Safe at Home?
October 11, 2009 10:22 AM
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!)
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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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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.
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
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...
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)
Second Edition (2006)
Selected Bibliography - Surveys
Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(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
Book and six ballpark miniatures