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.)
"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 3042 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
4th inning in the thinning crowd of the Grandstand.
Sue Nelson, and her organ, in one of the Twins Pubs
Discovered on the upper concourse!
One half of those windows are well-used.
Another deck to come...
This was actually taken from the top floor of the International Market Square.
Hot dawgs! Getcher hot dawgs!
No arches. No brick. No girders. Classic.
Skywalk over Seventh
The reverse angle shows that the signage will only partially obscure views from the top of the ramp. The wall is pretty high up there, so you'll need something to stand on, but it appears that this is one of the so-called "knotholes".
If you arrive by bus, your first glimpse of the park will be the scoreboard's profile. (Viewed from the bus station in the B ramp.)
The finished product. Note that, at the very bottom of this image, you can just barely see the tops of the windows which look into the Champion's Club. (Home Plate Box)
Here's a detail from the above image, showing the LED strips up close.
Off-topic, but this gigantic, cool, retro sign is just across the street from S&CH. Why? I don't know. Might look nice on top of one of those municipal parking ramps...
The first pitch.
Signature elements. (And they wonder why we think the real trees look so small...)
Just think: It could look like this!
Detail at Gate 6
Polo Grounds facade, obscured
Our host points to the Puckett Atrium on the diagram.
Section 125, Row 1
For reference, this is that same area as viewed from the seat locator.
The Pro Shop
Lower deck view of the out-of-town scoreboard.
This is the back of the Cisco Field scoreboard, showing video to folks out on the plaza.
Time to paint those supports Vikings-purple.
Did you notice the flowers?
From the roof of the Minnekahda building (courtesy Bruce Lambrecht).
Wrigley Field viewed while approaching on foot from the northwest