October 8, 2010 11:58 PM
"What is this?"
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.
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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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Checking out the bike racks on the promenade.
July 7, 1966 (Click to see the entire scorecard with ads)
Flag poles, fencing, main entrance gates
Desolate. Dirty. Mysterious. Expensive. Unlikely.
Wood-backed seats viewed through gate 6
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Skyline to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the outfield with you... (click to enlarge)
This is the area above the pro shop, with some new support structure
The scoreboard also towers over the LRT tracks, which now are functional (though not open) all the way to the park -- and beyond!
Here is one of the concept drawings referenced (but not shown) in the MPR story (conceptual ballpark at left, LRT tracks switched to the north half of the Fifth Street bridge, which is actually in all of the long-range plans).
The Northstar circulation building is starting to take shape.
Larry DiVito, mowing
These images are found at the top of the staircase, which leads to the Suite Level.
Items promoting the Twins 2014 All-Star Game bid. I got to bring one of these buckets home, and Noah got his first-ever taste of Cracker Jacks.
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The Metrodome has sure been tarted up.
Let's be honest and say that this promenade, which will face the HERC plant, won't be the most exciting part of the streetscape. It has to be provided for circulation reasons, but there won't be much to see unless vendors and other attractions take root here.
The walkway under construction in the parking lot just outside the loading dock.
5:45 PM, section 327, row 9, sitting: shade.
This is the Carew gate covered in plastic.
The dessert carts came out earlier, and looked even better than last year.
Also warming things up are these planters.
The suite mock-up
Louver samples on display.
Freight trains run in very close proximity (Jerry Bell was standing at my left elbow when I took this picture)
In addition to the Pro Shop facade, you can see more gravel being laid before the final plaza surface is poured.
Here's the Northstar platform.
Our conductor in Big Lake
This concourse, the uppermost, was built on top of the now-hidden old concourse during the 70s renovation.
Though there's nothing there now, you have to believe they'll find a way to add a party deck up there at some point.
No, that's not Kent Hrbek. It's catcher Glenn Borgmann.
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
Selected Bibliography - Analysis
First Edition (1992)
Second Edition (2006)
Selected Bibliography - Surveys
Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000, large coffee table)
Original edition (2000, round)
Revised edition (2006, round)
(2001, medium coffee table)
(2002, small coffee table)
(2003, medium coffee table)
(2004, very large coffee table)
(2006, very large coffee table)
Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
Book and six ballpark miniatures