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Gathering, Gawking

August 19, 2011 11:24 AM

The Yankees are in town, and you know what that means: Time to enjoy our still-new ballpark without worrying too much about what's happening on the field.

I know, I know, I'm usually going to encourage paying attention to the game, and you should still check it out now and then -- a Yankee might hit a homer, you know. But don't beat yourself up too much if you take some time to just leisurely look around and see what there is to see.

Sporting events are nothing if not large gatherings of people. And ballparks are, when you distill it down, just places for large groups of people to gather (in addition to that little part about money changing hands, of course). When people gather, fun can be had, and great sights can be seen.

So rather than bore you with a venting of my frustration, or suggestions about what the Twins need to do with their September call-ups, or what Bill Smith needs to accomplish in the off-season (pitching, back-up catcher, home run hitters, you know the drill), let's just gawk a bit.

At the end of this article is the order form for tickets for next Tuesday night's BallparkMagic gathering in section 140. Tickets still remain, and they're only $21 -- no fees! Hope you can make it.


Killebrew taught, "Always make your autograph legible, boys."


A scene repeated about a million times each game


A scene repeated about a BILLION times each game


Mary Larson (left), a music teacher from Maple Grove, was a TwinsFest SSB winner and got to sing the anthem before the game.


Solution for a hot night, just inside Gate 34 (that's a cool mist, by the way, not hot steam, which would be kind of cruel)


An ice cream salad cone -- er, Walk-a-Taco


They could not help the Twins on this night.


Dancing for the cameras


"Hey look! There we are!"


Do you need to know the score?

BallparkMagic at Target Field:
Tuesday, August 23, 7:10 PM (Baltimore Orioles)


These are seats out in the Right Field Bleachers, Section 140. These tickets are being sold here exclusively at face value with no fees (shipping only)! It's my way of saying thanks for making this site your source of TF news.

Only $21 per ticket!

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Please note that if your ticket order doesn't arrive in time for mailing of the tickets, I'll refund the shipping charge and hand them to you in person outside Target Field!

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Hey, Rick...the "Hey look, there we are" photo, I'm guessing due to the majority of empty seats, that pic was taken in the Grandstand?

Posted on August 19, 2011 at 1:29 PM by luke Highlight this comment 1

I'm reading about the Morneau non-homer last night, and wondering why they just don't mount a cheap camera at the base of each foul pole pointed straight up. There would never be a question!

Posted on August 19, 2011 at 4:55 PM by Rick 2

Wait! I almost forgot about lasers! That type of boundary call is simple for a laser system, even if the ball is 50 feet over the top of the pole.

Posted on August 19, 2011 at 5:16 PM by Rick 3

Or, and I know this is pretty complicated.......just make...the...foul...pole....longer! Same thing for the NFL uprights.

Posted on August 19, 2011 at 6:22 PM by antifire Highlight this comment 4

NY ties it up on a home run while FSN has Robbie talking tweeting. Reminds me of why I am driven crazy at the ballpark when everyone around me is tap tap tapping on their little hand held devices. Watch the game folks!

Posted on August 19, 2011 at 8:13 PM by terry Highlight this comment 5

When expectations are factored in, is this the most disappointing year in Twins history?

Posted on August 19, 2011 at 8:37 PM by Jeff T. Highlight this comment 6

From an old-timer, '64 was pretty bad, ditto '71. But in answer to your question, I have to say 2011 contains the biggest gap between expectation and reality that I can remember in fifty years of following this team.

Posted on August 19, 2011 at 9:15 PM by terry Highlight this comment 7

Twitter is stupid. I was getting irate tonight, as people's stupid comments were scrolling across the bottom of my tv screen. /rage/

Posted on August 19, 2011 at 10:10 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 8

Well said Terry!

Posted on August 19, 2011 at 10:29 PM by N.D. (aka N.D. "Rube") Highlight this comment 9

Target Field has "ridiculous" dimensions and the trees distract us and that is why we cannot hit home runs there and yet for two years we have watched visiting teams regularly bombard those poor fans in the outfield seats. Number 9 hitter for NY hits two of 'em tonight. Of course he didn't have to deal with the trees.

Posted on August 19, 2011 at 10:33 PM by terry Highlight this comment 10

I have never insisted that the team win, although that is always a bonus. I have, however, always insisted that they play hard with pride and dignity - that they give a good account of themselves - and am sorely disappointed of late. Even taking injuries into account I can no longer see any signs of life or hope - or heart. The really sad part is that I do not believe anything of any consequence will be done unless and until the flood of $$$ towards the collective corporate coffers begins to wane - Firestone did not fix their tires when they knew they were killing people, only when sales began to drop. In buying the Twins a new palace we are getting what we paid for - in more ways than one.

Posted on August 20, 2011 at 08:23 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 11

HEY - Twitter is AWESOME, F_T_K. If the TV scroll bugs ya, put masking tape on the bottom of the screen. Problem solved.

Posted on August 20, 2011 at 08:44 AM by luke Highlight this comment 12

Luke ---

The Grand Canyon is awesome. The birth of a child is awesome. Twitter - NOT awesome. Try another word, perhaps one that is not so overworked that it has ceased to have any meaning.

Posted on August 20, 2011 at 10:41 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 13

Put Twitter in the Shitter..

Posted on August 20, 2011 at 11:32 AM by Steve Highlight this comment 14

Twitter is totally awesome because nobody expects you to say anything profound or interesting and we can just continue sliding toward cavema

Posted on August 20, 2011 at 1:11 PM by Rick 15

(oops, used up my 140 characters)

Posted on August 20, 2011 at 1:12 PM by Rick 16

The other day I heard something (I forget what) described on TV as being "somewhat awesome" - I'm not making that up.

Posted on August 20, 2011 at 1:26 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 17

Twitter is an excellent way to garner information from a variety of sources in one forum in real time. You can choose who you follow. So if you want to only follow every major national MLB writer and every team's beat writer, you can do just that. Don't let some TV scroll put you off a great medium. If you're using Twitter and not getting at least something out of it, you're not using it correctly or at least not advantageously.

Posted on August 20, 2011 at 2:23 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 18

Well put Jorge.

Posted on August 20, 2011 at 2:38 PM by FD Highlight this comment 19

Twitter is for twits.

Posted on August 20, 2011 at 3:15 PM by Dave Highlight this comment 20

Anyone else watching the Little League World Series on espn/abc?

They have shrubs in the batter's eye, and these kids are hitting the ball just fine.

BBtT

And I'll restate: Twitter is stupid, don't force me to watch it on my game broadcast!

Posted on August 20, 2011 at 3:56 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 21

I have seen what Luke has written here, I cannot imagine how it must be to read his Tweets.

Posted on August 20, 2011 at 5:33 PM by tk Highlight this comment 22

tk: See @LukeRas. Lots of riveting blog links...

Posted on August 20, 2011 at 7:58 PM by Max Highlight this comment 23

ahhhh yes. ben the ever present old curmudgeon and luke still posting away with the pace and thoughtfulness of an over-eager little puppy.

you can be away for several months and thankfully some things never change. rick's site just wouldn't be the same. stay golden pony boy......stay golden. ;-)

hope everyone is well.

Posted on August 21, 2011 at 10:58 AM by Betaband Highlight this comment 24

Standing room only tickets on stub hub right now for $1.65 for today's game and Diamond Box tickets for $21???

Who would have thought for a Sunday game in August versus the New York Yankees....

Lots of STH's eating the extra cost this year and I don't see it getting any better next year.

Posted on August 21, 2011 at 11:08 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 25

interesting thing about putting a laser on a pole, one the FAA would NEVER allow it, and two it sounds like someone overheard a conversation. The infrared camera could be mounted up another 250 feet on another post that comes out of the side of the second level bleachers. It would need to point DOWNWARD. So we dont bring down a plane into Minneapolis on a game night. Lasers are illegal to point up into the sky for more than a second or two without permits. They can get you thrown in jail for not only idiocy, but terrorism, interfereing with a passenger flight, and its about 10 years in jail.

Posted on August 21, 2011 at 11:34 AM by TCAGENT Highlight this comment 26

Who said anything about pointing lasers upward? I said to either point a camera upward or use a laser system.

Infrared instead? Sure!

The point is: Technology, MLB! It helps people do their job better.

Posted on August 21, 2011 at 11:56 AM by Rick 27

Speaking of inane drivel --- welcome back Beta!

Posted on August 21, 2011 at 12:55 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 28

WC seating in the Dugout Box for tomorrow night $49, lowest I have ever seen those tickets with more than 24 hours to go before game time. If that was a 4-pack, I would totally buy those right now :(

Posted on August 21, 2011 at 1:16 PM by tk Highlight this comment 29

^^^ *Tuesday, not tomorrow

Posted on August 21, 2011 at 4:34 PM by tk Highlight this comment 30

Max! Thank you! Free advertising is ALWAYS good! Keep it up.

Ben - just be happy I didn't say "Twitter is DA BOMB!" Be thankful I don't use grammar like a 13-year-old.

Posted on August 21, 2011 at 6:46 PM by luke Highlight this comment 31

here is definitely a new look at Target Field. linked

Posted on August 21, 2011 at 10:46 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 32

Wow Jared! Next time, please place a disclaimer...I should have taken some Dramamine first!

Posted on August 21, 2011 at 11:08 PM by tk Highlight this comment 33

This weeks games are going to look pretty bare in the seats if the tickets do not pick-up both on StubHub and the Twins website. I doubt anyone will be buying from the Twins when the inventory on StubHub is going to be dirt cheap.

I bet DSP is crying for the scalpers right now to come back as he is generating no revenue from inventory he has right now, as the online Twins available seat map looks as blue as the Metrodump seats...

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 12:19 AM by tk Highlight this comment 34

Last dollar dog night you could still get a dog in the third inning. What does that tell you?

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 07:33 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 35

Jared, OMG that's a great pic. Maybe one of the players had a camera in his pocket and took that photo accidentally...lol.

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 09:08 AM by luke Highlight this comment 36

Concession stands were very quiet during yesterday's game. One guy running a hot dog stand told me it was one of the worst days for sales that he could remember.

But why? Did people blow all their money on the actual tickets (long ago, when the games were potentially relevant)? Was it a nice enough day that people were happy just staying in their seats? Has the fare at TF started to grow old (I know it has for me)?

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 09:35 AM by Rick 37

I still dig the burger and fries, most other things can go.

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 10:22 AM by TK Highlight this comment 38

I would have to think a lot of people eat lunch before a 1:10 game like we did, rather than eat at the ballpark during a 12:10 game. Certainly the schedulers will note something like that.

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 10:55 AM by jctwins Highlight this comment 39

There have been a few new food offereing. This weekend, I noticed that they started selling nachos out of a batters helmet for $12. They have a new 44oz collectors cup (pop) for $7.75 and you can purchase a smaller version of the lemon chill at some of the consession stands for $3.75 instead of waiting for the vendors to come buy with their larger $4 variety.

I didn't check every game this weekend, but it looked like there were in excess of 2,000 tickets for sale each of the games this weekend even right up to the day of the game. The stadium was still full for all 4 games. Were people listing the tickets and then when they didn't sell, giving them to friends or going themsleves? Were a majority of these listings by scaplers that simply sold them on the streets after they didn't sell on Stubhub? Even with prices extremely low throughout the weekend on stubhub, the scaplers on the streets were still doing a brisk business on the sidewalks.

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 10:56 AM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 40

Rick - or people are saving up money with which to stuff their faces at the State Fair, which begins this week??

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 11:16 AM by luke Highlight this comment 41

The key moment in yesterday's game - 5th inning, scoreless tie, the locals have runners at 2d and 3d with no one out. Who is coming up next? Three guys who by all rights should be in the minor leagues right now. Batting averages? .191, .210 and .166. The result was pretty predictable. Sorry, just venting. It seems like we've spent way too much time this season watching the Rochester Red Wings.

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 2:47 PM by terry Highlight this comment 42

Title of most recent e-mail from our favorite spin-meisters: "Be there for the AL Central showdown with the Tigers Aug. 26-28"

Showdown? Bringing a dull stick to a gun fight is a showdown?

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 3:02 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 43

Let's put it this way. Target Field will be a ghost town after Labor Day. And rightfully so. I can't imagine Rick sold many tickets for tomorrow night. The Twins are stealing people's money with this club. Tremendous opportunities will be there to sit in the Champion's Club or excellent Dugout/Legends seats for pennies on the dollar.

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 4:03 PM by Max Highlight this comment 44

While they are both in tonight's line-up, according to Ken, it may be one of the final times to cheer for Jimmy and Kubes. It kinda makes me feel like the neighbors are moving away. On another note... while driving to Saturday evening's game there was a guy in a red hard hat and a Yankees Suck T-shirt at the Southwest corner of the arena across from the ballpark selling tickets. Reminded me of Waldo. Anyone know if it is the real Waldo?

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 4:10 PM by NotMendoza Highlight this comment 45

I dont know Max, I just checked StubHub...CC seats are still pretty pricey. Even the local (and the best) broker, TicketKing (OK, technically Hudson, WI) has CC seats priced pretty high. "Pennies on the dollar" for premium seats...seems a bit too much of a stretch. LC, maybe...but the CC - not so much.

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 4:39 PM by luke Highlight this comment 46

I wonder if there is a threshhold below which CC ticket holders are somehow not allowed to go below? You would think they would be asking for whatever they could get when push comes to shove but such does not appear to be the case. Anyone know?

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 4:43 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 47

Ok, going tonight, didn't know it was dollar dog night. Which dog is a dollar and where do you get them? Just rooted around Twins website and couldn't find it.

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 5:04 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 48

Stay away from the dollar dogs. They're horrible.

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 5:08 PM by FD Highlight this comment 49

Faber you can find them at most of the dog stands around. Look for the longer lines. Warning they are not very good. Last time I had them they almost looked under cooked kinda pink inside. Might try the Holiday dogs or brats as alternative? My next game looking for a 2nd win vs 9 losses tommorow night. Sounds like it will be a hot one tommorow night!

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 5:10 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 50

NotMendoza - If you are referring to the typically dirty "looking" gent (he always looked to me like he just got done rolling in a dirt pile) that was at nearly every metrodome twins game ballhawking in CF and was supposedly boycotting TF, then yes that would be the one they call "Waldo". I saw him too at the same location. Although, there is only one real waldo in my mind and I have yet to find him or his damn dog.

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 5:43 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 51

Read more carefully Luke. I said "after Labor Day".

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 6:31 PM by Max Highlight this comment 52

Read more carefully Luke. I said "after Labor Day".

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 6:31 PM by Max Highlight this comment 53

When I was at Sunday's game they announced it was the largest 4 game series attendance of Target Fields short history, something like 165,000. So if concessions were down it was not due to a lack of attendance. Sunday's attendance was little over 41,000 if I recall.

I did notice however there were a whole lot of Yankee fans at Sunday's game. I would guess 1/4 of the fans were cheering for the Yankee's.

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 7:46 PM by Dave Highlight this comment 54

Good question, Ben. It seems like those CC prices are always very high, no matter the bargains for Dugout Box, Legend Club.

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 8:54 PM by robin Highlight this comment 55

Do you suppose the idiots who interfered with Mauer catching Hardy's pop foul (right before Hardy's HR) were just getting practiced up for "The Wave"?

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 8:56 PM by terry Highlight this comment 56

That's what I checked there Max. A game in mid-September. Still pretty close to face value.

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 8:57 PM by luke Highlight this comment 57

You just don't get it luke -- Max said AFTER LABOR DAY...last I checked Labor Day is still two weeks away...than check your stubhub prices

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 9:05 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 58

Ben Revere just made a heck of a catch against the wall in center field. Gonna be seeing that one on the 'top 10' list on sportscenter tonight.

Somewhere, I think Kirby is smiling. :-)

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 9:22 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 59

Luke, I think Max is telling you to wait until after Labor Day to look at the prices.

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 9:58 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 60

Anybody think we should offer Hoey back to the Orioles for Hardy? Just askin'?

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 10:15 PM by terry Highlight this comment 61

I can't imagine Rick sold many tickets for tomorrow night.

Yes, it will be a smaller-than-usual group, but it'll still be fun. Unfortunately, my group coordinator for the event was still sitting on about 30 unsold tickets when we last spoke.

I suspect there is some deep nervousness over on One Twins Way these days -- not for this year, which is already in the books as far as ticket sales go, but for STH attrition and muted single game sales next spring.

So Bill Smith's job now isn't just about making the Twins better, but making moves which convince potential ticket-buyers that we should care.

I mean, who, beyond Ben Revere, do you really want to watch play for the Twins next year?

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 10:32 PM by Rick 62

Makes you wonder how many of those "3,000 and growing" members of the "On Deck" program would opt for their deposits back if the offer was made.

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 12:17 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 63

I know Winona. Sorry, my mind was all aloof yesterday...

As far as the On Deck folks, if a whole bunch of good seats open up due to current STH's pulling out, they might stay in, just for a shot at a good seat.

A buddy of mine upgraded from the 20-game to the 40-game pak for next season.

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 07:19 AM by luke Highlight this comment 64

If you haven't seen Revere's catch, click the linky.

Revere led off the next inning, and I think the Oriole's catcher must have said something, because I think I read Ben's lips as saying "Thanks, man."

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 10:45 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 65

I saw. Last night. That was one hell of a catch.

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 11:07 AM by luke Highlight this comment 66

Luke,

How could your buddy already upgrade for next season when the process hasn't started yet?

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 11:22 AM by FD Highlight this comment 67

Sorry, meant to say "is going to upgrade".
Typed too fast I guess.

Hope all ya have fun at BPM night tonight. I'll look for ya'll (well, whomever's going) on the telly.

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 12:33 PM by luke Highlight this comment 68

Hope you guys get to see a bit more offense than I did last night --- have fun.

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 1:01 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 69

CC tix for tonight $150 and declining.

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 1:53 PM by tk Highlight this comment 70

CC $140

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 2:04 PM by tk Highlight this comment 71

Perhaps this would make some of the Twins games (okay maybe more than some) a bit more enjoyable. linky

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 2:45 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 72

On a general ballpark note, I went to KC for 2 games. My take on Kauffman...
Pros: Fountains, Outfield Experience (great for kids, some good food options and deals), Royals Hall of Fame, Huge scoreboard, good bar areas/extra spots around park to watch the game, generally good sightlines throughout ballpark, ample parking (though we stayed right next door)
Cons: Upper deck top rows seem to be 5 miles from the field, ballpark is in the middle of nowhere (which minimizes view and sense of place), no cupholders in upper deck, food/beer choices/prices merely ok, concourse signage could be better.

Overall, I'd give it a solid grade. B+? I've been to many that were much worse, and only a few that were clearly better. I think TF is better in most respects, but KC is more kid-friendly.

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 3:48 PM by br Highlight this comment 73

Ya, I like the changes they made to Kauffman. It definitely is in the middle of nowhere. I don't know why there hasn't been any other development out there. It's right off I-70, you'd think that'd be prime real estate for hotels/retail or something.

Having said that, I wonder if there's going to be a lot of complaints to that effect next year for the ASG. I have no idea what hotels are near there, so players/media/fans seemingly are going to be a ways away from the stadium (downtown is what, 15-20 minutes from Kauffman?), which isn't good.

I think there will be complaints similar to complaints this year during Super Bowl XLV in Arlington (Dallas).

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 4:37 PM by luke Highlight this comment 74

I like the fact that Kaufmann Stadium is out where it is. The view beyond the fence was always nice and green, with the Interstate going right by and all the trees behind it. It made for a beautiful view. I know that for many, the ideal ballpark is in an urban setting with a skyline to look at and plenty of gathering spots within easy walking distance. But part of the character of this stadium has always been its serving as an oasis of sorts in a semi-rural location smack dab in the center of greater metropolitan Kansas City. People drove or took the shuttle buses to the ballpark, just as they drove to the supermarket or the Country Club Plaza. They can drive to the night spot of their choosing after the game.

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 5:23 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 75

I lived in KC for a couple years back when the Royals were good. I enjoyed many a lovely summer night at the ballpark.

And, one very cold late September game where I was wearing my winter coat and was still cold!

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 7:12 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 76

"And one very cold late September game where I was wearing my winter coat and was still cold!"

Back when the Royals were good, eh? Must have been the last ice age.

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 8:53 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 77

It seems like the last Ice Age when the Twins were good!

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 9:10 PM by terry Highlight this comment 78

Early 1980s, Mike. I was sitting in the last row of the upper deck, and the wind was coming from behind me at about 25knots. It was pretty miserable up there!

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 9:19 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 79

Too bad you weren't there telling me stories about it when I was there just a few years ago when it was 106.

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 9:47 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 80

So a last place team comes to town and makes the locals look even worse than they did against The Evil Empire.

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 9:56 PM by terry Highlight this comment 81

You know, terry, its funny - my dad said the same thing tonight.
It is unbelievable what this squad has put us through this season. I suppose I should be lucky: both games I went to this year, the boys WON!

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 10:16 PM by luke Highlight this comment 82

I wonder if anyone in Rick's little group had the presence of mind to bring along a checkerboard?

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 10:47 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 83

Interested to hear if the BPM group thought the life had been sucked out of the park, as it seemed it was in the LC tonight. It was like a morgue in there. It seemed worse than I've ever seen it.

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 11:10 PM by jctwins Highlight this comment 84

The Twins have been sending out letters to certain accounts enforcing a limit of tickets (8) per account--forcing larger accounts to unload a portion of their seats for 2012. Do these guys know this team sucks?

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 11:24 PM by twinswschamps2040 (aka twinswschamps2011) Highlight this comment 85

Speaking of checkerboard, I wish the Twins would add some variety to their grass patterns...almost two full seasons now played at TF and we have only seen TWO designs....the checkerboard pattern less than two months and the boring current pattern for the other 10 months. (assuming they keep the current pattern until the end of the regular season)

That's your typical Twins suggesting that the current grass pattern "plays better"....If it played so well, than why don't other teams have the same patterns or why do the Twins not have that same pattern at Hammond Stadium in Spring Training?

The same Twins team that complained about the trees, glares, dimensions of the OF and so on...

Never seen a team complain so much as the Twins and I have never seen so many players go on the disabled list with such "minor" injuries such as soreness, weakness and so on.

Yes, there are injuries such as concussions and broken bones that are unavoidable, but all of these "soreness" and "muscle and elbow tenderness" and "weakness" injuries are ridiculous.

Posted on August 24, 2011 at 1:46 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 86

Anyone else hear Dick Bremer comparing Ben Revere to Kirby Puckett as they opened the telecast?

You can't make this stuff up...

And by the way...lots of empty seats tonight, I can't imagine what it will be like after Labor Day.

Posted on August 24, 2011 at 8:31 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 87


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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

Explore the Site

Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3045 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.


I see an opportunity in this view for an Abbey Road-style promotional photo! Mauer, Morneau, Nathan and Cuddyer walking toward the ballpark. The only question: which one takes off his cleats?






New Concept Drawing - No Roof



Sometime in the late 1980s: B ramp is under construction. Not yet built: Target Center, I-394 and the A ramp.



The glorious Gate 34



10 years ago, Bruce Lambrecht looked at this land and thought, "Why NOT a ballpark here?" It took a long time before anybody else saw the same potential.



Arizona






This design has a rather generic quality to it, but they appear to have considered the B garage. Though it isn't part of the model, they've clearly left room for it.






New Downtown Minneapolis Public Library (Source: RP)






Sign installer dude



From the B ramp, 6th level elevator lobby window



Row indicators are spray-painted with stencils over rust and peeling paint.



Looking from the doorway to the south, across Seventh Street






Philly






Poles through the gap



Hops! (conceptual only)



Carew atrium menu part 2



Look at all those flag poles! But wouldn't the one from Met Stadium look great just inside the gates in the middle of that entrance plaza?



Click to see the full-size image.









Not sure what those supports are for -- probably stadia.






These guys were there, but it wasn't any of you, right?



Click to see the whole page from this 1971 program.



Section 101, Row 27



Yep, that's real grass down there, son.






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.)



What are they hanging over there?






I have no idea what this is or does, but as gear goes, it's totally boss, man. (Attached to a railing just off of the Trap)









North Loop Deli









The creative design of the admin building stands in stark contrast to the horribly pedestrian appearance of the LRT platform. This design looks like it came out of a public transportation manual.






These stairs will go up to the centerfield pavilion.






A desolate Marquette Ave






Plaza overview from the A ramp



Most of the main concourse is filled with construction materials...


Glossary

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 (2006)
 


(2008)
 

Selected Bibliography - Surveys
 


(1975)
 


Second Edition (1987)
 


Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000)
 


(2000, large coffee table)
 


Original edition (2000, round)
 


Revised edition (2006, round)
 


(2001, medium coffee table)
 


(2002, small coffee table)
 


(2003, medium coffee table)
 


(2004, very large coffee table)
 


(2006, very large coffee table)
 


Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
 

Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
 


(1992)
 


Book and six ballpark miniatures
(2004)
 

Complete Bibliography

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