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After Midnight

Don't Turn Out the Lights When You Leave

October 6, 2009 2:03 AM

It's an October night game, rain delay. The clouds are hanging quite low, and the ballpark is an oasis of light in the city. Wonder what that might look like?

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That's part of the wind veil, waiting in the B ramp for installation


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This terrible picture shows the netting in place through a knothole on Fifth


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My crappy camera doesn't do the colors justice. The champagne lighting underneath the canopy is much less glaring -- actually quite subtle.

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A sharp-eyed reader caught me trying to make the best of a bad situation with my SP-570UZ on Sunday afternoon

The clouds also contributed to contrast issues, making it hard to get a properly exposed image from a distance -- not that my camera could do it anyway. Life just hasn't been the same since my beloved C-2100UZ went belly-up... Can anybody recommend a good DSLR? I'm going to need one before April 12.

Limos Everywhere

I waited until about an hour after the end of the Vikings-Packers game before heading out to shoot tonight. That was enough to let the traffic die down, but the warehouse district was hopping with post-game festivities.

Tons of limos were parked around Target Center, along with a bunch of buses. When I encountered a chatty guy working in the skyway (literally polishing the metal strip in the floor separating two skyway segments) I had to ask what was going on in the arena.

"Oh, those are all for the Seville."

Wow. I had no idea. I hope Wanda had a good night.

Cruising down Second Avenue, there were places lit up here and there -- all in the adult entertainment industry. That has the potential to create some pretty awkward moments between parents and children next summer.

"We Are the World"

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But along the way during my walk, I saw quite a few odd couples with one member in purple, and the other in green and gold. They all seemed to be getting along so well. Did they know there was a game tonight? Did they know the outcome? I did not want to risk disrupting the harmony by initiating conversation.

It did occur to me...

...that weather might have played a factor over the past weekend and in tomorrow night's game (84% chance of showers predicted) if it were outdoors. I hope that doesn't bother anybody. (Doesn't bother me.)

But you certainly have to wonder how the playoff schedule might have been affected had the AL Central tiebreaker needed to be postponed because of weather. That's not unique to Minnesota, of course (remember Philadelphia), but with the postseason already scheduled a few days into November -- and tightly scheduled at that -- another delay could have been quite disruptive.

At the very least, off-days and travel days would have to go, further degrading the level of postseason play. That's a sore subject with me, so I should probably stop talking about it now before I get too riled up.

For now we can genuinely be thankful for the Dome. Gee, imagine that.

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Great pix! I was looking forward to some aerial shots during the Vikings game last night of the stadium with the lights on. It came quite apparent that those aerial shots were taken the night beforethe MNF game.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 04:53 AM by drowell Highlight this comment 1

:) that is all awesome pix rick

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 06:50 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 2

Joe Posnanski has a great blog post today about how the Dome just won't die.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 07:00 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 3

Great pics rick. I too went to TF last night during a short break in the rain. Had my DSLR in tow only to find as i was trying to setup the first shot that the battery was dead! Got a few great shots with my cell (pretty similar to those you have).

I bought a Canon XSI a few months ago and highly recommend it. Got on ebay ($585, retailed at the time between $630-$700 online). While searching for a new camera I ran across the Nikon D60 and D90. All three are pretty comparable and function slightly different for your tastes. Obviously i went the canon route. But they all look like pretty good lower, mid-range DSLRs.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 07:14 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 4

Once again, GREAT job!!

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 07:15 AM by Joey Beaks Highlight this comment 5

Here's the thing about being thankful for the Dome: If we hadn't needed the Dome, we'd have had Target Field on Monday. Monday's rain started pretty lightly and would have been pretty playable into the evening, so I think they could have gotten the game in Monday. Tuesday and the weather would not have come into play. We should at least remember that.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 07:16 AM by J P Berka Highlight this comment 6

Great pics Rick. I drove by the place at 6:15 this morning. It looked great.

Say, if I wanted to send some of my pics from Sunday's game, and being that I can't figure out how to size them right for this blog, is it rick (at) this domain . com?

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 07:26 AM by luke Highlight this comment 7

Can you imagine all the folks that trampled your lost ticket stub last night? I bet it's unsalvageable to say the least. Any luck on E-bay so far?

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 07:57 AM by Luke Highlight this comment 8

How I wish I could have strolled the streets with you last night! I really appreciate your dedication to your loyal readers. What would we all do without you?

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 08:05 AM by crtwinsfan Highlight this comment 9

Well, 1)I'd switch another name...could be too confusing.

2) I thought that very thought last night - whereever the hell it is, it's either soaked, or in a plastic bag after cleanup on Sunday.
As far as eBay...not yet.
However, there are some of the TF Calendars on sale at eBay that I might go after, since that's ANOTHER promotional item they didn't hand out on Sunday.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 08:06 AM by luke Highlight this comment 10

When it comes to the MLB powers that be having a fit because there "could" be rainouts next year for the playoffs...GOOD! Maybe that will light the fire under Selig's fat ass to change the scheduling in '11. Stop trying to lengthen the season into November, where the chances of crappy weather only grow.

Go back to the Sunday double-headers and end this season by Oct 15th. He can't get away with lengthening the season as easily as the NBA has. He'll wind up with more weather-shortened World Series games. That's just plain stupid.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 08:30 AM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 11

New slide show from the Ballpark Authority.

The close-ups of the lights with the rain falling, is truly a sight to behold. If that doesn't say "Outdoor Baseball", I don't know what would. Also, there is a picture in there that, dare I say, reminds me of the Dome at night. You get a side glimpse of the canopy lit up, and it looks EERILY similar to the Dome roof at night! (IMG_8610)

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 08:55 AM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 12

IMG 8589 is just great.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 09:02 AM by Dust Highlight this comment 13

Nice work, Rick.

Those Ballpark Authority pics are great too.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 09:23 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 14

So, what happens when I do...this[/i]

Someone close that tag!

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 09:25 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 15

The Nikon D40 is a great price and a great performer. Check out my baseball pics from STL that I took with it. I used the kit 18-55mm lens that comes with it for most shots, but used the 55-200mm telephoto for some too. Here's the link: http://picasaweb.google.com/jonrbeck/STLBaseballWeekend#

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 09:22 AM by jb Highlight this comment 16

Chad,

You'll be happy to know that I closed the tag, and fixed the code:

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The Ballpark Authority
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www.ballparkauthority.com

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 09:58 AM by Rick 17

luke,

Yep. Send your photos to that email address.

Anybody out there got a spare promo TF calendar they're willing to part with? (I guess they only gave them out on Friday and Saturday.) Drop me a line at the same address: rick at this domain dot com.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 10:37 AM by Rick 18

The Seville was certainly the place to be last night. I am not one to drop names, but there were plenty of local and national celebrities / athletes pouring in after Monday Night Football.

When I was leaving work at 5am Target Field looked beautiful.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 11:16 AM by Wanda Phillips Highlight this comment 19

Was Pacman there?

"Yeah I'm in this b**** with the terror
got a handful of stacks
Better grab an umbrella
I make it rain (I make it rain)
I make it rain on them hoes, I make it rain (I make it rain")

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 12:20 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 20

We're gonna win Twins, we're gonna score! We're gonna win Twins, watch that baseball soar. Knock out a homerun shout a hip hooray! Cheer for the Minnesota Twins Today!!

GO TWINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 1:24 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 21

Section 121 row 27. Leaving shortly to fetch my wife out of work. I turned down a considerable sum for the tix I have - don't tell her.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 2:02 PM by B.W. McEvers Highlight this comment 22

I was thinking of a team whose late season run mirrors the 2009 Twins and came up with the 1973 New York Mets. It's not an exact comparison, but there are some similarities.

- The Twins were in 3rd place as late as September 12, moved up to 2nd place the next day, and didn't reach 1st place until October 3rd.

The Mets were in 6th place on August 30, were in 5th place as late as September 11, were in 4th place as late as September 18, and then went from 3rd to 2nd to 1st on consecutive days from September 19 through 21.

- The Twins didn't get above .500 to stay until September 15.

The Mets didn't get above .500 to stay until September 22.

- The 1973 Mets made the World Series.

Hopefully the 2009 Twins can match that and go one better by winning it all.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 2:21 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 23

And awaaaaaye-a-e-ay we go!

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 4:04 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 24

Rick - eBay has TONS of those calendars.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 4:53 PM by luke Highlight this comment 25

wow.....these tbs announcers are just horrible. i am tempted to watch the game with it on mute. the guy doing color is an absolute idiot. both guys seem a bit clueless.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 4:54 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 26

hate to say it, but i think this home plate ump and his piece of shit strike zone could be the twins un-doing in this game. have counted at least 6 pitches so far that were obvious strikes that he won't give to scott baker. feeling gardy could get tossed if it doesn't turn in the twins favor quickly.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 5:12 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 27

Only 6 Beta? The Twins also might lose because they're swinging at every pitch Porcello throws.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 5:25 PM by Jervill Highlight this comment 28

I don't like TBS either, Beta.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 5:34 PM by luke Highlight this comment 29

I muted the TV and fired up the Gameday audio on the internet. Even Gordon and Gladden are better than these clowns...The commentator is GOD AWFUL!

Rally time!

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 5:55 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 30

The TBS guys just announced today's attendance of a shade over 54K as the largest in Metrodome history. Guess they didnt see the 55K+ at Sunday's game.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 6:04 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 31

Jared

The attendance on Sunday was 51,155.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 6:22 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 32

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 6:31 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 33

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 6:44 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 34

Thank you Matt Guerrier...Thank you Billy Smith bullpen!

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 6:55 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 35

I second Kevin's comment.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 6:59 PM by Andrew Highlight this comment 36

Lets go Twins lets get Nathan the win!

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 7:04 PM by firedog Highlight this comment 37

Thanks Kevin,
Someone shoulda told the TBS commentators.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 7:24 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 38

Oops...

Someone should inform them b/c they said record crowd of 54K on three occasions.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 7:29 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 39

Crain????? Why not Blacky or Pavano...anyone else!!

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 7:40 PM by Locker Highlight this comment 40

Thank you Jesse Crainwreck.....Matt Guerrier and Jesse Crain would eventually come back to bite this team in the ass. How appropriate.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 7:48 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 41

thanks crain!

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 7:49 PM by firedog Highlight this comment 42

That was a terrible tag job by Alexi.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 8:03 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 43

Ok so as far as I am concerned Alexi Casilla should be off of this team. For a team that plays "small ball" and preaches the fundamentals, this idiot has no concept of this, even after being in the Twins system for how many years, being benched, being demoted, having his job taken from him, and he can still not execute a proper tag up on a fly to left? Granted they played the twins shallow, and it was a spot on throw, but come on!!

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 8:08 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 44

Josh,

Had he actually tagged from the base instead of 10 feet off, he would've been safe. The throw was outside the base path.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 8:12 PM by Chad Highlight this comment 45

Whatever the case, we do not have room for this kind of play. However, great play by Punto here as I type, nice throw home! Let's hold em boys!

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 8:35 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 46

TWINS WIN!

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 8:45 PM by Jervill Highlight this comment 47

what was that about Casilla??????

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 8:48 PM by Deenels Highlight this comment 48

Well, Alexi just made up for it

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 8:48 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 49

This Game, This Season is why we all love Baseball!

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 8:52 PM by Andrew Highlight this comment 50

exactly kev

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 8:55 PM by Deenels Highlight this comment 51

The Metrodome...

As bad as you may think it may be, it served the Twins well today!

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 8:56 PM by David_Mpls Highlight this comment 52

Yup. Hell of a game. Not much rest for the Twins though. 6ET/5CT they're at it again in the Bronx.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 9:03 PM by luke Highlight this comment 53

alexi would be off any maor league team......he still is not batting 200......period

he must have dirt on the pohlads or works cheap

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 9:24 PM by bw Highlight this comment 54

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