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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The season was perfectly bookended by Mick Sterling on the plaza
Ben took this picture of me (carrying my mostly useless camera) and Twins rep Chris Iles down by the admin building
This is the plaza as viewed from the A ramp.
You'll be able to park here for a quick stop at the Pro Shop or ticket window.
Here's a quick look into the layout of the Metropolitan Club.
Giant screened images! (573 Club, my back to Seventh Ave windows)
Not much facade left to be finished at this point.
Another view of the escalator, which apparently comes preassembled!
How many times did we water down our field as kids? More times than we played games, that's for sure!
The Guthrie Theater's Wurtele Thrust Stage seating
It looks like the Target-themed signage has spilled out to the surrounding area (this was taken from the entryway to the B ramp from Third -- the 394 entrance ramp tunnel)
Just one lane of traffic and a couple of feet between the fence in right-center and the wall of the parking ramp!
This is the Carew gate covered in plastic.
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.
This is the back of the Cisco Field scoreboard, showing video to folks out on the plaza.
Indications that club seating (the wider spaced areas above each dugout) will be a major presence in the lower deck
The first pitch.
The tower is actually finished, though it looks like a work in progress.
From about two blocks away you can finally get an idea of what it looks like. Just to my left (but out of view) was a valet parking stand where a limo was idling.
I do love the upper concourse. Feels like home already.
Skywalk over Seventh
Desolate. Dirty. Mysterious. Expensive. Unlikely.
Complicated pedestrian crossing
Three weeks ago this was a patch of scruffy trees. Now it's a patio. In case you were wondering, that's where I've been...
Outside, lots of window space
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
5:45 PM, section 327, row 9, standing: sunshine.
A collection of support pillars for the left field pavilion.
Click to enlarge. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
Large staircases, a staple of recent Populous (nee HOK) projects, are all over the place.
I have no idea what this is or does, but as gear goes, it's totally boss, man. (Attached to a railing just off of the Trap)
Viewed from a different angle, it seems fair to wonder is some of those seats will have slightly obscured views. Yet, if they're cheap, that's not a problem.
Shh. Don't tell those people working behind the ticket windows about these automated ticketing machines (underneath the plaza stairs)