Last Sunday was supposed to be the last Sunday, but the team (and the Dome) would not hear of it. All the countdowns of great Metrodome moments were rendered moot by what happened -- and what was about to happen.
Go get 'em, boys!
Would Tuesday's tie-breaker make the list of top 100 Dome moments? Obviously.
Top ten? Probably.
Top five? You could argue that.
I've heard it suggested as perhaps as high as number two! We'll have to let a little time pass before making that determination. (As if anybody's going to be thinking about great Dome moments for very much longer...)
What happened in the Bronx on Friday night has cooled some of the fervor, but this is baseball. You can't just run out the clock. That's why it's a great game.
And don't worry about Joe Nathan. Even the best closers blow saves. A-Rod wasn't going to chase anything. Joe had no choice but to issue the Challenge. A millimeter here or there is all that separates a homer from a long fly ball. I don't have to tell you that.
I also don't have to tell you that the umpiring, from balls-and-strikes to watching the left field line, stunk. It hurt everybody, but seemed to bite the Twins more often and, finally, with much sharper teeth. Do the Twins win that game if the ump doesn't blow that call? Yes, I think they do.
We argued about instant replay for a while after that, but my buddy said it best: "Screw instant replay. The umps have to make the right call." Amen, brother.
And the Twins will be the first to admit that they also win that game if they get a few more of those stranded baserunners in to score. It was a game in which the opposing team got all the breaks. It happens.
I used a part of this quote the other day, but the whole thing (with some minor modification) seems somehow more appropriate to today:
KING GARDY (before the game):
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the Dome up with our roster spent.
In golf there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of baseball blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
See you tonight at the game. Look for me in the Golden Seat! (Way to go, clublevelfan!)
"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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What can you see from up there? Some say not much.
That's part of the wind veil, waiting in the B ramp for installation
That's some scary-ass scaffolding, if you ask me.
Here is Seventh Street viewed from the west looking toward downtown. This will probably be the most pedestrian-friendly side (other than the plaza), but only if there is some psychological barrier between the people on foot and the people in their dangerously fast-moving automobiles.
Detail showing clubhouse and home dugout (click to see the entire drawing)
They can put a camera just about anywhere. (Photo by Jeff Ewer)
Bruce Lambrecht on the roof of the Minikahda building.
The rendering which excited a fan base! (Inset is an enlargement of the pictured neon sculpture.)
From last week, you can see the piers taking shape. I believe that the front row, visible here as just forms and reinforcing rods, is the front edge of the plaza.
Concept drawing of Coomer gate (click to enlarge)
Franchise history before Minnesota. (Click to enlarge.)
In March, we were still only imagining baseball through those windows.
You won't see much sky from these seats, but you'll always be warm
An early concept for the pedestrial bridge. (Source: Ballpark Authority, RP)
To the left, out of view, was a row of guys in very nice suits. Most I did not recognize.
Now, why is there horse shit on the street next to Target Field? (I saw it in two places. Mounted police maybe?)
Now from the inside looking at the same area.
Thome steps in.
I don't know if the back side is also a test for materials, but it could be a hint of how the exposed steel supports will be finished. Or it could just be to hold up the stone.
This is the Suite Level. There are multiple suites between each pillar, and there will be seating on the area in front of the suites which currently looks like it could be a walkway.
This is the view from the Seventh Street circulation ramp. It will eventually be covered by the wood louvers.