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 proposed wooden screen covering the circulation ramp on Fifth Street (at left is the equivalent screen on Seventh Street).
This is what I was working on while my photo was taken (click to see a VERY BIG version).
The bridge is Seventh Street.
The former Ford manufacturing plant (now Ford Centre).
These tracks actually travel beneath the admin building and come out on the other side
Peering through Gate 29 -- lots to see
Dedicated closed-captioning ribbon board
This is the LRT path looking from the ballpark site (behind me) toward downtown. The line currently ends about two blocks up this street. This bridge over I-394 is also being partially rebuilt as part of the ballpark project.
Click to enlarge.
Pawlenty makes it official!
This is what it looked like during the first open house in March.
Photo by Jeff Ewer
If you arrive by bus, your first glimpse of the park will be the scoreboard's profile. (Viewed from the bus station in the B ramp.)
Work in progress.
What are they hanging over there?
Just up the foul line, it looks like the base of the wall in foul territory on the right side.
Here's the field of posts which will support the third base side of the grandstand. Some walls have started to appear about where the Northstar riders will enter the park.
August 2001 (a month later we were engaged)
A view into the park down Sixth Street from just beyond Hennepin. Note that one side of the street contains century-old, classic buildings -- structures which are likely to last another century or more. The other side, not so much. (Click the image to see what it looked like from exactly the same spot 97 years ago.)
Catwalks provide access to the View Level seats (from the Ballpark Authority July update)
That's Fifth Street (and a tattooed arm) in the foreground.
Hops! (conceptual only)
I could gaze at this streetscape all day. It isn't perfect, but as a model for Minneapolis, I love it. (Except the Biff, of course. Click to enlarge.)
Viewed from the sidewalk on Seventh Street. No skyway infringement needed.
Knothole non-view #1
The transit corner entrance (Photo by Tom Sweeney, Star Tribune)
A final glimpse from the street of stadia installation along the left field line