You know it's true, but these days you just have to keep telling it to yourself. Our weather is beyond chameleon-like; it's deep into shape-shifter territory. It also has this sadistic side which seems to appear at this time every year.
But take heart. Eight weeks from now there will be outdoor baseball in Minnesota. It's certainly possible that the only visible grass in the state will be at Target Field. But that's OK.
Weather Deflector (Pocket version)
1. Minnesota's climate is a lot like:
- Baltimore (no roof)
- Boston (no roof)
- Chicago (no roof x2)
- Cincinnati (no roof)
- Cleveland (no roof)
- Denver (no roof)
- Detroit (no roof)
- Philadelphia (no roof)
- Pittsburgh (no roof)
- New York (no roof x2)
2. Back at the Met, the Twins averaged between 3 and 4 rainouts per season.
3. Even with a roof, a new Twins stadium could not have been climate-controlled. The rain might have stayed out, but not the occasional cold.
If you're starting to have doubts, banish them! One or two days in the 40s is all it will take for much of this white blight to wash down the nearest sewer drain. Even if the temps stay small, there's heat beneath them there Colorado-grown blades of grass (rumors about frozen heating tubes notwithstanding).
Of course, you know as well as I do that there will be naysayers. In fact, the national media will saying nay essentially in unison, and especially loudly if one or more games of the opening series are delayed or postponed. It seems like anybody with a keyboard instinctively thinks that it isn't Minnesota baseball without a roof. "Are they insane?" we hear them say.
Well, we're not. In fact, we're out in front on this one. There's just no denying that, in this case, the conventional wisdom is flat out wrong. (For background, click here, here, and then here.)
But you're going to need your "roofless cheat sheet" to counter those Nervous Nellies, those Chilly Charlies, those Fearful Fredas. So there it is at the right. (Clip and stick in your pocket to be whipped out when somebody besmirches the meteorological reputation of our fine state and new ballpark.)
Do you prefer charts? Here are some I nabbed from Outflux.net (based on NOAA data).
I climbed up to the top of the Minnekahda building one sunny but very chilly morning last week. The big things haven't changed much since the last time I was up there, but the overview you get from there is nothing short of spectacular. Here's hoping one day there's a party deck up there with some stands and jumbo screens tuned to the action. It's not Wrigleyville, but who cares. That would be completely awesome.
Note that, even though the scoreboard appears strategically placed, it's the outfield stands which block any potential view of the field from this roof.
The images on that wall appear to be of great Twins moments in history.
I still counted 11 flag poles...
Balcony of the Town Ball Tavern.
You've made it this far. You can make it eight more weeks! Take a deep breath and repeat after me: "Minnesota is a beautiful place."
"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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Nuts on Clark (a couple blocks north of Wrigley Field)
Seating mound (seen from the B ramp)
That's Tony Oliva checking out ballpark construction from the roof of Target Center.
This is amazingly close to completed. It's a short tunnel entrance ramp to 394 underneath the outfield stands.
In the top of the 9th, the sun hit our backs and summer took one last long look.
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Dan Kenney, my tour guide
An alternate route into downtown. (Click to get an interactive map.)