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."
– Bernie Williams
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Target Plaza in model form
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Marquette looking south
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Waiting for a train. Reading on the promenade. How urbane.
5:45 PM, section 327, row 9, standing: sunshine.
A very unique space
Looking across the plaza toward the main ticket area.
Gate 6 is quite large
At TF, you never know when you may bump into a Pohlad
Mauer steps in for the first time.
Entrance to the Champions Club
Trees also have sprouted near the topiaries
Killebrew taught, "Always make your autograph legible, boys."
From the roof of the B ramp, you can see just how futile it will be to get a glimpse of the action.
A detailed crowd shot. Click to enlarge greatly.
Here's a closer look at the bullpen area. It's hard to tell for sure, but I think there is still an opening to the concourse right above.
This looks south and shows the track configuration for Northstar. The platform shown is just a placeholder. To the best of my knowledge, concept drawings for this platform have not been released. Keep in mind, this is NOT part of the ballpark project. It is completely separate.
...but you can get a feel for what it will be like.
Despite what those signs say, every one of these places was selling either snacks or Yankee memorabilia out of its front door. Do you suppose anything like this will spring up anywhere near the new Twins ballpark?
Large staircases, a staple of recent Populous (nee HOK) projects, are all over the place.
Supports viewed from beneath. These seats will be just a few feet from the outside edge of the building!
A close-up of the rooftop party deck.
Artist at work
Here's a first view of the surprisingly spacious walkway on Fifth between the ballpark and the LRT platform.
No griping here.
Now looking north, the tracks emerge from beneath Seventh Street as freight tracks only. The Northstar line ends at the northwest corner of the ballpark. One day, however, you can bet that other passenger trains will approach from the southwest metro on these tracks -- if our legislators are smart and persistent, that is.
Working on the main concourse right about directly behind the plate.
World Series trophies on display at left
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.
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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First Edition (1992)
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Selected Bibliography - Surveys
Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
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(2000, large coffee table)
Original edition (2000, round)
Revised edition (2006, round)
(2001, medium coffee table)
(2002, small coffee table)
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(2004, very large coffee table)
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Combines the previous two titles
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Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
Book and six ballpark miniatures