Early Dog Days
May 28, 2010 2:37 AM
You can come out now. They're gone.
I have to admit that I've felt a little like averting my eyes for the past three days. But it appears that some genuine progress was made. Our boys have now taken two of six, which is decidedly better than other recent history.
Frankly, I think that each manager made one significant tactical mistake during the series, but the net was a tip in our favor. Gardy named his 6th inning pitcher way too early (allowing preparation), and Girardi pulled that lame-and-should-be-against-the-rules BS with Pettitte and Rivera (thus firing up the opposition). I think we're all glad that Gardy got mad. He was justified.
The upshot is that the dynamic may have changed for the better if you're the Twins. The Yankees advantage over the Twins has actually been thinning for a while (look at how close the games have gotten, and what it has taken to push the Bombers over the top each time), and may even be partly a function of small sampling size. Here's hoping we see them again -- in October -- in the Bronx -- in the ALCS -- for a robust regression to the mean.
Shopping at Cub is not a place where I typically bring out my phone to take a picture. I did once when, for reasons I never quite figured out, there was a mariacci band playing in the frozen foods aisle. (I've got video too.)
But I stopped in my tracks and reached for my phone when I got to the hot dog aisle day before yesterday. (My wife thinks the photos which follow constitute proof that I have gone off the deep end.)
Yes, you can now buy all three types of Target Field hot dogs at Cub Foods (maybe elsewhere) and compare and contrast to your heart's content.
You'll also save a lot of money. Here's a quick comparison:
Big Dog - TF: $5.25 (includes chips, available everywhere) ... Store: $0.97
Dugout Dog - TF: $4.50 (in-seat vendors only) ... Store: $0.93
"Original" or "Dinger" Dog
"Original" or "Dinger" Dog - TF: $5.50 (Hennepin Grille) ... Store: $0.47
I immediately snatched up a pack of Dugout Dogs, which I think are the tastiest (though still a bit too salty for me). We'll see how they do on the grill... Mmmmm, hot dogs...
The only remaining question is who can come up with the best way to heat these at home, get them into the park, and keep them warm until game time. Hey, we live in an era when pretty much anything is possible (except, oh, balancing governmental budgets, preventing or stopping gigantic oil spills, and defeating Yankees). Let's hear your best ideas. (You will receive bonus points if you can devise some type of heater which can be used at the charging station!)
Back when Schweigert was named hotdoggyaire for the new park, I bought some of their regular dogs off the shelf just to see what they were like. Frankly, they weren't very good. (I'm kind of partial to Oscar Meyer myself).
But something on the nutritional panel caught my eye:
OK, just how many servings per container?
One would think that getting the same number of hot dogs into each package would be the simplest part of the packaging department's job.
Perhaps, when you get to one of those incredibly plentiful grill stands at Target Field, you should ask for "about one" Big Dog.
It was a beautiful day and I had to be downtown, so you know what I always do.
Rod Carew will greet you, but he's sorely in need of a home plate for reference. (Killebrew is too.)
Stairs wrap around the skyway escape tower. A very nice finishing touch.
Flowers and Hall-of-Fame plaques. Very nice.
A distinct misstep, ostensibly to guard against missteps. But methinks I smell a lawyer...
Permanent barriers have sprouted across Seventh from the plaza, and "no crossing" signs have gone up all along here.
Basically it nullifies all the beautiful work done to tie the other side of the street into the plaza. Those matching railings weren't cheap, but the offensively unmatching barriers probably were.
I say: On gameday, Seventh Street should be treated as an extension of the plaza. This setup looks uncharacteristically unfriendly, and reminds me of those barriers down the middle of Fifth Street over by the Metrodome.
The plaza has been finished off just beautifully.
I know you've seen this, but I can't get enough of it.
More flowers, more pennants.
Through the windows of the Metropolitan Club you can see one of the displays of Met Stadium memorabilia.
That display features what remains of Met Stadium's home plate, which I managed to photograph long ago when Clyde brought it out for an event at the Mall of America.
I haven't seen the display up close, but the story I heard is that the actual plate was given away to a fan after the last game. Both the fan and the plate promptly disappeared and have never been heard from again (probably because no one tried to find them for decades).
Clyde dug up the mounting, which is made of wood, along with the pitching rubber (cement), and hauled them around for years to anywhere that would let him show them. It's a great story, and truly amazing to have them right where they belong.
Finally today, I came across this very interesting article in Finance and Commerce about just how much free publicity the Twins have received from various media outlets over the past few months:
But slicing and dicing the runaway month of April provides a glimpse at how free media and impressions are figured.
"You get the most exposure on the internet, but the greatest value is on broadcast," explained (uber PR-dude Chris) Iles.
That month, there were 4.15 billion broadcast impressions totaling more than $15 million in gratis exposure; 181 million print impressions worth $2.2 million; and 165 million internet impressions worth about $1.9 million in exposure.
I may have stopped receiving press releases long ago, but I just had to check my logs and do the math.
Is it possible to take a bad picture of this building?
Still hoping to get to a game this weekend. Thanks for hanging around here.
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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."
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For some inexplicable reason, a lot of the new parks being built these days feature grand staircases like this one.
Clemson Memorial Stadium
The walkway under construction in the parking lot just outside the loading dock.
TCF Bank Stadium (click to enlarge)
One of the many supports being built over the tracks.
"Original" or "Dinger" Dog
I don't exactly know what this is. A first-aid station? Concession office?
Just lighted panels... *sigh*
Time to paint those supports Vikings-purple.
Night (about the 7th inning)
5:45 PM, section 327, row 9, standing: sunshine.
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...
The Metrodome is converted to its football configuration after the Twins game on August 29, 2002
Lunch break at the top spot. (Grandstand)
Skywalk over Seventh
Note the gigantic -- and very permanent -- M's on the gates at the base of these stairs.
Seville's certainly will benefit from 81 games a year played about a block away! (When I walked by on this day, the place looked deserted, but I stand corrected!)
Typical SRO view upstairs.
Here's the entrance from the seating bowl. It's down the outer moat, just beyond the last of the Dugout Box sections.
Legends Club seats feature in-seat service
Directly above gate 6 "Oliva" on the Club level.
Who Owns What (Click for larger version. Source: Ballpark Authority)
Home Plate Box, Section 111, Row 8 or 9-ish (Click to enlarge greatly.)
Noah is checking out the ample leg room and truly exemplary sight lines.
Nine spots for hops bats.
Catwalks provide access to the View Level seats (from the Ballpark Authority July update)
(Click to enlarge greatly)
The county of my birth!
From behind the wind veil
This is the start of construction on the Northstar platform which will feed under the bridge and to a lobby with escalators and elevators just inside the ballpark's public concourse. Compared to the ballpark construction, this looks kind of puny. But the work just to get the trains to come has been positively Herculean. Future generations will look back at this with awe.
First, an overview. The base of the plaza here will meet the base of Sixth Street at Second Avenue.
Just so you have a reference, this is an LD ("low def") scoreboard (inset is what the controller probably looks like).
A spot that's always full!
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
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Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
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