Blah, Ballpark, Blah
January 16, 2008 11:42 PM
It's January. It's cold. There's not much going on. Oh, well, except this (click to enlarge):
I've started getting messages wondering where I've been. There are a lot of possible answers to this.
For one thing, it's January and baseball seems like a long time ago and a long way off. This happens every year.
But January is somehow colder when two of last year's stars either will be, or wish they were, playing somewhere else, and half of next year's line-up wasn't on anybody's radar six months ago. The "Get-To-Know-Em Twins"?? I think not. These may well be the "Don't-Get-Too-Used-To-Em Twins" or, better yet, the "WTF? Twins".
Add steroids and stir.
OK, OK. It's just the January getting to me. Truth is, real life intrudes on the fun stuff. Even when real life is fun -- which it has been -- it's a trade-off. (Victoria has received an exciting call. My gigantic CD project is finally done. Business is through the roof. My son needs a lot of fun every day. Even the cat is exhausted...)
I have continued to follow ballpark developments, of course, but there really hasn't been much worth noting.
Yes, Dave St. Peter wants to put a skating rink in the outfield during the winter. Of course, they won't do it unless they figure out a way to protect the grass, so it sounds great to me. I'll skate there. Outdoor NHL? Absolutely great idea.
The construction site looks pretty messy, but I swear there's a hint of where the backstop will be:
They'll be pouring the first cement for the concourses soon. The piers for the plaza and bridge over I-394 are shaping up nicely. Who said that bridge might not happen...?
There ain't much to say except that the site is a chaotic -- but beautiful -- mess.
Happy new year! (Thanks for stopping by and bearing with me in these times when the project gets a little blissfully dull. See you again soon.)
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"You talk about the magic, the aura, but what really makes a stadium is the fans. Concrete doesn't talk back to you. Chairs don't talk back to you. It's the people who are there, day in, day out, that makes the place magic."
– Bernie Williams
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June 29,1936 - May 17, 2011
Rich Pogin (left) and Bruce Lambrecht (Source: Skyway News)
Better them than me
This looks up Sixth Street from Hennepin. Just imagine what this will look like during a night game!
Checking out the bike racks on the promenade.
The bridge is Seventh Street.
The Target Center rooftop patio. Hardly glamorous, but a great view of the ballpark.
In case you don't know, that's Earl Battey.
The Northstar station at night
Puckett atrium menu part 1
Not from Moose's tour, but it's an image you need to see. (Click to enlarge greatly.)
Thanks for all the hard work out there, Cold Safety-Line Dudes. (I'm glad that my job does not require safety lines...)
Frost on the pumpkins, snow on the plaza
After the rain. (We were in the wrong spot to see the rainbow...)
A detailed crowd shot. Click to enlarge greatly.
Also warming things up are these planters.
The plaza as seen from the B ramp.
Team pennant. (Click to enlarge.)
The LRT station, sitting in a brand new urban canyon, takes shape.
The green in question (click for very large version)
Detail of the Puckett wall hanging
They help create a psychological safe area along the plaza edge, and help you forget that cars are zipping by directly beneath you.
Panels arriving on flatbed trailers in front of the Twins' dugout.
Hit gap, win suit!
The tower is actually finished, though it looks like a work in progress.
Detail of the train tunnels (click to view the entire drawing)
BPM - Ballpark Magic
BRT - Bus Rapid Transit
DSP - Dave St. Peter
FSE - Full Season Equivalent
FYS - Fake Yankee Stadium (see also: NYS)
HERC - Hennepin Energy Resource Company (aka the Garbage Burner)
HPB - Home Plate Box
HRP - Home Run Porch
LC - Legends Club
LRT - Light Rail Transit
MBA - Minnesota Ballpark Authority (will own Target Field)
MOA - Mall of America
MSFC - Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission (owns the Metrodome)
NYS - New Yankee Stadium
SRO - Standing Room Only
STH - Season Ticket Holder
TCFBS - TCF Bank Stadium
TF - Target Field
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First Edition (1992)
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Selected Bibliography - Surveys
Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
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(2000, large coffee table)
Original edition (2000, round)
Revised edition (2006, round)
(2001, medium coffee table)
(2002, small coffee table)
(2003, medium coffee table)
(2004, very large coffee table)
(2006, very large coffee table)
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Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
Book and six ballpark miniatures