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!
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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 3004 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Above the Carew gate
Work beneath the scoreboard
Section 139, Row 8
The bridge is Seventh Street.
Bench seating just off the plaza
More of a bird's-eye view of the same area.
The circulation ramp on Fifth Street is shaping up very quickly.
Usher Anna hands out Homer Hankies
Look closely and you'll see limestone on the front of the press box!
Pile driving in progress
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.
And another angle looking at the overhang area of the right field pavilion. This looks to me like a great area to watch a game.
Lots of speakers, but in some places, no sound.
Detroit got this part right!
Here's a correction: The LRT platform will actually be able to load outbound trains from both sides.
Uh oh. A code of conduct. Clearly posted. I'm not gonna mention any names, but you know who you are... (Click to enlarge.)
Two signs visible from beyond the confines of the ballpark.
The main ticketing area beneath the restaurant.
Time to paint those supports Vikings-purple.
The green in question (click for very large version)
Lunch break at the top spot. (Grandstand)
These images are found at the top of the staircase, which leads to the Suite Level.
B ramp at left, ballpark at right (and visible far away through the tiny crack)
Best view available from the "B" ramp.
Looking back toward the doorway into the club
The east wall of the building looks like it will be the first part completed. These are probably supports for the plaza, and they hug the very edge of the site.
For some inexplicable reason, a lot of the new parks being built these days feature grand staircases like this one.
I didn't check the menu too closely, but it looks like all the standard fare is available, and not much of the non-standard stuff.