The voice came from my right as I sat down during BP on Wednesday. I had no reason to think the comment was addressed to me. Indeed, I looked toward the voice and saw a woman essentially talking to no one in particular, which turned out to be me.
She was looking out at the ballpark and shaking her head very slowly. "It's so beautiful, seems like a dream or something."
She continued to talk, somewhat breathlessly, and managed to capture the sense of the place almost perfectly. She kept saying, "Everyone seems so...calm. It's almost eerie."
Perhaps these very bold, Hitchcockian birds picking at left-over popcorn and peanuts were portents of what was to come.
I had already noticed the calmness, and had chosen to read it as readiness. The team had seemed loose and in very good spirits during BP.
"I've never seen them do that before," said a Metropolitan Club waiter as I snapped this picture.
Guerrier had tossed a ball to a fan wearing a Twins jersey, who dropped it. If you're going to wear the uniform, he was saying, you gotta make the play. The ball ultimately went to a fan wearing a Randy Moss jersey, and everybody laughed.
Before the team came out to warm up, Kirby Puckett, Jr. was playing Frisbee out in center.
I took this picture from the Overlook at great personal risk, because everything Thome was hitting was landing out that direction.
The Pohlads were loose. A-Rod looked, um, you decide.
Judging from what I've read and heard since, much of that calmness may have been Twins fans holding their breath, hoping that we wouldn't be down 2-0 when getting on the plane for the Bronx.
Well, here we are. It's not a good spot to be in, but somebody once said that it ain't over till... Wait, that was a Yankee.
I'll just say that it's too early to declare Target Field's inaugural season over. Given the pure beauty of these exceedingly warm October days, I still imagine a game next Tuesday night, in which our boys complete a miraculous comeback.
I'm dreaming that we will fill those stands at least one more time this year, and really make some noise. (Confidential to the scoreboard guys: We can't fake enthusiasm. If it's quiet, and there's a good reason, asking over and over for us to make more noise just seems kind of, well, desperate. You may want to try distracting us, or maybe making us laugh or something.)
If the Twins' season ends out east, then I'm dreaming that there's an opportunity for us all to get into Target Field one last time and say thanks to the place and the guys who have already made this a magical season.
So, exhale, relax, and revel in whatever fun may be left in this season. There are at least nine innings to go. Tight equals dead. Loose equals hope.
And, for the moment, let's enjoy the fact that we got to see a couple of games after the plaza began to show off an amazing fall gold.
The media had some beautiful foliage to use as a background.
"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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The Ballpark Authority at work (Source: RP)
Legend's Club, Section E (Click to enlarge greatly.)
This shows the area where the Northstar platform connects with the ballpark (that translucent oval). Above that is the area which will house the Twins operations offices.
Detail of Entry Plaza #4 (north entry from Fifth Street)
Here's the entrance from the seating bowl. It's down the outer moat, just beyond the last of the Dugout Box sections.
JohnW provides this shot of a construction barricade on First Avenue
Solution for a hot night, just inside Gate 34 (that's a cool mist, by the way, not hot steam, which would be kind of cruel)
Puckett atrium chef stand menu
What are they hanging over there?
Banners on the parking ramp are a great touch. They help manage scale and turn a lemon into lemonade. On my way there today I passed the WCCO building and remembered how the Twins schedule used to be painted in giant form on the side of that building (which is no longer visible). Wouldn't that be a great thing to resurrect on the side of that ramp? A giant Twins schedule. I always thought that was cool.
A new address for the Admin building
I noticed this detail while taking the previous picture. I figure that it must be the VIP entrance from the surface parking lot. I don't think there is any parking inside the ballpark, so this entrance will likely be for suite-dwellers and other VIPs, though I can't say for sure whether players will enter here.
Just lighted panels... *sigh*
Walkway construction is progressing
Reasonable (if not overly generous) leg room
Hey! That limestone looks familiar!
I love this view of the Basilica.
The limestone now wraps around onto the HERC side.
This is where the main ticket office will be.
More of a bird's-eye view of the same area.
The rendering which excited a fan base! (Inset is an enlargement of the pictured neon sculpture.)
At the base of the B ramp, the foundation for the center field stands.
Cross section diagram of the field structure. (Click to enlarge.)
Apparently, there will be public restrooms accessible directly from the plaza.
People! (In the Legends Club)
Photo by Jared Wieseler
An alternate route into downtown. (Click to get an interactive map.)