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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From behind the wind veil
The images on that wall appear to be of great Twins moments in history.
Working on the main concourse right about directly behind the plate.
Large staircases, a staple of recent Populous (nee HOK) projects, are all over the place.
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This is the start of construction on the Northstar platform which will feed under the bridge and to a lobby with escalators and elevators just inside the ballpark's public concourse. Compared to the ballpark construction, this looks kind of puny. But the work just to get the trains to come has been positively Herculean. Future generations will look back at this with awe.
Dude, this is NOT a multi-use facility.
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This looks toward the middle of the park. The third base side of the Legends Club is to the right up ahead, while the 573 Club is just barely visible at the end of the hallway. It extends to the left.
You can get a hand-carved sandwich, or ice cream while pondering the career of Julio Becquer.
Detail of Entry Plaza #4 (north entry from Fifth Street)
This is the outside portion of the Metropolitan Club.
Gate 29 "Carew" is at right.
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A close-up of the rooftop party deck.
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Detail showing clubhouse and home dugout (click to see the entire drawing)
Stairs down to Seventh Street now have the start of railings
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Discussions in progress on some very brown grass...
These stairs will meet the skyway.
Miller Park: Gymnasium with skylight (Source: RP)
The Northstar station.
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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
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NYS - New Yankee Stadium
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STH - Season Ticket Holder
TCFBS - TCF Bank Stadium
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