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?
"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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Looking for some detail
Just lighted panels... *sigh*
Visual depiction of current stadium legislation
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Crosswalk taking shape.
Waiting for a train. Reading on the promenade. How urbane.
Very interesting detail starting to appear here.
Here's the barricade in context at the end of the walkway
The lights went on, and it was a Good Thing
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CBP: retro in facade only
For reference, this is that same area as viewed from the seat locator.
A trailer village has sprung up to the south.
A new address for the Admin building
No arches. No brick. No girders. Classic.
Home Run Porch Terrace
Ballpark elevation diagram, viewed from Fifth Street. (Click to enlarge.)
Evidence of a food court behind the seating above the batter's eye
Noah is checking out the ample leg room and truly exemplary sight lines.
Stairs wrap around the skyway escape tower. A very nice finishing touch.
I took this because of the view reflected in the store windows. (The store is cool too.)
Looking up Seventh Street to the west
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Typical SRO view upstairs.
Bronze glove delivered (awaiting installation) with Met flag pole horizontal behind the gate
Dan Kenney, my tour guide
Many people will approace the park from this direction and it's a pretty great first glimpse. It features all the design elements in modestly condensed form, and still manages to look like a ballpark (instead of something else).
7:42 PM It moves to the left in the image and begins to blossom.
A little more imaginative is the circulation building for Northstar.