Rant over.

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 8:41 PM by luke Highlight this comment 41

Duffman, one of the reasons the field base is mostly sand is because it doesn't compact like 'dirt' would.

I had to ask my niece's husband about it - he has a masters degree in turf management and knows more about growing grass than anyone I know!

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 8:53 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 42

Luke, summer afternoon games allow senior/youth groups have opportunities, etc. It was a getaway day for Twins. I do agree they need to change some afternoon games preceeding another home game.

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 8:53 PM by tk Highlight this comment 43

Uh, Luke, you realize that all MLB teams play day games throughout the summer? Maybe not Texas, but most everyone else, especially on getaway days.

Keep that list of things to bitch about going, you clearly will not run out of anything.

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 8:55 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 44

one of the reasons the field base is mostly sand is because it doesn't compact like 'dirt' would.

Exactly. This is why whenever concrete is poured anywhere, a layer of sand is put down first. It settles as far as it's gonna settle right away.

Huge patches of re-sodding in the outfield. Some sod not exactly the same color as the original grass. Spray paint used in some patches. These are Band-Aids, and they would look just as out of place no matter which groundskeeper applied them. The solution = no more concerts at TF. Call it an "excuse" if you want, but the field looked just fine before that concert (mowing pattern preferences notwithstanding), and we wouldn't be having this conversation if that concert didn't take place.

Besides, this organization has bigger problems than who the frigging groundskeeper is.

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 9:33 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 45

Bring back the artificial turf and roof and all will be well again!

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 10:42 PM by Dave Highlight this comment 46

I stand corrected.

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 01:59 AM by Duffman Highlight this comment 47

If we're going to drag George Toma out of his Florida retirement to work the field, perhaps we should bring back some retired Twins from the past to bolster the pitching staff. Do you think Jim Perry could come back and give the Twins a few more starts? How about Jim Kaat? Frank Viola?

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 05:31 AM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 48

Luke, if they no longer have weekday afternoon games it will ruin my annual "get away (from work) day" with a coworker. This year will mark our 10th straight year of spending an afternoon at the ballpark instead of behind a desk.

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 08:09 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 49

Stevie B-what ballpark did you go to before 2010? LOL

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 09:04 AM by jctwins Highlight this comment 50

Good point jctwins. Even an afternoon at the dome was better than working though.

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 10:09 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 51

Luke.... You have to be a bit right?

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 3:47 PM by moda Highlight this comment 52

Luke derp. derpa derpity derp.

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 4:01 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 53

Methinks our friend Luke was referring to the traffic problem and not the idea of a day of hooky from the job. Because that hooky thing – whether on a sunny afternoon or inside the dome – is a beautiful thing. Surely Luke can agree with that.

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 4:57 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 54

Yeah, you are true Winona...traffic was a shitload yesterday.

But, I rather would have worked the overtime than sit at TF...lol. At least yesterday :). I know there was a quote years ago that ripped on Wrigley. During the press conference, the comment was made that "90% of America works during the day, the other 10% show up at Wrigley." That was pre-lights at Wrigley. If someone knows who gave that quote...

Moda, I have listened to my share of morning drive-time radio, and I have a good share of comedy bits in my arsenal...lol

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 9:28 PM by luke Highlight this comment 55

"A good share of comedy bits."

We'd settle for just one or two GOOD comedy bits.

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 9:49 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 56

Getaway Days are overrated...these teams charter their flights and have all hotel and travel accommodations taken care of. They simply hop on the team bus following the game and head to the airport. Once they arrive at their destination, they are chartered on a team bus to their hotel.

Is a 56 minute flight to Kansas City that tough? Or a 90 minute flight to Cleveland? (In the case of the Baltimore Orioles)

In the case of the Twins, they are fortunate to be centrally-located with their longest flight probably in the 2.5 - 3 hour range when they visit the west coast or east coast. Most other flights are under 90 minutes.

I just get tired of hearing Twins coaches/players and media members talk about the tough travel.

Posted on July 21, 2012 at 12:30 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 57

The afternoon game that most baffles me is in September when the Yankees are here. A Thursday noon game WHEN THE TWINS FOLLOW WITH A HOME WEEKEND SERIES! Not even a getaway day! How did that one happen? They're not even charging premium rates for that game, either.

Posted on July 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 58

Travel rules are a bargained issue, not solely the choice of the teams or MLB. Article V of the collective bargaining agreement lays it all out. Specifically to the issue of getaway days, Article V, subsection 9 says of the CBA says:

(9) Getaway games shall not be scheduled or rescheduled to start
later than 5 P.M. if either Club is required to travel for a day game,
scheduled the next day, between cities in which the in-flight time is
more than 11/2 hours. In each season, the championship season
schedule may contain six exceptions to the rule in the immediately
preceding sentence provided that the traveling Club is traveling
to Chicago to play the Cubs and the in-flight time does not exceed
21/2 hours.

If you read the CBA, there are interesting exceptions for certain clubs. The Cubs have several like this, but also allowances for the Rangers to play more night games in the summer, the Red Sox and Cubs don't have to follow the rules about split doubleheaders, Oakland doesn't have to pay some charges until they get a new stadium, and so forth.

You can click to enjoy the full 311 pages yourself!

Posted on July 21, 2012 at 4:11 PM by Lincster Highlight this comment 59

I will say that, as I read it, the Yankees game in question could have been scheduled as an evening game. The Yankees following game is an evening tilt in Toronto, and the Twins have an off day.

Posted on July 21, 2012 at 4:18 PM by Lincster Highlight this comment 60

The afternoon game that most baffles me is in September when the Yankees are here. A Thursday noon game WHEN THE TWINS FOLLOW WITH A HOME WEEKEND SERIES! Not even a getaway day! How did that one happen? They're not even charging premium rates for that game, either.

The Wednesday September 26 game against the Yankees is at 12:10 for the Yankees' benefit, not the Twins'. The Yankees go to Toronto the next day. Presumably the afternoon start is to give them additional time to clear customs.

Posted on July 22, 2012 at 9:37 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 61

I would get rid of those silly thursday afternoon tilts. Most teams play night games on Fridays anyways. It's all about the gate right?

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 06:30 AM by twinkfan Highlight this comment 62

I for one love afternoon baseball. I admit I am fortunate in that I am able to take vacation days to get to the weekday games. An afternoon game on a clear sunny day is a thing of beauty, watching the shadow slowly move out on the field as the innings pass by.

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 3:28 PM by terry Highlight this comment 63

It's a good thing some of you folks weren't following baseball 70-80 years ago.

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 5:46 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 64

They didn't even begin playing World Series games at night until 1971.

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 5:47 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 65

Ahhh, yes sonnny, bring me back the rotary phone, black and white tv, no air conditioning, outdoor toilets. Oh, the good old days. You young whippersnappers and your fancy phones, computers, and stadium lights!

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 6:38 PM by antifire Highlight this comment 66

Mike- very true. I remember when they made a big deal about Game 2 of the WS in 1987, which was the first day WS game in quite a while

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 7:53 PM by luke Highlight this comment 67

I go to just about every Wednesday day game at 12:10 just about every year. I think it would be idiotic for any mlb team to get rid of Monday through Friday day games. I love them for various reasons including the games are usually against crappier teams and the tickets are not as hard to get and they are a little cheaper. Being at Target Field for a game at 12:10 is one of life's greatest pleasures for me.

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 8:52 PM by Tom D. Highlight this comment 68

The point is people back then had jobs just like today, yet they managed to get to a game from time to time. If the team was any good, they had pretty good gates back then, so why is it a problem today?

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 9:03 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 69

It's the economy, stupid.

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 9:18 PM by antifire Highlight this comment 70

It's Obama's fault! Or Bush's! One of the two.

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 9:36 PM by Lincster Highlight this comment 71

Luke, not game two, but rather game six of the 1987 World Series was in the afternoon. It started at 3:00 PM Central. No World Series game has been played in the afternoon since. Game six of the 1988 World Series between the A's and Dodgers was scheduled for 1:00 PM Pacific, but the Series ended in five games. No subsequent World Series games have been scheduled for afternoon starts.

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 11:09 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 72

I personally prefer attending day games. One of the biggest reasons is due to living outside the metro area and the lateness of getting back home. That and not having to deal with being downtown Minneapolis at night.

However, if I'm watching on TV I prefer evening games.

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 11:19 PM by Dave Highlight this comment 73

When WS games were played in the afternoon, there seemed to be more interest. The results were one of the lead stories on the evening network news and in the late editions of afternoon papers. The games had the allure of forbidden fruit; TV's were set up in offices and transistor radios were snuck into schools. It is similar to what we now see when afternoon games are played during the NCAA basketball tournament. With today's games routinely going 3-3 1/2 hours, ending near or after midnight in the eastern time zone, many don't even see the end of the games. And with the WS having been pushed back to the cusp of November, the playing conditions are often pretty bad. They'll never go back to day WS games, but I often wonder what would happen if they did.

Posted on July 24, 2012 at 08:17 AM by terry Highlight this comment 74

So the Twins are currently at 40-56....66 games remaining...

If the Twins go:

44 - 22 (.660) 84-78
41 - 25 (.620) 81-81
33 - 33 (.500) 73-89
22 - 44 (.333) 62-100

I don't think they will lose 100 games, but even if they play .500 the rest of the way, they will still finish with 89 losses. Not very good regardless of how many games back you are in the division. Hopefully they start selling this week with the trade deadline approaching. Unfortunately, last night's performance by Liriano did not help his stock. Will be interesting to see what happens in the next 7 days.

Posted on July 24, 2012 at 08:23 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 75

The point is people back then had jobs just like today, yet they managed to get to a game from time to time. If the team was any good, they had pretty good gates back then, so why is it a problem today?

Because there have been no changes in the work environment since the good old days? C'mon.

Posted on July 24, 2012 at 2:53 PM by GoAUpher Highlight this comment 76

Thanks Jorge, I knew it was one of the 1987 games at the Dome...lol. FOX and TBS probably would prefer the revenue from prime-time, I doubt we will see another afternoon WS game.

Posted on July 24, 2012 at 4:16 PM by luke Highlight this comment 77

The first World Series game was played at night in 1971. Thereafter it became common practice to play at night during the week and in the afternoon on weekends. The first World Series played entirely at night was in 1985. A day game was played in 1987 and one was scheduled in 1988, but the series ended before it took place. All World Series games have been at night since 1989.

The push to play at night was led by A's owner Charlie Finley. He said something to the effect of "We play nearly all of our midweek regular season games at night, but then we play our biggest games of the year in the daytime during the week. The blue collar guy who works in a factory or drives a truck gets told 'you can catch a few clips on the late news and then read about it in the paper tomorrow'". I have to say that his opinion made absolute sense. The first night World Series tilt was game 4 of the 1971 classic, first pitch at 8:00 PM Eastern which was a common start time for regular season games in that era. Games 3 and 5, held on Tuesday and Thursday, started at 1:00 PM Eastern. That's a 10:00 AM Pacific start which was absurd.

When MLB started playing World Series games at night in the early 1970s, the ratings went up immediately and more or less stayed up for the next 20 years despite the odd dip. The subsequent decline in ratings, which began in the early 1990s, had more to do with increased entertainment and TV channel options than games starting too early or too late. The fact is also that the NFL started to overtake baseball as the national game in the 1960s and nothing has ever happened to stop that rise. Baseball and the World Series don't mean what they once did and never will although both will always remain extremely popular when compared with most other forms of sports and entertainment.

Posted on July 24, 2012 at 4:39 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 78

Anyone else listening to the games last night and tonight on 1500? The signal at my house has been going in and out, sometimes out for long stretches at a time. I have never had a lot of good listening to 1500 and really hope the Twins will go back to 830 or KFAN when the contract is up. How much longer does 1500 have the rights anyway?

Posted on July 24, 2012 at 7:47 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 79

"Because there have been no changes in the work environment since the good old days? C'mon."

Do they deny you vacation time? Do they chain you to your work station? Will you get fired if you call in sick?

Posted on July 24, 2012 at 8:26 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 80

Do they deny you vacation time? Do they chain you to your work station? Will you get fired if you call in sick?

We live in a country where worker productivity continues to climb even when unemployment rises. That means that the folks who have jobs are working harder and longer than they used to. Which means "calling in sick" is certainly not an option for some of them (who wants to risk getting in trouble in a tough job market for lying about being sick?). Others don't want to spend PTO on a Twins game when they need it for real vacations or keeping it in reserve for when their kids get sick/other unforseen issues. And if you work in an industry where your job is at risk you're likely not even taking all the PTO you have saved up anyhow b/c you're too busy proving that you're worth keeping.

Not to mention, I wouldn't be surprised if the average white collar worker gets less PTO to use today then they did in previous decades (that's a figure that I don't know for sure though).

Times change, the work environment changes. That's a pretty simple concept you're blithely ignoring.

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 10:30 AM by GoAUpher Highlight this comment 81

Steveie B the Twins signal is god-awful. I can't get it at all in the far Southwest corner of the metro area, or if I can it's awful. I think this current horrible contract goes another couple of years.

Save yourself a lot of agony and subscribe to MLB whatever to get the radio broadcast on your Ipod or smartphone, or computer. You can't believe how clear it is without all that static.

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 1:30 PM by jctwins Highlight this comment 82

I'm not sure if anyone keeps such a statistic, but the Twins must lead the league the last two years in scoring runs on bases loaded double plays. And I agree with all the comments about the minor league signal from 1500.

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 2:02 PM by terry Highlight this comment 83

Minor league signal worthy of a minor league team which is what we have been putting out there the past 2 years. Oh-it's 8-2 White Sox in the 5th btw for anyone that doesnt have a very good signal. Good news Blackburn didnt give up back to back shots-bad news he decided to put men on base in between serving up home runs.

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 3:09 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 84

In Rick's "2012 Predictions" contest, I think I predicted this team would win 48 games this season.

Sadly, at this rate, I might be close to correct.

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 5:17 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 85

Get those damn trees back in center field! We were winning when we had trees there, Cuddy's gone, no need to worry about what he or any of current team thinks about the batter's eye, getting rid of them only made things worse! BRING BACK THE TREES! BRING BACK THE TREES! BRING BACK THE TREES! BRING BACK THE.....

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 5:40 PM by Blurch Highlight this comment 86

Regarding Dave's remark: Can we stop making comments alluding to how dangerous downtown Minneapolis is at night? I've been downtown hundreds of times after games and have never had a problem. Just stop fueling the lies. It's OK. You can leave your no-stoplight, grain elevator town and still be safe in downtown Minneapolis. At night even.

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 5:58 PM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 87

The "downtown-is-dangerous" argument is bogus, but the lateness argument if you live a couple hours away as I do,is valid. But even if I lived right downtown, I would still prefer afternoon baseball - and no, I don't use a rotary dial phone and my bathrooms have always been indoors.

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 6:31 PM by terry Highlight this comment 88

“That's a pretty simple concept you're blithely ignoring.”

I’m not ignoring it, and thanks for the lecture on the rudiments of the modern work world. For starters, not everyone works in the seemingly prison-like environment that you describe. If you called in sick one day a year and went to the ballgame, I highly doubt you’re in danger of losing your job unless there are other, more serious reasons why your job is at risk. If you decided to take one PTO day a year to go to the ballgame, does that really jeopardize your plans to take the family on a trip?

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 6:47 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 89

TTH, downtown is still a safe place when your mom tells you to go to bed at 8 pm. try being down there about 3 am when all the low-lifes have exited the bars, drunk as shit, and trying to find which way is up. You dont want to be downtown Mpls at 3 am, you wont see 4 am, trust me.

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 7:54 PM by luke Highlight this comment 90

...therefore, downtown is still a safe place for luke.

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 8:19 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 91

lol Schweady - dammit, the wording left me WIDE open for that one...of course, the inference to an 8pm bedtime referred to TTH. I'm still reading email updates from my company at 8pm...lol.

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 9:02 PM by luke Highlight this comment 92

Luke, what the hell are you doing downtown at 3am?

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 11:04 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 93

TTH - I didn't say anything about downtown Minneapolis being dangerous at night. Although I'm sure it is more dangerous at night than during the day.

My not having to deal comment was more about driving at night in a big city I only visit a few times a year.

And yes, my hometown doesn't have any stop lights. It does have a few stop signs though!

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 11:08 PM by Dave Highlight this comment 94

I am going to reignite the day game debate a bit here.

The White Sox and Twins are both off tomorrow, yet they played an afternoon tilt in Chicago.

The Twins return home, and the Sox return to the road.

Tuesday "paid" Attendance: 34,715.
Wednesday "paid" Attendance: 32,261 (Looked a lot less packed)

What is the reason the game was scheduled for an afternoon?

Was it to give the Sox additional time while at home, after having 10 games (in as many days) on the road, before three at home, before hitting the road again for 7? If that is the case, I can understand a little bit, but is that really the reason?

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 11:49 PM by tk Highlight this comment 95

Day weekday games typically bring in less $$$$$$! TV also. I see the Twins cut down a ton of these games this year. Trend should continue. Save the day games for the weekends! Case closed!

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 10:14 AM by twinkfan Highlight this comment 96

I wish they would do more Saturday night games. I love taking in BP, but living an hour away, I cannot get down in time to watch.

I have always been a bigger fan of night games.

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 10:46 AM by tk Highlight this comment 97

Do you have any data to support the less $ claim twinkfan? And the tv contract amount is the same whether they put the game on the air or not.

I count nine weekday games this year, ten last year (excluding the holiday games of Memorial Day and July 4 in 2011). Also nine weekday games played in 2010. They REALLY trimmed that schedule back.

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 98

I do not have the time right now, but I think they went 6 (40-A) and 4(40-B) in regards to the day game breakdown, as I was peeved when I saw more day games in my half season plan.

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 4:50 PM by tk Highlight this comment 99

How many afternoon NHL and NBA games are there? And how would you feel if the NFL played Thursday afternoon games? MLB plays WAYYYYY too many day games. Yes, I understand the travel arguments. But these guys are getting MILLIONS, don't go crybaby about game times for pete's sake.

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 8:18 PM by antifire Highlight this comment 100

Winona - actually my brother worked at TF last year and had to do the power cleaning a couple nights. His shift ended at 3AM...I had to go pick him up on one of those occasions. I've never seen so many drunk people on the street corners...lol.

tk - I agree. I went to a Sat night 605 start against the A's and got to TF about 4pm for the sake of taking in BP and so forth.

Anti - as far as the NBA and NHL, the only day games teams in those leagues have are Sundays and holidays. That's it. A Thursday afternoon NFL game would be LUDICROUS. Thursday night is one thing, Thursday afternoon is another. Imagine a Thursday afternoon NFL game, the TV ratings would be abysmal. So, yes, I agree with you that MLB has too many day games.

I'm sure many remember this dialogue:
Shoeless Joe: "Whats with the lights"
Ray Kinsella: "Well the owners felt more people could attend night games"

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 9:12 PM by luke Highlight this comment 101

Not sure what is going on with ticket sales for the upcoming series against Cleveland (with the exception of Friday Fireworks)? I am on-call and not able to go and my Saturday tickets sold slightly above face to get back what I originally paid.

Tickets are selling big for this weekend series. Am I missing something? Or are people just wanting to get out to a game taht bad?

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 12:06 AM by tk Highlight this comment 102

Clark Griffith took an Alford plea on a charge of exposure. Meaning he doesn't admit any guilt, but acknowledges there's enough evidence to be charged. He expressed his remorse.

Why is he remorseful if he maintains his innocence?

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 05:22 AM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 103

I had that exact same thought Winona Mike.

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 06:52 AM by terry Highlight this comment 104

TK - I think the fact that it's a weekend summer series. Also note that the Twins are only home one of the five weekends in August meaning there is only one home weekend series (after this weekend) remaining prior to Labor Day and that is August 10-12 vs Tampa.

High school fall sports will be starting up soon and kids will be heading back to college so this weekend is probably one the last chances to get family/friends together for a weekend game.

We all know attendance will plummet once Labor Day is here, if not, as early as mid August.

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 08:33 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 105

Going to Boston next week to see the Twins play on Thursday and Friday.
Any thoughts/advice? 12 year old and 9 year old getting their first look at Fenway Park in person.

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM by gogotwins Highlight this comment 106

Stevie B there is no doubt they Twins or any other team draws more fans for night games during the week than business man special weekday afternoon games. Twins had 11 of those last year and 9 this year. Expect that number to keep going down! After all its all about the $$$$$ me boy!

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 1:53 PM by twinkfan Highlight this comment 107

gogotwins, don't forgot the awesome history in Boston itself, "The Freedom Trail" is great, ride the Swan Boats in Boston Commons, go to the top of the John Hancock building. Don't drive in Boston but if you can rent a car at the Logan and drive up to Salem it's a nice trip. Don' know how long your going for but there is so much to do you'll be blown away.

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 2:21 PM by trebor651 Highlight this comment 108

trebor651 is right DO NOT drive in Boston. Their motto is "If you don't like the way I'm driving, get off the sidewalk". Definitely do the Freedom Trail, especially if you have the kids with you.

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 4:16 PM by terry Highlight this comment 109

Does anybody know the face value(price printed on the ticket) of a Legends Club ticket in Section K row 8. Any help is really appreciated. I have a chance to buy 2 tickets for a game next week, but I don't really feel like overpaying. Thanks.

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 7:02 PM by Tom D. Highlight this comment 110

I decide to watch the opening of the olympics instead of the Twins getting their butts kicked once again ---

Posted on July 28, 2012 at 12:05 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 111

Ben - me too. And even if they didn't get their butts kicked (which happily they didn't) it was worth it, if only to see Rowan Atkinson "helping out" with the Chariots of Fire theme.

Tom D. - For sections A, B, Q, and R the full season price per ticket is $50, but the "face value" is $60. For all other LC sections the full season price is $58, so I'm guessing the "face value" is about $70.

Posted on July 28, 2012 at 01:39 AM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 112

I think I hit my head pretty hard last night, going to the Twins website made me think I better get checked out.

On the homepage, the 5th slide is promoting the Twins Territory Team, with an image from outside the Metrodome.

Posted on July 28, 2012 at 3:37 PM by tk Highlight this comment 113

Conversely tk, on this very blog - which is about our beloved TF, we have a picture of "I-Really-Don't-Belong-Here-I'd-Rather-Shoot-Myself Coliseum" in Oakland.

Posted on July 28, 2012 at 4:32 PM by luke Highlight this comment 114

Luke, change your theme to "Dusk" or "Night".

Posted on July 28, 2012 at 4:58 PM by Rick 115

Photo of the day:

http://mlbfancave.mlb.com/fancave/blog.jsp?content=article&content_id=35416356&partnerId=th_twitter#fbid=VD1fUpdc_6N

Posted on July 28, 2012 at 10:07 PM by gogotwins Highlight this comment 116

Thanks Rick. gogo - the shave job was pretty impressive...but that fat white guy had an assload of hair on his back - not very attractive to the ladies I'll clue ya.

Posted on July 28, 2012 at 10:24 PM by luke Highlight this comment 117

Liriano to White Sox.

Posted on July 28, 2012 at 10:39 PM by gogotwins Highlight this comment 118

I change themes and it always pops up AT&T Park.

Posted on July 29, 2012 at 01:04 AM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 119

The Liriano trade goes this long without comment or opinion?

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 05:09 AM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 120

It wasn't exactly a blockbuster, but given the team's track record of not re-signing their own free agents (Mauer excepted), it was probably better to trade him than let him go via free agency.

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 08:39 AM by terry Highlight this comment 121

I think everyone has sort of entered a "blah" period for this season. Especially when you look at the recent visitors to the site. Went to the game last night, it was one of the funnest games I have been to. Span was all over the place making plays with both glove and bat, it is too bad he will most likely be traded today, if Terry Ryan can pull the trigger.

One thing I heard last night that was different, was at the beginning of the game it seemed as everyone in the stadium was holding their own conversations, as the combinded sound of it was quite loud, like that of an auditorium before a show. It continued, except the irrational boring of Pierzynski, until the Twins started scoring.

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 11:21 AM by Duffman Highlight this comment 122

There's not much to say about acquiring a worse hitting version of Alexi Casilla and another "pitch to contact" 90 mph throwing pitcher.

Par for the course.

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 11:54 AM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 123

I certainly wish I could work up some enthusiasm for either the completion of this season or the prospect of next. Talk about ballpark-honeymoon-over...

Dumping Liriano feels right, and what we got can best be described as "better than nothing" albeit not by much.

I'm getting worked up for my trip to Baltimore/Washington in a couple of weeks -- though the Nats are making it a little tough to see their ballpark. Come on, Nats!

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 12:20 PM by Rick 124

It is hard to generate true enthusiasm, but a really nice performance over the weekend quite frankly. The nice thing about baseball is that you have a reasonable chance to see a win even with a mediocre team.

The offense is decent...that is fun! I had fun watching the boys this weekend. You just don't live and die on every pitch like when you are in the race.

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 7:46 PM by Lincster Highlight this comment 125

Been away from TF for about a month. I usually try to spot new things i havent seen. im sure it is not new, but when was a "Food Network" sign added to the concourse near Gate 14.

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 9:09 PM by tk Highlight this comment 126

Now they are saying Alex Wimmers, first round draft pick of a few years ago, may need Tommy John surgery. Is that surgery a necessary pre-requisite to being a pitcher in the Twins' system?

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 07:07 AM by terry Highlight this comment 127

Well it may be a way to calm these guys arms down. We wouldn't want them to have the ability to strike people out.

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 11:55 AM by Duffman Highlight this comment 128

Does anyone know if they tried to change Wimmers' mechanics?

This has got to be the 5th or 6th pitcher to "develope" a bad elbow. Too many coincidences.

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 12:10 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 129

I've become conditioned to expect anyone - whether pitching in the Twins' system or elsewhere - who throws close to 100 MPH will find themselves going under the knife for Tommy John surgery.

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 10:41 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 130

A lot of pitchers in every organization seem to be having Tommy John surgery now, especially pitchers who played college ball, already having their arms worn down for years throwing harder than HS and mixing in new 'out' pitches they didn't throw before, like sliders and curves (see: Steven Strasburg)

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 12:44 AM by jcm-baseball Highlight this comment 131


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