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
Explore the Site
Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3045 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
These are the outside tracks which go under the promenade
A little more imaginative is the circulation building for Northstar.
September 23, 2007
Noah is checking out the ample leg room and truly exemplary sight lines.
A scene repeated about a million times each game
An early concept for the pedestrial bridge. (Source: Ballpark Authority, RP)
Poles through the gap
Photo by Jared Wieseler
Knothole non-view #2
Ballpark elevation viewed from Seventh Street. (Click to enlarge.)
Future home of the Met Stadium flag pole
Touring the Rapid Park site (L-R: Commissioners Wade, Vekich, Sykora, Cramer, and tour guide Chuck Ballentine, source: RP)
To the left, out of view, was a row of guys in very nice suits. Most I did not recognize.
I don't exactly know what this is. A first-aid station? Concession office?
A whole bunch of guys working on something.
Concept drawing of Coomer gate (click to enlarge)
Viewed from a different angle, it seems fair to wonder is some of those seats will have slightly obscured views. Yet, if they're cheap, that's not a problem.
Bench seating? (Click to see hi-res version.)
Section A, Row WC
This is the plaza as viewed from the A ramp.
5:45 PM, section 327, row 9, standing: sunshine.
Here's a closer look.
Here's the entrance from the seating bowl. It's down the outer moat, just beyond the last of the Dugout Box sections.
the nearly deserted Home Run Porch View Level in left.
That's Bert back at the Met on Photo Day, September 15, 1974.
BPM - Ballpark Magic
BRT - Bus Rapid Transit
DSP - Dave St. Peter
FSE - Full Season Equivalent
FYS - Fake Yankee Stadium (see also: NYS)
HERC - Hennepin Energy Resource Company (aka the Garbage Burner)
HPB - Home Plate Box
HRP - Home Run Porch
LC - Legends Club
LRT - Light Rail Transit
MBA - Minnesota Ballpark Authority (will own Target Field)
MOA - Mall of America
MSFC - Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission (owns the Metrodome)
NYS - New Yankee Stadium
SRO - Standing Room Only
STH - Season Ticket Holder
TCFBS - TCF Bank Stadium
TF - Target Field
Selected Bibliography - Analysis
First Edition (1992)
Second Edition (2006)
Selected Bibliography - Surveys
Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000, large coffee table)
Original edition (2000, round)
Revised edition (2006, round)
(2001, medium coffee table)
(2002, small coffee table)
(2003, medium coffee table)
(2004, very large coffee table)
(2006, very large coffee table)
Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
Book and six ballpark miniatures