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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This guy at the Puckett atrium chef stand caught me taking the picture and said I should stop back later because he was "just getting started." I still don't know what he meant.
Plaza extension reaches toward First Avenue
This is the revised version of the center field pavilion (without the restaurant). It looks like there are no seats, just some ledges for people to sit on. It reminds me of the seating on the "bridge" which sticks out of the new Guthrie Theater. Anything which lands in the trees will presumably be a home run, so the "411" sign is apparently just for fun.
An overview of the model display.
This is the actual entrance for Gate 6. Notice how close the seating will be. The back row of the lower deck will be mere inches beyond that inner support post.
Champion's Club details (click to enlarge)
Steel meets concrete, with the last rays of sun visible through the suite and concourse openings at left.
Viewed from another angle, you can see that the bullpens now sit beneath the upper deck outfield seating.
This view looks through the opening in the fence where the crosswalk will be.
Click to enlarge. (Photo by Jared Wieseler)
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This looks toward the middle of the park. The third base side of the Legends Club is to the right up ahead, while the 573 Club is just barely visible at the end of the hallway. It extends to the left.
Ballpark elevation diagram, viewed from Fifth Street. (Click to enlarge.)
View from the batter's eye seats
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Looking up toward Seventh Street.
Lunch break at the top spot. (Grandstand)
Auxiliary scoreboard (note to TF principles: this is a very good idea)
The seating bowl of Citizens Bank Park overlaid on the Target Field site
The right field foul pole seen against a backdrop of Butler Square (itself a site of great significance in the history of professional baseball in Minneapolis)
Photo by Jeff Ewer (Click to enlarge.)
Freight trains run in very close proximity (Jerry Bell was standing at my left elbow when I took this picture)
One thing that the design disguises nicely is that the Pro Shop (and other key components) are actually built over lanes of freeway. That can clearly be seen here.
Twins president Dave St. Peter presents his list of fan suggestions to the Ballpark Authority
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