April 11, 2012 12:08 AM
New seasons start with such great hope.
Regardless of what happened last year, or during the offseason, or even a decade ago...
...the first pitches of every new season afford a team with something not found almost anywhere else in life: a clean slate. Is there anything more beautiful (in this context) than rows and rows of zeroes?
You are allowed -- nay, expected -- to slough off what has gone before. In fact, the sloughing off has already been done for you. The counters are all reset. All that is expected going forward is that you will hold your head up high, dig in and make something of this new opportunity, something big, something special.
Five minutes after I took this picture, large chunks of this sculpture were sliding around on the floor. Omen?
Between those dusty numbers from last fall and today's zeroes, there have been changes. Some faces are gone, some are arrived. Some are healed and sport new smiles in place of old grimaces.
Most of all, within the zeroes is that renewed chance of catching lightning. That's what they did in 2002, after all.
Pick your analogy: The toolbox has new tools. The palette has new colors. The menu has new selections.
Buffet in the Carew Atrium
Each new season is like a plate of goodies just waiting for the plastic wrapping to be removed. What will they taste like?
Spotted through a kitchen door on the suite level
For our part, the fans come out to the ballpark for the first time each April with a freshness, even if that does not exactly include optimism. It's been long enough, we think, and it's time to see what the Starting 10 can make out of all these zeroes. Pundits be damned, we're allowed to have some hope, and by gosh we will.
The ballpark, for its part, does not disappoint.
About 30 minutes before game time
That's one thing which has not changed: This is the same edifice it was when last we left it. The acquisition of a new ballpark is not like signing a free agent. The player will be gone long before the bonds are retired. This is an important thing to remember. (The same is generally true of radio announcers. Welcome, Mr. Provus.)
Target Field is actually starting to look a little lived-in -- a good thing, I think. There are finally some dents in the railings...
...and the furnace is on the fritz...
...but this is where we come to watch the Great Game turn a bunch of zeroes into, well, who knows?
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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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The visitor's clubhouse at Target Field. (Photo by Javen Swanson)
Looking north (toward Fifth Street and the LRT station).
7:52 PM It's nearing peak, and covering the stands behind third base.
Outside, lots of window space
Trees also have sprouted near the topiaries
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
Here we are waiting for the first train to arrive at the station (Nov 14).
The admin building (note TF logo on banner)
Stepping inside the circulation building
Crosswalk taking shape.
2014 Twins ASG promo bat.
Click to enlarge.
Look closely and you'll see limestone on the front of the press box!
This will be a great sight on game nights.
"I've never seen them do that before," said a Metropolitan Club waiter as I snapped this picture.
I think AP is in there somewhere...
I love this view of the Basilica.
That is the gun-metal gray wall of The Stadium just beyond the elevated tracks.
Miller Park: Gymnasium with skylight (Source: RP)
Wrigley Field. Paradise? Not from these seats.
This is the area above the pro shop, with some new support structure
The wooden louvers are in on Fifth Street
Click to see the whole page from this 1971 program.
A sharp-eyed reader caught me trying to make the best of a bad situation with my SP-570UZ on Sunday afternoon
A final glimpse from the street of stadia installation along the left field line
Go get 'em, boys!
You are forgiven for wondering whether architect Tom Oslund is, in fact, a visitor from the future.
Press box, hallway to the print room
This view clearly shows the curve in the left field stands and the relationship of the first row with the playing field (no overhang to speak of in left).
A portrait of the 573 Club.
Dancing for the cameras
The electronic sign has been corrected (and never forget that ballpark is one word, not two)
Though there's nothing there now, you have to believe they'll find a way to add a party deck up there at some point.
Ticket window at Gate 29/Carew
Delmon Young getting warmed up
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
First Edition (1992)
Second Edition (2006)
Selected Bibliography - Surveys
Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000, large coffee table)
Original edition (2000, round)
Revised edition (2006, round)
(2001, medium coffee table)
(2002, small coffee table)
(2003, medium coffee table)
(2004, very large coffee table)
(2006, very large coffee table)
Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
Book and six ballpark miniatures