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
Explore the Site
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A new address for the Admin building
And another angle looking at the overhang area of the right field pavilion. This looks to me like a great area to watch a game.
This view clearly shows the curve in the left field stands and the relationship of the first row with the playing field (no overhang to speak of in left).
The start of the VIP entrance and loading dock.
Here's one big problem with a retractable roof: completely terrible seating in left. These scant few seats would have been tucked under the track. No sunshine, no open concourse, it was a terribly kludgy idea. With some hindsight, it's very clear that adding a retractable roof on this small site would have required compromises which would have just been too extensive to tolerate. Without it, the design was free to grow into something much more memorable.
Viewed from another angle, you can see that the bullpens now sit beneath the upper deck outfield seating.
Instrument of evil.
5:45 PM, section 327, row 9, sitting: shade.
Photo by Jeff Ewer
New Concept Drawing - No Roof
One of the sweetest sights of the day -- the Dome, and only through passing bus windows.
(Click to enlarge)
Parking ramp knothole
New Downtown Minneapolis Public Library (Source: RP)
For reference, this is that same area as viewed from the seat locator.
Stairs down to the sidewalk from the skywalk over Seventh
A trailer village has sprung up to the south.
Life in the shadows
Having fun. Installing limestone. Good gig.
Viewed from the A ramp.
Fan number 3,030,673 came through this gate a few moments after I took this picture.
Home Plate Box, Section 111, Row 8 or 9-ish (Click to enlarge greatly.)
Here you can see the real beauty of the Seventh Street side, and get a solid sense of why the overall design really works. The building's purpose is clearly visible, there are numerous connections from inside to outside, scale is nicely mitigated, the stone is attractively used, materials are pleasantly mixed and truly complementary. It's just a winner in so many ways.
The lone light standard and one of those "entry beacons."
Here's the Northstar platform.
Detail of the train tunnels (click to view the entire drawing)