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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"Hey, Ma, it says here we go in at gate 34. Must be all the way around on the other side!" Seriously, though, this is a really inspired idea.
The view from the corner of Ford Centre. (Feel free to tie up your boats here.)
The entrances are all the way around on the other side.
The completed promenade
This is the entrance behind home plate (not visible in the renderings which have been released). It shows that the upper deck is set back from the facade -- a very good thing if it remains in the final design.
Ketchup, mustard, relish, mustard, ketchup
Signage for the concession stand which is available from the plaza (plaques are up on the fencing)
OK, it doesn't really look like that at all...
Peering through Gate 29 -- lots to see
These two sections are within a few feet of one another.
Looking across the top of the batter's eye
Thanks for all the hard work out there, Cold Safety-Line Dudes. (I'm glad that my job does not require safety lines...)
Knothole non-view #2
The Seventh Street facade
More flowers, more pennants.
2014 Twins ASG promo bat.
The past is the future. Seriously.
Sure would be nice to cover that metal grid with more wooden louvers, eh?
Section 101, Row 34
The Pro Shop
The HERC promenade side.
Another over-my-head shot
The old flour Gold Medal Flour Mill, located next to the new Guthrie theater (Source: RP)
The right field overhang is in place, and the first base stands are starting to go in.
A timeline of design and construction of the ballpark. (Click to enlarge. Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
Detail of the train tunnels (click to view the entire drawing)
Emergency access as viewed from outside the ballpark