You say low, I say high.
You say Dome, and I say Sky, Sky Sky!
You say the Dome, and I say the Sky.
(Apologies to Paul McCartney)
Ah, Metrodome, we've come to give you 81 last kicks in your pale, puffed up butt. Should be fun.
The Twins are highlighting the 100 greatest moments in the Dome's baseball history. That's a great idea, and I'd certainly buy the coffee table edition of that collection. But I wonder if I can come up with 81 things about the Dome that I will not miss. Let's find out, shall we?
Thing I Won't Miss #1: The sound system is more likely to deafen you than the sound of the crowd cheering.
Terrible day for the web site to be out, eh? I got no explanation from the hosting company, which is generally quite reliable. Could have been a traffic spike, maybe not. Could have been hardware, maybe not. All they would say is that they didn't do it intentionally. Cold comfort, that.
Could have been some sort of poetic justice, capturing in advance what would be seen from the team on the field tonight: a whole lot of nothing.
B&A. The folks. (Look for B at the MIA, and A at the Guthrie.)
I was there with my parents (yes, I'm 45 years old and my mom still gets the tickets for me -- sometimes) in section 233 (thank you, Target free ticket give-away, but because you gave away these godawful seats, I am prevented from complaining about the crick in my neck at about the 45-degrees to the right point) and saw the whole thing, or the whole nothing, if you will.
Red Dog pumped a little fire into the veins, but it dissipated pretty quickly into a Morneau double-play.
But it wasn't any one thing. They just didn't look good. Jet-lagged or something. My dad quoted my grandfather, a Twins die-hard in the 60s (now, alas, long gone): "They don't have the right Combination Of The Elements tonight." Amen to that. (Dad revealed another of grandpa's favorite quotes when the Twins were doing well: "They're playing like Triplets!")
Is Joe Mauer now the heart of this team? Because tonight they played like their heart was on the DL.
20 minutes to get from our seat to the street. Miss this place? Nah.
Who the hell was that band out on the plaza? They were amazing. The horns. The vocals. The organ. The guitarist playing fire with a frozen claw. The drumming. The expertly mixed sound. All perfect. And the girls...woo hoo! (Bands: Always put up a sign with your name. Also, confidential to KQRS: Your portable PA sucks. Tinny sounding. Too loud. Not high enough off the ground. People were actively avoiding it -- and your booth.)
Name that band. Please. (Mick Sterling)
It was cold out there on the plaza. I admit it. I'd probably have thought twice if this had been an outdoor game (though I would have still bundled up and gone). But the sun was spectacular.
Across town, earlier in the day, Noah and I took a quick skyway tour.
More pix tomorrow.
This afternoon there was a great moment out on 35W. I was driving north and came up behind a very nice red Cadillac tricked out with Twins stickers on the back bumper. Nice ones. Looked like they'd been professionally applied. As I passed, the visor was down on the driver's side, but I could make out that the driver was on the phone, and he looked a whole lot like...Dave St. Peter!
"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 are they hanging over there?
Outside, lots of window space
A closer look at the bridge and walls. You can see where the tracks will be laid.
World Series trophies on display at left
The flowers don't have quite the fullness depicted in the original sketches (where they were positively overflowing), but they are quite lovely -- a great, subtle touch. And that's probably a very challenging place to grow anything.
Evidence of a food court behind the seating above the batter's eye
The stunning curtains, which skillfully evoke the architecture, keep the atrium from getting too hot in the late afternoon sun, simultaneously hiding the HERC.
This terrible picture shows the netting in place through a knothole on Fifth
Note that the sign in the background will NOT be changed because "Twins Way" doesn't extend this far north.
A view of construction from the B ramp. This looks toward Seventh Street, over what will be Gate 34 (the main entrance).
This is the back of the Cisco Field scoreboard, showing video to folks out on the plaza.
Stairs wrap around the skyway escape tower. A very nice finishing touch.
Circulation building with construction team on top
The reverse angle shows that the signage will only partially obscure views from the top of the ramp. The wall is pretty high up there, so you'll need something to stand on, but it appears that this is one of the so-called "knotholes".
Carew atrium menu part 2
Looking north (toward Fifth Street and the LRT station).
Look beyond the gigantic hand (a hounds tooth jacket? really?) and you'll get a glimpse of the main grandstand configuration. The two (or is it three?) levels of suites are visible, as is the design of the so-called "split upper deck," and the extensive use of limestone for decorative accents. Let's hope these little touches don't get cut as costs increase, because they make a nice tie-in from the outside of the park to the inside. Of most interest to me is the way that the very best seats are physically separated from all the rest of the seats by that limestone. There will be virtually no way to sneak into these seats. On one level, that's a somewhat sad design feature...
Typical standing room crowd which started early and lasted the entire game.
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The base of the old Met Stadium flagpole. (The plaque refers to the "Flame of Freedom" and not the origin of the pole.)
The first completed mural
This is the Seventh Street circulation ramp. Note that the floor is covered with plywood to protect it during construction. Not all construction firms are as careful with this type of protection as Mortenson.
New Downtown Minneapolis Public Library (Source: RP)
Dan Mehls, Mortenson Construction
Hot dawgs! Getcher hot dawgs!
With the engine behind us, we got a real sense of how fast we were going by looking out the front (back) window
Wrigley Field viewed while approaching on foot from the northwest
After the rain. (We were in the wrong spot to see the rainbow...)
The Metrodome is converted to its football configuration after the Twins game on August 29, 2002
This area will supposedly show the Twins chronology. Will it stretch back to 1901?