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Instant Karma

April 13, 2010 1:39 AM

How often does it happen that you spend a few decades dreaming about something, and have it turn out better than you ever really imagined possible? There's my day in a nutshell.

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It was all pretty overwhelming, and frankly, I'm too tired right now (a giddy, happy, overwhelmed sort of tired) to do very much with the media I collected today. But here are a few juicy nuggets and a couple of real quick ones before I totally doze off.

After fighting for a good spot at the flagpole, then getting elbowed around a bit, pushed back by cops and security people, finding myself suddenly in a very bad spot, getting impatient and abandoning my placement efforts, I stumbled into a great spot and got very lucky, as you'll see.

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It was a surprisingly emotional moment, having the flag lowered to half staff in honor of Minnesota family who have fallen so recently. Fitting and proper.

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Free views!

Some Firsts

1. First Caught Stealing - Marco Scutaro, right after getting the first hit in the first at-bat. Really.

2. First Broken Belt - Nick Punto, while successfully stealing second.

3. First Creeping Shade - 4:11 PM I'm sitting in the sun, 4:12 PM I'm sitting in the shade (section S, row 4).

4. First Impossible Shot - Mike Cameron somehow hits a ball between the foul pole and the limestone wall (see photo for an idea of just how tough this is), leading to...

5. First Reviewed Play - Yes, it was foul.

And think about this: Over at the Dome, Kubel's shot would have been every bit as much a homer, but it would have careened around like a pinball inside folded up football seats instead of landing in some kid's glove.

Oh, Target Field, you already know how to exorcise ghosts!

Instant karma, baby.

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Talk

Jared: Awesome call on the weather:

This is turning out to be a very tough day to forecast, even for the best mets...the models aren't in agreement...I haven't seen confidence this low so close to the 0 hour. That tells you how tough this one is.

You basically said what every meteorologist is afraid to say: We don't know what it's going to be like. You did not bend to the pressure for something definitive. Sometimes the models will let you be pretty specific, sometimes they will not. Kudos for not falling into that trap. You have passed the test, Grasshopper, and are now the official BallparkMagic meteorologist. (Send me a message!)

Josh: Line of the day goes to your 2-year-old son who, upon getting his first glimpse of TC, burst into tears and said, "No bear get me!"

Jax: Yes, I think from your photos that you were right above me. Threaded forums, eh? When I wake up in a couple of weeks I'll put that in the hopper. (I already spend 28 hours a day on this site, what's another 1 or 2?)

Ben: Didn't spot the bottom half. Looked for you at the top half. We need to find another time.

OG Jeff: Awesome party. A North Loop Festival every opening day? Think about it.

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Someone please get those poor people a drink of water. (Gate 34, after the game had started)


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Oh, nevermind.

Kirby Statue

I was behind the Puckett statue when it was unveiled. So when I came around to the front to get a photo, a little electric shock of, I don't know, fear I think it was, shot up my spine. It didn't look like Kirby. It didn't look human. It looked mad as hell and like it was about to eat something.

Then I remembered that I've always thought that about the photos of him rounding the bases after that iconic home run. He looks angry, even though we all know that he was just about as pumped up as he would ever get.

Here are the images:

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And here's the statue:

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I think it's fair to say that the sculptor captured what can be seen in the image.

But did he capture the man? The cold documentation isn't enough. Artistic license allows a sculptor to get beyond the photographic record and shade it the way it needs to be shaded. The very fact that we're talking about this means that something was missed, at least for some of us.

When I think of Kirby, I think of his smile. And believe it or not, when I remember that home run in my mind, he's smiling, not scowling, all the way around the bases. I know it didn't happen that way, but I remember it that way because that's who he was.

But because the statue is accurate, I guess I can live with it. But when I think of that statue, I'll probably think of a little more smile in its eyes.

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A quick follow-up on yesterday's post, from the AP coverage of the game:

This is the fifth time the Red Sox have been the visiting team for the first official game at a new ballpark, though the first since 1923. Boston also helped open Oriole Park (Baltimore, 1901), Shibe Park (Philadelphia, 1909), Griffith Stadium (Washington, 1911) and Yankee Stadium (New York, 1923). The Red Sox lost all five.

Great to share this day with you all.

Yeah, we all shine on.

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Great stuff, as always Rick!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 01:44 AM by Tommie Highlight this comment 1

Amazing day. I'm want to fall asleep afterwards, but I can't. Had too much fun to relax.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 01:46 AM by Sass Highlight this comment 2

So I just got done walking around Target Field and I am now back home at 1:45 a.m. I left for Target Field around midnight because A. It was a beautiful night and B. I'm procrastinating on homework. (Go Metrostate!) A few quick thoughts, first of all I will say seeing the Kirby Puckett statue in person, it does look a little better than it did in the photos, but at the end of the day it's always going to be a little cringe inducing to look at it because I want so badly to like it but it just isn't quite right. Though the bigger statue problem I had was the Rod Carew statue, not because of how it looked (it looks amazing), but where it was. It is probably the best looking of the statues, but it looks BADLY out of place sitting on the street corner all by itself. I really hope something is planned to be built around it because right now it looks badly out of place. I also saw for the first time the cover placed around the fence on the side of TF that is of old MN Twins baseball cards all in the same tan color resembling the limestone. Nice touch. Well those are few of my 2 a.m. meandering thoughts, can't wait to go to Wednesday's game!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 01:53 AM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 3

By the way, just out of curiosity to those who were at the Puckett unveiling, what were the comments, and reactions of those watching it? Did K.P. Jr. seem to like it?

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 01:55 AM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 4

No one can do a statue of Puck. Puck is my favorite Twins. Always will be. He reminds me of innocent college days when skipping class and sitting in the Upper Deck of The Metrodome with my best school friend and golfing partner and all around just fun chick Lisa and I would smuggle in a bottle of vodka during 2 bucks cheap seat student days. (The Dome only sold 3.2 beer back then & we were both well over 21).

Puck is gone and so is my best ever college friend Lisa who died before her time in 2002.

No one can portray accurately any of those people. But the traits I admired about both Puck and Lisa are very similar. Loyal down to earth and fun.

May they both be best friends if there is an after life; they are the life of the party. I just know it.

Rest In Peace Puck

Rest In Peace Lisa R. 1957-2002

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 05:50 AM by Julie A. Highlight this comment 5

I had an overhead view of Kirby Jr and Kent. When it was unveiled, they both were touching one of Kirby's cleats - kind of admiring the detail of that - and Kirby's hand kept going back to dad's foot. He seemed emotional - as emotional as a kid his age will let on - and I was thinking that a few pats and rubs of dad's foot was him connecting to it in a private way in an impossibly public situation.

I really hope he and Tonya like it and the mini replica they took home. If they like it, I have no problems with it.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 06:45 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 6

What a great day...sorry if this gets long, but im going to give you my review of Target Field yesterday. btw, I think threaded forums is a great idea!

First off, the ballpark is amazing, I sat in section 106, Row 8. I sorry to say I have some negative things to report, mostly dealing with the food.

*The concourses are wide, but still very crowded. I don't know if this is still because people are walking around looking at the stadium, or what it is, but it was very uncomfortable trying to walk around the concourses.

*The food service is BEYOND HORRIBLE. I waited in line for almost 40 minutes for a Twins Big Dog and a Beer! They had enough people working, but most weren't really doing anything. This has to be fixed and hopefully it was just because of the first game.

*I had a Twins Big Dog, and the wife had a Dinger Dog, ok that just didn't sound right, ha ha! The Twins Big Dog was awesome, great flavor and value for $5.25. The Dinger Dog was bad. It was flavorless and very very salty, and cost $5.50 without chips.

*I also tried some Cheese Curds at the Hennepin Grille, I think it was down by Hrbeks. These were not good as well. They were cold, and seemed like they had been sitting there awhile. I almost returned them.

Overall it was a great day. Great weather, great baseball, and of course a great stadium! How we went this long without outdoor baseball is beyond me! If you haven't had a chance to check out Target Field yet, I sure hope you get the chance soon, because this is something you definately need to see!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 07:40 AM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 7

I am responding to someone in the last one who said that a forum would be too hard to build - I am not suggesting Rick do that. It would just be nice to even link to a ProBoards (like Neshek's site does) for the variety of subjects that keep surfacing.

I've thought of a couple more:
Shameless plugs
Totally Off Topic

:)

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 07:49 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 8

Vikeologist - this is why I love club sections and pay stupid amounts of money to sit in them.

I will be at my first "outdoors" Twins game in the "New Ballpark" (f that shill for target) I will be on the Legends Club level.

But the abundance of drink rails looks much more friendly then the SF Giants Park where I wasted much of my "New Ballpark" life at.

Practically had to carry your beer cup in your teeth there.

And everyone loved Barry Bonds so much...well it sucked.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 07:51 AM by Julie A. Highlight this comment 9

Jax - no a sort of moderated type deal would be welcomed by me. I've been lurking on her for over one year. Not to diss Rick but we have some ppl. on here that are just Not Real Nice. A modicum of respect and maturity isn't a bad thing. Hell, I'm only pushing 50.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 07:56 AM by Julie A. Highlight this comment 10

And jeezus eff you DON'T HAVE TO BE ALL SO MINNESOTA NICE ARRG....!!!

OK i've caught my breathe but SERIOUSLY just STOP - you ARE ALLOWED TO EXPERSS OPINIONS last I heard ....good lord stop making apologies.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 08:19 AM by Julie A. Highlight this comment 11

:::slams head against walls:::

...moving to Reno...you ppl. are nuts. bya

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 08:22 AM by Julie A. Highlight this comment 12

huh? what is that all about?

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 08:24 AM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 13

Vikeoligst, I'm with you. Not sure what "Minnesota nice" Julie A. is now ranting about. Last I saw, Jax was musing about a forum and you were posting your stadium observations. And I'm pretty sure most people here haven't been afraid to post their opinions in often very pointed ways. Didn't we have a couple of people ready to find a spot to fight each other? Doesn't sound Minnesota nice to me.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 08:34 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 14

It's very easy to fix...

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Posted on April 13, 2010 at 08:37 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 15

Great post Rick.

After watching the pregame (which was fabulous - great job by the Twins) and game last night, I told my wife it's going to seem weird watching "home" games on TV and realizing that it IS the Twins we're watching. Unbelievable!! My first game isn't until the end of May, so I'm hoping the next month goes by fast!!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 08:49 AM by Ole Highlight this comment 16

Hi Rick,

Thanks to you and other readers for stopping by the BBQ and saying hi. It was an amazing day - I don't think the script could've been more perfectly written :)

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 08:51 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 17

You know, people ignored TTH and had to learn the hard way.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 08:55 AM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 18

ignored what?

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 09:01 AM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 19

OG jeff,

I did not get to hit up your BBQ that i was waiting for 2 years to attend, i was unable to even watch the game on tv, anything going on for tomorrows game in the north loop?

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 09:05 AM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 20

One quick 'weather' comment: How crazy perfect would it be for it to rain today (Tuesday), and then be nice again for the two remaining games against the Red Sox?

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 09:05 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 21

I dont understand how we all bugged Rick to start a ticket trading site so we can trade seats and get diff views of TF and nobody wants to trade, every listing but mine is sale only....

Sorry we wasted your time rick...

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 09:15 AM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 22

I have Target Field Hangover :)

To anyone that attended the game, what building was it that had a patio like set up on the roof. You could see umbrellas and people up there. I am curious what the Twins thought of this and also what the views are like.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 09:20 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 23

Josh,

are you feeling sad like me today? It was a great day, but im sad that it is all over...I know there will be many more games, but I didn't want to leave yesterday.

I DVR'd all the coverage on FS North yesterday, im watching it now...

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 09:23 AM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 24

Josh--

Judging by the white molding(or whatever that's called), it looks like the building where Epic nightclub is located. I can't remember the name of it right now, but they were holding the Mortenson Construction party there all of yesterday.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 09:23 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 25

Also, I forgot to mention yesterday, when we arrived at TF and were on our way to our seats, the raising of the flags in right was just ending, and as it did we happened to just be walking by as Corey Koskie, Shannon Stewart, and Al Newman were coming down. Pretty neat to see how all the fan reacted to them all.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 09:25 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 26

Vikeologist-

Yeah I am a little sad. We have a 20 game plan that we split with a guy from here, and we won't be able to go down until June for our next games. Long wait, but we have a bunch of other things going on in April and May.

The best thing I heard so far today was my 2 year old son say "Wanna go baseball game", it brought a huge smile to my face!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 09:28 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 27

awesome time at the game, wanted to give you my recap and thoughts

I have done group sales for the opener for the last 8 years, and thankfully i was able to get a group this year again, not as many as years past, but still a good group.

I started the day at huberts, they opened at 10 AM. It is a nice space and a brilliant move by Huberts to move up there. by 11:30 it was packed. I tried the deep fried juicy lucy, and yes, it is as unhealthy as it sounds. They drop the juicy lucy in a beer batter, and then serve on Texas Toast. good stuff.

I sat on the plaza having a beer and meeting people for about 45 minutes, and i was baking, wore too many clothes, but I learn and move on for next time. I handed out all my tickets to my group by 1:00 PM and i was in TF with a friend who had not been yet. The lower concourses were packed so we took to the upper level to walk around.

We checked out my season tickets which are section 213, row 3, i love those seats. Small section, lots of room, and right behind home plate. We got to section 330, location of my group, just in time to see the Championship flags raised, which was nice. The sun beat down on us all game, and it was awesome. i just wish i would of worn shorts.

The game of course was great, couldn't quite see the warning track in left field from our seats, but they were still a good spot to watch the game. For food, i went with pork chop on a stick and a brat. Both were tasty, but i regretted not getting a hot dog... something to look forward to next time.

After about 4 beers bought for me, we settled into Huberts post game for one more before the wife and i went home to relieve the parents who were baby sitting.

Sorry for the ramble, but it was a great day and i just wanted to share!

In all the commotion of the new ballpark, any one notice there was a game yesterday that the twins won to go to 6-2? NICE

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 09:29 AM by Thrillhouse Highlight this comment 28

I'm not sure what K.P. Jr's Reaction to the statue was but you could totally tell he appreciate all the love for his dad.
jeff-i actually could made your the bbq, i thought i couldn't cuz i was meeting my gf at the library around noon (so right after the Kirby ceremony ended. It ends up as i was walking to the library (and right by it) she called and said her bus wasn't coming till 12:30 and she wouldn't get there till 12:50, but, i was already by the library.]

Rick- I actually was checking in game magic aand realized i stood next to you when you took that picture of the gate, ha oh well!

Maybe I'll see some of you tomorrow, and of course may 4th!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 09:33 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 29

Chad-

I am not familiar with downtonw there, but after looking at my photos, it is the Wyman - Partridge & Co. building, and from what I gathered online houses Aqua, Envy, and Epic.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 09:38 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 30

How did the scalpers do? This is a good place to ask, right?

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 09:39 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 31

Mazaratirick, I actually have all my listings as being available for sale or trade so you are not the only one. For whatever reason though, not one person as of yet has contacted me despite the fact not none of my prices are firm, and all my listings are up for trade. I posted my Thursday tickets on Craigslist and had 4 e-mails in the first 5 minutes and am selling them today. I would be interested to hear how TC Traders is working out for other people because so far my listings are just collecting dust. Also I haven't heard any comments as to the placement of Carew's statue, so should I believe that I'm the only one who thinks it's badly out of place. Does anyone know if they plan on putting the Oliva and Hrbek statues next year by him, or where they're going?

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 09:43 AM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 32

Hammer,

I'm sure you haven't received any offers at TCT because some jackass wrongly accused you of being unfair.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 09:45 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 33

First off I would like to thank Rick for all the service he does. When I got to the park and walked in I had a little idea of what to expect but all the pictures and blogs in the world don't do this place justice. Target Field just blew me away.

I couldnt believe the size of the concourse and all the standing room in there. You could probably fit another five thousand people in there. I saw on ESPN that the attendance was 38,145 that must be a misprint I can't imagine having 1300 plus no shows for the first game.

I was talking to another fan after the game and he said he walked up to the ticket office before the game and bought face value tickets right behind home plate. He said they were tickets that people hadn't claimed.

I thought the concessions were slow during the game it took about 20 minutes to get a burger. Before the game I tried the walleye on a stick and was not impressed it was $11 and wasnt very big or tasty.

Also, the concourses on the main level were ridicuously crowded about 45 minutes before the game, but when you went up to the 300 level where my seats were there was all kinds of room to roam around.

On a final note, we got there when the gates opened just to walk around and check the place out and were just in awe. What a great day a great stadium, great weather and a TWINS WIN!!!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 09:45 AM by firedog Highlight this comment 34

I have 2 tickets for Friday July 2nd in section 119. I am looking to trade them for somewhere else in the stadium for the same game...anyone have tickets to that game?

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 09:46 AM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 35

Real quick - I plan on using TC Traders but with teaching and coaching baseball my plate is full until June. Be patient everyone - I'm sure many people will use it. I know it will be really cool for me to look and see what tickets are available the week before a homestand and then pull the trigger!!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 09:49 AM by Ole Highlight this comment 36

Firedog,

The attendance was 39,715 which is different than the paid attendance you see in the box score. I believe the difference represents tickets distributed by the team.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 09:50 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 37

Anyone notice the guy is the left field bleachers attempting to get the Wave started during the game yesterday? After a few futile attempts, he thankfully gave up....my GAWD - will people knock it off with that crap?!?!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 09:51 AM by Fred Highlight this comment 38

i forgot to say It was amazing being 10 feet from Hrbek, Olivia, Carew, Killebrew, Newman

So whose going tomorrow? When are doors, would they be at 10:05? I plan to get down there like at 10:30! Sec 304 row 7 Seat 6-7!

ps. ha when i wrote Killebrew, Firefox had "Killer" as one of the suggestions,it was the first suggestion, even Firefox knows!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 09:58 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 39

re attendance: I wonder if they go by paid tickets, or by gate?

If they go by gate, the number will be lower than sold out. They are having big problems scanning printed off tickets at times. I saw this at the exhibition games and yesterday too. The shaky old guy at 14 never DID get mine and Natron's scanned so if they go by the number scanned, they're going to be off. lol

btw they were printed at work on a high quality printer and the bar code was very crisp... I dunno what the deal is.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 09:58 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 40

ah Kevin.. you're right... forgot about comps. nevermind. lol

still, crappy scanners! lol

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:00 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 41

Here's one thing that irked me yesterday-the foot traffic on 1st Ave between 6th and 4th was abysmal even after the game started due to bars allowing outdoor seating on the sidewalk.

It might get better as the season goes on, but there were so many extra people downtown yesterday that weren't going to the game, and just wanted to be a part of the action, that it made for a giant clusterfuck.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:03 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 42

put it on the boarrrrrd...yes! click link for one more of Hawk's fantastic calls. lmao

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:06 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 43

what time did you arrive Chad? I was wondering how busy those places are normally for lunch hour downtown? The regular downtowners were probably thinking that all the Twins fans made it a giant clusterfuck. lol

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:10 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 44

Does anyone on here have legends club or champions club tickets? I would love to see a game in those seats just once this season. I would happily trade my seats in section 111 and then pay cash above and beyond the tickets themselves to complete a trade for a game if someone was interested.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:10 AM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 45

Vikeologist: What row are your seats in 119? I may be interested.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:11 AM by Max Highlight this comment 46

it was a complete sellout...the additional 1,500 tickets or so were given to construction workers...this was announced at the end of the game during the official attendance.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:12 AM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 47

An amazing day, and I feel thankful that I could be part of it. Thanks again to Rick for all he has done to feed our anticipation. A few thoughts:

Amazed at how smoothly the light-rail-boarding after the game went. I stuck around for a little while, did have a quick one at Town Ball, but the LRT line, although still long, moved quickly and efficiently.

Wonder if Mike Cameron enjoyed the weather :) Click for other Red Sox reaction to the park

The lack of drink rails on the main concourse has been mentioned. Watching the crowd yesterday, I wonder if this was a conscious elimination, possibly to discourage people with outfield (or other) seats from simply watching the game from the concourse behind home plate. I personally wouldn't have a problem with that, but maybe the Twins would.

The pregame festivities were, in my opinion, about as well-done as possible. A nod to history, but not overblown.

Overall, an amazing day - I haven't yet come down, and I don't think I will for a while.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:13 AM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 48

Jax,

I finally got to walking around by 12:30, met a buddy who wanted to look for scalpers(futile), and then settled in to Brothers Alley(not a euphamism) by 1pm because the crowds were started to piss me off.(NO I DO NOT WANT A DAVID'S SUNFLOWER SEED TOWEL! WTF?)

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:14 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 49

row 19 i think, id have to get out the tickets to be exact

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:14 AM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 50

Hammer: I share 4 seats in the 1st row of the Legends Club. What is your email and I can probably spare a game? I sat there yesterday and it is tremendous. Lots of great spaces to hangout before/during/after the game and little to no lines for beverages/food (unlike the main concourse from what I've experienced/heard).

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:16 AM by Max Highlight this comment 51

interesting comments from the Red Sox, they actually don't like the shadows and the sun in their eyes? What happens at Fenway during the day?

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:23 AM by Dan Highlight this comment 52

Max, I placed my e-mail address in the comments section so apparently it's up for review so now I've posted it as a link. My previous message will probably come up later. Be sure to get a hold of me because I would definitely be interested in making a trade with you. I look forward to hearing from you.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:27 AM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 53

I don't think it will be as much of a factor for earlier games (sun more overhead) and night games (maybe in July/August for the first couple innings..)

a 3:10 game isn't typical - although we'll have plenty of Fox Saturday games at 3 this year... ok, that might be a factor. lol nm again.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:28 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 54

Max, my e-mail is sinatra00@yahoo.com. I would definitely be interested in making a trade so I look forward to hearing from you.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:25 AM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 55

Jax,

Hawk is something else. He really does have many haters - especially in these parts. But I rather enjoy him. He's a homer, no doubt, but man when the Sox are stinkin, you should hear him on local Chicago radio ripping them - it's a real treat. Because of being in AZ I can't see the channel 29 telecasts so last Sunday I had the pleasure of watching the game on WGN. All Hawk did was talk about how great the Twins are and was gushing over Joe Mauer.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:30 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 56

I'm sure if I lived somewhere else, I'd like him. LOL It's just his homerun call that I hate. but it's the same with the "Yyyyankeees Winnnn" one too. bleck! lol

RICK - I just noticed this on the right hand side pictures (click name for link) from two years ago...and you were indeed there lol :)

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:34 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 57

Quick Question: At the end of the season who will be the Twins closer? I believe Heath Bell will be it, and Wilson Ramos will have been shipped out. What are other opinions?

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:34 AM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 58

Rausch, the reluctant closer, pushing the 47 save record. lol (there WILL be more save opportunities this year...)

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:37 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 59

If anyone has two seats in section 125 or 126 or sections 215-222, I am willing to trade my two tickets in section 102 for a game.

I would like to see a regular season game from the third base side of the park and am willing to trade my seats on the first base side.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:46 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 60

With all the trade talk going on here with Tickets, I am even in more agreement with Jax about message boards. It would streamline a lot of areas for people to talk.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:50 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 61

Uh-O Dawg...stirring up controversy ala Torii Hunter (clicky)

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:57 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 62

What Torii said was definitely worse. I am surprised though Dye can't find a landing spot. The A's seem like a logical spot to me, they already cut their homerun leader, and they've taken gambles on over the hill sluggers before like Giambi and Frank Thomas. Plus for reasons beyond my comprehension they're in 1st place. Just a thought.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 11:03 AM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 63

Good little article on TF. And maybe a new nickname "The House that Contraction Built" Though I still like "The Manger" and "The Railyard."

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 11:04 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 64

HebrewHammer16-

I know it is, by far. I am just not used to seeing the low key Twins making statements like that. It was an interesting read, and definitely something MLB should look into

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 11:05 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 65

And more...

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 11:06 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 66

It's wierd to think that could someone be considered a "racist" for offering someone $2-3 million to play baseball....I know that's not exactly what Hudson said, but that's how it can be seen. Dye WAS offered a multi-million dollar deal and turned it down. Who's fault is that? If he has more in the tank, then he should take the offer and prove it. If he performs, he'll get another one year deal for more money. At his age, he shouldn't expect anything more than one year contracts from here on out, anyways.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 11:10 AM by Fred Highlight this comment 67

Fred-

You know, I would be more concerned if each of the guys mentioned were not towards the end of their playing career. Show me a younger guy like Span having trouble signing and then we can talk more. But still MLB should act accordingly to address this.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 11:17 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 68

Does anyone remember the video for Lionel Richie's song "Hello" when his blind girlfriend produly presents the bust of him she has sculpted only it looks nothing like him? It appears that this character's real life equivalent sculpted the Kirby Puckett statue. My greatest fear about the statues was that we'd end up with something like this. It was clearly a well intended effort, but the result is not inspiring.

Regarding the food service and the long lines and supply issues, I think it will improve greatly as the season progresses. The workers are inexperienced and the lines for the early games are going to be longer than will normally be the case because everyone wants to try so much of the new stuff. That's a bad, but inevitable combination. Concession lines at the early Gopher football games were a disaster partly for those reasons. As the season moved onward, things at TCF Bank Stadium greatly improved and that will be the case at Target Field too.

Making the game was an impossibility for me yesterday, but I was able to sneak out of work for a few minutes to watch the flyover. It was a really cool sight as are all the various photos from yesterday. I am going Friday and can't wait.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 11:28 AM by Jorge Highlight this comment 69

Target Field article from the NY Times...click link

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 11:31 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 70

Twins hit bull's-eye with new park...click link

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 11:42 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 71

Perhaps what folks are concerned about Kirby's statue is that it doesn't capture the tense, quick, pumping motion and the wide-eyed excitement. Maybe the foot isn't lifted enough off the ground or arm raised high enough... It looks a little too relaxed for the ultra-pumped excitement that the moment brought. Oh well. I guess they can just replace it with a holographic image of the actual video...

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 11:43 AM by schweady Highlight this comment 72

Jorge-

I think part of the problem with the long concession lines are that they are making everything once you order it. I bought a regular hot dog during on of the exibition games, and the woman had to go back pick up off the roller, place it in the bun then bring it over. Granted not too much time passed, but multiply that by every transaction and even more time for the specialty items it adds up.

Some of the things, like hot dogs and brat, should just be wrapped and put in warming drawers to speed the process for the basic foods. At the dome, it was very quick service if you were just getting a regular dog and a beer. Most of the time the person would ring the sale up and by the time I got my money out, they'd have the dog there and be pouring the beer.

I know many people didnt like or found the drawer hot dogs disquesting, I personally loved them, but it would be one way to speed up the lines.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 11:43 AM by Duffman Highlight this comment 73

Great articles Mike. Here are a couple of quotes worth pulling out of the Fox Sports piece:

"In borrowing from the best of the new-age ballparksIn borrowing from the best of the new-age ballparks, the Minnesota Twins have created what might be the finest stadium of its generation.,

"And if there is a better place to watch a baseball game, I haven't found it yet. The new standard has been set."

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 11:51 AM by Fred Highlight this comment 74

Just watched the replay of all the ceremonies from yesterday and i teared up! It's so beautiful.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 11:54 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 75

Duffman, with all due respect, you are nuts. lol

No food that was cooked hours (days!) before the game anymore!!! Gross. They can DO short order - they just need to determine demand at each stand - which is relatively unknown still. It will improve with time.

I'm a full season ticket holder and have not commented on this subject before because I think the jury is still out - it will be a couple of homestands before they - and we - know what is going to be typical.

One of the best aspects of the atmosphere of Target Field are the smells of the grills going. Real food being cooked. It's non-negotiable! :)

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 11:57 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 76

Damn right Jax! Fresh grilled, not under a heat lamp for hours, how it should be!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:02 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 77

Best reminder about ballpark food I got was from a little old lady sitting behind me at a game at that-other-place-the-Twins-used-to-play. I got a Dome Dog during a pitching change in the 6th or 7th inning and she complimented: "You were smart to wait until the late innings. Our group has worked concessions quite often, and the hot dogs served in the first few innings are always the ones left over from the day before..."

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:04 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 78

Watching the flag raising video I noticed a couple things; One, they have a Hennepin County flag & not a Minnesota flag. Two, I believe that when a flag is put at half staff you are supposed to raise it to the top of the pole before lowering it again to half staff and vice versa when lowering it. It looks like they just raised it to the half way point and stopped. I love that they raised it during the National Anthem. Also on the subject of flags the championship penants are perfect (as is most of the park)!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:07 PM by Roger Johnson Highlight this comment 79

What was I watching.. just watched it again and they did raise it to the top first.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:11 PM by Roger Johnson Highlight this comment 80

EXACTLY! EW!

LMAO Schweady -- Your post made me think of "Well, that is thanks to the Schweddy Family recipe. There's no escaping the aroma of a Schweddy Family weiner."

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:11 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 81

OOPS! I got so distracted by the weiner talk, that I forgot I was posting a link to an ESPN Target Field tour.... lol

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:12 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 82

Duffman,

The days of the warming drawers are gone! One of the biggest complaints the Twins received about the dome's concessions was the warming drawer hot dogs. When dogs sit in a bun, wrapped in foil and placed into a drawer the bun sticks like glue to the dog, making it nearly impossible to open up and add the good stuff...And it also dries out the bun. The price to pay for better quality food is a little more time spent which is why there are monitors everywhere so you can still watch the game.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:15 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 83

I agree with the smells, that why I suggested only the hot dogs and brats. They could do what The Xcel center does, they grill the brats and Wild dogs then placed them in the drawers.

A side note, I used to work in the concession stands at both the Metrodome and Xcel. (Helped pay high school tuition) In the stands I worked in, all of the food that was prepared within an hour of the gates opening. There were many days where we would end up tossing hundreds of brats and dogs, none were saved for the next game.

One more thing to remember, this is a ballpark, not a resturant. One shouldnt have to go leave their seat and miss one or two innings because of long food lines. Many of the specialty items should be prepared fresh, and because that the lines may be longer. But fot your basic ballpark fare, speed and quanity should take bit more precidents over quality.

Also, I don't know how hot dogs and brats sitting on rollers exsposed to the open air are any less sanitary than ones placed in buns and then put into a warming drawer. Reminds me of buying a hot dog at SA. Just wait until you get a worker with a cold in April, yum, thats not quacamole on your hot dog.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:18 PM by Duffman Highlight this comment 84

I'm going to the game tomorrow and was wondering about parking. With it being during the work day will there be parking available at the lots downtown? Is there a better alternative than parking downtown. I'm going to be staying at my grandparents tonight and will be driving up from Mankato. Any help would be great.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:20 PM by crtwnsfn Highlight this comment 85

And if I wanted to watch the game on TV I'd stay at home. I would like to be able to leave after the Twins are done batting, get some food, maybe hit the can and get back to my seat before they are up to bat again.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:23 PM by Duffman Highlight this comment 86

From Howard Sinker's blog:

[Comment From cosmic_jesus cosmic_jesus: ]
What are your thoughts on the Puckett statue? First thing I thought was “why does Kirby look like the Incredible Hulk?” Tuesday April 13, 2010 12:20 cosmic_jesus

12:21 Howard Sinker: Oh, golly. We were just talking about that this morning. It doesn't exactly bear the greatest resemblance to Puckett, does it?

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:25 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 87

Have to say that I am once again disappointed by my local media (St. Cloud Times and Granite City Cafe on 1390 The Fan.) One of the guys talking is saying that TF lacks something, some sort of character. WHAT? He said he is comparing it to other stadiums like Wrigley and the Ivy, Fenway and the Green Monster, Cincinnati and the Steamboat, KC and the Waterfalls, San Fran and the Cove, the giant glove, and giant Coke bottle.

So really he wants a gimmick. I called in and asked him about the largest full roof canopy, the plaza in right, the admin building in left, the trees in center, the sign in center, what more do you want? He says "I dunno it's just missing something." A caller then said "On TV it just looked plain, just steel and glass, and no one on TV will be able to see the sign in center light up." The host also said it reminds him of Comerica. WHAT?

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:31 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 88

lol at the mary tyler moore hat toss at target field from the espn tour video. Yesterday's game is on again on fsn right now.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:33 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 89

The Steamboat in Cincy? That looks about as hokey as it gets.

I wonder if that media-member was at the game yesterday? IMO, the ballpark has TONS of character, intimacy, as well as distinguishing characteristics. Like you said: the plaza, the admin building, the celebration sign, the trapezoid sets in RCF, the MPLS skyline over RF, etc. What more does this guy want???

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:42 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 90

Duffman, sounds like a hot dog from the Holiday station across the street as you walk in stuck in your pocket will solve all of your problems.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:43 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 91

I thought I read that someone was recording the game on DVR and then burning it to DVD. Will the Twins do the same? I would love to purchase one of those.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:43 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 92

Fred-

One guy even said to bring back the baggy. Again, WHAT?

It does not sound like they were there, and I have not seen how it looked on TV.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:45 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 93

oh thank god Billy. I was resorting to watching the Yankees.

Who commented about the height of the CF camera yesterday? Now that you mentioned it, it's bothering me. LOL

About the food - Like I said, we'll see about it after the Twins hit the road again. I am confident that service and flow will improve greatly between now and then.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:45 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 94

How did Minnie & Paul's handshake look after Kubel's HR? I know that everyone says it will look better at night, but I haven't seen one video where it even remotely looks like the hands are moving, just the sparkly lights around the MN map outline.

And, did they use the celebration sign at any other times?

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:46 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 95

I would like to enact a law that, under penalty of 99 lashes with a cane pole, no person may criticize TF until they have had a chance to take in a game there. Television does not do this ballpark justice at all. I'm not saying that the park doesn't look good on TV (because I think it looks great on camera), but it doesn't even come CLOSE to capturing the intimacy and character that can only be experienced in person.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:51 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 96

I think they were asleep at the wheel - when they show highlights, I only see part of it light up and no handshake! Maybe Mpls will only shake St Paul's hand when Mauer hits a homer. haha

I did notice the lights on the Arrowhead twinkled when a base was stolen...was I the only one?

They also dusted off an old "Walks Will Haunt" graphic on the scoreboard from Met Stadium (I think). At first I was like HUH? Is that the best they can do?? A black n white ghost? lol But then my blonde head realized what it was....

Sorry I'm so POSTal today - i took this week off because of all the games so I don't know what to do today.

I suppose I should get my ass in the kitchen, eh Kevin? haha!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:51 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 97

Nice find on the articles Mike. Who wrote the one on Fox Sports? I could not find a name anywhere.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:52 PM by DeePee Highlight this comment 98

I saw that they used the sign to signal a strikeout and stolen bases.

The strikeout, if I remember correctly, blinked on each corner of the sign (the state outline.)

The stolen base blinked in the upper right hand portion of the state, the part that jaunts out over Lake Superior. My wife suggested that they did that because Minnesota stole that part from either Canada or Wisconsin. LOL.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:53 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 99

crtwnsfn- ramps should be ok, but if you don't mind a little walk (or bus short bus ride a small walk) you can park by st. Anthony main, they got a ramp and service lot, but also if you go up past 3rd ave on 2nd st SE there is a few street places you can park for free, click my name for map, but you can always take the 10 or 17 bus from Central and 2nd ave to nicolett and 5th and walk up 5th to 1st ave ramp to the plaza, from there it only costs $.50 (downtown zone)

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:53 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 100

Jax,

Instead of the kitchen, why don't you get up and get Duff a hotdog and a beer so he doesn't miss the live action on the field ;-)

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:56 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 101

I think the camera angle behind the pitcher is just fine. It does seem like the pitcher is a lot closer to home plate compared to previous views from tv broadcasts in the dome.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:58 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 102

Duffman, call me crazy, but when it comes to what I eat I don't think speed and quantity should ever take precedence over quality.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:59 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 103

only if I can wrap it in foil and put it in my car trunk for a few hours first - otherwise it won't taste like a ballpark hot dog. lol

so gross. I prefer my hot dogs fresh - without the sticky bat-wing effect. LOL

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:59 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 104

Especially at those prices Buffalo!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 1:00 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 105

Didn't Rick have a post showing the different TV views at different parks? I am curious how this one would stack up.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 1:00 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 106

I heard the sign has like 16 different sequences or something, including one they use when there is a rain delay. Ha maybe someone said it on here (most likely), since this has become like my only source to info about the park

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 1:00 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 107

It would be fun to find out what they all are, or make a "Understanding the Sign" cheat sheet.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 1:02 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 108

Fair enough, I guess my opinion is in the minority or alone. I was mearly making a suggestion on how to improve concession lines, sacrificing a bit of quality, debatable, for speed and efficenty.

Call me crazy and many of you have, but I personally believe the hormel dogs from the Dome are much better than ones at Target Field. The Target field dog, reminds me of one I would get at alrich arena, not a MLB stadium. I speak only of the basic hot dog. The big twins dog and the dome dog are about the same.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 1:17 PM by Duffman Highlight this comment 109

They also dusted off an old "Walks Will Haunt" graphic on the scoreboard from Met Stadium (I think). At first I was like HUH? Is that the best they can do?? A black n white ghost? lol But then my blonde head realized what it was....

The "walks will haunt" ghost deal is from the Dome. The Met's scoreboard wasn't capable of displaying any animation. It gave you scores and messages on the Twins-O-Gram board which has been revived at Target Field.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 1:32 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 110

I think the camera angle is very similar to what they had the last couple of years at the dome, up higher and more behind the pitcher (they changed at the dome in 07 or 08, it seems). I very much prefer that angle, I think it gives a better sense of the ball movement and where it is in the strike zone.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 1:35 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 111

The LED's on the state outline "twinkled" when they lit off the fireworks during the National Anthem.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 1:35 PM by Sass Highlight this comment 112

I'm planning a possible trip to Boston this summer and decided to look up a list of obstructed or generally bad seats at Fenway before making any purchases. Anyway, I happened upon this photo gallery of comically awful seats at Fenway. Here it is for your amusement.

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/gallery/worst_seats/

The right field bleachers at Target Field would fit right in out in Boston.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 1:36 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 113

Had time today and did my rankings of top 5 stadiums (you can rank all 30, but I did not have time). Target Field ranks 3rd already on ESPN SPortsNation. How cool is it that our Twins play in a park that is ranked that high by the nation?!? (I ranked Wrigley first - sorry!)

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 1:37 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 114

Something's goofy with the link in that post, so just go with clicking my name.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 1:38 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 115

PS - You have to rank at least 5 stadiums yourself to see the results.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 1:39 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 116

I agree with the Duffman! Who wants to wait in line for 2 innings for a freaking Dog! FCOL!!!!!!LOL! Get em cooked keep em warm and then slap them in the bun and you are on your way. LOL! I do see there is a nice little holiday station just outside the ballbark close to where I will be parking for free free free also!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 1:41 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 117

anyone else notice target's bull terrier mascot "bullseye" sitting in the front row of the champions club seats during the top of the 1st inning yesterday? it is kind of funny seeing it on the tv replay.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 1:41 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 118

Jorge- I checked out the RF Bleacher seats yesterday to see what all the fuss was about...and to be honest, I STILL don't understand all the fuss. Other than deep center field, you can see everywhere else just fine. For the money, those are nice seats, IMO.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 1:45 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 119

...maybe "nice" is the wrong word...."Not bad" is better, I think.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 1:48 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 120

TF is number one at sportsnation poll!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 1:56 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 121

Twink...expect to be towed, towed, towed! lol

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 1:57 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 122

Man I laugh every time I see TwinkFans name :)

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 2:00 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 123

me too Josh! hehe

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 2:02 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 124

I dunno Jax, I drove around there after work around 5:15pm yesterday and saw lots of spaces along 5th St N with no restrictions or meters for parking! Might be a little dicy late at night but only a 2 block walk. Stop into the Holiday gas station for some peanuts or a dog and walk another block into the park! Thats the plan Saturday anyways! Be in the sun top deck along 3rd base line! Can't wait!!!!!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 2:11 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 125

ok i thought you were implying you would park in their lot lol

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 2:17 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 126

I think we have been reading too much Savage Love in City Pages.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 2:18 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 127

who is that, bj?

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 2:21 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 128

LOL Jax, that would be a long time to park at the gas station for a bag of peanuts or cheap dog! Ya I meant on the street just north of there. Lets just hope I'm not missing some hubcabs after the game!!!!!LOL!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 2:21 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 129

I can't believe I missed the haunts will walk animation. My brother and I were just saying this week that it is one of the things we will miss about the dome. To know that it is back is awesome. Is it a smooth HD animation or did they keep it so it looks like it is at the dome as if it were lit the old way? I sure hope it looks like the old way.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 2:24 PM by Schda Highlight this comment 130

it looked so old I mistakenly said it was from the Met.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 131

Jax, I think I spotted you in the gigapan at the Twins Website. Blonde hair, sunglasses, Twins Sweatshirt (gray with blue sleeves). Trying to find Rick, no luck so far, like trying to find Waldo, he always is on the move.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 2:34 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 132

yeah... i look like Jabba the Hutt. I better start being more camera ready. LOL

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 2:35 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 133

2 questions -

1. Can I connect to the Twins Territory WiFi for free with my netbook?

2. Would I look like a total douche if I brought my netbook?

I'm just tired of not being able to connect to anything with my phone. Would it be any different?

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 2:37 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 134

Oh, Jax! You're not keeping up on the best sex advice column? Twinks come up from time to time...see attached.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 2:39 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 135

I can't believe I forgot this: Me and my son went for a walk to calm him down after seeing TC, we went to the Twins Pub that Sue the organist plays in. As we were there, she was yelling out the window at the people in the row closest to her. She was trying to get them to sit down, because she could not see home plate to see when she could play. She was not mean, but you could tell she was frustrated. The fans however were rude. They would yell back to her "You'll figure it out" or "Stand up yourself then."

I felt really bad for her. On top of that, she is always looking to her right. They really need to either elevate her up a bit more so she can see, or get her a monitor that has a constant view of home plate.

Also, I should also comment that I was quick to judge the organ before hearing it myself. It is not as bad as I thought it would be, and hopefully she will be allowed to play more tunes in the future.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 2:44 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 136

Can't agree more Josh! I can't stand it when people stand up for games! Get your azz back in the seat!!!LOL! I can see standing after a homer or great play or at the end of the game with 2 outs! But whats up with standing during the freaking game? Kids these days! I think this all started during college BB games!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 2:49 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 137

Jax,

Odds are if you can't get wi-fi with your phone, you won't with your laptop either.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 2:50 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 138


Posted on April 13, 2010 at 2:52 PM by Rick 139

Maz - Sorry, but no BBQ tomorrow. I'll be at the game!

We had a good time - over 500 people in 3 hours!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 2:53 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 140

Now thats one big ghost Rick! LOL! At least it's not casper like looking!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 2:54 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 141

That seriously is the most disturbing graphic ever.

It's so bad. They need to get rid of that thing. Looks like a friggen clan member.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 2:56 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 142

Josh,

How crowded was the Twins Pub when you went? What inning was it? I found this to be the best kept secret of the ballpark during the open house.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 2:57 PM by Tyler Highlight this comment 143

LOL! Moda!!!!!! OUCH!!!!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 2:57 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 144

Interesting story from SI Vault about OD at the Dome....Click name

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:00 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 145

I was in row 6 of the Home Plate terrace (last row) for the Friday Cardinals game and did not like the fact the Twins pub is literally 18 inches from behind you. The windows are open and people are standing/talking loudly literally just 18 inches from behind your back.

I did not feel the most comfortable in those seats so we ended up just walking around for most of that game.

They are definitely great seats, just not the last row (row 6) in front of the Twins Pub where the windows are open.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:01 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 146

I don't use the Twins WiFi on my phone. I use AT&T craptastic service which doesn't work in there. The Twins have their own WiFi - there are two and I *think* one might be public and maybe even free...anyone know?

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:01 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 147

Not very many people used their homer hanky's yesterday. It made me a little sad.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:11 PM by Grizzly Adams Highlight this comment 148

Tyler- I believe that we were there around the 3rd inning or so and it was not busy at all. We were able to get in and watch Sue for a bit, and then prop up and get some fresh air while looking out the window. And I agree, that these are neat little areas, however I am sure that they will be packed on a chilly/rainy day.

Also, like Mike said, it is noisy, and at times we could hardly talk to each other. I would hate to have that kind of noise in the last row.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:18 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 149

People probably didn't want to mess up their hankies since they were keeping them for memoriblia purposes.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:18 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 150

Tyler is that you my season ticket share holder?

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:20 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 151

Grizzly Adams - I noticed that as well....I think people were so wrapped up in checking out the new digs that we just all forgot about waiving the Hankeys...

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:20 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 152

Agree, with Pat Meares.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:20 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 153

I asked Sue Nelson how she liked her new spot. She said, "I'll never fall asleep in here, that's for sure."

She kind of laughed as she said it, and she doesn't seem like the type to complain about such things, but I don't think it's quite right. She belongs in a spot where she can greet fans at times, and concentrate without the interference at times.

It's hard for me to believe that they could not create a custom spot for her just up the way in the scoreboard control area.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:22 PM by Rick 154

WTF? What is the world coming to? Clicky

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:23 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 155

Rick, where is the scoreboard control area?

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:25 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 156

The scoreboard control area is just down the right field line from the Twins Pubs. On the stadium side it looks just like another Twins Pub, but it is not accessible to the public.

And if Sue can't seen the plate when people stand up to cheer (one of the reasons people come out to the park, donthaknow), then this is not a small problem -- it's an unacceptable situation.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:33 PM by Rick 157

Let me get all of your take on this... The kid who got Kubels HR yesterday, gave it back to the Twins for a signed Mauer road jersey and a chance to meet Mauer. The question is, should he have kept it, should he have asked for more? What would you trade that bit of history for? Personally, being a historian, I'd give the team a ball with that kind of history for a ball signed by the whole team, coaches and TC also (with pen, not a printed one like you buy in the pro shop). What say you all?

And, I had a great time yesterday, I was so close in the seats the Mr picked up that I felt like I could reach out and touch the grass if I just stretched a little bit. And the Mr found the food lines to be much much much shorter off the main concourse. I think as people get used to TF, the congestion in the main concourse will even out and flow will improve.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:35 PM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 158

no one wants to believe it and no one wants to say it, but the statues of carew, killebrew, and puckett really suck. freaking carew's face looks like gollum's and puckett's head size is way out of proportion. should've used this artist instead. sorry to buzzkill, fellow ninjas, but they gotta redo 'em, man...

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:38 PM by yeahklye Highlight this comment 159

Enjoyed the North Loop Block Party! Loved the Ballpark!! Enjoyed the Game!! Love this Site!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:39 PM by lindywig Highlight this comment 160

hm kyle, Im not sure that one is much different... lol

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:43 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 161

Rick, I don't remember if you have covered this in detail in your previous posts, but I have recommendation for a future topic:

I would like to see you go into detail just how close we were to contraction. The statements yesterday from Bud furthered my hatred for his "wonderful" tenure as commissioner. 30 years from now, when Ken Burns is adding to his Baseball documentary, I hope Bud will be thoroughly and rightfully put to shame.

It would be cool to see that topic juxtaposed to the wonderful realty that exists just 10 years later.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:43 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 162

Stop looking, Josh. I'm not in either gigapan. We were standing over by the flagpoles during that whole period of time...

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:46 PM by Rick 163

Yeah I figured as much. LOL!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:47 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 164

Yes that other pic of Puck looks like he is way to slim there. Don't see the puck power pack in that one! LOL!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:54 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 165

yeahklye,

You know, I really want to like the statues because I like the idea so much.

But I'm afraid that, in the end, I have to agree. All three were disappointing in multiple ways. (And I'm pretty sure those bats are going to get bent or snap off altogether sooner rather than later.)

Here's a picture I took in St. Louis:


Now that's Stan the Man, even if it doesn't look very much like any one particular image of him...

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:58 PM by Rick 166

I don't think contraction was ever going to happen. I think it was a power play to get things going.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:59 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 167

Rick, I'll be you're in one of these...(click link)

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 3:59 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 168

Here's one I took in Detroit:


Posted on April 13, 2010 at 4:01 PM by Rick 169

That's a relief, Jax! I'm in a few of those.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 4:07 PM by Rick 170

For they who went to yesterday's opening game, do you know if the programs sold were an "Opening Series" or an "Opening Day" program?

I'm just curious when I go tomorrow, if I'll still be able to get one...

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 4:16 PM by luke Highlight this comment 171

I thought this was an interesting article on game-day promotions.

My take: there are some places that don't need to offer specials to get the crowds; Smalley's, Hubert's, Kieran's, The Loon to start with. Kieran's and Hubert's run specials regardless of the event.

But, places just a few blocks are going to have a tougher time drawing people in without some serious specials. Bootleggers had weak specials and there were maybe 15 people in there an hour before the game. Brothers was packed. We went over to Rock Bottom in the 7th inning and there was only 20 or so people in the whole place, though it was starting to fill up when left. "7" would never be a place to watch the game unless they end up with some awesome specials.

I'm sure everybody cares about my keen observations on bar specials, but there ya go.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 4:21 PM by Chad Highlight this comment 172

Re: celebration sign...the lights on the state outline did a chase when a run is scored; in the sunlight it was tough to make out any of the neon; I was surprised to learn in the Strib piece last week that it is programmed with 14 different actions. Can't wait to see it in action Friday night.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 4:25 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 173

Programs had a special Opening Day commemorative wraparound cover, but the April/May Twins magazine in the middle.

Rock Bottom might get some business considering some ticket stubs have a free drink coupon on the back.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 4:27 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 174

if the remarkable carew and puckett atrium wood murals hadn't looked like the men, no matter how skilled the craftsmanship or how many hours were spent on it, they would've had to be reworked. i think you can chalk this mistake up to "too much too soon." plaza additions like the bronze glove, the topiaries, and the wind veil compromised the timeline, i think, and no one stopped to say "wait, dudes, these statues really don't look right..." i will concede, though, that if the sucky statues are the one blemish on an otherwise magnificent venue, i can tolerate it for now.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 4:28 PM by yeahklye Highlight this comment 175

...and we'll also be seeing a couple of new bars opening up in the area: First Ave Depot and the soon-to-be-named bar that Ron Coomer will be opening up in the area...which I knew where that will be.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 4:29 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 176

Did anyone try parking down near the dome yesterday. Was wondering what they are charging for Twins parking.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 4:32 PM by Jay Highlight this comment 177

I was watching one of the Shreck movies this morning with my grandson and for a brief moment, I could of swore I saw an image of Kirby's bronze statue flash across the screen. Turns out it was just Shreck doing a fist pump.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 4:32 PM by unknowntwinsfan Highlight this comment 178

@fiesta - thanks. I'm assuming the April/May issue is loaded with TF info, so a wraparound cover is not a big thing. Good to know.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 4:36 PM by luke Highlight this comment 179

Sneaky Petes has a pretty good happy hour and waitress look pretty hot! LOL!

Happy Hour 3:30-7pm Daily
Served with garlic breadstick

Appetizers
Mozzarella Sticks ............................................................................$2
Crispy Fries ....................................................................................$2
Waffle Fries ....................................................................................$2
Cajun Seasoned Tater Tots ............................................................$2
Onion Rings ....................................................................................$2
Spinach & Artichoke Puffs ...............................................................$3
Chili Waffle Fries .............................................................................$3
Chicken/Beef Nachos ......................................................................$3
Mini Chicken Corndogs ...................................................................$3
Chicken Wings (Buffalo, Thai Peanut or Barbeque) ........................$4

Drink specials
Domestic Beer Bottles .....................................................................$2
Specialty Bottles ..............................................................................$3
Well Drinks ......................................................................................$2
Call/Premium Drinks ........................................................................$3
Top Shelf ........................................................................................$4

Full menu available as well. Happy Hour food may not be ordered to-go.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 4:40 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 180

The Mr and I parked by the Dome yesterday. Most places were charging about 5/6 bucks. We parked in the Armory, $6.00. But had to be out at 7:00 (stupid), so we didn't stay downtown after the game. We tried to park closer but because I had to work a partial day we got there later than expected. Normally we would take the train from Fort Snelling or from by the MOA. I was in line to get my program and score card (yes I filled it in... mostly)when they were raising the flags in left field.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 4:46 PM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 181

That 13 year old kid got taken for a ride. For that piece of history I would have asked for individually signed balls from all the twins players, signed jerseys from a couple players, either a luxury suite or the budweiser party deck for a game, and I get to sit in the dugout for a game. All of that, not just one thing. Why, you might ask? Because in the grand scheme of things giving all of that away isn't all that hard for the Twins, and because I wouldn't just be giving up the first home run ball (which by the way would ultimately become a family heirloom for me), but I'd also be giving up the experience and the story, and honestly I don't think I would give up the home run ball even for the things I listed. A signed jersey (and an away one for that matter) and a handshake from Mauer? For shame. At least they could give him a jersey that Joe wore during a game.

Then again, for a 13 year old, meeting Mauer (who's probably his hero) would be amazing. I wonder if that kid was there with his dad or any kind of adult who could deal with the Twins rep.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 5:02 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 182

I'm going to reserve judgment on the statues until I see them in person next week, but I really don't have high expectations for them, especially Puckett's. When I saw the unveiling my very first thought was, "awwwwww, that's it?!" Damn shame if they really didn't turn out spectacular.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 5:06 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 183

I definitely as everyone knows do not like the Puckett Statue, I kind of get the issue with the Carew statue, though my biggest problem is the location (I'm still waiting for an explanation on why it's by itself on the corner), but I have no idea what is wrong with the Killebrew Statue. It's right there when you enter Target Plaza, and it looks perfect IMHO. What is the grievance with it? I would love if the discussion into comparing some of the unique quirks and attributes with other unique traits of other ballparks that may not be obvious. Which have people liked or disliked, and what might we should had incorporated?

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 5:08 PM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 184

Man, I really need to edit some of my sentences before I post them.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 5:09 PM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 185

Are Hrbek and Oliva getting statues of their own? Or will it just be the three that we've already seen?

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 5:11 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 186

"I would love if the discussion into comparing some of the unique quirks and attributes with other unique traits of other ballparks that may not be obvious. Which have people liked or disliked, and what might we should had incorporated?"

This made perfect sense.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 5:12 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 187

Last I heard Tony O and Hrbek will be getting statues in 2011. The Twins just ran out of time trying to get all of them completed for this season.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 5:15 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 188

Does anyone know when the LRT will be adding the 3rd car to their trains?

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 5:20 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 189

I'm not a huge fan of the statues, but asking to redo them is ridiculous. First of all, they're not that bad. Secondly... well, there is no secondly. It's just not that big of deal.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 5:24 PM by some guy Highlight this comment 190

Sorry if this has been asked, but I am going to the game Thursday, and was wonder when the gates are going to open for noon games. Also, I used StubHub for the first time, and was wonder if all I need is the piece of paper the "ticket" printed off on. Thanks!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 5:30 PM by twinlves Highlight this comment 191

The statues are great. No need to change them one bit.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 5:35 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 192

The gates will open at 10:30 as I understand, and I believe the paper ticket is all you'll need (that's all I used yesterday).

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 5:40 PM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 193

I find it kind of funny that the kid caught Kubel's homerun ball yet wants to meet Joe Mauer, I'm sure the players had a laugh over that one. Along with tickets I would ask to take batting practice on Target Field with some buddies.(Could be on an off day or when the twins are on the road).

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 5:40 PM by Kingduck Highlight this comment 194

twinlves - I believe it's 1 1/2 hours before the first pitch for weekday games. So, that would be like 10:40...

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 5:42 PM by luke Highlight this comment 195

If I caught Mauer's ball I would ask for tickets. A set of two season tickets might be asking too much, but what about a 20 or 40 game package?

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 5:43 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 196

I'm reminded of the guy who caught Kirby's Game 6 home run ball. Kirby was worried, "What's this guy gonna ask for," only to meet the guy and be told, "It's yours. It doesn't belong to me."

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 5:57 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 197

Since the Twins gave away a good amount of tickets, they're not currently at 100% capacity after one game.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 6:00 PM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 198

If I caught Kubel's HR ball I would have asked for my own Twins Pub for a game. Private party, me and 25 of my buddies. Now that would be cool. My friends and I are more of a Twins Pub crowd, not suites. And, I would have asked for a signed ball from the team.

I think the statues are cool. Not sure how much more "life like" they could be. I think just the idea is what makes them neat - honoring former players.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 6:03 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 199

If I had caught that ball I would have asked for a real team signed ball, and a suite for some random game so I could treat all my coworkers to a Twins game. Or, perhaps the 'tour Target Field with one of the architects' that they were going to auction at the $750/person event (that turned out not to happen). I'd only have about 143,000 questions for him/her!!

The 'interview' with the kid on the tv broadcast was pretty neat. You could really see just how overwhelmed he was!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 6:13 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 200

It's always interesting how one particular subject can end up getting beat to death on here, and then there are ?'s myself or other people will post that no one even ever attempts to respond to. It's always disheartening to post a genuine question, then log back in a few hours later and not find one single response.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 6:22 PM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 201

That gigapan thing is one of the coolest things I have ever seen.

I was able to find myself all the way in Section 323!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 6:40 PM by StatFreak101 (Erik) Highlight this comment 202

Fred,

I'm not sure what the plans are for third cars on LRT trains, but it's something of a moot point.

The staging tracks (the ones beyond the ballpark which wrap around the HERC) can hold up to six cars. That's either two 3-car trains or three 2-car trains (not sure how they do that physically). Each car can officially hold 186 people (66 seated, 120 standing), meaning they can pre-stage trains for about 1100 people.

I heard that Metro Transit estimated that between 6500 and 7000 people took public transportation to/from the game yesterday. Not all of those took the LRT (some, like me, took the bus; some rode Northstar), but I'm sure it was a fairly large percentage. In other words, they can't pre-stage for all of the riders, or even get close.

So if your question is regarding an increase in pre-staged train capacity, I don't think it matters whether the trains have two or three cars. After that, of course, 3-car trains will clear people faster, but I believe there are other operational concerns which may partially offset that.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 7:28 PM by Rick 203

HebrewHammer16,

To your questions about statue critiques, I've heard different things on different statues, and the discussion is just beginning.

The Puckett face is the most recent. I had lunch with a friend today who was there for the Killbrew statue unveiling, and he said the face just plain creeped him out. I went and lightly tapped the bat, which turns out to be hollow, and it wobbled.

The larger-than-life aspect plays some role, I think. The proportions did not translate very well, and various characteristics get exaggerated as a result.

The Carew statue seems somewhat oddly placed, and more strange is that the back side is all you see as you walk away from the ballpark. With the skyway entrance right there, it would seem to make more sense to have the statue face away from that, allowing at least one good side to be visible no matter how you approach it. (Personally, I'd also add a bronze home plate beneath Carew and Killebrew for some context.)

I think the biggest point on the statues is that at least some folks -- me included, I'm sorry to say -- had instantly negative reactions, which is worth examining.

Did I miss another of your questions? (My day has been spent picking up things I couldn't do yesterday. So, to all who have sent me personal messages today, I hope to get responses out later tonight.)

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 7:37 PM by Rick 204

I'm jacked up for tomorrow! and the next day, and the next day, and the next day, and the next day ...but not the next day because it's an off day and I have to go back to work. But I can't wait for the day after THAT...and the day after that and the day after that. But then there's a road trip so I will be sad.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 8:06 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 205

When I left the game yesterday some lady was hanging off of Carew's bat like it was monkey bars.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 8:19 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 206

Jay asked about parking at the dome. We parked in the lot at the corner of 4th St S and Norm McGrew Pl, it's right across the street from Dome Plus Souvenirs. We paid $5 to park for event parking, and then we paid $2 total to take the Light Rail to and from Target Field. I included a link to the exact location.

We will do this again in the future if we drive down. We plan on taking the Northstar Train in the future though.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 8:25 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 207

General question to all : Anyone who parked in the ramps for the game yesterday..how much did it cost to park there? I am going to the game next Tuesday and just want to park there for convenience. Thanks!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 8:26 PM by Erik Highlight this comment 208

Erik, I parked in the 'A Ramp' yesterday. It was $13.00. I got there just after noon, and was able to get on the 2nd level. After the game i got in my car and got right onto 394 with no problems. It was fast and easy, and I will definately park in there again!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 8:31 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 209

Rick-

What did you think of the suggestion made by Jax to have the message board option. I think that in the case of questions not being answered and discussions of other items could be much more streamlined. I think that this would be a great way to connect with people too. If we had the ability to message certain people and maybe network a bit more. I also think that this would be a huge thing for TCTraders too.

Something to think about, I even think someone mentioned Pro Boards or something.

Just want to hear what you have to say about this.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 8:32 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 210

I parked in the A ramp as well. It was $11 for me. I was there a little before 9:30. I usually don't park in the ramps, but I decided to do it as a one time thing yesterday. No problem at all getting out. I was out and home within 10-15 minutes of the game being over.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 8:38 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 211

We parked in the ramp next to the Ford Centre and paid $15. We got there about 3 hours before the game and were on the bottom level so it was easy in and easy out.No traffic problems whatsoever.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 8:41 PM by firedog Highlight this comment 212

Do you suppose the Hrbek statue will be of him pulling the Atlanta player off first base? :-) Just kidding, but I know some Braves fans are still bitter about that play.

Seriously, what does anyone think the Hrbek pose will be for his statue, and about Oliva...

I was thinking the same thing, that it was funny the kid didn't want Kubel's autograph, but wanted Mauer's instead.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 8:55 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 213

Josh, He answered in this post up above...

"Jax: Yes, I think from your photos that you were right above me. Threaded forums, eh? When I wake up in a couple of weeks I'll put that in the hopper. (I already spend 28 hours a day on this site, what's another 1 or 2?)"

So I figured I'd give him a couple weeks to even start thinking about it. :)

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 8:56 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 214

Oh sorry, I guess I missed that.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 9:03 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 215

I understand the draw of full-on message boards, and I'm considering it.

The downside for me is that my admin job could get overwhelming. I've seen people (board admins, bloggers) burn out on such things in the past. Then the sites kind of disappear suddenly. We don't want that!

I've also seen discussions get so scattered that all focus is lost. New visitors can languish in a lightly-traveled corner of the board, and old-timers get impatient with newbie questions.

I've tried to innovate on this site when possible, and I have had a couple of ideas that I've been thinking about today since the subject was raised last night.

One of those ideas, which is pretty simple to implement, is:

[your comment id]@ballparkmagic.com

You'd have to opt in, but then any email sent to that address would forward to you at whatever email you specify (keeping your actual email address hidden). Also, another icon would appear next to your comment name which would let people contact you directly. You'd be able to turn it off later if necessary.

Today I thought about being able to tag comments with keywords (or maybe having it done automatically), then letting people ignore subjects which don't interest them.

As you can tell, I'm open to new things. But I want to be careful not to upset things too dramatically.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 9:07 PM by Rick 216

Dan - Pretty sure that there will be no more statues. They only had them made for the Twins that are in the Hall of Fame....well in about 15 years there will be one of Mauer...

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 9:08 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 217

....and hopefully after the fall, they will begin work on Bert...

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 9:10 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 218

They announced at the Carew unveiling that they will be doing Oliva next year. And at the Killebrew unveiling they announced that there will also be a Hrbek statue next year.

They just did the HOFers first.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 9:13 PM by Rick 219

Rick-

That is what i love about your site and you. You are straight forward, and have thoughtful posting. You summed up the message board disadvantages well when you said "I've also seen discussions get so scattered that all focus is lost. New visitors can languish in a lightly-traveled corner of the board, and old-timers get impatient with newbie questions. And I have seen this before. I like the sound of your other ideas though and think it would be a great addition without adding the headache and other down sides.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 9:13 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 220

If/when Bert is inducted into the Hall next year, will the Twins retire his number? It would seem they'd be compelled to do so, especially since Bert will most likely wear a TC cap into Cooperstown.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 9:19 PM by Polka Highlight this comment 221

Wow, what an opener. Unfortunately, I had to watch from Iowa and couldn't be there for it but sat in my basement and soaked in all the coverage on fsn north. I have to say even in my basement, the day evoked powerful emotions--from Newman getting misty-eyed, to the raising of the banners--i felt really proud of my home state. Throughout the entire game I kept hearing Louis Armstrong in my ears--which reminded me of Puck and how far the franchise has come:

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They're really saying I love you.

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world.

can't wait to be there against the Brewers!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 9:31 PM by Erik777777 Highlight this comment 222

Flyover video posted on YouTube courtesy of toddsup...click link

What an amazing sight that was yesterday! The magnificent sound of the national anthem followed by the flyover...unbelievable!!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 9:54 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 223

I see grass of green, red brimmed hats too
I see some seats for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

The colors of the celebration sign so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They're really saying I love you.

I hear grown men crying, I watch them go
They know much more than I'll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world.

I was bored.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:02 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 224

Best tip to those irritated by the hot-dog lines: skip 'em and get the "Dugout Dog" from the vendors. They are better than the ones at the stands if you like your dogs to have the casing that has a little snap when you bite into it.

Between the Gophers game and opening day, I've sampled all the dogs and this was my favorite. And the best part is you don't have to leave your seat to get one.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:56 PM by Chris Highlight this comment 225

Well, they spent a bunch of extra money getting all the platforms to 3 car length, so I would hope they would use them. While you are right it might not help with the immediate rush out of the game, it would certainly help with capacity for coming into the game.

I saw my first one car train the other day, which looked extremely odd.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 11:01 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 226

Chris -- where did you find the dugout dogs? Those are the ones I want, too!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 11:01 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 227

That's so sad people selling OD Homer Hankies! Can't wait for tomorrow!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 11:17 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 228

Just fooling around to see what is left for tickets -- a number of good seats available for both Wednesday and Thursday. Section 110 and 109 both came up with 4 tickets in rows 12 to 15. Other sections available as well. The Twins do a dis-service to themselves by putting the "limited availability" splash-screen on the web for games. ALL games this year will be "limited availability", but I bet they still have 20,000 tickets available this homestand. If you want to go Tuesday or Wednesday night next week, you can pick where you want to sit.

It never changes -- Minnesotans hate to go out on school nights!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 11:36 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 229

aj - are you serious? i really hope you told that stupid lady hanging from the bat on the rod carew statue to "get the F off it right now you dumb B!"

we are going to tomorrow's game and if i see anyone messing with any of the statues like that i am certainly going to be inclined to say something pretty harsh to them.

some people are so stupid. have some f-ing respect for stuff like that!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 11:49 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 230

I noticed the ESPN camera angle from Center field wasn't nearly as high as FSN. click my name for the link and press play on the screen.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 11:53 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 231

A side note I read on the Boston Globe tonight...Our old friend Boof Bonser gave up 9 earned runs over 2 innings tonight during a AAA game.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 11:58 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 232

Rick, I heard you will be in the champions club tomorrow. I would really love to see some pics of it and hear all about it. Maybe my memory deceives me, but it seems like I've seen a million photos of the legends club, but hardly anything from the Champions Club. Please keep me informed.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:00 AM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 233

HebrewHammer16,

It's true! I'm walking on air tonight because I'll be joining one of our ninjas in the Champions Club for tomorrow's game!

If you're watching on TV, look for me in section 7 (closest to the Twins dugout), row K. I'll be the guy with the Twins cap, scorecard, and grin.

And, of course, I'll try to take a bunch of pictures -- though my principle goal tomorrow is to actually watch the game.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:11 AM by Rick 234

is town ball tavern open at gates? If so, anyone going wanna grab a beer with me (yes at 10:40am)

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:16 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 235

I know most people won't care about this, but to me its funny. Over at baseball-fever.com, people in the Citi Field thread are getting defensive since there has been mostly positive feedback from all sources regarding Target Field. It seems as though most of them really don't understand what goes into making a ballpark special.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:19 AM by Jeff Highlight this comment 236

Obviously enjoy yourself Rick (I'm very jealous), just don't skimp on the details of the CC. I would love to see some photos of inside the club and hear about those nice cushy seats you'll have. Can't wait to hear all about it!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:19 AM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 237

I was literally just on baseball fever reading that thread and thinking the exact same thing! You might catch me drinking at TB Tavern at that time, I'll have the Morneau Jersey, a Twins hat with Joe Nathan's signature, and a Grain Belt in my hand.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:21 AM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 238

Rick you deserve those seats more than anyone else in my opinion. I must thank you for everything you have done!! This site has only furthered my passion for the Twins!!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:22 AM by Jeff Highlight this comment 239

cool maybe i'll see you there, i'll be the indian dude with twins jersey (no name on it) and hat, but may have my hoodie on

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:24 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 240

I did get to see the Champions Club during one of the open houses, and I tried to take a bunch of pictures. But it's pretty dark in there, and everything turned out pretty blurry. Here's the best shot I got that day:


So, I'll try again, but forgive me if I don't get very much that is useful. (Also, I hear that the food and booze is free, so my pictures may be bllurrry for a different reason...)

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:37 AM by Rick 241

Has anyone heard about when they will start offering tours at TF?

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:38 AM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 242

Jeff,

I find that hilarious, particularly because it's mostly Mets fans who have been bashing on Citi Field over the past year. Now they're defending it? Those are Mets fans for ya!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:38 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 243

Just to take it a step further for people that read baseball-fever.com...

One person stated that Citi Field and Target Field are pretty much the same. The only reason for the positive Target Field reviews is "ONLY" because the Twins moved out of the Metrodome and that the media kisses Joe Mauer's azz 24/7. Target Field is a lot more bland and boring than Citi Field. If you remove the ads at Citi Field, it will blow Target Field away and lastly the only reason why Target Field is better is because of the Twins recent 2009 success.

Its funny how people react when others are praised for their efforts in designing a great ballpark for years to come.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:51 AM by Jeff Highlight this comment 244

Jeff,

I have a feeling their anger is being mis-directed. Mets fans have been pissed because they feel ownership did everything half-assed with Citi Field. It drives them nuts that they can't have a ballpark as nice as Yankee Stadium, but it REALLY chaps them when the "little engines that could" out there in flyoverland build and incredible ballpark which is getting praise by the national media. Poor poor Mets fans...LOL they are a real treat!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:55 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 245

Check out eBay item #120556666983.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 01:08 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 246

Wow... They're missing the sunglasses!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 01:13 AM by Rick 247

Watching just to see if it sells...WOW!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 01:17 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 248

It didn't occur to me to do anything more elaborate than this:


Hey, Noah, gimme those back! There may be 20K on the line!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 01:19 AM by Rick 249

Holy Crap! He must be kidding!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 07:08 AM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 250

Why would you put the promotional hanky and target hat in there? Dumb.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 07:31 AM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 251

In less than 2 hours...I'll be heading out for my first game at TF.
Couldn't be happier today.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 07:39 AM by luke Highlight this comment 252

Is it just me or is anyone else wondering why the hell Puck's ex-wife was unveiling his statue? Didn't she accuse him of all kinds of things? Wasn't it a nasty divorce?

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 07:41 AM by Terry Highlight this comment 253

Linc,

If I remember correctly, they don't sell them at the stands. You can only get them from the vendors roaming the aisles.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 07:52 AM by Chris Highlight this comment 254

I like the FS North camera height much better. It is higher but it is straight behind the pitcher. It is easier to see the ball going over the plate.

The ESPN was the old angle, off to the right of the pitcher and lower...I don't like that at all.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 07:53 AM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 255

Click my name for video of the national anthem and flyover from my seats!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 07:54 AM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 256

Vikeologist, awesome video! It didn't have the, let's say, creative camera work of my video. LOL Guess I should fix that. :)

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 08:03 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 257

Ah...thanks Chris! I'm going to look for one of those today.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 08:06 AM by Linc Highlight this comment 258

Linc--The hot dog vendors are easy to spot in red and white striped shirts (unlike the dayglo yellow the rest of the vendors wear). I sat in the Grandstand on Monday and we didn't see a hot dog vendor until the 8th inning, though. The snap of the dog was good with the natural casing, but I'll have to try another one before opining on the flavor.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 08:16 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 259

Nobody likes Bremer and Blyleven more than me, but I'd like to watch MLB tv's coverage of today's game just to get a different perspective....too bad it'll be blacked out.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 08:43 AM by Fred Highlight this comment 260

Hey guys,

I have 8 tickets for today's game. Section T, row 3. 3rd row of Skyline Deck on the same level as Legends Club.

They are $32 each plus fees from the Twins, I am just trying to get $20 each. Give me a call or text at 314-452-8659, as soon as I get these sold I am going into the game as well.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 08:50 AM by tom Highlight this comment 261

Hebrew, re: tours...
The guy I talked to on 33-TWINS a week or so ago said something about starting tours "sometime in May." I KNOW that the Bremer recording I listened to while on hold to buy tickets on that first Saturday of sales said it would that tours would start in April and be on non-gameday weekdays (maybe non-gameday Saturdays, too ?) Distinctly recall the times listed: 9:00, 11:00, 1:00, 3:00. Now, every time I call, I get a different clueless non-answer on the subject.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 09:21 AM by schweady Highlight this comment 262

The walks will haunt is awesome. I hope they keep it that way.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 09:22 AM by Schda Highlight this comment 263

While I was listening to the AWFUL GB Leighton Twins song, I remembered when, back in 1987, the local metal band Slave Raider did their own song: "Win Twins, Win" sung to the melody of "TNT" by AC/DC.....any here old enough to remember that one?

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 09:24 AM by Fred Highlight this comment 264

A buddy just called me and said he needed to get some tickets to next Tuesdays game. He needs to impress one of his VP's and some clients. He called me to pick him up tickets as he knew I knew the ballpark well.

Picked him up 4 tickets: Legends Club, Section P, Row 2.

I hope someone backs out and asks me to go. That would be where I would select Season Tickets if $$ wasn't an option. Maybe section N.

Anyone have a pic from this section?

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 09:35 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 265

Trosy, you can still use the 'seating views' thing, the Twins just hid it on their website:

http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/min/ballpark/seat_view.jsp

I sat in section T for the opener, they were great seats. I think anywhere on the club level would be "impressive".

:-)

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 09:40 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 266

http://www.gigapan.org/gigapans/47060/

Scan this pic, look at the fancy seats right behind homeplate. There is a guy with a dog sitting next to him, Damn Lucky dog if you ask me!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 09:01 AM by JoJo Highlight this comment 267

weather keeps getting better and better on weather.com!!!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 09:35 AM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 268

I have a couple of quick questions for Saturday's 12:10 game. First of all, what time will the gates be opening before the game? And second, do they serve bloody mary's at the Town Ball Brewery or any other pub at Target Field?

Personally I don't feel the GB Leighton is great, but I also don't think it's horrible. The lyrics are weak and the video is cheesy. But then again I've only heard it a couple times so after hearing for the 200th time by June, It might rank right up there with the Filet-o-Fish song.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 10:05 AM by Kingduck Highlight this comment 269

I think the GB Leighton song is pretty benign compared to Prince's Vikings song, which makes my ears bleed.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 10:10 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 270

Kingduck - I've only heard the song once, and I'm not sure I could stomach it another time. I will hit the mute button on my remote until I'm positive it's over.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 10:11 AM by Fred Highlight this comment 271

kingduck--Yes, bloody marys at Townball. $10, I think. Not sure about other watering holes in the park.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 10:27 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 272

Rick, I've been intending to request an article about this for some time, but could you do an article about things around TF? Like the bars and restaurants that one may be inclined visit pre or post gam. I think this would be a pretty interesting read!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 10:32 AM by MattW Highlight this comment 273

TWINS MAGIC NUMBER: 155

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 10:33 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 274

They're touting Leighton's work as a "new theme song," but (in addition to being un-group-singable/unlistenable) it mentions specific players who could come and go. That's enough right there to disqualify it from "theme" status.

Geez: odd statues, lame music... At least the ballpark and the team are both champion caliber!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 10:47 AM by schweady Highlight this comment 275

Thanks fiestaa, my seats are a short walk to the Townball so that sould work perfectly. I was thinking about going to Ike's because they have the most amazing bloodies I've ever had. (If you like ALOT of extras in them). But this should be much more convenient for any early start.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 10:53 AM by Kingduck Highlight this comment 276

After all the concerns about the wind on the upper deck concourse and debris getting blown into the 200 level seats during the Cardinals games, were there any problems on opening day?

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 10:54 AM by Jorge Highlight this comment 277

Matt, re: bars and restaraunts around TF...
Best guide I've seen is vita.mn's 'Take Me Out' --clicky

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 10:55 AM by schweady Highlight this comment 278

No kidding on GB Leighton! They would be better of with Queen "We are the champions" or "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang! LOL! Or what about the old Hamms beer theme song? From the land of sky blue water?????LOL! Start spreading the news!!!!!!!!!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 10:58 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 279



Sitting on the drink rails outside the TB tavern with a beer watching bp

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 11:04 AM by Guest Highlight this comment 280

trosy: Thanks for the magic number updates. MagicNumberGuy -- yes, that guy with the giant sign in the RF corner at games in that-other-place-the-Twins-used-to-play-in -- used to have a great website, but now he went twitter, so not so much.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 11:07 AM by schweady Highlight this comment 281

I'll be providing them all season schweady. I have a 44"x32" magic number countdown hanging on my office wall that I printed off the plotter. Cross em off as we go. Pretty sweet. My co workers think I'm nuts...

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 11:10 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 282

Guest, that's EXACTLY where I'll be tomorrow morning about that same time! Gates open, what two hours before game time? Is that right?

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 11:20 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 283

I sometimes post, but mainly lurk, at Baseball-Fever and checked out the Citi Field thread where the debate about Target Field is taking place. There are a few knuckleheads, but it mostly seems like people just being partisan to their own park and team. In all honesty, we think more of Target Field than most non locals ever will. By and large the majority of the Mets fans have been complimentary towards Target Field.

I went to Citi Field last season and thought it was a nice park. However, I definitely agreed with all the people who felt it was too much a tribute to Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers and not enough to the Mets and that was in June when the team had started to remedy the problem. That blunder looked especially bad in comparison to the new Yankee Stadium where they went the extra mile on history. The Twins deserve all credit for doing so much to highlight the team's history at Target Field.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 11:21 AM by Jorge Highlight this comment 284

No different than the HHH Metrodome, the gates open:

2 hours prior to game - Friday, Saturday, Sunday
1.5 hours prior to game - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

This should be put on some type of FAQ page as this question is asked quite often. I wonder if its even posted on the Twins site?

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 11:26 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 285

Here's most of the Target Field info:

http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/min/ballpark/access_guide.jsp

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 11:30 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 286

Mike, after I asked that question, I realized I saved the Strib big pullout feature on TF from April 4 and it had the gate open times. I looked around the Twins website, but couldn't find it, even tried a search.

I wish that vita.mn story about the drink/eats around TF had their open times. I wonder how many are opening early for 12:10 day games. I saw on Kieran's website it said 11:00 am open 7 days a week. Seems like if they opened even 30 minutes earlier, they could capture more business before a day game.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 11:33 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 287

Thanks F_T_K, now I feel like a moron for not finding it on the Twins site, but in my defense, that's too buried down at the bottom of the Target Field main page.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 11:35 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 288

anyone want free tickets to today's game? i know its late but my friend who had the tix cannot attend...e-mail me using the link. i'd transfer the tix electronically. field view seats, sec. 306, row 3.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 11:54 AM by MGM Highlight this comment 289

Man, such a come down seeing the Twins wearing those sucky blue jerseys after those 1961 throwbacks on Monday. The faster they jettison those blue jerseys, the better. I've always hated the two-tone uniform colors on baseball teams. The jersey and pants should always be the same color. Period. End of rant.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:01 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 290

I like the blue home jerseys...look a lot nicer than the all whites with pin stripes...IMO

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:05 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 291

kingduck--a couple friends and I started with breakfast at Ike's on Monday. They ordered the "weekender," which is the bloody mary with all the extras. They only have all the extras on weekends. My friends were disappointed, but they said the regular bloody mary was good, too.

Faber--I'm with you...wish they stuck with the classic home whites; after all look at how well they did last week with just road grays.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:11 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 292

I just wish they would stick with the home throwbacks all season. Those are really sharp looking.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:12 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 293

I'm just a traditionalist, that's all. I hate the way the players wear their pants down past their ankles, they look like pajamas. I want stirrups, I want one color for the pants and jerseys. Looks classy.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:12 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 294

Delmon the dope!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:14 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 295

I agree Vikeologist, I like the Blue uniforms as well. Actually now that the Twins improved the road uniforms, I like all of them.

Fred, you're not missing anything on MLB Network, they're just simulcasting the FSN broadcast today.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:17 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 296

not able to watch the game- anyone tell me how scutaro scored from first on a shot to left?

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:20 PM by MGM Highlight this comment 297

MGM, Delmon misplayed the ball, he went to slide as the ball landed in front of him and it bounced over him all the way to the wall. I'm actually surprised Pedroia didn't make it to third.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:25 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 298

I'm going to the game on Friday and I have a good idea of where most of the various concessions are located, per the taste of twins territory site. But where are the Kramarczuks stands located? Also--where is wine sold? I plan on having a couple brews but my wife is looking forward to some wine. Thanks.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:29 PM by crfire163 Highlight this comment 299

Why GB Leighton's "Twins Territory" Sucks.

1) They basically ripped off "Shipping up to Boston" by the Dropkick Murhpy's for the beginning of the song.

2) The pace of the song is incredibly slow, which makes it a bore to listen to.

3) The lyrics are completely uninspired. Throwing in town names and player names does not capture the emotion one would get from watching their team. The lyrics also do not instill any sense of Minnesota pride and you wouldn't catch me singing them.

4) Electric violin. Enough said.

5) Compare the other Minnesota theme/fight songs to Twins Territory. Skol vikings, state of hockey, and we're gonna win twins are all pretty simple songs, with state of hockey being the exception but that song rocks so it gets a pass.

tl;dr the song is terrible and won't be heard after this season, if it makes it that long.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:30 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 300

Psst...do the Twins know the webcams are still working?

Also, do we know if there are plans for the TC logo to be painted in color?

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:32 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 301

I agree that the stirrups look good, but holy hell are they annoying to play in. I like the blue jerseys in their own right (I even have one of them), but they just look dumb paired with the white pinstripe pants. Home whites or the home retros at Target Field only please.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:33 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 302

There was mention of Target Field tours in the April/May program, for those who wanted to know. Tours start at the Twins store and last about 60 minutes. It does not say what areas the tour includes.

Non game days (April-September, no Sunday's): 9, 11, 1 & 3
Offseason (October-March): No Sunday's, but it doesn't have times listed yet.

Adults: $15
Military w/ID: $12
Seniors (55 and older): $12
Students w/ID: $12
Children (6-15): $7
Children 5 and under are free

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:36 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 303

My dislike for O-Hud continues. At least he got a hit on Monday and scored. Already a dp though though today. :(

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:38 PM by DeePee Highlight this comment 304

Not sure if the TC is going to change. I would think no since it's the 50th year in MN. They're probably going to celebrate that the entire year and that's one way to celebrate the past. Just a guess though.

I don't think it really matters that the webcams are on. It's not like you can watch the game pitch by pitch on that thing.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:39 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 305

crfire,

The Kramarczuks stands are on carts scattered around. Not sure exactly where along concourses. As far as wine, I know that the bar right outside the Town Ball Tavern on the club level (where Guest posted his picture earlier) sells wine (my wife perked up when she saw that and was impressed with the quality).

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:42 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 306

I hate the way the players wear their pants down past their ankles, they look like pajamas.

Agree 100%.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:47 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 307

On Opening Day, there was a Kramarczuks stand on the main concourse right behind home plate.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:50 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 308

....and be prepared to stand in line for a while.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:51 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 309

Slowey need a 1-2-3 inning....

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:55 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 310

Faber College Alum--thanks for the info on the Kramarczuk/wine locations. Can't wait for Friday. I'm a big Twins fan but I admit that I look forward to the beer and food just as much.

Regarding uniforms, on ESPN, Rob Neyer just posted this question on his blog or twitter (or whatever its called)---"Why do the Twins wear their ugliest home uniforms more often than they wear their prettiest?"

Good question. They need to scrap those blue jammie unis and go full time to the classic '61 style or the other white ones. And I agree that wearing the pants down below the ankles looks rediculous.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:58 PM by crfire163 Highlight this comment 311



Fuck a roof

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:59 PM by Mazaratirick Highlight this comment 312

Cool, thanks Fred.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 12:59 PM by crfire163 Highlight this comment 313

It's raining!! Run for the exits or you'll melt!!! We should've put a roof on this ballpark!!!! What were they thinking?!?!?

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:01 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 314

wow, it starts raining a little bit and people start booking it for the concourses. Grow a pair and put on a jacket.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:02 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 315

that is so pathetic..the amount of people who ran for the concourses with a few raindrops coming down, id love to be there right now with a light rain...look what that dome has done to some minnesotans.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:04 PM by Erik Highlight this comment 316

I don't recall who said it, but it is absolutely true. Target Field is a convertible, Miller Park and other retractables have sunroofs. Just not the same.... Looking forward to Saturday...

Jared, what is your forecast for the weekend games (noon start Saturday)?

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:06 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 317

it'll take a little while before the masses are toughened up again to a little outdoor weather. :-)

Hopefully the Vikings stadium (making an assumption it will happen) doesn't have a roof (retractable or permanent).

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:08 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 318

Freakin' Punto.....

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:08 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 319

PUNTO SUCKS!!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:08 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 320

Dan - my bet is that the new Vikings stadium will have a roof so they can use the building to host other events like the Final Four, Super Bowl, tractor pulls, concerts, etc.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:10 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 321

someone tweeted on the MLB.com audio feed that some Twins fans were cheering when it started raining. Must be Ballpark Magic ninjas! :-)

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:11 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 322

Yeah, probably so, Fred.... It would be nice to have it open air, however. Skyline view from the other side of town would be sweet. Maybe they should just say they will never close it for Vikings games.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:12 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 323

I see the Champion Club seats are the ones that have had the biggest exodus with this rain. Typical. I bet Rick is still sitting there! The funny thing is I'm sitting in south Minneapolis, near Minnehaha Falls park right now and it's dry as a bone, we haven't seen a drop.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:14 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 324

Atta' boy O-Hud! It's about time! Keep 'em comin' now!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:14 PM by DeePee Highlight this comment 325

Yeah, some fans were cheering and chanting "outdoor baseball." I like it.

I agree that the Vikes stadium should be retractable so they can hold other events. Don't ever close it for Vikes games, but do it for other events. There are so few Vikings games that it's not worth it to have no roof. Especially when they say they want it to be 1 billion dollars.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:16 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 326

Agree with the pants looking like pajamas. I also wish MLB would restrict how bagging the players uniforms can be. They look like tents on some of them. Since I'm at it......I HATE THE STRAIGHT BILLED CAPS!!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:22 PM by unknowntwinsfan Highlight this comment 327

I'm listening to the game. The first time the crowd felt some raindrops they cheered. It was great!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:24 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 328

wow people worry too much about clothing...what are you women? lol JK!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:24 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 329

correction......baggy.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:25 PM by unknowntwinsfan Highlight this comment 330

Not a women here....just voicing my opinion. Next thing you know, MLB will have...PANTS ON THE GROUND, LOOKING LIKE A FOOL WITH YOUR PANTS ON THE GROUND!!!!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:27 PM by unknowntwinsfan Highlight this comment 331

what a bunch of pussies behind homeplate in the Champions Club. A little rain, and they bail...they probably went home. That is sad! GROW UP! A little rain wont kill you!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:29 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 332

Agree with the baggy pants. Just take a look at Ortiz. Now those are XXXXXXL's!!!!!! Soon some of these guys are going to trip running with them that low! LOL! Bring back the classic sturup socks and get rid of the dorky flat bill on the hats. Really like the classic throwback opening day look! I'm old school man!!!!!!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:30 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 333

I'm sure those people in the CC seats just stepped back into the CC Lounge to watch the game from in there...but I agree with you Vikeologist......

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:30 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 334

I don't like the stirrups, but I do like the high socks.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:31 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 335

The jerseys are selected by the starting pitcher, with the exception of the Home Opener and Saturday home games, which they will be wearing the 1961 throwbacks...so you can blame Slowey on the choice of the blue alternates today.

That's why I liked Santana, he usually chose the white tops as does Scott Baker. Liriano was a big fan those sleveless tops while Perkins always chose the blue alternate top.

Not sure what Pavano's favorite will be.

I would not mind the blue alternate tops once/week, but more than that is unnecessary in my opinion.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:32 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 336

C'mon NICKY!!!!!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:32 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 337

Great I'll be able to see those throwback this saturday!!!!!!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:33 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 338

Ok, so looking on the webcam, the seats look really empty, did it really clear out that much?

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:34 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 339

Punto is batting a solid .143

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:36 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 340

Just had a nice little 10 minute downpour here in Bloomington. Not raining now!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:41 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 341

Keep the stupid ball! How often will you catch a home run from a former MVP? Even if he's not from your team.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:42 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 342

I wouldn't throw the ball back...If I had a kid with me, I'd give it to him...if I didn't have a kid with me, I'd look for the kid sitting closest to me and hand it to them.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:45 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 343

Lets hope they kept the ball! Screw that stupid cubbie led tradition! KEEP THE BALL KEEP THE BALL!!!!!!!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:46 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 344

Nope...they threw it back. As soon as he caught it, you could see a couple guys in front of him motioning for him to throw it back. What a fool.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:47 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 345

Booooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!! So stupid!!! I agree Fred give it to a kid. What a waste! That supposed to make you look tough er something to throw it back? Please!!!!!!!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:51 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 346

We got our first delay? Is that it for Slowey?

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:53 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 347

Yeah, Slowey wanted the mound fixed. His cleats were full and he didn't like how he was landing.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:55 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 348

And I meant to also say that..yeah, that's probably it for Slowey.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 1:56 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 349

Neshek looking good.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 2:06 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 350

If I was at Target Field and they chose to play through the rain, I'd throw on the rain poncho and tough it out, but perhaps choose the heaviest part of the rain as my chance to restock on beer and hot dogs. That said, I don't see sitting in a downpour as any badge of honor, show of toughness or proof of who is a "real fan". It's actually quite silly for those without rain gear, so if people want to hit the concourse and stay dry, more power to them.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 2:07 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 351

Is it me, or does Dustin Pedrioa look just like Giovanni Ribisi? Click on name if you don't know who I'm talking about.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 2:21 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 352

I agree with the idiocy of throughing the home runs balls back. Keep it and give to a kid, this isn't Wrigley, and even there it is stupid.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 2:27 PM by Duffman Highlight this comment 353

Uhh...Throwing

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 2:28 PM by Duffman Highlight this comment 354

You won't build a retractable stadium and leave it open for vikings games no matter what. First of all if you are going to pay for a retractable roof you aren't going to pay for the kind of drainage you would need to drain off the stands. So it simply won't happen that way. Deal with it.

Secondly you cannot build a stadium that large with taxpayer money and have it not be available for use 6-7 months out of the year. You would have to insert you cranium in your anal cavity to think like that. Double that if it is downtown MPLS.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 2:30 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 355

just want to chime in and agree with the anti-ball throwing sentiment... KEEP THE BALL, KEEP THE BALL

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 2:33 PM by Thrillhouse Highlight this comment 356

Now Morneau...you don't need to swing for the fences...

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 2:41 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 357

Are we going to have a fifty minute rant, saying all the same things over and over, every time someone throws a ball back on the field - or, can we all just agree, for the umteenth time, that it's really dumb, should be left in Chicago, should be given to a kid, etc., etc., and move on?

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 2:43 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 358

Too many ducks on the pond left standing today!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 2:44 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 359

Dan-
From where I will be sitting it will be sunny and 65 degrees. Except that will be a few hundred miles south at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska for the Husker Spring game! Sorry couldn't resist...

I don't have time right now to get a forecast out, but will try to post one tonight for you.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 2:46 PM by jared Highlight this comment 360

oops, was going to post this too...

From a quick glance at the weekend weather, it looks like it should be a pretty good weekend. I will give more details later.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 2:48 PM by jared Highlight this comment 361

What is with that boys stance (youklis, I think thats how you spell it)? He looks like he's gotta go to the bathroom.

Re: the Vikings stadium. I hate the idea of any state money being used for it at this time. As a state employee who is in danger of being laid off due to cuts I just can't support it. No matter if it has a roof or not. Besides, they haven't begged for enough years to deserve a new stadium yet.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 2:56 PM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 362

Looks like the old Crain is back..

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 2:58 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 363

Thanks Jared, Will be there Saturday vs those pesky Royals! Forcast looks fantastic! Meatball Crain at it again!!!!OUCH!!!!!Another 2 out hit!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 3:00 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 364

Cuddy takes it deep to left. Guess the trees out in center not bothering him that much! LOL!!!!!!! Rally caps ON!!!!!!!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 3:07 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 365

I work about 400 yards north of the Ballpark, and was in a meeting for the last half-hour. Heard the fireworks, and my first thought was "one of the Twins must have hit a home run..." :-)

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 3:26 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 366

Holy crap, Ortiz hit the ball?!?!?! and it wasn't off Jesse "the new boof bonser" Crain..

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 3:26 PM by Jcm-Baseball Highlight this comment 367

RALLY CAPS, RALLY CAPS, RALLY CAPS

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 3:26 PM by Jcm-Baseball Highlight this comment 368

Jorge and Moda, taking things a little too seriously....;-) My point is that it is great to have outdoor baseball, and I look forward to outdoor football (hopefully). Obviously if it is a downpour and lightning and wind, I would head for the concourses if I didn't have raingear. I also understand the need to maximize the utility of the football facility for non-football events. I still believe if they do it right, they find a way to keep the roof open for football 95% of the time or more. A blizzard would warrant closing it, but not cold weather, and not flurries. IMO...

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 3:30 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 369

Well I guess we will not go undefeated at home this year! LOL! Too bad Crain let it get out of hand in the 8th. Neshek pitched well. Too many walks by Slowey but he hung in there! Let get the rubber game tommorow!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 3:38 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 370

TWINS MAGIC NUMBER: 154

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 3:41 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 371



Today's Cuddypic-he hit a HR in the 8th. I was in the bathroom again. 

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 3:57 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 372

Clearly Jax, you should go hang out in the bathroom more often when Cuddy hits.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 4:06 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 373

LOL! Jax. I see they said it was not a sellout today? Short by more than 1000. Speaking of Cans...Did they get rid of the peeing trouhs (sp) in the mens cans? Might mean longer almost women like lines even at the mens cans? Got the Knuckleballer Wakefield vs Francissssssssssco tommorow! Lets get the series!!!!!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 4:12 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 374

Yes, we have urinals now. It's also been reported that the lines can be long. It'll probably get better when people find out where all of the bathrooms are.

Jax, could you stay in the bathroom longer next time?

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 4:19 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 375

LOL! Yes Jax anytime the twins come to bat head to the head and don't come out til the inning is ova! LOL! They have some nice flat screens in the cans? LOL!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 4:26 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 376

comps probably aren't included in the sold attendance I'm guessing?

I have so far been in the bathroom for all Twins Homeruns this season.

Did anyone see how the sun came out when Mauer came to the plate late in the game!? I think I might have even seen a rainbow...and heard an angel cry...

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 4:27 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 377

Man, TwinkFan, don't hurt yourself from all your LOLs today.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 4:27 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 378

Jax if Cuddy come to bat and the bases are loaded you MUST go to the bathroom.

Anybody hear the details of Mahay (sp) being brought up? Does this mean Mijares is being sent to AAA? I know they said it was because they wanted another lefty in the bullpen but didn't hear what else that meant for the pitching staff.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 4:28 PM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 379

So this is one of the big things I HATE about being an "out of market" fan: even when you spend all kinds of money on mlb.tv, mlb AtBat apps, etc, you only get the game, and when you're lucky enough to have the mlb people forget to turn the feed off afte the game and you get to hear part of the postgame download, just when it gets to the part you actually wanted to hear, the finally cut the feed...

So, did anyone happen to catch (during the "around the bases segment") what it is that the Twins are the last remaining team in the AL to do this year? And whatever else was in that segment?

Thanks Minnesota residents. My heart's at home with you all.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 4:33 PM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 380

Alex Burnett to Rochester...

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 4:33 PM by Max Highlight this comment 381

Sorry bout that Fab! LOL!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 4:49 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 382

the seats were kind of expensive to be spending the Twins half of the inning in the can... but I guess I can take one for the team. lol

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 4:52 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 383

I just got back. TF seemed to clear out very nicely. No recycled air blowing you out the door. No real gridlock in the concourse getting out.

I agree with Maz...including today's rain delay, forget the roof. That was the most fun I've had at a Twins game in a long time.

Billymays, I'll second, the "anthem" is not great. When FSN debuted it, it was OK. Hearing it at the game today, it's time for a change. Already.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 4:55 PM by luke Highlight this comment 384

How bout sending Jessie Craine to Rochester also? OK OK it's just one game!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 4:58 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 385

Hey I'm guest
Rick- I keep subscribing to it but it keeps posting as guest

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 5:04 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 386

this is so cool

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 5:56 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 387

you know, Natron just reminded me that we got rained on at a Twins home game last year - at 163 the roof over our section, and others, was leaking profusely.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 6:22 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 388

Anyone know if they're going to replay the opening day game again? I wanted to score the game (didn't want to do the scoring at the actual game) and I set my DVR for the wrong channel. Opening Day shrine plans foiled! Oh the horror!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 6:35 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 389

HCMC reports only one rain related fatality at Target Field today - a wicked witch (from the American League West).

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 6:46 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 390

Just discovered they archive the MLB.com Gameday tracker - all the scoring stats available there. Opening day shrine plans saved!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 7:17 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 391

according to my channel guide that goes out 2 weeks, it doesn't appear to air again - so far.

maybe it'll be a rainout sub, you know how they do... since it's an instant Twins Classic.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 7:18 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 392

Jax, that is really cool. The photos look almost like they are pictures of the TF model not the real thing!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 8:00 PM by MattW Highlight this comment 393

You know, I think that when the shadow of the roof covers the field a bit, it kind of reminds me of the Target logo. I am trying to locate a photo that I saw.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 9:10 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 394

Anyone willing to give up some parking secrets? I will be at the game tomorrow and I am wondering where people had the best luck with parking. Thanks!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 9:12 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 395

you can kind of see it on the webcam from the 04/12 game at 5:30pm

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 9:17 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 396

Jeff, we parked by the dome and rode the light rail. Total cost for the two of us was $7.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 9:18 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 397

I would just like to do a quick rant and I hope this doesn't offend anyone. Seriously a lot of people in this state need to grow a pair when it comes to mass transit and riding the light rail. I was born in NYC and also lived in Japan for 4 months, so I have experienced when you LITERALLY are pressed together like sardines. Once again today, and this has happened far too many times, I am getting on the light rail, and some guy comments that it's already full and no more people should get on. Are you F'ing kidding me? While it was somewhat full, people were not moving back to fill up space, and there was still a lot of room between people. I know this kind of mass transit is new to the state, but mass transit can be an amazing thing, and people need to get over their concept of the personal bubble. There is no way I'm going to wait for the next train because your feelings on personal space feel intruded upon, if you don't like it, you can get off, and I will get on. I would seriously love one of these people to go to NYC and tell a New Yorker they can't get on the subway because they've determined it's full enough. Ok, I'm done... I would love to hear comments both positive and negative. For some reason I'm expecting a lot of negative. Rick, I can't wait to see pics from the Champions Club today.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 9:26 PM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 398

Jared are you a Husker fan?

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 9:28 PM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 399

HH,

I agree. People don't know how to move to the back. Once all the seats are taken people stand in the doorway. There is always a lot of room on the upper parts for standing. If you don't want to be cramped then wait to get on the train.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 9:33 PM by Joe117 Highlight this comment 400

HH16,

As a former D.C. commuter on the subway, I can't disagree with you.

Two tips:A) Guys, just make sure you're standing next to a hot chick, and B) watch your wallet.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 9:36 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 401

Brandon T-
Yessir. I am from Almost Nebraska, South Dakota (AKA Yankton). The majority of my family hails from Nebraska. Red is my favorite color. I husked corn for what seems like my entire life. Almost like destiny.

Right now the weekend forecast looks pretty solid for MN. Friday through Monday a nice stable air mass slides into the area. The KC games should have great blue skies and highs just short of 70. I don't see any complications (other than varying degrees of lighter cloud cover) and am jealous because of the photo opportunities I am missing out on. But not too jealous as I will have plenty of photo opportunities at the Husker spring football game, which will have pretty similar conditions. So enjoy the game, get a tan at a baseball game for once and I hope to see some great shots from the games.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 9:59 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 402

Jared,

Thanks for the forecast for Lincoln on Saturday as I will be there also for the Husker Spring Game. (Section 37 Row 7 North Stadium). Right now 70,000 tickets sold, it will be a great spring day for some football (and husker baseball after the game). To round out the day will be going to the Volleyball spring game.

I will be bringing my XM radio to the game to listen to the Twins and will also be taping the game. I will be looking forward to your forecasts for the 3rd & 4th of July when I will be there. Go TWINS !! and enjoy the Huskers.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 10:00 PM by Mark in NE Highlight this comment 403

When I was watching the Kirby statue unveiling against the railing on the steps above it, there was people two rows deep behind me to try to see. I had old man weiner pressed against me for 20 minutes. Maybe you guys don't care about that kind of closeness with strangers but women do. yuck.

That being said, I think we'd have to expect it on these rides to the games... i just won't ride...lol

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 10:03 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 404

...the light rail, that is.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 10:04 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 405

No argument here either HH. 2 things drive me nuts about Minnesotans. Number 1 being exactly what you stated in your rant. Number 2 is when a massive amount of people are leaving a sporting event at either Target Center and Xcel, they crowd the bottom of the escalators...get off the damn thing and start walking. It amazes me how clueless some people are. I always see people getting hurt at the bottom of an escalator because the dopes in front of them don't move their asses out of the way. Oh and riding in the left lane - MN is notorious for that too. But hey, the summers are nice!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 10:05 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 406

ok Jax...It obviously didn't gross you out that much since you put up with it for 20 minutes. I'm sure if it bothered you so much you could have shifted away from the weiner a little...Fess up honey!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 10:06 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 407

i was a total bitch to him but i think he had dementia or was very deaf. lol and I did shift. trust me.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 10:14 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 408

Considering they had an Opening Series "ticket lottery drawing" its kind of sad the Twins did not "sell out" today's game as there were over 1,000 tickets that went unsold. I realize 1,000 is a very small number, but its the fact of the matter that the Twins released additional tickets but yet fans continued to get the "limited inventory" available when they would click on the online ticket icon.

Maybe next time, they should release those "extra" tickets earlier or fix the online ticketing system so fans are aware of the fact that there are tickets remaining rather than getting the "limited inventory" message.

I think the Twins bit themselves on this move by waiting as long as they did to release those extra tickets. Even if they anticipated higher season ticket sales, they should have previously had a number they would want to cap off season ticket sales at. This whole ticket availability issue doesn't make sense this year.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 10:15 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 409

do they count comp tickets in that total as they aren't technically sold but free? Player tickets etc..

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 10:19 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 410

Mike--I agree with the ticket situation. They held back way too many tickets when the public sale occurred--they could have actually sold out several more games than they did. And the fact that they still have the limited inventory warning popping up is nuts--I would expect that kind of ineptitude from the Gopher ticket office (don't get me started), but the Twins seem to always have such a good handle on things. Oh well, this higher-than-expected level of ticket inventory helped me get a nice deal this morning on stubhub for today's game.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 10:22 PM by ew Highlight this comment 411

I am not sure what they count when they consider the official attendance.

I just heard on the channel 9 news that the game was not sold out and over 1,000 tickets went unsold.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 10:32 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 412

dumb

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 10:36 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 413

well i just found out my 13 year old son ran up a huge cell phone bill texting when I told him the phone he was using was pay per text and he wasn't allowed to use it for that.

it's a fun day when you first find out you can't trust the little shits.

i'm going to bed.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 10:40 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 414

Has anyone here spotted the Michelbob's ribs or the Turkey Leg stand at TF? Where are they? Also, anyone try the Garlic Fries or Walleye on a Spike? Looking forward to trying both of these and would like to hear your comments.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 10:45 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 415

Mark in NE-
We have south endzone tickets this year, but not doubt will make our way around the stadium as we do every year. We have a group of 10 going, some of which are also going to the volleyball game. Should be a great day for sport this Saturday.

Jax and others-
Your tilt shift video was cool. I actually had also made one of my own (just a still image though) and uploaded it tonight. I have linked to the page that should take you to the large size of it. If it doesn't work, let me know. It might even look better in original (super-mondo) size. Actually, now that I look at the mondo size, it is good but could be better. Either way, enjoy.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 10:52 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 416

It is going to be a long year if fox sports continues to play that horrible twins song. I turn the channel every time they play it and turn it back 30 seconds later. I also like how they introduced gb leighton as a famous twin cities band, maybe they are, but I have never in my life heard of them.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 11:02 PM by dirwin7 Highlight this comment 417

Jimmer: Michelbob's is located within the State Fair Classics concession stand in CF. The turkey leg was on the 300 level on the 1B side about section 308 or so I believe. It had the roasted corn with it.

The garlic fries were at the Town Ball Tavern and I may try them tomorrow morning for breakfast!! Yee haw garlic breath...My parents were at one of the exhibitions and tried the walleye spike. They said it was extremely mediocre especially for the $11 price tag as it had entirely too much breading on it.

I had the Vincent burger on Monday and it was very tasty. Destroyed the Jucy Lucy I had in the Town Ball Tavern. I was also happy to see they are serving Kramarczuks sausages in the Legends Club (where there was little to no wait on Monday) after I saw some of the bananas lines in the concourses for them...

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 11:10 PM by Max Highlight this comment 418

Jax Was the old man's wiener a dinger dog or big dog or just an original dog. At least you didn't have to stand in line to get your hot dog.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 11:27 PM by Thor Highlight this comment 419

Was pretty much every seat in the 300s sections protected from the rain by the canopy today? other than any of the wind-blown variety, of course. Did anyone make note of rows covered/uncovered?

And, before anyone starts flashing their rain badge of honor, I'm just looking for the times that I know I can leave the poncho at home. Thanks.

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 11:30 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 420

i was in 304 and it was covered, i loved that it started raining i cheered :) if i wasn't covered all i would do is grab my hoodie put my hood or just tough it out

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 11:33 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 421

Also i enjoyed that he played solid gold and atmosphere during the game

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 11:58 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 422

Sooj, what row were you in. I have a 20 game plan in 304 row 11. Very interested to hear about being covered.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 12:11 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 423

i would like to place a wager.

the wager: how many times will "twinkfan" write "LOL!" and/or use MULTIPLE exclamation points in his posts today? i am throwing out the over/under at 80.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 12:21 AM by Betaband Highlight this comment 424

Josh i was in row 7

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 01:05 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 425

I would say it looked to me (in a light, steady rain with little wind) that the entirety of the 300 sections were dry. The 200 sections where not, and the rain started to hit right about the wheelchair rows.

Any sort of breeze however, and the first couple of rows in the 300s seemed to get wet. I was in row 6 of 319 and did not.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 06:19 AM by Linc Highlight this comment 426

Thanks, guys. So, anybody in the last rows of the 300s with a rain experience report? totally dry? and how protected was the upper concourse and those vendor carts in the rain? If I recall correctly, reports were that the wind during the StL games made it miserable for those folks.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 06:44 AM by schweady Highlight this comment 427

oh don't pick on the TwinkLover...he's just enthusiastic. lol

Thor...LOL thank you for cheering me up with that. lmao

I can tell you I saw turkey legs on the upper level on the field side of the concourse at a cart - can't remember what section but they looked good!

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 07:06 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 428

I was in 301, row 2, seat 4 and wasn't covered from the rain, as I was too far forward of and past the canopy. I think some of the section was covered, but not much of it because of it's odd shape and being the last on the third tier.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 07:38 AM by Grizzly Adams Highlight this comment 429

Thank you to those sharing stories from the 300 level. It's is good to hear about that area once in a while. Can't wait to go watch a game there.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 07:51 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 430

That stupid "Limited Inventory" splash screen. If there are tickets left to be purchased on the website, just remove the damn thing. Not many people realized that there was the work-around of clicking on the schedule link from another game.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 08:15 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 431

Grizz -- you're probably right about the end sections, since the halo does flare at the ends. Thanks for correcting me.

Schwed -- My impression of the upper concourse both Monday and Wednesday were very different than the St. Louis games. It was not windy at all along the concourse, and was generally a pleasant place to be. I did see a couple of area with some damp spots, so there must have been a little rain blowing in at places, but it certainly wasn't much. The cart vendors were high and dry from what I saw.

I think if we have a strong wind going west to east (out towards center field) and some rain, you could have the unique outcome of being dry in your seats in the upper deck (outside of row 14), but getting drenched on the concourse. Well, we'll all find out together!

Finally, while I think the row 14 seats (very top of the stadium) are the most unpredictable in terms of weather, they will be the nicest place to be on hot summer days. If there is any breeze at all, you'll get there.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 08:28 AM by Linc Highlight this comment 432

Josh only about the last few rows will be totally covered like rows 9-14. I'll be in the sun in section 325 row 6 first of 20 games! Forecast looks great 65 and sunny! Lets get that rubber game today and pound the 60 year knuckleballer today.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 08:37 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 433

On yesterday's game: I thought it funny that the box score said that Cuddy homered to "deep left", but when I saw the replay he had hit it into the first row of section 128...

During batting practice before the opener, someone from the Twins (I couldn't tell who) put a couple into the upper sections in left, including one that probably bounced onto the terrace concourse. Those would certainly qualify as "deep left"!

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 08:41 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 434

My class is taking standardized tests (don't even get me started...)the next couple days, so the more banter the better from all of you.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 09:16 AM by Ole Highlight this comment 435

Uh oh, new filter?

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 09:23 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 436

they've said in the past that they don't count the give away tickets in the attendance. Sticky?

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 09:31 AM by moda253 Highlight this comment 437

I had friends who walked up and were able to get tickets from a scalper for $5 in the RF overlook yesterday.

Like I said last night, there would have been a much higher demand for games 2 and 3 had the Twins not had that "limited ticket inventory" message on their ticketing site, but the general public was probably under the assumption that tickets were not available for the Boston series (game 2 and 3) and as a result, many people probably chose not to go to the game since they figured there would be no tickets available.

I just think its a little sad you can walk up 20 minutes before the first pitch and get tickets for $5 in the lower level against a prime opponent in the second-ever game in the ballpark.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 09:56 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 438

HebrewHammer16,

I've noticed the same thing on trains. I wouldn't chalk it up to a personal space issue -- that will come eventually. But right now, when I've seen it, it mostly just appears to be general cluelessness.

Last week I got on a train that was just starting to fill up. The seating was full, as was the lower standing area between the doors, but the aisles were not. In both directions, people who were on the steps did not move when others tried to get on, despite the fact that there was plenty of room. They simply weren't paying attention, and it didn't occur to them that they could help by moving.

It appeared that once they found a spot -- a post to hold on to, a seat back to lean on -- they stopped thinking, assuming that they would be standing there for the remainder of the trip.

In a loud (and somewhat parental, I admit) voice, I said, "All the way to the back, please." One woman looked at me, scowled, and then moved -- I'm not kidding -- six frickin' inches further in, essentially a shift of her body weight. It wasn't even a full person's width, despite the fact that it was obvious to anyone who was looking that A) there was plenty more room (like four feet of it), and B) it was needed for more people to get on the train.

So how do you explain that? Personal space is one possibility. Rudeness is another (which was the explanation in this case).

But another is the lack of willingness in others to force that person backward until she reached the very back of the car (and then, because of her earlier unwillingness to yield, crushing her into uncomfortability as penance), or even say something.

Even more likely is that many people, riding the train for either the first time or just one of several infrequent times, have no sense of what a full train actually means. At about the 70% capacity point, they appear to think (you can see it in their eyes), "This train is pretty full. Those people can just catch the next one."

Thankfully, the outbound trains after games have Metro Transit workers shouting for people to move back, and they keep putting people on the trains until it actually is full, which serves as a lesson on what full trains are all about. Eventually, people will start to catch on.

Like you, I learned about this in New York, where what I once would have thought of as full trains continue to take on people, stop after stop, until everyone is pretty smooshed together. But whenever somebody needs to get out, everybody allows it to happen, and whenever somebody needs to get in, a little more air space between people disappears. If 100 people each take a deep breath, 50 more can get on. If those 150 smoosh just a little more, there room for another 25.

Minnesotans just don't have enough experience with trains to know that. And at least some don't have the presence of mind to pay attention and do the right thing.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 09:57 AM by Rick 439

Jared, Mark in NEB,

Great to hear from a couple husker fans. My whole family is from Lincoln, although I have been in the Twin Cities my whole life. I get down there for a game every year. Last year I was at the Oklahoma game, awesome. I am very jealous you'll be at the spring game...I'll just have to settle on TF, darn. GO BIG RED!

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 10:05 AM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 440

I sat with a guy yesterday who had a whole big stack of unsold tickets for the game. I talked to another who had a bunch of primo seats that he couldn't even give away. Both said that the market was almost non-existent, that prices had totally crashed on Stubhub, and people were scarfing up $10 seats like crazy.

What actually happened might be interesting to look at, because it was clearly a misplay by the Twins, but these things (free markets) are tough to figure out.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 10:08 AM by Rick 441

True, Rick. I also think "Minnesota Nice" plays a role. Standing your ground clenching that safety rail with a smile on your face is pretty much passive-aggressive personified.

I think this is a perfect illustration as to why most Twins fans hate the Yankees fans so much. When it comes to this way of thinking, we are on different ends of the spectrum. We're passive aggressive, they're active aggressive.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 10:12 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 442

Man glad I do not have to ride that sardine can. Coming to the game from north end of town means exit on broadway drive down washington a few blocks hang a right and park free on the side street only 3 blocks from the park! Easy in easier out!!!!

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 10:13 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 443

hey guys -

I'm looking to buy tickets for the June 12th Twins/Braves game.

It's my parents 30th anniversary, they're huge Twins fans and I'm hoping to get them tickets, a limo ride to the game, and dinner somewhere nice (probably Murray's) - but the game is sold out so I'm in a pickle.

If anyone would be interested in selling - shoot me an email - I'd be very appreciative...

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 10:15 AM by CJ Highlight this comment 444

I'd bet the reason so many tickets weren't sold was because of the fact that it was a noon game on a Wednesday.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 10:19 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 445

Rick-Thanks for fixing my in game magic posting name

Also when do the tickets for Ballpark magic night get mailed out?

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 10:25 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 446

Betaband = Minnesota nice personified! Sarcasm, cough, cough

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 10:27 AM by N.D. (aka N.D. "Rube") Highlight this comment 447

Is it possible to download the 'Win Twins' song at the bottom of this article? I thought I recall there being an option to "save target as", but I'm unable at this time.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 10:27 AM by lindywig Highlight this comment 448

While riding the campus connector between the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses at the U, I found the best way to get people to move back on a crowded bus was to put your head down and keep moving forward.

People do have personal space issues, so the best way to get them to move is by invading that personal space. Just walk right up to somebody and they'll move back. You don't even have to say anything or look at them (in fact, don't; this may lead to an unwanted confrontation). I've gotten myself and others on plenty of "full" buses by using this method.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 10:31 AM by Chris Highlight this comment 449

I have a headache,

Yesterdays game was fun... i did not notice the rain until it really poured.. my seats in the lf bleechers kept me dry not a drop,,, we started cheering.. and i was yelling at the boston bullpen cuz they got their chairs up and moved all the way back to the dry end..

we parked at the lot next to the dome, 3.50! and tailgated liquid style no food.. then walked per the trains were just packed , on lot on first ave wanted 30 bucks to park.. getthefucouttahere....

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 10:32 AM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 450

Jimmer - I realize that it was a Wednesday noon game, but this was the second-ever game at Target Field and it was the Boston Red Sox.

The Twins bit themselves by holding on to those extra tickets too long before releasing them last week. By than, most of the general public was under the assumption that the game was simply "sold out" and there were no tickets remaining. Not to mention, every time you clicked on the ticket icon on the ticketing site, you always encountered the "limited ticket inventory" message.

This is a new era in Twins baseball and with the outdoor ballpark comes an increased amount of day games, specifically in April.

It's just a joke that they had an "Opening Series Lottery" and many fans got rejected for the chance to buy tickets to the opening series.

I know for a fact the Twins could have sold out this game, but they did a horrible job managing the ticket inventory and notifying the general public. Release the tickets earlier or fix the online ticketing system to prevent the "limited inventory" message from popping up. If tickets are available, you should not be seeing the limited inventory message.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 10:55 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 451

Right-click on my name to download the music (recorded on opening day at Gate 34).

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 10:57 AM by Rick 452

CJ,

Check out TC Traders. Looks like two available right this minute.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 10:59 AM by Rick 453

rick - just did that (thought about it right after posting)

thanks

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 11:02 AM by CJ Highlight this comment 454

Chad,

I created and installed the "LOL Expander/Highlighter", but turned it off for the moment. It's at the ready should it be needed.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 11:03 AM by Rick 455

Cool Facebook links (Gigapan and tilt-shift time-lapse). One of those tilt shift cameras was mounted next to a TV camera platform at the top of my aisle - it was a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, wrapped in a baggie. Bad-ass.

About the trains - I think Truth's take is pretty much right-on. People don't know what to do, and are much more comfortable standing their ground and not being noticed. On my way to opening day, the standing room on the LRT was crowded, but there were still several open seats on the slightly raised ends. A guy was sitting up there and shouted out 3-4 times during the trip, "we've got open seats back here, plenty of room." Nobody moved a muscle.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 11:05 AM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 456

To all May 4 Overlookers,

I am now in possession of the tickets for May 4. They'll be in the mail shortly!

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 11:10 AM by Rick 457

I don't get all the hand-wringing over tickets being available for Wednesday's game. I doubt the Twins are really fussing over a couple hundred unsold tickets. They're making money hand over foot and a few empty seats ain't going to do anything but make it easier on the fans who did show up.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 11:10 AM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 458

From the web cam looks like no Batting practice today?

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 11:11 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 459

oh good Rick, very good, thank you very much sir (Indian accent)

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 11:12 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 460

How have the LRT trains been about having conductors check tickets? Those trains pretty much operate on the honor system which would seem like an invitation for people to just board without paying the fare.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 11:13 AM by Jorge Highlight this comment 461

You in the homerun porch for those Rick?. Friend of mine got 4 tickets @ $10.00 each for that game and it includes some sort of food. Promotion through his Credit card and US Bank. I'll be at that game also. 1st of 6 games in May at the yard!

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 11:14 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 462

Yeah that's why NYC has got it right, you pay before you get into the station

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 11:15 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 463

Eh, given the hefty fine if you do get caught without a ticket on the LRT, I would think you're pretty stupid if you try to get by without spending the couple bucks on the platform. I think it's less an issue than some people make it.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 11:17 AM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 464

How has the wind been on the upper concourse, especially the debris blowing into the 200 level seats? There were a lot of complaints and worries after the Cardinals series, but few comments for the Red Sox games. Have things been better?

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 11:21 AM by Jorge Highlight this comment 465

I heard somewhere that they thought only about 60-70% of the people actually bought tickets on the cho cho! More so on the busier weekends to the mall of america.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 11:23 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 466

Buffalo,

True, though it will become more of an issue. On Monday, I ended up parking near the Dome and needed to hop onto the LRT to get to TF. Well, trains were stopping every five minutes or so, but there was only one ticket kiosk. The line had grown to nearly thirty people. Like a good Minnesotan, I stood in line and watched four trains stop and go before I paid my 50 damn cents to get on the train. I doubt many would do the same.

If they added one or two more kiosks at the Dome terminal, things would go much more smoothly and there would be less incentive to sneak a free ride.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 11:27 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 467

Buffalo,

Hand-wringing? Not really. But, as was observed, it was not expected that ticket prices to the second game ever at TF, against a marquee team no less, would plummet like they did. $10 tickets (well below face value) were plentiful, and I bet the last batch of tickets, probably sold in the 3rd or 4th inning to someone on the street, went for well under $10 each.

It's a puzzle, not a worry. Did the Twins' approach (saying it was sold out, then releasing tickets -- including some they listed directly on Stubhub) do something unexpected to the market? Or was it just a day game thing? Did they give away too many (to people who passed them on or just didn't use them)? Or did demand just dry up because people assumed they'd never get a ticket so they didn't even try? Or is it some measure of the difference in value between "first game" and "not first game"?

For people who follow the ebb and flow of human behavior (economics, markets, etc.), it's a very interesting question -- to which there will probably never be a definitive answer.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 11:36 AM by Rick 468

Thanks to all for your canopy/rain protection answers. I'm in sec 310 row 7 on Saturday, so it seems like I'll be protected from... the BLAZING SUN! Guess I'll be roaming a bit to catch some rays (and some beer, since 310 is one of the Prohibition sections).

Jax: A simple "I'm headed to the bathroom" alert will suffice, so we can all sit up and pay close attention.

OMG, I was just about to insert an LOL right there... :)

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 11:49 AM by schweady Highlight this comment 469

Rick, did they really release some directly to stubhub for that game? Is there any way to tell those apart from the other listings? Did they do so for the opener as well?

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 11:54 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 470

"I sat with a guy yesterday who had a whole big stack of unsold tickets for the game."

Unsold by whom? The Twins have no control over tickets that have already sold once.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 12:04 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 471

Uh oh. Do we need an "OMG Expander/Highlighter" as well?

There is no way to tell by looking at the listing on Stubhub that the Twins placed it. You need a little bit of knowledge, which is plentiful among the people who do this sort of thing a lot.

There's nothing wrong with the team doing that, of course. In at least one case that I know of from yesterday, they were dumping the tickets -- selling them for less than face value because they didn't sell at face value through the standard ticketing system.

These are largely tickets that were held in the hopes of luring new STHs which now can go on the market, game by game. I've heard that the team may resume some new STH sales for this year on a very limited basis because they do still have some availability.

Obviously, they can't sell for less than face on their own site. But the big question is why the team would list anything at face value on their own site when they could get more than that on Stubhub? The answer may lie in what they project the market value of each ticket to be. And it may be the case that they start out one place and end up selling in the other.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 12:09 PM by Rick 472

On the webcam it looks like the white TC was repainted after the rain, but not the OD logos along the baselines. I supposed they'll be washed off completely after today's game. Am I seeing this right: no bunting along the foul territory right at field level? Anyone else think that looks a little off?

Happy Jackie Robinson Day: "You can't tell the players WITH a scorecard."

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 12:11 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 473

Ben,

Yes, from the team's perspective they sold. As such, they probably counted in the attendance total (erroneously, of course, because there were not people in the seats to match the tickets -- leading once again to the conclusion that the turnstile count is really the only count which matters).

But the guy who bought them did so with the express intent of reselling them. That he didn't is an indication of how the market was treating them. That's all I'm really interested in.

It's not a stretch to look at tickets exactly the same way that you look at stocks or real estate or anything which has value and can be traded.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 12:17 PM by Rick 474

I think it is funny that all those d bags bought up tons of tickets thinking they would get rich...and then get stuck with them

yea i think i will admit i was wrong, tickets will be avalible.. at deals.. im telling you the view from those nosebleeds are pretty good.. so 10 bucks to get in the door is awsome...

sat at the outdoor patio thing after the game at huberts, and heckled all the bosox fans that emptied out.. fun times...

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 12:37 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 475

also do we get bobbleheads as a sth or what?

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 12:38 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 476

Punto is a professional rally killer! He must have something on Gardy for him to be in the lineup everyday. What a waste of $4 milliona year.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 12:46 PM by firedog Highlight this comment 477

"the turnstile count is really the only count which matters"

Again, to whom? I am unable, thus far, to find the reference, but I am quite certain that the Twins use tickets sold in citing attendance - and I believe that is by far the more common practice. Now, while it is safe to assume that the team would prefer that seats be full for the TV cameras, the bottom line is that sales are far more important than butts in seats. Consider the possibility that the team's sales department, at least collectively, is a bit brighter and more "in tune" with the market than the scalpers. After all --- it wasn't the team that was stuck with that "Big stack" of tickets.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 12:48 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 478

maz, I saw you parked near the dome for $3.50. We parked there too, but paid the $5 event parking. Do you or anyone else know if it matters if we pay event or regular. Either way it's only a $1.50, just curious.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 12:50 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 479

We've all heard touted that something over 20,000 "season tickets" were sold this year. Anyone know how many actual full season equivalents were sold, and if the Twins met their FSE goal?

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 12:50 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 480

without butts in the seats, the Twins are losing money on concessions, merchandise, etc...

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 12:51 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 481

Is it selfish of me to cheer the fact that tickets will be easier (and cheaper) to come by than was originally predicted? Don't get me wrong, I don't want to see an empty ballpark.....but I would like there to be some games where I can decide to attend at the last minute if it's a nice day and I don't have anything else going on.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 12:52 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 482

"also do we get bobbleheads as a sth or what?"

The Twins announced that the ST bobbleheads will be available sometime during the season. Rather than guess at requirements, as in the past, they apparently waited this time before ordering.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 12:55 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 483

I'm not watching the game, but it sounds like Franky is starting to settle in quite nicely.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 12:55 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 484

"all those d bags"

It's time for old notions about ticket brokers to fall. Everybody who has in their possession a TF ticket is a potential ticket broker now. A look back at the past few threads will find folks right here who bought tickets with the express intent of reselling them, though they may never have done such a thing before.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 12:56 PM by Rick 485

'Butts-in-seats' not only means the seat is occupied, it also (quite frequently) means that expensive beer, hot dogs, jerseys, are being purchased.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 12:57 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 486

They have to sell the seat first - that is the first goal. Having it occupied with someone who then spends additional money is the gravy.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 1:01 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 487

"A look back at the past few threads will find folks right here who bought tickets with the express intent of reselling them,"

Which, by definition, eliminates them from d bag-dom.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 1:04 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 488

I believe the season ticket sales were capped off at approximately 24,500 FSE's...The Twins original goal was 20,000 FSE's, so they more than exceeeded their goal.

What I don't understand is why they continued to hold on to tickets (for potential season ticket sales) when they knew they would eventually cap off season ticket sales at one point? Perhaps the Twins were getting a little too greedy trying to sell even more FSE's?

As I have said all along, the Twins have mis-managed the ticket inventory (specifically for home games 2 and 3)in my mind and it gave the general public a false misrepresentation of tickets actually available. There is no doubt the Twins would have sold out the Boston series had they done a better job notifying the general public of ticket availability. The online ticketing system is a big joke when it comes to "availability" vs "actual availability". Did they really need to have that "opening series lottery"???

While demand might not be at its peak today (or yesterday), any game in June, July, or August is going to be a tough ticket, especially weekend games. Every Saturday game from late May thru August is virtually sold out. (until the Twins release more tickets as usual, that is...)

I think one of the games in highest demand on the schedule right now is the Saturday May 22 game vs the Brewers.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 1:07 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 489

The Twins do seem to be going out of their way to "show their work" when announcing attendance at these games.

In addition to a "paid attendance" they have been announcing the number of comps given away, and adding the two together to get a total figure.

That's way more info than they've ever given in the past, when they generally just threw up a big number on the scoreboard.

And you're right that different numbers will be more meaningful to different departments. I take the word "attendance" to mean the number of people who actually witnessed the event -- not the number of people who paid to witness it, or the potential number based on how many tickets were distributed.

But that's the heart of the ambiguity, and the reason Retrosheet doesn't even chart such numbers. I think I'd be hard-pressed to come up with an air tight definition of a "sell out crowd".

"Consider the possibility that the team's sales department, at least collectively, is a bit brighter and more 'in tune' with the market than the scalpers."

The Twins are learning. And more to the point is that it appears that the Twins have the ability to affect the market even after most of the tickets are out of their hands (which are left holding a bunch of money).

There's no reason to think they're doing anything malicious. But I think that it's possible their actions are having consequences that no one can anticipate. Also, the presence of Stubhub (with it's cozy relationship to the teams) has an impact that is still in its formative stages.

The only reason it matters is because this is new territory for Twins fans. And if you want to see a game, this kind of stuff now matters in a way it really didn't last year.

Yeah, you could buy tickets on the street or Stubhub last year, but you could also walk up before almost any game and get them at the ticket window. That's how I bought almost every ticket I used last year. I often got off the train without a ticket, walked to a ticket window, bought a ticket, and went in.

You can't do that this year, and understanding the forces out there will be worth the effort.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 1:09 PM by Rick 490

To those buying tickets on the street....make sure to ask the seller if they will be willing to walk with you to the gate and watch you enter. If they aren't willing to do that, those tickets may not be real. I've been hearing of quite of fake tickets being sold...

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 1:17 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 491

If you're listening on the radio, please join me in a big, "Aughhh!!"

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 1:22 PM by Rick 492

Thanks for the song Rick! It sounds even better knowing where it was recorded. I remember seeing that group getting set up to play outside gate 34 on that fine day!

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 1:24 PM by lindywig Highlight this comment 493

The reports of fake tickets have been blessedly minimal.

One story that I saw was of a Stubhub purchase where the seat didn't exist (seat 24 in a 23-seat row). That buyer got his money back, and tickets to a future game (though he missed out on the thrill of opening day). Stubhub also got their money back from the seller.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 1:25 PM by Rick 494

Ugh, Minnesotans and their car driving and escalator riding habits. The basic rule of both is "keep right except to pass" and the vast majority of our citizens simply cannot seem to grasp that concept. Or choose not to. Which is probably scarier.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 1:25 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 495

There is a generally accepted definition of "sell out" which escapes me at present but it is a % of tickets. There really is no such thing as a sell out in the sense that everything has sold. Teams always hold back tickets for various reasons much like a hotel always has an empty room. The word "available" also figures in. I think that, often enough, a team announcing that a given event is a "sell out" really means "we have sold all the tickets we intend to sell --- for now".

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 1:26 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 496

Here's a view of the radio booth at TF (they've been talking about it):


Posted on April 15, 2010 at 1:29 PM by Rick 497

I am unable to listen to the radio and am thus confused. What is being discussed? Are they complaining about the radio booth?

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 1:41 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 498

I wouldn't mind working in a space like that! /sigh/

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 1:42 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 499

Anyone watching the game to tell us what home uniforms the Twins are sporting today?

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 1:42 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 500

why do they have the lights on in the stadium during a day game?

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 1:45 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 501

Fred, they are wearing the white with pinstripes, and all are wearing #42 for Jackie Robinson day

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 1:46 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 502

They are wearing their pinstripe whites, but they all have #42 on the back. Anyone know where I could get one of those Road Gray Therma Base jackets? Tried calling all 3 Twins Pro Shops, no luck there...

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 1:49 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 503

A couple of the comments made recently reminded me when I studied Vienna Austria last May. First the comments about the Honor System being used for the light rail. In Vienna the entire metro system was based on the honor system (subway, street car and suburban rail). There were no turnstiles or any method of preventing you from getting on a train without a ticket. I got weekly passes through the program I was with but I was never checked by any police/transit agency to see if I had a ticket. Although I was made well aware of their existence by my program director and the hefty fine that coincided being caught w/o a ticket.

Next thing was how people are dumb when it comes to riding an escalator and clogging the thing up by standing wherever they please. In Vienna if you stood on the left you would literally be pushed out of the way the person walking up the left. I really wish this system was followed here because it just makes damn sense. Walk on the left stand on the right. Then you're not preventing anyone from burning those excess calories or delaying anyone on their commute.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 1:54 PM by MattW Highlight this comment 504

Gordon and Gladden were just describing the space, what they liked about it, how it compared to the Metrodome, and the fact that they didn't get the mini-fridge they hoped for (though they got pretty much everything else).

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 1:56 PM by Rick 505

How often can you say every Twin in the line-up today got a hit so far except Mauer? LNP raised his avg. above .200 ... WOW!!

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 2:02 PM by Locker Highlight this comment 506

Maybe Gordo and the Dazzel man can afford their to buy there own mini fridge! What are they $70 bucks at Walmart? LOL!

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 2:03 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 507

why do they have the lights on in the stadium during a day game?

The lights are completely at the discretion of the home plate umpire. It was somewhat cloudy during batting practice and pregame, so the ump probably asked that the lights be turned on to improve visibility for the players and officials. Now it's nice and sunny, but standard operating procedure says that once the lights go on, they stay on.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 2:04 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 508

Why didn't they go with a colored version of the TC logo behind home plate? At least paint the C red to match the hats!!!!!

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 2:09 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 509

Looks like a Twin killing

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 2:11 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 510

MattW: same escalator experience in Paris and London. Standers stay to the right and there is a passing lane on the left. Like you said, stand on the left and you get mowed down. Americans stand two across oblivious to the rest of the world.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 2:12 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 511

Wow 8-0. Fransisssssssssssssssssssssssco cruising! 8K 4 hits! Should be enough as long as Crain doesn't pitch! Ouch!

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 2:24 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 512

Looks like Rauch may get a save situation afterall...

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 2:29 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 513

I suppose this is a good game for Mijares to try to figure his crap out in. Ugh, brutal...

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 2:30 PM by Mort Highlight this comment 514

Jose can you see....the catcher's glove. I can see him being demoted soon. 2 hits and a walk.....bases loaded with 1 out....stay tuned.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 2:31 PM by Thor Highlight this comment 515

he wriggled off the hook... lucky bastard

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 2:33 PM by CJ Highlight this comment 516

Double play....inning over......WHEW! No runs....but it was a struggle.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 2:34 PM by Thor Highlight this comment 517

TWINS MAGIC NUMBER: 153

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 2:52 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 518

Three series, three series wins. I sure wouldn't mind seeing that continue for a few months.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 3:06 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 519

Speaking of fake ticket concerns, I sold my tickets to today's game to a guy off craigslist on Tuesday, and during the meeting he was completely paranoid that they were fake. He kept asking me ?'s like he was going to catch me in a lie. He made me nervous about how I answered even though I knew the tickets were real. When I misspoke in saying that I was going to the Thursday game I sold him when I meant to say the Wednesday game I thought he was going to abort the purchase right there. Very bizarre experience, but I bet he's feeling pretty good right now having watched a great game on a beautiful day in some great seats.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 3:07 PM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 520



Today's Cuddypic - fantastic day!!!! 

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 3:07 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 521

Tickets were plentiful on the street both yesterday and today. I bought skyline deck tickets for $25/piece right at gametime today. Beautiful day, though my sunburn when I got back to my office gave my Ferris Bueller day away.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 3:42 PM by The Rational Actor Highlight this comment 522

How about some props for LNP.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 3:47 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 523

yes! He has a great game!

p.s. Again - I was not in my seat for Cuddy's homer. I was buying a Cuban Sandwich. I'm glad I only have to be out of my seat, and not necessarily taking a pee for it to work.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 3:55 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 524

Every starter except Mauer had a hit today. Doubt I will type that sentence again this year!

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 3:55 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 525

Yea Juggs what was wrong with #7 today? Who says we need a 3rd baseman! LOL!

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 4:01 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 526

I don't know if anybody else noticed this, but when we were at the game on Wednesday when it was still sunny my brother said, look at the Met Club windows, it looks like it's reflecting a lake.

I thought it was a great observation and an appropriate one for a ballpark in MN. We were sitting in the last section of the third base upper deck.

Check it out sometime, it's pretty cool. The wind veil now serves two purposes: cool thing too look at and fake lake.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 4:12 PM by crtwnsfn (aka crtwinsfn) Highlight this comment 527

crtwnsfn, I believe that's common knowledge about the reflection on the Metropolitan Club, but I still really think they need to put something behind the veil The fact that you can see the garage right behind it makes something that could be really amazing look kind of chintzy.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 4:20 PM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 528

crtwnsfn,
We noticed the wind veil reflection on the Met Club too. Wonder if that was intentional or not? Either way, it looks really cool.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 4:22 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 529

Good job, Jax. Keep it up!

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 4:23 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 530

LOL...LOL...LOL...LOL

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 4:32 PM by sw Highlight this comment 531

Jimmer,
gray thermabase jacket:
http://www.domeplus.com/minnesotatwins/Jackets/granite.htm

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 4:34 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 532

Never mind, now I see they are sold out and unlikely to get more.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 4:35 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 533

Ticket prices

Everyone thought that the opening series with Boston would be the tough ticket to get, yet as we have heard plenty of tickets were available for below face. I just checked stubhub for Friday night. The lowest priced ticket is $40. Many of the sections have very few seats available. Is KC a more desirable opponent than the sox?

Here is my take. I am a STH with the complete season. I could only take one day off from work this week. I choose Monday (opening day). I had to sell the other two games with the Sox. I only have so much vacation time, I'm not going to burn a whole week of it in April to see two day games. There are plenty of other day games throughout the season. I will be at the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I would guess that many people were in the same boat as me. Three day games in a week is a lot of time off from work or school.

I could have sold Monday's game and taken Wed, or Thurs off to attend a game, but honestly that was never an option that I considered. At this point in time, I think that game time and day of the week will play a greater role in the availability of tickets than the opponent. One thing that really surprised me is the number of tickets still available for Labor day. Everyone should have the day off, yet there are a lot of good seats available for that game.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 4:52 PM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 534

Jax, that cuban might send you right back to the can though in a couple innings! LOL!

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 5:00 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 535

Agree Minn, one would think you could walk up on any of those day games and get a ticket off the street. Nightgames might be another story!

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 5:02 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 536

Jax, I can't help but laugh at your misfortune... 3-3 on your trip to the concourse/Homerun. Hey, at least was the Tony-O sandwich good?? :]

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 5:03 PM by Jcm-Baseball Highlight this comment 537

That #42 today...mmmmmm...I mean that guy that usually wears #7, goes Oh fer and the Twins still win big. What an exciting and dangerous line-up. By the way, does anyone know if the Twins have ever started the season with only 1 error (one fluck throwing E) after playing 10 games. They're on pace to commit a total of 16-17 errors for the season! Impossible you say. It certainly will be interesting to see how the defense continues to play as the season progresses. But I am really impressed with that part of their game so far!

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 5:05 PM by Thor Highlight this comment 538

Well Thor, they say defense wins championships!

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 5:07 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 539

I seem to remember the Twins starting out this well error-wise a few times in the last 10 years or so. I could be wrong, but I think it's happened at least once.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 5:19 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 540

If Punto's liability at the plate is the only thing we have to worry about, then I think the Twins will be in pretty good shape.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 5:58 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 541

I'd just like everybody to know that while Jax hasn't seen any of the Twins' HR's, I've seen them all. Just sayin'...

On a side note, I keep seeing it advertised, but i haven't been able to find Killebrew root beer anywhere at the park. Anybody know where it is?

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 5:59 PM by Natron (aka Jax) Highlight this comment 542

Killebrew Root beer... I didn't even have to leave my seat on Monday. There were root beer guys just like beer guys or pop/water guys. Best root beer I've had in a long time.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 6:22 PM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 543

Lucky, I was wondering more if the clubhouse store had any, I haven't been in there since the StL games...

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 6:23 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 544

Fox 9 says that the Twins haven't won the first three series of a season since 1987.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 6:24 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 545

I guess saying "had not" would have been better than "haven't" since they just did, but I think you get me.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 6:26 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 546

JCM, I'll vouch for the Tony O's Cuban - it's quite good, so far it's my favorite foodstuff at the ballpark.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 6:34 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 547

Does anyone know if Killebrew's Root Beer is being sold exclusively at TF, or can you get it at your local Cub Foods?

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 6:46 PM by luke Highlight this comment 548

Brandon T,

I am also jealous of you since you get the whole summer up there with the Twins and I only have two weekends up there. I guess we both would rather be somewhere then where we are. My parents and grandparents are all from Seward but (they moved away after college). I was born in Minneapolis and enjoyed the Twins outdoors for a couple of years before we moved. While living in Indiana after college I would make the trek to Lincoln for a game every year. I then finally landed a job 1 1/2 hrs SW of Lincoln and it has been great because of all the Husker activities but now that they have an outdoor park its had to just listen or watch. Go Huskers & Twins !!

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 7:08 PM by Mark in NE Highlight this comment 549

you can get it in bottles at Byerly's/Lunds. I've loved it for a long time and want someone to bring it to me at my seat like Bandgeek!

The Cuban is the only thing I've had twice if that says anything. I love it.

I enjoy watching pregame replay when I get home. It was fun watching them clamor for Mauer for Pick the Stick. lol And nobody even picked Punto! dummies. haha

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 7:14 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 550

ok, that's annoying. think I'll just LMFAO from now on.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 7:15 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 551

Yet another instance that shows A.J. Pierzynski totally lacks class...

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 7:15 PM by amputechture Highlight this comment 552

I can't say what I really think of Pierzynski, this is a family blog.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 7:23 PM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 553

he's dirty.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 7:25 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 554

Totally missed this while hanging around there...but supposedly there was a "flash mob" at Target Field before the game today.

Click for video clips...

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 7:30 PM by Excited Highlight this comment 555

You can't hate AJ for that. Players have been 'pretending' to get hit since the beginning. I'm sure there are plenty of Twins who have done it.

Maybe Mauer should have told the ump that the pitch hit Inge in #163.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 7:37 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 556

ok, so on Twitter there is a poster named ballparkdigest. He/she posted about the first rain at a Twins game since the Met. Someone corrected him to include the rain that came in on the fans in 1983 when the roof collapsed.

I told him/her that it rains plenty in the dome. At 163, it was pouring outside for the entire game. The roof in the outfield was leaking in dozens of places if you looked around. Jen (the sth who i sit by at tf) had front row seats at the dome and could see it drip and make wet spots in different places on the warning track.

Long story short, this ballparkdigest is adamant that the dome cannot and does not leak. For some reason this irks me. alot. lolz

If you have Twitter and have seen the Dome leak, tell @ballparkdigest for me. Damn people think they know everything! ;p

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 7:41 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 557

DreDogg, sure guys claim to be hit. But I've seen AJ run into infielders and claim he was interfered with on the basepaths. I've seen him step to the inside of the bag drive his spikes into our first baseman's foot to try to break up a play.

If you watch enough baseball and watch enough AJ, you'd know he's a dirty, filthy pig.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 7:45 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 558

First of all, that's pretty cool.

Second, it's way too complex and choreographed to be properly called a "flash mob" -- a concept which requires that there have been only simple instructions, with no prior rehearsal.

Finally, there's a critical error: Almost none of the participants were wearing clothing with TC logos. They would have been spotted a mile away long in advance as standing out from the crowd (another tenet of the flash mob is that they need to fit in seamlessly with the surroundings until the moment the event starts).

That's one of the things that has struck me most at all of the games & other recent events. Nearly every single person is wearing a TC or Twins logo somewhere, and usually more than one.

That, in itself, is weirdly cool.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 7:50 PM by Rick 559

Sorry to beat a dead horse, but perhaps other Dish Network customers visiting this site have noticed that tomorrows Twins game is not being shown in HD. The following is and honest to God online "help" chat I just had with Dish. I am completely speechless.

Please wait while we find a representative to assist you...
Thank you for being a valued DISH Network customer, I will be happy to assist you today. Please give me a moment to access your account and review the information you have already provided.
(04-21rf#) Phillip M.YWR: How can I provide you with the best value and service today?

Matt Warnke: Why is the Twins game that is on chennel 436 tomorrow not being shown on the HD channel despite the fact that FSN advertises the fact that it is indeed being broadcast in HD/

(04-21rf#) Phillip M.YWR: I’m very sorry to hear that you are having an issue. I’d be happy to resolve that for you.

(after several minutes waiting)
Matt Warnke: is that it? is that your answer?

(04-21rf#) Phillip M.YWR: i have not given any answer yet, [;ease be patient

(04-21rf#) Phillip M.YWR: please*

(04-21rf#) Phillip M.YWR: it looks like it will not be broadcasted in hd by dish

(04-21rf#) Phillip M.YWR: I apologize for the inconvenience.

Matt Warnke: I am aware of that. I would like to know why?

(04-21rf#) Phillip M.YWR: i do not have the reason as to why it is not being broadcast in hd

Matt Warnke: who would?

(04-21rf#) Phillip M.YWR: the local fsn broadcaster in your area

Matt Warnke: myself, along with a long list of other twins fans with dish network have spoken to FSN and have been told that every Twins game this season is being broadcast by FSN in HD and that it appears that it is Dish Network that chooses not to show certain games in HD.

(04-21rf#) Phillip M.YWR: ok

(another long pause)
(04-21rf#) Phillip M.YWR: Is there anything else I can assist you with today?

Matt Warnke: you could start by assisting me with this problem.

(04-21rf#) Phillip M.YWR: there is no problem, like you mentioned before dish chooses not to broadcast it in hd, there is nothing we can do about it

Matt Warnke: you ARE dish. you can simply choose to give paying customers what they are paying for.

(04-21rf#) Phillip M.YWR: ok

(04-21rf#) Phillip M.YWR: well we choose not to broadcast in hd so there is nothing more we can do

(04-21rf#) Phillip M.YWR: Since you have indicated that there is nothing more that I can assist you with, I will now be ending this chat session. Thank you for being a DISH Network customer, have a great day!

Thank you for visiting Dish Network. You may now close this window.
Your session has ended. You may now close this window.

Seems businesses no longer need a reason to screw their paying customers.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 7:54 PM by Matt23 Highlight this comment 560

I thought I heard that the Killebrew root beer was only available at the Townball Tavern. That's great if it's now coming out to the seats!

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 7:55 PM by Rick 561

Sure, other things AJ has done can be considered dirty. But this isn't one of them, IMO.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 7:59 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 562

Yep, Killebrew Root beer brought around in bottles by a guy like a beer vendor. It was excellent.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 7:59 PM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 563

l.o.l. Matt... good service there.... maybe you should send that convo to some bigwig at Dish.

Check out my link for a list of people you can mail that to. At the very least, that incompetent person could be fired. Alot of good people are out of work, and a-holes like that get to earn a living. just not fair.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 8:02 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 564

Re AJ, my point is it's the accumulation of things by this person - it's dirty by association. If another batter did it, it might seem sly and a little humorous. Because it's AJ, it's just one more dirty thing because he plays with a dirty mentality.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 8:04 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 565

I made a request to the Media Relations department at Dish Network for some clarification of their policies, and I'll report back if and when I hear anything.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 8:10 PM by Rick 566

@Jax

I can also vouch for the leaky roof at that other stadium - I was sitting in the Home Run Porch for 163 and there was indeed a steady flow of water coming down on a few poor fans in about the tenth row or so. But it's okay, they had Tigers gear on!

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 8:10 PM by Tommie Highlight this comment 567

l.o.l. Tommie... i knew i wasn't crazy. not about that anyway. :)

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 8:26 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 568

Matt23 - That sounds like just about every encounter I've ever had with Dish Network. They are a 2nd class provider to say the least. As soon as DirecTV offers the technology where you can "share" a DVR between different TV's in different rooms, I'm gone.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 8:32 PM by B Highlight this comment 569

holy crap....look at this gigapan... I am having a field of dreams moment!

zoom in toward right field. See if you can find the Cuddy ghost!

(Is this heaven?? No...it's Target Field...)

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 9:00 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 570

oh no, and Denard has been decapitated! LOUTL!!

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 9:02 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 571

I see today that the listed attendance was again about 1500 below capacity. So thats about 5000 unsued tickets for the first three games in a new park. Capacity is 39504 I wonder if that number includes all the suite level tickets. Walking around there, they could probably sell another 5000 standing room only tickets. I wonder if for a playoff game that is something the Twins would consider doing.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 9:16 PM by firedog Highlight this comment 572

I think a big thing for the tickets was that a lot of the announcements for more tickets available were last minute. Maybe it could have been done sooner, maybe not. People work this week and these are day games. If they looked way ahead of time and it said sold out, which it did, then they may have never looked again. Another idea is that they did find out that more tickets were released, but by then it was too late. A lot of people can't get off work with so little notice or are fighting with other people for days off and it's already filled up.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 9:24 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 573

I know it's a new ballpark, but consider me impressed that the weekday day games were some of the fastest tickets to go. It seems that most of them were called "sold out" quite some time ago, though now we know that's not true.

I know people would probably rather go to the game rather than work, but that's not always possible. I've been impressed that it's so near capacity, new ballpark or not. And who knows if they are still giving away some tickets, those haven't been counted in those attendance counts.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 9:30 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 574

LOL

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 9:43 PM by Chad Highlight this comment 575

That wasn't directed at anyone, and I'm not really laughing right now(House Hunters International isn't THAT funny). I just wanted get in while the filter was still live.

I'm looking forward to the game tomorrow. Sounds like it'll be a little nippy going through the pass...

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 9:46 PM by Chad Highlight this comment 576

Jax...thanks for the link to gigapan. Maybe the Twins ARE winning with mirrors!! Some REAL BALLPARK MAGIC.......see if Rick had anything to do with the optical illusion.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 10:01 PM by Thor Highlight this comment 577

where u sittin tomorrow Chad?

I know, right? it's spooky... maybe Cuddy will disappear through the rf wall tomorrow....

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 10:14 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 578

Rick... when you're bored some night, wanna make an iPhone app for Ballpark Magic for me? thanks bunches! LLLLtotheOOOOtothemfnLLLL!

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 10:30 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 579

Me too!!!!! Thanks Rick:):)...I can confirm Killebrew Root Beer guy came to our section during the Opener..

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 10:37 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 580

Took my four year old to his first major league game today. Target Field is as good as advertised.

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 11:24 PM by johnc Highlight this comment 581

Heading to the first ever night game in TF, anyone have any must see things, views, tastes, events that I need to make sure and see tomorrow night?

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 11:52 PM by Eric Highlight this comment 582

Eric:

Things--The 3 Statues on the Plaza
Views--The MN female talent decked out in their finest Baby Jesus gear
Tastes--A Kramarczuk's sausage, a Murray's steak sandwich, or a Tony O Cuban
Events--The reigning Cy Young award winner getting smacked around

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 12:11 AM by Max Highlight this comment 583

Eric, having a drink at the Captain's Deck (I saw yesterday that's the official name, sponsored by Captain Morgan himself) on the club level overlooking left field and catching an inning or two.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 07:03 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 584

Sat in the last row of section S yesterday and loved every, single, solitary minute of it. Got in the doors around 11:00 after a beer in the Smalley's alley, ventured to Town Ball Tavern for an early lunch (hint: when you walk in, go around to the back side of the bar, it's less crowded, we were able to sit right at the bar where on the front side it was two-three deep waiting to get drinks, plus the back side of the bar is where the Lakers floor is located), caught another drink at the Captain's Deck before first pitch and then sat in our great seats. One issue. There were speakers right in front of us (we were under the upper deck overhang) but could not hear a thing from them. The PA was just a rumor most of the game. Not that I cared one teensy, weensy bit. Not hearing the play-by-play call of the Bingo game was actually a highlight.

All and all, a rockin' good time! My friend and I decided a 20-game pack next year is in order. My wife was sitting between us when the subject came up and she was all in! The sidenote is that she wants a Punto jersey after watching him play yesterday. Hmm...

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 07:08 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 585

Click my name: do you all agree with what Charley Walters said today about the Saint Paul Twins ballpark that never was?

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 08:07 AM by luke Highlight this comment 586

Luke.. they're called the MINNESOTA Twins.... sheesh!

man, i'm more witty by 8 am than most people are all day.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 08:15 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 587

Rick, when I have tried to use in game magic, my photos never show up. Any suggestions. I am using a Blackberry Curve on the Sprint Network.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 08:21 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 588

click link for rejected Target Field displays and interactive attractions.

I'd enjoy the last one alot!

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 08:27 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 589

Two club level seats in section M listed in TCTraders for 4/20. I'm open to even dollar value trades for less expensive tickets later in the year, too. E-mail me if interested. Rick I posted these yesterday and they will show to members only for 3 days. I'd like everyone to see them sooner in this case. Is this possible?

TIA

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 08:27 AM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 590

The brilliance of Charley Walters from a few days ago: "Target Field could mean more Twins home runs."

'Nuff said.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 08:33 AM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 591

St. Paul voters, if they had looked, would have seen something of the future (and probably not believed it). Here's one of the concept drawings that circulated back then, which looks a whole lot like what you see today approaching the park on the plaza:


The sad truth is that, if Hennepin County voters had gotten the same chance that St. Paul voters got, Target Field would today be only a what-might-have-been collection of concept drawings...

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 08:44 AM by Rick 592

Standardized testing again today...lots of time to read Ballpark Magic..

Rick - good luck with the DISH/FSN issue. I'm interested in what you find out. All the games this week were in HD for me. I'm an out-stater, and I know it has something to do with your zip code.

First night game - interested in seeing how the yard/skyline looks tonight on TV. And the wind veil lit up..

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 09:04 AM by Ole Highlight this comment 593

Could we really trust Glen Taylor owning the Twins? How about Bob Naegle? It might have sounded great 11 years ago, but I can't imagine any of those two owning the Twins today with their "country club" approaches when running a team. The Wolves franchise is a joke and the Wild did nothing under Naegle except for one magical run in 2002-2003.

Afterall, many Vikings fans were clamoring with hope that Denny Hecker would step up and buy the Vikings back in the day too. We can just be glad that never happened as well.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 09:28 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 594

I hear ya Ole! I am eager to see everything in person when it's completely dark.
Minnie and Paul shaking hands (hopefully it gets used!)
Fireworks actually shot off in the dark (after the win!)
The Skyline view
The wind veil lit
The scoreboard and ribbon boards in all their brilliance

Plus, after the win yesterday, the ribbon boards displayed "Twins" alternated with "win". It made me wonder if they will do that with the big Twins sign above the scoreboard. That would be cool since it can be seen all over outside the park.

We'll see!

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 09:29 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 595

I too have been plagued with Dish Network's service. Several phone calls and online chats have resulted in much the same as has already been reported - ignorant or unhelpful agents at Dish that try to blame the issue on FSN. All I can say is, I can't wait for my contract to expire so I can get out from underneath such a crappy company and customer service.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 09:37 AM by Jesse Highlight this comment 596

DirecTv rocks. Although I've always wondered why they don't have the Travel Channel in HD. Wouldn't that be one of the most logical channels to provide in HD?

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 09:40 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 597

Jax, Travel Channel HD will be coming soon to DirecTV. They just launched another satellite, and are in the testing stages now.

Wow, I had forgotten about the Denny Hecker rumors about buying the Vikings...looking at that now, that would have been a disaster!

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 09:54 AM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 598

RE: 3-Car Trains on Hiawata LRT

I remember some one asking a question about when the 3-car train service will being on the Hiawatha LRT. Last night I saw a 3-car train on a test run. Also, all of the platform extensions are complete on the Hiawatha line.

I would imagine that they would start running 3-car trains shortly although I know they do not have a large inventory of 3-car trains currently. Once they begin purchasing for the Central Corridor we should see 3-car trains running through downtown during rush hour.

This should help alleviate some of the concerns about overcrowded trains.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 09:58 AM by Wanda Phillips Highlight this comment 599

Unfortunately, DirecTV cannot get a signal at my house. So I am stuck with Dish Network for the next 20 months. Hopefully technology will improve to give me some other choice when this contract expires. In the meantime, I send them a nasty email (and occasionally call) every time they don't broadcast a Twins game in HD.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 10:31 AM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 600

I'm going to the game tonight and will be arriving at about 5:30. Any recommendations as far as where to park? If it were just me, I'd park far away and hoof it. But grandpa, my young son and wife will be with. Should I even bother with the ramps next to the park? Too much of a mess? Maybe park at the Star Trib and take the light rail, which I suspect will be crammed like sardines?

I've followed this great site for the last couple years and it will be awesome to finally walk through the gates.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 10:41 AM by crfire163 Highlight this comment 601

Anyone else having problems logging on to the Twins website?

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 10:46 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 602

I've had good luck just parking in the ABC ramps when I need to. It's a little spendy (it's been $10 or $15 but still less than alot of lots around the park), but worth it if you have several people. Getting out was fine - I'm going to assume busier for a night game since there aren't as many public transportation options at 10:30 pm and alot of people will want to stay downtown anyway to barhop.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 10:48 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 603

Twins to unveil "Twins Around Town" today.

From the press release at Twinsbaseball.com

The first statue, sponsored by Target and representing the 1962 Twins season, was unveiled today outside the Target store in downtown Minneapolis on the corner of Nicollet Ave. and 9th St. Other statues being placed today include a Best Buy-sponsored statue representing the 2006 season near Gate 6 at Target Field (5th St. N at the Light Rail platform) and a U.S. Bank-sponsored statue representing the 2007 season on Nicollet Ave. between 8th and 9th St.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 10:53 AM by Jeff Highlight this comment 604

Click my name for a picture of the Mauer statue.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 10:55 AM by Jeff Highlight this comment 605

For all the Dish-haters on this site, how do we pool our frustration together and get Dish to carry the Twins in HD? A petition? News media publicity?

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 10:59 AM by Jesse Highlight this comment 606

crfire163, like I have said earlier, I parked in the A ramp with no problems. It was $13.00 and got in and out just fine...definately worth it IMO

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 11:01 AM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 607

Just tried to online chat with a DishNetwork tech - he blamed it on FSN, which we know is not true. When I tried to argue more, I was mysteriously disconnected. I think I still have a year on my contract, though I feel they have breeched it. If I am paying for HD, I should be getting it when its available.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 11:05 AM by luckylager Highlight this comment 608

re: Dish Network, see if you can enlist Channel 5 to do an investigation. they seem to get results.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 11:14 AM by Dan Highlight this comment 609

Dan thats a good suggestion! I usually hate their brand of "We broke the lame story" type of journalism, but it might just work great for this.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 11:21 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 610

Luke: I know you went to the game on Wednesday. Did you take Joni for another date? How bout a full recap with your analysis of the ballpark experience (Food, Drink, Sights, Sounds, Pleasant Surprises, Disappointments)...

Trosy: Enjoyed the seats yesterday. Derek Boogaard sat on the aisle 1 row in front of us. It was pretty funny as a foul ball came just 2 seats to his left (about 4-5 seats to my right) where his buddies were sitting. He didn't even get up. When I came back from getting a steak sandwich in the 7th inning I gave him the business about not catching it. He said he was afraid it would "wreck his face". Talk about ironic considering his role across the river in St. Paul...

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 11:21 AM by Max Highlight this comment 611

Again, anyone not under contract with Dish that wants to switch to DirecTV, please e-mail me for a referral and we both get $10/month off for 10 months (plus any special deals you are offered for switching).

Anyone get WiFi at TF? I try to get it on my Ipod touch. I just called 33twins and was told they only have it for employees. I subscribe to USI, but no signal in TF. Do Qwest home internet subscribers get it?

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 11:33 AM by Buzz Highlight this comment 612

Does DirecTV have dual-tuner receivers like Dish? I have one SD receiver in my bedroom that runs both the bedroom TV and kitchen TV and the my HD recevier in the living room is dual tuner so I can watch one show while recording another and also do the picture in picture thing (which is golden during football season). I rooted around DirecTV's website but couldn't find a definitive answer. If they do, I'm ready to bail on Dish, not just because they choose to not show all FSN HD programming but because they willingly lie to customers and/or keep their agents ignorant. I wish they would at least honestly say, "we don't have the full bandwidth capacity to show all HD programming that offered for some channels and have to decide what programs to show in HD, we're sorry for the inconvenience."

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 11:43 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 613

thanks Buzz, that answers my question about the WiFi there.

I can rarely get anything in or out of TF on my iPhone. At first I was irritated, but I've decided that I like it! lol

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 11:43 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 614

oh kiss my butt right now.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 11:44 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 615

I asked a question the other day about parking near the dome. Do we pay the event rate or standard rate during games? Anyone know?

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 11:50 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 616

Still waiting patiently for Rick's post from the Champions Club on Wednesday...

ROLL CALL: Who is going to the game tonite (Seat Location, Food to be Devoured)?

Me: Legends Club G, Row 1, Brat from Kramarczuk's and maybe a Vincent burger...

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 12:01 PM by Max Highlight this comment 617

you could try Fox 9 as well...they always seem to have some good investigative talent.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 12:02 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 618

Max,

how was the Murray's Steak Sandwich? I saw someone eating one in front of me on Monday and it looked small for the price.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 12:03 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 619

I will be at tonight's game, in section 102, row 14...a couple 13, 14 rows behind Jax.

I am going to get my usual Kramarczuk sausage and a few ice cold brews before the game at the bars.

Downtown is going to have a good vibe tonight! First night game, Friday night. I can't imagine how hopping downtown will be this summer when it really warms up.

There will also be plenty of Lower Case D's throughout the Capital of Twins Territory this summer.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 12:15 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 620

The new and improved JJ's Dry Dock Cafe looks to be gearing up for the weekend. There was a van there unloading a bunch of Twins balloons. They now have outdoor access through the alley between them and the parking ramp on 5th Ave. down the street from Ford Centre. Might be an out-of-the-way place to check out if anyone is looking for a bar before a game this weekend. I read somewhere they can supposedly hold like 250 people now.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 12:18 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 621

Tonight Sec117 Row 11. I can't wait to see the place lit up. I am almost more excited for this game than I was for OD. This will be my 6th game (if you count the gophers) and it never gets old.

It looks like scalpers will make back some of that money they lost. There are only 90 tickets left on StubHub for tonight's game.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 12:20 PM by Joe117 Highlight this comment 622

Vike: I've had it twice now. It is good (not amazing). Not like the bar at Murray's with the bacon. But for ballpark food a steak sandwich on ciabatta bread with provolone cheese and grilled onions is hard to beat. Especially when you see the $9.25 frozen patty cheeseburger...I'd encourage you to try it for yourself. I think it is all about managing expectations. You know you aren't eating the silver butter knife, but you are sitting in the sunshine with a cold beer.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 12:20 PM by Max Highlight this comment 623

rick - any more st. paul images from back in the day in your collection?

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 12:20 PM by CJ Highlight this comment 624

Attending per usual! Section 102, row 9, seat 3.

Mike, Row 9 is the first row on that end of 102, so you may be closer than you think! :D

I haven't had Kramarczuk's yet - I'll probably do that tonight.

Has anyone had anything from Frankie V's or from Senor Smokes?

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 12:22 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 625

Section 141 row 10 tonight. Sadly, some of the worst seats in the ballpark (obstructed view for a lot of right field and center field fence.) But, looking forward to how beautiful the park is at night!

Thinking of trying the ribs. Still hoping to find the Killibrew's.

Baseball and food. What a lovely combination. :-)

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 12:51 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 626

Have heard from people that parking around the Dome is $3.50 - $5.00. When I go to games, that's what I plan on doing. I'm "thrifty". My wife and friends have a different word for it - "cheap"

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 12:55 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 627

I call it "smart".

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 12:59 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 628

So do I.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 1:02 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 629

Minnesota night games in April....expect about a 10 degree drop in the temperature from the start of the game to the end tonight. As if everyone didn't already know that. Might be a great time to try out the soups, chili and Senor Smokes during the second half of the game.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 1:04 PM by unknowntwinsfan Highlight this comment 630

Channel 5 & 9 are great ideas! I'll do that this afternoon.

Along the same lines, here's what I wrote last week to StarTribune's Whistleblower columnists...no response received yet.

----------------------------------------------------------------
Whistleblower:

The Boys of Summer are finally back! New home, new players, and new season! And I was very pleased to learn this year that Fox Sports Net North will be carrying all Twins games in HD!
http://www.foxsportsnorth.com/pages/landing?blockID=179773&tagID=52654

However, not all is good in Twins Territory....My carrier (Dish Network) is not broadcasting all of these HD feeds even though I'm paying extra each month specifically for a regional sports channel package that includes Fox Sports Net North HD. Basically the games are broadcast in HD by FSN North, I pay Dish especially to receive these HD broadcasts, but Dish Network is not providing me with what I seek & pay for. So far, I have not had HD for the 2 exhibition games at Target Field, and now I have not had HD for either of the first 2 games of the regular season.

To further add insult, I can see via Dish Network's on-screen guide that FSN North's HD feed will also not be available these upcoming days (April 9, 14, 15). And a quick search online turns up complaints from others who have the same problem & concerns as I do:
1) http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=18441186
2) http://www.ballparkmagic.com

Not satisfied with this situation, I took it upon myself to contact Dish Network to see why this is the case. After spending 2 hours on the phone & chatting online with Dish Network agents, the only answer I've been told is that the games must not be broadcast in HD. And Dish has told me that they cannot fix the issue since the problem is with the broadcaster. When I asked to talk to someone who might know more information (knowing that all games are in HD), I was told by Dish that no one was available. Upon my request to open a ticket to log & track my efforts to find this answer, I was told that no ticket could be opened to track my concern/questions, and the agent promptly hung up on the conversation.

Needless to say, I'm frustrated and need your help! Please help me (and the thousands like me) get the Boys in crystal clear HD!

Thank You In Advance For Your Help,
Jesse

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 12:51 PM by Jesse Highlight this comment 631

Shot an email to KSTP Channel 5 about Dish. For those who want to do the same, simply send an email here: investigative@kstp.com

Fox 9 has a form on their website but restricts the topics to: medical problems, government waste, pet food?, traffic woes, email & internet misusage...

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 1:07 PM by Jesse Highlight this comment 632

ooh, you know who else gets wood over this kind of stuff is Kupchella. His direct email is in the link. It would only take one outlet to bite for it to be picked up by the strib etc. Keep at it!

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 1:22 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 633

I'm surprised with the rain that they haven't begun installing the gutters on the canopy yet.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 1:26 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 634

TTH, are you trying to provoke another LOL, because if so, you succeeded! LOL

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 1:28 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 635

well now wait Dan...it's a great idea! They can collect the rain and recycle it - carbonate it for the soda fountains. Or bottle it as Target Field Sparkling Water and sell it for $9 a bottle. Or call it "Mauer's Tears" and sell it for $100 a bottle.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 1:32 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 636

That's pretty good, Jax :-)

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 1:43 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 637

Mauer has something to cry about (aside from having a car dealer in the family)?

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 1:46 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 638

thanks!

by the way, I do really like when Joe throws someone out stealing they play the clip from The Show "Well played, Mauer". It's cute. But they will overuse it, and it will get annoying. But for now, I like it.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 1:47 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 639

Just to let the people on here that are interested that I just posted a new post about my opening day experience on the Two Men On blog. Rick putted a link on the right side of this page in the "welcome visitors from" box.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 1:48 PM by Michael Highlight this comment 640

Pitty the foo' who gets to sit behind the downspout. clicky.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 1:50 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 641

Thanks Jax!

I sent the email to Kupchella's BringMeTheNews website. Here's the contact for others: tips@bringmethenews.com

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 1:47 PM by Jesse Highlight this comment 642

my link had a direct email to Rick - I put that in this link.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 1:56 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 643

Anyone have any toddler ticketing experience yet? I know the policy is 30 inches and taller need a ticket, but do the stop you as you walk through the gates to measure?

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 1:58 PM by Jeremy Highlight this comment 644

oops, hit post accidentally - i was gonna say copying him might bring a better result than the generic mailbox - but what do i know :).

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 1:59 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 645

Was just at the Twins Welcome Home Luncheon at TF in the Rod Carew atrium in the Legends Club. Any one else there?

Pretty cool. Didn't know that the entire team would be there. All the players sat at tables with people. Our table was quite fortunate, but Tony O. was sitting right behind me.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 2:13 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 646

**WASN'T fortunate...**

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 2:14 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 647

Thanks Jax. I resent straight to Kupchella...Here's hoping that we can start a grass roots thing and have Dish provide what we pay for!

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 2:30 PM by Jesse Highlight this comment 648

Faber,
Downside of DirecTV is one needs a box at each TV. They do have dual tuners so one can record two channels while watching a program already recorded. I switched a year and a half ago and do not know if equipment has changed.

Tonight I will be in 136, row 4 wearing my umpire cap. For snacks I will bring a turkey sandwich, peanuts, Cracker Jacks and whatever free stuff the cute women are handing out on the plaza. All washed down with drinking fountain water in my Saint's cup.

A large but pleasant policeman took my can of Bud I was drinking on the plaza yesterday. Never a problem at the Dome. Tonight I will have a rum & Coke while I people and statue watch.

The bar named Drink was handing out free drink coupon that look like large Twins tickets. May use another one tonight.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 2:32 PM by Buzz Highlight this comment 649

they dont let you drink your own beer on the plaza? wow I did this all the time at the dome! that is a shame!

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 2:48 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 650

Max - click my name for my blog. The latest entry (Target Field what a sight part II) tells all about my experiences on Wednesday.
No, Joni and I weren't at this one. It was my brother and me. This weekend I'm going to upload pix to Flickr, so I'll post the link on here when they're done.

Joni and I however are talking about going May 6 :).

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 2:59 PM by luke Highlight this comment 651

Luke, forgive me, but I have found your twin.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_WeBFzYqcqqc/ScQEQpfLXAI/AAAAAAAAADk/q2FEUhfC0Rc/S220-h/PIX6+003.jpg

http://media.ebaumsworld.com/picture/jacobeatscake/hank-hill.jpg

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 3:12 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 652

Good news...Looks like Twins fans are using the North Star Commuter Rail and because so, Metro Transit is adjusting their schedules with extra trains and earlier arrivals at the ballpark to make things easier on us. It's a good start. I would like to see them add some additional later trains departing the ballpark in the future. Click on name for article.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 3:16 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 653

On holding back tickets: This one is easy. Let's say the available tickets average $30/per. 10 FSE = $24,300. Leaving 800 tickets on the table for Wednesday = $24,000. They were just hoping to sell another 100 FSE. Those extra tickets may get sold for future games. However, continuing to have the "limited ticket availability" splash screen is stupid at this point....if you were trying to steer folks towards a season purchase, that is fine, but now they are just costing themselves money.

With regards to attendance counts -- do we know of any team or league that announces real turnstyle counts anymore? The NFL used to give you the no-show count, but I'm not sure they still do. Did anyone go to a Wolves game this year and actually see 10,000 people? Does anyone believe the Wild have really put a butt in every seat for 9 years running now? I think almost everyone announces tickets sold as the metric. I applaud the Twins for giving us the comp count as well.

Finally with regards to tickets remaining for TF games -- I've been telling you, Minnesotans will struggle mightily with weekday games and, especially, school night weeknight games. I think the Royals tickets this weekend will be the hardest to get. I think on Tuesday and Wednesday night they might "only" announce 34,000 fans. Next homestand, watch -- the Tigers tickets will be easy and the Orioles tickets will be tough, even though it should be the other way around.

We just can't bring ourselves to keep little Johnny out past 9:00, since the bus comes so early, and we all certainly want to be home for the 10:00 news (at least when we all watched the 10:00 news. I don't know what the excuse is now). I'm not judging, I'm just saying that is the pattern that I've seen for a long time.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 3:23 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 654

I'm really anxious to see Target Field all lit up for tonight's game. Should be amazing!

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 3:31 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 655

This was probably asked already, but there are so many comments since I last checked, but why is the "TC" behind the plate all white?

Also, I have been saying that since the beginning of spring training that Mijares shows up a week late, and fatter than shit, like he doesn't give a shit. I was calling for trading him and someone else for Heath Bell. Rausch worked out better, but I still think Mijares doesn't give a shit and his attitude doesn't fit in with the Twins.

I still cannot believe people wanted to trade Perkins, I mean enough already about his grievance, you forget he is also a hometown kid with awesome numbers up until the greivance thing happened. Get over it already, I would much rather have him in the bullpen as a lefty than Mijares...and now we send Burnett down instead of fat ass!?

I know I am in the minority about Punto, but damn does he have heart and increddible glovework. With all of the firepower on this team his BA isnt as important. Plus he already has 2 doubles this year. I love Span, but his BA isnt good at all this year, when should we run him out of town? I think people are busting Punto's ass because it is the cool thing to do in town these days. He could be hitting .275 and it still wouldn't be good enough for the "cool crowd" F*ck that.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 3:39 PM by Tom OG Highlight this comment 656

Span's batting average is down, but he's still getting on base and making the opposing pitcher throw a LOT of pitches. In other words, he's doing the job a lead-off hitter is supposed to do. (And I'm pretty sure his average will start climbing soon.)

Plus he's playing pretty solid defense. I'm glad we'll have him out there for the next five years!

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 3:46 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 657

Tom OG: "Awesome numbers" for Perkins? Um, not quite. And since when does being a "hometown kid" give somebody an excuse for being a jerk?

I'm as concerned about Mijares as anybody, although I think he will eventually settle down, but Perkins ain't the answer to anything other than where don't you want to eat tonight?

I'm with you on Span, but I can't get behind any kind of support for Perkins.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 3:54 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 658

Damn, I meant to say I'm with you on Punto. He takes way more heat than he deserves.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 3:56 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 659

Tom OG has two excellent points (beyond my agreement of needing a colorful logo behind homeplate...I agree with that, but it didn't stretch into "excellent point" category), and one poor point.

1) Mijares so far has not shown any reason to be confident. MAYBE he can get it together to get the occasional single lefthander out, but we haven't seen anything yet that suggests he can hold down a whole inning.

2) That said, Perkins had a horrible spring, and his first start for the Red Wings went 3 innings, 2 earned runs, 3 walks. He starts again tonight in Rochester. Sadly, I don't see any left-handers in AAA that are doing crap for us so far. I haven't seen enough of Mahay, but he makes me nervous.

3) Count me in the Punto camp as well. He's a lifetime .250 hitter, and if he does that he'll fit in just fine in the 9 slot. Heck, after yesterday he's hitting .269!

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 3:58 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 660

Tom OG, I'm going to disagree with you a couple things. I don't know who you are thinking of, but Mijares has always been that weight. Since he didn't pitch during winter ball, I'm going to give
him a few more weeks before throwing in the towel on him. He can be a pretty dominating pitcher when he is on. It was a good idea to send Burnett down. He is still young and it would be such a waste to have him sitting in the bullpen, when he needs to be pitching on a regular basis to work on his craft. Span's OBP is pretty decent if you think about what his average is. That shows you he is still one of the better lead off men in the game despite his low BA as of now. What big leaguer doesn't have heart, Punto gets a bad rap because he offensive numbers are horrible. His two doubles are from one game. I don't understand his little quick jab of a swing. Everything is either a lazy ground ball or a lazy pop fly.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 4:11 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 661

problem is - punto has a great defensive reputation... but reality (read: the numbers) suggests that his defense WAS amazing - but that it has slid. his numbers now show him to be an average fielder... and with no bat... i'd love to see him replaced by someone better (that said - i'm not about to gripe about this team)

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 4:11 PM by CJ Highlight this comment 662

They should at least paint the C red to match the hat logo. I imagine it will be hard to keep a more permanent logo on the grass and all. But hey how bout some red paint on that c! My first of 21 games begins tommorow afternoon. Moonshot Scott needs to bear Grienke tonight to get the series started off right! I bet downtown will be crazy tonight!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 4:12 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 663

1. I don't care if Perkins is being a dick - I want to watch him pitch well, not date him. you?

2. Mijares is a fat tub o' queso and needs to go on the Biggest Loser.

3. Punto is poised for a good year again (it's even numbered!) Look at Gagne (newest Twins HOF member!) All glove NO bat. Went to 2 WS with him. Punto is the same type of contributor.

that is all.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 4:15 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 664

Agree Jax, the portly needs to shed some pounds and get his act together. As long as this team continues to hit. I have no problem with Punto playing 3rd most of the time! As long as his D stays solid!

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 4:23 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 665

Changes still going on at Target Field. From Charley Walters, Pioneer Press

New on display this weekend at Target Field's 573 Club will be hall of fame former Twin Harmon Killebrew's original contract with the Washington Senators for three years at $6,000 annually. Killebrew also received a $4,000 signing bonus.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 4:27 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 666

Killer would not be able to buy season tickets in the Champions club section for that kind of do re me! LOL!

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 4:34 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 667

For the last time, the 'TC' is white just like it was in 1961. It is the Twins 50th anniversary season. Why do we have to keep rehashing this?

More than likely, it will remain white all season long.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 4:34 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 668

I am tired of the Punto bashing too. The guy always plays hard, not the greatest hitter, but always stellar in the field. I think that a lot of Minnesotans are bandwagon haters - they need someone to bitch about on every team, so they can act like they know what they are talking about.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 4:38 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 669

The weight given to batting average, especially by the media, continues to puzzle me. Span's is the team's worst (other than Harris), but he has drawn a team-high 9 walks, and only Mauer and Morneau have scored more runs. Hudson's BA is almost 40 points higher than Span's, but he's struck out almost twice as much, and scored half as many runs. Which of those two is having the better offensive year so far? OBP is where it's at (Span = .340; O-dawg = .244).

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 4:39 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 670

"I know I am in the minority about Punto"

The same minority that I find myself in - those who actually understand, watch, and appreciate the game for what it is. Welcome!!!

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 4:44 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 671

I agree, BA is not as important to Span. His job is to let the batters behind him see as many pitches as possible and then to get on base however he can. OBP is more important than BA.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 4:44 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 672

Killebrew's $6,000 back in the day would be approximately $44,000 today, so if he really scrimped he could maybe afford a Champion's Club ticket. But still he was still a bargain compared to a league minimum of $400,000 today.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 4:46 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 673

Harmon was sitting near me in a booth at the Champions Club while it was raining on Wednesday.

My guess: he didn't have to pay.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 4:55 PM by Rick 674

Wow, I rarely see anyone defend Perkins. The guy is terrible and has been his whole (short) career. If only he could be as good as he thinks he is. Maybe he'll make it as a reliever someday, but so far he's shown that he's an awful starter.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 5:00 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 675

As promised: Click my name for my pics from the game on Wednesday.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 5:03 PM by luke Highlight this comment 676

you know lucky...not bad.
although, I usually dress more professionally than Hank Hill...lol. as is seen in the first pic you posted.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 5:05 PM by luke Highlight this comment 677

buffalo (or anyone else who might know about this kind of stuff) - do you know if there is a link to a stream of the kansas city broadcast feed for tonight's game? like justin.tv or a similar site?

any help would be appreciated.

thanks

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 5:38 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 678

Did everyone get to see the Twins version of the "sausage races", where a mosquito, Babe the Ox and Bullseye the target dog race? What did you think?

I thought that it was a bit lame, honestly. I told my buddy they should get the OK from Nintendo and let 4 people race Mario Kart on that mondo screen. They could still have their mosquito, babe and bullseye characters by making them as Miis and have the people race as them if they really wanted.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 5:41 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 679

Do they still give out Twins magnet schedules? I used to love these. Put them on the fridge and never miss a game. I see tonight they are doing schedule posters.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 5:43 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 680

Vikes, those were the OS giveaway paraphanalia. I got one on Wednesday.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 5:47 PM by luke Highlight this comment 681

Buzz,
You can buy a terk transmitter and receiver which allows you to watch anywhere WITHOUT a DirectTv receiver..They work great and easy to hook up..I have a DirectTv receiver in the bedroom and another tv in the basement living room and one in the garage..Clickity

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 5:51 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 682

damn I missed it...On opening day they were handing out homer hankies and certificates...oh well...if anyone has an extra one they could spare drop me an email

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 5:52 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 683



Wind is blowin out!!!

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 7:30 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 684

Hell Yes...Without a doubt...Be careful on your way to the can if you walk along the Plaza:):):)

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 7:33 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 685

Yeah...keep smilin' hudson...you dumbshit!

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 7:44 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 686

Did you see that ODAWG?? Did you see what Joe just did? That's called a TAG!

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 7:45 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 687

Bases loaded. Up comes Cuddyer. Jax, do what you gotta do!

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 8:08 PM by Rick 688

Rick, you beat me to the punch about Jax and Cuddyer !!

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 8:10 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 689

She might still be in there....

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 8:17 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 690

i think it is lame that we turn out the majority of the lights on the skyscrapers at night now.

oh we are so "green" aren't we..............dumb

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 8:35 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 691

I gotta say I am surprised this item doesn't have a bid yet...LOL

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 8:38 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 692

Oh and by the way, where are the pix of TF at night, I thought we would see a few by now.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 8:39 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 693

Champion Club members are getting blankets handed out by ushers according to Twins Radio. Does anyone know how big are they?

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 8:40 PM by Mark in NE Highlight this comment 694

Blankies, they're getting blankies? Wusses.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 9:00 PM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 695

Aren't the topairies suppose to light up?

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 9:01 PM by Michael Highlight this comment 696

3 questions and/or observations just watching the game tonight.
TF looke even better at night...however:
a) aren't the Budweiser and Twins scoreboard sign backlit? I thought for sure the Twins one was, but it doesn't look like it's on.

b) I know the Plaza is lit, but why does it seem so dark on that right field side of TF on the telly? Look on the webcam, it's lit like crazy, but it doesn't show on TV.

c) why doesn't Target Center and surrounding skyscrapers turn some exterior lights on? For the aforementioned reason. On TV, it seriously looks like TF is the only thing downtown.

I heard today the Twins haven't won three series in a row to open a season since 1987. Good karma for the season ahead?

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 9:09 PM by luke Highlight this comment 697

Target Center has neon lights on the back side facing TF. Those haven't been turned on in many years (if I remember right).

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 9:18 PM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 698

I do remember those neon lights (as seen in the pic - click my name), but I also remember the white lights that were under the roof (also in the pic)...maybe they only use those during events?

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 9:27 PM by luke Highlight this comment 699

I only remember the white lights being on during events.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 9:32 PM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 700

Dang

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 9:32 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 701

Regarding the lights, why don't they have the plaza pole lamps on? I can't image those lights would be a distraction for the players. Does the accent lighting give off enough light for people wandering around on Target Plaza during the game? Who knew there would be some many new questions regarding Target Plaza at night.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 9:35 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 702

it also looks like it is only females and a few random kids wearing their little blankies.

as someone else said what a bunch of wimps. it is still 55 freakin' degrees out!

have these people ever been to an outdoor football game in late fall or winter? i am guessing the answer is a resounding no.

55 freakin' degrees and people are wearing blankets. what has happened to some minnesotans? and many of us consider ourselves "tough". please!

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 9:36 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 703

Nice little slideshow of Target Field. Click my name for the pictures

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 9:43 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 704

That first picture in the slideshow is very nice, especially as it captured the F-16s coming in on the flyover, the entire field, and the skyline. Thanks for passing on that link, Jeff!

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 9:53 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 705

Humorous Tweet on MLB.com: Why doesn't the Royals taken #42 off the mound? 7 1/3 painful innings for this guy. (Why are all of the Royals still wearing 42 today? I don't have a problem with them wearing #42, but I thought it was only for the Wednesday game)

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 10:03 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 706

sorry... Why "haven't" the Royals.....

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 10:05 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 707

TWINS!!!!

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 10:18 PM by rback Highlight this comment 708

To answer why the Royals were wearing 42 today, any team that wasn't playing yesterday is allowed to honor Robinson today by wearing his number or having ceremonies at their ballparks.

Celebration sign looked sweet after the win. Hands were shaking and the Twins logo alternated between Twins and Win. Awesome.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 10:26 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 709

hm i did send pics but they didn't get here!

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 10:57 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 710

Jax,

I've got them, but they got hung up somehow. I'm checking.

By the way, where were you for Cuddyer's double?

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 11:03 PM by Rick 711



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Posted on April 16, 2010 at 11:03 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 712

An Aha! moment tonight in the dark. I don't know the name of the building, but it sits out past the parking ramp and on Monday its water tower on the roof was adorned with green drapes (the building with Pizza Luce in it??) ... anyway, the water tower was illuminated with animation -- it included a rainbow pattern that seemed to spiral as well as an animated face that winked, smiled and "spun" around the water tower and appeared as if the spinning made it dizzy. It was completely bizarre yet addicting to watch from the stadium.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 11:06 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 713

test test. lol

The Budweiser sign isn't lit up - whether it does light up or not, i dunno!

The celebration sign is kinda dark compared to the video screens - it could be more vibrant, imo.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 11:07 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 714

TTH found the magic mushroom vendor.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 11:08 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 715

i want some of those...schrooms.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 11:22 PM by TC Lurker Highlight this comment 716

lol
wtf?

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 11:35 PM by TC Lurker Highlight this comment 717

is there some wierd issue on here with the lulz????

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 11:37 PM by TC Lurker Highlight this comment 718

I was on the plaza for innings 5 through 8 tonight taking pictures, and I can answer a few of the plaza questions.

1. The topiaries were lit, just as promised. Completed innings were purple and the current inning was red. Unfortunately, without hops to shine off of, the colors are hard to see from a distance.

2. The plaza lighting was subdued but definitely sufficient. It was really pretty amazing. TV cameras can't handle such large differences in brightness. What you saw is just a function of how TV cameras work.

3. You can bet that skyscraper owners in downtown will eventually figure out how to get their buildings to show up at night. But right now, it's easy to understand why it hasn't happened yet (economy, economy, economy).

4. There was no special exterior lighting on Target Center.

Being on the plaza was kind of cool. The radio broadcast was being played over the speakers, people were hanging around taking pictures on the glove, and every once in a while I'd hear a cheer and see a ball rise up over the crowd.

One disappointment was that the concession window facing outward was closed (I'd hoped to pick up a little snack).

One surprise was that I found some free street parking about six blocks up Sixth Street from Gate 34 (4 blocks from the entrance to the plaza).

It was a quick trip, but I got lots of pictures to show later...

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 11:43 PM by Rick 719

TwinS win! (clicky linky)

I know..I KNOW..I did it again (flipped the thing sideways to capture a still shot. I gotta stop doing that.

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 11:57 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 720

Having the skyline lights turned off was a beautiful sight. Save our planet and play your games only during the days. Then you can see the skyline with natural lighting without leaving a carbon footprint. Baseball (or any sport) was meant to be played outside under sunlight.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 12:02 AM by TaxTheRich Highlight this comment 721

Nice vid Jax, thanks. Now I just gotta see the "Well Played Mauer".

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 12:06 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 722

Great pics everyone, especially Luke, but i'm with Josh, anyone take a few pics of TF at tonights night game? The anticipation of seeing it all lit up from different angles is getting to me ;)

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 12:07 AM by Jcm-Baseball Highlight this comment 723

Ok, I just missed Jax's video, that looked AWESOME! FIREWORKS AND THE MINNIE AND PAUL SIGN, epic! Thanks for that, and we need to setup a fund for a better cuddy cam for you that doesn't take sideways video ;)

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 12:10 AM by Jcm-Baseball Highlight this comment 724

oh Rick, just saw your question - I was in my seat for the double. :)

I'm a little disappointed in the right field fans - no Cuddy love when he comes out next inning? Why do I gotta be the only tool standing/clapping?

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 12:13 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 725

yeah, sorry, I'm not quitting the day job to go into camera work... :D

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 12:15 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 726

Wow, I think I'm gonna love Section 128... Our whole section got into heckling Scott Podsednik big time, starting in about the 4th or 5th inning. We got him to turn around, stare, and shake his head during an 8th inning pitching change :)

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 12:32 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 727

Would anyone have two tickets for Tuesday's Cleveland game they would want to trade for 2 tickets to the 4/22 Cleveland game section 323 Row 10?

I screwed up on giving a buddy of mine tickets to the Tuesday game when I didn't realize I had already given them to someone else. I am trying to make it up to him by securing 2 tickets. Please e-mail me.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 12:39 AM by Bob323STH Highlight this comment 728

bought a cheap ticket in the skyline view... never found my seat - went straight to the drink rail and spent the whole game there... amazing. got to see scotty pods make that amazing catch in the second...

couple observations:

the party deck is going to be a problem if not well patrolled - as the fans became more intoxicated, the more debris was flying from the roof down to the field box seats... (reports we heard from fans who were up there, "go there to be seen... come down here to watch the game")

the neighborhood of bleachers in left field could foster some outstanding bleacher creatures - the section has an identity all its own and will likely develop traditions apart from the organized ones as time passes (they were riding podsednik all night - like they should)

sad to see the wave got going tonight... i suppose it was inevitable... but sad.

i pestered the beer guy for Nordeast by Grain Belt - and the fans along the rail were in agreement - the vendor said he was getting that a lot and was going to bring it to the people above him - he said they haven't stopped tweaking quantities and some items were selling and others arent at this point (but he seemed keen for feedback)

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 12:40 AM by CJ Highlight this comment 729

Jimmer,

Let's hear some examples of what it took to get to him.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 12:44 AM by Rick 730

i am wondering too jimmer - when he turned around in the 8th - we figured somebody really must have thrown something good at him... the way he was shaking his head it was either at the persistence or the creativity...

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 12:49 AM by CJ Highlight this comment 731

(I'm hoping for creativity. Now is the time for all Twins fans to come to the aid of their national image.)

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 12:53 AM by Rick 732

Twins fans heckling en masse? Maybe Generation Z isn't all bad in MN at least.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 02:07 AM by TC Lurker Highlight this comment 733

Can't recall everything, but there were a couple groups in it big time, me and my friends got in on it a little and so did others. Lot of Scotty doesn't know, You're going to AA, Omaha, AAA, He would go down on his knees during visits to the mound and pitching changes in late innings, I'm sure you can guess where that went... It was great overall, glad to have a 20 game pack basically right in the middle of that section, it's gonna be fun.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 02:37 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 734

Scotty you suck, you're not good enough for the White Sox a couple more

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 02:39 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 735

"You're going to AA, Omaha, AAA, He would go down on his knees during visits to the mound and pitching changes in late innings, I'm sure you can guess where that went."

OH god that's awesome.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 04:10 AM by TC Lurker Highlight this comment 736

When the White Sox went to the World Series I was living in way overpriced San Francisco, CA.

I managed to get one ticket for Game Two. The face value was $230. I started my eBay auction for this ticket at .99 cents

It ended at over $1600 which I received of every penny. I was the hero of the entire world to the buyer. I consider this my best eBay sale ever.

Because my buyer was so happy it was like I gave this person a gift from God.

Think of this next time you trash a broker. I really wasn't a broker. I just needed some money to live in $$an Fran$ci$co at the time.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 06:34 AM by TC Lurker Highlight this comment 737

it also made me really disgusted about ppl. that "claimed" they were lifelong Cubs fans.

Everyone wanted my ticket.

I don't like traitors.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 06:40 AM by TC Lurker Highlight this comment 738

Rick, how did the celebration sign look? It didn't look that bright on TV. Also, what about the Twins sign above the scoreboard, and the budweiser sign? I know the Twins sign lights up, but what about the budweiser sign, and why wasn't the Twins sign on?

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 06:48 AM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 739

Jimmer - I have a few games in the first row of 128 - can't wait to get out there! I love coaching baseball, but waiting until Memorial Day weekend for my first Twins game is killing me!

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 07:02 AM by Ole Highlight this comment 740

gee i thought this was just a chit chat place.

looks like i need to consult a lawyer. not. bye.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 07:18 AM by TC Lurker Highlight this comment 741

Glad you liked the pics jcm!
I'll take some night shots of my own on May 6 when I head out there.
Jax - what song do they play for a Twins win? I do know they play "Long Walk Home" by The Boss for losses (heard that one Wednesday).

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 07:52 AM by luke Highlight this comment 742

Would anyone like to TRADE tickets for the Friday May 7th game against the Orioles. I can't go to any games that weekend (Mother's Day weekend), but would like to trade for tickets to a different game. My seats are section 111 Row 10 2 seats on the aisle. Perhaps I am wrong, but it seems on TC traders you can only trade for that particular game, not a different one, am I wrong? If anyone is interested in making any kind of trade please write me or let me know on here.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 08:01 AM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 743

Victory song = 'Beautiful Day' by U2

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 08:08 AM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 744

The Twins sign above the scoreboard was on, but because of the bank of stadium lights above it, it wasn't as bright. Don't know that the Budweiser sign lights up or not (I'm hoping not).

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 08:08 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 745

why are you hoping it doesnt light up? I think it would look much better with it lit up

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 08:10 AM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 746

The bank of lights above the scoreboard I think is too bad. It takes away from both the back lit Twins sign and the scoreboard itself. I think it also makes the celebration sign less vibrant. I wonder if they can tone those lights down and turn on just some of the halo lights they aren't using right around home plate.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 08:18 AM by Linc Highlight this comment 747

After checking my online banking this morning I guess I won't be taking any more checks,,even from charter members.....1 sale..1 bounced check..Paypal from now on.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 08:48 AM by Steve Highlight this comment 748

Vike, See top two videos for a look around from last night. Not exactly professional work, but a look around. :p

I have a hard time heckling the Royals. It's like kicking a blind, 3-legged dog. I'm all for being an ass from the stands! lmfasomg but I'm more selective.

I actually totally respected Pods last night!! To be playing with that intensity on this team and in a losing effort was pretty impressive. I wouldn't mind that glove in LF *ahem Delmon*

Of course, I will take all this back tonight/tomorrow if his glove or bat actually causes them to win. :D

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 08:53 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 749

The Truth Hurts -
The projections on the water tower are being done by Carmichael Lynch and MCAD as a public art display. Click the link for a brief story.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 09:31 AM by Chris Highlight this comment 750

Also, click the link here to see some pictures from the top of their roof. I guess the view isn't all that great.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 09:32 AM by Chris Highlight this comment 751

Jax,

In your picture of the wind blowing out, I have the Hennepin county flag pole coming right out of my head.

It was pretty brisk during the first few innings.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 09:49 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 752

Chris - that's awesome... I've always hoped we could embrace more public art in a town that is so good for the arts. who knew that a ballpark would be an impetus for such a thing... is there anything this place can't do? ;-)

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 09:55 AM by CJ Highlight this comment 753

Cure cancer?

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 10:02 AM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 754

billy - give it time... heh

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 10:05 AM by CJ Highlight this comment 755

It was strange how it would blow out briskly, then an inning or two later, it would be dead calm, then back to blowing out. Very unpredictable.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 10:11 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 756

p.s. for those not at the game, It may have been 50 degrees, but there was a very stiff chilly wind. I had my little Twins blankie on my lap with my hands in it - my hands were frozen for some reason. Since I'm down by the field, I can't imagine how chilly the wind must have been up top!

In contrast, a breezy, sunny day game when it was 50, I was fine.

Sun is warm! See how that works? :D

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 10:17 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 757

BIG LAKE — Schedules for the Northstar commuter rail line will change beginning today.

Metro Transit, which operates the 40-mile rail line between Big Lake and Minneapolis, is adjusting departure times for all weekend service, weekday morning service into Minneapolis and most northbound weekday trips based on ridership patterns and customer requests.

On Saturdays, the 10 p.m. northbound train, which had limited ridership, will be replaced by a train leaving Minneapolis at 7 p.m.

The first southbound train also will arrive in Minneapolis earlier, Metro Transit spokesman Bob Gibbons said.

“People told us they wanted to get downtown before lunch on Saturday,” he said.

Northstar was popular with Twins fans during the first week of games at the new Target Field.

Northstar is providing trains for 53 of the Twins’ 81 home games this season.

Ridership increased from 501 for the first game on Monday to an overflow of 2,055 on Thursday, Gibbons said. Another 110 riders had to be taken from Fridley to Target Field via bus.

For today’s game, the trains will be operating with six cars instead of five, Gibbons said.

For a complete schedule, go to www.metrotransit.org/Northstar.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 10:36 AM by Steve Highlight this comment 758

Mijares is headed to the 15-day DL....Elbow strain...Apparently from repetitiously lifting the fork to his mouth.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 10:49 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 759

The ballpark is an unhealthy place to eat and drink. Fatty greasy foods, alcohol, and sugary beverages. If you can afford to eat and drink that garbage, then you should be able to afford an obesity tax applied to its total cost. Minnesotans should have healthier options, but if you choose beer and fatty foods, you should be taxed. This added cost will help society pay for our new health-care plan. We have to change our destructive culture and bad behaviors.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 10:55 AM by TaxTheRich Highlight this comment 760

I had a grilled chicken sandwich on a whole wheat bun and a salad last night. I don't drink but I did have a water and a diet pepsi that I brought in with no problem.

I am on vacation, so I have been enjoying the ballpark food like I should! At home, if it's anyone's business, I am a clean eater and recently lost 30 pounds.

It's people's day-to-day eating that needs work. The ballpark, Fair, vacation etc - Treats are allowed, no matter what some people say.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 11:20 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 761

TaxTheRich - quit preaching to others on how to live their lives. You are a pompous ass.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 11:22 AM by luckylager Highlight this comment 762

Lucky,

Taxtherich is just on here to get a rise out of someone. Responding to his posts will just encourage him. Instead, just remember to turn on all of the lights in your home prior to leaving for the game, make sure everyone in your groups drives to the park separately. Eat all of the food you want, if you are rich you have earned the right to be unhealthy.

;)

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 11:44 AM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 763

Yeah, don't feed the troll. Jax you kind of answered my question already, but will I encounter any problems bringing in a couple bottles of water when I go to the game on tuesday? I don't remember if this was here or not, but I vaguely remember something being mentioned about only being able to bring in bottled water if it was the same brand that they sold at Target Field, is that true?

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 11:47 AM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 764

Was at the game last night and the concession lines were not nearly as bad as they were during the exhibition series and the home opener. Congestion in the concourses appears to have been greatly reduced as well, which are very positive signs.

I didn't have a problem with any lines other than the men's restroom and although the lines were long, they moved rather quickly. The Twins still need better signs to point people to the restroom. Some of the restrooms can be very difficult to find in a crowded concourse. In addition, many fans still need to realize there are a lot of urinals around the backside of the restroom after you walk in. They need to keep walking around to the backside rather than stopping in the front side and holding up the lines. This is another issue that should improve over time.

Other than that, things have improved greatly in relation to ballpark operations such as food inventory, concession lines, sound, and traffic flow in concourses. It should only continue to get better!

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 12:08 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 765

good to see Sen Marty join the board... (TTH - get after him, the guy's stealing your bit...)

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 12:43 PM by CJ Highlight this comment 766

Billy,

It just has to be 32oz or less and be sealed. Brand does not matter.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 1:36 PM by Joe117 Highlight this comment 767

Nothing I hate more than PETA-loving, grass-skirt wearing TROLLS...

Holy crap! Nice triple by Morneau....kinda caught 'em napping in the outfield.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 1:39 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 768

TaxTheRich........Mind your OWN business. I have a freedom, the freedom to choose. When you start preaching to me and trying to force your agenda on me, we have a problem. DON'T TREAD ON ME!.....You and others like you will regret it.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 2:03 PM by Thor Highlight this comment 769

ATTENTION:

PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS!

THANK YOU!

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 2:05 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 770

Finally saw my first homer! The pee spell is broken!

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 2:06 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 771

Omg and my second! O-dawg!

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 2:09 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 772

Sorry about the last RANT.....Just had to release some emotions on some unrelated baseball bull. Back to important issues.....GO TWINS! P.S.- I'm glad the pee spell is broken, now everyone can enjoy watching the Twins hit home runs without having to relieve themselves.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 2:47 PM by Thor Highlight this comment 773

Rauch is going to keep us on the edge of our seats this season.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 2:50 PM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 774

6 for 6.....almost fell off of my seat. Guess it makes it more exciting this way. Twins WIN!!

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 2:55 PM by Thor Highlight this comment 775

Four for four on series wins so far. I love the start of this season!

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 3:04 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 776

Jax.......I usually relieve myself when watching the Twins give up a home run! (And you thought you had it bad.) Hope that doesn't happen too often this year.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 3:12 PM by unknowntwinsfan Highlight this comment 777

Another series won for the Twins. That makes four.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 3:24 PM by luke Highlight this comment 778

There has been at least one home run in every game at Target Field so far whether it be the Twins or their opponent, including both exhibition games.

E1 - Holliday, Rasmus, Span
E2 - Freese, Mauer, Cuddyer
1 - Kubel
2 - Pedroia, Cuddyer
3 - Cuddyer
4 - Betancourt
5 - Ankiel (2), Thome, Hudson

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 3:28 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 779

I thought the organ sounded good today. The problem is they just don't play it enough. Too many crappy Bon Jovi singalongs, country songs, and text message contests for artists I have never heard of. More organ!

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 4:53 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 780

Organ has its time and place, but I also like to hear some good tunes played on the speakers! Sing-a-longs are fun, kiss cam...etc...

Not everyone has the same tastes, so they have to have a variety!

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 4:55 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 781

I do agree about the sound of the organ. Some tweaking has definitely been done because the tone doesn't sound so "domey" I did hear Sue Nelson playing a very jazzy version of "Talkin' Baseball" before the first pitch today.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 4:59 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 782

Back from the game. First time in Twins history that they've won the first 4 series.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 5:14 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 783

If I were making the decisions, I would scrap ALL of the canned music and just go with the organ...IMO, the organ does a much better job at setting the atmosphere of a ballgame - ala Wrigley Field.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 5:22 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 784

scanning a couple kansas city royals message boards and i have really only found one interesting thing of note about the royals and their fan base.

first, a good number of their fans seem to really "hate" the twins. perhaps even more so than they hate the white sox. why? you might ask.

well, basic logic would probably tell most that it is because the twins have been beating up on the royals for basically the last decade, but that doesn't really seem to be THE reason why.

the primary reason royals fans hate the twins so much? they hate the twins because of the thousands upon thousands of twins fans who come from minneapolis/st. paul and all over the midwest and literally take over kauffmann stadium each and every summer when the twins visit town.

i love it! so i say GREAT WORK twins fans. now let's make sure that we keep on traveling and supporting our team on the road regardless of having a new outdoor ballpark. that is not a good excuse. our boys still need us in chicago, they still need us in kansas city, they still need us in detroit and they still need us in milwaukee.

let's continue to take over miller park in milwaukee, kauffman stadium in kansas city and from time to time u.s. cellular and wrigley in chicago (like we did last summer for three straight days against the cubs). we know how much it pisses them all off making their stadiums our home away from home.

I KNOW WE CAN CONTINUE TO DO IT TWINS FANS! sign up for or starting planning that twins road trip you may have been putting off to date.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 5:44 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 785

I did enjoy the talkin' baseball organ music today. Reminded me of the Simpsons :)

What a beautiful day for a ball game. Sat in the left field homerun porch (331). Sun out the whole game, drinking some beers. Can't ask for a better Saturday.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 5:45 PM by Mort Highlight this comment 786

I'll be headed for KC next weekend, Beta.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 5:47 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 787

I've got about a thousand pictures to go through from my Opening Series trip, so I'll get some up with commentary and review soon, but one thing is clear - pictures DO NOT do Target Field justice in any way, shape or form.

If you haven't bought tickets yet, do so. TF is clearly the standard by which parks will be measured, no question.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 5:52 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 788

an insanely funny article/profile from deadspin detailing why miller park, and basically wisconsin sports fans in general, really do SUCK A FAT ONE.

a must read. click on my name.

as an aside i also noticed that the twins are mentioned a couple different times by the various contributors who let the truth be known about miller park and its rather portly sconnie denizens.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 5:59 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 789

"but one thing is clear - pictures DO NOT do Target Field justice in any way, shape or form.

I agree 100%....that was the first thing I said to my wife when we walked in the ballpark on OD.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 5:59 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 790

Beta,
My family has made the trip to Kaufmann many times over the last 10 years and with only one exception (an over-served woman) have always been treated extremely well by the Royals fans. Many have let us know how they appreciate us making the trip down to visit KC.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 6:31 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 791

luckylager - that is great that you have had a good experience, but understandably it doesn't sound like the majority of royals fans "appreciate" having their ballpark taken over by a visiting team almost each and everytime they visit. to be clear i wasn't saying and didn't read on their message boards that royals fans purposely try and treat twins fans badly or anything like that when we visit k.c.

secondly, i would chalk up the majority of any perceived "appreciation" thrown twins fans way to a little bout of something most of us understand very well in these parts: good ole' midwestern passive-agressive-ness

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 7:14 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 792

eh - my take on the frustration of royals fans towards twins fans boils down to this: royals fans see in the twins the team they all believe they SHOULD have in a small, but loyal, baseball market. they aren't so much angry at twins fans, as envious of what has been created (a team worth driving 8 hours to see)

from all accounts i've heard from fans who've made the trip - KC fans are generally hospitable - so long as twins fans aren't provoking them... which i've heard about more than once (and our fans do a good job of policing our own oddly)

as for milwaukee - i have nothing good to say about my experience there... there fans are drunk and obnoxious by-in-large.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 7:48 PM by CJ Highlight this comment 793

TWINS MAGIC NUMBER: 150

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 8:13 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 794

Still looking for Coors Light and Summer Shandy at the game. Anyone have success and if so, where in the ballpark? Pure heaven there today.

K

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 9:19 PM by Kramer Highlight this comment 795

Cards and Mets are in a 0-0 tie in the top of the 19th inning

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 9:27 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 796

An infielder for the Cards is on the mound. Lohse is in the outfield. LOL

They may hate the Twins fans descending on KC, but the owners ($$$) and the city ($$$) don't mind one bit!

The KC fans would like it alot more if they beat the Twins. I remember a couple of embarrassing drubbings last year (walking several Twins in for runs one game... a multi-run inning with 2 Cuddy homers in another....)

I know I enjoy Milwaukee fans driving all this way just to watch the Brewers get swept.... hahahaaa!

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 9:38 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 797

What a day! Parked 2 blocks from the park on 5th St North. Tons of free parking up and down that street. We baked in the sun sec 326. Have to agree on the too much canned music! Would prefer the organ more and more. Had the big dog with chips. Have to give it 2 thumbs down. Bun was way too big and stale. Dog seemed cold and not cooked enough. May have to go with the schwiegert dog with steamed bun next! LOL! Had a couple beers. No problem bringing some peanusts and water into the park. Will be bringing some rum in one of those water bottles next game!!! Some rube once section over tried to get the wave going for about 3 innings. Thank God it never worked. Also was glad to see they did not throw the KC homerun back! Keep the ball! Keep the ball. After the game went on a little tour to see the statues out in the plaza area. Got to shake hands with Harmon Killebrew as he was posing for pice around his statue. Told him about the great memories I had watching him play at the old Met! Will be bringing my 85 year old Dad to the game Thursday afternoon. All in all a grand old day at the ballbark! One game down 20 to go!!!!!

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 9:40 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 798

Speaking of between-innings entertainment ideas, here's an offering from the Onion:

[i](sorry, couldn't resist)[i/]

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 9:42 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 799

I honestly thought it was a joke when I saw online it was in the 17th inning, so I opened up my AtBat iPhone app and sure enough, 0-0 tie.. Been listening since then.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 9:53 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 800

Watching Joe Mather pitch for the Cards on MLB.com GameDay:

Pitch #1 - changeup
Pitch #2 - changeup
Pitch #3 - changeup
Pitch #4 - changeup . . .

:)

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 9:57 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 801

What I'd like to know is why the hell is Kyle Lohse in the game, but not pitching?

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 9:59 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 802

Didn't the Twins have a 22-inning marathon a few years back?

What's the most innings an MLB game has ever gone?

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 10:01 PM by luke Highlight this comment 803

Lohse is between starts. he's not available to pitch in the 20th inning of a game between his starts.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 10:08 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 804

But why put him in LF? Is he better than anyone else they had to play LF?

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 10:13 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 805

Jimmer, the teams used 46 of their 50 players in this game - so I would guess the answer is no. :D

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 10:21 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 806

er.. sorry, I just re-read your question - the answer is, yes -- he was probably the last guy available/able to play OF with any ability.

and by 46 out of 50, i mean both teams 25 man rosters combined.

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 10:22 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 807

luke, longest game was 26 innings that ended due to darkness in 1920 (Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Braves, 1920). It ended in a 1-1 tie.

The longest completed game, 25 innings (Chi. White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers, '84).

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 01:07 AM by TK Highlight this comment 808

Is anyone as excited as I to get my hand on an Xcel Energy Light Bulb Wednesday night!?!?!!?!!!!

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 01:09 AM by TK Highlight this comment 809

Dont forget that lightbulb is part of a contest if it lights up the right way I heard you could get a cool prize. But hey what do I know anyways.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 06:47 AM by Leroy Highlight this comment 810

I took my family to a game in milwaukee at county stadium in the late 80's. My 2 stepsons were 9 and 6 and were wearing their twins t-shirts. More than once as we were walking through the parking lot/drunkfest our boys heard "look at the little f*****g twins fans. We got to our seats and were seated next to a nice elderly couple from St. Paul who were also dressed in Twins gear. For some reason they were singled out in that section and were so brutally razzed that they eventually left. We were surrounded by minors who were getting their beer supplied by the one person in their group who was of age, a 300 pound mess in a black t-shirt which read "BORN TO PARTY". On one pass as he was going to get more beer or to pee he stopped in front of me, smiled, and farted. Our revenge was sweet as Gary Gaetti had a bases clearing double in the top of the ninth to seal the win. I am all for team pride but would be thoroughly disgusted at any Twins fan who would treat any visiting fan that way.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 08:26 AM by Paul Highlight this comment 811

TWINS MAGIC NUMBER: 149

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 08:50 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 812

Trosy29-

WAY off on the magic number... It's more like 70-80. Combination of Twins wins and second place losses.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 09:03 AM by Andy1108 Highlight this comment 813

Andy you are not correct. By your calculations, I wasted about $2500 on season tickets since the Twins can clinch by mid-season.

see my link for formula.

Rick, will you swipe the counter and put it on this page for the Twins?

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 10:03 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 814

Magic number formula:

163 - W1 - L2

In other words...

163 minus Twins wins minus 2nd place team's losses

As of right now: Twins (9-3), Tigers (6-5)

163 - 9 - 5 = 149

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 10:07 AM by Rick 815

Andy1108,

The elimination number 149.

You are correct about the Twins wins and other teams losses. However, if the Twins win 120 ballgames and Detroit wins 130 of the remaining games, Detroit would win the Central (barring the Sox/Indians/Royals don't win 131 ;) Back to reality now...

To calculate, take the number of games remaining and add 1. Then you subtract the games you are ahead of in the loss column.

Every team starts the season with a Magic number of 163.

150 (games remaining) + 1 - (2, games Twins are above Tigers in loss column = 149

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 10:09 AM by TK Highlight this comment 816

I wish I did not write so slow...no one posts for an hour and then people post a response to the last poster within 6 minutes of each other.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 10:11 AM by TK Highlight this comment 817

thank God for the internet - I just posted a link to an already calculated number so I didn't have to hurt my blonde brain. Made for a faster post. :D sorry TK!

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 10:19 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 818

Nice! Thanks for setting me straight! You are all great baseball minds.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 10:34 AM by Andy1108 Highlight this comment 819

you can take me off the smart list - i googled "MLB Magic Numbers". :D

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 10:43 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 820

Funny, Jax.
Sorry Trosy29. I was on my high horse this morning.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 10:53 AM by Andy1108 Highlight this comment 821

I don't want to bring up things that have been beaten to death but... In Toronto, do they sing God Bless America? I don't think so. Does that mean they sing the theme song to Dudley Do Right during the 7th inning stretch?

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 11:05 AM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 822

Still looking for Coors Light and Summer Shandy at the game. Anyone have success and if so, where in the ballpark? Pure heaven there today.

K

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 9:19 PM by Kramer

Kramer,

I saw Coors light in the Town Ball Tavern out in left field. I know there's Summer Shandy somewhere in the park, but I'm not sure where. It may have been on the "Cold Beer" carts.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 11:24 AM by Mort Highlight this comment 823

bandgeek -

the toronto fans sing "ok blue jays" or "let's play ball" during the 7th inning stretch.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 11:45 AM by CJ Highlight this comment 824

@Bandgeek: God Save The Queen?

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 11:49 AM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 825

There is summer shandy at a cold beer cart by section 325, i was hoping it would be both shandy and honeyweiss but so far only shandy. Having only shandy has lead to a somewhat poor selection of beer near my seats in 326. I the close area there is only Miller Lite, Bud Light lime and Shandy, not a big deal.

What I did find nice, is at some point during the game heading down to the bar outside of TownBall and grabbing a mixed drink and watching the game from the drink rail there.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 12:34 PM by Duffman Highlight this comment 826

Does anybody know if FSN, or anyone else for that matter, caries sunday games outside of Minnesota? We don't get my29 in SD.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 12:40 PM by Miller Highlight this comment 827

while we're on the subject, I don't remember "God Bless America" being sung in the 7th innning stretch when I went on Wednesday.

There was however a mass sing-along of "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 12:55 PM by luke Highlight this comment 828

In Toronto during the 7th inning stretch I think they all start "coooo coooo coooo cooooing" like Bob and Doug MacKenzie.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 12:58 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 829

does anyone out there no where to find the game on dish network today

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 1:07 PM by fm Highlight this comment 830

fm--check channel 448

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 1:12 PM by Erik777777 Highlight this comment 831

thanks found it never would have known it was there doesnt show it on the guide am really starting to despise dish network made a big mistake choosing them i think i would advise everyone not to get dish network am in fargo and its on fsn on cable its only been in hd half the time too while every game on cable has been hd switched from cable too dish because i thought it would be an upgrade its a rip off

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 1:32 PM by fm Highlight this comment 832

Duffman, right by section 323 is a local beer stand with Summit, Grain Belt, Schells, and a new one called Redbridge that wasn't bad, among others. Hope they eventually get some Surly.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 1:46 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 833

oh my god. The wave is going strong, and they're FILMING it.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 3:50 PM by rback Highlight this comment 834

NOOOOO...the only "Wave" that should exist is the wind veil thing.

What are they doing???

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 4:03 PM by luke Highlight this comment 835

Give Bremer some props for opposing it.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 4:04 PM by Rick 836

I would, if his reason for not doing it wasn't "I always though someone was going to take my seat." A wave and a beach ball in the same game, two things that shouldn't have been brought over from the other place.

Are there any other ballparks where the fans regularly throw beach balls around?

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 4:06 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 837

Opening series at the Angels ballpark had a beach ball on the field once each game, I think. It was crazy.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 4:09 PM by rback Highlight this comment 838

- Beach balls

- The wave

- Throwing back opponents' home run balls

- Jesse Crain

Things which should be banned from Target Field.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 4:16 PM by Rick 839

This Royals team is going to give the Twins team a run for there money in the division. Good hitters, decent starters and an all star closer. This team will be there in the end. And why is Crain still on the roster?

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 4:19 PM by firedog Highlight this comment 840

It looks like Jesse the crain-wreck is back to his old ways...

What an embarrassment to see Twins fans doing the wave at Target Field. When I was at Friday night's game a guy behind me yelled "Not at Target Field" when some idiots were trying to start the wave. That was a classic comment! Unfortunately, we are always going to have those immature and clueless fans at Twins games trying to start the wave.

Not to beat a dead horse, but Target Field is not Wrigley Field so the "throwing the ball back" needs to stay at Wrigley.

Also, this is not San Diego either, so the beach balls should stay in San Diego as well.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 4:22 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 841

Yeah, I love how the wave is going around behind home plate when Mahay is trying to get off a 3-2 pitch. These 'fans' are clueless. Everyday i am more irritated by people who don't seem to know a ballgame is going on.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 5:04 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 842

Click my name for a KSTP report of what it looked like the day prior to the Twins home opener 1972. What a marvelous spring this has been so far!

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 5:14 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 843



Panned out.... Ooh ahh!

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 5:15 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 844

this looks better, Kevin! :)

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 5:18 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 845

Does anyone have a really nice shot of the scoreboard, almost straight on to it. I am wanting to use it for wallpaper.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 5:46 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 846

Can we all agree that Crain and Mijares add no value to this squad?

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 5:46 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 847

It sure does Jax. Too bad the Met didn't have those heating coils underneath the field back in the day.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 5:51 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 848

TTH I will agree with you on Crain and Mijares. I have a friend who hates Mijares so much she said when she was looking into the bullpen at the exhibition game she went to she wanted to dump her beer over the wall and onto his head... but then she remembered how much she paid for that beer and changed her mind, figured it was worth more.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 6:56 PM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 849

At Wednesday's game the outfield fans tried to start the wave but it never got past the administration building. I said “oh geez, not the wave” and I heard some people behind me grumble too so we are not alone in wanting that 25 year old fad to die for good.

At one of the games with St. Louis I heard some people start chanting “keep the ball, keep the ball". Maybe we should all try that after an opponents’ home run and try “stop the wave, stop the wave” too. If enough people joined in would it make folks realize how foolish it looks or would it just be confrontational?

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 7:01 PM by Play Ball! Highlight this comment 850

I still think some of you need to lighten up and stop caring so much about what others do at the game. Some of you strike me as the kind people who would confiscate a kid's ball if they hit it into your yard. Let others have some fun and stop worry about it so much.

This is in no way condoning the wave, which I personally never liked, but I'm not going to begrudge others who want to do it. And beach balls are harmless.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 7:02 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 851



I like this one... At twilight and with matty g trivia displayed lol

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 7:03 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 852

p.s. the trivia is who he would like (or not like) to be stuck on an island with - I can't remember. The answer was Jessie Crain.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 7:07 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 853

Man Pavano really struggled today! What are we hitting with the bases juiced this year? Lots of ducks left on the pond once again today. Did you see the guy try and catch the KC homer in right field? He ended up with the ball then gave it to his kids! Classy that he did not throw it back! The Wave is dead!!!!!!Lets keep it that way. More organ music less piped in music also. Will be there again thurday afternoon, Hopefully in the sun again!

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 7:32 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 854

My thoughts on the wave: If you're doing the wave, you're not watching baseball. If you're not watching baseball, kindly please LEAVE the ballpark.

Thank you. ;-)

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 8:19 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 855

i just think the wave is a lot more disruptive at Target Field as the fans are in the pitcher's eye right behind the batter. (At the dome, it was blue behind the batter.) They started it with Mahay on the mound. It's just so dumb. Same with beach balls (like the one today ending up the field).

I'm sure I sound hokey, but I just think it's so disrespectful to the players and the game when it's distracting or disruptive to them. Yeah, I'm a dud.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 8:24 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 856

Buffalo - I am all for people having fun at a ball game but can you really call the wave having fun?

It simply doesn't belong at a baseball game and its very distracting when you have some immature and intoxicated fans (who are clueless about the game) trying to start it in your seating area. If you are playing in a football stadium, than sure, the wave is fun because the stadium is symmetrical and its fun to watch the wave go around the stadium. But we are talking about a baseball game at a ballpark and the wave does not belong there.

Throwing the opponent's HR ball back also should not happen. It's disrespectful. In fact, its something we should be teaching our children and that is to respect your opponent and keep the ball. Does it really bother the player if you throw his HR ball back? I doubt it. Keep that tradition in Chicago with the ignorant and intoxicated Cubs fans in the bleachers. We don't throw back foul balls or HR balls from batting practice.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 8:24 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 857

Beach balls are most definitely not harmless. Most of them end up on the warning track, stopping play, distracting an outfielder, or an umpire, or a hitter, or pitcher, and disrupting the flow of the game.

At least the wave doesn't do that!

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 8:25 PM by Rick 858

true. And Mahay waited for it to pass behind home plate before he got set for his next pitch. I suppose they can just do that now so the fans aren't inconvenienced. laffootloud.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 8:28 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 859

All this talk of beach balls has brought back an uncomfortable moment for me....I was 10 or 11 years old and my friends parents brought us to a Twins game...we had tickets in the left centerfield bleacher section. A beach ball came to me and I accidently drilled it into the outfield. Play was stoppped, Kenny Landreux went to pick up the ball....and he handed it back to me while telling me to keep it in the stands. For some reason, I felt like I wanted to crawl under my seat.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 8:59 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 860

At the game today - beautiful weather, beautiful environment, not-so-beautiful pitching. A few observations:

Sue is giving it the 'college try' and opening up the songbook, but occasionally has trouble keeping up with her own electronic percussion section.

Not sure if this tidbit's been mentioned: Checked out the Metropolitan Club - great-looking room, and the balcony off the club is a great place to casually watch the game and goings-on in the plaza; however, there is a $5 cover charge to simply sit at a table on said balcony. I didn't ask if you then get $5 applied to a drink or food order, but I'm not holding my breath.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 9:03 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 861

All I will say is everybody has fun in their own way. It might not seem fun to you or I, but for some reason some people get a kick out of standing up with their hands in the air. Who knows why? They just do.

And we can sit here all smug and decide who is a true fan and who isn't and we can say things like "if you're not there to watch baseball, than kindly leave," but that's just ignoring the way the world and the sport is today. If only die-hard fans who watched every single pitch with a scorecard in hand went to games, you could congratulate each and every of your fellow 10,000 or so fans in attendance for being "true fans." But you wouldn't be doing in a park like Target Field.

Time for some of you to get over it. It's not going to change so why let it get to you?

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 9:09 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 862

Rick, that doesn't qualify as "not harmless." Beach balls have always been harmless -- except for that time when my grandfather was struck by a beach ball and died. So sad ... love ya, Papa!

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 9:10 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 863

TTH - lol lol lol

(I meant to do that..)

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 9:25 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 864

Thanks for the back up on the Magic Number everyone....much appreciated...

Andy...keep checkin' with here all year...that number will be accurate...

TWINS MAGIC NUMBER: STILL 149 (damn royals and tigers...)

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 9:35 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 865

Buff we will agree to disagree. Lets not stoop that low to do a wave or even throw the opponenents HR back. Although I have to admit I did like giving the hapless guy who tried to get the wave going some grief! As hard as he tried for 3 innings he just could not get er going! Finally crawled back to his seat in shame and watched the ball game! Da wave is dead deal with it!

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 9:59 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 866

I sat with a buddy in the Batter's Eye today. Very interesting to get a different perspective (level, angle, type of fan, vendors, etc). I've now sat in the Overlook, LF Bleachers, Diamond Box, Club Level, and Batter's Eye.

A few observations:

1. The Twins still have LOTS of operational issues to resolve. I have enjoyed the games, but any walking around for concessions can be an absolute nightmare with congestion. I noticed this today up on the 200/300 level where the escalator comes up on the 1st base side. It was also mayhem between the bases on the 100 level (too many carts) and behind home plate. It really is a vicious cycle. The Twins have by and large decided to use volunteers to man concession stands or "real" employees who are having a hard time finding the button for a hot dog and adding up your total. This leads to painfully slow service. Longer lines. More congestion. Less money spent on concessions. I really think there needs to be more extensive training for these people. Is that even possible with volunteers? I mean I have my total added up in my head in .34 seconds and the money out ready to pay while the cashier is still looking for the button to add up the total.

2. I walked up to the Hennepin Grille in the 200/300 level of LF to get a Vincent burger at 12:30. Approximately 40 mins before gametime and the lady said they were out of them already. She couldn't say if or when they'd have more. How is that even possible? I mean how many $12 burgers do they sell out there. Seriously, I looked around me in the seats, it was mostly groups who were clearly on tight budgets. To have a wait for a Murray's steak sandwich or a Vincent burger is one thing, to be completely sold out of whatever limited quantity you had to start the day with 40 minutes til gametime is absurd.

3. People are clearly bananas for Kramarczuk's Sausages. I walked directly to the cashier on Friday night in the Club Level to get a Kramarczuk's bratwurst. Today when I walked by the stand on the 1st base side of the 300 level it was a line of at least 20-25 people so that has to be a minimum of a 30 minute wait. Do people think they are worth it? Are they that good? I hope this isn't sacreliigous, but I actually thought the brat I had was fairly bland. The Market Pantry Italian Sausage was much tastier IMO.

4. People need to keep walking after getting off the escalators. This must be a Minnesotan thing. They stop and stare in awe. Keep moving as there are people coming up/down right behind you. Same thing goes for riding the 2 mass transit options. People here haven't seen full trains. I assure you the rush hour B, D, or 4 Trains to Yankee Stadium is packed. The LRT/Northstar trains are not. This isn't rocket science.

5. Tickets are going to be very scarce for all weekend series. A quick gander at Craigslist shows lots and lots of "Want" ads for all 3 games this weekend with scores of tickets for sale for the Indians series this week. In fact, I chatted up a scalper who was looking to buy tickets before the game. He had none for sale at 10:30am. I asked what he thought it'd cost to get in the door today. He replied $100. Looks to me like the day of the week is much more important than the opponent. Just something to remember for those still looking to buy tickets.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 10:15 PM by Max Highlight this comment 867

i can not go thru 5 pages of comments since the last time i logged on.. let me guess what happend insted

jax showd more pics of cuddys ass, tth said somthing insulting but followed it p with somthing extreamly deep and inteligent, a shit loa of "lol's" ben mention that he hates everything ,, and his mitts were on the met stadium pole, kevein in az has prob not said anything just shaking his head in disgust, sombody said that they saw mazaratirick getting twisted on the plaza and passing out next to the kirby statue after the game last week..

oh well that was fun see you guys at the park wendsday thanks to TIMB!!!!

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 10:32 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 868

I noticed that too in the 100 level behind home plate. People were crammed in that concourse. I saw they had the asian food cart right there and there was simply no way to even buy food from that cart.

It's funny that they gloat about a 30' concourse but then put vendor carts inside which takes about 10' away. I hope they move or eliminate these vendors for more room or is it simply fans gawking and clogging up the concourses?

Other than that though... TF is great!

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 10:36 PM by Boof Highlight this comment 869

I was at today's game and the lines on the upper concourse flowed pretty well. The Kramarczuk's line was about 3 or 4 people long in about the 5th inning. On Friday night, I sat on the lower deck and experienced some of the congestion issues there. To me it seems like the issue is mainly people walking around a lot and checking things out in combination with the volunteer labor at the concession stands having a hard time getting into the swing of things.

The Twins are never going to reduce the number of carts on the lower deck. Doing so would only make the lines for the main stands even longer. It's a non starter. The real issue is to get the lines to move faster and to do a better job of managing lines with stanchions to keep traffic flowing.

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 10:46 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 870

Huh? Am I missing something?? Posters here are upset because lines are long??? Uh, PEOPLE, the park was at capacity this weekend. I'd HOPE you'd run into some lines somewhere along the way. Geezus...take a Xanax and enjoy the experience.

BTW, if anyone cares -- and I know you don't -- I'll be heading to the Bay this week for work, and will be taking in the Yankees/A's game on Tuesday night. I'll let you know how long and hard that ballpark sucks, so that the TF circle jerk may continue at its high octane level. (God, I miss multi-use stadiums...)

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 11:00 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 871

Anyone know how long they keep the grass? From 326 it looks like the area where the short stop and second baseman play are already getting worn out. Also down the baselines where the Umps walk back and forth. It reminds me of football fields that are kept too short and after the one game the field is destroyed

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 12:50 AM by Duffman Highlight this comment 872

does anyone have menus for Townball Tavern and Hrbeks? maybe a picture of the menus even? know a few people who are trying to plan ahead...

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 12:57 AM by CJ Highlight this comment 873

I would reply to whatever you said about me Maz, but can't make sense of anything in your post. Don't recognize several of the words - must be in drunkenese.

Enjoy your trip, TTH. Make sure you report if there are beach balls and long sausage lines at the Coliseum. :D

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 06:30 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 874

I suppose it's a battle between the Coliseum in Oakland and Trop Field in Tampa for the worst parks in MLB now, huh?

I remember back when they renovated the Thunder Dome for baseball. "Ballpark of the 21st Century" they called it. And now they're replacing it with a new retractable roof ballpark.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 07:00 AM by luke Highlight this comment 875

CJ, I ate at the Town Ball Tavern Thursday before the game. The menu was a mix of different sandwiches (including the Murray steak sandwich) and salads and soups/chili. My wife had the wild rice soup in a bread bowl and went mental over it. It had turkey in it and was much better than the wild rice soup she got at the concession stand during the open house. We got there about 11:10 for the 12:10 first pitch and had no problem sitting right at the bar (the tip is to go around to the back side of the bar where it's less crowded).

By the way, the best time I ever had a game was when I simultaneously started the wave while launching a beach ball. It was great.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 07:31 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 876

Faber,

.... and it was in celebration of catching an opponent's home run ball (from a Jesse Crain pitch) and tossing it back to satisfy fellow fans? :-)

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 07:57 AM by Dan Highlight this comment 877

Dan, YES! I forgot about that part.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 08:01 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 878

Who cares if the lines are long? what do you expect at a ballpark, that's why they have the open concourses so you can still watch the game!

Also I'm also not against people having fun either, but the wave shows they are not paying attention. When the wave is going on, you see everyone looking toward the coming wave to be ready to do it, forgetting about the reason they came to this beautiful house of the greatest sport, to watch baseball!

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 08:31 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 879

Did anyone happen to see the Cards-Mets game last night on ESPN from Busch? Bottom 8, man on 2nd, tie game. The game could be decided in the next few pitches. Cards fans, widely acknowledged as some of the best and most baseball savvy fans around were doing...the wave. It had to be interrupted when Ryan Ludwick hit the game-winning 2-run HR.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 08:41 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 880

Faber ish the wave ish!!!!! I hear the wave is a huge hit at the Saints games!

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 08:57 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 881

Can anyone offer the best suggestions as to where to sit and watch "Minnesotans" get on and off the light rail? It sounds way more entertaining than watching a ball game...

Rick, you mentioned "knotholes" around the park. Which ones are best served for watching "Minnesotans" try and navigate the escalators?

And nobody can find the bathrooms? WTF is going on at TF?

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 09:08 AM by N.D. (aka N.D. "Rube") Highlight this comment 882

I know he was a head case for Gardy and all...but wouldn't garza look good in that starting rotation about now? Also will Blackburn end up on the DL again? Man Crain just plain old stinks! Might be time to send him packing...

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 09:16 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 883

For all of those wondering why Metro Transit is using two-car trains at Target Field, Jason DeRusha has an answer.

Courtesy of WCCO, Jason DeRusha

Why isn't Metro Transit using three-car trains to move fans to Target Field? – Fiona and Darrin from Minneapolis

According to Metro Transit spokesman Bob Gibbons, they don't have enough cars for day games during the workweek.

In Minneapolis, Metro Transit has 27 rail cars. They use 24 of them for rush hour. Sometimes two are in the shop. So that leaves just one, three-car train for Twins fans. That's what they ran during the three day home games against Boston.

For night games, Gibbons said the plan is to run up to eight three-car trains after the game, so enjoy.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 09:40 AM by Jeff Highlight this comment 884

The sight lines at TF in the top deck are so tight that a guy leaning forward in his seat three rows in front of me can block my view of seeing the pitch. So when some yahoo stands up in front of me and waves his arms around it causes pure havoc with my enjoyment of the reason I paid to come to TF: to watch a friggin’ baseball game. To me that is not harmless. A beachball I could puncture. The same practice with a human being is frowned upon.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 09:45 AM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 885

Wait a guy three rows below you (in front of you) can lean forward and block your view? How is that possible?

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 09:49 AM by moda253 Highlight this comment 886

Agreed Juggs! You wanna stand up during the ballgames head down to the mezzanine and stand all you want! Otherwise keep you azz in your seat and watch the frigging game! I had some knotheads in front of me that everytime Mauer came to the plate they wanted to stay standing. Since when do you stand up all the time during a ballgames?? Dumb kids!!!!!

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 09:54 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 887

I'm going to do the wave now just to see some of you people go into cardiac arrest. ANd I hate the wave. But good christ I've never seen people overact so much in my life.

In particular the comment about "It must be a mnnesotan thing" in regards to the escalator thing is humorous. It seems like it's become such a common thing for someone to say about any particular annoyance that it must be a "minnesotan thing", that I am jsut goign to refer to that practice as a "I don't want to be connected to minnesotans so I'll just act like a pretentious jackass and blame it on the population of a state"..... Hey dummy there are dumbasses in every state of this country and they are rapidly multiplying. You may be one of them.

And the beach balls. Holy cats, the game might stop. Just like if a napkin, hot dog wrapper, beer cup, or other non-life threatening "thing" happens to fall upon the filed. I guess the 5 seconds it takes to go pick these things up pale in comparison to the 45-50 seconds the damned pitcher takes between throwing each pitch that gets fouled off again for the 9th pitch in a row.

Oh well I guess instead I could jsut spend it standing in line bitching about how long the line is to get some good food in a great ballpark where I actually enjoy the game in between the beach balls of death and the occasional standing up every minute and a half that eh wave actually does get started. Because you know the having to stand up about 5 or 6 times really works my abs too hard.

I really just wish I could go back to sitting on the hard blue chairs in the metrodome where nobody but real fans went to so I could eat a really shitty hotdog in a soggy bun and sit in a deserted section where nobody can stand up in front of me doing the wave.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 10:12 AM by piss-n-moan (aka moda253) Highlight this comment 888

Wow moda take a chill pill dude! Are you saying throwing a beach ball around in the stands and doing the wave is a proud "Minnesota" thing? If you like all that crap going on during ball games maybe you should check out a saints game instead. I suppose you also endorse the throwing back of opponents home runs on the field also as a proud Minnesota thing? LOL!!!!!! P.S. went to about 5 games in that hell hole called the dome!!!!!!

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 10:23 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 889

I love my new second home at TF! 

My tip for avoiding concession and restroom lines is to get familiar with the routes availible via stairs, escalators, elevators and ramps.  Do not get into a long line if you do not want to wait!  I recommend going to the terrace level for short or no lines. Avoid the long, back and forth ramps except for before and after games.  The escalators are great, but I still have to learn when they change from up only, to up and down, to down only. The stairs are quick and are located by the elevators.  It was good to see my old usher from section 225 at the dome operating an elevator.  

It may take longer to get to a shorter line, but it will be quicker. 

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 10:34 AM by Buzz Highlight this comment 890

Jeff, that explains my very different light rail experiences between the Saturday Cardinals ex. game and the Boston game Thursday afternoon. After the Saturday game, we slowly walked around to where the line was and ended up at Gate 14, literally feet from 7th ST. BUT, the line moved fast and we were on a train in less than 20 minutes. Good experience with LR. Thursday, we hurried to the line, got in very early, only about 50 feet back, but had to wait about 25-30 minutes to get on. Completely different experience, very poor. I thought when I got in line after the Thursday game I'd be on in 5 minutes based on my Saturday experience. Now I know why.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 10:43 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 891

It might have been two rows. But definitely a problem. I do wish the elevation was a tad steeper where I am in section 323 row 10. And I am fairly non-midgety 6' tall.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 10:45 AM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 892

Some guy or guys standing up for two seconds waving their arms is "definitely a problem and you aren't able to enjoy the game? I have no feelings one way or another about the wave but I can't understand people who get so offended by other people cheering (standing up during Mauer's at-bat? So what, I would just stand up behind them if I couldn't see, probably good to stretch my legs anyway) or doing the wave. I noticed this phenomenon during Gophers games last fall when some guy got so worked up by people fours rows down standing up during 3rd downs.

To me, part of the fun of going to a sporting event is the people watching, the interaction with other fans (I love the total strangers that feel compelled to high-five me when something good happens!) as well as the game itself. It's a community experience. If you don't want to experience all of that, the good and the bad, the fun and annoying, then don't go to the game. But you can't demand that everyone experience the game the exact same way you want to.

Yes, if I want to stand for an extended period of time, I would find a drink rail and do that to be respectful, but standing during one at-bat is not a deal-breaker for me, nor is the wave blocking my view for all of two-three seconds.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 11:16 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 893

Faber...."Fat drunk and stupid is now way to go through life son" ok just kidding! LOL! Fabe, if I got my 85 year old man sitting next to me there is now way he can get up that quick to see while some jackazz does the wave during maybe a key at bat or play. And when did standing up during long streches of the game during an entire inning while the ballgame is going on become the thing to do? You wanna stand go to the mezzanine and stand all you want. Hey I'm just saying just cause you like to do it don't mean I do. And your making me stand when I don't need to or want to!!!!!

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 11:37 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 894

wow....this board has quickly become very, very tiring. carry on with your bitch fest.

dumb......

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 11:39 AM by Betaband Highlight this comment 895

it hasn't been said yet: Happy Birthday Joe!

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 11:44 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 896

New post on the way, Rick?

How about the Metropolitan Club? Anyone experience the Met Club yet on gameday? How is the buffet food? How are the crowds? Is it difficult getting reservations with just a two-week window? What is the overall atmosphere like in the Met Club?

I personally think the $35 (or whatever the exact charge is) is a little too spendy for a buffet. Many STH's already spend a lot of money on their seats so I was just curious how many have tried the buffet so far.

Can you go up there to simply hang out and grab a drink during the game or is it too crowded where they need to limit the capacity?

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 11:46 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 897

Question for all you stat/number experts, what would the Twins record be if they won every series this year?

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 11:51 AM by trebor651 Highlight this comment 898

Regarding overhang in HPB seats. I thought originally the TV's were supposed to replace the video board that people sitting below the overhang wouldn't be able to see. They are just running the internal TV broadcast of the game on those TV's. I'd be PO'd if I sat there expecting to see what was on the board. Also on Sunday one of the screens had an ad for Cub Foods sitting on it. I'd be really POd if that were the case. Based on what I saw from the crowd, though, no one really seems to care...

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 12:12 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 899

Trebor: That question can't be answered without further clarification. It is possible for the Twins to win 2 games to 1, 3 games to 1, sweep 2 games to 0, sweep 3 games to 0, sweep 4 games to 0. In your question, do you allow for tied series throughout the year (meaning 1-1 or 2-2 for 2 and 4 game series)??

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 12:14 PM by Max Highlight this comment 900

Treb they would finish 113-49. Twins have 40... 3 game series which means 80-40. Have 9... 4 game series which means 27-9. And a very strange 3...2 game series which means 6-0! Now that would be a very impressive total fer sure!

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 12:15 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 901

KA-BOOOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 12:16 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 902

On Saturday, we got the biggest hoot from the 5 boys in front of us, ages 6-8. One would turn around and quiz us all about our favorite players: "Mine is Morneau." To which the one next to him scolds, "Duh, your jersey..." Another was all about the food: "What is that you're eating?" "A Cuban." "Well, I've got Skittles..." A couple of them were all about watching for the wave to come by. "It's coming! It's coming!" It made it through our section once and I would taunt them in good fun in my best robotic PA announcement voice: "Kill the wave... No wave allowed... Wave is dead..." But the best part was in the top of the ninth, runners at first and third, two outs, one-run game, and the 8-year old looks at his dad and cries, "Oh, no! Not DeJesus!" Thumbs up, dad.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 12:17 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 903

I like Twinkfan's answer. That would be Kooolwell.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 12:23 PM by trebor651 Highlight this comment 904

Kevin,

KA-BOOOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????? Explain for all of us what that means.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 12:37 PM by Just Curious Highlight this comment 905

After visiting this particular thread about a dozen times, I just realized that the panorama picture at the top makes it look like the canopy bulges up on the third base side.

Now, the picture is starting to freak me out... ;-)

Just bought a single for Wednesday's game. Section 135, WC row. I'm hoping it's not too far back under the overhang.

And a super-secret tip for folks - most of the WC row seats are amazingly great! Comfortable folding chairs, all the legroom you could want, and extra wide as well. Check 'em out sometime!

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 12:51 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 906

Put it in reverse, then Ka-BOOOOM again!!

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 12:51 PM by Locker Highlight this comment 907

Look do I feel bad for gramps that he misses a play or a pitch or two? Sure but damn man, think ahead and get a first row seat don't expect everyone else to stop their enjoyment because gramps is too old to see.

And no "twinkfan" I don't think a beach ball is a minnesota proud thing or the wave. I'm jsut saying why get so worked up about it? It's going to happen, you know it's going to happen, it always happens, and it happens other places too. Prepare for it.... ask around here to exchange more suitable seats for grandpa and deal with life happening around you. Or consider the alternative.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 12:54 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 908

Huh?

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 12:56 PM by Just Curious Highlight this comment 909

Just Curious,
I'm sure what kev was trying to convey is all the fireworks that would be going off after all of the Twins wins this year that Twinkfan was explaining in his last post.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 1:02 PM by Locker Highlight this comment 910

I am working on multiple new posts. Unfortunately, had to deal with some non-baseball things over the past few days -- hard to believe, eh?

Just wanted to say that I appreciate all reports of experiences out at TF, including reports of concourse overcrowding (or not), sightline issues (or not), food disappointment (or not), and even escalator memories (or not).

I got stuck on the main concourse on Monday when all the escalators were changed to coming down sometime around the 8th inning. We had to find an elevator to get back up to our seats for the 9th.

Also, I saw the wave making its way across the outfield stands when I was taking pictures through the B ramp elevator lobby window on Friday night. All I can say about that is that people will figure it out. Believe me, there's nothing like a good baseball team to refocus the crowd on why the building exists.

In the meantime, if you're feeling stressed or discouraged, please take a little cue from Donovan before clicking "Post".

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 1:04 PM by Rick 911

Anyone else making the trip down to KC on Friday?

Anybody who has been there...what is the tailgating like? Are small charcoal grills legit? I've searched their website but found nothing. Also I would assume drinking beers in the lot is fine?

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 1:16 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 912

I don't know. Maybe kevin in az can explain his own post...post 902.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 1:17 PM by Just Curious Highlight this comment 913

Pat, yes grilling and beers are no problem @ KC lots. The did a nice job with the remodel to the yard last year. Took in the Twins series end of August last year A nice sweep down there. Let sweep em again!No waves down there or beachballs either! wink wink! LOL!

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 1:40 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 914

PatMears -

My wife and I made the trip 2 years ago down to KC - very underrated park, I liked it! There weren't alot of people tailgaiting, but we did and had no issues. Two stops I would encourage on your trip: Arthur Bryants for lunch/dinner and the Negro League Baseball Museum. The musuem is really cool; I'm a huge baseball guy but also am into American history, so we easily spent 2-3 hours there. Have fun!!

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 1:54 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 915

"Two stops I would encourage on your trip: Arthur Bryants for lunch/dinner and the Negro League Baseball Museum."

An excellent and worthwhile piece of information - and nice to have one such posting every five or six days!

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 2:42 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 916

Just bought a single for Wednesday's game. Section 135, WC row. I'm hoping it's not too far back under the overhang. - F_T_K

Are you disabled or going with someone that is disabled? Those rows are specifically for disabled fans and their groups, not for fans who can sit in regular seats. If fans who can sit in regular seats sit in WC sections, the people who will need them won't have them and won't be going to games. I can write a whole post on this on the Two Men On blog if I have to. Any thoughts on this, Rick or anybody else?

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 2:51 PM by Michael Highlight this comment 917

Does any one know if the Twins will be rotating the player cards on the Plaza or whose cards are currently on display?

The reason for my question is we have a friend who is the daughter of late Twins pitcher Johnny Klippstein. She and many of her family had never seen their dad pitch until this year when MLB replayed game 7 of the 1965 World Series.

I am sure that it would be an emotional high for her to have a picture taken with it.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 2:55 PM by trebor651 Highlight this comment 918

Do they have folks who are too large to fit in normal seats move to the WC rows? I had to sit next to a guy who took up half of my seat on Thursday and it ruined my experience. I had lower level seats close to home for the first time and it was a crappy time.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 3:02 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 919

Michael, that's just crazy talk. Those seats are held back in case somebody in a wheelchair does need them. On the Twins ticket website, there is a special request form for them up until a few weeks (maybe a week)before the game. If they aren't requested, they are released to the public.

That's why you see so many people say that they're buying single tickets in the WC rows only a few days before the game. That system is in place so that people that need those seats have time to get 'em, but when they're not purchased, they revert, for all intents and purposes, to "normal" seats. If it didn't work this way, most of those seats would be empty, or used by people that paid for a ticket in another part of TF, meaning the Twins would sell less tickets.

I didn't deprive a disabled person of their seat because I paid for and sat in a WC row seat last Friday.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 3:04 PM by Chad Highlight this comment 920

Ouch Pat! Maybe try an usher to see if he could swing you into one of the champion club seats in the spirit of compromise so to speak!

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 3:11 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 921

Michael, that is absurd you would say something like that regarding WC rows when the Twins release those seats to the public AFTER they are held for a certain amount of time.

Chad hit the nail on the head. These seats are released within one week or so of the game if they are not sold to disabled/handicapped persons. Also, when you select "best available" and only WC rows pop up, than what are you supposed to do? Disabled persons and their families have plenty of options and opportunities for seating at Target Field. They are by no means being secluded.

In fact, the Twins met and exceeded the requirements for disabled seating at Target Field and were even recognized for this achievement.

Once the Twins release these WC seats to the public, they are fair game for ANY fan to buy.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 3:23 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 922

I didn't think to try and get myself moved up. The guy was obviously a STH and got there before me, had his legs spread wide with his knee on my side of the cup holder. The 75 degree heat sitting right in the sun didn't help much either, if you know what I mean.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 3:33 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 923

Heading to the game tomorrow and I'm on a hard budget so I'm only gonna buy one food item from the concessions. What should that be? Prices included with item suggestions would be amazing. I've already eliminated walleye on a stick, which saddens me greatly, since it's $11.00 so that might give you an idea of what my spending limit is.

Also, how much is merchandise in the pro shop? Fairly priced or marked up? My limit in the pro shop tomorrow is $20, will that get me anything?

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 3:56 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 924

I'd have told him to get out of my seat Pat. And if he didn't i go tell the usher that there is a man sitting in my seat.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 3:58 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 925

Regarding Pat's comments...I have found that if you have slightly above average sized men on either side of you, even Home Plate Box seats aren't that spacious. On a couple of occasions now it's happened and we've been slightly underwhelmed at the side to side space. Front to back is great, though.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 4:03 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 926

I suppose it's a battle between the Coliseum in Oakland and Trop Field in Tampa for the worst parks in MLB now, huh?

I remember back when they renovated the Thunder Dome for baseball. "Ballpark of the 21st Century" they called it. And now they're replacing it with a new retractable roof ballpark.

The A's get the nod here just due to being outdoors. I went to an A's game last September and enjoyed the evening. That said, the sightlines are really bad, ludicrously so in places. Those fans are very enthusiastic and deserve a new park.

For all the heat it takes for being a dome and having the catwalks, Tropicana Field was at least built with baseball in mind and has better sightlines than in Oakland or the Metrodome for that matter. It was just built at the wrong time and with the wrong design. It was conceived in the mid 1980s and built in the late 1980s. It was a bit like New Comiskey Park in that it came right before Camden Yards changed the game. Either way, it's doubtful MLB would have given the Tampa area such a push without a Dome at that time. The thing cost $130 million and they have put in another $80 million since then to make it more modern and as enjoyable as possible. It's a bit like the Metrodome in that it was old before its time and now needs to be replaced.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 4:07 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 927

Nice pictures of a Target Field night game. Click my name.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 4:09 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 928

Billy, I would stay away from the big dog and chips! Maybe try the schwiegert dog skin on with the steamed bun. I think they are about $3.75 of so. I would give the big dog and chips about 1 out 10 stars. As far as buying stuff you can probable get a hat for about 20 bucks! Good luck and enjoy the game!

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 4:13 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 929

One disappointment I've had so far is that, other than the Champions Club, no seat that I've sat in yet has been noticeably wider than a typical Metrodome seat. Additionally, and this part includes the Champions Club, no leg room has been significantly greater than what I've been used to at the Dome.

I allow that they may be officially wider, just not enough to notice.

I'll never forget sitting in the good seats behind home plate at Comerica and being able to stretch my legs out fully in front of me. To let someone pass, all I had to do was sit up (not even stand up). There was that much room.

I haven't seen anything that spacious at TF yet. The Champions Club was great for a lot of reasons, but the seats were pretty much like flying Coach.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 4:18 PM by Rick 930

Rick: Just outta curiosity, what different seat locations have you sat in so far?

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 4:26 PM by Max Highlight this comment 931

Billy,

The regular cheeseburger, which I got at (I think) a Hennepin Grille, was quite large and pretty darn good -- though certainly nothing fancy. If I remember right, even with a soda it came to less than $11.

Frankly (if you'll pardon the expression), I haven't yet had a hot dog out there that I thought was better than the Dome fare we're familiar with. The Dinger Dog was big but oddly flavorless, and the Big Dog was truly nothing special. Haven't tried brats or sausages yet.

I kind of like the cheese curds ($4.50, I think), but the quality varies greatly (hot vs. cold, fresh vs. old), and they can't compare either to the ones at the fair or even the ones they the past few years on the Dome plaza. They're more like "cheese tots" (as in, "tater tots") than real curds.

Your best bet may be a Killebrew Root Beer!

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 4:26 PM by Rick 932

Rick, got to disagree with you on the leg room thing. When I sat in the Dugout Box seats for the exhibition, the first thing my dad and I remarked on was the leg room (we're both over 6'). Also, when I got up and went down the row, the people only had to move their legs in and I got by. In fact, one those people commented that "you couldn't do that in the Metrodome!" I also sat in I think section 106 eating some food at the open house and the first thing I noticed was the leg room.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 4:33 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 933

Max,

I've kind of lost track already because I sat in so many during the open houses, Gopher game, and Cardinals exhibitions.

But they include at least the Skyline Deck, the Field/Skyline View, the Batters Eye, the Legends Club, the Trap, the Champions Club, the Home Plate Box and Diamond Box.

I'm mindful of the fact that, even within each area, there are different widths and spacings. So I am curious to see if others have experienced either spacious seats or spacious leg room. So far I haven't heard any such reports.

Best seat I've sat in so far (outside of the Champions Club) was a wheelchair seat behind section 109. Lots of leg room (obviously), great view of the action (though the scoreboard was not visible due to the overhang), easy access to concourse and food, minimal cross traffic, etc.

I also liked the Legends Club a lot because of the view and easy access to amenities.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 4:33 PM by Rick 934

Faber,

Those are exactly the types of reports I'm looking for. Thanks!

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 4:34 PM by Rick 935

The dugout dog (the ones sold by the vendors) is great! It was 4.50 I think, just the dog. Definitely worth it.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 4:36 PM by rback Highlight this comment 936

I think I will try the Kramarczuks sausage this thursday if I can find the location and not wait 20 minutes for it. Anyone know where that is on the 3rd level? Or do you have to go down to level 1 or 2?

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 4:40 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 937

Kramarczuk's is below section 312--home plate view section.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 4:49 PM by st. paul Paul Highlight this comment 938

I'd like to add my two cents on some of the things Rick mentioned in comment 932:

The regular cheeseburger - my brother had that when we went on Wednesday. It sure smelled damn good and he said it was great. I trust his judgement. The fries that come with it were very good. I think Rick is right, even with a souvenir soda it was under $11.

the Dinger Dog. That was my food choice of the day. Nothing special, maybe a little extra dog, but that was about it.

I liked the cheese curds. I know they're not as big as the ones at the Fair, but I thought they were pretty good. Rick is maybe the third person I've heard from who says the Big Dog isn't great. I was going to get one Wednesday, only to find I had to go to section 105 to get it. I think I'm glad I didn't.

Incidentally, I didn't see any retro-attire vendors pass by with the Dugout Dogs. What's up with that? You can sure pick the roaming vendors out though...that bright yellow shirt.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 4:49 PM by luke Highlight this comment 939

Thanks Paul, I did not see any retro guys selling the dugout dog either. All this food talm making me hungry!

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 4:53 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 940

Oh, yeah! I forgot that the cheeseburger came with some delicious fries (not a bag of chips, real fries)!

That puts it over the top as my recommendation to Billy on the best food value for a limited budget.

You can get the Big Dog smothered in onions, and maybe that improves it. I'm not much for onions, so I just had mine with mustard -- which is my hot dog preference anyway. It was tangier than some dogs I've had, but really nothing memorable.

I saw one of those retro hot dog vendors on Monday, and he insisted on taking a picture of me and my brother. One thing which can be said about TF employees/vendors/volunteers, they seem pretty darn happy, and very, very friendly.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 4:57 PM by Rick 941

If you get a Big Dog that's well done enough, still hot, and on the proper bun (Friday night on the lower concourse 3rd baseline they were using the wrong kind, presumably after running out), it's actually pretty good. The big issue I can tell is that demand is so great that they overfill the grill and interfere with the cooking process, so the dogs aren't quite done enough and aren't quite hot enough either. Get one that's done right, as has been the case with both of the ones I've purchased on the upper concourse and it's a helluva a dog.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 4:58 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 942

--Twins Big Dog -- I think Hormel's Dome Dog was much better than this Big Dog, I would rate this dog #2 behind the dugout dog
--Original Twins Dog - nothing special
--Dinger Dog -- again, nothing special, same as Original Twins Dog but in a foot long version ($5.50)
--Dugout Dog -- only sold by vendors, probably the best hot dog at TF and the price is very reasonable, just $4.50
--Kramarczuk's -- very good! It's obvious why the lines are so long and the price is reasonable at $6.50
--Cheese Curds -- were very good and the price is very reasonable at 4$4.50
--chicken tenders/fries -- very good, actually seem to get too many fries (7.50)
--Pork Chop on Stick -- very good! ($7.50)
--Murray's Steak Sandwich -- Was nothing special. Seemed to have an excessive amount of onion on it.
--beer -- buy from the vendors if you simply want a domestic beer. Lines are too long at the portables and concessions in the concourse

As far as leg room, I noticed ample leg room in my section 102. No more seats in your knees. The ample leg room was one of the first things my dad and I noticed. Drinks don't tip over and there are no seats in front of you that are digging into your knees.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 5:08 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 943

Leg room is a bit better - at least in the seats I have tried - but no great shakes, certainly not worth all the hype the team gave it. I don't remember what the Twins claimed about seat widths - whatever it was is just as valid as their "not a bad seat in the house" claim.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 5:29 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 944

That was it, I was going to make a comment about the leg room.
Maybe it was where we were sitting (111 row 24, which is the last row in that section with the WC seats behind you), but it was maybe a little better than the Dome; but not by leaps and bounds. And, it was more than just moving ones leg to the side, people had to stand up. Again, it might have just been where we were and that's not necessarily the case at other points in TF.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 5:45 PM by luke Highlight this comment 945

It looks like we have a few around here defending the right of others to do The Wave.....To those people I ask the question: What is so fun about standing up, screaming "yayyyyyy" and sitting down again? That's a serious question.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 6:08 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 946

Sounds like I'll be getting a cheeseburger and maybe some cheese curds (I'm willing to take the risk), and a hat in the pro shop! Thanks everybody. I'll post photos and a review of food I buy and anything else I think is noteworthy from the game.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 6:19 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 947

I was able to roam the park and sit in many different seats (as many of you probably saw from my pictures). Keep in mind, I am 6-6.

For the most part, I didn't think there was too big of an issue with leg room in any seat in the park. Some of the best were IMO behind home plate. Something about it just made it seem like I "fit" better. The seats down the lines were a bit more troublesome for me. The upper deck seats were nice because the seat in front of you is significantly lower (as many of you have seen by now), making leg room for me. The trouble there was, the cup holders on the seat backs are just low enough that creates more of a foot space issue. There is plenty under the seat but often I can only sit with my feet under me for so long before I have to stretch out a bit. My 20-game pack seats in the left field bleachers were the worst of them all. By "worst" I don't really mean "the worst" I just mean I didn't fit as well as I did in other sections. All in all, leg room is just fine for me but I do seem to fit better in some sections than others.

I have actually had good experiences with lines and food at the ballpark. I don't think I have ever had to wait for more than a "couple of orders" ahead of me and the food was well prepared and pretty good. I did have the big dog and chips. The three that I have had all were fully cooked and the buns were just fine. I haven't tried anything else really, because i prefer a hot dog at a game.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 6:21 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 948

I have the Mets/Cubs ballgame on right now and I'm noticing that both clubs are wearing 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson......wasn't that celebration last week? No big deal, but does every team need to make sure they wear the number in their home ballpark? I don't remember that being case in years past....just curious.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 6:24 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 949

...and I don't approve of the Mets "claiming" Jackie Robinson....because that's what it seems like. I mean, I know that that the Mets are in Queens, and Queens is close to Brooklyn. But Jackie was a DODGER!!! From what I understand, Citi Field has more nods to Robinson than they do of the Mets! I just think that's kind of wierd, that's all.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 6:27 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 950

Long time reader, first time poster.

There is something missing from the home runs.....music or some kind audio piece that should be played as someone rounds the bases. This would make Target Field even more unique. The Minny and Paul sign rocks but it needs something more with it. Texas has "The Natural" theme song, which is really cool. I'm thinking something Minnesotan, like the state bird loon call when the Twins hit one out.

Any other ideas? Maybe we can get enough voices and interest involved to make it happen.

This is our stadium. Let's make it ours.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 8:02 PM by JJ Highlight this comment 951

JJ - great idea. Something real Minnesotan amplified throughout the speakers, like the sound of bodies scrunching against each other as they all get off the excalator without anyone moving out of the way.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 8:17 PM by clublevelfan Highlight this comment 952

Or - how about as they get of the escalators?

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 8:20 PM by clublevelfan Highlight this comment 953

Are there still Overlook tickets left for "BallparkMagic Night" on May 3rd?

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 8:32 PM by spycake Highlight this comment 954

spycake,

It's actually Tuesday, May 4, and I'm sorry to say there are no more available.

To everyone who ordered: They went out today!

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 8:36 PM by Rick 955

Just Curious,

It's a message to Rick....He knows what it means. :-)

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 8:37 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 956

That's all right, thanks for the quick response! I've got other tickets for that night, but I was tempted to upgrade... should have acted sooner. Oh well -- if you leave your seat and return to find a bearded man sitting in it, it may just be me!

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 8:41 PM by spycake Highlight this comment 957

Tony O's and a Killer. My pick.

I'm going to be in a group section 334 with my daughter's school tomorrow night. Should be interesting to have a different POV.

Today I go back on my diet so I'll be eating dinner before I go, and bringing healthy snacks or searching out more stuff I can eat at TF. I'm hoping I can continue lose on the 81 game Target Field diet. If I do, I'll be visiting the Twins Marketing Department. Maybe I can be the next Subway Jared. ha!

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 9:29 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 958

Question - where can I find the Killebrew Root Beer at TF? I wanna try one of those when I go on May 6. I'll be up in the 300 level...

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 10:03 PM by luke Highlight this comment 959

We had the vender come up to 306 during the game...They also came to 109 during another game..If you get impatient search them out..The vendors are selling them...Good stuff!!!

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 10:12 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 960

Anyone else hear Brother Ali over the PA between innings on Sunday? Big RSE fan...was happy to hear that

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 10:14 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 961

ooh im glad to hear they played brother ali!

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 10:21 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 962

Haven't checked in in a couple of days, but it seems that we've identified the typical Ballpark Magic fan: intense focus on the game, drinks a fancy beer, is keeping score for sure, hates the wave and beach balls, will never stand, and admonishes those who have fun in ways that are different from theirs. Am I pretty close?

I'm not defending the wave, light beers or anything else, but by golly I think we have a nice batch of Baseball Snobs in the house.

Maybe, just maybe, TF is a hot ticket right now and with 38,000+ every game it might be possible that some enjoy the game in a slightly different fashion.

K

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 10:43 PM by Kramer Highlight this comment 963

Hands up...

I'll admit to being a baseball elitist.

Luke: The Killebrew RB is sold on the plaza before the game from a beer vendor ice tub. I also found it out in CF on Sunday where they were selling root beer floats. That would be a real treat for Joni...

Has anyone had the Michelbob's ribs from the State Fair Concession Stand in CF? I am curious how many bones you get for $8.50. What did you think of them? I know the restaurant in Naples is outta this world good, but I was curious how the concession endeavor was going...

I'm a bit surprised the cheeseburger/fries is getting a fairly positive review. I've seen them grilling them and they are huge frozen patties to start with...

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 10:57 PM by Max Highlight this comment 964

I'll be catching my first game on Thursday. Can anyone tell me where the Tony O's stands/carts are? Most of the rest of the stand locations are listed on the Twins website. That's one of the things I want to try when I get there, but I'd like to know general location(s) so I don't end up wasting a bunch of time, or turning the wrong way, or waiting in a long line when there's another option that I can try.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 11:09 PM by Craig in MN Highlight this comment 965

I'm no fan of the wave, but a lot of the poster are sounding too curmudgeon for my liking. My personal opinion with baseball as most things in life is there's nothing wrong with something that puts a smile on your face. The baseball experience should be for everyone, not just "real fans" or "baseball purists". If a bouncing beach ball or the wave, makes people happy, (for the wave it would have to be a lot of people), who are you or anyone else to tell someone how to enjoy their time. I don't care for it now, but I do remember as a little kid getting excited when my dad would trace the wave going around the ballpark and prepare me for when it was coming to us, who am I to deny another child that thrill. I also don't understand the criticism I've seen on this blog and baseball fever.com in regards to the flash mob at the Twins/Red Sox game in the plaza. Yeah it was cheesy, scripted, and not as good as some other ones I've seen, but it was a pleasant little surprise to those watching, and fun little addition to the day. The world is humdrum and routine enough on a daily basis, little unexpected fun interludes like that can be fun. As a native New Yorker I miss all the street performances whether, dancing, painting, playing an instrument, etc. you might encounter on any block.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 11:01 PM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 966

I hope everyone is enjoying TF as much as I have! It is fantastic to watch Twins baseball in beautiful park with a crowd of fellow happy Minnesota fans under clouds, planes, birds, the sun and moon.

Jax- There is a fruit stand (by gate 34) selling apples and oranges for $1.50. It is nice to have something cheap available if you need something just to tide you over.

Craig- Just past the family section there is a Tony Os (next to the State Fair stand with 6-hour smoked BBQ turkey legs & corn on the cob).

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 11:32 PM by Buzz Highlight this comment 967

Anyone on here have the tickets in Section 125 on May 4th listed on TC Traders? I made an offer but haven't heard back.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 11:37 PM by FD Highlight this comment 968

The problem I have with the whole flash mob thing is that it makes you an unwilling participant. Imagine walking through the plaza, wanting to get into Target Field to check everything out, for some reason there's three old guys singing take me out to the ball game very emphatically at the other end of the plaza, a little weird but whatever. Then out of freakin' nowhere a dance off erupts! Now you have to either walk around these fools, stop and wait for them to finish, or if you have any cojones you'll walk straight through them disrupting their little choreographed ditty, maybe even throw an elbow or two just for good measure.

Ughhhh...........flash mobs......ughhh.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 11:40 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 969

I used to be almost violently antiwave and still don't like it at baseball or football games and won't participate, but I've since realized that it's beyond my control and people will do what they want to do regardless. There are better things to do than get upset over it. If people want to do the wave, that's their deal. It's all fun at the ballpark.

As for beer, it depends on the mood. A Summit is nice for a cool spring or fall evening game, but a Bud Light is going to go down easier when those 80 degree temps with lots of humidity come around this summer.

I still keep score at every game just because it's a fun way to watch the game. With the advent of the Iphone and the MLB At Bat app, it's now impossible to fall hopelessly behind too!

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 11:45 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 970

I love Summit, but on a hot day I'm reaching for a Premium, I despise bud light, or anything bud. I really hope TF gets Premium Nordeast, and Schells Firebrick to add to their MN Brews. I don't understand why the only Schells I have found is Schells dark, that doesn't even make sense.

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 11:49 PM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 971

In regards to the flash mob argument made by billymayshere, A. there is more than one entrance, B. looking at where it took place you could get around it and still get into the Plaza entrance and most importantly C. I firmly believe it is worth a few disgruntled fans waiting 4 extra minutes vs. the thrill and excitement I believe many more would get from the experience. I think it's a little sad that you can look and so many smiling faces, and the only thought entering your mind is the 4 minutes you just wasted, what kind of rush can one be in, the game hadn't even started yet?

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 11:53 PM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 972

"This is our stadium."

Wow! That's great news! When can I expect my first dividend check to arrive?

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 12:17 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 973

1. Rick is spot on about the cheeseburger basket at Hennepin Grille.

2. Went downtown tonight after landing at the San Fran airport. Drove right past the Giants' ballpark. My jaw hit my lap. That thing is a gem! Wished the Giants were in town instead of the A's. TF is a beauty but based on what I saw it doesn't trump this park....Don't feel bad. When I review the A's park TF will get much cred.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 12:52 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 974

We need to come up with a sign or shirt that describes why "The Wave" is bad at Target Field.

Hefty Bag in Right Field
Balls Lost in Roof
Artificial Truf
Roof
The Wave

All things that need to stay at the dome.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 01:43 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 975

Ugh, I know - I am forever having to walk around flash mobs to get where I want to go. Suuuuuuuper annoying.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 07:41 AM by strategery Highlight this comment 976

There was this one time when I was in Super Target when a flash mob broke out in the produce aisle and a bunch of jugglers starting juggling apples and oranges. I just walked right through them and started throwing elbows. It was so annoying.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 08:03 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 977

TWINS MAGIC NUMBEr: 148

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 08:27 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 978

kevin in az,

Thanks for the response, but I am still curious as to what it means. Since it was to Rick, maybe Rick, you can tell me what the KA-BOOOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! means. I read this blog a lot and I can't figure it out.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 08:45 AM by Just Curious Highlight this comment 979

I admit I was bemoaning the wave and those trying to get it started, but HebrewHammer and some others here have made some great points that is not really a big deal worth getting upset about. I may not have to participate in it myself, but if others have some fun with it, no big deal, and it is not worth getting bent out of shape about.

Our pastor on Sunday also talked about finding joy in the little things, and not letting others bring us down. I don't want to bring others down either by being grumpy about the wave. Not my thing, but if people want to have fun with it, go ahead. I can only control my attitude, I can't attempt to control whether people do the wave. Maybe it sounds passive-aggressive, but I like to think it is putting things into perspective. Both the fan doing the wave and I are at TF enjoying outdoor baseball, and the wave, while it might be annoying at times, is pretty harmless. Life is short, enjoy the game!

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 08:49 AM by Dan Highlight this comment 980

Regarding food:

The Kramarczuk's Brat was awesome for $6.50. They are located around 312 but it moves a little bit. On opening day I only had to wait 5 minutes but this was right before the first pitch, I think a lot of people were in their seats, Sunday the lines were long. Only complaint is that there is no brown mustard available.

I've also had Tony O's Cuban sandwich also located near section 312 or so. It's a bit more spendy ($9.00) but tons of food. Ham, shredded pork, a slab of cheese, pickles, grilled bread. I didn't need to eat anything the rest of the day.

The kids liked the hot dog (which was grilled in front of us with carmelized onions -- a nice touch), but they're teenagers, they like anything when they are hungry.

Also a friend had the Chicken fingers w/fries and were impressed, decent taste and a good price ($5.50?)

I've heard (but not personally tasted) that the pork chop on a stick was very dry and chewy.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 09:02 AM by Freealonzo Highlight this comment 981

Did anyone else watch the Mets game last night on ESPN and get a facial tic every time they mentioned Ike Davis being the son of Ron Davis? My eyebrow especially twitched when they said, "Ron Davis was a stand-out pitcher for both the Yankees and Twins." Um, maybe the Yankees, but he sent many a Twins fan to therapy.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 09:06 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 982

This little blurb(from the ESPN Power Rankings) surprises me. I counted 11 bases loaded instances for the Twins this season. Then again, I can only count to 11.

"The Twins are averaging 5.31 runs per game despite a .248 average with RISP and 3-for-19 mark with bases loaded. When the big hits start coming, look out."

19!

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 09:09 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 983

Curious,

It's the sound of the dynamite exploding this thread....meaning once things get so beyond ridiculous on an existing thread, it's time for a new one.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 09:20 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 984

Faber yes RD was reduced to tears in the clubhouse many a time. Here is a little info on RD! OUCH!!!!

In April 1982, Davis was traded to the Minnesota Twins, along with Greg Gagne, in exchange for Roy Smalley. Among Twins fans, his name is still synonymous with ineffective relief pitching, despite finishing in the top 5 for saves in the A.L. in three of his four seasons with the team.

In 1984, Davis tied the record for blown saves in a single season with 14. No one since has blown this many saves in a single season.

In 1986, his last year with the Twins, Davis began the year with two saves in April. These would be the last saves of his career. He gave up his first runs of that season in a game against the California Angels. After hitting the first batter he faced, Davis eventually loaded the bases and allowed the game tying run to score by throwing a wild pitch. In the bottom of the ninth, he then gave up a three run home run to lose the game. In another infamous game that year against the Boston Red Sox, he came on in a save situation in the ninth inning. After getting his first two batters out, he loaded the bases and then issued a walk to force in the tying run. He then hit the next batter with a pitch to force in the winning run. With that loss, Davis lost his closer's role and was later traded to the Chicago Cubs in mid-season. He was used sparingly in relief the rest of his career.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 09:26 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 985

I wish ESPN would put our new logo on the website. I really can't stand the old one anymore.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 09:32 AM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 986

Any coincidence the Twins won the World Series the year AFTER Davis left? Me thinks not.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 09:32 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 987

No better way to end your career than with the hapless cubbies!!!

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 09:35 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 988

"finishing in the top 5 for saves in the A.L. in three of his four seasons with the team." That is unbelievable!! How did he finish in the top 5!!!! Granted, I was in elementary school during this run, but all I can recall is him just sucking it up! My Grandpa would turn the game off (TV or radio) when RD came in, he couldn't handle it!

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 09:55 AM by Ole Highlight this comment 989

so.....
Hows the tailgaiting?

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 09:55 AM by moda253 Highlight this comment 990

Someone was asking about decent priced food... The cheesebuger at the Hennipin Grill is excellent, and comes with tons of fries. Also comes with lettus and tomato, and said veggies are crisp and fresh (at least they were when I had them at the Gopher game and opening day).
I'm thinking it's time to try a Cuban sandwich when I'm at the game tomorrow night. And the Killebrew Root beer is a must.

Ok, now I've made myself hungry.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 11:22 AM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 991

I can't believe I am this excitied for a Tuesday night game against the Indians. This is a game I would have been watching on TV if we were at the Dome.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 11:55 AM by Joe117 Highlight this comment 992

sorry excited

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 11:56 AM by Joe117 Highlight this comment 993

As Iron Mike Tice the former Viking coach would say " Enjoy the season" Joe! What a great night for a ballgame. Will be there Thursday afternoon in the sun!

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 12:02 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 994

This. Day. Can't. Possibly. Move. Any. Slower!!!!!!!!!

I just want to go and look at everything that I've seen in pictures! Looks like it's going to be a b-e-a-utiful (you lose if you just read that in bruce almighty's voice) night for a game!

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 12:11 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 995

I stopped at the Mets game briefly last night and saw Ike Davis' first at bat. I didn't hear them say he was Ron's son, but I do admit I chuckled when I saw "Hometown: Edina, MN". Now it makes sense!

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 12:16 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 996

I know not many of you care, but to those guys who also went to the Husker Spring game, here is the first in a series of images I took at the game. Check back tomorrow when I will be able upload a few more.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 12:17 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 997

This is a perfect example of why you must truly appreciate outdoor baseball...do you really want a large steel roof looming over the backdrop of a beautiful day making you feel "enclosed" with the roof partially obstructing the sunshine and open-sky?

The occassional rainout and not-so-ideal weather conditions due to an open-air ballpark are well worth the experience for a day like today when its 73 degrees and sunny! And its only going to get better as we approach the summer months.

Outdoor baseball at its finest tonight and it was days like today when you dreaded walking into that Metrodome and asking yourself, "Why the hell am I in here on such a beautiful day?"

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 12:19 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 998

Does anyone know where the Leine's Honeyweiss is being sold in the ballpark?

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 12:58 PM by Duffman Highlight this comment 999

thanks for the tip Buzz - I saw that cart! (my seats are in 102). I plan on brining my own in though :) Pre-cut of course so there are no projectiles in my bag.

My work just announced another weight loss contest starting this Thursday and going through July 1. Fabulous prizes even! If you see me with a cuban sandwich hanging out of my mouth between Thursday and July 1st, feel free to take it away from me. :)

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 12:58 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 1000

Thanks for the pano Jared - going to try to make it back for at least one game this year. Took one of my partners (a native of Albert Lea, MN) to the La-Lafayette game last year (300th consecutive sellout) - he's officially a convert, and wants to make it an annual trip.

But first things first - can't wait for the game, and the weather, tonight. Someone had asked earlier about where to get the Killebrew's Root Beer - my son and I got ours from one of the "TC Treats" booths (I think that's what they're called) - where you can also get ice cream and Gelato.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 1:03 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 1001

Duffman there is a cart near section 224, although they don't have lemon slices. There is a Bud Light Lime draft cart right by it too (226).

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 1:03 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 1002

Thanks Pat.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 1:10 PM by Duffman Highlight this comment 1003

So I have been waiting and haven't heard anythign yet about the horrendous smell from the HERC that we were sure to get sick from according to Nick Coleman. Anyone?

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 1:11 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 1004

Strolled the promenade both before and after Saturday's game, looking over the baseball cards on the fencing. No odor whatsoever.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 1:19 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 1005

Struck up a conversation with a nice guy on the LRT on the way to opening day - he had apparently done some energy consulting for the Twins. According to him, the HERC stink will be worse on hot, humid days. I believe the county was going to to take steps to reduce the smell, if I'm not mistaken.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 1:37 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 1006

Well for those hot and humid days most of the time you will get breeze from the south which means it will blow away from the park.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 1:52 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 1007

"Well for those hot and humid days most of the time you will get breeze from the south which means it will blow away from the park."

So, it will only stink up the park some of the time?

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 2:00 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 1008

All Star voting begins today...why do they start this so early. You would think they would want/need at least a month of play under the belts...the first month will be all a popularity contest and based on a small sample of performance...

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 2:02 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 1009

Closed circuit to Jared, the official BallparkMagic weather afficianado and picture taker: I hope this is OK, but I am making your sunset panorama into a poster sized picture and plan on framing it in my man cave. It is pretty spectacular!

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 2:06 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 1010

Rick,

Got my tickets to the Ballpark Magic night today. Thank You.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 2:16 PM by Duffman Highlight this comment 1011

Ole-
Seems like my panos are becoming popular for that! I also intend to frame one of my own and hoping my first actual "night game" tonight has some good results.
I had to lock the images down because people were stealing them and claiming as their own. So if you need a better resolution image, email me (linked). I hope to soon (within the week even) have them available to purchase for prints. The site I found allows you to buy them in pretty much any size, frame, paper/canvas or just a download if you want to send it to a print lab of your own. I know posting on flickr only allows me so much control of how they (the large resolution ones anyway) get out and how they are used, but this will help curb it a bit, not to mention make them available for prints to people that want them and cannot find a place to print them large enough. I thought i saw they could do 3'x4' and larger! I doubt mine are that good, but you never know.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 2:28 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 1012

Jared, can you post that pic? Thanks

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 2:50 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 1013

Ben-

I'm not convinced that it will stink up the park at ANY time. I've never noticed an overpowering odor in that area of downtown. And from what I understand, the only time one might detect any odor is when the doors are opened and the trucks hauling garbage are entering....which I'm hearing won't happen before, during, or after games.

Besides, if there WAS a faint odor (just for argument's sake), my bet is that it would be masked by the baseball "odors" at the park (food being prepared).

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 3:23 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 1014

TwinkFan-
All my photos are posted on my Flikr page. Linked in my name. But for practical purposes I believe the image Ole references is this one:

I am actually hoping for a better sunset and night one tonight, as the setup appears to be a bit better than those earlier ones taken at the Cards exhibition games. And hopefully the print service I am going through will facilitate everyone's print processing needs.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 3:31 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 1015

Jared, I notice a few puffy clouds moving in right now, so hopefully you get a nice long sunset and get some good color in some clouds. Pressure is on you tonight, we're all pulling for you! :)

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 4:00 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 1016

Nice pics Jared! Thanks

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 4:38 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 1017

Jared is the man,,good luck tonight..

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 4:53 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 1018

I am offering $25 for a TF visitor's homerun ball on Craig's List.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 5:45 PM by Buzz Highlight this comment 1019

Fred ---

It would seem that, if there was a "stink" issue, we would have heard about it from the construction guys. Even if they were somehow "muzzled" by some sort of contractual agreement, something would have leaked out.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 6:13 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 1020

So I have Vikings season tickets and a partial plan for Twins and BOTH teams are playing at home on Sunday, September 19.

Kind of disappointed the NFL would do that, but the NFL is King in America as we all know.

I don't know how well downtown Minneapolis and the transit system will handle 100,000+ fans. Should be interesting that day!

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 6:30 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 1021

That will be a CRAZY day downtown.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 6:58 PM by rback Highlight this comment 1022

this team is bugging the crap out of me tonight the way they insist on taking the first pitch from masterson. he throws a first pitch meat ball right down the heart of the plate on almost every batter and they just sit there. meanwhile they swing at his breaking balls just about all the time.

hey mauer - i know you are a great hitter but you don't have to take the first pitch EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU BAT. especially when you have guys in scoring position. let it ride fellas! sheesh!

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 7:59 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 1023

my bold prediction for the season: joe mauer will NOT win the AL batting title.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 8:21 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 1024

Small ball is back....1 run on a bases loaded walk, 2 runs on a wild pitch, 1 run on sac fly. Good thing, because they've forgotten how to hit with the bases loaded. Betaband is correct.....they should be more AGGRESSIVE at the plate based on the pitchers tendencies.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 8:23 PM by Thor Highlight this comment 1025

Long time listener, first time caller.

So what exactly is the Target Field ground rule for home runs? In the flower bed = gone?

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 8:38 PM by NodakBob Highlight this comment 1026

I was wondering that myself: is there a place on the Twins website that has all the ground rules at TF?

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 9:04 PM by luke Highlight this comment 1027

yeah, the flower bed is a home run. That weird one that needed to be reviewed actually hit the top of the padding, and then bounced back in; that therefore means it is not a home run.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 9:07 PM by rback Highlight this comment 1028

I would have to assume the flower bed is a HR. What else would it be if a ball hits a flower bed and just sits there?

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 9:15 PM by MattW Highlight this comment 1029

Man Hugs for everyone (smirk).....makes me miss the Brett Farve butt slap. LOL

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 9:28 PM by unknowntwinsfan Highlight this comment 1030



Watching from the drink rail below the sign - perfect night!

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 9:33 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 1031

Why is the Plaza so dark? My God, look back two weeks ago on the webcam at 21:00 and compare it to tonight. What happened? It looked really cool two weeks ago, and now it's like a dark, crime-ridden alley leads the way to Gate 34.

It looks bad on TV too. It doesn't really give people confidence in a thriving downtown when lights aren't on around its prized ballpark. Just an observation.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 9:36 PM by luke Highlight this comment 1032

Thanks Rick, Just got the Tickets in the mail!

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 9:43 PM by JCE Highlight this comment 1033

yep luke, target plaza is now a dark, crime ridden alley full of drug dealers and prostitutes. everyone stay away and keep your children at arms lenght. really?! come on. what in the world are you yapping about?! sheesh!

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 9:45 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 1034

the darkness is all relative because of the bright lights shining in from the stadium drown out the not so bright plaza lights. ever seen an early evening space shuttle launch on tv? you'd swear it was in the middle of the night but in reality the camera lens has to compensate for extreme brightness of the shuttle's rockets.

new subject: anyone getting annoyed by the constant plugs for "quest twins live" during the games? It seems to me that they're trying to hype the post game show more than the game at hand. Just seems to be a little overkill. Maybe quest is paying them to just say the word quest x number of times.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 9:47 PM by MattW Highlight this comment 1035

Good win, and a beautiful night for outdoor baseball!

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 9:58 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 1036

Boys sure didnt bring their hitting shoes tonight. What a sloppy game by Cleveland. Good thing the pitchers are pitching good right now cause the bottom of the lineup isnt contributing.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 10:02 PM by firedog Highlight this comment 1037

It was an observation Beta...

MattW does have a good point, the gleaming lights from TF itself probably are enough. I suppose it's much different in person than it looks on a webcam perched high atop the Multifoods Tower. I'll get to see for myself when I go on May 6.

I also agree with Matt about the plugs for Twins Live. Qwest Twins Live coming up after the game! Qwest Twins Live coming up next!

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 10:12 PM by luke Highlight this comment 1038

MattW - with no more need to promote season ticket sales, maybe they just need to fill dead space that was once dedicated to "guarantee your place in the sun, get your season tickets today!" or "get your Target Field seating priority today -- seat selection starts in May, call 33-TWINS or 1-800-33-TWINS"

With such strong ticket sales, they don't need to promote season ticket sales or promotions as much as in years past.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 10:15 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 1039

or maybe they would rather fill the air time with that than letting dick bremer belabor another random, obscure point (while i am sure bert blyleven is sitting there shaking his head at dick) and then give a strange shout out to some random, small town in north dakota that no one has ever heard off.

if given the choice, i guess i would rather listen to more qwest twins live promos! bring em' on fsn. :-)

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 10:19 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 1040

Jared,

Nice Husker picture from the south end zone. I have some pictures from the north end zone and will post soon. NICE TF pictures

Their was another 'WAY back, WAY back and it's caught' by Gordon tonight on Justin's long out in the 7th.

Tonight the Twins were on Jeopardy! They asked the team that came back from seven games in 2009

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 10:28 PM by Mark in NE Highlight this comment 1041

I'm telling you, the lighting on the plaza at night is just about perfect. All you're seeing is cameras having trouble with a little thing called contrast.

To get a good picture, these cameras have to adjust their settings to accommodate the brightest light in the field of view. That leaves anything which is not quite as bright looking overly dark.

It's been an issue with cameras for, oh, about 150 years. And it highlights the difference between a camera lens and an eye.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 10:31 PM by Rick 1042

VERY disappointed to see the wave go around the park TWICE! Ish..

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 11:06 PM by Andy1108 Highlight this comment 1043

+1 on Rick's post.
You can easily see the same issue on some of my panoramas. Trying to compensate for the extreme light plays havoc on the not so lit areas. I can do a little work with post processing to take care of that but with live video you don't have that option.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 11:08 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 1044

I went to the game and although I didn't participate in the wave, everybody around me, and I do mean just about EVERYBODY, loved it and took part. I know the majority of people liking something doesn't make it right, just look at the majority of pop music today, but those of us who don't like it are in the vast minority.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 11:17 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 1045

I don't recommend the higher levels of the B ramp for night games. We Are still in it!!

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 11:18 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 1046

Jared - Hope you don't mind my asking, just curious - are your panos a single row of vertical shots stitched side-by-side, or do you use multiple rows/columns?

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 11:23 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 1047

I think Kirk gets the award for the Best Value seats on this site. Had a great time tonight taking my brother to his first game at Target Field (I was there opening day). Park looks so much better at night. Thank Rick, TC Traders worked seamlessly!

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 11:32 PM by Camden Highlight this comment 1048

Right on Buffalo.

What does Yankee stadium, Fenway, Wrigley, Jacobs, Comerica, KC, the Dump on the south side of Chicago, Busch, and even Miller park have in common?

The fans don't even THINK about doing the wave.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 11:40 PM by Andy1108 Highlight this comment 1049

Hey Rick, got my tickets thanks! See you all may 4th

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 11:41 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 1050

Expectorate-
I stick with a single left to right (usually) sweep of my area of interest. Camera in portrait (vertical) view and hand held (mainly because I can't get a tripod through the gates, per rules).

Some people may mind, but I don't and I don't think most photogs do, unless it really is a deep trade secret of theirs. We all learn by teaching each other.

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 11:55 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 1051

Pictures do not do this place justice! No offense to all the ninjas who supplied us with photos. It is just simply amazing to actually see this place in person and get a feel for the size of it! I'll try to be brief, but bear with me if I get long winded.

Sat in section 140, great seats! Obstructed views of deep right and deep center but other than that just great! I did sneak over to section 139 and some of those are terribly obstructed by the overhang, which we knew before but still. While I sat there an elderly couple was standing a couple rows in front of me and when I looked at them they just smiled and shook their heads. Pro tip: if you don't like to stand and sit repeatedly do not sit in the right field bleachers! Because of the way their situated, you stand and sit a lot just to try to get a better view.

Concourses were packed before the game (I got in around ten minutes before game time) in right field. I would attribute this to a sellout crowd (at least I think it was), and also the fact that gates 34 and 29 basically funnel people into one area of the concourse.

I had a big dog with onions, which despite the warnings was actually pretty damn good. I also had the cheese curds which I thought were a decent snack, don't know what complaint you can have when eating a fried cheese ball. However, in both instances I got fresh food, hot off the grill and hot out of the fryer which probably makes a world of difference. Concession staff seemed friendly and reasonably quick with orders.

One minor complaint I have is the bathroom that is between gates 29 and 34. That thing is tiny! Six urinals and two stalls in the men's, and according to the woman only five stalls in the women's room. There was a line out the door before the game at the men's room, and after the first inning myself and a few other guys made eye contact while heading to the bathroom and everyone's pace quickened, obviously people have caught on that you need to be there early.

One thing I noticed is that if I focused on the infield I kind of forgot about where I was. Before you crucify me, in between batters I would look around and notice all of the stuff that makes this place stick out. Everything looks so much better in person. From the admin building, the trap out in right, the jumbo-tron, the celebration sign, the facade of Target Field, and especially the plaza! Holy crap is the plaza amazing!

I'll leave it at that. I don't think I can explain how excited I am that this is where I get to watch the Twins play, hopefully, for the rest of my life!

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 01:29 AM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 1052

I'm going to add this because I found it quite disrespectful, especially to a childhood hero of mine, and proof that these people weren't real twins fans. When I was on the plaza I saw two girls standing with Kirby taking a picture and one of them cupped his stuff with her hand and the two taking a picture and their boyfriends just laughed their asses off. Horrible.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 02:03 AM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 1053

+2 on Rick's comment. I forgot to take the camera calibration into consideration too.

I'll just have to see it in person when I go to the Orioles game.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 06:49 AM by luke Highlight this comment 1054

billy... please say that your post about the the chicks and the Kirby statue was a sick sick late April fools joke...

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 07:39 AM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 1055

TWINS MAGIC NUMBER: 146

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 08:03 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 1056

Leave the Wave at the Dome!

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 08:38 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 1057

Jared,

Are you stitching your photos together to get the wide view of the whole park then? If you talked about this earlier I missed it. I was going to go out and look for a new very wide/fisheye lens today. I was at last nights game and was able to get my tripod through. I took my very small, too small for my Eos 10-D camera tripod but it works. I have another modest sized one that I have brought into Wrigley and that other place the Twins used to play but was denied entry into Coors Field with it.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 08:41 AM by Roger Johnson Highlight this comment 1058

What does Yankee stadium, Fenway, Wrigley, Jacobs, Comerica, KC, the Dump on the south side of Chicago, Busch, and even Miller park have in common? The fans don't even THINK about doing the wave.

Of the half dozen or so times that I've been to Miller Park, they've done the wave every single time. I'm not a fan of the wave but I think of it like abortion - if you're not in favor of it, don't have one.

If you don't like the wave, don't participate - but at the same time why make the majority of fans conform to the feelings of a few. If you don't like god bless america during the 7th inning stretch (and yes, it's gotten WAY overdone since 9/11) then get up during the stretch and go take a leak or get another beer. It could be a lot worse. I had to sit at Angels Stadium a couple of weeks ago and watch 45,000 people put on red snuggies with the Angels logo plastered all over them....talk about stupid!

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 08:51 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 1059

Well the puck did like to fool around so to speak! LOL! I'm sure a little alcohol was involved!!!!

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 08:57 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 1060

Couldn't agree more kevin in az. You hit the nail on the head!

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 08:58 AM by Jim Highlight this comment 1061

Roger-
Yep, I initially used the Canon Photostitch software that came with my camera, but now used Photoshop CS4. You can see the MUCH better results.

I wish I could afford all these great fisheye or f2.x lenses, but on my modest budget have to do with what i got. It does me well usually. I have the Quantaray Digipro 8500 tripod, which collapses to a nice size but wont make it through the door. I always have it with me, but never try to bring it in. I figure it makes me have to be a bit more creative with my shots.

In the end, I do well enough without it at games. I figure that I try to get in and out without having to carry too much stuff and get my pictures in right away or at the very end, since I am primarily there to watch the game and all.

Good luck on your lens search.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 09:02 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 1062

I think the Twins are going to have to do something about the concession stands. I've seen the complaints here and thought they were overblown, but it took me 10 minutes to get a Cuban sandwich last night and we were second in line. The volunteer from some church couldn't figure out how to run the card for the person in front of me, but I thought since I was paying in cash, it would be no problem. It got to the point where I had to show here which keys to hit. Really no excuse for that. Besides that, the sandwich was cold and not very tasty.

The $12 two-person root beer float on the other hand, was awesome. Not going to partake in that every game, but I split it with my daughter and we both loved it. Same with the old-fashioned Schweigert hot dog and the turkey leg. Solid all around.

Now I just need to try a Vincent burger and some ribs on my next visit next month.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 09:05 AM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 1063

Hey anybody know if they put ice in the soft drinks or not? 2nd game tommorow afternoon in the sun again! Then 6 games in May!!!!!!Whoooo hooooo!

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 09:45 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 1064

I was at the game last night and I didn't have any problem with lines whatsoever. The Kramarczuks stand took me all of 10 minutes in line and I was about 15th in line. The state fair stand took me 4 minutes to get cheese curds and I was about 7th in line. Then I had a cheeseburger (holy shit that is a good value - it's HUGE and great fries too) and for that the lady wrote down my order. I said hwo long does it usually take.... 8 seconds later she handed me a hot cheeseburger and the fries were steaming.

I got to the game about an hour early and used a mens room on the main floor. No line. Walked in, pissed, walked out. Used the restrooms two more times (several beers) and never waited once.

I don't know what you people are doing to find yourselves in such long lines or maybe your concept of time is skewed and you are just super impatient and 5 minutes feels like 20 but I had zero problems with lines at all.

It was a great game to go see and I couldn't believe how great it was to be sitting there watching outdoor baseball. A perfect evening. I was in section 227 (the last one on that level down the right field line and had a great view of the field and the skyline. I would definately sit there again.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 09:47 AM by moda253 Highlight this comment 1065

No they don't put ice in the softdrinks... In fact hey serve it hot.

What an odd question.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 09:48 AM by moda253 Highlight this comment 1066

Moda ,I like to spike that pepsi with a little rum! LOL!

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 09:50 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 1067

"Obstructed views of deep right and deep center but other than that just great!"

This is the same as saying "Other than the three smashed fenders and broken windshield the car is in excellent condition". Is it just me or are we way too easily giving out a pass on the park's obvious flaws. I have had four Twins "big-shots" tell me straight to my face that there is "not a bad seat in the park". Now, maybe it is a definition issue that some will, inevitably, argue to death - but where I come from a seat from which you can not view two thirds of the outfield is, at least, not a "good" seat. The same goes for a seat which is difficult for a slightly larger than normal person to squeeze into or does not take into account that human beings come equipped with shoulders and legs. I submit that the new park, as wonderful as it is, does contain such flaws in seating in at least a handful of areas and to deny same or claim otherwise does not rise to the definition of candid or truthful.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 10:04 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 1068

Absolutely valid points Ben. People are clearly extremely giddy and beyond excited about Target Field. That being said, there are clearly faults or less than desirable features of the new ballpark. Many of these things were out of the Twins control when designing the ballpark, but nonetheless would most definitely effect TF's overall ballpark ranking.

When I hear the Twins call TF the best ballpark in America (and this has happened several times over the PA and in the media from the usual Twins suspects), I pause. I mean according to whom? This seems quite presumptuous. No doubt beautiful new digs, but to proclaim to being the best in the 1st 2 weeks of the season seems ridiculous. Everyone rightfully should be proud of the new yard, but lets wait at least 1 season before deciding where to "rank" it. And I've said it before you can't compare Fenway, Wrigley etc to the new era parks of the last 20 years. Apples to Oranges.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 10:12 AM by Max Highlight this comment 1069

Ben-

I think the guy who said that and you are in agreement. He said there was some obstructed views from where he was saying, but that aside, he had a good time...I don't see any contradiction at all. Personally, I don't need to see every square inch of the ballfield to think I'm sitting in a decent seat and to have fun. Sure, they might be a play or two where you lose track of the ball....big deal. They'll show a replay on the big video board anyways. I'll gladly trade playing in the Metrodome for a few obstructed views, and I think most people would agree.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 10:18 AM by Fred Highlight this comment 1070

Can someone name me a ballpark in MLB that doesn't have ANY obstructed view seats?

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 10:19 AM by Fred Highlight this comment 1071

We'll have lots of time to dig into TF's flaws -- which I agree are being generally given a pass right now.

That's just the nature of honeymoons.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 10:20 AM by Rick 1072

What are the odds of Twins increasing season ticket prices next year? Anyone want to guess? I,m in the skyline view 3rd deck. They are currently $12.00 per game.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 10:31 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 1073

A few things -

Nothing in life is totally perfect. Target Field has some flaws but after watching baseball, a game meant to be played outside, in the Dome almost my entire lifetime, I have no issues with TF!

If you like jerseys and want to order them for only around $20, click my name. My friends and I have ordered a couple times from this site (with no problems) and it's like we're kids in a candy store! If you order 10 or more, there is no shipping cost. They are replicas, but are stitched on - jerseys you would pay $60 - $90 for in any store. I have tried to hold back, waiting for them to get the Twins alternate cream colored pinstripes from this year. No dice yet. You do have to check the stock list - it's on the bottom left of any page besides the home page. Just thought I would share with all of you after you have shared with me!

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 10:44 AM by Ole Highlight this comment 1074

Interesting article on ave ticket prices.

2010 MLB FCI (update with Tigers and Angels changes)
Jon Greenberg
04/07/2010 9:24 AM

EDITOR'S NOTE: I wanted to write a small aside for the critics among us, dealing with some criticism I've read/heard about toward the methodology of the FCI. We at Team Marketing Report understand that you don't have to buy two hats or two programs.

Crazy as it may seem, this survey isn't meant to tell fan how much they should spend, or what they should spend their money on when they attend a baseball game this year, but rather how much you can expect to spend if you buy the cheapest of everything (if something is wrong, like say, you can't find a $5.50 beer somewhere, let me know. But make sure you're right.)

We at TMR know you can spend as little or as much as you would like. It's a free country, no matter what the "Tea Party" would have you believe. The reason we have kept such simple, and perhaps quaint, concession and merchandise examples is fairly simple: This is the formula that was established back in 1991 when the FCI was created. So for continuity's sake, we kept it, and it makes sense because these are things available at every stadium, arena, center, centre, ballpark and ballyard. Perhaps we will adjust in the future and I'm happy to take any ideas.

Also, and I know this will blow some minds, you don't have to buy the most expensive ticket. If we say the average ticket to a Cubs game is $52.56, you can spend less.This goes for the other 29 baseball teams, and every other sport outside of say, high school football and basketball.

We include free access to the pdf chart so you can see how costs match up, and we feel that the FCI can predict how much a family of four, not four guys only drinking beer, would spend on an outing to a Major League Baseball game. Try and keep track the next time you go to a game with a group of four, be it a family or four guys getting drunk. Let me know what you spend. It's always interesting to hear fan experience stories. - Jon Greenberg, Executive Editor. jgreenberg@teammarketing.com

2010 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL FAN COST INDEX

After a drop in attendance of more than 6 percent in 2009, ticket prices stayed mostly stagnant around Major League Baseball, with a slew of teams cutting ticket prices and offering cheaper concession items in 2010.
The average ticket to a Major League game is up slightly this year at $26.74, while the total price to take a family of four to a game dropped by more than a dollar to $194.98, according to Team Marketing Report’s exclusive Fan Cost Index for 2010. (The average FCI was off by 10 cents in the release, due to an error on my master sheet. It is now fixed on the pdf.)
The 1.5 percent increase is the smallest since the FCI's inception in 1991. The previous low was 1.6 percent in 1995, the year after the baseball work stoppage.
The Boston Red Sox regained the top spot in the FCI at $334.78, about $5 more than the Chicago Cubs and $18 more than the New York Yankees.
But Boston, with an average price of $52.32, has been overtaken for the second straight year, if only by a few cents, as the most expensive ticket, by the Cubs at $52.56.
The Cubs, now under new ownership, had the secondhighest increase at 10.1 percent, with the team putting more games into its highest ticket category.
The Cubs, which put very few tickets into the premium category, divide all tickets, even those in season plans, into four pricing tiers. This year, they have 26 games in the most expensive tier and 30 in the second-most expensive. In 2009, the team had 14 games in its most expensive category and 34 in the second.
Last year was the first since 1996 that the Red Sox didn’t have the most expensive ticket and the first since 2001 they weren’t atop the FCI chart.
The Yankees topped the survey last year, but a change in the way TMR calculates their seating, along with additional information provided by the team, dropped their average ticket price dramatically. In order to make the comparison more accurate, TMR retroactively adjusted their 2009 ticket information.
The Yankees’ initial listed average in 2009 was $72.97, but in 2010, it is $51.83, which is essentially even with the Red Sox and the Cubs. The Yankees’ adjusted average of $51.64 last year would have still been higher than the Red Sox and the Cubs.
The new Yankee Stadium received no shortage of bad press for its expensive premium seating, forcing the team to adjust prices in the middle of the season, an unheard-of move. Of course, the bad press was quickly forgotten when the Yankees won the World Series.
Last year TMR figured the “average” premium seat at the stadium at $510.08. This year it is $312.11, still the highest in baseball.
Premium seating figures, located on the chart should be looked at closely. According to data provided by 29 teams (Colorado did not provide seat scaling), premium seating makes up a little more than 12 percent of available seating, on average.
Teams have the freedom to classify seats as premium. Premium seating is classified as seats having extra amenities, or the rights to certain exclusivities, like private clubs. Luxury suites are not included in calculations.
TMR began separating general and premium seating in 2003. While there is still reason to do so today, despite the rising number of seats considered “premium,” it’s important to note both figures.
The New York Mets, which dropped prices on both general and premium tickets in their second year at Citi Field, have the highest percentage of seats considered premium, according to data they provided in 2009, at 37 percent. The Atlanta Braves are next at 23 percent, followed by the Boston Red Sox at 21, San Francisco Giants at 20, Texas Rangers at 19, Los Angeles Angels at 18 and Yankees at 16. All percentages are rounded off.
The Cubs have the lowest percentage of seating classified as premium at 1 percent, though this doesn’t include their auction seats, which are sold on a season or game-by-game basis. The team has also added a new premium club, the PNC Club, which is carved out of luxury suites.The Padres only classify 2 percent as premium.
It is interesting that these two teams have such low numbers of premium seating, given that the Cubs have the second-highest average ticket at $52.56 and the Padres have the second-lowest at $15.15.
Six teams showed a decrease in average ticket prices this year, while 13 stayed flat, or in the Yankees’ case, showed an increase under 1 percent. Eleven teams showed increases, most notably the Minnesota Twins, which moved into open-air Target Field this season.
After leaving the cavernous Metrodome, the Twins’ average jumped 45 percent from $21.70 to $31.47, while their FCI went up 21.8 percent to $206.88. (If you would like to see how other teams increased prices in the first year of a new stadium, sign up for TMR archives at teammarketing.com) The Twins’ payroll has jumped as well, as they now have the 10th highest at $97.56 million. Last year they were 24th at $65.3 million.
The Padres cut tickets dramatically this season, dropping from 16th on the FCI list last year to 29th. Their FCI total is $120.60, 29.9 percent less than last year. In 2009, the Padres dropped their FCI by 14.7 percent.
San Diego’s average ticket went down 15.4 percent, after a 27 percent decrease in 2009.
The cheapest average ticket belongs to the Diamondbacks, for the fourth straight season, at $14.31. The D-Backs have the cheapest FCI in baseball at $115.24, an increase of $1 from last year.
The Detroit Tigers dropped their average ticket by 14.2 percent, after declining attendance and a bad economic market greeted an 8.3 percent increase last year. (The Tigers’ 2010 numbers were reported late this year.)
Why did the overall FCI go down this year? Several teams are offering cheaper concession items, and nearly every team has some kind of value meal proposition. The Cincinnati Reds have $1 soft drinks and $1 hot dogs for the second consecutive year.
Some teams started offering smaller options, or cheaper parking and hats. Both of which contribute greatly to a team’s average.
After setting a professional sports record with their 17th straight losing season, the Pittsburgh Pirates kept ticket prices the same and cut their FCI by 6.3 percent.
The Los Angeles Angels remain baseball’s best bargain. The reigning AL West champions dropped tickets 5.6 percent to $18.93 and thus, its FCI fell 6.6 percent to $131.80.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 10:50 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 1075

Not being able to see the warning track from an outfield seat is hardly an “obstructed view”. More like simple geometry: unavoidable.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 10:52 AM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 1076

Tfan - I was thinking about that last night actually. Of course mine would have beena diet and rum but it would have been real tasty. I might have to try and get the flask in at the next game. Come to think of it I didn't get a security grope last night coming through the gates. What a rip!

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 10:59 AM by moda253 Highlight this comment 1077

Moda just put some clear rum in a empty water bottle. Trust me they don't take the cap off and smell it! LOL! Now back to my ice question. Is it crushed ice or cubes they put in those soda pops?? Anyone anyone?

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 11:16 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 1078

Ole,

No wonder the jerseys are only $20.00. The numbering and lettering looks pretty bad. Although the powder blue jerseys look alright. You get what you pay for.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 11:16 AM by FD Highlight this comment 1079

From my sec 310 row 7 seat, I could not see the top of the Twins' dugout unless I sat forward a bit. Mark it down as "obstructed" I guess...

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 11:32 AM by schweady Highlight this comment 1080

Schweady, those are in the family sections right. Can you order those online and are there seats always available there?

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 11:35 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 1081

Perhaps the celebration sign will go dark tonight:

"ST. PAUL, Minn. — The St. Paul illustrator who created the enduring Minnesota Twins logo of two players shaking hands across a river has died of cancer at age 80.

Ray Barton was paid $15 in 1961 to create the image, never thinking it would be the team's official logo. Barton assumed it would be used on cups at Metropolitan Stadium."

Full article in link.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 11:36 AM by schweady Highlight this comment 1082

Anybody see the stuff they were doing with the images on the water tower out past CF last night. I think they said some ad agency was flashing graphics up there!

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 11:42 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 1083

TwinkFan: I ordered them over the phone on that first day of single-game ticket sales. Didn't have a good map at the time and didn't realize it was the family section. I don't even remember if the rep told me, but it was all good. All I remember is that it came down to row 7 there or row 12 in skyline view...

I don't think "always available" would be accurate... more like "may be seats available there well after other 300 level seats nearby are taken."

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 11:44 AM by schweady Highlight this comment 1084

A bit more in-depth Ray Barton story on the STrib site. clicky.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 11:48 AM by schweady Highlight this comment 1085

The football jerseys on those Chinese jersey sites are typically better than the baseball ones. Numbering is hardly ever right on the baseball ones. Jerseysusa has more of a selection than that site linked.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 11:51 AM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 1086

Ole, I've used www.jerseysusa.com before with friends and had mixed results. I think the person behind that site is the same person, although there appears to be more of a selection on Jerseysusa.

Almost flawless in terms of the NFL jerseys, baseball jerseys are hit and miss. The numbering that they put on those aren't correct--see the number 7's on the Mauer and Franchise jerseys. They do have the road gray's not on Jerseysusa now, but I think I will hold off.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 10:56 AM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 1087

Tfan I had cubes in mine.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 11:57 AM by moda253 Highlight this comment 1088

Thanks Schweady was hearing them advertise the family section on the broadcast last night and also for Rasmussen student nights. Was curious if those are ones you can actually walk up to the ticket office and buy.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 12:02 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 1089

Re; ice cubes...Yes, cubes AND on two different occasions I was asked if I wanted a lot or a little ice. Nice service touch!

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 12:04 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 1090

great article from michael rand about the inability of some tf patrons to properly use the john...

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 12:12 PM by CJ Highlight this comment 1091

Bandgeek, I wish I was kidding. I almost yelled at those stupid c****.

Ben, when I said I couldn't see deep center field I meant that I couldn't see plays at the warning track and probably six feet in front of it. I missed all of two plays that went there and when it did happen I looked at the infield and watched what the runners were doing. It wasn't horrible and doesn't ruin what is otherwise a great spot to watch the game from. If you notice, I did say that seats in section 139 are horrendous, which I said before the park opened, and I still think it should have been designed differently.

To back up ricks post about contrast, the plaza looks sweet as hell at night! I noticed that they scroll, for lack of a better word, red and blue lights down the wind veil. Throw some actual wind in there, it was that windy last night, and it would look really cool.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 12:26 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 1092

BPM -- I need your help. Looking to purchase 10 tickets for the 7/15 Sox game. I've got a guy that has come Roof Deck tickets available. I'm wondering if someone can give me the downlow on these. Specifically:
What is face value?
Where can you be if you have a SRO ticket? Can you get on the rail?
Is this a good idea for $45 bucks?

Thanks.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 1:09 PM by IANatlChamps Highlight this comment 1093

Ole, have you run across any of the new grey road jerseys anywhere? you said you couldn't find the new creams yet so i was wondering about the greys. A group of friends and i are looking to buy bulk so this helps thanks!

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 1:30 PM by Miller Highlight this comment 1094

I went to the game last night and I saw the line for the men's room looking about 10 deep out the door. I simply went to the next men's room which didn't have much of a line at all.
I was quite surprised everyone was going to the same restroom.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 1:30 PM by Boof Highlight this comment 1095

http://deadspin.com/5520917/target-fields-urinal-problem

Target Field's Urinal Problem

Target Field's Urinal ProblemThe early reviews for the Twins' new ballpark have been almost unanimous in their praise — almost. The lines outside the men's restrooms have been long, even longer than the women's. This makes no sense. We need answers.

The natural order of the universe is that the men's bathroom should be like the 10-items-or-less aisle, or the Platinum members' check-in counter at the airport. You're in, you're out, your business is done. But it hasn't been like that at Target Field. Let's look at the prevalent theories:

•Women's rights have gone too far. In the stadium, there are 266 fixtures for men, but a whopping 401 for women. This is insane. A urinal takes up half as much space as a stall, so in terms of floor space, women's bathrooms probably triple up men's rooms.

•Women don't actually like sports. Target Field seats 39,500 fans. The vast majority of those are men. Despite our best efforts to make women like baseball, and despite Joe Mauer's dreamy sideburns, Twins games are pretty much a sausagefest. There are no lines for the women's room because there are no women.

•Twins fans are stupid, part I. According to the team, most fans congregated around the food court, not exploring the rest of the field. There were lines at the men's room because everyone was going to the same one.

•Twins fans are stupid, part II. According to a reader of Michael Rand's, each restroom has two separate gantlets of urinals — and no one realizes this. So while the fools wait in line for a visible urinal to open up, there are scores of unused ones just around the corner:

Target Field's Urinal Problem

Of course, the best way to overcome these obstacles is to avoid them altogether. Make like Kenny Albert, and simply hold it in. For 20 innings.

Target Field bathroom line score: Ladies win [Star Tribune]

I'm surprised this hasn't been covered here yet. My comments on baseball fever-

At the risk of sounding like a ballpark rube...This diagram is great. I haven't seen this solution anywhere...why don't they reverse the entrance and exit doors? Entering on the right, turning to your right, then doing a loop past the sinks would make sense. Then you'd eliminate the criss-cross, which is what is causing the delay. Also a sign on the wall that says "more urinals/stalls (arrow)" would help the situation.

Also for what it's worth they did them backwards in the Legend's club, too. You go in, walk past the sinks. Take leak to your left. Go back to the sink to your right, then you have to walk all the way back to your left after washing your hands. It makes NO sense.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 12:57 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 1096

Miller, check out this site.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 1:35 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 1097

The new road jersey say justin morneau but only shows the front part of the jersey. Looks pretty good from the front.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 2:15 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 1098

Pat, thanks, have you ordered from here before?

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 2:18 PM by Miller Highlight this comment 1099

Yeah I have. They ended up not having a couple of them that we ordered, and sent us a few e-mails entirely in some form of Chinese. The Mauer jersey that I received wasn't the one I ordered. It ended up being a blue one. The quality of it is good but the numbers are crap. I didn't feel like trying to return it so it's in my closet somewhere--I probably won't ever wear it.

The NFL jerseys that we ordered on there are amazing--especially for $20. It looks like those gray jerseys might end up being good.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 2:24 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 1100

Pat, would almost be nice if they would just ship out the road jersey with no name or number on em. I can see where they kinda butcher the #'s and the TWINS logo on some of those look HUGE!!!!!!! LOL! But hey you get enough to order 10 items and the freight is free. Can't beat the price that fer sure!

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 2:42 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 1101

$20 for an ok jersey is pretty cool, considering it's hard to even buy a t-shirt for $20!

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 2:45 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 1102

Responding to JJ (Post 951).

I am not too sure if it has been brought up here, but I know there is a Facebook group dedicated to this. Minnesota Shakin' For Homers. The idea is to have Twins fans across the stadium, emulate Minnie and Paul by shaking hands with your neighbors around you. Have not had too many handshakes over the last few games, hopefully this changes tonight.

Schweady (1082)

In memory of Ray Barton, I may do an honorary handshake tonight in his honor. That is sad to read. What $15 has brought the Twins over the years and now the future...I wonder if they have/will include him in any memory/recognition, etc. Imagine the royalties he could have made if he was not such a respectful (assuming so) man.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 2:50 PM by TK Highlight this comment 1103

Fred ---

Once again you have failed to either read what has been written or understand points made. You write: "He said there was some obstructed views from where he was saying (sic), but that aside, he had a good time...I don't see any contradiction at all." --- but what the guy wrote is: " --- great seats! Obstructed views of deep right and deep center but other than that just great!" And you don't see a contradiction? He is saying the seats are great EXCEPT FOR ---- . Denny Hecker is an honest man EXCEPT FOR --- . Toyota is a great car EXCEPT FOR --- . In logic you need but one false premise to invalidate an argument. I'm happy the guy had a good time and am looking forward to lots of good times myself, but his having had a good time is nowhere near the point. My point is that the new park is not Shangri-La and that it greatly surprises me how few posters here are willing to accept that. And, comparisons to the Dome are moot.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 3:02 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 1104

"Not being able to see the warning track from an outfield seat is hardly an “obstructed view”.

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Posted on April 21, 2010 at 3:10 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 1105

Yeah for $20 you're getting a good deal. I wish they came blank as well, just get them kitted up by someone for $30 then and you have a great jersey.

Some friends and I went in on it and ordered 14. They ended up being like 22 bucks a piece. I plan on ordering 4 or 5 NFL jerseys from there after the draft and would do it without thinking. Numbers on the back of those might be stitched a little bit big, but for $20 I don't care. Look like $200 jerseys for the price.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 3:15 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 1106

Things that are gay:

- asking questions about ice cubes
- the wave
- shaking hands with your neighbor after a home run (peace
be with you)
- daily photos of Cuddy's ass (Jax!)

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 3:18 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 1107

I can appreciate your displeasure of the things on your list Jax, but I am sure if I have ever seen a "wave" that has had a sexual orientation.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 3:23 PM by TK Highlight this comment 1108

Sorry, meant to refer my last comments to TTH, not Jax.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 3:24 PM by TK Highlight this comment 1109

Ben- You don't get it do you? Most reasonable fans understand and realize that there are flaws associated with TF...In fact, I haven't heard a single person call it "perfect" or "flawless"...That being said, I don't think the ballpark necessarily needs to be ripped for having a few obstructed view seating areas. Sometimes, these are unavoidable. The Twins have a couple of options with respect to these areas: 1) don't put seats in an area that would create obstructed views...as they must of done in dead center field, just to the left of the trap seating area. or 2) put the seats there, sell them at a reduced rate and let the fans know ahead of time that these seats have obstructed views.

There is also a 3rd option, re-design...which they probably could have done with the RF bleacher area. I'm not sure they foresaw the elevated overhand section blocking the view of those sitting in sec 139...or maybe they didn't realize it until it was too late. Maybe they can fix that area, maybe not.

Regardless, I have sat in Sec 140 and checked out the view. I didn't make them out to be nearly as bad as you are. Maybe you're a little pickier than most, not sure. But I wouldn't have a problem sitting in those seats, whatsoever. I've sat in seats far worse at Wrigley, County Stadium, Old Comiskey, Tiger Stadium, etc...and still had a tremendous time watching baseball.

Every ballpark has it's warts, and so does ours. What's your point?

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 3:39 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 1110

TTH I can agree with the last 3 but hey what is wrong about asking for some ice cubes for my rum and coke. Might be tough to smuggle a 6 pack in these days. Although I bet I could get a 6 pack of plastic bottles of beer in. Put them around your waist and put a jacket on and pray they don't do a pat down! Did that a few times at the old met with beer cans! LOL!

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 3:41 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 1111

"Every ballpark has it's warts, and so does ours. What's your point?"

That the warts are largely being given a pass by most posters here - as stated in the second sentence of my original post. I have no huge quarrel with the park itself. Your constant use of the Strawman does not alter the facts.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 3:58 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 1112

"What are the odds of Twins increasing season ticket prices next year? Anyone want to guess? I,m in the skyline view 3rd deck. They are currently $12.00 per game."

Jerry Rice has already stated, flat out, that the Legend's Club seating areas were under-priced. I don't think there is any question the Twins will be seeking the "choke point" in overall pricing.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 4:18 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 1113

Using the word "gay" is also gay and very offensive to many.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 4:20 PM by Jim Highlight this comment 1114

Things that are inappropriate and offensive:

1. TTH's post #1107

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 4:31 PM by Matt23 Highlight this comment 1115

Ben, you seem to be ignoring the fact that I said the obstructed view came into play twice during the entire game and when it happened you can simply watch the infield and get a sense of what is going on. Two plays during an entire game is perfectly acceptable given the price of those seats. The foul pole obstructed the outfield a little bit too, should I be pissed about that as well? Myself and everyone I was sitting around had a great time in our section. I think that is the final verdict on the obstruction issue.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 4:36 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 1116

Ben, it will be interesting to see what the do next year regarding ticket prices. Seems strange that they are charging more for the outfield seats than for the upper deck field view and upper deck skyline view. Next year I will be thinking about getting a 40 game pack and move down to sec 323 or 324. I love the skyline view seats!

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 4:55 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 1117

Regarding ticket prices...man there is a glut of tickets available on CL. One poster is making it clear he bought 4 PSL's for $8,000 and is trying to re-coup them by charging $70/ticket. I'm amazed at the number of LC seats available, thinking that was going to be an "exclusive" area. I think reality is that it was a way for people to bypass the uncertainty of the seat selection process, and a way for speculators to jump in at the front of the line.

I have to wonder how many of them will say "forget it" and not want to shell out the cash for another full season next year after frustration of trying to sell all year this year. Same goes for other areas of the park as well.

My guess is that will be a downward pressure on season ticket prices. They can't go down, but I am thinking they may not go up significantly, either.

Another question - will a secondary market develop for PSL's in the LC? Ownership can be transferred, so it's certainly a possibility, and a way for those speculators to recoup their investment, or at least part of it.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 5:06 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 1118

Personally I like the "Shaking for Homers" idea. I discussed it with a bunch of people and they liked the idea as well. Seems like a fun addition to the park, a little more "fan interactive". Many sports have fans that do this, "sieve" chants after goals at hockey games, 4th down/kickoff/4th quarter hand signals at football games and some of the most famous like the "Rock Chalk Chant" and "Waving the Wheat" at Kansas Jayhawks games. Something similar to "waving the wheat" is done at Husker football games after touchdowns. Their Blackshirt defense event gets a hand sign from the fans when they get a 3 and out.

Also, I promise I am done doing panoramas of TF for a while. There are two and one I think is the best of them all by far. View them big and you will see. Clicky click.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 5:33 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 1119

Anyone else having trouble buying from jerseysusa.com? I have submitted my order, but I cannot checkout and pay via paypal. The page tries to load but times out.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 5:39 PM by IANatlChamps Highlight this comment 1120

Someone asked about price increases next year. I was told they would be the same for the first two years. We shall see.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 5:48 PM by robin Highlight this comment 1121

Please stop trying to hijack the term "gay" and hitch it to one definition only. The word has several definitions. My use has nothing to do with the term as defined as "homosexual."

Gay can mean "happy." Gay can be understood as "lame," which was my use. My guess is that you're just trying to pick a fight or you have a pro-homosexual agenda. Either way, I'm not interested.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 5:56 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 1122

The Twins better have an antibacterial sanitizer giveaway if they are going to promote the "Shaking for Homers" idea!

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 5:58 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 1123

TTF If you are gay and it doesn't offend you, that's fine. The reality is there are many people that it does offend and you are being put on notice. Period. Now let's move on.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 6:31 PM by Jim Highlight this comment 1124

TTH-
You had to have known that was going to happen so don't act like you are above it and need to be on the defensive. Its pointless using the word "gay" in that manner anyway, it doesn't accomplish anything other than inciting conflict.

If anyone is too much of a wuss about germs to not shake TK's or my hand, thats fine I am sure we can handle moving on to the next person.


Posted on April 21, 2010 at 6:32 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 1125

Long before the fist bump or high five, everybody used to shake hands after something good happened on the field. Those old films of Killebrew hitting homers look so quaint, in part, because he shakes everybody's hand after crossing the plate.

Not a bad idea, if you ask me.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 7:06 PM by Rick 1126

What do you know? No HD for tonight's game on Dish.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 7:06 PM by James1979 Highlight this comment 1127



Bet this big doofus will be blocking my view of the plate all night! Haha!

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 7:26 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 1128

DISH is beyond brutal. I'm sick of games not in HD. Obviously all our bitching to what we think is the right sources is not working..

Jared - wow - great panoramic!! Check your email, Bud - wrote to you about it.

Just heard Uncle Dick exclaim on Morneau's drive to left in the first, "Who knows how far that would have gone in the Metrodome?" Is he really complaining?? So balls hit to center and the gaps die. That's fine. Baseball does not need to be home run derby to be entertaining.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 7:33 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 1129

Great shot Jared!

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 7:57 PM by Jim Highlight this comment 1130

Jax, I dare you to say something to him if he's blocking your view. G'head.

I know it's been talked about where it's located, but has any tried the Killebrew root beer? I was intrigued to go find it, but didn't want to miss as little of the game as I could.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 7:58 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 1131

Jax, is that the SuperStar himself?

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 8:15 PM by TK Highlight this comment 1132

Anyone know why Kris Atteberry is calling the game? How often do they have him doing play by play?

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 8:31 PM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 1133

Lol yes TK.... Glad someone here got it'

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 8:40 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 1134

Dam,,,Poor Redman.........Dudes tough...

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 8:47 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 1135

TTH,
Two things:

1) When you use the term "gay" to mean "lame," what you're really saying is, "I think being gay is lame, therefore I'm going to use the term 'gay' to describe things that I think are lame." It's what that usage of the term "gay" is widely understood to mean. So don't think you can use that term to mean "lame" and not have anyone think you're a bigot.

2) If your only intended meaning of the term "gay" was was "lame," then why is the fourth item in your list "daily photos of Cuddy's ass." It's obvious that you think this item is both homosexual and lame, proving my point #1.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 8:49 PM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 1136

And also proving you're lying about how you meant the term.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 8:50 PM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 1137

theloniousjoe,

I think TTH just wants to be despised again. That's his first blatantly offensive post in a long time.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 9:12 PM by ace Highlight this comment 1138

theloniousjoe,

It's because Dan Gladden has the Indians series off. He said that he was taking a couple of days off Sunday. Black Jack Morris did the game yesterday and will do the game tomorrow. Not real sure how often Atteberry does games but I am sure it is not that many.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 9:30 PM by Mark in NE Highlight this comment 1139

Jax - did that look like fear in her eyes? Good God, he's like a foot and a half taller than her.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 9:35 PM by luke Highlight this comment 1140

Jared, that's the money shot I was hoping for from you!

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 9:37 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 1141

Nothing against Atteberry, I just much prefer Gladden's or even Morris' voice to Kris'. Whenever I hear Kris' voice, it just makes me think postgame - it's weird to hear it during the game, throws me off.

I'm partial to Gordon too, but maybe that's just because I grew up listening to him and Herb. I miss Herb's voice. The simple sound of it used to make me feel like it was summer.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 9:49 PM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 1142

Can anybody explain why they take caps off of bottles of water at the gate? I had this happen when I brought my own water in.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 10:29 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 1143

Oh man, to hear Herb call a game at Target Field...

He was THE voice of summer.

Just like Al Shaver was the voice of hockey.

2 greats

Heck even Bob Casey too, with all his slaughtered name pronunciations.

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 10:30 PM by OldMetFan7 Highlight this comment 1144

Luke, it was not fear... that's for sure....heh

TTH, I don't post a daily Cuddy pic so... yeah. mmmk.

Speaking of pics I've posted, the prize goes to TK for recognizing your Superstar and former Vikings long snapper, Mike M