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May 4, 2010 2:40 AM

Our little secret is out: There's a great new place to watch baseball in this town.

I suppose it was inevitable that all sorts of people would hear about it and want to go down there to watch games and drink beer and eat hot dogs. Our beloved construction site has been all ruined by getting all finished up. I knew it was coming, but it just...happened...so...fast... (sniff)

OK, I'm depressed.

Not surprisingly, the accolades continue to drip from people's pens and keyboards and mustard-splotched lips:

Giddy Fan (breathlessly): It's the best ballpark I've ever been to!

Giddy Announcer: Really? Which other ones have you seen?

Giddy Fan: Oh, the Metrodome. And Midway Stadium. Once.

And I'm not kidding, some people have already started to try and rank TF among all the Major League ballparks!

"Well, the Vincent burger was a little drier than a Boog's ribwich, and it doesn't have the Roberto Clemente Bridge rising gracefully above the San Francisco Bay, and the Metrodome wasn't quite as bad as the Kingdome, but I'll still give it a three overall."

Really?

Can't we have a little honeymoon period here? Let's live in discovery mode for a while, and maybe talk about rankings when we've covered all the trading deadline moves, and maybe even the September call-ups. ("Can you believe that Wilson Ramos is still hitting .778? Where in the world are they gonna put Gate 44?")

Actually, I am depressed. I feel a little like a kid who watched a big roller coaster being built right outside his bedroom window for four years, and now mostly gets to watch on TV while other people ride it (or, more accurately, listen on the radio to their squeals of delight).

No offense, TC, but you're pointing exactly the wrong direction if you want people to use the ramp opening to your right...

If ever there was a year to have a full season ticket package, this would be it. Of course, I have no idea how people find time to attend 81 games, and I haven't got anywhere near that kind of money. In truth, were it not for the kindness of some people I've met right here at BallparkMagic, I still wouldn't have gotten anywhere near the place.

To those kind souls, including the ninja who made tonight possible, I say what Clyde Doeppner said to Calvin Griffith: "Thank you."

I do love the upper concourse. Feels like home already.

My shaggy dog ticket story goes something like this: Last summer I bought five games from a STH group just to make sure that I would get in the door a couple of times. It cost more than I would generally pay for a whole season of baseball, but I didn't want to take any chances.

Well, the tickets came and -- I knew this was possible -- two of the five games immediately presented conflicts. Just the luck of the draw.

At lower left are the seats I'm not going to use any time soon.

You may also have noticed that ticket prices are climbing precipitously. I'm thinking that baseball outings this year will be about as spontaneous as mortgage refinancing -- and have similar origination fees!

I know you've seen these, but is there a better finishing touch anywhere else in baseball? I know not one.

In the meantime, however, we'll have tonight: BallparkMagic Night at Target Field!

You won't find it on the Twins' promo schedule, but you will find a bunch of us overhanging out in the Overhang. If your seat is somewhere else, please make a point of stopping by.

We'll be packed into the first five rows of section 136. Hey, Wilson! I'm bringing my glove!

That is assuming that the big lightning bursts on my desktop weather forecast for tomorrow night are, well, exaggerations. I don't worry too much about the weather (or any things over which I have no control), but these look especially ominous.

But it'll take more than desktop icons to stop me. It will take some real thunder, some real rain, and word from the team that they won't be playing. In other words, I've got my poncho ready!

Looking forward to meeting you all and seeing a game.

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Should be fun! See you all tonight!

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 03:21 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 1

"and people behind home plate wearing blankets for a game in the 50's?? what a joke!"

For three years, the attitude at this site has been, "If you're afraid of the cold, bring a jacket, pussy!" When people do, the d-bags who frequent this site will still get on you. I suppose they'd rather have the country see a deserted Target Field when the weather gets a bit nippy.
Hey Beta, do you have any conscious moments when you're NOT trying to be a jackass?

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 06:13 AM by Dr. X Highlight this comment 2

The Roberto Clemente bridge over the San Francisco Bay??
I almost lost my coffee this morning I laughed so hard.

I thought the Clemente bridge spanned the Anacostia River in Pittsburgh.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 06:53 AM by luke Highlight this comment 3

Click for the box score from the last game the Twins and Tigers played outside in MN, before last night. Not sure, but the name of the winning pitcher for the Tigers that day seems to ring a bell :)

Have a great time tonight everyone!

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 07:33 AM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 4

Ok, so I got to experience Wrigley Field for the first time last Thursday while in Chicago. A few observations:

1. The train experience was very similar to LRT here. People packed into the doorways while there's still room in the aisle area if people moved.

2. Extrememly friendly staff. We were carrying Garrett's popcorn we'd gotten for our son. When they did the bag search the woman tells my wife, "I have some bad news for you about the popcorn." My wife says, "oh, we can't bring it in, huh?" The lady says, "no, it's our favorite popcorn here! Enjoy!" She then proceeds to ask my five-year-old if it's his first trip to Wrigley and directed us to fan service desk to get a certificate commenorating the trip. As we left Wrigley, a staffer thanked us for visiting Wrigley Field.

3. Clean concourse with brick paver floors, which really impressed me, it was a nice touch. No idea if that's new or not.

4. Few lines at all at concessions. I could always walk right up and get what I wanted.

5. Clean, spacious bathrooms (with troughs). I know I've read somewhere that they'd dumped a lot of money into cleaning up the bathrooms and it shows.

6. I know I'm not breaking news here, but I was really struck how initmate the whole stadium is. Much more so than even TF.

7. You forget how the stadium is really plunked down in the middle of a neighborhood.

I know the Cubs have been dumping money into spiffing up the place and you can tell. For a facility that's almost 100 years old, I was impressed with how clean it felt. Much more so to me that when I visited old Yankee Stadium in 07. I'd be interested to see how Fenway compares in that regards. I'd also heard that the ushers are rude and the worst in baseball but my experience was exactly the opposite.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 07:51 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 5

TWINS MAGIC NUMBER: 135

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 08:11 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 6

Thanks for posting that Expectorate.
The attendance was laughable...8,000 people.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 08:14 AM by luke Highlight this comment 7

Yea Luke, looking at that box score was interesting for a couple of reason. That 8000 attendance was for a SUNDAY game! I could see 8000 for a mid-week day game in April, but man, a Sunday game in late August? Also, did you see the length of the game? 2:23. Good luck seeing a game that fast these days.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 08:25 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 8

Here's the HR tracking website that someone asked about in the last thread. According to this Cuddy's bomb last night was 413 feet, which is the second farthest by a Twin this year to Thome's 414.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 08:57 AM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 9

Last night's game was only 2:29. I was at a game either last year or the year before at the Dome that was actually just under 2 hours. I about asked for a partial refund.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 08:59 AM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 10

Looked up the temp was 81 degrees! Course the State Fair and the twins being 26-51-1 might have had something to do with it! A tie??? Must have been a strike year also! 7 hours and counting before the pregame! Looks to be a great night for a ballgame!

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 09:04 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 11

Well, looking back at 1981 (which was a strike year), the Twins had by far the worst attendance in the AL, averaging just 7600 fans per game. However, if you really want to see a team on the rocks, just 5 years after being THREE TIME world champions, check out the 1979 Oakland A's. It got bad here (twice - early 80's and late 90's), but never that bad.

It is also is worth noting that the Twins were the first team ever to draw 3,000,000 fans in a single season (1988). It is even more fun to go look at the 1965 world series year, where the Twins easily led the AL in attendance - by averaging 18,000 per game.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 09:08 AM by Linc Highlight this comment 12

I remember once being at a St. Paul Saints game where their attendance was higher than the Twins game being held at the same time.

I doubt that will happen again anytime soon!

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 09:16 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 13

Have fun tonight everyone! Wish I could be there :)

It's been a fun ride on this site for the past 3 years!

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 09:20 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 14

I had the opportunity to sit in section 136, row 1 last night and those are probably my favorite seats in the entire ballpark!

You are literally sitting over RF and are on top of the right fielder. It was fun hearing a lot of the fans yelling at Magglio.

It's hard to believe those tickets are only $22, of course, that was a "value" game, but its still one hell of a bargain for those great seats in the overlook.

Make sure you all hassle Magglio tonight (or whoever the Detroit RF is).

The main concourse from gate 34/29 down to the gate 14 area continues to have major congestion problems. Men's restroom traffic flow appears to be getting much better as the once "under-utilized" backside is now being utilized.

The dollar dogs are simply the "original Twins dogs"...they were nothing special, but for $1, you can't complain. I was surprised they were fresh off the grill and not sitting in warmers wrapped in foil! That was one reason the lines seeemed to be so long was that the dollar dogs were fresh off the grill, but that is worth the wait.

I was glad the game was over at 9:40 as it was a Monday night and I had a 1 hour 30 minute drive ahead of me.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 09:21 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 15

Target Field was my 21st ballpark. Among those that I have been to, TF barely makes my top five. If it is a solid top-5 ballpark, it will take me a while to get it there. I have to go a few more time, and see how it all plays out. I didn't expect it to make my top five though.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 09:43 AM by Daniel K. Highlight this comment 16

Just curious, Daniel...

What is your top five? What criteria do you base your top five on? Where did Target Field fall short, meet, and/or exceed expectations?

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 09:54 AM by Margaret Thatcher Highlight this comment 17

Please get rid of the GB Leighton song! Everytime I hear it I want to vomit! Anything but that!!!!!

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 10:00 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 18

Someone on here had some not so nice things to say about the hot chocolate there...I had some last night and wasn't disappointed. Of course you're not going to get some type of barista made hot chocolate, but for $3 on a cooler night it more than did the job. Any else hear that hot chocolate's at Yankee stadium are $8? Wow.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 10:02 AM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 19

After Googling it, hot chocolate at Yankee stadium is actually $10. How is that possible?

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 10:04 AM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 20

Anyone want to sell their Joe Mauer 2006 batting title champion bobble-head, we had a little bit of an accident with it last night, he will never be the same.

Going to my first night game tonight, hopefully the rain holds off, if it doesn't we are going bar hoping in target field, either way, should be good times.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 10:48 AM by Thrillhouse Highlight this comment 21

The only reason why I don't like the GB song is because they didn't mention my hometown in the lyrics. T was REALLY disappointed

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 10:51 AM by Kingduck Highlight this comment 22

daniel,

i too would like to see your full list and why you don't rank target field in the top 5. it was my 12th ballpark and ranks higher than any stadium with a roof (including safeco).

see you all tonight!

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 11:15 AM by annoyingcustomer Highlight this comment 23

The best few stadiums I've been to (about 12 overall) are Fenway (just there two weeks ago), Target Field, and Safeco.

Went to Wrigley last year, it's great, but it's no Fenway.

The worst is easily Miller Park. Just didn't like it at all.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 11:22 AM by baggio16 Highlight this comment 24

Interesting article on the policy for not selling game-day single tickets for some games. I highly doubt this will be much of a problem outside of this year.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 11:33 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 25

That ticket policy is a lawsuit waiting to happen. What makes the Twins think they can discriminate like that? Seems absurd to me.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 1:13 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 26

Are you kidding me? Discrimination???

If the Twins wanted to sell tickets exclusively in groups of 73 they could do it. It's their call. Good Lord, Badjuggler...

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 1:31 PM by Margaret Thatcher Highlight this comment 27

What's your go-to website to find that day's lineup listed before anywhere else? Seems to me I used to have a gameday site bookmarked with up-to-the-date stats, including head-to-head with the opposing pitcher, etc.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 1:33 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 28

Indeed - nothing says they can't be greedy morons.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 1:33 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 29

I think La Velle posts lineups on his blog as soon as they become available.

As for the solo ticket gaffe, one of the Strib commenters asked (I can't believe I'm quoting a Strib commenter), what business school teaches that you'd rather sell no tickets than one ticket?

I love to go to games by myself, enjoying the radio broadcast on headphones and filling out a detailed scorecard. I'm not alone in this, I'm sure.

It's a dumb policy. They should dump it -- and make a big deal about dumping it.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 1:42 PM by Rick 30

so anything going on with BPM night before hand or just meet at our seats?

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 1:48 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 31

Twitter is the best place to find the lineup cards. LaVelle, Kelly Thesier, and the PioPress girl put them on their before they write their blogs. Joe C posts them from time to time too. Just follow all those people and you'll see them pop up.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 1:48 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 32

Unfortunately, the shuffling of kids and prepping of babysitters prevents me from getting down there more than a few minutes before game time.

But I bet if somebody took a stand and named a place, others would show up.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 2:00 PM by Rick 33

Any word on when hops will actually be planted in the topiary bats? Or have they been already?

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 2:03 PM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 34

So, Margaret, you show up at a show at a (mostly) publicly funded venue, cash in hand, and are denied a ticket because YOU ARE ALONE. You don't find that patently un-American, if not illegal? What is the seller's defense? "I wanted two empty seats instead of one." Maybe "discriminate" was the wrong word. "Astonishing ignorance" is probably better.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 2:20 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 35

Thanks on the day's lineup spots, and I found that PressPass GameNotes thingie I was looking for (linked from the Twins website, of all places). clicky.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 2:23 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 36

I won't be able to make the game tonight, but I sure would appreciate some photos with screen names attachted.

Rick, you could even create a new addition to the site, match the name with the face. I doubt that I could get 50%, but it might be kind of fun to give it a try.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 2:25 PM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 37

I'll be at Sneaky Petes then maybe run over to Smalleys before the game for a couple. Will be then up in the Homerun left field upper deck porch. Buddy of mine got 4 free tickets through his cc company and includes food! Anybody had the ribs of pork chop on a stick from the centerfield State fair booth yet?

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 2:50 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 38

No way Dontrell shuts us down tonight! Maybe we get the old wild thing Dontrell tonight!!!!!

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 3:00 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 39

Took the boy to the game last night and had a great time....VERY appreciative that the dreaded Wave didn't make an appearance....

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 3:01 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 40

I'll be there. So where are we meeting? How about the Old Met flagpole?

Can't wait to see everybody!

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 3:24 PM by rback Highlight this comment 41

I probably should have made this a little more clear, but the big group -- folks who bought tickets here -- are all sitting together in the first five rows of section 136.

If you aren't with the group, you'll know where to find us (I'm in row 1 on the aisle, wearing a BPM t-shirt).

I'm sure we'll all be milling about near the pole before the game.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 3:33 PM by Rick 42

I'd like to remind people it's allergy season. If I get a little misty during the national anthem at my first outdoor MLB game in MN, that's why.

Kudos to Rick for this website, and tonight's gathering.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 3:44 PM by Timo Highlight this comment 43

I almost forgot to say that I'll be with my brother, seen here in a picture I took in 1974:


Posted on May 4, 2010 at 3:48 PM by Rick 44

Have fun BPMers.....Would be fun to be there tonight, but I'll be at the noon game tomorrow.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 4:02 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 45

Nice pic Rick, I stumbled upon the killer out on the plaza after the KC game on April 17th. He still looks good!!!! Love those double knit uniforms! Wonder if they will bring back halter top giveaways again! Now that was a promo. Saw a few changing into those during the game!!!!!!!

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 4:02 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 46

Yes!! Bring back halter-top day!!! I had almost forgotten that most-brilliant promotion!

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 4:36 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 47

I also have to agree with the GB leighton Twins song haters. I've never been a big fan of it.
As far as game times, wasn't there a game last week on the road trip (I wanna say against the Tigers) that I think topped out at only 2:18. It helps when you get a huge lead, like last night, and actually KEEP the lead.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 5:53 PM by luke Highlight this comment 48

Sure is peaceful here with all of the regular posters at the game.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 7:10 PM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 49

I guess the irregular posters will have to post some more, then. :-)

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 7:13 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 50

F_T_K,

Irregular has so many negative connotations, I think we should stick with exceptional, special or "not your ordinary poster".

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 7:33 PM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 51



Here we are!

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 8:18 PM by Rick 52



Here we are!

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 8:19 PM by Rick 53



Here we are!

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 8:20 PM by Rick 54

Anyone get a picture of the double rainbow over left field in the 2nd inning?

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 8:45 PM by Mark in NE Highlight this comment 55

So who's who in the pic? Looks like a good one you guys got to go to. Almost turned into a nightmare in the 4th, but looks like it'll be okay, probably...

Wish I could've been there.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 9:19 PM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 56

We didn't bring in Rauch....why?? Un-flipping-believable.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 9:33 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 57

That moonshot flew right over -- WAY -- over our heads. Never seen anything=
quite like it...

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 9:37 PM by Rick 58

Any incidents there after a heated argument between the ballpark rubes? Did you guys yell at whoever threw back the Detroit home run ball in the 8th?

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 9:37 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 59

Must be Hammer Night at the ballpark... All I see are a bunch of tools in the outfield seats.

Sorry... just couldn't resist. :)

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 9:40 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 60

J.J. Hardy!!!

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 9:44 PM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 61

Nice to see BPM Night end in dramatically good fashion...

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 9:45 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 62

Way to bring the luck and the exciting finish, BPMers!

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 9:45 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 63

TTH...I was hoping you'd be there at the game to stir things up. It was probably boring without you there.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 9:47 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 64

I think it was Gladden who answered someone's question a week or two ago: "At what point do you think this will start to feel like home for the Twins and for the Twins' fans?"

Dazzleman: "When the Twins get a big come from behind win, or a walk off win, I think that will be the moment when this ballpark starts to feel like it's ours."

Well BPM guys, you got to be there for the magic moment!

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 9:48 PM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 65

GREAT game for all of you!!!! Nice win..

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 10:01 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 66

WOW, what an end to the game. Sorry I couldn't hang around to meet everyone in 136. Stopped by, shook hands with rick and the national anthem cut the visit short. My girlfriend was anxious at that point to get to our seats in 129.

Mark-
Being the ever-weather-nerd, I texted my buddy (he had seats behind home plate) during the rain, to get his camera ready to get pictures of the soon to form rainbow. We didn't have a good shot at it but WOW did he ever...I am waiting for him to send me the pics so I can process them. They may just turn out to be one of the best I have seen of the park to date. We shall see when my inbox blows up...

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 11:10 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 67

What a great game and a great BPM night, it was great to meet everyone! even enjoyed the rain, which i pretty much just ignored for the most part ha, just paid attention to this great game

Also JC thanks for some of the vitamin water haha

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 11:21 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 68

Really great meeting those of you I did tonight...Sooj, JC, JC's buddy with the vitamin water, the guy that grew up a few miles from me and knew all the same guys I did (and I forgot his screen name).

And, I think many of you will be happy to know, I elbowed Moda253 in the head this evening! I introduced myself earlier, but he maintained his anonymity. Found out at the very end of the evening and I should have know and hit him harder! :-)

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 11:48 PM by 2bb Highlight this comment 69

what a fantastic game! i couldn't believe how far that homerun went...

and to the people who were discussing the vines (the australian alternative band): they are not a super-group with shawn mullins and matthew sweet as one of your friends so emphatically thought.

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 11:50 PM by annoyingcustomer Highlight this comment 70

so here is what everyone really wants to know. which guys in the BPM crew had to carry rick to the bathroom so that he could puke his guts out after his 14th comp'ed beer?!

;-)

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 12:00 AM by Betaband Highlight this comment 71

oh wow, being the college student that I am (well actually all that is left is walking across the stage) I have to congratulate you all on the wonderful token of appreciation that you guys gave rick!!! well, unless beta is being facetious, I don't think you are. But it was a good game to say the least, saw the last couple of innings because I was working on job applications (anyone got openings??? email in the name, yes shameless plug). but anyways can this happen again? I want to partake!

next post idea: pictures of all the posters!

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 01:18 AM by MattW Highlight this comment 72

"So, Margaret, you show up at a show at a (mostly) publicly funded venue, cash in hand, and are denied a ticket because YOU ARE ALONE. You don't find that patently un-American, if not illegal? What is the seller's defense? "I wanted two empty seats instead of one." Maybe "discriminate" was the wrong word. "Astonishing ignorance" is probably better."

People have asked me througout my life - WHY DO I HATE BEING FROM MINNESOTA. Well, here we have it folks AND I could write a thesis and and Autobiography AND a Psychology Paper BUT I really do NOT want to WASTE my time on this garbage.

The FACT IS THAT PEOPLE IN MINNESOTA ARE JUST AS *GASP* *OMG* YES NASTY AS ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

This MINNESOTA NICE IS A CROCK OF B.S. and TO BE HONEST I'm really very HAPPY TO SEE THAT ALL OF YOU are just as nasty, banal, self righteous, self centered, ETC ETC ETC AS ANY OTHER PLACE IN THE USA.

CONGRATULATIONS !!!! YOU ARE NOW A BUNCH OF BLATENT A--HOLES! BE PROUD! LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND YELL "I'M NOT FROM FU&5ING LAKE WOEBEGONE - I MATTER!!!!

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 04:36 AM by Alex Dobkin Highlight this comment 73

ps the typos etc were intentional to all you Strib wannabes.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 04:44 AM by Alex Dobkin Highlight this comment 74

For those of you who i didn't meet, if you look in Rick's picture, there's a girl in a red hoodie-that's my gf, and i'mn ext to her in a gray hat sipping a beer.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 05:45 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 75

Question: You all have probably seen more night games than I have, I'll see my first night game tomorrow, but either Coomer or LaPanta said last night on the telly that TF shows much better at night than during the day.
Is that true in your opinion?

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 06:52 AM by luke Highlight this comment 76

Luke- I'd agree that TF shows up better at night. I've been to two games, OD and on Monday Night. (Both "W"'s, BTW)

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 07:10 AM by Fred Highlight this comment 77

Alex - Move

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 07:56 AM by Jim Highlight this comment 78

Can anyone explain to me why the Twins schedule a noon "getaway game" start when they are not going anywhere? Why would you do any favors for one of your division rivals? I can't imagine they draw more people to a weekday noon game than they do a night game. Seems like a chunk of money they are leaving on the table. Any ideas?

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 08:20 AM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 79

TTH - you had to put Blackburn back out for the 9th...he only had 85 pitches through 8...

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 08:25 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 80

TWINS MAGIC NUMBER: 133

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 08:25 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 81

BJ, Do the Twins make their own schedule?

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 08:47 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 82

Bad,

The Twin's do control the game times, although they are always subject to change because of TV obligations. Almost every team in MLB takes care of one another and schedules a get-a-way game for the opponent as they leave town. There are a few exceptions, such as the Angles. We play just as many games away as we do at home. What goes around comes around.

Most teams don't draw nearly as well during the day, but I think the Twins decided to err on the side of getting some better weather in April and May for the first season outdoors. I may be wrong but all of the day games should be a sellouts anyway.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 08:54 AM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 83

ah that makes sense... We are incredibly front loaded with day games in the spring (as my PTO time in April/May will attest to - today included!)

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 09:04 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 84

I'll be there too, Jax. May be an interesting day. The wind is blowing pretty good already. 50's, sunny and very windy.

Might be kind of fun to see a bunch of balls flying out on the plaza today, just as long as they are our flyballs.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 09:11 AM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 85

The Tigers have an off day on Thursday before playing in Cleveland on Friday night, so its not like it matters to them whether they play a noon game or night game today.

Possible snow flurries on Friday night!! I just hope Liriano can hold up ok in the "cold" conditions because we need him to(and he should) dominate that Baltimore lineup.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 09:13 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 86

trosy - that's foolish. Gardy has a pretty sound track record of going to his closer in the ninth - almost regardless of circumstance. I think 8 strong innings are enough to boost Nick's confidence. For a coach who always plays the percentages, this one almost bit him.

Alex - I don't think you know what "Minnesota Nice" is. Minnesota Nice isn't about being nice. In fact, it's definition roughly translates to being passive/aggressive -- nice to people to their face but behind closed doors telling those close to you what you really think. Example: When my friends and I were at Smalley's 87 we were talking about how nothing's really changed from Champps: the food was the same, the interior was the same (except for new artwork). A few minutes later, Roy Smalley walks in and stops at our table and asks us how we like the place. We tell him it's great and we love it. THAT is being "Minnesota nice." I doubt any one of us here believe Minnesota is a utopia.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 09:14 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 87

It was a blast meeting everybody last night. My web connection is down this=
morning (Qwest outage), so I can't get pictures up yet. I'm writing from m=
y phone for now.

We weren't in a very good spot to see the rainbow, so I'm looking forward t=
o Jared's friend's photo.

As for beer, Betaband, I did have an offer, but I was sipping a Dew by that=
point -- which is just as well because the nearest "puking station" had a =
pretty much perpetual line out the door.

So far, it looks like the TF men's room configurations are the weakest link.

Glad everybody could make it, and I apologize if there was anybody I didn't=
get to talk to. I'm hoping we'll be able to have another BPM night like th=
is before the summer is out. (Awesome seats, by the way. I'd sit there anyt=
ime.)

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 09:20 AM by Rick 88

Yeah the food at Smalley's is the exact same as it was when it was Champps (which isn't neccesarily a bad thing), but I do love the place.

BPM night was great. Nice to meet some of you. Im stuck at work today wishing I could go to the game for the 3rd straight day...gotta get that sweep.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 09:20 AM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 89

Badjuggler,

You're saying that it is un-American for someone who owns or produces a product to choose how they want to sell their product. Think about it. We're talking about packaging two seats together as opposed to selling them singly!!! And you're throwing the words "discrimination" and "illegal" out there?! Absolutely mind-blowing. "Astonishing ignorance" was exactly the right term, but you're aiming it in the wrong direction.

Alex,

Minnesota is a great place filled with great people. Smile!

BPM guys,

Wish I could have been at the game!! Sounds like it was a great time!! I hope you set a record for comp beers consumed by the 3rd inning, Rick.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 09:21 AM by Margaret Thatcher Highlight this comment 90

Just want to send kudos to our Twins fans for giving the late, great Ernie Harwell a standing ovation when they announced his passing.

I've never been quite as proud to be a Twins fan as when I read about our crowd doing that.

Now if you'll excuse me, I seem to have something in my eyes... ;-)

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 09:35 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 91

First night game last night! Had free tickets up in the nose blead section 331. Arrived right after the national anthem after pounding back a few beers at Sneaky Petes. Was going to go up to seats but started to rain or drizzle. So we just ended up watching from underneath the deck for a couple innings the wind was howling right into our faces. Decided to take a walk around the park ended up watching about another 3 innings right behind home plate. Found the $3.75 dog which was fantastic right behind us. No lines waitng at this stand right next to Hrbeks. The Dog much better along with the bun than the big dog! The lines for the Kraz sausage where 20 deep on each side. I'm thinking it would take about 1/2hour to get one. Ended up then watching from just past 1st base where there is no deck overhang for the final 3 innings. I think the top picture is where we stood. You can see the whole scoreboard yet close to 1st base. For sure thats where I will be catching some of the game from now on! Didn't sit down the whole game! Great people watching from that area also! Great ending with the walkoff wild pitch. Great play by Hardy to save a run and get out of 9th inning also! Next game tommorow night! 2-1 so far at Home. Lets get the sweep today!

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 09:45 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 92

2bb it was great meeting you. And thanks Rick for putting that together. I ended up taking my mom as she has helped me out with some stuff and she really wanted to see the building. She had a great time. For the water boys.... I would have definately enjoyed some of the vitamin water but didn't want to get too sloppy being that my mom was with me.

I did find some quality non-piss water beer that tasted great on a cooler evening, and yes I did enjoy a nice cup of coffee which I needed after being up for nearly 24 hours straight.

It sure would be good to do it again sometime.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 09:48 AM by moda253 Highlight this comment 93

Moda, how is Mrs. Clavin?

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 10:25 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 94

Thanks to Rick for getting the group together and to clublevelfan for providing access to the tickets. Ballparkmagic is 1-0 as a group, so it's clear we need to do more group outings for the sake of the Twins. It was a fun game to see, and I'm glad Magglio gave us something hassle him about.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 10:42 AM by The Rational Actor Highlight this comment 95

It's too bad he doesn't have the jheri curl anymore. Then we really would have had something to hassle him about.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 10:45 AM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 96

TTH your link is to a fail post? I don't get it.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 11:25 AM by moda253 Highlight this comment 97

Wow 3 solo shots by the Tigers and we are still up 5-3 top of 6!

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 1:46 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 98

Nasty wind again out there today! Broom in one hand!!!!!!!

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 1:48 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 99

I think they need to stop pitching to Cabrera. Plunk him next time.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 1:54 PM by j2eepgmr Highlight this comment 100

Kubel is sure stinkin up the joint this year. Two strikeouts with the bases load today. 8 men left on base.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 2:09 PM by firedog Highlight this comment 101

They shouting COOOOOOOOOO? or BOOOOOOOOOO? What are we hitting this year with the bases juiced? 065?

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 2:12 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 102

Here's my [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/ottergoose/4580001053/sizes/o/]photo of that rainbow[/url], I think it turned out pretty well :-D

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 2:08 PM by Ottergoose Highlight this comment 103

3 outs to go!!!!!! We see Herman Munster close it out?

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 2:34 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 104

Dear God another solo shot! Can Herman do it?? This is a HUGE game!!!!Cmon Raush

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 2:48 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 105

Interesting as always with Rauch on the mound...

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 2:48 PM by rback Highlight this comment 106

HUGE WIN AND SWEEP!!!!!! Put another Tatoo on Rauch! 10 games over and 3.5 game up!! Now lets slap them O's around some!

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 2:54 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 107

Good to sweep the kitties out of town!

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 2:56 PM by firedog Highlight this comment 108

TWINS MAGIC NUMBER: 131

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 2:56 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 109

TwinkFan-
Can't tell if you're serious or really wanting to know so...we were hitting .163 with bases loaded before today's game.

Nice to see us finally sweep. Hopefully we can take it to the O's and the Indians can do us some favors.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 3:06 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 110

I meant "being sarcastic"..not serious. Too tired.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 3:06 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 111

Yep they came into town puffing thier chests out 1/2 game out of first riding on a 5 gamewinning streak to boot. Now 3.5 game lead! Now would be nice to make some more hay on the 7 win O's! Keep the hammer down. Will be there tommorow night! Looking like a chilly soggy night tommorow night! I just hope that freaking wind dies down!!!!!

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 3:07 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 112

WE SWEEP DETROILET!!! Couldn't have had a more perfect opponent to have our first sweep of the year!!
Hope those who made the game today stayed warm and had a blast. Speaking of blast, was there for Monday's game when Cuddy hit that bomb in the upper deck, the thing floated through the air like a satellite orbiting the earth :)

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 3:08 PM by Jcm-Baseball Highlight this comment 113

Thanks AJ, was trying to find that stat. It seems everytime we got the bases juiced we leave em that way! L...O...L...

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 3:09 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 114

TwinkFan-
No problem. I think that was third worst in baseball. And I think the Nats were the best, hitting over .400. Might not have been the Nats though..

The O's have 7 wins!? Wow. I didn't realize they were the worst team in baseball. Now if we don't sweep them I think I might cry.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 3:21 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 115

Ottergoose, that's a great picture. Thanks for sharing it!

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 3:22 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 116

Sweep would be great but I would take 3 out of 4 also!!!!! Man we might be undefeated if we where hitting 400 with the bases full!

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 3:24 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 117

Need to bring back that great April weather. Next couple of games could be dicey..

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 3:26 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 118

I'm 5-0 in the regular season now. :-)

Next game on Tuesday against those hated White Sox.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 3:32 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 119

Thats a nice run FTK..Twins should buy you tickets till they lose! Will be going for 3-1 after tommorow night!

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 3:34 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 120

It had to have been 3-4 games ago where Dick or Bert said if we would have capatalized on all those situations we'd have scored over 440 runs-just for those situations. Though, I can't remember if it was runners in scoring position AND bases loaded or just bases loaded. Either way, if we could just hit slightly better it would be a huge increase in runs.

Only the Astros and Jays are hitting worse than we are with bases loaded, at least before today. Jays are hitting .053! Not sure how many AB's.

I think the Rays are hitting worse than us overall. BUT, they are hitting over .400 with bases loaded and hitting over .300 with runners in scoring position. Again...not sure how many AB's they've had in those situations though. It could be minor, or it could be huge like ours.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 3:36 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 121

About the thing with leaving guys on base... are we just getting more situations where we have guys on base than we are used to? I mean are we suffering in run production overall? If we were both suffering in run production and leaving a ton of guys on base I'd be concerned. but maybe we are just getting good at getting on base and it appears to be a bigger problem than it is?

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 3:47 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 122

moda253-
I think what is happening is that a lot of our hitters are maturing. They're hitting the prime of their careers. I believe we are working the count a lot better than I can remember in the last 10 years. Everybody is taking a more "Span/Mauer" approach.

Maybe it's happened before...but I honestly don't remember it. I think this is a new, good problem to have. I think we're getting more guys on base than in recent history. I just hope we capitalize on them eventually...because at some point in time it could come back and hurt us. So yes, it's a problem and a lot of us our complaining, but it is a good problem. Eventually, it should even out.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 3:52 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 123

And I just read that the Twins are on pace for 110 wins and are hitting .156 with bases loaded (including today).

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 3:53 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 124

Just think if we increased that average by just a mere .050 to .075.

I think we have had the bases loaded roughly 58 times.

.156 is 9 for 58 if we were 12 for 58 that would be .207. 3 more hits would be approx. 5-6 more runs.

14 for 58 would be .241. 5 more hits would be 8-12 more runs.

It could truly be one very high powered offense if we could bring that ave. with bases loaded up around .260-.270.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 4:05 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 125

I'm thinking 110 wins would give us about a 25 game lead by the end of the year! Love how we are mowing down series after series! Now 8-1 for series wins! And on pace also to go 46-6 in series wins! Now that would be something! Ok back down to earth!

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 4:08 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 126

We're hitting in the .270 range (before today) overall. So yeah, hitting similar in bases loaded situations would make this a lethal lineup. We're struggling offensively and we're still a top five team for offense in the entire league at the moment.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 4:10 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 127

As long as we keep taking games and series trosy I'm ok with the crappy bases loaded numbers!

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 4:11 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 128

That's pretty good info guys. I'm wondering though if our overall run production is deficient? If not then I'd say that although we havent' capitalized on all we can be, that we are lookign at a team that is performing quite well with potential to become ridiculously good.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 4:14 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 129

moda253-
We're a top five offense right now. If we could figure out how to improve the bases loaded thing, we could be a #1 offense. Only the Rays, Yankees and D'Backs have scored more runs than we have. The D'Backs have scored the most in the league and they've only scored 5 more runs than we have. The bases loaded problem hasn't stopped us from scoring other ways.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 4:22 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 130

STH "gift" in the mail today --- an absolutely stunning panorama of TF on OD - giant flag out, stands packed, players lined up, tactical aircraft approaching ----- . Gorgeous photo!!!!!! Check your mailbox.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 4:44 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 131

An observation for some of you who were at the game last night...wish I could have been there, but couldn't.

Marni Gelnar on the Fox Sports was bobbling throughout the concourse during the game last night showing people watching on the telly what it was like, where to find stuff, etc. It seemed to me, that the main concourse did not seem as congested as it did during the first homestand. Is that a correct observation? Have some of those concession/men's restroom bottlenecks eased up a bit?

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 4:49 PM by luke Highlight this comment 132

Luke, we watched most of the game from behind home plate and down the 1st base line. We were right up by the railing. Traffice was not bad at all. Most of it occurs after the twins are done in their half of the inning!

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 5:11 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 133

Ottergoose,

Do you ever post pictures at railpictures.net?

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 5:13 PM by trebor651 Highlight this comment 134

Congestion/bathroom comment:

I have been to 5 games now including opening day and one exhibition and have not had to wait in line once for the bathroom, and I was consuming beers. Probably pissed about 4-5 times on average at each game.

I truly think that people don't know that there are more bathrooms very close to the line they are waiting in and where there is no line. On the April 21st game vs. CLE, I first was going to head to the bathroom in the left field corner near the big Northshore Creamy concession. SUPER LONG LINE! Walked down TWO sections towards home...no line at all...bathroom was maybe 25% full.

If you can hold it for 40 foot steps down the concourse, take a gander at other bathrooms if you run into a line.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 5:59 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 135

I think you're right trosy...in effect, people don't quite realize that there are alot of things in reach, i.e. potties, concessions just a few steps away from the lines they're in. It's not the Dome....

When I was at the Sox game in April, there was a Hennepin Grille right behind where we sat in 111, and I went back for a Dinger dog, and thought, damn this line is long. So, I walked five sections down to Gate 14, another Hennepin Grille, no waiting.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 6:44 PM by luke Highlight this comment 136

Checked my mail, Ben. Great surprise! This is my first year as a STH and I'm loving this gift.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 7:00 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 137

Yea,,,NICE surprise in the mail,,,Suitable for framing..

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 7:08 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 138

I was wondering about not having gotten a "gift" yet this year. This one has the "countdown timer" beat all to hell!

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 7:09 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 139

The sections affected most by congestion in the concourse/restrooms/concessions are from 101 down to 114. This is obviously due to a majority (65% or so??) of the fans entering the ballpark from Gates 34/29.

The entire concourse is congested in this area resulting in long restroom lines and long concession stand lines.

I think the Twins put the smallest men's room in the busiest area of the ballpark in between gate 34 and gate 29.

I have seats in section 102 and anyone who sits in sections 101-114 could probably agree that this area is the most congested up until the 3rd inning or so when the crowd tends to be more scattered as most fans are in their seats.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 7:11 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 140

Mike - Populous put the smallest bathrooms there...not the Twins... ;-)

Once again like everything else, space was most likely an issue so they are probably as big as they can be...

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 7:53 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 141

From today's Strib

Twins: Single fans welcome any time

The Twins announced they will always sell single seats to fans who want them, after an Apple Valley woman was turned away from the ticket counter because only pairs of seats were for sale.

What happened to LuAnne Nordstrom was a rare situation that might pop up two or three times a season, Twins spokesman Kevin Smith said Wednesday. Still, the Twins decided to quell a minor uproar after Whistleblower reported Nordstrom's complaint Tuesday.

"In order to make sure there's clarity across the board, if anybody comes up to buy a single ticket, if we have one, we'll give them one," Smith said.

The experience on April 17 hasn't turned Nordstrom off live baseball. She was at Target Field Wednesday to see the Twins beat the Tigers.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 8:07 PM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 142

Sorry everyone, my buddy had a family emergency. I don't think I will get the rainbow pictures for a few days at least. What I can tell you is that the pictures looked good on his camera's LCD and I am very excited to get them on my 22" widescreen monitor in photoshop cs4. He was right behing home plate, got the entire outfield with what appeared to be a great full primary rainbow stretching across the outfield and the each end of the bottom half of the secondary rainbow. Needless to say I have high hopes but no guarantees until I see them.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 8:41 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 143

Couple Rainbow Pics
Target Field Rainbow

Target Field Rainbow 2

I would post a couple pics that I have, but I do not have a flickr account, nor have time to get addicted to another site...

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 9:17 PM by TK Highlight this comment 144

That second shot of the rainbow is incredible.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 9:22 PM by Matt23 Highlight this comment 145

Rainbow Pic 3

Shows the rainbow high over Target Field with this angle.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 9:34 PM by TK Highlight this comment 146

Just curious, does anyone have pictures of the visiting team's clubhouse and locker room areas?

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 9:48 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 147

A few people asked me what my top 5 stadiums are, and how I judge them:
I have only been to 21 stadiums, TF being #21. When I have gone to a new stadium, I look for the following (in no particular order): 1. Uniqueness of park - is there any other stadium like it? 2. Atmosphere - both in the park and outside the park. 3. Quirks - what does this stadium have that no other stadium does? - MMP in Houston for example. 4. Staff - are they friendly, helpful? 5. History - what things about the stadium are tribute to things of the past or the community? 6. In & out - how easy is it to get in and out of stadium. 7. Food - love good unique food. That is all I can think of for now.
So here is my list:

1. PNC Park - Pittsburgh, PA. I lived in Pittsburgh for 3 years, when it opened. It is simply a beautiful park! Hands down, the best.
2. Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA. I love the way the seats are arranged, and how the bowl looks, no other park like it. The atmosphere was incredible! Food was really good too.
3. Minute Maid Park - Houston, TX. Such a unique structure, and so many quirks, only to itself.
4. Great American Ballpark - Cincinnati, OH. There was just something special about that park. I love all the red seats. The seats are arranged in many different ways. You can see the field one way in one section, then another way in the section next over.
5. toss-up: Wrigley Field or Old Yankee Stadium. So much history, just in-awe being there. (my wife promised that one day we will go see what 1.5 billion looks like.

I can't put Target Field there quite yet. Believe me, I want to. However, I have to allow time to pass and a few more visits need to happen. I can't just put it there, because it is the home team. I want to put it there because it belongs. I think it does, but want to make sure. BOTTOM 5: HHH Metrodome; Chase Field; Rogers Centre; Veterans Stadium; and Astrodome - most of which aren't being used anymore.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 10:30 PM by Daniel K. Highlight this comment 148

Anyone know what the new song is that the Twins play prior to taking the field at Target Field?

It was Van Halen's "Right Now" for many years at the Metrodome and I noticed they have a new one now at Target Field but don't know what the song is.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 10:31 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 149

pink floyd - time

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 11:01 PM by Elston Gunn Highlight this comment 150

Jeff - here you go:


:)

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 11:32 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 151

Thanks Elston!

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 11:34 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 152

Oops - sorry . . .

Just tried to post a picture of Old Comiskey's clubhouse. Please don't send me to prison.

Posted on May 5, 2010 at 11:45 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 153

Great American Ballpark and Minute Maid better than Target Field? Now, I haven't been to either, so take this with a grain of salt, but from what I've seen in photos and read elsewhere, I find it hard to believe they are both better than Target Field, or Safeco, Coors, Petco, AT&T Park, Kauffman or Camden Yards.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 01:38 AM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 154

LOVE that they are taking the field to Pink Floyd Time! I think its great.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 08:00 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 155

I've never been to either park either, but GABP is not that impressive in my opinion. Better than what they used to play in, but not by leaps and bounds.
Minute Maid Park? Not that impressive by what I've seen either. That huge moving protrusion out in right and center field sort of kills the whole thing for me...

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 08:39 AM by luke Highlight this comment 156

Parks I've been to and rankings yea yea some don't exist anymore!

1 Camden Yards Baltimore..first of the throwbacks
2 Target Feild
3 Old Comisky Chicago
4 Wrigly
5 Met Stadium
6 County Stadium
7 Old Memorial Baltimore
8 US Cellular New Comisky
9 Chase Field Phx...roof suckss
10 Miller Park...realy sucks with the roof
11 Da Humpty Dump..the pits!!!!!!!!

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 09:22 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 157

"I've never been to either park either, but GABP is not that impressive in my opinion."

Never been to, but ----- . ?????????????????????????????????????????

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 09:27 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 158

Would agree... GABP and Minute Maid along with Citizens would not be that high on my list. However they would be above my bottom 4. ROTFLMAO!!!!!

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 09:33 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 159

I think it's OK to have a pissing contest about which ballpark is best, second best, worst, etc. BUT --- should not people at least limit themselves to parks they been to and experienced?

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 09:40 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 160

Ballparks I have been to:

1. PNC Park
2. Camden Yards
3. Target Field (may eventually take over #2 after time)
4. Wrigley Field
5. Safeco Field
6. Kauffman Stadium
7. Busch Stadium (new)
8. Miller Park
9. U.S. Cellular Field
10. HHH Metrodome

GABP and Citizens Bank Park are too generic in my mind. Cincinnati COULD have done something real special with their riverfront location such as PNC Park in Pittsburgh but they totally blew their chance with GABP.

Citizens Bank Park is in the middle of a parking lot, nothing special what-so-ever if you ask me.

Ballparks I have not been to which I would rank high are Petco Park, AT&T Park, and Fenway Park.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 09:48 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 161

I don't know about that, Ben. People are entitled to have an opinion whether or not they've been to a ballpark, just as you are entitled to take their opinion with a grain of salt. Don't you think?

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 10:03 AM by Margaret Thatcher Highlight this comment 162

Ballparks I've been to and ranking...

1.Fenway
2.Wrigley
3.Target Field
4.Kauffman
5.Camden
6.Old Yankee
7.Miller
8.SkyDome
9.MetroDome

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 10:05 AM by Jim Highlight this comment 163

OK, I'm game. Here's my list in order of CURRENT ballparks I've been to.

PNC Park (Pittsburgh)
Coors Field (Colorado)
Oriole Park (Baltimore)
Target Field (Minneapolis)
Wrigley Field (Chicago)
Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City)
Citizens' Bank Park (Philadelphia)
Miller Park (Milwaukee)
Nationals Park (Washington, D.C.)
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
Tropicana Field (Tampa)

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 10:13 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 164

Dang I forgot about kaufmann. That would be # 3 on my list of parks I've been to! Here is my updated list slight change now that I've thought about it some more! Also some hapless plugs on some minor leauge parks

1 Camden Yards Baltimore..first of the throwbacks
2 Target Feild
3 Kaufmann
4 Wrigley
5 Old Comiskey
6 Met Stadium
7 County Stadium
8 Old Memorial Baltimore
9 US Cellular New Comisky
10 Chase Field Phx...roof sucks
11 Miller Park... sucks with the roof open or closed
12 Kane County Stadiium...chi home of the cougars
13 Midway Stadium St Paul...ok ok it's outdoors anyways
14 Wade Stadium Duluth ...was home for the Dukes few years ago
15 Da Humpty Dump..the pits!!!!!!!!

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 10:17 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 165

I was not a fan of Wrigley. It was cool, but the people were a bunch of jackasses. I'm sure every team has them but I couldn't believe that after asking more than a dozen times to clean up the language to the people around me that they jsut wouldn't stop. Now I'm not talking about an effenheimer here and there I'm talking long strung out 6-7 slurs and curse sentances. Not to mention beer getting spilled on a nephew and the guy just laughing about it.

Sure the building had some charm to it and it gets respect for it's age but I foudn the place to be a major pain in the ass for getting around in there.

Now Miller park..... holy crap I'm so completely not a fan of that. Everytime I go there I expect a roller coaster or something to go charging through the concourse or something. It jsut has a theme park feel to it and they never seem to have the roof open when I go, despit it usually being 70*+ and mostly sunny.

I really enjoy Kauffman stadium when I get there. It's a great time there. It's simple in and simple out.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 10:31 AM by moda253 Highlight this comment 166

don't you guys think it's kinda funny that you're ranking ballparks & TF in the comment section of a RickPost that read, "And I'm not kidding, some people have already started to try and rank TF among all the Major League ballparks!.....Can't we have a little honeymoon period here?"

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 10:35 AM by Elston Gunn Highlight this comment 167

Moda223,

I just had the exact opposite experience at Wrigley last week. Sat next to some great people, got to talk to an old guy who waxed poetic about coming to Wrigley when he was 8 years old and how when he thinks of Wrigley, he thinks of the smell of cigar smoke because everyone used to smoke cigars there during games.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 10:41 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 168

Moda if you were in the outfield at Wrigley you should have expected that going in. That's just the way it is out there...definitely not a place to sit if you are going to bring children.

God it would be nice to be able to smoke a stogie at a baseball game.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 10:44 AM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 169

First, I don't think you can compare Wrigley and Fenway (I went to old Tiger Stadium too - throw that in) to the other newer parks. To me, it's apples and oranges. Those two were built at a time when the ameneties we have now were not even a thought. That being said, both parks have done a good job of updating as much as they possibly can. Of the two (I've been to both) I like Wrigley better.

The newer parks that I've been to and their ranks:

1. PNC in Pittsburgh - beautiful views of the skyline. Also, awesome food too. Had a Rolling Rock and a Peroghy (not sure how it's spelled, but it is a sandwich made in Pittsburgh) Pirates fans really should be going more often!

2. Kauffman in KC - really clean, a great baseball park. I went before the additions made to the outfield.

3. Target Field - call me a homer, but I love it! Could bump past Kauffman easily after a few more trips!

4. Camden Yards - the first of the throwbacks, liked it alot. I was only there for the game, did not have a chance to walk around and check it out as much as I should have. Could be above Kauffman if I had the chance.

5. Detroit - fun place to watch a game, but ranks below the others because of the over the top (IMO) kiddieland they had. Ferris wheels,carousel, etc.

6. Cleveland - cool new park. One downfall - no open concourses, so when at coincession stands, can't see the game.

7. Miller Park - sorry Brewer fams, but it feels like an airplane hangar. When the roof is open, it's like being in my Escape with the sun roof open. Not really like you're outside. The tailgaiting is a good time though!

8. The Cell - Chicago. I hate the White Sox so much, I'll rank their stadium last becausue of it!

Others I've been to no longer in exisitence (in order): Candlestick, County, Shea, and Metrodome.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 10:48 AM by Ole Highlight this comment 170

Reading these comments, I've come to the conclusion that I have not been to enough different ballparks.

My entire list:

Target Field
Kaufman Stadium (pre-renovation)
Wrigley Field
Metrodome
Met Stadium

Five. That's just sad. I need to visit more ballparks!

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 10:58 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 171

Moda my last time I was at Wrigley was 1995 during the heat wave. We found a place to park at a meter right in front of the park! The wind shifted and came off the lake and the temp dropped from about 105 to about 70 degrees in about a half hour!!!! Loved the ivy walls and little quirks of the park. Course they had Harry Caray to boot! Some memoriable Harry quotes:

Aw, how could he (Jorge Orta) lose the ball in the sun, he's from Mexico."

"Booze, broads, and bullshit. If you got all that, what else do you need?"

"Hello again, everybody. It's a bee-yooo-tiful day for baseball."

"Holy cow!"

"I figure I had no business being here this long anyway, so what do you care how old I am? I've been on borrowed time for years. You know my old saying: live it up, the meter's running. I've always said that if you don't have fun while you're here, then it's your fault. You only get to do this once."

"I know it is the fans that are responsible for me being here. I've always tried in each and every broadcast to serve the fans to the best of my ability."

"I'll tell you what's helped me my entire life. I look at baseball as a game. It's something where people can go out, enjoy and have fun. Nothing more."

"It could be, it might be, It is! A home run!"

"I think it's the greatest shot in the arm baseball could get. Once upon a time, all kids wanted to be baseball players, but nowadays a young kid dreams about playing basketball or football and making millions. I think it's great to see a man (Michael Jordan) who has reached the pinnacle of his career, and now he wants to go back and do what he wanted to do as a kid - play baseball."

"It's the fans that need spring training. You gotta get 'em interested. Wake 'em up and let 'em know that their season is coming, the good times are gonna roll."

"I've only been doing this fifty-four years. With a little experience, I might get better."

"I would always sing it (Take Me Out To The Ball Game), because I think it's the only song I knew the words to!"

"My whole philosophy is to broadcast the way a fan would broadcast."

"Now, you tell me, if I have a day off during the baseball season, where do you think I`ll spend it? The ballpark. I still love it. Always have, always will."

"Oh, I get a little tired now and then, but knowing my lifestyle, that's only natural."

"They (Expos fans) discovered 'boo' is pronounced the same in French as it is in English."

"This has been the remarkable thing about the fans in Chicago, they keep drawing an average of a million-three a year, and, when the season's over and they've won their usual seventy-one games, you feel that those fans deserve a medal."

"You could tell he (President Ronald Reagan) was an old radio guy. He never once looked at the television monitor."
1987, the Cubs had Ryne Sandberg, Jim Sundberg, and Scott Sanderson on the roster. Caray had suffered a stroke in February and often confused these names and it was not uncommon for him to refer to "Jim Sandberg", "Ryne Sanderson", or "Scott Sundberg". He also once pronounced pitcher Jason Isringhausen as "Jason....Ice-ring-hoisen." Caray was intrigued by unusual names, and one of his frequent on-air bits was to try to pronounce a multi-syllabic name backwards. This bit became more challenging for him in the 1987 season but he kept on trying, even poking fun at himself. Two player names he took delight in pronouncing backwards were Toby Harrah and James 'Truck' Hannah. Even short names sometimes amused him: once, when Manny Mota had just lined out to a Cardinals fielder who did not even need to move his feet to make the catch, Harry proclaimed: "'Mota' spelled backwards is 'atom' ... and that's where he hit it, right at 'im'!"

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 11:01 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 172

I've been to sixteen parks total, but only six are currently active. Here's my list:

Target Field
Dodger Stadium
Kaufmann
Wrigley Field
Fenway Park
Yankee Stadium
Met Stadium
County Stadium
Jack Murphy
Astrodome
Municipal Stadium (Cleveland)
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
Miller Park
Kingdome
Metrodome
Riverfront Stadium

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 11:22 AM by Foo Dog Bob Highlight this comment 173

Elston, who p!ssed on your Cheerios this morning? jeezus. TF is just a ballpark. If people wanna rank, let 'em rank! If Rick said go jump off the HERC, would you do that too?

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 11:24 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 174

Well i don't think i can really contribute to the ballpark rankings, since i have only been to 3 major league ballparks, and 2 of them are 12 blocks away and one is an airplane hanger, but here's my short list anyway:

1. Target Field- not being homer, just the best of the 3 I've been to

2. Miller Park-it was ok,not as bad as i was told but still shitty, it nice to see "outdoor" baseball...quotes because it just feels so enclosed, even with the roof open (which is why for both game i went to), i didn't like how it was out in the middle of nowhere, some of the fans in the huge parking lot were assholes to us, but some were cool and when we won, shook my hand and said good game. Also enjoyed the leinies stand

3. Metrodump-was the only MLB ballpark i had been to until June 09, although i hated the place, i had a lot of good memories here, last one being 163-still the best game of baseball i have every been to

This June I'll be checking out citizens bank park. My initial reaction (seeing it on tv), is the highest seats seem way too high, way higher then the 300 seats at TF(correct me if I'm wrong.

I want to visit all the Al central ballparks for sure, especially Kaufman. I also would want to go to , Camden Yards, Fenway, Wrigley, Safeco, AT&T, Citi Field. Also just to see them NYY (even though it looks so cold and uninviting for both skankee fans and visitors). I also just love the city of NYC,it's my number 2 fav city after MSP (yes counting the twin cities as one- since to me i consider them as one), I just would want to experience a baseball game in NYC

Going back to the fans at certain places, i don't think you can judge a places but a few fans. Anywhere you go you will have the asshole fans and the good fans-even in "nice Minnesota"

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 11:27 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 175

By the way the season ticket holder gift that the Twins mailed out is really great. Kudos to the organization for that. Going to have to frame it.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 11:29 AM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 176

Thats a nice list there Foo Dog Bob. You must be a youngster like me. You got Riverfront behind the humpty dump even? They played football in most of those parks you listed also except the top 3!

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 11:32 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 177

I don't see any reason why a person cannot rank Target Field in comparison to other ballparks they have experienced.

I have now been to seven games at Target Field, more than enough to be able to rank the ballpark.

I simply rank on atmosphere, seats, sightlines/views, affordability, accessibility, concourses, restrooms, design, uniqueness. None of these factors require me to wait a full year (or more) to rank the ballpark.

With the exception of some concourse congestion and some restroom congestion, I am very pleased with Target Field.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 11:34 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 178

F_T_K - I hear ya - BPM road trip next summer!! My list:

1) Camden - I was young and starstruck. The way they incorporate the B&O warehouse past right field is just way cooler than any other similar attempt since.
2) TF
3) Coors Field - beautiful place
4) Kauffman - haven't been there since the remodel
5) Safeco - not a fan of retractable roofs in general, but they didn't have a choice in Seattle, and did it about as well as they could. And the garlic fries were tasty.
6) Cell
7) Old Busch - for a cookie cutter, not bad
8) Dome

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 11:35 AM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 179

Where is our offical Ballparkmagic weatherman at when we really need him?

From everything I've seen it looks like rain tonight and all day on Friday. What are the odds that we will even get the game started and put in the hands of the Umpires for either day. There is a big difference between a persistant drizzle that we can play through and some real rain that we seem to have avoided so far this season. I was at both Monday nights game and yesterday afternoon. It sprinkled at times both games, but nothing even close to putting a stop to play. The Orioles won't be in town again this season, so it might make it tough to rescheudle them, however both teams have a scheduled off day on Monday. Seems like it would be easy to move one of the two games.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 11:54 AM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 180

TwinkFan, I went to Riverfront in 1985. We had to buy tickets far in advance and tried to time it to be there when Pete Rose broke Cobb's hits record. We guessed the last week of August, but were early by a couple weeks. Saw the Reds play the Pirates. I actualy enjoyed the city a lot, but Riverfront was awful. Terrible sightlines, uncomfortable seats, and worst of all the butt-ugly artificial turf. Very disapointing because I was a big Reds fan as a kid.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 12:03 PM by Foo Dog Bob Highlight this comment 181

Jump off the HERC? Hmm.

I'm definitely interested in seeing who has been to which parks. But rankings? Eh, I can take 'em or leave 'em. I'm more interested in the stories (like the cursing Wrigley fans mentioned above).

Two quick ones (which I may have told before):

Wrigley:

With tickets in the bleachers, our host said we'd need to bring snacks. So we stopped at Nuts On Clark and bought a bunch of bags of nuts of various kinds. I was confused.

Then we got to our seats and within a couple of innings, I understood. It was one big party. Everybody was sharing everything -- drinks included. Our many bags of nuts disappeared almost instantly.

People cheered now and then when somebody hit a ball (even a popup). For most people around us, it was the ultimate party, with a baseball background.

One woman tapped my knee, pointed to my scorecard, and asked, "What are you doing there?"

Fenway:

We were in town to see the Twins, had tickets to the second of three games, but went on a tour of the ballpark the first day. I thought maybe we'd hang around and try to buy some tickets and see the game anyway (this was back in the days when you could actually buy a ticket to a game at Fenway on game day).

They were advertising standing room tickets for $10 each, and that sounded fine to me, so we got in line at the ticket office.

People came and went. Some people got to the windows and were able to buy SRO tickets, others came away empty-handed. I got to a window several times, but always was turned away. "They're releasing them in batches," was the official explanation I was given. Each time I cheerfully got back in line, hoping that the luck of the draw would smile on me the next time.

After a while I began to notice a pattern. All of the lucky folks just happened to be wearing a Red Sox logo somewhere.

Me? Proudly wearing a Twins cap. Turned out there was no luck involved whatsoever, and I had absolutely no chance in hell of getting tickets of any kind under those circumstances.

Comerica:

Lower deck tickets, right behind home plate, about eight rows back (this was back in the days when it did not require a home equity loan to purchase such tickets -- and there was no moat).

My brother and I had toured the park prior to sitting down, and got to our seats just before the first pitch was thrown. There was lots of cheering and enthusiasm. Everybody was having a great time.

Then Matt Lawton deposited the very first pitch of the game into the bullpen in right field. Instinctively, I jumped up and cheered.

The place got deathly silent -- I was the only one making a sound.

I felt my life flash before my eyes.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 12:04 PM by Rick 182

Oh, wait. That's actually three stories. I've got more...

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 12:05 PM by Rick 183

Minn55441 as Carl Spackler would say in Caddyshack...i don't think the heavy stuff will come down for a while! Got tickets for tonight also. I may have to stand and walk around like I did Tuesday! Hopefully rain doesn't start till after 10pm!

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 12:17 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 184

Oh those poor Pirates Fans... Click my name for Onion Link.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 12:20 PM by DeePee Highlight this comment 185

here's my list of my favorites based on my arbitrary rating process:

1. petco park (san diego)
2. fenway park (boston)
3. target field (minneapolis)
4. progressive field (cleveland)
5. dodger stadium (los angeles)
6. safeco field (seattle)
7. angel stadium (anaheim)
8. rogers centre (toronto)
9. chase field (phoenix)
10. miller park (milwaukee)
11. metrodome (minneapolis)
12. kingdome (seattle)

i'm hoping to add us cellular in september and maybe tampa bay this sumemr (depending on if the girlfiend still wants to visit disneyworld)

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 12:43 PM by annoyingcustomer Highlight this comment 186

I have a similar story to your Matt Lawton one, Rick.

I was in Kansas City when it was announce that Bo Jackson was going to play outfield for the Royals. I worked with some big-time Royals fans, and they were talking about Bo for the baseball Hall-of-Fame, well before he had played a single game.

I was sitting a few rows up on the first-base side. Early in the game, one of the Twins hit a sinking liner to left, Bo lets it get past him all the way to the wall. I yell out "That's the way to play, Bo! Wait until it stops rolling and pick it up!" I spent the rest of the game having peanuts being thrown at me from the people behind me.

And I'm pretty sure the Twins won the game. :-)

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 12:43 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 187

Looks like very few visits relatively to Progressive/Jacobs in Cleveland. I think in many ways this has some similarity in feel to TF. Of course all ballparks have some similarity in feel, so before anyone tears my head off maybe that's it. It's a pretty easy two day drive to Cleveland, and these days you can get good seats fairly cheaply.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 12:44 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 188

I'll play. Based on gut alone:

1. Fenway
2. Old Tiger
3. Wrigley
4. Camden
5. Target Field
6. Kaufmann
7. Old Comiskey
8. Memorial
9. Met
10. County
11. Municipal
11. SkyDome
12. Busch
13. Three Rivers
14. Riverfront
15. RFK
16. Miller
17. The Dome
18. Olympic

I have lots of new parks to see, I guess.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 1:02 PM by strategery Highlight this comment 189

hey i said wrigley ahd some nice charm guys. And to the psoter that said I should ahve jsut known that going in that the people would be rude and crude. yeah i guess I should jsut expect people to act like scum and not bring a kid there. It wasn't my decision to bring the kid there. Still, the answer isnt' that we should jsut accept it. I can except a few curse words but won't accept dropping the N word and the constand stram of vulgarities from peoples mouths. Now I know that can happen anywhere in any park including Target field. So don't get me wrong. It's not an indictment on Wrigley, it's just what happenned while I was there. And I've only been once. I'm not trying to insult your girlfriend or anything like some people might take this.

Alas Wrigley was charming, but not really what I thought it would be cracked up to be. I did however LOVE the neighborhood atmosphere after the ballgame. To me that was the most incredible part of the whoel experience.

I'd rather go to kauffman for to watch a game though, except now I can go to Target Field which i find to be more enjoyable than either.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 1:41 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 190

My rankings of MLB ballparks that I have been to:

1) Wrigley - As some others have said, it was cramped and uncomfortable, but I still loved it.
2) Fenway - see above
3) Old Comisky
4) Target Field
5) Kauffman
6) County Stadium - I miss that place.
7) Met Stadium
8) Candlestick Park
9) Miller Park - Doesn't hold a candle to County Stadium
10) Metrodome

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 2:05 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 191

Moda it's just the way it is in the bleachers at Wrigley though. It sounds like whoever was sitting by you really took it to another level, but some of that should have been expected. I've been to Wrigley 3 times and sat in the bleachers twice and had about the same experience twice. Although I am young and was with my friends both times and can tolerate it (although the racial stuff is definitely un-called for. I haven't heard it out there before).

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 2:16 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 192

First night game tonight...I thought I read somewhere hot chocolate was allowed in the park...Anyone know? Thanks

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 2:41 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 193

Click name for a 1 1/2 minute video of Tiger batting practice from Tuesday night.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 2:59 PM by Buzz Highlight this comment 194

I have been following this site for a long time, but have never posted. I'm a Marlins fan in South Florida. I started reading this site while we were going through our own decade-long stadium battle up until last year when we finally started construction I admit I was pretty jealous!). It's great that you guys finally are getting to experience baseball in a real ballpark again. I can't wait until 2012 when we get to open our new home. Playing baseball in a football stadium is just wrong. I have to say, it is such a relief seeing our place get built after so many years and the threat of moving and contraction....I know you guys can certainly relate!

Anyway, your place looks great! For the past couple of seasons, I have been visiting different stadiums around the Majors. It's a great way to see America. If you haven't gone around to other ballparks, I highly recommend it. I saw people ranking their favorites so I thought I'd give it a go.

1. PNC Park
2. Petco Park
3. Dodger Stadium
4. Camden Yards
5. Wrigley
6. Citizens Bank
7. Chase Field
8. Miller Park
9. US Cellular
10. Angel Stadium
11. Nationals Park
12. Turner Field
13. Great American Ballpark
14. Sun Life Stadium
15. Tropicana Field

This year I am making my way to the New Busch and Kaufmann Stadium. I can't wait. I've heard nothing but great things about both places.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 3:15 PM by Greg Highlight this comment 195

What time of day was that shot Buzz. Man how the weather changed latter that day. Light rain and 30-40mph winds by game time!

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 3:18 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 196

The BP video was shot between 5:40 and 6:15 from the Overlook. Anyone can go there and it has not been too crowded so far. The Tiger players tossed a few balls up to fans that had kids or that knew the player's name. They tried a few behind-the-back circus catches that were fun to watch.

Thanks again to Rick for a fun BPM night. (I am the guy with the umpire cap.)

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 3:37 PM by Buzz Highlight this comment 197

Yeah Pat I know. And as I said you can find that in any park, including target field.

It was jsut unfortunate, because I was hoping the experience would be better.

I'm hoping to get back there soon though. FOr now thou Wrigley remains just an ok memory. But afterwards I do have to say taht it was pretty cool outside the ballpark. And I love Chicago so ther is that.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 3:46 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 198

I've linked a great blog from the Toronto Globe & Mail. Navin is a writer for the paper and on a road trip to see all 30 MLB parks in 60 days via bus. He'll be at Target Field tonight. I thought his blog was timely considering the ballpark rankings chatter the past couple of days.

RE: Wrigley

Very simple. Don't sit in the bleachers unless you want your kids to grow up fast. There is a reason it is universally known as the world's largest amusement park. People are there to have a good time and usually drink lots of Old Style beer. Leave the virgin ears at home or sit in the grandstand. Obviously the racially motivated comments could be spared, but that isn't entirely unusual when people have too much to drink (which doesn't excuse it, just wanted to be clear).

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 3:55 PM by Max Highlight this comment 199

Greg,

Thanks for the list, and glad to have you join us.

Is there any independent blogger down there following the design and construction of the Marlins park?

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 4:03 PM by Rick 200

Nice list Greg, suprised you have miller park that high though. Even with the roof open at miller park it feels clastrophobic . US Cell was built one year to soon as Camden yards had the plue print right one year later. I much prefered the Old Comisky over the current park. You can tell I hate any roofs period!!!!Will be at Target tonight! Gave 4 out of 21!

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 4:16 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 201

Whoops meant game #4 out of 21!!!!

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 4:21 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 202

My rankings are based ONLY by parks I have been to, to see a game. I do not rank parks I have not been to, so there is no guessing.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 4:57 PM by Daniel K. Highlight this comment 203

Twinkfan,

I have seen mixed reviews of Miller Park. I just thought the building itself was cool. It is unique...maybe that's what I liked most about it. It wasn't clastrophobic to me at all. I can understand your hatred of domes. I have nothing good to say about the Trop in Tampa, but I have loved the retractable roof stadiums I have seen. Maybe that is because I have sat through countless rain delays and haven't been to a day game in a decade because of the oppressive heat in South Florida.

As for US Cellular, I never saw a game at their old home, but I think they did a pretty good job of rescuing what I hear was a disaster of a stadium. The renovations are pretty nice. I'd say it's just a servicable ballpark. No place I'd need to visit again, that is for sure.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 6:17 PM by Greg Highlight this comment 204

Rick,

There isn't any indepentant blogger like you down here for the Marlins new park. I wish there was. There was a blog detailing the whole political process that led up to the approval of the building (www.capefish.blogspot.com), but that has not been updated much since construction began. Perhaps you'd like to move down to Miami for a few years to document our new stadium like you did for the Twins? Maybe just the winter months...I hear it gets real cold up there! :)

The Marlins website has a couple of really cool webcams, and there is a guy on one of the Marlins message boards (www.soflamarlins.com) that takes pictures at the site once a month. The coverage is pretty good, but nothing like what you provided for Twins fans.

The whole quest for a stadium here was a very fustrating, but it did spark my interest in ballpark financing, design, construction, etc. That's what led me to travel around the country to see other stadiums. Before then, I had only been to Marlins games here at a football stadium. My first MLB game outside South Florida was at Great American Ballpark. I was so shocked at how much better the experience is at a real baseball stadium. People down here are in for a real treat...and most don't even know it yet.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 6:02 PM by Greg Highlight this comment 205

Way to hang a curve Pavano.... oooyyy

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 7:29 PM by Jcm-Baseball Highlight this comment 206

I'm definitely interested in seeing who has been to which parks. But rankings? Eh, I can take 'em or leave 'em. I'm more interested in the stories (like the cursing Wrigley fans mentioned above).

Rick, among everyone posting their ballpark visits and rankings, i was in Cleveland and caught the Twins out there, was Silva vs Sabathia. We won something like 4-1 with Hunter hitting a bomb to right off C.C., but I stopped at walmart prior to the game, bought the things I needed for a "circle me bert" sign, and around the 4-5th inning when I became brave enough (liquid courage) I started to hold my sign up in between innings. Around the 8th inning when I went to hold up my sign, I noticed the bottom of my sign has some small burn marks on it, and to my surprise, the fellow behind me who drove in from Eerie,Pa to watch Sabathia pitch, was bit by bit burning my sign in my hand with his lighter from behind.. LOL After first giving him a dirty look (what else would I do..?) He apologized and we chatted it the rest of the game. I just always thought that was pretty funny, and unexpectant..

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 7:46 PM by Jcm-Baseball Highlight this comment 207

By now, opposing pitchers have figured it out: The best way to get out of any inning against the Twins is to load the bases.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 7:55 PM by Rick 208

Great story, Jcm. Made me laugh. That's what I'm looking for.

Here's another of mine:

South side of Chicago. September game. Stands about 80% empty. Our tickets were far down the first base line, but nobody was sitting right behind home plate during batting practice, so we just went down there to watch.

David Ortiz, waiting to hit, waved, smiled and gave us the thumbs up while pointing at his cap (I was wearing my TC cap, and he was still a Twin).

When the game started, we saw no reason to move, though we were prepared to if somebody asked us. But when the usher came around to check tickets, she saw that we were pretty hunkered down under a blanket, and told us not to bother getting our stubs out. We got to enjoy the whole game from about the fifth row. Twins won!

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 8:03 PM by Rick 209

URGGGHHHH...Can we just make it so the twins don't get the bases loaded...it's SO depressing to watch. Thome missed two right down the pipe!

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 9:02 PM by TylerSection126 Highlight this comment 210

Bases loaded is like kryptonite to the Twins. What a pathetic performance tonight 10 men left on thru 7 innings.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 9:15 PM by firedog Highlight this comment 211

I'm sort of in the same boat as The Sooj - I've been to all of 3 ballparks, 2 of them being so close I can almost see them.

1.Wrigley Field: I had a blast out in the cf bleachers. We went for a Twins/Cubs game, and it was the day after Milton Bradley forgot how many outs there were. Tons of twins fans out there, especially on the RF side. And there was a Cubs fan near us smack talking the whole time. AND, We won!

2. Target Field: The one really great time I've had is BPM day a few days ago. Great seats, and an overall great time.

3. Metrodome: Although the equivilant of a giant inflatible toilet inside an airport hangar, I had a couple very great games/memories there. Probably the best being game 163. So much fun, and so much drama.

There, now everybody's happy: ranks and stories!

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 10:14 PM by rback Highlight this comment 212

Or everybody's mad at me - one or the other. ;)

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 10:43 PM by rback Highlight this comment 213

first, what a lame game (seemed like it just flew by) and another waste of a good outing by carl pavano. he only gives up three runs in eight innings against the indians in his last start and the twins don't score him any runs. he only gives up 2 runs in eight innings against baltimore in his next start and the twins don't score him any runs. would be kind of pissed if i was pavano.

second, as others have already mentioned the twins have the bases loaded again (twice tonight) and can't seem to break the game open. getting to the point of being very annoying. i wonder if someone could count the number of times we have left guys on base in bases load situations this season. guessing the number of occurances is pretty high. we even go 50% in those situations and i bet the twins are something like 23-6 instead of 19-10.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 10:55 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 214

excuse me.....i believe that previous start where he only gave up three runs in eight solid innings was against the tigers and not the indians. my bad.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 10:56 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 215

Here's my tour of ballparks. While I haven't used any rubric to determine a point value, my rankings are based strongly on sentiment, tradition, and overall feeling. I'm not much of a statistics-based fan, relying on loyalty and enjoyment of the team's play (for better or worse).

1. Target Field (What can I say, I'm addicted. Can't wait for my next game on Sat...even though I was there for BPM night Tuesday. Am worried about the 6 week gap until I have tickets for the next game.)
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2a. Municipal (Cleveland...the park of my youth; which, combined with my terrible little league career AND the Tribe of the 70s and 80s, makes my baseball fandom amazing). Best mustard in baseball, and the walk up the ramp to our section with this huge green field all of a sudden upon us was a burned-in-my-memory image.

2b. Jacobs Field (yes, I still call it the Jake, see link). Big upgrade from the old stadium, and a very good park to watch ball in. It didn't hurt with the Tribe teams of the 90s. Alas, their mustard is the crosstown rival to Stadium Mustard, and it's not as good. Kind of a metallic aftertaste.

3. Wrigley. The word "cathedral" comes to mind. For better or worse, it is experiencing the game in a different time.

4. Fenway. Similar to Wrigley, but not quite as enjoyable. Maybe it's my Midwestern lineage.

5. County Stadium (see Municipal).

6. Miller Park (parts of it are upgrades from County, but as has been mentioned here, the warehouse/airplane hangar aspect of it takes a LOT away from the experience.

7. Veteran's Stadium (Philly). Cookie cutter ballpark with bad turf on a hot, humid day from high up in the upper deck. Visiting my NJ uncle, though, made it a memorable outing for the mid-70s.

8. Riverfront. (See Veteran's, without the sentiment.)

9. Olympic Stadium. Worst park I've watched a game in. Acoustics to make you want to tear your ears off. Lighting was bad, too. I've always had a soft spot for the Expos and wish they could have gotten a better deal in Montreal. I'm a sucker for the underdog (see Youth, Cleveland).

Dream list of parks yet to see (in order): PNC, Kauffman, Dodger, SF, Safeco.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 11:21 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 216

And I realize I forgot the Metrodome. Bad ballpark for baseball, but great memories. It ranks at 5a overall.

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 11:24 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 217

I think this is the last Thursday game I go to this season! 0-2 on Thursday's and 4-0 any other day, so far!

The most exciting thing tonight at the game had nothing to do with baseball.

The first, fans out in the Right Field corner cheering on the friendly foul pole owl...when it would fly away there would be boo's and a roar of cheers as it returned. I am sure the Owl is picking up on the behavior and is training itself to learn that people make noise when it flies to the pole.

The second, seeing a young man running down the stairs of our aisle with a Hefty bag as a poncho. His hefty bag draw string got caught up on a corner of a seat and it strangled his waist. The kid was obviously embarrassed, as the crowd really gave it to him (It was the best action we saw all night). As he unhooked himself from the seat, he made it down no more than 3 rows and snagged himself good again! And on cue, another large roar from our section.

I like when it rains at the games, first game I have been to all season to where the people who start the wave stay inside. It was nice to try out our rain suits for the first time, staying pleasantly dry and enjoying the game in comfort, even with the results of the game.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 12:00 AM by TK Highlight this comment 218

It was a Peregrine falcon and it was catching moths then returning to the pole to eat them..They had video on MLB Network..very cool..The highlight of the game for sure..No more Thursday games for me either:):)

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 12:22 AM by Steve Highlight this comment 219

The "foul pole owl" is actually a American Kestrel. Commonly called a "Sparrow Hawk", the bird is really our smallest Falcon (Americans call everything a hawk). I first saw him on the pole at the 4/16 game, then again Wednesday near the lights. Almost certainly nesting somewhere in the superstructure. A very beautiful small bird of prey which prefers to perch on the very tops of poles - often seen in open country. Great flyer and hunter.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 12:28 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 220

Steve ---

The coloring and banding are similar to a Peregrine but a Peregrine is quite a bit larger.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 12:31 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 221

American Kestrel? Hmmm..Ok,Check out MLB Network..They had great video on it tonight.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 12:33 AM by Steve Highlight this comment 222

Just checked my worn out green bird book..The size fits the American kestrel...You are correct Sir :):)

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 12:34 AM by Steve Highlight this comment 223

Sorry, I am not bird watcher, I apologize for calling it an owl :)

You can correct my wife, if you'd like, but I am going to let her keep calling it an owl :)

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 12:50 AM by TK Highlight this comment 224

That's OK. Like I said, pretty much everybody calls it a hawk - your wife is just a bit more unique.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 01:06 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 225

Wish the game could have been better...but I still had a great time being there for a night game. Incidentally, downtown looks much better live than is portrayed on TV night games. TF shows very nice at night.

Seats were just perfect up in 320. I'd sit there again for sure.

Concessions: I tried the Big Dog yesterday as soon as I got there. Not bad. Overall, a 7 out of 10. A hot dog is a hot dog as far as I am concerned. Mid-4th I chased one of the retro vendors down that have the Dugout Dogs...bar none, (and it's been said here before by others) the Dugout Dog is the best of the 4 at TF. Great taste.

Unfortunately I am 0-2 now...loss against the Sox and last night. A loss to the worst team in MLB is not how I hoped it would turn out. I'm 2-0 as far as the rain is concerned however. Last night much more so than when I went to see the Sox.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 06:52 AM by luke Highlight this comment 226

Incidentally, and all you BPMer's will be happy to know, that upon the suggestion in our section of 320 to start the wave, I gave a resounding "Noooooooooooooo!"

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 09:14 AM by luke Highlight this comment 227

Rback, I was at the game in Chicago when Milton Bradley lost track of the outs and tossed the ball into the stands. There was a young (mid 20s, perhaps -- that's "young" to me!) guy sitting next to me with his girlfriend, and he was just going crazy yelling at MB. "Why are we paying you $30million? Get off the field! You're a bum!" sort of stuff. Poor guy - definitely wore his Cubs heart on his sleeve.

The best part was the next inning, after warming up tossing with the bullpen catcher MB tossed the ball into the right field bleachers, and they threw it back.

One thing I have to say, Wrigley definitely lived up to its "friendly confines" nickname for me. Every person I talked to was just great - vendors, fans, ushers, everyone. I'm glad I got a chance to see a game there, and I'm glad it was a Twins' win!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 09:27 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 228

So to continue the trend of interesting stories at ball parks:

Wrigley Field 2000 - My brothers, Dad, and I were on a trip through the east cost, we flew into Boston then spent two weeks driving wherever we thought to go the next day or two, made it up as we went.(ended up being Boston-Maine-New York-Pennsylvania-Washington DC-Toronto-Ohio almost in that exact order it was just completely random). So since we didn't know where we wold be when we were playing it by ear and while in Boston we heard the Red Sox were at home so we figured we'd go to the game. We were too used to the Dome so we thought we could just buy tickets the day of. Well we found out that wasn't the case while talking to a family on the way to the stadium they told us the game was sold out but that they'd had an extra ticket that they gave us. Well my older brother was a pretty big Red Sox fan so we let him have the ticket and my Dad, younger brother, and I just went to get dinner and wander about the area. A couple hours later we see a mass of people leaving the park and figure the game is over so we go to meet up with my brother. When we get up to the park we stop someone leaving and ask them what the final score was. They said it was 2-1 in the top of the 7th. This just astounded us that so many people were leaving early before the game was over especially with being so close. Well we walked up to one of the gates and talked to a steward who was monitoring the exit and explained that we were from Minnesota and had wanted to see the game but it was sold out. We politely asked him since everyone was leaving if we could just sneak in, find a seat in the outfield and watch the rest of the game. Sure enough he let us hop in and watch the game. It was my first taste of outdoor baseball. I can't even remember who won, but it was a great experience.

Toronto 2001 - Same trip, but about a week later, it was much much easier to get into the park. I remember getting to see Clemens pitch and was just amazed at the number of strike outs he threw (the most I've ever seen besides Santana's outing a couple years ago). It was great fun and the roof was open. Not the best sight lines but it was a great day. We were talking at one point about beer and baseball and how the drinking age in Canada was 18 as opposed to 21 back home. Well being 18 and never legally having had a beer before my Dad told me that when the next beer vendor came along he would buy me a beer. We waited, waited, saw all the other vendors come by but not beer. We thought it was a bit weird, but we didn't realize until after the game that we had been sitting in the family section for the entire game and that no beer vendor ever would have shown up.

Chicago 2009 - We made the trip down (again my brothers, my Dad, and I along with a friend of ours) to Chicago for Father's Day to take my Dad to Wrigley to watch some baseball. We were very careful to hide our Twins gear as we didn't want to cause any ruckus with the Cubs fans. We were a little suprised when we got off the train and we saw a few Twins fans around, there were a little more than we expected. We ended up in our seats before the game and we realized that most of the section we were in was Twins fans. This was great because we could then cheer without worrying about causing too much trouble. Then when Mauer came up to bat and the crowd erupted it felt like we were back in the Dome with how loud everyone was. The Twins won and upon stepping out on the streets of Wrigleyville we felt we were almost back in the Twin Cities, there were Twins fans everyone. A great party night was had.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 09:27 AM by Schda Highlight this comment 229

I was at the game last night and I think the biggest cheers of the night were coming from the right field bleachers. Of course, the roar of the crowd didn't coincide with the game... It took a while to realize, but they were watching a bird catching insects. It sat on the top of the foul pole until it caught sight of a tasty treat... then in one fluid motion dove headlong toward the crowd only to catch the bug and ascend just above the cheering crowd.

Was this one of the red-tailed hawks we've heard about before (any ornithologists on this board)? Will this show become a nightly part of Twins baseball? And maybe more importantly, does this bird have a name?

Win Twins! Can't remember the last time I had so much fun sitting in the rain (or watching our beloved nine get shut out by the worst team in baseball).

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 09:30 AM by AJR Highlight this comment 230

Report from last night. Now 2-2 at Target field. Left for the game at 6:50pm arrived at my free spot on 5th street 2 blocks from the park. Wife got busted trying to bring some captain morgans in the purse. She had them underneath the peanuts in her purse. Due to the fact no one else was waiting in line to get in Barney Fife decides to take a fell around and pulls out the water bottle of rum and says ahhh haaa! The wife takes the walk of shame to the trash can to throw it out! I mumble Honey you should no better than to sneak booze into the game. I got the look than a good old kick in the ass! Arrived in out seats sect 325 row 7 and it started to heavy drizzle or rain. Deck protected us and not a drop. After 4 innings decided to take a stroll. Went right behind home plate next to Tony O's sandwhich place on the 1st level and watched 3 innings there. Wife happy to stand underneath the heater and nobody standing in front of us right behind the wheelchair section. Lots of people 4 to 5 people deep under the heaters for this game. Saw nothing like that 2 nights ago. We were high and dry all night. Saw many people that looked soaked. Now thats hardcore man! Had the great $3.75 dog and a brew no line for those at the concession stand next to Hrbeks. Walked into Hrbecks and place was a zoo. I guess I don't get it. Might as well be at Champs watching the game! The line for the K sausage again miles long both ways I'm thinking people have to be waiting almost an hour to get those! Some day maybe the line will be down and I will try one. Walked around some more and ended up in left field bar. Funny thing on the way home drove about a mile north of the ballpark and there was no rain at all. Was dry all the way from there on up! Another game with wasted opportunities! Bases loaded twice! Maybe somebody can break down the twins batting average with bases loaded. Looks like we are pressing big time in that situation. Bring the parka tonight kids. 37 at game time! Be interesting to see if they get this one in tonight! Maybe a doubleheader day night tommorow? Baltimore does not come back to town!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 09:33 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 231

When the Twins brass and HOK were still in the designing stage of Target Field, the Twins were taking design suggestions from twins fans and some ideas actually made it into the final design, as most of you already know. One actual idea that did not make it was to have a trained Hawk/falcon in a tower that would fly around the field after a homerun.

I remember thinking that this was the dumbest thing I've ever read. It's kind of funny that we now have a "Sparrow Hawk" that sits upon a tower in right field. I havn't yet noticed if it flys around after a homerun. and it's actually kind of cool as long as we don't name him Ken "Hawk" Harrelson. God I hate that guy!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 09:38 AM by Kingduck Highlight this comment 232

I know the wave debate will be forever on going, but who really cares if fans want to partake in the wave. As a kid, I had fun being apart of it and watching it travel around the stadium was a spectacle. It was part of the experience. I will never take that away from any other child or person for that matter who wants to stand up and cheer and throw their hands up. Maybe for you baseball purists it is a site for sore eyes, but in the grand scheme of things it is such a minor distraction. When I bring my kids to a game for the first time you can be rest assured that I will standing up with them and waving my hands up!! Baseball is such a special game and I'm all about sharing experiences with others and creating memories for stories to tell.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 09:39 AM by Jeff Highlight this comment 233

porkchop on a stick is nothing to write home aboout... taste like one i make on the grill in my back yard.. just smaller... the cuben is good though

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 09:44 AM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 234

Kingduck you can put it on the boooooooard YES!!!!!!!!!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 09:50 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 235

AJR, read the comments about ten up from yours to find out about the bird.

Funny story from my visit to Wrigley last week and has to do with the throwing back of the opposing teams home run ball, which I do not like at TF. A Diamondback hits one out of the part onto Sheffield Ave. in right field. About two minutes after the home run, the ball comes sailing back from outside the stadium onto the field! I thought that was pretty funny. Yea, it probably wasn't the exact ball (all savvey Wrigley bleacher regulars bring their own ball in case they catch one and then throw back the one they brought, as Howard Sinker reported last year on his blog), but it was still funny the effort to get an opposing teams ball back onto the field, even when it was out of the stadium.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 10:22 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 236

Why throw the ball back? Lets start our own tradition of keeping opponents HR balls! That or just give it to a kid! I mean waht the guy heaves a ball back during the middle of a game 2 innings later?Why follow some stupid hapless cub fans tradition? Hey lets all bring beach balls and run on the field also! You wanna see a pig bring balls to the ump and see a bunch of that other crap go to a saints game! Just saying!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 10:29 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 237

I'm thinking we may have our first day night doubleheader tommorow. With a noon game scheduled already. Night game to start normal 7:10 for the rainout maybe tonight! 100% t0 90% for most of today for precip!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 10:50 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 238

That falcon definitely needs a name. My dad came up with a pretty good suggestion: name it after Michael Cuddyer since it's good at catching "flies" in right field. Mikey? 'Lil Mike? Cuddy the Kestrel?

Any other ideas?

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 10:52 AM by Jon Highlight this comment 239

So if tonights game is rained out, but tomorrow's game is already at 12:10--would that mean that those with tickets tonight would actually end up going tomorrow night?

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 10:53 AM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 240

That's a good one Jon. How about Little Cuddy?

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 10:53 AM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 241

Click name for my Craig's List post offering $25 for a visiting team's homerun ball. I don't care if someone wants to throw a HR ball back. But I do not like the pressure fans put on someone that just caught a chance of a lifetime ball. I know I won't help too much if the fan yells "I'm going sell it for $25 on Craig's List!"

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 10:58 AM by Buzz Highlight this comment 242

Pat would think if you have a ticket for tonight and they have it postponed that tommorow night would make the most sence to me. Clear the house from the nooner and reload for the night game. O's don't come back to town!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 11:01 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 243

Dumb question...are the batting practice balls marked different than the game balls?

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 11:06 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 244

Both teams are off on Monday as well so Monday could be a possibility, but I am sure they would do a doubleheader on Saturday rather than play on their off-day.

If they postpone the game tonight, I hope they make the announcement early enough so that I don't have to drive downtown and pay for parking.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 11:07 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 245

Um TwinkFan, I wasn't talking about following some "stupid, haples cub fan tradion." I was descibing an occurrence at an actual CUBS GAME AT WRIGLEY. Did you miss that part of my story? I thought it was funny that a ball hit out of the park was eventually thrown back in, that's all. That's their thing at Wrigley and they took it to the Nth degree.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 11:11 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 246

Twink: The BP balls are NOT rubbed up with the Delaware River mud and thus have a much whiter appearance than a game used baseball where the mud is used by the umpires before the game to get rid of the sheen on them from the factory in Costa Rica. The Twins have been known to stamp "Practice" on some BP balls as well just below the MLB logo.

Give my name a click for everything you'd ever wanna know about "snagging" a baseball at a game. Zack was on FSN the other night with Roy Smalley and has been in town for the last few games (I would imagine he'll be posting some Target Field entries soon...)

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 11:19 AM by Max Highlight this comment 247

The BP ball that the Tiger hit looked like it had a black Sharpie mark and no TF inaugural logo. The kid that caught it said the Twins' BP balls do have the TF logo.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 11:24 AM by Buzz Highlight this comment 248

Sorry for the rant Fabe! I guess I'm just old school man! Now if they would only bring back Captain Dynamite and disco demolition night! Laughing out loud! Any of you young whiper snappers remember Capt Dynomite at the old Met?

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 11:24 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 249

Thnks for sharing that Max. That dude can sure collect balls! Look forward to his target field report. Nice stuff on old and new Yankee stadium also!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 11:29 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 250

Some highlights from article Reusse in the star tribune article April 3. 2010

Only the appearance of Captain Dynamite -- gulping down free booze with blood trickling from his right ear -- rivals that for greatest moment in Twins Room history.

This promotion came from Don Cassidy, the director of promotions, marketing and group sales -- all three -- for the Griffith operation. Cassidy learned of a Captain Dynamite, a Coast Guard cook who would take his leave in the summer, go to fairs and minor league ballparks and collect $500 to surround a box with explosives, climb inside and let it blow.

Cassidy asked if he could give the explosion extra oomph, since this was a big-league ballpark. The Captain obliged, setting off an enormous explosion that sent the box flying.
The Captain was motionless on the dirt behind second base. Cassidy came racing across the infield in a panic. "I thought I'd killed him," he said.

The Captain was revived. Cassidy invited him to the Twins Room for a drink. When the Coast Guard cook found out the booze was free, he could have died and already been in heaven.

You whippersnappers want to know what Met Stadium was like?

Think hole in the fence. Think bartender showing Hall of Famer how to turn two. Think Coast Guard cook blowing himself up for 500 bucks. Think laughs.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 11:40 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 251

Twink, I think throwing the ball back at TF is stupid. BUT the tradition at Wrigley is much longer and storied and part of their game culture, so I respect that, which is why I told that story. If I ever catch a HR from an opposing team at TF, you sure as hell can bet I will be keeping it. I noticed that Wigginton's HR last night was kept despite the boos I heard. Good for that person!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 11:43 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 252

Twins have scored no runs for Pavano his last 2 starts! ouch Also twins 7-47 with the bases juiced! Thats batting .149 folks! Double Ouch!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 11:44 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 253

prices are sure falling for tonights game. I'm certainly going to take advantage of that.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 11:46 AM by Elston Gunn Highlight this comment 254

Agreed Fabe, I think most Cub fans could give a rats ass if the team wins or not. I guess thats why the call Cub fans loveable losers! Although I think the cub fever is wanning. Don't see as many Cub hats or fans in other parks as you used to. I think Harry Carey has something to do with all that!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 11:48 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 255

Ballhawking is about the lamest thing ever if you are over 15 years old. I could sit and read that Happy Youngster blog and make fun of that guy in my head all day. Being a grown man and pushing little kids down to catch homerun balls is so messed up. Atleast the blog posted seems to be a guy raising money for charity, but Youngster is just a weirdo. For those of you that haven't read about Happy Youngster holding the Marlins home run ball for ransom, Google it.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 11:50 AM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 256

Everyone should take note of the Twins players' body language when an opponent's home run ball is thrown back.

They are embarrassed.

It's a little thing that speaks volumes about the fans.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 12:20 PM by Rick 257

I love the fact that Target Field has a resident falcon. This adds more character to our new ballpark. Hopefully he is there for many years to come and nobody in the Twins organization gets the stupid idea to prevent it for some reason. Seeing the close-up of the raptor on the foul pole (or fowl pole?) eating moths on FSN was really cool. Reminds me of the Gopher/Cal game at TCF last fall when a bald eagle was flying overhead. It is amazing of all the simple pleasures we were denied because of the dome the prior 30 years. Watching jets overhead, the rainbow at TF the other day....other good examples.

As far as rankings, I've been to 11 parks (past & present) and TF ranks #3 on my list. #1 is AT & T because of the stunning view and setting, and #2 is Wrigley because of its history and old-time charm. I generally don't get into rankings either, but the fact that we now have a ballpark worthy of discussion for top-3, top-5, whatever (after having the worst ballpark) is plenty good.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 12:30 PM by crfire163 Highlight this comment 258

Any birds seen at TF tonight might be penguins.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 12:34 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 259

Anyone realistically think they will play tonight? I am at work downtown and plan on going to the game, although I think it will be a rainout. I hope I am wrong, but I just don't see it happening.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 12:37 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 260

Tonight's game has been canceled. The Twins will play a Day-Night Doubleheader tomorrow with the scheduled 12:10 game and then a 7:10pm nightcap...

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 12:47 PM by Max Highlight this comment 261

That was quick.

Per Gardy tonight's game is postponed til tomorrow: noon and 7 pm game times.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 12:51 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 262

Link? Is this confirmed?

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 1:02 PM by Li Highlight this comment 263

What is the hair split on the term "double-header"? Is it not two games, one right after the other, requiring but one ticket for admission? It does not seem as though two games in one day, between which the stadium is emptied, should qualify.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 1:06 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 264

On the STrib website. clicky.
(Wonder how long until it's on the Twins' site...)

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 1:07 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 265

well, since they almost never do single ticket for two games, the practical, modern application of "double header" infers the twi-night, two ticketed, clear the stadium affair.

Tickets for tonight's game will be good only for tomorrow nights game. Which is too bad since I just went from Frank to Baker.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 1:12 PM by Elston Gunn Highlight this comment 266

Its on their website and I just got an e-mail. Those with tickets for tonight will now see Scott Baker pitch tomorrow night at 7.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 1:17 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 267

So I had tickets for tonight and have tickets for tomorrow. Does this mean I go to the park as normal tomorrow, then leave the park catch a movie or something, then use tonights tickets tomorrow night to get back in? (to be honest doesn't seem like much of a double header).

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 1:19 PM by Schda Highlight this comment 268

I have an extra, single ticket for tomorrow night's game if anybody wants it for $10. Last section, upper deck near the kestrel perch. Shoot me an email.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 1:24 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 269

So, does someone holding a ticket for tonight have an opportunity to trade it with the Twins for some future date other than tomorrow night? (fat chance, I know)

Schda: but it does sound like a sweet way to spend around 10 hours of one's life.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 1:25 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 270

There is a difference between a "day-night" double-header and a "twi-night" double-header.

"Day-night" means the first game is a day game, 12:10 or 1:10 start, and the second game is a night game, 7:10 start. Barring extra innings, there will be a gap of several hours between games. The park will be closed and cleared, and separate tickets are required for each game.

"Twi-night" has generally been a promotional term which meant that the first game would be a late afternoon game, 3:10 or 4:10 start, and the second game would closely follow the conclusion of the first, typically around 7:10. The park would not be closed, and one ticket would be good for both games. This is a type of double-header they used to actually schedule for promotional purposes, rather than as a make-up (though it could be used as such if demand for tickets was sufficiently low).

While the difference in designations still applies, I have no idea how the ticketing will be handled. But I have to believe that tickets for tonight's game will be honored at tomorrow night's game, meaning they will have to clear the park between games.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 1:26 PM by Rick 271

Rick is correct. I got a confirmation email from the Twins. If you had tickets for tonight's game, they will be honored at tomorrow night's game.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 1:28 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 272

In regard to the Twi-night thing, in that case would they stop selling beer in the seventh inning of both games? You could probably get pretty sloshed at one of those if they didn't stop selling until the 7th of the second game. Interesting...

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 1:31 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 273

Warning: Another "When I was a kid" story.

Well, when I was a kid a double-header got you two games for one admission (or, in my case, one crawl under the Met fence). I think the classic definition of the term is two games, one day, same crowd.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 1:34 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 274

Yep was listening to Gardy on am1500 and he said at 12:30 that they would go the split doubleheader tommorow. Gives Francisssssssco an extra days rest after thorwing 123 pitches last outing plus the boyz do not like giving up those off days which they will have both monday and thursday next week. Very strange with the whities only in here for a 2 gamer Tuesday and Wed. Reusse also babbling that Nick Punto would have been batting #5 for the 1981 and 1982 teams which he called the worst ever!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 1:35 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 275

Ben , I remember going to a few of those scheduled doubleheaders at the met. They would start the games about half hour after the first one ended! 2 fer 1! Owners got wise to that and then started the day night with split gates! They want the do re me!!!!!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 1:39 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 276

From that same STrib article's latest update: "According to the team, Friday night's tickets are valid only for Saturday night's game. There are no refunds or exchanges."

Seems just a bit harsh to not allow an exchange, except for the hard reality that availability of tickets for future dates is so limited anyway.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 1:41 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 277

Exactly Schweady would never be able to do an exchange with the number of tickets already sold! It's all or nuthin! Now lets go kick some azz tommorow and Sunday! Maybe if the players think there is nobody on base when the come up with bases loaded we can get some hits! Just saying!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 1:46 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 278

So, maybe some bargains to be had on tix for the Saturday night game...

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 1:50 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 279

TTH: Does that mean the buyer of your ducat would get the pleasure of sitting next to you for the game?

Jared aka Official BPM Meteorologist: Please post a detailed forecast for tomorrow's games. Seems like it might be a great opportunity to spend 10-12 hours downtown drinking beers and enjoying a beatdown of the Charm City Boys...

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 1:54 PM by Max Highlight this comment 280

TwinkFan ---

Scheduled doubleheaders were a part of the deal in those days - the goal was for the total to be greater that the sum of the parts I imagine. Just one of the charms of baseball that have vanished.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 1:58 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 281

Bargins only if the people that had tickets for tonight can't use em tommorow night! Might want to bring the long johns for the nooner! Hey but at least it won't be raining!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 2:00 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 282

There was a twi-night double header at the dome with the Yankees. By the second game most people had left and my brother and I got to watch it from just behind the twins dougout. Best seat I ever had!

I don't remember what year. Sometime in the 90's I would guess.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 2:00 PM by JLH Highlight this comment 283

Yep Ben us old timers remember things like doubleheaders and of course halter top day!!!!!Bring back Halter top days with those baby blue tops and TWINS across them! Way more popular than bobbleheads!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 2:05 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 284

Luke: Joni has gotta be getting pissed off that you only bring her to games where it rains. Select your next game carefully or she may kick you to the curb...

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 2:06 PM by Max Highlight this comment 285

It says right on the tickets game time/date subject to change so anytime you buy tickets you need to realize there is potential for a postponed game or change in game time.

I am sure there will be fans complaining, but it's nothing too difficult to understand.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 2:10 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 286

TwinkFan ---

For some odd reason I don't recall halter days - maybe I was gone in Service. "Twins" - boy would there be an uproar today! Do you remember the Kicks' "It Takes Leather Balls To Play Soccer" T shirts?

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 2:18 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 287

Does anyone have any experience buying from scalpers at TF? I’m thinking of heading to TF tomorrow night, but it will probably be a last minute decision before going (so buying online is probably out of the question). Is there a location where the majority of them roam? Have people found decent deals on the street? I’m guessing/hoping there will be quite a few deals to be had on the street because of the postponement (and the cooler forcast).

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 2:33 PM by Tyler Highlight this comment 288

Yes Ben, I do remember the Kicks and the free parking and tailgate parties. Went to a game and they had blommington cops riding around on horses and them telling you to either buy a ticket and get in the game of get the hell out of the lot! We left the lot! I mean it was soccer FCOL! I also rember I think it was Airstream was going to have a convention in the parking lot or nearby club next to the met. The name escapes me and saw what was going on during the kicks games and cancelling the convetion up there. I can hear Barbra Striesand singing it now! Memories!!!!!!!!!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 2:36 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 289

Scalpers all up and down First Avenue. They're everywhere. Take your pick.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 2:38 PM by Rick 290

I am looking for two tickets to tomorrow afternoon's game.

Anyone looking to sell? Let me know, thanks!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 2:46 PM by StatFreak101 (Erik) Highlight this comment 291

Max - no. My season tickets aren't in that section.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 2:48 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 292

Two things about the game last night:

1) As previously posted, pork chop is nothing to write home about. Small and dry.

2) Our seats were in the Overlook last night (i.e. no cover above) and I didn't even need to put on my poncho. By the 8th inning the rain was a little annoying, but the lack of offense was much more frustrating than the precipitation. Three hours of rain at TF is far and away better than any experience in the Dome...

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 2:52 PM by ajndsu Highlight this comment 293

One of my "on the road" ballpark experiences - Memorial Day 2001, St Louis (Busch II).

Got there in plenty of time to see the Brewers take BP and hear Jack Buck read a poem he wrote in tribute to veterans. The ballpark experience was nice enough, showing it's age. I was just happy to see outdoor baseball after so many years of nothing but the Metrodome. And St Louis fans always turn out for the home team.

McGwire homered in one of his at bats (his first game back after sitting out much of Apr/May with an injury) but the highlight of the day, looking back, was seeing some rookie named Albert Pujols hit two long home runs.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 2:56 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 294

Good God Jax, it was only our first game together...lol.
We LOVED it. Rain? Pish! We were fine.

Click my name for a cell phone vid I shot last night, pregame, with some Sue Nelson music (have to admit, that was one of her better songs on the organ).

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 2:57 PM by luke Highlight this comment 295

I'm not sure what the hell dpQ is supposed to mean. It was supposed to be LOL. ahhhh, it's been a long day, between the work, and the dentist...

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 2:58 PM by luke Highlight this comment 296

DSP just called game postponed. double header tomorrow. second game starts at 7:10

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 3:06 PM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 297

One positive note tonight! No GB leighton twins song to make me vomit!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 3:16 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 298

I hope they wear the throwbacks for the original 12 noon game when Liriano pitches!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 3:31 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 299

Mike I think they do wear the throwbacks for Saturday home games. Maybe both games? Depends how fast the ballboy can get that laundry done between games! Laughing out loud!!!!!!!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 3:33 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 300

Record breaking March and April...I guess it all kinda evens out!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 3:51 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 301

Whew, sorry. Got done building my boat just in time for all the rain and all the animals are snug in their cages. We're now floating, live, somewhere outside of Memphis. I knew I shoulda taken that left turn at Albuquerque. So here now is your Target Field Forecast- First ever rainout/rescheduled game/double header edition.

Flood waters recede a bit tomorrow (Saturday) as the skies part and the sun dries out the region. Don't get too excited though. This awesome arctic air mass will cool temps down to near freezing tonight (giving us a chance for some late season snow) and preventing temps from recovering too far above 50. No need for rain or snow gear but you will want to consider bringing the cold weather gear to the park. The sun will be darting in and out of some hefty clouds (starting heavy and decreasing through the day) and a brisk north-westerly wind swirling through the park will keep a chill in the air. First pitch temps of game 1 will be around 45 degrees while game 2 starts around 50 degrees. The sun will be out for more of the second game with winds tapering off as well as temps. It will finish at just above 40 but it will feel a bit colder. That was your Target Field Forecast- First ever rainout/rescheduled game/double header Edition. I am Jared, hoping that my ark makes it home in time for the game. Back to you at the news desk.

The little lady and I will be there for game 1 (section 129, row 6, seats 23-24), bundled, while trying to absorb whatever sunlight we can scratch from our seats and pounding the warm drinks. Gotta love baseball outdoors. The way it's meant to be!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 4:00 PM by jared Highlight this comment 302

I know they allow sealed water bottles into the game what about sealed pop? Anyone know. I walk by that new Holiday station right before going into gate 6. They had some people outside selling dogs you can bring into the game 2 for $2.00. Much better tasting than the big dog. May have to try that next time!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 4:09 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 303

click my name for pictures from last nights game.

I tried the Big Dog last night. Not too bad. As hot dogs go, pretty decent.
Tracked a retro vendor down yesterday with the Dugout Dog. Loved it, best of the 4 hot dogs there. Nice mid-game snack.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 4:13 PM by luke Highlight this comment 304

Nice pics luke, Looks like the last few maybe your hands got a little cold? That pic near gate 6 looks like the security guy that rifled through the wives purse and found the Rum!!!! Was that th $3.75 dog? I found that to be much better tasting although much smaller than the big dog. The bun on the big dog is just awful!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 4:24 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 305

I love the Kestrel! And we have our first weather-caused double-header! This is the kind of stuff that we've been left wanting all these years and so highly anticipating for the last 3-4! And these are the types of things that will continue to develop over time, i.e. Target Field's very own watch bird...

...and also why it seems a little silly to me to be listing all of these ballpark rankings with TF only a few weeks old. I mean, they've only played 13 games there, and already we're judging whether it's as good or better than places that are 18, 40, or as much as 80-100 years old? I think it's a bit too soon to be doing that. Although, I know that it's a fun and interesting exercise, to rank things and talk about what makes this one better, than that one, why this one's the best, why that one sucks, etc. It just seems like half of the things that will make TF and going to a Twins game there truly great, are probably things we haven't even really discovered yet, or haven't even developed or occurred yet.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 4:29 PM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 306

Forgive me Rick if this is out of sorts. I'm a "first time poster", even though I've been on here a few times before. (My brother is avid on this site.) I was going to go to the game tonight (first time in a long time since the Twins were to have a home game on my birthday (today - May 7th). I will have a hard time getting to the ballpark tomorrow night and would like to trade anyone for tickets for either tomorrow's early game or Sunday's game. My tickets are in the Batters Eye R. 5. My email is linked to my name.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 4:42 PM by Sayra (aka lindywig) Highlight this comment 307

First of all what the heck is a Kestrel? And yes target field is much better than some of the parks I've been to. Even though I've only been to 4 games so far. Got 17 to go! I have no problem ranking and ranting on pluses and minuses of each park. I know the humpty dump was about 30 years old and was always a dump to me! For all the dough they spent on Miller Park it's still an airplane hanger to me with the silly roof. Same can be said of Chase field in Phx!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 4:42 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 308

f.y.i. I'm not lindywig; that it my brother's handle on here. I'm on his computer.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 4:43 PM by Sayra (aka lindywig) Highlight this comment 309

TwinkFan ---

The Kestrel is the team's new mascot --- much less costly to feed than that tired old bear.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 4:49 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 310

I know I'm a little late on this, but being a bit of a Cubs fan/more of a Twins fan, I have my favorite Harry Carray quote to share. We have a rinout tonight, so might as well share it now, right?

First - I have to set this up. The WGN cameras kept showing this couple making out in the bleachers. After showing them a few times, Harry finally asks Steve Stone, "Heeeyyyy, WHAT'S the deal out there with that couple we keep showing, he must kiss her on the strikes (right now, I'm thinking - oh my gosh, Harry, do NOT finish this sentence!), and she must kiss him on the balls!" You could clearly hear Steve Stone LOL, and then his mic went dead. Harry kept plowing along until they came back for the next inning. Harry starts it out saying, "Heeyyy, I think I might have made a bit of a guuufffaaawww last inning..." Harry was entertaining though, kind of like that older drunk uncle at all the family reunions.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 4:52 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 311

Sorry - I'm a teacher - should be rainout and Steve Stone LOL

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 4:57 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 312

Ole that is by far my favorite Carray-ism. That cracks me up everytime I hear it. "And she's kissing him on the balls!"

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 4:57 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 313

TwinksFan - sealed pop or soda is NOT allowed. Only sealed water, Nalgene type containers, and sealed juices(orange, apple, etc.) are allowed.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 5:06 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 314

OK - Rick must have the best sense of humor ever, because every time I try to type the acronym for Laughing Out Loud, it gets all jumbled up, and I don't have time to look back and figure out how all the BPMers have typed it...

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 5:06 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 315

So has the Kestrel critter replaced the twins bear? FTLOG!!!!!(For the love of God)!!!!!!!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 5:12 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 316

TwinkFan,
here's a little article and video about our little hawk. From what I hear, he's taken up residence in TF's canopy behind the lights, and apparently the right field foul pole is his new hunting perch.

Also, just to be clear, I'm not at all saying, let's not talk about the pluses and minuses about each park we've been to, and I'm not even saying let's not rank them. Talking about the pluses and minuses and ranking parks is good fun. And I think for most of us, TF probably ranks pretty high in our own ballpark experiences. It's just that all the idiosyncrasies that develop over time, things that make going to Wrigley great, or annoying, for whatever the reason, and things like TF's Kestrel, have not had time to develop at TF. Far more of these things that make Twins games at TF unique will continue to develop over time, most likely making Twins games even more enjoyable for all of us, and probably heighting TF's position in a lot of those rankings too...

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 5:13 PM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 317

Just for the record, here's my ballpark experience ranking/favorites:

1. Wrigley Field
2. Target Field
3. Milwaukee County Stadium
4. U.S. Cellular Field

and if I could make it 10th place, even though
I've only been to 5 mlb parks:

10. Miller Park.

I agree TwinkFan, what a godawful airplane hangar!

...further proof of County Stadium's awesomeness and Miller http://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/miller640480.jpgawfulness. Seriously, look at how awful it looks from the outside! It looks like a giant earth-pimple - and those terrible shadows from the windows in that last pic! It's gotta be next to impossible to pick up the ball in those conditions.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 5:27 PM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 318

Sorry for the messed up tag. Here's the pic that makes it look the most like an airplane hanger, or freakin gymnasium.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 5:30 PM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 319

Cuddy the Kestrel I like it!

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 5:39 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 320

Twink - ya, I was wondering how long that holdup would be...lol. I don't know what all was in there, but yeah, he was searching through it.

As for the last few pics on the plaza, while there is a stabilization feature on my camera (which is on all the time), trying to get the shot while moving just isn't that easy. And with the crowd moving and everything, it just was counter-productive in my estimation to stop, just to get the good shot. I'm glad you like the pics.

I can't remember now how much the Dugout Dog cost. It was around $4 if memory serves right. While it isn't as plump as the Big Dog is, I think it's a bit longer, it certainly wasn't "bun-sized".

I have to agree with your comment about the Big Dog. The bun is hard and seems to put more chew to the hot dog, you spend more time trying to digest the bun than the hot dog. You'd probably be better off asking for the Big Dog, without the bun. Not the case with the Dugout Dog. It melts in your mouth, and a nice, normal bun comes with it. Clearly my choice of hot dog from here forward at TF.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 5:57 PM by luke Highlight this comment 321

The Polish K with fried onions and kraut was THE GREATEST...After watching my wife for an inning trying to get here rain pants on past her boots and standing up to see she put them on backwards a Poncho is in order...Anyone know a place to get a DECENT Twins poncho..I net search has resulted in nuttin.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 7:47 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 322

I am totally new to this, I currently have no Autographs. Not a single one. I just received an e-mail that the Twin's will be having a Autograph party on June 12th. How will this work? It says that the event is free, but you must purchase an Autograph card for $35.

Do you need to buy a separate card for each Autograph that you would like to get? If the line for Joe or Justin is 1,000 people long, will they sign something for everyone in line? With each card you purchase, do you get one Autograph? If you bring a ball and a jersey and want Joe to sign both, do you need two cards? I would like to get something for my son for his birthday this fall and thought this might be a good chance to get him something. He likes Cuddy the most, but as long as I'm there, will I be able to get in another line and get another player?

Thanks for any tips you can give me on this subject.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 7:47 PM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 323

Can we name the Kestrel Delmon and put him in left field...not on the foul pole but to actually play left field, at least as a late inning defensive replacement? Please?

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 9:09 PM by Another Rick Highlight this comment 324

The Fox 9 morning news had great video of the Kestral catching the moth from last nights game. Anyone have a link to this video, I couldn't find it on the Fox 9 or FSN website

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 9:25 PM by northlooper Highlight this comment 325

"While it isn't as plump as the Big Dog is, I think it's a bit longer, it certainly wasn't "bun-sized"."

THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID!

Sorry, I couldn't resist. Slow night without the Twins playing...

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 9:27 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 326

The Dugout Dog from the retro-look vendors is $4.50. Best dog I've had at a game in MN, bar none. Great snap to the skin. Said he "autographs it with the mustard, just like I did back at the Old Met." No prior knowledge of that 'tradition'... Dad never would buy me anything back then priced higher than the popcorn in the scorecard megaphone.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 11:05 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 327

LMFAO Ole. That was good.

Posted on May 7, 2010 at 11:08 PM by luke Highlight this comment 328

Dave St. Peter: "Our [rainout] policy is consistent with many other teams in baseball."

Hmm... apparently, the Cleveland team is not one of the 'many.' Perfect example of how your policy gains some wiggle room when you're only filling 1/4 of your seats each game. clicky.

And, at least Friday night's TF ticket holders know the make-up game right away. Cleveland's make-up game date is "to be determined." I wonder if the Twins will do it that way, too, if it's against a Central Division team and more rescheduling possibilities.

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 09:20 AM by schweady Highlight this comment 329

Steve: You can buy a Twins poncho in the Pro Shop at Target Field for $8. It is white with the Twins logo printed on it numerous times. Obviously much more than what you might get at Wal-Mart or Target, but the only place I've found with a "Twins" specific poncho.

Alright time for business. We need a sweep today...

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 11:43 AM by Max Highlight this comment 330

Thanks Max...Yea..2 wins today boys!!!

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 11:54 AM by Steve Highlight this comment 331



Uh oh... Scoreboard issues already? (batters 3&4 digitized)

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 12:39 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 332

man this team is maddening at times!

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 1:57 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 333

Two loses in a row to the worst team in baseball at home. Completely pathetic! Twins need to pull there head out of there a**. Games like these kill you at the end of the year and you wonder why we have to play game 163 two years in a row.

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 2:19 PM by firedog Highlight this comment 334

Jax, they were having scoreboard issues in the first exhibition game. They showed a picture of Span when he led off in the first inning, but put Delmon Young's name up there. Hmm, not so much of a scoreboard issue I guess, more of a scoreboard-operator-must-have-been-an-idiot issue...

And I just listened to the G.B. Leighton song for the first time. Holy crap. I had no idea it was going to be that bad. I mean, I hadn't heard a single good thing about it, but still, I thought, how bad can it be? Apparently, pretty bad.

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 3:13 PM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 335

yeah, Joe, they continue to have a few audio/visual issues. Today Punto came up to bad to Span's music.

My pic turned out bad but that black square was just digital noise for the entire game - makes me wonder if something hit it. Sure wasn't a ball from a Twin's bat. ha.

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 3:29 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 336

Lawl.

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 3:33 PM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 337

There you go txtese-speakers, looks like Rick hasn't comically garbled "lawl."

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 3:34 PM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 338

Gotta love the cold weather. Scored a pair of Legends Club tickets off StubHub for $10 each. Wasn't even planning on going, but I couldn't pass that up.

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 5:31 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 339

10 bucks? Amazing...

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 6:51 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 340

$10? That's not bad. I just rifled thru TicketKing...there was nothing that cheap.

Almost time for Game 2...got the beer, got the chips...ready to go.

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 7:01 PM by luke Highlight this comment 341

Mooshot serves up ap meatball to the .185 hitter to belt out of the park....

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 8:20 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 342

uh oh...the bases are loaded and cuddyer is up....what is going to happen? I can't watch!

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 8:39 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 343

what a shock...double play! that makes them 7 for 48 with the bases loaded this year. DISGUSTING!

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 8:41 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 344

The kestrel is not the only bird at the park. Seems as though there is a city-like population of some type of swallow at the park as well. Holy cow. I am not sure if the swallows were drawn to the park for the same reason as the kestrel but they sure came in droves.

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 8:41 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 345

Cuddyer with bases loaded = double play

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 8:42 PM by firedog Highlight this comment 346

The Twins have taken sole possesion of GIDP with 37 on the year.

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 8:52 PM by firedog Highlight this comment 347

Stupid question, and I'm probably late about it, but is webcam 2 now decommissioned? It hasn't updated for several days.

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 9:07 PM by luke Highlight this comment 348

Jared, the swallows were out in full force at the afternoon game, too. No kestrel then...maybe a night thing? The other ornithological (sp?) happening at the noon game: a great blue heron did a flyby over the left field canopy. Sleet and all, how much do I love outdoor baseball?

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 9:15 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 349

Even Joe cant hit with the bases loaded

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 9:25 PM by firedog Highlight this comment 350

But Drew Butera can!

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 9:26 PM by firedog Highlight this comment 351

Just think fellas..Halter Top Day is just around the corner:):)

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 10:01 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 352

For those that remember the 1991 World Series...click link and this music should bring back some good memories of what was arguably the best-ever World Series played.

Classic stuff!

Posted on May 8, 2010 at 10:57 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 353

NOTHING was happening, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing but increasing tension. The zeros on the scoreboard last night in the Metrodome were dropping inning after inning after inning, as if a row of hens were working overtime. It appeared that the best and concluding moments of this baseball season -- maybe the best of any baseball season -- might last forever.

This was the seventh game of the World Series, and, after three, four, five, six, seven innings, nobody could score. People tried: The Minnesota Twins got a runner to third in the third inning; the Atlanta Braves did likewise in the fifth. But nothing happened. The pitchers, Jack Morris of the Twins and John Smoltz of the Braves, were matching sets of excellence, bookends of bravado.

It was preposterous. It couldn't get more dramatic. It did.

In the eighth, both teams loaded the bases with one out, but the Twins turned a double play to end the Braves' threat. In the bottom of the inning, the Braves did precisely the same thing to the Twins, behind Mike Stanton, who had replaced Smoltz.

It went into the ninth inning, 0-0. That is, 16 zeros. Nothing had happened, and it just kept on happening. And into the 10th: zero, of course, to zero. The longest Game 7 with no score in the history of the World Series.

And there it ended. Dan Gladden hit a broken-bat double, and there was a sacrifice bunt and two intentional walks, and then with the bases loaded and a pulled-in outfield, Gene Larkin, a seldom-used infielder, stepped up to pinch-hit. He was facing Alejandro Pena, now on the mound for the Braves. The noisy home crowd of 55,000 was on its feet and creating a snowstorm by waving its white homer hankies. And Larkin responded. He looped a fly ball over the outstretched glove of left fielder Brian Hunter, for a single to score the lone run of the game.

Suddenly it was over. Suddenly the Twins had won. But the Braves did not lose. They just didn't win the World Series, is all.

Sometimes the gods are just. Sometimes even they, taking time from their flutes and lyres and various dalliances, will determine that we, too, down below, could use a bit more pleasure, especially in these times of gloomy national recession and despairing world affairs and the football season. And so they, along with Kirby Puckett, in the guise of a mere mortal, conspired to give us one more game of baseball.

Not just any game, of course, but a Seventh Game of the World Series. And not just any World Series, either. But one that has gone from the dramatic to the melodramatic, from suspenseful theater to the old Saturday afternoon serial thriller.

Four of the first six games between the Braves and the Twins had been decided by one run, and three had been determined only in the home half of the final inning, to break up a tie game -- one concluding in the ninth inning and one in the 12th, with plays at the plate, and, on Saturday night, in the 11th, with Puckett's game-ending home run.

But we needed this game, Game 7, and that's the simple truth. It was only fitting and proper. It was all so unlikely, all so upside-down, but this seems to restore the cosmic balance: Two teams that finished last in their divisions the year before win the pennants. Each team knowing in its heart that it cannot lose, that the fates have ordained that this is their season.

Each team understanding that it has come this far, that it has done it by coming from behind not only during the season, but in game after game, and thus overcoming all the odds fashioned by Las Vegas and Olympus.

Each team has had its improbable heroes: Mark Lemke, brought in for defensive purposes, hits a trio of triples, and is prominent in winning Games 3, 4 and 5; Scott Leius, who was only iffy on making the team in spring training, homers to win Game 2; and Jerry Willard, who had left baseball for a season a few years ago because he was going nowhere, is called in to pinch-hit and hits a sacrifice fly to win Game 4. And finally Larkin.

It just had to come down to the wire, to a photo finish.

The Twins went up two games to none, and then the Braves came back to take a 3-2 lead, and then the Twins tied it up, three games each.

The dream season would end on a dream: Game 7 of the World Series. "Every kid has dreamed about this," said Jack Morris on Saturday night. "When I was a kid, my brother and I used to play whiffle ball and I pretended that I was Bob Gibson and he was Mickey Mantle."

But since this is real life, we know that the gods can be cruel, and, using us for their sport, may turn dreams into nightmares.

Ask Charlie Liebrandt, who got knocked out of Game 1, and then in Game 6 was brought back in relief to start the home half of the 11th inning. He faced one batter, Mr. Puckett, and threw a total of four pitches. Two were balls and two were strikes, including the last, which ended up in the left center field bleachers.

After the game, a large group of reporters gathered around Charlie Liebrandt's locker. After a long period in the trainer's room and the shower, with most of his teammates gone, Liebrandt, lean, grim, a cup of beer in his hand, and his eyes looking only straight ahead, parted the crowd around his locker. "Nothing tonight, guys," he said to the newsy assemblage.

There was nothing tonight, guys.

Except, of course, for the memory, and the dream, and the nightmare.

And there was the tingling anticipation that all this set up: Game 7. It had to be. And better than anyone could have imagined.

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 12:18 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 354

Thanks for the link Mike....If you remember the 1987 ALCS, the music I linked will make you smile! I can still hear Bob Costas at the conclusion of game 5, "And the Minnesota Twins are going to the world series!"

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 01:13 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 355

I have a question about a specific piece of merchandise in the pro shop. I recently got a gift from my gf's parents, a $25 twins territory gift card to be exact, and I want to buy a kirby puckett tshirt and I'm wondering if they sell any in the pro shop at Target Field? More specifically, I would love it if the shirt was the light blue variety, do they sell those at the pro shop? If they don't then I'll just buy a blanket or glass online instead of waiting two weeks before I head up to TF again.

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 12:46 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 356

The "ballhawker's" blog that has gotten, um, mixed reviews on here has an entry on Target Field. Mostly about the ballpark. I think it's a good read. Click my name for the link.

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 2:32 PM by rback Highlight this comment 357

oh, and it was during BPM night. I don't see anybody in any of the pics, though.

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 2:47 PM by rback Highlight this comment 358

Anyone know what song the guitar riff that's played before they come on the field is from? I know I've heard it before and I know I should know it. Pink Floyd?

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 3:13 PM by MM Highlight this comment 359

Pink Floyd - Time

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 3:41 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 360

TWINS MAGIC NUMBER: 128

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 3:41 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 361

How does one go about posting a picture from thier hardrive on here?

//Thanks

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 4:44 PM by lindywig Highlight this comment 362

In case there are any potential Saints ticket buyers out there, I will give out general information on my tickets. Two aisle seats in the front row behind home plate. Face value is $12 per ticket but my prices will be discounted for most games, as much as 50%. Monday and Thursday games $6, Tuesday and Wednesday $8, Friday and Sunday $10, and Saturday $12. There are three exceptions, for fireworks games. May 30, Sunday, and August 25, Wednesday will be 2 for $25, and July 4, Sunday 2 for $35. I can be contacted at ironthinker@hotmail.com

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 6:18 PM by robin Highlight this comment 363

further notes: Saints home opener is next Thursday at 7:05 pm, price is $8 each, face value 12 each. Home plate, front row, aisle.
I have also just posted a pair of Twins tickets for Wednesday day game with Chisox, below face.

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 6:24 PM by robin Highlight this comment 364

I wonder how the saints are going to rip on the twins these days now that we're playing outside?!

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 7:19 PM by MattW Highlight this comment 365

Re Saints tickets: Sorry, that should be $6 each, half of face value, since it's Thursday.
I realize demand for Saints tickets may not be that hot. Just putting it out there.

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 7:23 PM by robin Highlight this comment 366

No matter what you think of Zack Hample or ball hawking in general, you gotta take a look at the unique TF photos he posted. Lots of interesting angles, especially in his May 5 entry. Very interesting to read the comments (mostly very positive) made by an outsider about the unique aspects of our new little ballpark.

http://snaggingbaseballs.mlblogs.com/archives/2010/05/5410_at_target_field.html
http://snaggingbaseballs.mlblogs.com/archives/2010/05/5510_at_target_field.html

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 7:57 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 367

I want one ticket for wed day game - cheap is good, since I'm suddenly unemployed! lol So my season tickets are spoken for that day and now I find myself with it off...

clicky email if u got.

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 8:22 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 368

I don't think the Saints will "rip" on the Twins, if anything, I think the Saints might be somewhat worried now that the Twins are also playing outside. Playing outside has been a major marketing ploy for the Saints since their inception in 1993.
With the Twins in TF, I'm curious how the Saints attendance will fare this season, positively or negatively. I do think most people, if given the opportunity to see the Saints or the Twins on any given day, the Twins will win out hands down.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 06:49 AM by luke Highlight this comment 369

well, thanks for sharing all of your "rather obvious" observations senor luke!

;-)

just teasing........kind of

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 07:27 AM by Betaband Highlight this comment 370

Me thinks the Saints run is OVAAAA!!!!! Outdoor ball mean see ya latter saints!!!!!

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 08:42 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 371

I'll still go to Saints games, but yeah...if I had a choice, it's an obvious decision.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 09:10 AM by AJ Highlight this comment 372

The only reason I ever went to a Saints game was to take in outdoor baseball. With the Twins here, I can't imagine ever going to a Saints game again.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 09:26 AM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 373

Twins vs Saints exhibition game would be great if it were possible. The Minnie & Paul logo brought to life!

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 09:27 AM by Buzz Highlight this comment 374

Mike Veeck did a round of interviews a few weeks ago, and was quoted as saying the Saints will be marketing value (low prices) and their usual brand of fun.

They may not have a corner on the outdoor baseball market anymore, but they certainly do have a corner on the cheap outdoor baseball market.

They also pretty much have tailgating locked up because of the Minneapolis policies against it.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 09:44 AM by Rick 375

If the Saints market it right, I think that Target Field will help the Saints. The buzz at every water cooler in every office will be the great experience at the Twins game. With the Twins sold out for the entire summer, and Stub Hub prices what they are, going to a Twins game will not be an option for most young families. However - packing a picking basket and going to the Saints game will be a great family activity, fun for the little kids - and affordable.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 09:55 AM by clublevelfan Highlight this comment 376

Uh - that would be "packing a picnic basket"

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 09:56 AM by clublevelfan Highlight this comment 377

Well the days of Saint sellouts are long over anyways 2-3000 per game is what they probably get now! The days of 7500 long gone me thinks! I think my last saints game was about 3 years ago. Tailgated most of the game! Wondered in about the 5th inning left after the 7th. Pretty bad baseball! Tailgaiting by far the highlight!

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 09:57 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 378

Do you even have the slightest idea the ability gap? We'd be talking about invoking a mercy rule. Might as well have the Vikings play Eden Prairie. The saints had just TWO players drafted last year. Tanner Scheppers is good, he's up in AAA already for the Rangers, but more typical would be St. Anthony's Dan Kaczrowski who's in A+ ball right now. So you really think it would be remotely competitive when your playing a team that consists almost entirely of players not even good for a Rookie League or Low A to play against one of the best teams in MLB? A better idea would be sign random people for a one day revival of the Millers and have them play the Saints. Twins were supposed to be the union of the two teams, to have them play the Saints wouldn't make much sense.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 09:58 AM by Buzz Highlight this comment 379

Saints are a couple levels below A ball. Better competition for the saints might be some town ball teams! Like the Measville Mud Hens perhaps?

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 10:03 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 380

If the Saints do get that new ballpark, I can think of a few folks around here who might venture over for a look...

Frankly, I'm more interested in that potential project than the whole Vikings thing. I have trouble imagining a Vikings stadium that would be anything other than some big monstrosity.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 10:13 AM by Rick 381

Sounds like with the state 3 bil in the hole and an election year poor Ziggy will have to run it up the flagpole next year! Or we may be saying the LA Vikings!!!!OUCH! I think Dayton would be his only allie as he may not be in bed with the indians!

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 10:28 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 382

Out of curiosity, I was looking at some old newspaper articles Catfish Hunter gaining free agent status after the A's breached his contract in 1974. Although true free agency wouldn't occur until after the 1975 season, Hunter effectively stood as the test case of a superstar in his prime being available to the highest bidder. Shockingly, the Twins made a bid. Calvin Griffith was even one of the first owners to go on record as saying he'd offer Hunter a contract, although he pointedly stated he wouldn't say what Hunter was worth because "he wasn't going to get what he's worth" (meaning Hunter was going to get more than he was worth). Calvin also warned that it would only take one bad pitch to ruin Hunter's arm. However, Calvin said he had no idea what Hunter wanted, but would meet with his auditor to determine what they could afford.

That number was ultimately $1.2 million, the number of seasons not specified. It appears to have been the first formal offer to Hunter. Calvin said at the time that he was against multiyear contracts, but Hunter was a once in a lifetime opportunity and that as a draw, he'd pay for his contract in two seasons. Ever thinking about the bottom line, Calvin hoped that Catfish would stay in the AL if the Twins couldn't get him, not wanting to lose a draw like that to an NL club. At the time of the Twins' bid, the Reds, Tigers, Cardinals, Orioles, and Astros had all withdrawn from the bidding. Besides the Twins the Yankees, Rangers, Phillies, Indians, Red Sox, Mets, Royals, Padres, Expos, Pirates, and A's all remained in the battle.

Unless a paper made a typo, it appears that Calvin went as high as $2 million before dropping out, claiming he wanted Hunter, but didn’t want to go broke. Calvin knew he had no chance when Hunter turned down the Phillies’ $2.6 million offer. .When Hunter chose the Yankees and their $3.75 million offer over 5 seasons, the only the Mets, Royals, Indians, Padres, and Pirates remained in contention. Hunter had made $100,000 with the A’s in 1974. Perhaps when Calvin saw how far things were going go in the free agency era, he pulled back from making any more bids for superstars. I don’t recall the club ever going after any big names, let alone in an aggressive manner.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 11:00 AM by Jorge Highlight this comment 383

Just like I always say, free agent contracts are more about YEARS than money. It was true even before free agency officially began. Good story, Jorge.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 11:58 AM by Elston Gunn Highlight this comment 384

In his post, (#311) Ole attributed a comment to Harry Carray, about a couple kissing on the balls and strikes.

I belive that faux pax is actually the work of the late great Halsey Hall.

Speaking of broadcaster they should name the falcon, Bert since they both eat bugs.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 1:40 PM by trebor651 Highlight this comment 385

"Kirby the Kestrel" already has a twitter page.

Story and twitter link, just click.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 2:24 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 386

I've heard that attributed to Halsey Hall, but they play the audio from it sometimes on the Dan Patrick show and the clip starts off "Hey Steve", being Steve Stone--Caray's broadcast partner. Not sure why people attribute it to Hall.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 3:19 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 387

I've heard the balls comment attributed to Phil Rizutto. My guess is that none of them (Hall, Caray, Scooter, some other wacky announcer) ever made that comment, but it gets recycled when their legendary antics are recalled.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 3:26 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 388

Oh, sorry. I see above that someone has heard a clip with Harry. In that case, could the comment just be one of those gags that many announcers have used through the years?

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 3:34 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 389

Like so many quotes, we'll probably never know who said it first. But a quick Google search yielded some persuasive evidence that it was actually Mel Allen.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 3:37 PM by Rick 390

I did actually hear the ball/strike quote on an old record of radio bloopers that I had when I was a kid. Can't remember who said it though.

My submission for the name the kestral contest "LeTroy Hawk-ins".

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 3:50 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 391

I think the "name the kestrel" contest has closed. See comment 386 (and click the link).

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 3:53 PM by Rick 392

Sounds like it has probably been said on-air on more than one occasion then. I have heard the clip of Caray saying it a couple times though.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 3:53 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 393

dammit... I like Latroy better.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 3:56 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 394

I don't know Rick, a story from a biography on Mel Allen with that quote hardly seems to qualify as "persuasive evidence". Sounds just like what Jorge said, it's a quote that gets trotted out every time there are stories told about an announcer.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 4:04 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 395

Yeah, you know I clicked "post" and then thought, "Just what was persuasive about that?" It was printed in a book, and scanned by Google. Must be true, eh?

So, forgive me. But I stand by my initial statement that we'll probably never know who said it first.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 4:09 PM by Rick 396

I'll agree to that Rick, we probably will never know who said it first. Remember the long discussion on this board (maybe two years ago) about who invented the wave? We'll always have several people who claim they were the first.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 4:14 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 397

The wave? Easy! Frank Zappa at the Denver Pop Festival.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 4:39 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 398

Oh please Ben, let's not get that discussion started again. There's been enough talk about the wave on this board to choke a large farm animal.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 4:49 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 399

Faber ---

Talk to the guy who brought it up --- :-)

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 4:53 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 400

Yea, if I ever find that guy...:)

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 5:23 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 401

Anybody willing to part with a 5/7 hard ticket (in unused condition) for a couple of bucks? Please contact me: bmcevers4065 at msn dot com. Also looking for a SGA TF lure (with ticket) - have a Morneau lure (or '09 ST bobblehead) to trade.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 5:32 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 402

I'll second Ben's comment about "unused" hard tickets from this season.
Couple bucks each maybe...
Especially if anyone has Champions or Legends Club hard unused tickets.

you can find me at luke_r1996 {at) yahoo dot com.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 5:52 PM by luke Highlight this comment 403

To be clear --- I'm just looking for 5/7.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 6:05 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 404

We misplaced our 5/7 tickets and ended up printing out an email version. If I ever find it you can have it (them). No charge. (If you haven't already got some. They were legend club M seats.)

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 6:23 PM by robin Highlight this comment 405

I have a couple of spare opening day hard tickets that I picked up along the concourse on my way out. Nothing fancy, but a nice souvenir. Anybody have interest in those?

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 6:30 PM by Rick 406

Just a note that I placed three pairs of tickets for sale for wednesday's day game, just a little below face. They are also on stubhub at higher, but competitive prices. Rather short notice for a weekday game, but just in case there is an offer I can delete from stubhub.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 6:43 PM by robin Highlight this comment 407

Sure RIck. I'll take 'em.
You've got me email address.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 7:35 PM by luke Highlight this comment 408

I've got two opening day hard tickets as well. Not the commemorative ones. I've been thinking about putting them on eBay but I always get too lazy.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 10:15 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 409

Rumor has it Kirby the Kestrel last Thursday pushed a peregrine falcon into one of Target Field's abundant restrooms and held her against her will. As a tribute, sculptor Bill Mack tried to re-create it in bronze, but it ended up looking like a bloated penguin.

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 10:17 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 410

Ben - the first rain postponed game. Are those tickets worth anything special?

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 11:33 PM by clublevelfan Highlight this comment 411

clublevelfan ---

No. At least I can't imagine they would be. I need a couple to go with lures for some friends out east. Twins memorabilia collectors do have their quirks.

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 12:02 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 412

Robin ---

Here's hoping you find them. Thanks.

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 12:02 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 413

Ben - if you still need twl tickets for May 7 let me know where to send them.

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 07:09 AM by clublevelfan Highlight this comment 414

I don't live on this site anymore, but here is a great pic for your desktop if it hasn't already been posted. clicky clicky

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 09:15 AM by Locker Highlight this comment 415

Thanks Locker. I really love the Target Field Dusk Aerials photo set!! Those are the best pictures of Target Field to date.

Courtesy of Charley Walters from the Pioneer Press.
The bat Minnesota Twins rookie catcher Wilson Ramos used to get seven hits in his first nine major league at-bats, then broke during another at-bat, will be put on display at Target Field outside the Legends Club.

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 09:33 AM by Jeff Highlight this comment 416

Why are we bringing up Tolbert when we have Plouffe, Valencia, or Hughes? Tolbert has never and will never impress me as a ballplayer!

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 09:52 AM by Jeff Highlight this comment 417

wow, we are going to have Punto, Harris (Harry), Casilla, and Tolbert (Tolby) all on the roster at the same time when we go to New York, Toronto and Boston???

I would like to be more confident, but maybe a 2-5 road trip???

Just not a fan of that Punto, Harris, Casilla, and Tolbert committee...

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 10:14 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 418

Big win by the Tigers last night vs the bronx bombers. Somehow me thinks the Tigers will stick around! Lets hope the bombers lay some wood on them the next 3 games. Could be chilly tonight but hopefully no rain! Looking to get above 500 tonight at Target Feild. Currently 2-2! Man long range forecast calling for 70's and 80's next week for the Brewers series. Might be a tough ticket for the brew crew fans!

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 10:15 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 419

Not sure if it made it here yet, but zach hample the famous "ballhawker" published his third TF entry today (linked in my name). Shows some great images of the park that I haven't seen before, such as the entrance outside the stadium to the Champions Club and the subsequent lobby. I also noticed that the fire pit had a short glass barrier added and the Met Club had a memorabilia display case, both of which weren't there when I visited during the open house.

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 10:17 AM by jared Highlight this comment 420

clublevelfan ---

Please contact me for address --- bmcevers4065(at)msn(dot)com

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 10:21 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 421

I laughed not internally at this, from the WCCO story about Kirby the Kestrel

"I know I'm technically the 'smallest' falcon, but I'm a Minneapolis moth's biggest nightmare."

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 11:39 AM by Thrillhouse Highlight this comment 422

Quick story from this last weekend at The Reds Great American Ballpark

My father in law bought tickets online for him, myself, my wife and a nephew and a niece(ages 8 and 10) who had never been to a Reds game even though they live in Cincy... i know, makes me sad too.

Well, I wasnt paying attention, and i said ship tickets by email. No big deal, i just printed them off before we got out to Cincy and we would be fine. As we were on our way to the park, my nephew made a comment about the ticket stub, and i felt like an idiot. A piece of paper is no souvenir.

So, When we got to our section the usher saw where we were sitting and came down and wiped off the seats for us, which was totally unnecessary, but since he was so nice I thought i would ask about getting these tickets changed into real stubs. Sure enough, he said just go to the ticket window inside the stadium and they would take care of me. Simple as that. the guy was super nice and came to check on me later in the game to make sure they could help me out. I was able to change in my 5 sheets of paper to 5 stubs and the kids got their tickets. i felt so much better.

Just wanted to bring this up as i think bad customer service stories often get more publicity than good ones. I will give a review of Great American park shortly.

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 11:46 AM by Thrillhouse Highlight this comment 423

The people of Cincinnati and northern Kentucky could not be nicer. That whole "Southern hospitality" thing is not all hype. If it wasn't so damn hot there in the summer I might still be living there.

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 11:56 AM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 424

Where is the Captain Morgan party deck? I have heard about it a few times now and have no idea where it is located.

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 12:00 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 425

The Reds Great American Ballpark review,

it was a good park, but nothing special in my opinion. We went to the Sunday afternoon game against the Cubs, and it was a very good baseball game. Reds had a no hitter through 5 innings, and Cubs come back to go up 3-2 in the top of the 7th, only to be back down after the bottom of the 7th by a Joey Votto 3 run home run to make it 5-3. Votto appears to be the real deal in my limited reds watching.

We sat in section 426, similar to the 200 terrace sections at Target field, slightly off to the right of Home plate, but a very nice view of the river with Barges and Boats floating by. This is one thing i will always regret the twins did not do with Target field, and that is put it on the river. stupid Guthrie.

Wife and I walked around for a couple innings, some very good spots for standing room, but not too many of them, including center field, where the standing room felt almost eye level with the field, it was real nice. I say the two biggest pluses for this park is that it is right next to the river, and all the seats are red, which make it stand out. Also, the reds hall of fame is located right next to the park, which is cool.

Biggest disadvantage i thought was that as we walked around, most areas were blocked off, from viewing, just didnt feel as open. Was also very surprised that the Mothers Day Sunday game was not even half full, it was announced at just over 20,000 with about 10,000 of those being Cubs fans. The day was about 60 degrees, hot in the sun cool in the shade, but a great day for baseball.

If anyone ever wants to go there, i say buy tickets cheap and walk around to find better seats. after i got my red hot beef frank(which was ok) the reds fan in front of me said the brats are top notch... damn it, next time i guess.

Overall it was a good park and i was happy to spend the day there watching baseball, i say 7 out of 10.

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 12:00 PM by Thrillhouse Highlight this comment 426

Nice story Thrillhouse! I wonder if the Twins will print off ticket stubs as well for those fans with emailed tickets who request a ticket stub?

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 12:06 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 427

Mike,

not sure, i would think they would. I was not sure if i could do it there either, but i think it makes good sense to do that in my opinion. I can't imagine too many people would request this service.

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 12:08 PM by Thrillhouse Highlight this comment 428

Jeff: Just outside the Town Ball Tavern on the Club Level down the 3rd base line. They have the bar and a rail facing the field which is an extraordinary spot to hangout pregame or to watch the game from.

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 12:14 PM by Max Highlight this comment 429

I'd guess the Twins would print a ticket. At Busch, they suspected my Stubhub ticket was not scannable because of how it was printed, so they sent me to a ticket office where they could type in the code and print a ticket.

Then I went back to the ticket gate and it still didn't work. Wrong day. It was then that I knew I was an idiot. Fortunately I was able to go to that game, and the one I actually bought a ticket for the next day.

BTW at Busch, every game sells out, and the people at the ticket window were very friendly and cautioned me to be careful when buying from scalpers to avoid risk of buying a fake.

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 12:20 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 430

thrillhouse -

The ushers at GAB expect to be tipped.

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 12:24 PM by Elston Gunn Highlight this comment 431

seriously Elston? well now i feel like an ass for not giving him a buck.

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 12:27 PM by Thrillhouse Highlight this comment 432

Yup, I thought it was strange that the guy walked us down to our (cheap) seats and wiped them off for us. Then I watched him do the same for everyone else, and almost all fans gave him a buck or two. It was weird. I wouldn't feel like an ass though, since you truly had no clue and I don't think it's common practice in MLB.

I'm just glad the Twins don't operate this way.

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 12:31 PM by Elston Gunn Highlight this comment 433

Never would of thought tipping an usher at a baseball game unless i was trying to get into some seats in a lower section where i wasn't suppose to be :)

Any other ball parks do this?

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 12:34 PM by Thrillhouse Highlight this comment 434

forgot to give my brief review of field of Dreams movie sit in Iowa. We stopped on the way back to Minnesota and i am glad we did. I wouldn't plan a trip around seeing it, but it was sort of on the way home.

I wish my son was older (only 11 months) and we could of played some catch, and it was very windy and like 48 degrees, so we did not stay long, but i did like it. all it truly is, is a ball park in the middle of nowhere with a souvenir stand.

They claim to take in 65,000 visitors a year, that surprised me. we were only there 30 minutes or so, bought a souvenir guide and fridge magnet and were on our way. If you at all liked the movie, and are taking a baseball road trip, i think it is worth the stop.

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 12:50 PM by Thrillhouse Highlight this comment 435

You know, an usher dried my seat in the Champions Club that day, but he was gone before I even had a thought about tipping him.

Now I feel like a heel...

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 12:57 PM by Rick 436

They may well be instructed NOT to take tips.

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 1:01 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 437

And Rick --- don't be getting uppity about the Champs Club seats - they were wiping seats for people in the "riff-raff" sections as well. :-)

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 1:46 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 438

Back in 1967 I worked as an usher for Sim's Security at the old Met. The pay was $4.00 a game, but I would have done it for free! It was common place to usher people down to their box seats. Standard procedure was to wipe off the seats with a towel. And every once in awhile you would recieve a dime tip. I even recall on a couple of occasions getting a quarter!

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 1:48 PM by clublevelfan Highlight this comment 439

A quarter in 1967 could've put a lot of gas in your car!!!!

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 1:50 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 440

Commom man announcing on his show on KFAN that somebody shot kirby the sparrow over the weekend. Not been seen since? OUCH!

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 1:52 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 441

Ok Ok I kid! ROTFLMAO! Club $4.00 an hour was alot of do re me back then. Sounds like a good gig!!!!! One of my classic memories was the guy spelling words out on the chain link fence underneath the left field bleachers! I think he got most of F**K You spelled out before the ushers and cops got down there. Remember the picnic tables down there?

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 1:55 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 442

clublevelfan ---

John King? Bill Becker? John Beane?

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 2:02 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 443

TwinkFan - $4.00 per Game, not per hour. We were required to report two hours before the game and you did not leave until one hour after the game. This averaged out to about $.75 per hour. No one got rich at that rate, but any amount of pay was a bonus to a high school kid who actually got paid to go to Twins, Vikings and North Star games.

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 2:31 PM by clublevelfan Highlight this comment 444

Ooops my bad Clublevel I thought it was $4.00 per hour! I guess thats a bit different but hey get to see the game and grab a check and tips. What could be better?

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 3:05 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 445


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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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For executive entertaining



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.



A familiar view through the top floor elevator lobby window in ramp B (HRP View and Terrace).



The first pitch.



A sampling of seats at Fenway Park






A desolate Marquette Ave






You can't get there from here.












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If you arrive by bus, your first glimpse of the park will be the scoreboard's profile. (Viewed from the bus station in the B ramp.)



Photo by Jeff Ewer









Peering through Gate 29 -- lots to see



Ballpark magic: Infield materializes (click to enlarge)






Bench seating just off the plaza



Large staircases, a staple of recent Populous (nee HOK) projects, are all over the place.



A little higher angle shows how the two stations are close to one another but distinctly separate. The oval, glass-enclosed area is the entrance from the Northstar platform below into the ballpark. The LRT platform is comparable to the other stations along that route.






The Carew gate ticket windows have grown a small awning.



At the other end of the bridge, the configuration of the tracks has become clear.



Selling exactly what they say they're selling.



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This area will supposedly show the Twins chronology. Will it stretch back to 1901?






Party deck down the right field line



Viewed from up Sixth Street, the tip of the canopy looks like the claw of some gigantic crustacean!






Bassett Creek's path through the ballpark site (Source: Minneapolis Public Library)



Left to right: Opat, Oliva, Dave St. Peter, Melvin Tennant (Meet Minneapolis), Jerry Bell, Rybak



The plaza as seen from the B ramp.






Stay warm while buying tickets.



This isn't a very good picture, but it is the current view of the inside of a suite.









Click to enlarge



The process of building the canopy is really amazing to watch.



Photo by Tyler Wycoff


Glossary

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

Selected Bibliography - Analysis
 


(1993)
 


First Edition (1992)
 


Second Edition (2006)
 


(2008)
 

Selected Bibliography - Surveys
 


(1975)
 


Second Edition (1987)
 


Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000)
 


(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
 


(1992)
 


Book and six ballpark miniatures
(2004)
 

Complete Bibliography

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