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Rod Carew, HOF, #29

April 2, 2010 4:10 PM

What is there to say? The clouds parted (after the helicopters left), and the sun shone on one the Twins' living legends.



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The statue looks great (so does Rod). Go to this article

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First!

Only because all you bastards are at the stadium and I am at work 1000 miles away.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 4:12 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 1

I love that all the statues and the gold glove statue are on in field dirt. That's just a really nice touch.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 4:13 PM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 2

KARE11 is saying the weather is in "good shape" for the game and traffic into downtown on 394 is light (due to Good Friday).

One hour til first pitch!

K

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 4:13 PM by Kramer Highlight this comment 3

nice picture of Carew. timely update

also - click name for a fantastic block post from stickandballguy

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 4:16 PM by some guy Highlight this comment 4

...um, "blog" post

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 4:17 PM by some guy Highlight this comment 5

Forgot to mention that La Velle has the Rauch/Closer update on his blog. Am going to see if I know how to link w/ my name. Gardy has our #1 lineup in for tonight, too.

Bet here is that a trade for a closer fell thru. Gardy was just covering with the committee approach until they could figure out if a trade was going to happen or not.

K

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 4:24 PM by Kramer Highlight this comment 6

Lets PLAY BALL!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 4:24 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 7

Thought this was a bit funny.

FSNMIN - 28 - Fri, 4/02, 5:00 PM 3 hrs
"St. Louis Cardinals at Minnesota Twins from The Metrodome"
4/02/2010, Live, Sports, Baseball, Major League Baseball, Mlb Game

Umm, they might want to update the stadium info...

Found on Titantv.com

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 4:29 PM by OldMetFan71 Highlight this comment 8

:) .

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 4:30 PM by luke Highlight this comment 9

One of the guys I work with said today that he thought it was very sad that Carl Pohlad won't get to see today.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 4:31 PM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 10

A) the place looks awesome on the TV - the greens and browns are purdy and B) the wind veil looks pretty sweet behind KMSP's set up.

And C) I can't wait until the 12th.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 4:33 PM by strategery Highlight this comment 11

Broadcasting 101 to Ron Coomer and the little flunky in the stadium...DON'T YELL INTO THE MICROPHONE!!!!! My god Coomer is already on my nerves and it's only been 5 minutes.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 4:38 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 12

haha Kevin, thats just Cooooooooooomer for ya!

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 4:46 PM by MattW Highlight this comment 13

The one thing I really like about TF, is that it doesn't look like every other stadium out there.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 4:49 PM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 14

March 2010 update from MBA, has anyone posted this yet?

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 4:57 PM by luke Highlight this comment 15

1,2,3 first... WOOOOO!!!

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 5:15 PM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 16

First batter, Span, triple.... Championship put it on the board.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 5:19 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 17

where are the ingame updates yo! I need to know what the feeling is like out there!

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 5:19 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 18

Nice triple from Span to get things started.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 5:20 PM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 19

Gladden on the right field overhang..... Fans won't be able to reach over and interfere with the balls because they have what I call a planter box, it has dirt in it and flowers.....

No shit Danny? I think we all call it a planter box.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 5:26 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 20

WTF!!!! its not on TV, wow it soccer, WHY WOULD THEY DO THAT!!!!!!!!!

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 5:30 PM by mching Highlight this comment 21

I'm watching the game. It's on TV, it's on FSN.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 5:31 PM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 22

I watch the game and admire such a beautiful sight....then I hear Sue Nelson and that cheap piece of shit she plays in the background and I want to stab my ears with a steak knife. It sounds like the dome. It needs to go...NOW!

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 5:33 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 23

I can't stop smiling today...really.
Kevin, I agree with you totally.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 5:37 PM by luke Highlight this comment 24

Geezuz kevin. Get's some prozac man or at least some minnesota brown ditch.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 5:37 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 25

No Qwest data svcs here!
Just wanted you to know that I've been trying to send in photos, but I'm ge=
tting no data service here. (Crossing my fingers that this message makes it=
out alive...)

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 5:47 PM by Rick 26

Its not on my FSN either. Nice.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 5:47 PM by ab21 Highlight this comment 27

punto...green light on 3-0 count? nahhh!!! oh wait...

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 5:52 PM by MGM Highlight this comment 28


Posted on April 2, 2010 at 5:53 PM by Rick 29

Denard Span is the first Twin to hit a home run in Target Field!

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 5:55 PM by amputechture Highlight this comment 30

GRRRR FSN didn't show the celebration sign!!!

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 5:56 PM by MattW Highlight this comment 31

Sure beats hitting his Mom:):):):):

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 5:56 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 32

clyde doepner was right there after the first home run!

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 5:57 PM by deenels Highlight this comment 33

Got one out!
But it's my last. Off to work.

(Email seems to work, but I can't do text or picture messages. Anybody else=
?)

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 5:57 PM by Rick 34

I'm now concerned that I may have a "bad bundle".

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 7:04 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 35

Neshek looks... uncomfortable.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 7:12 PM by CJ Highlight this comment 36

Just got a text from a buddy sitting in "The Dreaded Right Field Bleachers" and he says the seats are just fine for the money. He has trouble seeing deep center, but can see pretty much the rest of the field.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 7:27 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 37

Looks as though Neshek needs a little more time to get that arm strengthened. Not alot of zip on those pitches.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 7:29 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 38

the ovation for jacque jones was something out of a movie... that was outstanding.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 7:38 PM by CJ Highlight this comment 39

The ovation for JJ was great - nice to see him back in a Twins uni. Hope he continues to play well in Rochester. He's a class guy.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 7:41 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 40

The all-white TC behind home plate has gotta have some color in it. Bland to say the least. Would look much better with red and blue.

K

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 7:56 PM by Kramer Highlight this comment 41

It's hard to believe that Ron Coomer was an actual Major League ballplayer....:)

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 8:15 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 42

The morons on both fish wrap websites are using an EXHIBITION GAME loss as a reason as to why the ballpark should have never been built. You can't win with some people.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 8:20 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 43

Kramer,

I was thinking the same thing, but I am thinking they will be adding color to it. If I am not mistaken I don't think they had the opening week logos painted on the field, so it will probably be done then.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 8:20 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 44

Kramer,

I was also a little surprised at the white logo too. Maybe it's unfinished? Maybe they can't use a certain colored paint until the temperature is at a certain level so it stays put? I don't know but something tells me the white TC is just temporary. Wow does TF ever look great on TV, can't wait to see it in person in July. The only thing I don't like is of course the dome organ - just sounds out of place. Of course it could be Sue playing with one finger on each hand between EVERY pitch when a Twins player is batting. You notice there's blessed silence with the visitors are batting - something wrong with that.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 8:53 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 45

Attendance for the game was only 32,995...Where was everyone? Were THAT many people scared off by the rain?

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 8:56 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 46

Two things:

1) The white TC logo was a throwback to the 60's. It will be painted for the regular season.

2) The Twins gave away 6500 tickets to Mortenson employees, which is why the paid attendance was listed as around 32,000.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 8:58 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 47

Could attendance be a curse of StubHub? Ticket speculators buy up tix, don't get the price they want, thus tickets don't sell OR get used? Sure hope not.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 9:00 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 48

Few observations:

I was in the WC row of the overlook. Amazing seat, almost like a box at a theater. It collects water though, they had staff mopping it up all the way until the first pitch.

The wind was coming straight in from right field, hard. Can't believe span hit it out there.

Concourse was packed, hopefully the volunteer food staff gets better, and people realize there is food everywhere! Same with bathrooms, there was a bunch of guys standing in line to pee at a bathroom behind the RF bleachers....c'mon guys there is a bathroom every 50 ft.

Only word to describe being there is unreal. Felt like a dream.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 9:01 PM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 49

the white TC will be gone by opening day and a permanent Twins logo will be down.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 9:01 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 50

The standing ovation for Jacque Jones was the highlight of the game (after the great catch). Very spontaneous and heartfelt. Brought a tear to this old fan's eye. What a great place to watch a game. I still can't believe it's real.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 9:22 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 51

i agree - it was fun in the outfield with him - he seemed to really be eating it up. :)

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 9:31 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 52

Wow! Great night. Twins (well Denard) started the game well. I have a ton of great shots. Meg got Kent Hrbek to sign our tickets. Meg didn't like the white TC either and while the weather was good, the wind was brutal at times. I will post some of my images here and the rest on flickr when I get done going through them all.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 9:32 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 53

Incredible, to say the least... I was standing next to Jim Pohlad during the Carew thing.. Can't wait to sit in my seats tomorrow, was in the upper deck today and boy was that wind bad

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 9:38 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 54

I was in the upper deck as well (view seats -- section 318), and while the wind did blow hard at times, it really wasn't a problem if you were dressed right. I will say that row 14 at the top requires a good full sweatshirt hood (and in October, a scarf). I think the breeze will be wonderful up there in the summer, but you will want to dress in layers up there for sure until it is nice and warm.

When you could watch the front come through, and the sun broke out about 7:00, it was truly incredible.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 9:50 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 55

Why pansies in the flower boxes? A friend of mine and I thought it would have been cool if they threw some lady slippers in there.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 9:56 PM by Duffman Highlight this comment 56

The park looked excellent on TV. How cool is it to see the Twins home jerseys outside?

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 9:57 PM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 57

Introducing the lineups...

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 9:57 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 58

I'm not sure if they are worth the usual $95 it costs, but the Skyline Suite tickets were damn sweet for free. Good burgers, hot dogs and more, all you can eat and two drink tickets. Plus the seats are great, padded and the ones in the front row had the table area in front of you to set down your food and drink. Got eight more tickets for free from that deal for tomorrow as well. Gonna live it up before having to go back to the cheap seats.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 10:16 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 59

One other thing. I think they need to do more work on the trap signage. It was like it's own wind veil tonight, flappin around.

The real wind veil was cooking tonight though, very cool. It does make noise but who the hell cares!

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 10:19 PM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 60

thats insane buffalo, you lucky dog!

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 10:20 PM by deenels Highlight this comment 61

Buffalo, did you ever figure out why they were free?

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 10:24 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 62

Just got home from the game and, boy did we have fun! Ran into Mike Opat just before the game, had great seats for the game and then met and talked with the guy that ran the celebration sign after the game.

I borrowed a nice camera for the day and got some pretty good shots (click my name). Pictures of the trap sign, a little flooding problem in the handicap area above the overlook, the new platform for the organ and some others.

The only downside I found were the HUGE lines for bathrooms, beer and concessions.

Some will be worked out as the the season goes, but it was disappointing for sure!

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 10:24 PM by 2bb Highlight this comment 63

jpberka, nope never did. Didn't want to screw anything up by asking either. The people sitting next to me did the exact same thing. We were both prepared to be turned away or suddenly have somebody point to us and say, "Hey, you don't belong here!!" but it never happened. What a great time.

Now I've managed to set off a fight in my extended family because I have eight Skyline Suite tickets for tomorrow along with two Field View tickets I bought before. I've got eight people wanting in the suite with me and my daughter, so somebody's going to be let down.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 10:40 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 64

I am speechless! Therefore, I write. Still cannot describe...what an experience!

Question T-mobile users....did your service work at all (text, calls, internet, facebook)? My wife and my phone did not work at all! 8 couples around us also T-mobile and no service in the lower bowl....

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 11:05 PM by TK Highlight this comment 65

Many concessions ran out of beer, people waited in line to see if the kegs would be switched out, but never did. I saw an employment line for bar backs after the game outside the Metro Club.

I ventured to level 3 and there were some strong gusts up there! Not too bad, but almost lost my hat! The mobile carts are in some poor placement, as the cart lines disrupt traffic going to and from the stairwells...I am sure this will be examined.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 11:12 PM by TK Highlight this comment 66

T-mobile dosent get service anywhere, so it seems about right to me

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 11:18 PM by sw Highlight this comment 67

Rick, I sent you an email regarding an issue with TC Traders.

Let me know, thanks!

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 11:20 PM by StatFreak101 (Erik) Highlight this comment 68

Could anyone at the game say which version of "We're Gonna Win Twins" was played when the Twins took the field? Watching the game on TV, it sounded like the same one they played at the Metrodome (the '80s version with the "watch that baseball sooooo-OAR!" line).

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 11:28 PM by hofflalu Highlight this comment 69

Re: Attendance

My understanding is that the announced attendance is the number of tickets sold, NOT the number through the turnstiles, which is never made public for whatever reasons. Theoretically you could have a sell-out and no one in the park. There were LOTS of empty seats, at least some of which could be accounted for by the huge crowds in the concourses, at the rails, etc.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 11:31 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 70

Speaking of lots of empty seats, the upper deck home run porch seats were almost empty for a good chunk of the game. We decided it was because of the wind. Hope that doesn't happen for a bunch more games, it looked too empty up there.

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 11:35 PM by rback Highlight this comment 71




Clicky my name for about 20 more!

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 11:36 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 72

Sounded the same to me...took forever, it seems, for the Twins to take the field with the intro music. I did like how the music transitioned from "WGWT!" To the Pitbull song, keeping the same beat and fans transitioned nicely to clap in beat, without having to think and just continue clapping. Maybe I am just a band nerd and notice things like that....

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 11:36 PM by TK Highlight this comment 73



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Posted on April 2, 2010 at 11:46 PM by Sam L Highlight this comment 74

Anyone know where I can find a video of the JJ ovation?!? Unfortunately I missed it and it's all I'm hearing about...I've checked the Twins site, MLB videos and FSN - no one has it. Sounds like a cool deal.

Can't believe our park is finally here!! I know we waited a LONG time for it (hahah my name, "Excited" was created back when it still felt like a pipe dream), but we've now got a gem! Congratulations everyone! See you at the game tomorrow

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 11:51 PM by Excited Highlight this comment 75



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Posted on April 2, 2010 at 11:54 PM by Sam L Highlight this comment 76

Jaque...Jaque...Jaque...Jaque...Jaque...Jaque...Jaque

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 11:55 PM by TK Highlight this comment 77



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Posted on April 3, 2010 at 12:08 AM by Sam L Highlight this comment 78

My friends and I went to Smalley 87 (formerly Champps) after the game. After about 15 minutes, sure enough, Mr. Smalley himself walks in. He was really nice, came over to our table and chatted for a few minutes. He wanted to know what we thought of the restaurant. (Didn't have the heart to tell him it looked like the same old Champps with Twins wallpaper thrown about, and the menu is nothing to write home about.) Nonetheless, it put a fun ending to an unforgettable night at TF. (Four bleeping hits?? C'mon, Twins!)

Will be back there on Saturday for more gawking and observations.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 12:09 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 79

Anyone know where I can find a video of the JJ ovation?!? Unfortunately I missed it and it's all I'm hearing about...I've checked the Twins site, MLB.com and FSN - no one has it. Sounds like a cool deal.

Can't believe our park is finally here!! I know we waited a LONG time for it (hahah my name, "Excited" was created back when it still felt like a pipe dream), but we've now got a gem! Congratulations everyone! See you at the game tomorrow

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 11:49 PM by Excited Highlight this comment 80

Ok, so Dish Network DID NOT show the game in High Def. I was on the phone with them for over a half hour trying to get it resolved and they finally blamed FSN and said they must not have gotten the HD signal from them. Yet I could watch the freakin' Timberwolves in HD this coming Sunday. Looking at my guide, it doesn't show any of next week's games in HD on Dish, even though FSN is broadcasting in HD. WTF???!!! I've left messages with FSN, but good luck getting a response. I really deep down think it's a Dish issue and not FSN. I am pissed!

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 07:08 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 81

Faber College Alum, Dish Network is giving you a load of crap. DirecTV had it in HD and I guarantee Comcast did as well. DirecTV is running an ad campaign right now making fun of Dish Network's use of "Part Time" HD channels, claiming they'll show otherwise HD broadcasts in 480p on channels where they will also show HD broadcasts at other times of day. I am of the impression that it is a bandwidth limitation issue. All the same, I assure you that this is not FSN's fault. They're passing the buck.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 07:14 AM by jpberka Highlight this comment 82

Here is Jacque's ovation...

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 07:27 AM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 83

I'll just remind folks that are complaining about concession lines and running out of food/beer....this is exactly why they do exhibition games, the Gopher game, and so on. You can train all you want, but until you have a full house you really don't know how long it takes to get a keg from the store room, through the crowd, and hooked up to a tap. They'll get better at this over time. Also, lots of people were having dinner at the park, both because of the game time and they wanted to try the food.

Most of the slowness I saw were people getting used to the registers in real time and being able to restock items that were out. Both of these are correctable.

Finally, if last night was any indication, those Twins Pubs up on the upper concourse are going to be one big long party on Friday and Saturday nights. I didn't check out some of the other bars, but this was a downtown party crowd, not the beer and brat crowd. If TF can get some of that Xcel center mojo as the place to be, it will solidify the team for years to come.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 07:32 AM by Linc Highlight this comment 84

It means nothing of course, but April 12 now pops up on weather.com extended forecast.

68 and sunny!

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 07:49 AM by Linc Highlight this comment 85

Linc, you're right. It means nothing yet, but if that came to pass, I would be in complete and total HEAVEN!! Here's to hoping and praying!

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 07:55 AM by jpberka Highlight this comment 86

The best TV clip I've seen so far had Denard Span. He said that he wished they were opening the season at Target Field. I don't think there could have been a bigger praise than that! I bet that no player ever said that in the history of the Dome. TF is the place to be, even for the players! Oh GOD I'm happy! Years in the making! It makes my crying back in '97 during the whole NC Triad fiasco and in '01 during the whole contraction horror actually wash away! I was so worried back then that I'd end up just like my father, who grew up a Kansas City A's fan and ended up watching the A's win a bunch of titles in Oakland. He eventually moved to the Twin Cities to go to seminary, became a Twins fan along with my mom, raised me RIGHT, and turned me into a huge Twins fan. I was very worried that I would never be able to make my own children Twins fans. Target Field means I will not have to worry about that!

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 08:01 AM by jpberka Highlight this comment 87

Does anyone have any photos of the retired numbers in left?

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 08:07 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 88

FABER ALUM:
can you keep me updated if you figure out what is going on with dish and the hd for fsn please? i have fsn and was planning on upgrading the package to get fsn and in hd. but im only going to do this if its even possible to get it, if not id be like you, id bitch and complain until something gets figured out. maybe you can tell them you want a servic tech at your place and that way you can talk to him face to face about it, and if he sais sorry i cant help, id be like take that effin dish of my roof when you leave, but keep us updated
thanks

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 08:07 AM by rolo Highlight this comment 89

my bad, i have dish network, not fsn!

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 08:12 AM by rolo Highlight this comment 90

I know it's not a tech issue with Dish at my house. Like I wrote, I see the Timberwolves game in HD this coming Sunday. I think jberka is right and Dish is CHOOSING not to carry the game in HD.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 08:13 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 91

well let me know if you get the regular season in hd. that would suck, sorry bro

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 08:24 AM by rolo Highlight this comment 92

Here is Target Field on June 27, 2007 and then yesterday, April 2, 2010. There isn't much writing, because the pictures really do speak for themselves.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 09:10 AM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 93

I was sitting in the first row of the Pavilion and didn't even realize there was wind until we left the game via the Plaza.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 09:14 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 94

The park looked even better last night with Twins fans and the Twins playing. Can't wait to go back today.

But one thing,I may have missed it on the menu boards, but I only found the basic hot dog (original Twins dog.) at a one stand yesterday. I was sitting in 105 and had to walk to the left field corner, is that is error on my part or are the Twins trying to get people to buy the dome dog equalvilant?

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 09:17 AM by Duffman Highlight this comment 95

I think its going to take me a while to get used to the camera behind home plate. It seems a lot higher than most ballparks. Or maybe I'm just used to watching spring training games.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 09:23 AM by twinlves Highlight this comment 96

twinlves, I haven't watched many spring training games this year, but the camera looked pretty normal to me. I stood on the platform a couple weeks ago. It certainly isn't any higher than it was in the Dome.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 09:36 AM by jpberka Highlight this comment 97

Faber College Alum,

I went through this same thing with Dish and FSN last year. The first several games of the season were not HD and after many phone calls I got the same runaround you did. Dish says that FSN only sends certain programs in HD to Dish Network, and I had no luck getting a response from FSN. However, after a couple weeks, they must have gotten their differences resolved because the rest of the season was HD. It's just a case of the "part time" HD channels.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 09:43 AM by Matt23 Highlight this comment 98

I do remember last year that some early games weren't in HD on FSN on Dish, but I just thought that was because those were the few games that FSN wasn't carrying in HD, but I saw this year that FSN is broadcasting the entire season in HD for the first time.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 09:55 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 99

I checked eBay this morning...just to see what kind of paraphanalia was up from last nite (I am a dutiful collector of hard tickets, that's what I was looking for). There is one up from last nite.

One seller, had the hard tickets for opening day ALREADY on sale, claiming they were "sold electronically".... I can't remember who it was on here that was having trouble getting the hard tickets as a collectors item from his eBay seller...I certainly hope the guy I saw today isn't the one.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 09:58 AM by luke Highlight this comment 100

Anyone else having trouble 'submitting an offer' on TC Traders?

I get the message: "Your email address () does not appear to be valid."

However, I am logged in and have paid for services.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 09:59 AM by StatFreak101 (Erik) Highlight this comment 101

Statfreak I got that except not when I got ballparkmagic night tickets then I had no problem!

So looking outside it is sunny blue sky can't for the game!

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 10:30 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 102


Posted on April 3, 2010 at 10:39 AM by Rick 103

Josh,

I just uploaded a bunch of photos from last night. If you take a look at 4889, that should give you a good shot of the retired numbers.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 10:53 AM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 104

For those of you unhappy Dish Network subscribers that want HD & MLB Network, click my name and send me an e-mail. You and I will each get $10/month off for 10 months if you use me as a referral. Take a look on line for the special introductory
package/price you want and then use the referral # they give you from me. I did it with a coworker when I switched a year ago to get MLB network. It's like getting a smoked turkey leg or Vincent burger free every month.

It is easy for $100, so e-mail me or a friend.

Thanks to David from here for useing me as a referral! I don't work for Directv, I am just cheap!

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 10:58 AM by Buzz Highlight this comment 105



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Posted on April 3, 2010 at 11:00 AM by Mazaratirick Highlight this comment 106


Posted on April 3, 2010 at 11:01 AM by Rick 107

I cannot wait to see Kirby's!

Also, if I heard him correct last night, Jerry Bell said Tony Oliva will get one next season (2011). He said there just wasn't time to get four done from the time they figured out they had the money to the time they needed to be done.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 11:25 AM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 108

minn55441,
Thanks for posting the pictures, they look great.

Just curious if there is any reason they listed them in that order.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 12:02 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 109

Hey Linc -

I agree completely about the reason for the exhibition games. Undoubtedly things will get better, but I was hoping it would be a little smoother after a couple dry runs already (open houses and Gopher game).

For the short term I'll be eating before the game, bringing peanuts and doing the "I buy, you fly" method for getting a cold beverage.

I'm wiling to be patient though...we've got 30 years or so to enjoy this!

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 12:07 PM by 2bb Highlight this comment 110

Maybe that is in the order from right to left when they were retired..
League wide retirement of Jackie Robinson in 97, Puckett in 97, Hrbek in 95, Oliva in 91, Carew in 87, and Killebrew in 74.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 12:11 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 111



Is this for real? Just awesome.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 12:12 PM by Rick 112

They were saying they were already adjusting the position of some of the portable concession stands for today's game. The other big complaints I heard were stands running out of product, which can be tweaked over time, and long lines at some stands, which will both spread itself out over time but also get better as the help gets better with the registers and putting the product together.

However, at 40,000 per game there are going to be lines, that is for sure.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 12:43 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 113

just some of my own observations from Friday night...written in train of thought mode...

First of all, it is going to be a great (and was last night) a great place to watch baseball and experience the crowd. It really is a beautiful stadium. I bought 3 tickets through TC Traders and was in section 307 row 1, and was pretty much straight out from the amazing scoreboard along the first base line. Great seats. Some minor obstruction seeing home plate from my seat, but still pretty good seats. What surprised me is the buzz of the crowd. it seemed alot quieter than in the Dome. I think that is a good thing. There will be plenty of crowd noise when the Twins get more hits and score more runs. I was happy to see Denard have a great game yesterday. It was neat to see the Celebration sign in action, althought the full effect isn't seen as well in daylight hours.

I found that it was alot faster to get a Twins Dog or polish sausage(formerly the Dome Dog) at the side concession cart at upper concourse section 307, and they had fried green peppers and onions to put on top. I later bought the cheaper Twins dog for our daughter at the built-in concession stands, where the lines were longer. They weren't too bad, however. The wait at the restroom was alot longer, and my wife was surprised it took as long as it did. she asked "a line for the men?!" :)

Looking forward to going again on April 17th, and sitting in Skyline View seats.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 1:10 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 114

oh, and pleased that the "wave" that was attempted early in the game was a big fail... that practice needs to stay as Dome history, never to see the light of day at TF!!

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 1:22 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 115



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Posted on April 3, 2010 at 1:36 PM by Guest Highlight this comment 116

Well they have individual urinals right? no trough like before so its definitely going to queue up a smidge eh?

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 1:37 PM by bw Highlight this comment 117

FSN Better figure out that they should be showing the Celebration Sign in action after a Home Run, especially after Mauer's first at TF...Come on...

One of the biggest features of the place and it's not shown on TV???

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 1:42 PM by OldMetFan71 Highlight this comment 118

twinlvs- You're right about the camera angle....it seems to be higher.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 1:53 PM by ab21 Highlight this comment 119

Yea,,,C'mon FSN....Show Minnie & Paul for cripes sake.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 2:06 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 120

They mentioned during the game that next season there will be A statue for Olivia and I belive a statue for Hrbek.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 2:18 PM by Leroy Highlight this comment 121

Really frustrated
by the lack of Qwest data services. Can't get a picture out to save my soul=
(though I've got a couple hundred in the camera).

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 2:49 PM by Rick 122

What section is that where Cuddy's HR went? LF bleachers? It has 377 ft. painted on the wall.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 3:06 PM by Julie A. Highlight this comment 123

Thank you to whoever flipped a few of the switches on Sue's organ. It seems to sound better today...Or at least it sounds a little less dome-like.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 3:13 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 124

How do you post pix on here?

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 3:35 PM by Michael Highlight this comment 125

Julie, 377 is the left field power alley.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 4:05 PM by luke Highlight this comment 126

Thanks Luke looks like a great place to bring a glove!

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 4:16 PM by Julie A. Highlight this comment 127

Where is the Carew statue located? I saw Killer's statue on the plaza but didn't see Carew's. (too many people to wade through!)

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 5:14 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 128

What a great day for baseball (on the 3rd base side at least). Sunny and out of the wind. Good game! The Tony O Cuban sandwich is very tasty! Shook hands with Jerry Bell and said "Thanks". Parking was a breeze; got in & out of downtown quicker than at the dome (don't give me grief, I had 5 kids with me)and only $13. Didn't experience any unusually long lines at concessions or restrooms. If there have been problems, the Twins seem to be working them out. No complaints here!

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 5:23 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 129

In regards to showing the celebration sign after a home run on FSN...
I don't really think there is much to see during a day game. I was there and all it was was the flashing lights going around the border. I'm sure they'll show it when the neons are lit up during a night game.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 5:31 PM by Tommie Highlight this comment 130

If anyone can offer up their version of the closest $5 lot I'm all ears. I must have been off a block or two, and didn't want to take the time to hunt very long, but I had trouble going up 7th and 6th between TF and the dome.

Would I be better off on the North side?

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 5:49 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 131

JCTwins - Go west of the ball park just across Lynbdale Avenue from the Farmers Market. There is $5.00 parking under I94 and great in and out access. And on Saturdays and Sundays there is a lot of on street parking in between.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 6:06 PM by clublevelfan Highlight this comment 132

I just got home after a great day at Target Field. During all the years of turmoil surrounding the Twins' quest for a new ballpark, to finally see them take the field in their new home was a dream come true. It got a bit cool in the shade and Rauch's performance didn't exactly inspire confidence, but every other thought I have is positive. Virtually all hiccups were the kind to be expected from an opening and will be smoothed out as the season wears on. Traffic and parking was a breeze too. It's just a matter of knowing where to go and when. AT&T definitely needs to beef up its towers and network however. The frequent outages today occurred at the TCF Bank Stadium opening last year too.

Best of all, after a week of dismal forecasts, was no rain! When I was 6, my dad planned to take me to the Old Met for my first Twins game. It was pouring when we set out and as we pulled into the parking lot, the attendant told us the game had been postponed. I burst into tears over missing the game, only slightly consoled by the sundae we had at Burch Pharmacy's old lunch counter/soda fountain before arriving home much earlier than expected. We didn't make it back to the park that year and thus I never saw Rod Carew play in a Twins uniform. The potential symmetry of having my first games at the Met and Target Field rained out was weighing on the mind all week. Thankfully we played ball today and all was well!

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 6:10 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 133

The outstanding Uniwatchblog.com website included Target Field in today's entry. Follow the link and scroll down a bit to see their take.

urlhttp://www.uniwatchblog.com/[/url]

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 6:20 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 134

The main concourse was pretty congested again, at least when I tried to get through it. Upstairs a bit better. They made them nice and wide but then plugged them full of food carts, etc. to the point where I'm not altogether sure there has been much improvement over the Dump. As was the case Friday, LOTS of people doing something beside watching baseball. I hope, and expect, this to improve once everyone has tasted and seen everything.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 6:27 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 135

parked in st. paul and rode the 16 bus right to gate 3... brilliant. watched the killebrew statue unveiling and stood not 5 feet from our very own rick... had a great time explaining to fans at the flagpole the real story of how BW McEvers and Rick got that done. (consensus from the half dozen or so fans i talked to was that the twins should have acknowledged the idea came from the fans on the plaque)

tried the cuban sandwich... while there a few better in town - it was mighty tasty, the twins pub has a party atmosphere.

the usher in my section seemed a bit... clueless - having to be reminded by fans repeatedly to not block the view.

the wind in the upper concourse was BRUTAL - lots of chatter about that. have to agree that the wave looks like it's endangered - the fans who do that kind of crap can now get up and wander around to the right field corner, the pubs, etc. (thank heavens)

mens rooms were excellent - lots of happy gents saluting the lack of a trough. ("at least it's your own splashback" as one guy put it)

the choke point in the rf corner appears to be the result of too many carts in that area - but i think the Twins are going to have to do something about it.

the circulation ramps were HORRIBLY underused after the game - everyone packed in tight to the escalator lobby... creating a traffic problem - better wayfinding to encourage the use of the circulators would be very useful.

soundsystem upstairs was clear, albeit a bit loud. i wasn't as bothered by the organ as some have been - still prefer it to the pop music.

all in all - i don't think i could be happier with our new home...

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 6:40 PM by CJ Highlight this comment 136

TTH - Carew statue is south of Gate 29 on 7th street. It is all the way down at the corner of the cross street (don't know which street that is) and 7th. Much further away from the gate than I expected, but a nice way to welcome folks walking out of the parking ramp stairs that are right there.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 6:41 PM by 2bb Highlight this comment 137

I noticed something interesting that could be contributing to the choke point in the right field corner.

Our regular season seats are directly in front of Gate 29 (section 103), but the tickets say enter at Gate 34. Our tickets for Friday night were right behind home plate in section 114, but they ALSO said Gate 34.

As I was hanging out in the right field plaza area, I overheard people wondering where their seats were and a large portion of them were on the opposite side of the stadium. Obviously I don't know if they just wandered in off the plaza or if they were following directions on their ticket.

Not sure why my 114 tickets didn't say Gate 14 or why my regular tickets don't say Gate 29, but if everybody is instructed to use Gate 34 and then walk all the way around to their seats, it's going to cause some traffic jams.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 7:00 PM by 2bb Highlight this comment 138

"(consensus from the half dozen or so fans i talked to was that the twins should have acknowledged the idea came from the fans on the plaque)"

Neither Rick nor I got so much as a "thank-you" from anyone connected with the Twins.

" ---the usher in my section seemed a bit... clueless -"

I crossed in front of the ticket windows between gates 34 and 29 yesterday looking for the press entrance. There was a Twins guy just before where the windows quit with ID lanyard, what used to be called a "walkie-talkie" etc. so I stopped and asked him where is the press gate. He looked at me like I just got off the bus from Mars, shrugged his shoulders and said "I dunno". So, I kept walking and found the press gate about twelve feet beyond where he was standing.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 7:02 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 139

CJ what section were you in? Our usher had the same problem. It was the entrance to 315/316. He was an idiot. We yelled down to him maybe 3 or 4 times.

I wasn't all that bothered by the wind in the upper concourse. It didn't seem like much of a big deal to me for whatever reason.

I used the ramps after the game to leave and got out with absolutely no issue at all. It was a marvelous experience.

Think of the last time you went to the Dome with 40,000 people and what the experience was like in trying to leave. There was simply no comparison today. As for the concourses, there may be a little congestion, but I simply cannot compare it to the Dome at all. Not one bit. Even with the extra carts.

My seats today were section 316 row 11 seats 1 & 2. These are not my regular tickets, and thank GOD for that. They were the assigned seats for the exhibition only. I was staring right down at the entrance. A bar blocked home plate and the usher and fans kept getting in the way. Our regular seats are row 4 and in the middle. None of these issues. I am really looking forward to those seats!

All around, a great day, but I was a bit displeased with the way they were handling the Metropolitan Club. They were asking people if they were coming in for drinks. If they said no, they'd turn them away, even if they were season ticket holders. To me, this is inexcusable. They sold the tickets on the basis of it being our club. I lied and told them I'd buy a drink just to wander through for a while. It wasn't as if they checked. Still, it shouldn't matter to them. I imagine this will let up when things die down a bit, but it was a bit of an irritation to me.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 7:18 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 140

I found some $5 parking yesterday just a few blocks away in the ramp attached to Macy's. Great deal. Today it was $12 though, a bit too steep. But on Sundays and any time after 4 p.m. it's $5. Block E was also charging $10 yesterday, although didn't see what it was today. $10 for parking a block away with skyway access is pretty good.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 7:24 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 141

jp - that's where i was. sec 315 row 9 late in the game. (row 7 earlier) shame to hear it was your view that was being blocked

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 7:29 PM by CJ Highlight this comment 142

CJ mentioned the circulation ramps. I forgot to mention we discovered them by accident Friday night, but it ended up being a pretty good way to get back down to gate 29. I wasn't sure where the ramps would end on the main level, but it was right by the escalators and the pro shop.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 7:58 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 143

we parked in a ramp off LaSalle for $5 and walked over.

It was a little chilly once right field seats went shady but in July and August, I'll be in heaven.

a beer vendor dropped an unopened plastic bottle of beer on my neighbor's head. Didn't even offer her a freebie. lol
(JFH, that was Jen's head.)

I am going to be sad to see Dinkleman go back to the minors. :( lol

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 8:31 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 144

Do you have to enter at whatever gate they tell you.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 8:36 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 145



I love my place in the sun! Jax :)

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 8:42 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 146



Gorgeous day

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 8:47 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 147



I love my view of rf and Cuddy. 

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 8:50 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 148



I was a tad slow with the trigger but here's the homerun sign on the out of town scoreboard after denards homer on friday 

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 8:54 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 149

WOW, those pictures almost look fake Jax! What a great day for a game.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 8:54 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 150

it was glorious :)

I wasn't sure if I could upload a video - the answer is apparently no, so click my link - looks like I got a bit of the celebration sign too.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 9:02 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 151

oops, and to know what I'm talking about, look at my previous posts on tab 3 or on InGameMagic. :D

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 9:04 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 152

one more video of the Twins taking the field for the first time on Friday night. (from my vantage point so mostly OF plus a dumb blonde was in my way..lol)

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 9:24 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 153

what? that beer would have been mine! I guess most ppl. here haven't experience that battleground known as "Wrigley Field".

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 9:49 PM by Julie A. Highlight this comment 154

In re: "a beer vendor dropped an unopened plastic bottle of beer on my neighbor's head. Didn't even offer her a freebie. lol
(JFH, that was Jen's head.)

I am going to be sad to see Dinkleman go back to the minors. :( lol

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 8:31 PM by Jax"

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 9:51 PM by Julie A. Highlight this comment 155

Jax - dumb blondes in MINNESOTA? I think you just insulted a large percentage of the entire female residents of the state.

Hello?

PS - I'm not blonde for what it's worth. But I must defend my ah...MN blondes

:/

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 9:58 PM by Julie A. Highlight this comment 156

Not sure what the logic is behind the "gate number" on the ticket. My seats are down the 3rd base line, past 3rd base, and the gate number on my ticket is 29. I'll be entering through gate 6 every time.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 10:15 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 157

Today was a nearly perfect day. Beautiful weather, entertaining Twins win, Joe Mauer goes deep into the trees. I didn't want to leave the park today!

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 10:29 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 158

A few observations from my experiences Friday night and Saturday afternoon -- most of these are probably just issues related to everything being new but some of the things I discovered:

Concourses - very crowded (both main and upper) Again, I think this is due to the fact that so many people are just walking around and checking out the ballpark. Another thing causing this is backed up lines at concession stands, which brings me to my next topic...

Concession Stands - A lot of variety as we know. However, lines continued to be long and many concessions were out of items (garlic toast, vincent burgers, potato chips, big Twins dogs) Again, this problem should be resolved with some operational adjustments. This is why you have open houses and exhibition games to get a sample of a full crowd. Hopefully the concession workers pick up the pace and the lines are not as backed up, resulting in less-crowded and less congestion in the concourses.

Open Concourses - I am disappointed in the lack of tables/rails throughout the main concourse. Usually (at other ballparks I have been to) there are some tables or rails throughout the concourse where you can set food/drinks on while you mingle from the concourse. I did not see any of these in the main concourse (at least on the first base side from sections 101 - 107) I hope they eventually add some space to set food/drinks so you can enjoy the game from the concourse and have a place to set your food/drinks down if needed.

Light Rail/Traffic - very pleased with the light rail set-up. A very long line moved very quickly and efficiently and it will only get better when they add a third train car in the near future. At one point the line was along the entire promenade down to Hrbek's on 7th street. I was also pleased with traffic control in the 3rd Avenue/5th street area.

Plaza - this place is amazing. Very open with a lot of room to gather and hang out.

Twins Pub - a nice feature to the ballpark that will be welcomed when weather conditions are not ideal. The only negative was the long lines.

Overall atmosphere - the organ reminds me too much of the Metrodome. Not sure if its the organ itself or the organist, but it simply reminded me too much of the Metrodome. The wave - I cannot believe some Twins fans continue to think the wave is a cool thing to do at a baseball game. The wave should not happen at Target Field and needs to stay at the Metrodome! Both games the wave was started and both games it died very quickly so I can only hope it does not continue on at Target Field. Leave the wave at the Metrodome! Where were the fireworks following the homeruns?? I can only hope the Twins blow off a couple of quick fireworks during the regular season following homeruns. I was expecting some fireworks to be launched from the top of the scoreboard after Span's homerun on Friday night and the Mauer/Cuddyer homerun's on Saturday.

Overall, this is a great ballpark and I had to keep reminding myself I was in Minneapolis. There are definitely some operational issues that need to be worked out, but I would think things will be much more smooth come April 12.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 10:34 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 159

I used to live in San Francisco. My main annoyance with the SF Giants new ball park was no roaming beer vendors. PLEASE tell me that TF has roaming beer vendors and I will not complain anymore...I think...

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 10:43 PM by Julie A. Highlight this comment 160

Lots of complaints on the organist, and I guess since I grew up with the Metrodome and really have not been to another stadium, what should be played if anything at all when the organ is playing? What would be the solution? Newer organ, no organist, canned pop music? Just curious what other stadiums do.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 10:57 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 161

Target Field does have roaming beer vendors.

I think the organ sounded fine today, but the organist is either constrained by the Twins or her own imagination. As others have mentioned, the two Chicago ballpark organists play very interesting and witty selections. It's too bad that isn't the case here.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 10:58 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 162

Josh,

It's not so much what she plays during at bats (although she tends to play in between EACH pitch when a Twins player is batting which in my opinion is overdoing it.)

It's really what she plays or in most cases, doesn't play between innings, before and after the game starts. I'm really starting to think that other than the typical gametime jingles, Sue only knows how to play mary had a little lamb - using only one hand and one key of course. Josh...click my name for a great example of what a ballpark should sound like before a game starts....

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 11:03 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 163

SF Giants music is like House Music at a club. They have a really EXCELLENT announcer Renel Brooks-Moon. She is awesome.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renel_Brooks-Moon

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 11:03 PM by Julie A. Highlight this comment 164

Here's another one for ya Josh....

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 11:04 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 165

Josh...Here's a small bit of what it sounds like in Kansas City.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 11:06 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 166

thx for the beer info Jorge. ;)

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 11:08 PM by Julie A. Highlight this comment 167

Thanks Kevin, I can totally see what you are talking about and agree that it must be her and not the Twins stopping her. That last link from the Dodgers was awesome. I wonder is there is anyway to get the Twins to change this, I would love to hear some of that being played.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 11:10 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 168

Thanks for the parking tip Clublevel fan. I'll check it out next time. Since it's not a business area is this something to try on day games?

I haven't seen discussion of it here, but LRT was disgustingly packed on Friday evening. It got packed before Dome games, but this was insane. Based on that experience (and we were plenty early) I think I'm taking LRT park and ride type options off of the list.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 11:15 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 169

Eh, you need to get a life if you're spending this much time obsessing over the organ at Twins games.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 11:19 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 170

Kevin In AZ - why are you so intent on negative fecal matter? If you live in AZ go hang out in that airport hanger that the D-Backs play in.

Yes, I've seen that mo-fo and it looks pathetic. Get over yourself. TRY to have a good time.

Please.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 11:22 PM by Julie A. Highlight this comment 171

go back to the kitchen julie!

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 11:23 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 172

To music played, my gf and i were discussing that they should maybe play some local music, MSP has some great local music to play. Is the music they played controlled by MLB or the team or who? Also that guest pic post was me, i keep registering it and it keeps doing that

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 11:23 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 173

:::high fives buffalo:::

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 11:24 PM by Julie A. Highlight this comment 174

I love how provincial we are in Minnesota. It reminds me of the way many people reacted to a non-Minnesota company being hired to supply the grass.

Do you think fans in Chicago are sitting around thinking they should only play Chicago music or people in Boston are saying they should only play music from Boston artists?

Besides, other than Prince, Minnesota music isn't much to write home about.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 11:42 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 175

I hate Prince. Give me Bob Dylan!

I went on Friday, it still feels entirely surreal to me. It's amazing.

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 11:56 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 176

You don't have to stick up for the blonde - I am, in fact, about 10 shades blonder than she is. :P

Buffalo, according to Jacque Jones, they were to busy callin him the 'n' word in Chicago to worry about such things. lol

lol Kevin... I own the t-shirt, and wear it proudly. (click my link)

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 12:00 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 177

They actually do play a fair amount of local music. I know I've heard Craig Finn, of Holy Steady fame, talk about how he knows the guy who runs the music for the Twins, and he makes sure to keep it somewhat local. During the Gopher exhibition, I heard both The Replacements and The Suburbs in the same inning. It was like heaven.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 12:18 AM by The Legacy (aka Sean) Highlight this comment 178

"I heard both The Replacements and The Suburbs in the same inning. It was like heaven."

Yeh right. Sorry i'm not that stupid. Toche however.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 12:25 AM by Julie A. Highlight this comment 179

Jax...you're a crackup....Natron is lucky man!!

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 12:41 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 180

I'm sorta glad they brought the organ over from Metrodome. I can deal with that being the one thing that reminds me of all those years under the teflon. It's a connection to my youth.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 01:23 AM by Jeremy Highlight this comment 181

buffalo - regarding your comment on minnesota musicians/bands/acts being "nothing to write home about". please son. please. on that point (amongst some others that i won't mention) i do have to say that you are clueless.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 01:46 AM by Betaband Highlight this comment 182

As linked a few days ago, here is an interview with Twins audio guy Kevin Dutcher. It doesn't say in the story, but I know that he's constrained by the Twins for music choices during the game. But before the game, he can play basically whatever he wants. As he says in the story, "I enjoy playing local bands. I'm trying to play more current local bands: Red Pens, Solid Gold. We'll see how that goes."

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 01:55 AM by Elston Gunn Highlight this comment 183

You old timers get the Met Flagpole, us youngins get the dome organ.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 02:03 AM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 184

The StarTribune really went all out with its coverage of Target Field for Sunday. La Velle gives a shout out to Rick on the flagpole suggestion. Click link.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 03:05 AM by FD Highlight this comment 185

Aww we wish they would have put up a clock like the one at the old met. You could have put it on the one end of the trap ad sign that the Delta ads are on now. The tagline time flys when your on Delta Airlines heheheheh.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 03:42 AM by Leroy Highlight this comment 186

Cool to see Rick and the website mentioned. I believe this article is in today's "Target Field Special Section", it'd be cool if someone scanned it to see the site mention in print!

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 06:09 AM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 187

Check out the updated Target Field Star Tribune web section too.

There are nine different 360 degree view areas (plaza, clubhouse Budweiser Deck to name a few), information on the playing field, stadium level information, and much more.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 06:15 AM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 188

Buffalo- Dude I'm just saying mixing some local music. It all started when i though i heard a song that started like Tapes n' Tapes. But I'm talking small Twin cities bands like tapes n' tapes, solid gold, Lookbook,Dillinger 4,Jeremy Messersmith, Heiruspecs etc. With Prince you are thinking too big we were thinking the unknowns.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 07:29 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 189

Looks like people posted as i was posting. I didn't hear Craig Finn or Replacements, but i did leave after 1.5 innings of that game. Thanks Beta and Elston for your posts

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 07:38 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 190

It's a given that all of us are overjoyed with Target Field, but beyond the growing pains of the long lines, cold cheese curds, etc., there were some disappointments yesterday.

--As previously noted, they should have purchased a new organ and probably a new organist. You can't not be reminded of the Metrodome every time Sue Nelson plays one of her incessant jingles. I love tradition in the game, but she's just uncreative.
--The upper concourse, perhaps due to the solid wall ringing the ballpark, pole to pole, is where all the wind rushing into the ballpark flows. It was frigid yesterday, 20 degrees cooler than in the seats, and a gale was blowing constantly. I think the Twins spent so much time trying to protect fans from the 4 weeks of the season that might be cold that there are some unintended consequences that will render the other 22 weeks of the season uncomfortable.
--Such as: all of us sitting in the back row of the home plate and field terrace seats had food debris and garbage raining on our heads throughout the game, swept by the winds through the seating areas reserved for wheelchair patrons above (at concourse level). The Twins must do something to protect those seats from this. Two hours before game time the seats were already covered with peanut shell fragments, hair, and other detritus.
--There was no place on the scoreboard to find official scorer's rulings and on complex plays where there were hits and errors in the same play, etc., the "last play" readout never had the right information.
--The pre-game game presentation (allowing for the possibility that something better is being held in reserve for the regular season) was dull and made poor use of the fantastic HD boards. The same lackluster music (Van Halen, U2) was used as the team took the field and after a victory as was used at the Metrodome. There's a difference between tradition and simply a resistance to improvement.
--Most of the concessions staff I dealt with was in a state of high confusion and many looked as if they had been pulled off the street just moments before the game and handed a windbreaker and a price list.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 07:52 AM by Adam Platt Highlight this comment 191

I'm pretty sure they'll iron out the concessions - I hope I'm not the only one who - despite my frustration - makes a point to be kind to the VOLUNTEERS behind the registers.

Don't assume it was colder up there - I sit in 102 in the front row on the shady side and it was windy and very chilly yesterday! I'm not going to be disappointed by that though because I should have dressed more warmly - I knew it was only going to be in the 50s and windy. I'm callin it My Bad.

I do have one complaint. Girls on the sunny side wearing tank tops when it's 50. I know it was warmer in the sun, but give me a break. I don't expect anyone here to agree with me. lol

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 08:22 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 192

Here's an idea, folks... Get your food before the game and grab a beer when the vendor hits your aisle... That way you don't have long lines and you can do what you're supposed to be there for... To WATCH THE GAME!!!

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 09:05 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 193

To all those complaining. Roaming beer vendors do not exist at the SF Giants ballpark. I repeat...

They do have a bitchin' steak house in there however.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 09:15 AM by Julie A. Highlight this comment 194

hey K in AZ can I leave the kitchen now? I can't even boil water & the beer is almost gone. What other uses are there for a "kitchen" besides having a fridge full of beer and a nuke-o-wave? O please clear the cobwebs of your memory and do tell.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 09:21 AM by Julie A. Highlight this comment 195

i like this julie a.!

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 09:42 AM by rolo Highlight this comment 196

I've heard some people claiming how cold the upper concourse was. First of all, it is completely impossible for the upper concourse to be literally 20 degrees colder than the seats. I understand the sentiment however. All the same, it wasn't that bad. I was there for the majority of the game and it was quite survivable. Please also keep in mind that this weekend was particularly windy with these low pressure systems moving through. What you experienced was likelier on the windier end of what we will experience. I don't think we need to go rethinking the ballpark because of what we experienced in this instance. I will tell you that I came wearing my twins dugout jacket and I wore my cap, but had a Twins winter hat in my pocket just in case. I never pulled it out. It simply wasn't that bad.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 09:48 AM by jpberka Highlight this comment 197

Julie,
Touring the Cal ballbarks last year none of the stadiums out there have beer vendors. I was told it was a state law that vendors could not sell beer at any ballparks/arena's in California.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 09:56 AM by Jincr Highlight this comment 198

Jincr thanks for that note. Although I don't think it applies to Oakland.

But nothing applies to Oakland in all sincerity. ::koff koff [smells like doobie]::koff koff...

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 10:31 AM by Julie A. Highlight this comment 199

Rick, It was nice meeting you yesterday at the game. How many photos did you end up with? Wow, what a great day yesterday. I loved the feel of the breeze and the smell of the concessions from our seats in section 204. Opening day is going to be one big party. By the way, we had several vendors checking in on our section. No complaints here.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 10:37 AM by Jim Highlight this comment 200

julie a....do you have anything of substance to offer this forum? since you appeared a few days ago (yes we usually get a wave of idiots every time this website is publicized somewhere - welcome to you our newest moron).

since you're new, let me welcome you. first off this isn't rube chat, so you may want to take your shitty attitude back to kfan. also, you may want to go back and read this forum a bit before posting. so far you've bitched about no roaming beer vendors in sf twice - not topical as this isn't sf, nor do we care. you've given props to the dumb broad who screeches through th pa system in sf...again not topical - in case you didn't notice, this is about target field and there's nothing wrong with adam abrams as pa, nor have we ever had to deal with no beer vendors.

Buffalo...you say that I'm obsessing over the organ? read a bit you twit! I'm not the only one who is bringing it up. for many of us the organ is part of the ballpark experience - even rick mentions it if you even bother to read his posts. i wasn't looking approval from anyone - especially you and your total inferiority complex that you have displayed since appearing here a year ago. take your hatred for minnesota back to wisconsin. i was totally silent when you were obsessing over whether or not your fat ass would fit in a seat or you crippled father can walk up steps....if you read something here that doesn't interest you, move on.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 10:54 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 201

Everyone get off of Kevin's lawn.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 11:02 AM by strategery Highlight this comment 202

adam platt makes excellent points. i'm hoping the overall presentation of the music and scoreboard will be better come the 12th. the organ needs an upgrade, it just does. they've got all these new tools that should be utilized beyond what we experienced at the metrodome. and that upper concourse is a wind tunnel. although it was much more windy than usual these past two days. what is so great in general are just the countless places one can simply stand and watch the game, from anywhere in the park. i think the whole left-centerfield area is done quite well. peering over the batter's eye. it's a thrill just walking the entirety of that main concourse. the place is a city in itself with these neighborhoods of interest.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 11:18 AM by tim Highlight this comment 203

"La Velle gives a shout out to Rick on the flagpole suggestion --- "

It is a constant source of astonishment to me how little factual information is presented by the mainstream media in regard to the flagpole. I know it's not much of a story in the grand scheme of things - buy why not at least try to get it right? Rick has promised me (and us) that he will be doing some postings that address the "straight story" so to speak - something I, for one, am looking forward to.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 11:37 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 204

Ben,

I guess I'm not as surprised by the lack of facts by the mainstream corporate media - they just suck, period. What has really frustrated me is how the Twins have treated Rick. It took the Twins many years to accept Clyde Doeppner, I hope it won't take that much time before they embrace Rick. Rick has done an incredible job of cataloging this project for the public. The Twins website has the webcams, that's it. DSP's blog has always been a joke (updated on a monthly basis at best and usually with old info). The Twins know this and I think they're jealous. It's quite clear that many in the Twins organization read this board as we've seen many of the suggestions used by them.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 11:52 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 205

Anyone have any good tips on parking. I took the light rail in Friday afternoon for the 1st game. We got on at Fort Snelling about 2 hours before game time and it was ridiculous. The train was almost full already from people getting on in Bloomington, but we managed to squeeze on. From there it just got worse as people just shoved their way on at each stop and pushed you in further. By the time we got to Lake Street, there was absolutely no room to even breathe as you were smashed in on all sides. I've been to many Twins games at the dome using the Light Rail and I have never experienced anything this bad before. I will say thought that the ride home was much better. The transit workers at Target Field did a good job of getting people loaded on quickly and since we were leaving downtown, we did not have additional people shoving their way on at each stop. I am thinking I might be better off driving downtown and parking. I don't want to pay an arm and a leg to park, so I was wondering if anyone had any advice on cheap lots. I am guessing some of lots near the dome would have to be much cheaper than the lots around Target Field. From there I could either walk or take a downtown bus for $0.50. Any advice would be appreciated.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 11:52 AM by jay Highlight this comment 206

The organist before Nelson, how do you spell his name? I was trying to find some of his stuff on YouTube and couldn't find it (I probably spelled "Newman" wrong, because I think it was Neumann, but I'm not sure).

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 11:57 AM by luke Highlight this comment 207

Luke,

What's weird is that amazon.com has the cd with his name spelled "Neuman" while his obituary in the Strib has it spelled, "Newman". Too bad that CD only has his ballgame jingles and not the awesome versions of Duke Ellington tunes that he used to fill the Metrodome with prior to games.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 12:02 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 208

Jp-

I do believe that the upper concourse could have been 20 degrees cooler than anywhere else in the ball park. The wind was blowing upper there and it was a stark contrast to sitting in the seats. That being said it was not that cold by Minnesota standards, and if people are complaining, its just that they want to complain about something.

When I was sitting in my seats on Saturday, section 327, I sort of regretted wearing pants. Uh, I mean I wish I would have worn shorts instead. Sitting in the sun on Saturday was amazing and it is going to make for a wonderful year of baseball in Minnesota.

Overall the ballpark is amazing. That being said, I did have some observations, good and bad. Most are things that can be fixed and hopefully they shall be.

When I walked in Gate 34 it was unbelievably backed up. I am sure that it is mostly caused by people gawking at the stadium, but the Twins gear and fruit cart did not help. There is no need for a Twins gear stand there, the proshop is 50 feet farther in.

On the upper concourse I loved the catwalks, being able to avoid the crowds and walk above them was cool, its too bad they didn't extend them all the way around the level.

Now just an opinion of mine, and I am sure I am going to catch hell for it, but there is far too much Summit beer in this stadium. Its a good beer, but not that good of beer. I could think of no worse beer to have on a hot sunny day than a EPA.

Along those lines, why do the "Cold beer" carts only have two kinds of beer on them? I know it most likely about space the kegs take up, but it appears each carts has 4 taps, possibly coming only from 2 kegs, but if they are from 4 kegs, they shoud have four types of beer.

I bought a dinger dog and a big twins dog on Saturday. I wondered why these thing do not come in wrappers anymore. It is a pain in the ass to carry one of those, a beer and some peanuts back to the sests. At the dome or Xcel, you can get your dog, put you toppings on, wrap it back up and shove it in a pocket.

I know seems a lot like I am complaining, but it is not meant to be that way, well asides some the Summit comment. The other are just suggestions on somethings that could be improved.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 12:13 PM by Duffman Highlight this comment 209

Kevin ---

That pretty much puts it in a nutshell - although the Twins have always been pretty good to Doeppner (probably more a factor of his persistence than their goodwill).

The Twins don't seem to care much about anything that does not directly and immediately benefit them - or match their view in how things ought to be spun. On Friday we (the "Legion Contingent") were approached by several officers and members of other vet's clubs and organizations, as well as some active duty servicemen just back from various war zones - they all wanted to meet us and say thanks. The Twins ran off with the US flag we donated (apparently saving it for later) then, for all practical purposes, patted us on the head and told us to go lie by our dish.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 1:05 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 210

How do you post a picture on here?

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 1:17 PM by Michael Highlight this comment 211

Put me on the record as one that appreciates the posts of Julie A.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 1:20 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 212

The twins have directly benefited from rick... i have always gone to three or four twins games a year but following this website for about two years made me decide to buy a twenty game package... I'm sure that I'm not the only one

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 1:32 PM by sw Highlight this comment 213

I have an idea, we can be sneaky and put our own little credit to rick under the plaque about the flag. The twins certainly will remove it after every game but if we do it every game maybe we can create change! hehehehee......

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 1:39 PM by MattW Highlight this comment 214

Duffman,

Let me be the first to comment on your incomprehensible Summit comment.

Everywhere there is a Summit there is a piss water beer for you to enjoy instead. Not sure why the availability of another option for people that like some flavor in their beer is a problem. I have not found a spot that I could not get a Summit for me and a flavorless, see through beer for my less cultured friends.

Personally, I think there is far too much Miller beer in this stadium. Its a good beer, but not that good of beer.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 1:49 PM by 2bb Highlight this comment 215

I'll second 2bb. Luckily there is a Minnesota beer cart right next to the stairway to my section so I had access to a Schell's Dark Friday. If I hear one more person excited by a Mich Golden Light sighting...

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 2:00 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 216

Sounds like we have a few beer snobs around here. My favorite beer is one that's cold.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 2:02 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 217

Welcome to everybody who saw this site mentioned in the Strib's special section today!

I am indeed going to tell the flagpole story in greater detail between now and opening day. In some regards, it's a tricky story to tell because, like so many things, the finished product looks way better than the process by which it got there...

But right now I'm thinking much more about the typhoon-like winds in the upper concourse. They just plain never let up, not even for a moment.

You don't feel them while sitting in your View level seats, but as soon as you hit a staircase, there they are again. I felt so sorry for the five staffers at the Big Dog cart on the 3rd base side. The wind was totally relentless.

Long ago I wrote about the potential for a wind tunnel effect up there, and as I was walking it yesterday, I realized that I have never once been up there when it wasn't substantially windier than the whole rest of the world. This includes three games, two open houses, and a handful of construction tours along the way -- one of which involved a large group of people holding their hard hats onto their heads because they were at risk of blowing away.

While I'm not really ready to declare this a Problem, I'm wondering what others noticed. Other than up there, it wasn't really all that windy downtown yesterday, and it was almost perfectly calm in my back yard.

It's at least a Concern...

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 2:15 PM by Rick 218

One more quick thing: Kevin Dutcher (audio) is awesome. Like Sue (organist), he has some constraints to work within, but what he does is always great. I heard one unexpected but very cool song between innings yesterday that will likely become the title for my next post (late tonight, if I don't fall asleep from all the Easter reverie...).

(Confidential to Michael: Formatting and image instructions are right above the comment box that you type into. If you've got no place to host your image, email it to me and I'm happy to host it.)

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 2:20 PM by Rick 219

Jay - I can directly relate to your experience with the light rail as well. I parked at the 28th street park and ride ramp both Friday and Saturday and the train was already packed (standing room only) and it was just the 2nd stop on the line.

Since I drive up from Rochester, I considered parking at Fort Snelling, but I figured the train would be packed full by the time it arrived at Fort Snelling, and sure enough, it was packed by the time it stopped at the 28th street station.

I have never seen the light rail so packed prior to Twins games in years past. Perhaps they will need to add a few extra trains each hour in addition to adding the third train to the current two-train setup.

I am thinking I am just going to drive downtown and park in a lot and walk the 4-6 blocks from now on.

If you are not in a hurry and want to go to the local establishments after games, than light rail is not a bad choice, however, if you want to be on the road as quickly as possible following games, than its your best bet to find a lot downtown and walk the 6 blocks or whatever.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I was very happy with the way Metro Transit controlled and coordinated the pedestrian/light rail traffic following the games. The promenade is a very good place to line the people up.

I just hope they increase the number of trains per hour on gamedays or do something to help alleviate the crowds on the trains because there were a lot of people at the Metrodome station that could not get on the train either.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 2:23 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 220

Rick,

You're right about Kevin Dutcher. I hope the rumors are correct that he did play Mr. Blue Sky prior to the game yesterday.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 2:29 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 221

I was up on the 300 level on Friday night and didn't mind the breeze. Then again, I might have been too excited to finally see the Twins play. While the breeze could be a problem early, I think it may be ideal in July and August. I guess you take the good with the bad. Buy a nice jacket for the cold months and be thankful for the breeze in the warm months. I'm just glad we have the variety of conditions throughout the year and the option to walk all around the ballpark and set up shop at various drink rails to enjoy different perspectives.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 2:35 PM by The Rational Actor Highlight this comment 222

"If I hear one more person excited by a Mich Golden Light sighting..."

I thought we were discussing beer.

Fred ---

Beer (at least in Europe) is brewed to be served at a particular temperature which best enhances it's flavor. Most Americans seem to prefer impact rather than flavor and cheap, ice cold, lifeless piss water is what sells best. Some day you might get lucky enough to be served a cellar temperature Bellhaven or M√ľnchner Hofbr√§u - only then will you know better.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 2:54 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 223

I'm gonna chime in as liking the current organ sound/style. Watching both games on TV and being able to hear Sue Nelson's organ quite clearly in the background, I was pleased to hear it sound the same as in the Metrodome (well, I figured it'd sound the same since we knew Sue was going to the new stadium and wanted to bring the same organ, but still). I'm probably in the camp that has a few positive memories of the Metrodome (where I've seen the bulk of my baseball games in my life) and hearing that particular organ style -- simple and not-as-ballpark-organ-like as it is -- reminds me of my experiences going to Twins games over the years, in a good way.

The Dome was my home stadium for my favorite team, and bringing over a handful of Metrodome-era features (the organ, the '80s-era "We're Gonna Win Twins" player intro music) to Target Field is a good thing in my view. To me, those features are a small part of the whole picture that says "You're experiencing a Twins game." We have plenty of new features -- almost uniformly good ones at that -- but I'm glad they've kept a couple of the old ones.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 2:56 PM by hofflalu Highlight this comment 224

Kevin,

I specifically remember hearing Mr. Blue Sky by ELO, yesterday before the game.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM by Grizzly Adams Highlight this comment 225

Kevin, I didn't single you out as one complaining about the organ, but yeah, I would say you need to get a life. "Broad," my "fat ass" and my "crippled dad"? Nice attitude.

My "hatred for Minnesota"? Given I was born and raised here and still live here and wouldn't consider living any other place in the country, nice try. I don't condone your liberal use of profanity on a public forum like this, but I would have a few things to say to you if I did.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 3:48 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 226

Im still drunk I think....

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 3:52 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 227

The west side of Minneapolis, especially on 7th Street, is a wind tunnel (at least for the 20 years I have been here). Even the mildest of breezes seem to create gale force winds down 7th street.

And, the upper concourse is what....40 or 50 feet above street level? Five stories up can make a big difference.

When it is 90 degrees outside, you will enjoy the wind!

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 5:14 PM by David_Mpls Highlight this comment 228

I liked the wind up there, and we still got warm sun, with a little breeze it was nice, i didn't wear my hoodie till maybe in the 8th or 9th inning when the clouds came in

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 5:24 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 229

I've been homebrewing for about a decade and I've gone from clueless about beer to being a beer snob to understanding that every beer has a time and place. I call domestics lawnmower beer because they taste great after mowing your lawn. And for the person that called american beers cheap piss water.... Most micro breweries would tell you that it is an engineering marvel what these companies do and how they can hit their mark and quality - yes quality with such accuracy. So save the I so damn cultured because I drink a classier beer. It really makes you come off as an uninformed pretentious douchebag. And I brew belgian dubbels and triples.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 5:34 PM by Moda253 Highlight this comment 230

K in AZ I will continue to post because I am a Twins fan and it appears that someone needs to knock you off your pedestal and remind you that you're just another schumk. You seem to be a bitter person that needs to "lighten up".

I've got very thick skin - I have not lived in "Minnesota Nice" land for a very long time. So you, as well obviously left the "Minnesota Passive-Aggressive" sheeple mentality long ago.

In the interest of keeping this battle off this fine site I suggest we take this off Rick's wonderful forum. You can e-mail me directly at j_allen52 AT yahoo DOT COM.

That's the last thing I'm saying to you on here. I don't think anyone on this forum is really interested in petty bickering but if you want an all out War well have at it in private with me.

End of topic.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 5:40 PM by Julie A. Highlight this comment 231

So... who invited Veronica Corningstone?

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 6:58 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 232

agree with julie, it seems whenever you open your mouth kevin its so negative, and by the way, its a blog, she can talk about anything she wants to, and if its baseball related like she was doing, i reaally dont see a problem with that, there have been so much farther off topic subjects, so pleez dude, lay off

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 7:02 PM by rolo Highlight this comment 233

I'm a little surprised about the win in the upper deck concourse. Noticed it first at the open house - a wind tunnel but tolerable. But Saturday's game was really something else. It was really windy, making it extremely cooler than the seats in the sun. Not sure about 20 degrees but clearly noticeable. If it's something more than a coincidence that it was windier days, I'm not sure how they'll solve it. Any thoughts on a potential solution if it persists?

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 7:17 PM by Average Joe Highlight this comment 234

Ben-

I'll drink your Bellhavens and I'll follow it up with a nice cold Hamms. I love Miller, Michelob, and Budweiser. Red, White and Blue, Stella, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Grain Belt and Heinekin. Whatever you got in the fridge is good for me. I served in the Marine Corps in my younger days and was fortunate enough to travel much of the world and sampled many different brews....I like 'em all.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 7:21 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 235

I think the organist is great and who cares if its part of the Metrodome, it brings us that Twin game feeling it reminds us we are still in Minnesota. Click on my name to watch a video about her job.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 7:22 PM by mching Highlight this comment 236

Anyone find a place inside TF that serves Guinness?

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 7:22 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 237

Mr. Blue Sky was played yesterday, as was When My Baby's Beside Me, by Big Star and Cheap Trick's Hello There... song choice was excellent :)
My son and I were playing Name That Tune! - also someone's walk up song was Kiss' Love Gun!

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 7:39 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 238

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Posted on April 4, 2010 at 8:11 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 239

gee, i can only wonder what they said....hmmmmm

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 8:11 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 240

Question from my wife, while we were at the game:

"Are the Twins going to have the hot women cheerleader types throwing out t-shirts like most other ballparks?"

I was not sure, anyone know?

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 8:25 PM by TK Highlight this comment 241

Rick, sitting in row 4 of sec. 223 right below the wind tunnel, I can tell you it was raining garbage from the concourse floor on us the entire game due to that wind. When I interviewed Bruce Miller (Populous) in fall, he indicated that the decision not to allow airflow through the park, but to build a solid wall between the baselines (to keep the park warmer in April/Sept.), would cause unpredictable windflow, but that the team had not commissioned extensive wind modeling.

I would note that the weather service recorded sustained W winds around 12-15 mph during yesterday's game, but the flags were often blowing in from the plaza which is a SE wind. I suspect you are not going to be able to judge by the forecast whether it's a hitter's day or a pitcher's, as you can at Wrigley Field.

I think Kevin Dutcher had been working on his opening week playlist all winter. It was inspired and mostly sun and blue sky oriented. He needs to come up with a better victory song, though, than It's a Beautiful Day by U2. I'm sure if he reached out, the Hold Steady would love to put something together for the team/fans.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 8:27 PM by Adam Platt Highlight this comment 242

Here is an example from St. Louis Cardinals, click name.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 8:27 PM by TK Highlight this comment 243

I noticed the wind on Saturday and just put it down to the day being windier in general and the low 50s making it feel cool. It's not until now that I see it as a possible long term issue. The wind was definitely noticeable, but was not a problem in the seating deck, just the concourse. Is there anything that can be done as time passes to fix the issue or is it just something we're stuck with?

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 8:37 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 244

The only time the wind was really bad was when i went to the concessions behind batter's eye to get some ice cream it was really windy but otherwise it was fine

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 8:39 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 245

By the way, we sat in 313, so when I say the wind wasn't a problem, that means that section in particular. It sounds like it was very different elsewhere.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 8:40 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 246

Sitting in the Skyline Suites both Friday and Saturday, I didn't notice the wind myself, but couldn't help but notice the litter blowing around the park. I just chalked it up to the weather though. It is spring and it was particularly windy, I'm not sure it will be a big issue all the time, but I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 8:43 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 247

Windy upper concourse: It did seem windy up there on both the Gopher day and on Friday. I was surprised the first time I walked in to see how open that upper concourse was. If it is an ongoing problem, the only thing I can think of is huge plastic sheeting between the halo and the top of the concession stands up there.

I think this is going to be wonderful during hot summer days and evenings....it is going to be really comfortable up there. However, if there is garbage pelting folks in the 200 sections, then that isn't good -- I'll have to take a look at that. I think layers are going to be the order of the day up there in the spring and fall tho'.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 8:48 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 248

I think I might be watching the whole OD game from one of the drink rails behind the RF Bleachers if I end up buying an Upper Deck ticket. Didn't really care for the wind on the View level. I was in row 12 of 310 and it was really whipping up there. Was nice and sunny in my LF bleacher (plan seats) on Saturday though.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 8:50 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 249

Maybe it's just me, but wouldn't the trash issue be helped by people just cleaning up after themselves?

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 8:50 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 250

Hey Moda -

I wasn't commenting on the fact that they can produce the exact same product consistently. All of those companies are obviously very good at what they do. But they ARE cheap. As I am sure you can attest, the lack of flavor is from a lower level of ingredients (hops, barley, etc, etc). Fewer ingredients = less cost and flavor = more profit for them. Not even complaining about that, this is after all America.

So, beer snob - for sure. Cultured - not really, but I like to tease my friends. Uninformed - no. Pretentious - certainly about this. Douchebag - seems like an unnecessary and not relevant addition.

And, back to the topic...who cares how many Summit stands there are, if Duffman can get what he wants at pretty much ANY of the beer stands?

But I am glad I finally posted something that people responded to!

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 8:55 PM by 2bb Highlight this comment 251

Not always practical to get up in the middle of a game just to throw garbage away. I don't like leaving my seat during the game AT ALL, if possible. A lot of it would be solved if they gave you something like foil with the hotdogs instead of that shitty tissue paper that blows around like a paper airplane.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 8:55 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 252

Summitt EPA is probably the best draft beer option they have at the stadium. I'm kinda disappointed there is no Guinness, at least that I have seen, or a Leinie Lodge like there was in the Dome. Like having Classic Amber, and Honey Weiss, without the Lemon, of course... Fruit in beer is retarded.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 8:58 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 253

I'd like to thank the Twins for an awesome weekend!!! Everone I dealt with was really friendly. If some are reading, keep it up! Thanks.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 9:05 PM by bobby Highlight this comment 254

lmao TTH. You are a smelly pirate hooker!

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 9:14 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 255

Jimmer, there was a Leine's Lodge...cart somewhere. I totally can't remember where it was, but it was there. I think the offered Honeyweiss and Summer Shandy.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 10:16 PM by Chad Highlight this comment 256

I flipped over to "Sports Talk 1500" on my way home from a movie tonight. I was surprised to be confronted by Psycho Bill Cunningham and his right-wing talk radio freak show. I think it is an absolute embarrassment that they have that crap on the Twins' flagship station. Is there some contractual thing we have to wait out for them to actually become a sports radio station? Or are they planning to have a couple of sports-related shows during the day and continue with the propaganda evenings and weekends?

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 10:19 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 257

[i}The twins have directly benefited from rick... i have always gone to three or four twins games a year but following this website for about two years made me decide to buy a twenty game package... I'm sure that I'm not the only one

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 1:32 PM by sw[/i]

I did the same thing and shared it with another poster on this blog!

Also, did anyone sit in the 301 to 307 area for either games? Just curious what you thought...

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 10:21 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 258

Oops screwed up on my italics...

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 10:24 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 259

Isn't AM 1500 going to eventually be turned into ESPN Radio? I imagine when (If I'm not totally off on this) that officially happens they'll have national ESPN stuff in the late night hours.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 10:48 PM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 260

ESPN had to give KFAN up to 60 days notice that they were moving their affiliation to KSTP. KFAN chose to retain the affiliation for the entire period, meaning KSTP officially becomes ESPN 1500 next week.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 11:09 PM by Radio Dave (aka Adam Platt) Highlight this comment 261

This is a test of 1500 KSTP "SportsTalk" Radio. This is only a test.

(Sound of flipping switch on stereo to AM 1500.)

(Guitar rock music riff. Sounds pretty cool.)

"Is the Catholic church giving the liberal media the ammunition they need to bring them down? Absolutely. The liberal media would love nothing more than to bring down the Catholic church..."

(Gasp. The above is an actual quote heard moments ago on the Garbage Radio that is 1500 most non-baseball hours of the day.)

This concludes this test of 1500 KSTP "SportsTalk" Radio.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 11:11 PM by Rick 262

Great to see you mentioned in the Strib article today Rick.. you're the man

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 12:45 AM by tmoe Highlight this comment 263

I hate political talk on sports radio almost as much as I hate it on this site.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 07:09 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 264

KSTP AM1500 moves to AM1500 ESPN on April 12. Their official call letters will still be KSTP, but I think you'll only hear those at the top of the hour.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 07:23 AM by Linc Highlight this comment 265

Well, I had an unexpedted Target Field experience Saturday. I had no plans to attend games this weekend, but Friday night I was shocked to see my parents from Utah walking in the door for a surprise visit for my 40th birthday tomorrow. My wonderfully sneaky wife set the whole thing up. My dad saw the game on TV, and he suggested we go try to scalp tickets for Saturday's game.

Saturday morning, we head down, talk to a few scalpers and I tell my dad, "let's try a ticket kiosk first to see if anything is just face value that's decent." I punch a few buttons and see the only available tickets are Dugout Box, $57/ticket. I turn to my dad, he looks at me and says, "that seems reasonable, this can be your birthday present." So we end up sitting in section 3 of the dugout box, three rows up from the playing field.

Without question, it was the best baseball experience of my life. My dad is a casual baseball fan but he is the one who took me to my first game in 1977 at Arlington Stadium in Texas to see the Rangers v. Angels. To sit in some of the best seats in the house on a sunny day to watch my all-time favorite sports team with my dad was the best 40th birthday present I could ever have. Part of what made it so great was the surprise factor, I didn't have lots of anticipation or build-up. I didn't even think I'd be at the game 16 hours earlier, let alone sitting in the Dugout Box seats.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 07:43 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 266

Oh and by the way, two observations from the expensive seats. One, you couldn't hear the PA announcer that great from those seats and two, they have zero articulation towards the plate or mound. As I sat in the seat looking straight forward I was looking right behind second base, so I had to turn my head a lot to see the plate. I'm pretty sure I could handle it for a whole season if I had to, however. :)

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 07:46 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 267

"Great to see you mentioned in the Strib article today Rick.. you're the man"

It's great to see Rick getting plugged. The little piece was however, as is the case with everything else I've seen in the mainstream media, devoid of factual information. I called La Velle out, provided him with accurate information, and received an apology almost immediately - his excuse was that the info he published came from DSP and Kevin Smith. I realize that the accuracy of a flagpole story is not going to have a huge impact on the course of human events but I see no reason to not tell it the way it went - yet another reason we are damn lucky to have Rick.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 08:38 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 268

Happy (belated) Birthday, Faber! Sounds like a fantastic way to spend your 40th!

I was in section 15, row 2 for Saturday's game. I felt I could hear the pa announcer just fine. Of course most of the time I was distracted by being 15 feet from the lovely green grass on the field!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 08:43 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 269

Parking north of the stadium on 5th or 4th St North. Are there meters or time limits on those streets? What about over by the Farmers Market or International Market Square? Anyone check those out? are they towing cars? I'm coming from the North Metro and will come down I 94 and exit on Broadway and snake my way back on Washington Ave for the games.Thanks!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 08:47 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 270

Happy 40th Faber!! What a great way to celebrate your 40th...

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 09:00 AM by Dan Highlight this comment 271

So...what are the odds Miller Park has its roof closed today?

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 09:20 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 272

Happy Opening Day to all of you!! It all begins today...Only 7 more days until the Home Opener and official opening of Target Field!!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 09:25 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 273

talking about killing the wave at target field (which i am fine with), can we kill one other thing?

Throwing back the opponents Home Run balls. Why are we doing this? And if the opponents HR balls are so unwanted, why dont we throw foul balls back onto the field too?

To my knowledge, the Cubs started this tradition. Why on Earth would we want to copy the Cubs and their traditions? Lets just start the tradition of giving the ball to a kid and not yelling at him or her to throw it back on the field. By the way, i have seen it where a kid is being taunted to throw the ball back after a HR. Seriously, let the kid keep the free souvenir, it is a much better deal than a $10 foam finger.

Rant done, thank you

Cant wait for OD!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 09:45 AM by Thrillhouse Highlight this comment 274

TWINS MAGIC NUMBER: 163

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 09:53 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 275

I could not agree more thrillhouse! Whoever came up with this tradition of throwing the baseball back on the field should be shot!!In fact isn't it illegal to throw items onto the field? Lets not be followers!!!!!!Give the ball to a kid instead or just keep it. Don't let the dumbass morons around you preasure you to throw it back on the field! What I would like to hear is KEEP THE BALL KEEP THE BALL KEEP THE BALL!!!!!!!!!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 09:53 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 276

Thrillhouse--

At the Gopher's game, the crowd went so far as to BOO the kid that caught the L.Tech home run ball. Classy. I would've kept the ball, too! Also, I can't say I'd throw back a Pujols home run, either.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 09:55 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 277

TwinkFan and Chad, glad i am not alone!

Chad, i was at the gopher game but i was in the upper left field seats during the home run so i didn't see who caught it.... i cant believe they were chanting to throw back the first HR at target field. Absolutely ridiculous.

I dont sit in the outfield seats as much any more since my season tickets are second level behind home plate, but i will shout keep it whenever an opponent HR is hit. Keep spreading the message to KEEP THE BALL!!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 09:59 AM by Thrillhouse Highlight this comment 278

Clicky for a story about new openings around the ballpark. While I like more choices for the neighborhood, there has to be a saturation point, right? There are already so many more options down on 1st Ave right now that it's ridiculous.

I already know of two bars that are running good drink promotions for Twins fans/home games that wouldn't normally need to run them. But, I'd think that most game-goers would be eating and drinking at the park, at least for the first part of the season. I was in Luce after the game and it was pretty much dead.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:07 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 279

Mike you beat me too it but I'll say it again:

HAPPY OPENING DAY EVERYONE! Let's hope i can get off work a little early

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:08 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 280

Drives me nuts when people yell to throw it back. As a kid, I couldn't think of anything more that I wanted than to catch a homerun ball, no matter who hit it. Hell to this day I would be extatic to get one, although I would still give it to a kid near me.

My buddy says he often brings an extra ball, just in case, and will throw the extra ball back.

I don't care if you throw one back or think I should throw one back, but if i get one, I am keeping it.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:08 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 281

kevin in az,

i think the least of your worries should be the organ at TF. it's evident you have anger mgmt issues and whatever underlying issues that are causing you to be angry, i won't speculate as much as i'd like to. hopefully you can get the help you need and hopefully you stay in arizona if that's what the az stands for. you strike me as a guy who would wrestle a foul ball out of the hands of a 7 year old. i think it's time to grow up, kevin, or maybe you are a little kid?

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:11 AM by timb Highlight this comment 282

As far as the new tradition of throwing back the opponents HR ball....the television announcers were talking about how some fans will bring an old ball from home and if they are lucky enough to catch a HR ball - they keep that one and throw the old one they brought along back on the field. But I agree, to taunt someone into throwing the ball that they caught back on to the field is stupid. If I were to catch a ball I would hand it to to my kid (or the nearest other kid) and tell him to hang on to it.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:12 AM by Fred Highlight this comment 283

2bb the douchebag comment may or may not have been meant to be attributed to you. It may be meant for a certain poster that seems to ALWAYS be on the negative tip.

Now it's interesting that you say that they use chead barley and hops, etc.... While it's true that some of those companies use rice and corn in their beers, you also have to understand that it was the product that was asked for by the public and it was because of poor economic timeframes. America actually has a very great and interesting beer history. A lot of it has to do with the popularity of Lagers decades ago. It's always interesting when people Talk about American "piss water" or soemthing to that effect, and then go on to rant about how they like this or that beer so much better.... invariably they are comparing Lagers to Ales and usually they don't have a clue what they are talking about. Lagers are usually a paler brew and drier where ales have a lot more mouthfeel and are usually heavier and darker in color.

So it makes me laugh when someone says that such and such isn't good beer. It may not be the beer style that you prefer but to say that it isn't a good beer is just wierd to me. Besides that American Beer Companies are still winning european awards so they must be doing ok.

Beer should be treated the same as wine in that different styles have different applications. I actually prefer an American pilsner when eating Italian or Mexican food. I mean would you drink a stout with a plate of pasta and tomato based sauce? I wouldn't but washing it down with a light bodied Lager is more appealing to me.

Most asian beers are lighter in body and paler in color as well and a lot of that is probably dictated by the food. Same with Mexican beers. Italian beers as well. Colder climates seem to usually draw out fuller bodied beers. Also it should be noted that the first brewers here in the states brewed with what was available to them as barley wasn't readily available and took some time to learn how to grow it here. So we brewed with what we had as fermentables.... the sugars from maize, and corn, wheat.

There is some really interesting information out there on American brewing and it's history. If you are a beer geek you will love it. Honestly if you visit a micro brew house here (I have visited a few of them) and asked why American beer is so bad they will likely disagree with you and explain what I just did. It's not that the beer is bad, it's just that you enjoy a different style of beer.

On a hot day in the sun at a ballgame I find lawnmower beers to be refreshing.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:15 AM by moda253 Highlight this comment 284

A few observations from the game on Friday night.

- Before I get into negatives, I'll start by saying even after being there for an open house and the Gopher game, seeing the Twins there was just surreal. It exceeded my highest expectations. I brought a buddy who is stationed far away in the army and he kept saying how he didn't feel like he was actually at a HOME Twins game. It was just too amazing. I think it will take awhile for all of us to realize this is now OUR house.

- I agree with a previous poster that it would be nice to have more drink rails. We watched the first two innings from a rail below the skyline view seats and it was simply awesome. If you left your spot, it was quickly gobbled up however due to the low frequency of these rails.

- It was most certainly very windy (everywhere in the stadium, as I found out later) but remember that both Friday and Saturday were much windier everywhere in the metro than it normally is. I drive on 394 into downtown every day and I have NEVER seen the wind veil whipping around like it was on Friday night. There may always be a breeze, but I have a feeling the amound of wind experienced this weekend was an aberration.

- My biggest complaint was that in both the uppper and lower concourse, you could not understand a word of the PA system. Once you left the seating bowl, it was all gibberish. There didn't seem to be any speakers in the concourses. This may create an echo(?), but it would be nice to hear what is going on in the concourses (especially pre-game).

- White TC logo behind the plate looked really cheap. They have to add some color for the regular season.

- My beer complaint was that each concession stand sold only one type of beer (and most of them were Bud Light). At the dome, most had a combo of Bud/Bud Light, MGD/Miller Lite, etc. This problem is enhanced by the variety of food choices. So, if you go to Senior Smokes for some tacos they might only have Bud Light. If you want a Mich Golden, you have to go wait in line at say, the Hennepin Grille. That is a pain in the rear end unless you really like Bud Light, which seems to be everywhere. It was tough to find tap Summit or anything that wasn't a light lager? Speaking of, does anyone know if there is Grain Belt Premium on tap anywhere?

- Overall, a great experience. I am SO, SO glad this park doesn't have a roof. Both those games this weekend very well could have had the roof "on", which would have been an absolute tragedy.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:16 AM by ajndsu Highlight this comment 285

I am not throwing a HR ball back regardless of who hit it. A very stupid Cubs-like tradition that needs to go away. Does anyone really think that the opposing team gets its feeling hurt when the ball is thrown back? - dumb.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:16 AM by luckylager Highlight this comment 286

I think it is poor sportsmanship to throw the ball back or taunt others to throw it back. So too is booing former Twins players who now play for other teams (there were some boos for Lohse on Friday night.... Why?) And why continue to boo Pierzynski?

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:18 AM by Dan Highlight this comment 287

Dan,

I agree with you about booing former twins players. Did AJ chose to leave Minnesota? NO, he was TRADED. Yes he can be an agitator, but he is the same guy now as he was when he was here. You dont have to cheer for him any more, but booing him is just dumb.

And Lohse was being booed? seriously? didnt the twins cut Lohse?

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:24 AM by Thrillhouse Highlight this comment 288

yeah, I heard some boos (not alot) for Lohse...those are some stupid fans if you ask me.

As for throwing balls back onto the field, Bob Casey would admonish spectators regularly "don't throw anything OR ANYONE onto the playing field!" :-) I like the Cubs, but that is a stupid fan tradition.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:33 AM by Dan Highlight this comment 289

I agree with the HR balls, it makes no sense to throw it back. First of all, it is very rare to catch any homerun ball regardless of who hits it.

We do not throw homerun balls back onto the field during BP and we do not throw foul balls back onto the field so why would you than throw a HR ball back onto the field?

Do not throw balls back onto the field and keep it as as a souvenir because I bet most people who do throw them back onto the field regret it soon after.

Is a lifetime memory/souvenir of catching a homerun ball worth the 10 second applause from some clueless fans? You also need to realize the players could care less if you throw the ball back, so keep it and enjoy it.

And yes, the Wave needs to die and stay in the Metrodome. Some Twins fans just need to get a clue. Why on earth would you even want to do the wave at a baseball game? It does not belong at Target Field.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:48 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 290

I will always boo Lohse. The incident with the bat in Gardy's office back in the day if more than enough reason to continue to do so. If you've forgotten that little incident, click on my name.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:49 AM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 291

Buffalo,

I had forgotten that, and i guess i can see your point there. I still wouldn't boo him, but that lends some light on the issue and can totally see why you would. However, i think 9 times out of 10 people are booing just for the sake of booing and don't really have a good reason.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:54 AM by Thrillhouse Highlight this comment 292

A few things:
1) the PA, yes it's hard to hear in the concourse... but at least you can hear it in the stands (unlike in the inflatable toilet across town where you can't hear it any where)
2)Throwing the ball back: stupid. I would keep it, I would like to catch one (that didn't bounce of my head) at some point. After getting one, if I ever got anymore (no matter who hit it) I'd give it to a kid.
3) never found Grain Belt on tap, only in bottles, the Mr looked (his favorite game time beer)
4)I will continue to boo AJ, he's a hoser and a tool, that is why I boo him. Otherwise I usually clap a little bit for former Twins players. I will retain my right to boo any and all Yankees players however, no matter where they came from.
5) The organ, I don't mind it, reminds me of the games I saw in the Dome, and since I only have ever seen the Twins in the Dome.... well, as a historian, I think fine, it's not the best tuned, and Sue is not the most dynamic player, but it's part of the history of the Club. And you can't just skim over the bad history with the good. Then you end up with an incomplete historical picture.

16 Days till my first Twins game at TF!!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:55 AM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 293

There is Grain Belt on tap inside the Town Ball Tavern, I do believe. Not that I'd drink that crap if I was stuck in the Sahara and my teeth were made of salt.

If it's p!ss, it's off my list. If it's brown I'll drink it down!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 11:01 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 294

A dark beer on a hot day - yuck!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 11:08 AM by luckylager Highlight this comment 295

I'll let the Mr know. Not that I care where there is beer at all. Don't drink it, never have liked it. Smell of beer always reminds me of dirty sweat socks, why would you want to drink something like that? The only beer I've ever had that the smell didn't make me gag was in Germany (shhh, I was only 16), at the Hofbrau Haus (can't seem to get my oomlauts to work today), that actually smelled like barley and hop. Besides now that they have Mt Dew at Twins games I can get a nice caffeine high, always been more of a sugar water type girl.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 11:11 AM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 296

In regard to this site:

WHAAA HAPPENED?

Rick, shut 'er down. We've jumped the shark.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 11:17 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 297

Put yer sharks away. I ain't jumping. (New post coming.)

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 11:24 AM by Rick 298

i sure hope our ballpark doesnt turn into a hitters paradise, i like good defense and like the olden days the ballparks were a bit bigger, i hope the ball doesnt jump out of here. i guess we will have too see

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 11:44 AM by rolo Highlight this comment 299

Rolo- I share your feelings exactly in regards to the dimensions of our new park. Also no one ever talks about how our weather here in the Twin Cities has in fact mellowed quite a bit since the 1960's and 70's. I do not know if it's climate change or global warming or what but I think our new ballpark without a stinkin' roof is going to work out great for the next 30 years.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 12:12 PM by Tom D. Highlight this comment 300

I think it will work just fine.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 12:14 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 301

To second ajndsu:

I went to the Friday game, and I KNOW that if we had a roof, it would have been closed. That would have been terrible. It was an awesome game to watch, but I would have hated it under a roof. I can only imagine all the wonderful games that would be played under a roof because of a chill, or wind, or a threat of rain. Thank god! No roof!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 12:14 PM by Dale Highlight this comment 302

The difference between a BP home run or a foul ball and a visiting teams home run is that the BP hr and foul ball's don't score points for the opposing team. I don't think I would throw one back, unless we were playing the yankees or white sox. I think it's all in good fun as most people cheer when someone throws a ball back, at least that's been my experience.

How about we stop booing opposing pitchers when they intentionally walk batters? That is far more annoying and ignorant of whats going on in a game than throwing a ball back.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 12:16 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 303

I think it's funny that you describe Premium as piss. I thank G-d for Premium because it is the first cheap beer I am more than happy to drink in large quantities. My beer snobbishness has hurt my pocket book a great deal as I am particular in what I drink, and what I drink is usually expensive. I think Summit and Premium will be delicious all season long accompanying Twins Big Dogs, and Murray's steak sandwiches. As a NE Mpls resident I personally can't wait for Premium Nordeast and will be at Surdyk's to buy my first 6 pack on the 9th. Here's a discussion I would love to get feedback on. I have been overwhelmingly impressed with how Target Field really incorporated Minnesota, from the Mankato limestone, the tremendous MN food choices Vincents, kramarczuk's, Murray's, etc. and the Met and Twins history. I was wondering what other ballparks compare with Target Field for representing their state and community and what they do?

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 12:19 PM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 304

Right on billymayshere!!! I've always wondering why fans boo when the opposing pitcher intentionally walks a batter or even when they decide to throw over to 1st base to hold a runner on....Do we, as fans, boo when it's OUR pitcher doing those things? Of course not. I think it's become somewhat like an involuntary action like breathing: See the throw-oever - Must boo. The fans don't even really realize they're doing it, or even WHY they're doing it. They just know that they're SUPPOSED to. Combine those two things with the dreaded Wave and you have my Top 3 pet peeves about ballgames.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 12:23 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 305

@Jared Thanks for that night time panorama. I've had an old empty being worked on picture of TF as my dual monitor wallpaper. That night time shot will be my new one!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 12:25 PM by Schda Highlight this comment 306

@Jared Thanks for that night time panorama. I've had an old empty being worked on picture of TF as my dual monitor wallpaper. That night time shot will be my new one!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 12:26 PM by Schda Highlight this comment 307

Okay I probably just double posted again, I forgot I get an error saying I didn't fill out all the fields in Opera. Sorry everyone.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 12:26 PM by Schda Highlight this comment 308

I do consider myself a beer snob,i will totally admit that, and i love grain belt, cheap beer that actually taste good and is not beered down water like some American beers.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 12:29 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 309



4/2 breaking in the metropolitan club.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 7:18 PM by Mazaratirick Highlight this comment 310



To quote Clark Griswold: It's so beautiful, I feel so...
              I feel my juices are just... It makes me so...
              I want to write. I want to paint.
              I want to sculpt something massive.
              I've got a creative urge to...
              I wonder if there's a men's room around here?

Posted on April 8, 2010 at 12:26 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 311


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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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Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3045 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.





Having fun. Installing limestone. Good gig.



This opportunity is half a block up Third Avenue and thousands of people walk right by before and after games.












Wow! Looking good.









Scoreboard in profile against the skyline



Free views!






8:22 PM The sun has caused glare in the webcam, but you can still see the reflection affecting the upper deck behind home plate.












Future station?



Click to enlarge greatly.



Look closely and you'll see limestone on the front of the press box!



The renderings and concept model differ here. MOJO thinks this is the perfect place for a party deck. Dave St. Peter seemed to agree!



I never think of Ron Jackson at all.



The Northstar circulation building is starting to take shape.






Here's the barricade in context at the end of the walkway



Those little oval additions are positively laughable!



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.






Door to the visitor's clubhouse.



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



Ballpark magic: Infield materializes (click to enlarge)



Looking back toward the ballpark from Third Avenue and Fifth Street. Again, the track configuration is now clearly visible.



They help create a psychological safe area along the plaza edge, and help you forget that cars are zipping by directly beneath you.



The restaurant.



Photo by Jeff Ewer






A cross section of the field construction. (Click to enlarge.)









Upper concourse



Kirby Jr. set to take down the last number






Sign installer dude



Playing surface dirt out there? Maybe. (click to enlarge)






Metropolitan Club






Concourse ceilings (from the Ballpark Authority's May update)



Many people will approace the park from this direction and it's a pretty great first glimpse. It features all the design elements in modestly condensed form, and still manages to look like a ballpark (instead of something else).



Click to enlarge. (Photo by Jared Wieseler)





Glossary

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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(1993)
 


First Edition (1992)
 


Second Edition (2006)
 


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Selected Bibliography - Surveys
 


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Second Edition (1987)
 


Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000)
 


(2000, large coffee table)
 


Original edition (2000, round)
 


Revised edition (2006, round)
 


(2001, medium coffee table)
 


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(2003, medium coffee table)
 


(2004, very large coffee table)
 


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Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
 

Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
 


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Book and six ballpark miniatures
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