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Harmon Killebrew, HOF, #3

April 5, 2010 12:26 PM

When you're a kid, you acquire heroes through sort of random means. It comes down to who you see do what at that particular moment that you're most impressionable.

Then later, when you look back, sometimes you wonder, "What was I thinking?" Childhood heroes rarely can survive the bright lights of adulthood.

But I'm lucky. At least one of my childhood heroes was a great baseball player, and a humble, gentle, giant man.

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Even today, throw a fastball to that guy at your own risk.

I'm sure many of you could tell a story like this: I met Harmon once at TwinsFest. He was coming off the WCCO radio stage, and I had a picture in my hand that I'd taken back at Met Stadium, as well as my ticket stub from the night he hit #500 and #501.

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As we walked, his handler dropped back and it was just him and me. I tried to put a few words together to thank him for what he'd given me as a kid. But, as you can imagine, my words were sloppy and stuttered. I was about as articulate as I might have been as a 10-year-old. I bet he gets that a lot.

But he put an arm around my shoulder and talked about how much he'd enjoyed playing, how much he loved the game and the fans.

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The greatest part was that he actually meant it. He seemed humbled by my offer of thanks, somewhat reluctant to accept any sort of "hero" status (I didn't use that word), and fully comprehending the impact he'd had on me (and by extension, many, many others -- again, I'm sure he gets this a lot).

The next day, when he was signing autographs in the concourse, I got in the already-long line just as his signing time began, and I was still about 15 people back when his allotted time ended. But the line behind me stretched off into the distance. And so Harmon just plain kept on signing.

I got my picture signed, and a bunch of people who had been behind me in the line also got their stuff signed.

Even after however many hours (years) he'd been doing it, he was cheerful and gracious.

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One of the perks of working on this site is that I get to talk to a lot of people about behind-the-scenes baseball stuff. I can tell you that the admiration for Harmon is genuine and widespread. He is considered one of the all-time great players, one of the all-time great ambassadors for the game, and one of the all-time great teammates and team leaders. He's someone who recognizes that fame was a byproduct of doing what he loved, and that it came with responsibility.

He's lived up to that responsibility many times over.

I have much more from this amazing weekend coming, of course. But if you ever wonder about the name of this site, it's also another name for my favorite player.

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AWESOME - Thanks Rick!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 12:28 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 1

That was a great post Rick! Put a smile on my face, great story!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 12:41 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 2

I can't get back into the article for Rod Carew, HOF, #29.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 12:42 PM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 3

Among Twins I have met, Harmon comes off as the nicest and most genuine of the bunch. He truly is a nice man who really appreciates the fans and greets everyone with a smile.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 12:50 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 4

Harmon is one player who I've never heard or read anything bad about. (Unless it was from an opposing pitcher!)

A genuinely classy guy, and a wonderful ambassador of the Twins and the game.

Nice post, Rick.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 12:52 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 5

HebrewHammer16,

There's a link there now.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 1:03 PM by Rick 6

Selig is on MLB.tv right now.

notes:
- He will be at TF next Monday.
- Despite the fact it's a "terrific" stadium, he still thinks TF should have a "dome." (I assume he means roof.)
- When Rob Dibble mentioned that according to some it's the nicest of all the ballparks, Selig said nothing.
- He was "thrilled" that the Twins re-signed Mauer. It was a fulfillment of what Bud began accomplishing 15 years ago in regard to a system that works, according to himself.
- He sees bright futures for the Twins and Nationals. (Funny, Bud, didn't you try to contract those two teams??)

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 1:15 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 7

Bud is a virus that just won't go away.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 1:17 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 8

A few weeks ago a VP where my wife works was flying to Boise and found himself seated next to The Killer. They talked baseball the entire flight (how cool would that be), the guy reporting that Killebrew could not have been more interesting, engaging, friendly, and genuine. The VP mentioned that a director where he works is a long time Twins supporter and huge fan. About a week later in the mail comes a sheet of paper between two pieces of stiff backing, upon which is written "Paula, keep pulling for the Twins - Harmon Killebrew" --- the man is without peer.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 1:21 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 9

Did anyone catch in the Strib's big section on Target Field that the big Gold Glove sculpture in the plaza is exactly 520 feet from home plate, which is the distance of Killebrew's longest homer at the Met? Is that true? If so, it's really cool, except for the fact that he would have hit that ball to left field, not right where the sculpture is located.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 1:24 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 10

where on the plaza is the Killebrew statue located, and where will Puckett's statue be? I know where the Carew one is, and will pass it most days on the way to work.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 1:27 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 11

- He sees bright futures for the Twins and Nationals. (Funny, Bud, didn't you try to contract those two teams??)

Bud did, but he didn't. In no way, shape or form did I ever believe MLB intended to contract those two clubs or any others. For one thing, the players union would have spilled blood to prevent such a thing from occurring. The union won't accept a salary cap, who really believed they would accept the loss of two clubs and all those rosters spots? Even if the roster limits for other clubs were expanded, we're still talking the permanent loss of 17 daily starters, plus all those rotation and reliever spots. The owners were/are on what feels like a 0-143 losing streak in their war with the union. How would they have won that battle? If you put a gun to Bud's head or to the head of anyone else involved in the contraction farce, I honestly believe they would admit without hesitation that it was all a ploy to get the stadium situations moving in Minnesota and Montreal. It worked here, and the 2nd place finish in 2001 and division titles in 2002, 2003, and 2004 didn't hurt either. It went nowhere in Montreal and the club ended up in Washington.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 1:27 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 12

We could use Rob Dibble in his (too-short) prime right about now. That man could bring the heat.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 1:27 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 13

The only reason Bud thinks a roof should've been part of the plan is so he wouldn't look as foolish for putting a roof on that monstrosity that is Miller Park.....Man - do I miss the Brewers old ballpark. My bet is that, with half the money they spend building that airplane hanger with a roof, they could've renovated County Stadium and turn that into a real jewel.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 1:31 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 14

All of my family members who are brewer fans, and old enough to have gone to county stadium multiple times, say that it was a dump and that miller park is a much nicer facility to watch a game in. I thought Miller Park was amazing until I saw a game at Kauffman stadium and saw what a real outdoor stadium was like.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 1:39 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 15

You can find lots of people that will say that Wrigley and Fenway are "dumps" and not the most "family-friendly" ballparks, either. With some renovations, I think County Stadium could've been once of the nicer ballparks in the Majors.

I've been to two or three games at Miller Park and can't stand the place, to be honest with you. Virtually no ballpark "feel" to it. Better than the Dome, no question, but it ranks among with worst of the ballparks I've been to. Just my opinion, of course.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 1:45 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 16

Miller Park blows. It's like playing ball in an airport hangar, and if there's any kind of a "substantial" crowd in there when they close the roof... Whoo boy. The medics start appearing in force because it gets to be about about 150 degrees in there.

It happened about 5 years ago when the Twins were out there in the middle of June - the roof was open when the game started, then some storm evidently got close, and as the roof closed, you literally felt like death. I would rather have dealt with a rainout. Most people just left anyway.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 1:56 PM by Natron (aka Natron44) Highlight this comment 17

Good post Rick. A small tidbit I haven't seen mentioned here...

In the Home Plate Box (and maybe elsewhere?) the end arm rail on each chair flips up for Handicapped access. I'm not sure if it would be a perk, but aisle seats in Row 13 are at least a little different.

I also hope they get the crowded concourse/concession issues get worked out. I missed way too much game when trying to grab a dog each Friday and Saturday.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 1:56 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 18

Can I just say I hate the frickin' White Sox? Konerko hits a two-run dinger in the bottom of the first of the first game of the season and the crowd wants a curtain call, which he obliges. It's Opening Day for cryin' out loud! It's the first inning! I hate all of them and their ass-faces.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 2:00 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 19

you're right, personally don't have a high regard for him. how nice has puts the twins and the nationals together. he won't ever put the twins on the level of his brewers, but clumps them with the nationals, who are the bottom feeders of the national league. i'm sure he thinks that hangar he built off the freeway in milwaukee is a superior park. that the commissioner of a game that excels when played outside would have a preference for a dome for baseball tells you everything you need to know.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 2:00 PM by tim Highlight this comment 20

F-Minus (my personal favorite comic strip) has a baseball theme today.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 2:07 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 21

Selig wants to see baseball parks turn into TV studios, as has largely happened with football. TV is where the "real" money is, or at least that is what he believes.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 2:10 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 22

Anyone excited to see the new road uniforms make their debut tonight?

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 3:06 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 23

moda253 ---

"2bb the douchebag comment may or may not have been meant to be attributed to you. It may be meant for a certain poster that seems to ALWAYS be on the negative tip.

Maybe, maybe, maybe. Maybe you would like to discuss your choice of words elsewhere, face to face?

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 3:09 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 24

Ben-

You're not seriously challenging someone on an INTERNET MESSAGE BOARD to a fist fight are you??

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 3:12 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 25

This answers the questions about the left field banners. So excited to see a flyover at a baseball game. Seen them at football games but not baseball! Exactly a week from right now!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 3:18 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 26

Fred ---

Certainly not --- hence the word "discuss".

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 3:19 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 27

I 100 percent support this. But the time/date/location must be made public on the board so that we can all attend. Pre-fight card should be Julie and Jax in a kiddie pool filled Jell-o. Can Natron make this happen??

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 3:20 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 28

... or Julie and Kev in AZ....

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 3:24 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 29

ahhh...fun stuff...

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 3:24 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 30

Rick and I agreed long ago to meet at the flagpole on OD and "get some pictures". This event is not likely to be included in the official OD festivities - but we do need someone to run the camera --------

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 3:30 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 31

....or listeners of garbage 1500 conservative radio vs listeners of really garbage liberal radio.....oh wait....that's right, there's no liberal radio. Not a large enough listening base. Never mind.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 3:32 PM by Thor Highlight this comment 32

How about the kid who wound up with Span's HR ball --- did they cave to Doeppner or does he have a really nice souvenir?

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 3:35 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 33

I heard on the news the other night that he gave it to Doeppner...I think in exchange for tickets.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 3:44 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 34

I couldn't help but notice when looking at the webcam from both games this weekend that the roof of Ramp B was completely empty of cars. Is the top closed off because of the wind veil or is it that Ramp B didn't fill up enough to get to the top floor?

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 3:45 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 35

I almost forgot that I had video of Killebrew's speech (most of it at least), so I added it to the post above.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 3:46 PM by Rick 36

Hey, Thor. I guess your legion of conservatives just forgot to vote in 2008, huh? Such a shame...

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 4:11 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 37

pretty amazing play by Buerhle and Konerko... don't like to see this by the White Sox but you must admit it is a pretty crazy play...

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 4:17 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 38

hahaha ben are you asking for a confrontation tough guy? sure thing huck. I think you are a self centered arrogant negative whiney little man. Does that upset you ben? enough to ask for a confrontation? all you do is piss and moan and bitch and whine and complain and tell everyone taht you know better and call everyone else kool aid drinkers over and over and over again and again and because i call you out on it you want to meet up? Sure thing bud name your place pal.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 4:21 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 39

Haha, Gomez was 4-5 with a HR today. What are the chances he gets 4 more hits the rest of the month?

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 4:21 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 40

Even though stats in spring ball doesn't mean much, I believe Gomez hit a little over 300 during spring training.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 4:30 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 41

Some would argue Bud's contraction move was ingenious, considering it succeeded in getting new stadiums eventually for both teams.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 4:31 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 42

I generally like to let things just work themselves out, but is there some sort of weird phase of the moon thing going on?

Twins fans, TF fans, unite! Birdies are singing! Grass is growing! Baseball's back!

Mark Buehrle is making plays off his feet and through his legs!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 4:31 PM by Rick 43

hey I called out ben and he wants to meet up with me to discuss things rick. that's a threat..... because ben I have no guarantee as to what is going to happen should I show up, and you sir have no idea what might happen should you show up. So in the best interest of Ricks site how about if you rescind your little invitation and think a little smarter about arranging meet ups with anonymous people on message boards? It's not a very smart thing to do.

so hows this from now on I will continue to call you out when you go on your tirades and you can push back but save the bravado and macho talk? Rivk it would probably be best if you just go ahead and delete my postings over the past day or so. Slate clean.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 4:40 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 44

Jesus, are you two new to this thing called the internet?

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 4:49 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 45

What a play. Wow.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 4:50 PM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 46

Faber - that top deck of Ramp B has been devoid of cars for a long time. I had to go all the way back to 2008 on the webcam to see it full up there.
It's probably mostly the economy...and a 9.7 unemployment rate. But, they say things are getting BETTER! I'd sure like to see what "better" actually looks like.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 4:51 PM by luke Highlight this comment 47

I hear there were a few marriage proposals at Target Field this weekend. Luke were you by chance on your knee asking for Joni's hand in marriage? That would be epic!!!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 4:55 PM by Max Highlight this comment 48

moda ---

My only position is some are more adept at choosing appropriate words (and spelling them) than others. I realize spelling, syntax, and grammar have become passe with the advent of the internet, but my education occurred beforehand. As far as something being not very smart, I will defer to your expertise.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 5:07 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 49

Max - if and when that day comes, you and the others around here will be second-to-know, post-haste :).

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 5:08 PM by luke Highlight this comment 50

this is the weirdest site I have ever been on...beautiful touching words by rick--great pics--awesome updates

ummm...then political talk...several innocent questions about the stadium...beaming praise for the ballpark...then ummm a fight challenge?

quite the mix of topics to say the least

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 5:09 PM by Erik777777 Highlight this comment 51

i didn't know we won the "central" division in 69 and 70...ummm...that should be "west" strib

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 5:13 PM by Erik777777 Highlight this comment 52

Pfft I'm done with it Ben, whatever I'll buy you a beer instead should I ever meet up with you sorry that you "think" that I called you a name. I guess it speaks VOLUMES that you read what I wrote and attached the word to yourself.... since I never named you. That is the best part about it.

BTW Ben there have been other people that have been quite negative and all knowing besides yourself.... just think of the topics discussed the past few days. Rather than ask me if I was talking to you, you just went for the tough guy routine.

Back to baseball....

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 5:24 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 53

Opening night!! Just hope I can stay up. Tough way to start the season with west coast games starting at 9:00. I think I can make it, though!

I had today off and watched all the games on ESPN while hanging with my 8 month old. I think by the end of May it will be her dad, Uncle Bert and Uncle John most nights!

In the immortal words of Rodney King, "can't we all just get along?" I love our little community here at Ballpark Magic!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 5:33 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 54

You seem to know much more about tough guy routines than I. And a great deal less about being honest and direct in your comments and opinions. I have no problem with "cranky", as most here are aware - but, is there really any place here for "douchebag" on this site? Think about it. I will take the beer though --- so long as it's none of that flavorless piss water :-).

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 5:44 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 55

oh ben please do not make an attempt to say that I am the first to use such a term on this site. After all just yesterday a woman was told to get back in the kitchen. I could underscore several flare ups over the years on this site that hae gotten ugly. assure you that if you were to hang out with me at the bar and you started going on one of your tirades I would probably call you much worse and laugh about it at the same time tipping one back with you.

I will buy you a beer at the BPM night if yer there. If you feel like slugging me go right ahead. I can take it.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 5:50 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 56

BPM not good for me. How about OD?

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 5:58 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 57

Great play by Buerhle and Konerko. How about Boston getting it on the old runners at 1st and 3rd double steal. Since it's such a magical year maybe we'll see a "hidden ball" play (trivia: which current MLB manager was the victim of the hidden ball trick twice?).

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 6:05 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 58

Awesome, BPM will have the first two people ejected from Target Field, how fitting.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 6:06 PM by Camden Highlight this comment 59

wont be there OD unfortunately.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 6:11 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 60

nice to see you Harmon Killebrew!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 7:03 PM by fitz Highlight this comment 61

TTH, I don't like jello.

Faber - I hate the White Sox too. I'm only grateful that I was listening to the Cleveland audio instead of PUT IT ON THE BOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARD YES! ugh.

To those who don't know - we boo AJ because he's dirty.

and finally, click my link for some good news for all you pot smokers!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 7:04 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 62

Rainouts -- I'm not worried about them. There will be a couple. But the Twins have only said so far that they will be handled on a case by case basis.

Can someone share some insight on how other teams handle rescheduling? If it is against a Central division opponent, we can schedule a day-night doubleheader any time during the season where it makes sense (I don't believe the Twins will schedule any true doubleheaders). No worries -- your ticket is good for the "rescheduled" game, and with luck that is a Saturday noon game before a regularly scheduled 6:10 game and you can go!

What about if the Red Sox get rained out on Wednesday night? Will they try to play Thursday night since it is their only trip here? Will StubHub fill with tickets people can't use? Will your tickets get automatically rescheduled, or do you have to trade them in for a new barcode?

These are probably comical questions for those used to this stuff, but alas I've been inside for 28 seasons and have no clue.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 7:10 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 63

I dont know Moda, Ben is a Vet, which means you might get popped.. so watch it, and he helped get the met stadium flag to TF (and yes he reminds us of it daily)...im kidding

its opening night.. lets all be happy, ready to see those road unis, sucks i have to hear dick breamer talk about how good torii is all night though

i went to smallelys 87 sat during the game.. it sucked, and they had no drink spl's, same boring place with ugly ass waitress, then i went to sneaky petes, yesss sir.. lets just say who needs hooters when they have those and 2 dollar beers... huberst 2 sucks ass too, just the same nba city with wolves stuff down and twins stuff up...that outdoor patio is a joke i was there for both games and nobody was sitting there, its in the shade and you cant smoke.. thats ok but everybody walking by is smoking! and i cant have a puff with my beer

anyway have fun guys.. no fights!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 7:11 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 64

Ahh, they just cut that Buehrle video off when they announcer said, "It couldn't happen to a better guy." I always love that one.

Friday night...


Posted on April 5, 2010 at 7:25 PM by bobby Highlight this comment 65

Rainouts -

Anybody know how the Cubs handle it? Since basically their entire season is sold out, what happens when they have a rainout? A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to have tickets to the day after a rainout...I got two games for my ticket. No idea how the folks the day before fared though...

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 7:26 PM by 2bb Highlight this comment 66

Does anyone know where to find the schedule for Opening Day? I thought there was a press release with all the events/times, but can't find it. Thanks in advance.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 7:32 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 67

hey faber! just wondering if your HD for dish ever worked ot not, if its working or not tonight can you post and let me know? thanks

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 7:33 PM by rolo Highlight this comment 68

One other thing - there's at least one other Twins/Rockies fan doing the two Opening Day trip. I was at Coors Field last Thursday and overheard someone a couple windows down from me saying he was going to Opening Day Friday and then going to Minneapolis for Monday's game.

It was great for me because I could point out to my wife that I'm not the only crazy baseball fan in these parts.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 7:34 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 69

minnesota.twins.mlb.com tonight is totally hosed. Do they run all of this through mlb.com? They need more servers if they do.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 7:34 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 70

Maybe Hardy will go 5 for 6 (take that Go-Go!). :P

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 7:45 PM by DeePee Highlight this comment 71

Linc, I can't get to my fantasy teams....i'm betting all us nerds are bogging it down.

I didn't go back to read everything yet but I found the link interesting about what's going on the LF flagpoles AND this part of the article made me giddy!:

?A military flyover of F-16s will be performed by the 148th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard located in Duluth, with fireworks to follow."

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 7:47 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 72

Most Twins rainouts at the Met were due not so much to the rainfall itself, but the resulting wet grounds due to poor drainage and fear of further damage to the field. Obviously those are still concerns now, but the technology of field composition and drainage along with the skill and techniques of groundskeeping have advanced tremendously over the past nearly 30 years. A rainout or two will occur, but I honestly don't think Target Field will host any more rainouts than the average ballpark.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 8:20 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 73

whee!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:01 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 74

Finally get to see Dick and Bert for the first time this year! I was there in person for both StL games

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:06 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 75

I love the look of the new road uniforms!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:11 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 76

I'm not so sure if I'm wild about these new uni's. I'm sure they'll grow on me with time but they just look a little bland...

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:18 PM by MattW Highlight this comment 77

LOVE the new road unis. Makes me realize how much I hated the old ones. Why has our game been promoted all day as being on ESPN2, the guide lists it on ESPN2...but its on WFTC?

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:24 PM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 78

sorry for the double post but... WHOA, Matsui looks funny in an Angels uni.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:29 PM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 79

Good to see Baker has improved from last year.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:31 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 80

Okay, now that i've seen them while the twins are in the field the red bills and red numbers make them better. They should add red bills to the batting helmets IMO

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:35 PM by MattW Highlight this comment 81

Baker needs a shot of whiskey to SETTLE DOWN...

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:37 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 82

The new road uniforms RULE! Very nice!

Obviously, after the first inning, I'm willing to sell my champion club tickets for $10 per. Please email me. Disastrous season :)

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:38 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 83

Here is what the 11 flag poles in left are for...don't know if this has been posted...

A group of Twins alumni will then raise the following championship pennants in left field:

Jim Kaat (1965, American League title), Jim Perry (1969 AL Central), Bert Blyleven (1970 AL Central), Frank Viola (1987 World Series), Jack Morris (1991 World Series), Eddie Guardado (2002 AL Central), Corey Koskie (2003 AL Central), Shannon Stewart (2004 AL Central), Brad Radke (2006 AL Central), general manager Bill Smith (2009 AL Central flag). Al Newman will also raise a "TC" flag.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:42 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 84

One more big fan for the road grays. As sharp as these are, I hope that means we rarely (if ever) see the blue softball jerseys.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:42 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 85

is anyone else not getting the game on dish network espn2 is blacked out its not on fsn either

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:44 PM by fm Highlight this comment 86

DELMON!!!!!!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:45 PM by rback Highlight this comment 87

DELMON!!!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:45 PM by Matt23 Highlight this comment 88

Hey hey! Let's hear it for the new Delmon!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:46 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 89

fm, its on my29, at least on Direct Tv.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:46 PM by rback Highlight this comment 90

Did you see the smile on Delmon's face in the dugout. I don't think I've seen him smile like that since he joined the team.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:46 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 91

beautiful...

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:46 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 92

It's on channel 441 on Dish for me. HD ALT channel.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:47 PM by Matt23 Highlight this comment 93

fm - it's on My29 in the cities...

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:48 PM by CJ Highlight this comment 94

looks like they finally upgraded the HD on my29 this year...last year was "fake" HD...

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:49 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 95

Torii would've had it.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:50 PM by rback Highlight this comment 96

Baker Baker homerun maker...

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:50 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 97

Good old gopher ball Baker back to his old self

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:51 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 98

Moonshot Scott...copyright Common Man...IALTO coming, IALTO coming...

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:56 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 99

wagers on who will be first to say "it's a marathon, not a sprint."

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:02 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 100

thanks jax - there goes my entry in the bpm cliche festival...

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:03 PM by CJ Highlight this comment 101

Jax - Day one is in the books...I will be able to look at every opening day as my no smoking anniversary...

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:05 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 102

congrats Trosy! Keep it up! don't get fat. lol

:D

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:09 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 103

That is probably my number one worry...diggin' the roller blades out of the closet next week...

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:11 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 104

thanks matt23 its working now

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:14 PM by fm Highlight this comment 105

I'm going on the Target Field diet. :D

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:15 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 106

Good luck with that...

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:20 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 107

anyone else notice Orlando Hudson's jersey doesn't have a number on the front of it. I think i prefer it that way

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:22 PM by twinlves Highlight this comment 108

100 dollars on me!

Remember guys it's a marathon not a sprint!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:25 PM by MattW Highlight this comment 109

Puntoooholio!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:32 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 110

Spotty or should I say no cell phone service at Target Field, not for too long. I guess we should be blaming the cell phone providers and not the Twins according to this report. The Twins would never forget to pass along this important piece of info to the providers, would they!?! For the entire article, click my name.

Courtesy of Bill Hudson with WCCO

"Turns out, the Twins planned for the extra cell phone traffic, installing special antennas.

"Basically, it's extra antennas, extra power, kind of a boost, to help with the volume of calls," said Kevin Smith, the Twins Executive Director of Public Affairs.

He said the problem is that some cell providers haven't connected to the system yet, causing problems for fans and the Twins.

"Cell phones are a rather important piece of our communication, so it was a little frustrating for our staff," he said. "But beyond that, it was more frustrating for our guests."

The Twins expect more carriers to connect to those antennas between now and opening day, but even if your carrier does, like AT&T, you can have problems calling a phone that doesn't."

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:44 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 111

Badjuggler......you are right on one thing. It is a shame more conservatives never voted in '08. I'm willing to enjoy this sight without the politics. But it is hard not to respond to those who throw the first stone. So keep up with the your political opinions and uncalled comments and I will respond. If you care to keep this site politic free, I'm all for it. I wish this site was about the Twins and Target Field and let the other topics be left for discussion in a bar or political site. At least we have one thing in common....Go Twins!!

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 11:00 PM by Thor Highlight this comment 112

Uh-O Dawg...

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 11:21 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 113

Hudson took one off the kneecap... uh oh

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 11:21 PM by CJ Highlight this comment 114

i can't believe he stayed in the game... i'm impressed - as an aside - the situational hitting tonight has been frustrating... (yes - i know... one game)

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 11:34 PM by CJ Highlight this comment 115

I broke down and bought MLB radio this year. I'm already glad I did with the blackout on ESPN, and being stuck in the middle of Iowa. At least I can keep up on the game somehow.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 11:46 PM by Sass Highlight this comment 116

I know it's the first game, but wtf Mijares?

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 11:54 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 117

I second that one Josh.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 12:04 AM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 118

Not sure if this was talked about but did anyone get something in the mail from the Twins about deals on parking?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 12:42 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 119

So... how much do you think Nike shelled out to become "the official collar bone of Major League Baseball"?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 01:01 AM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 120

2nd opening day loss in a row. Only 161 to play. It's shaping up to be another exciting season for the Twins' nation!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 05:47 AM by unknowntwinsfan Highlight this comment 121

Oh, did I mention, the Twins looked and played like they had target field hangover. (Short term ailment).

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 05:57 AM by unknowntwinsfan Highlight this comment 122

Rolo, sorry it took long to get back to you (BTW, I'm sitting here right now wearing my brand-spanking new Blyleven jersey my wife just got me for my birthday. Yes, my birthday is the same day as Bert as I'm sure he'll remind us over and over tonight).

Anyway, Rolo, I've exchanged some emails with the digital content person at FSN about the Dish HD issue and here's what he wrote me, "This is crazy. Our VP of Affiliate Relations has been made aware of this and rest assured, she’ll get to the bottom of this. Bottom line is, all Twins games from here on out are broadcast in HD, period." A later email from the same person said, "You’re not the only person who has let us know about this issue. We’re on it."

So, as I suspected, it's a Dish issue, not FSN. The Thursday Angels game has all of sudden shown up as being shown in HD on Dish, but that's the only one through next Tuesday on my guide. Hopefully there's enough push from FSN for Dish to correct the issue. On the Dish website when you look at their TV listings, their FSN-North HD listing says, "Coming Soon, FSN-North in HD 24/7". I'm not holding my breath, to say the least.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 07:10 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 123

Oh and Luke, I know the top of Parking Ramp B has been empty for a long time and we've chalked that up to the recession. I just thought with 35,000 people right next to the ramp that cars would have been pushed up to the roof.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 07:22 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 124

Anybody see the Star Tribune article today on Larry DiVito?
No, you say?
I posted it. Click my name.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 07:47 AM by luke Highlight this comment 125

TWINS MAGIC NUMBER: 163

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 08:59 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 126

Glad to see as mentioned above My29 is in real HD this year! No more crappy audio!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 09:28 AM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 127

Well, so much for that perfect season, huh?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 09:36 AM by StatFreak101 (Erik) Highlight this comment 128

StatFreak- We can still go 161-1, which I think might be barely enough to get us into the playoffs. Might.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 09:39 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 129

You win 60. You lose 60. It's all about what you do with the other 62.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 09:46 AM by moda253 Highlight this comment 130

anyone have a link to a detailed seating chart, specifically one that shows where seat numbers are in a row? i'm trying to figure out whether it's the low numbered seats or high numbered seats that are behind the foul pole in sec 139. thanks helpful ballpark savants

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:00 AM by mplsgreg Highlight this comment 131

I am wondering if they aren't closing the roof level of B ramp to prevent people from trying to watch the game from there. I would imagine there might be some liabilty issues for the city.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:07 AM by luckylager Highlight this comment 132

Excuse me while I go vomit after reading the words "Twins nation." Ughh, it's Twins territory if anything, and can we please stop referring to every teams fan base as a "nation?"

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:09 AM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 133

Greg, I sat there during the open house to see what it'd be like... It's the low numbered seats, and the view is really bad after the first couple rows

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:09 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 134

UNfortunately we dont play a 182 game season. It is supposed to be "Its what you do w/ the other *42*".and I believe it was Tom Kelly who originally posed that but I get what you mean

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:11 AM by Uffda Highlight this comment 135

mpls greg - the seats start on the right. So if you are looking at the field from Section 139, seat 1 is on the right side of the section

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:12 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 136

NEW season...NEW ballpark...NEW player additions... NEW payroll ranking...NEW attitude...NEW road uniforms...NEW expectations...NEW closer...NEW pressures...NEW label (talented favorites vs overachieving underdogs)...but one thing will never change...SAME OLD way to approach and play the game...THE TWINS WAY...see ya all in October!! (Seems so far away).

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:19 AM by Thor Highlight this comment 137

"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference."

- Tommy Lasorda

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:24 AM by Rick 138

hmmm. thanks for the info. picked up some extra seats to the detroit game on 6/29 since my 20 game package didn't have it. Jimmer, is the view bad because of the foul pole obstruction, or because you can't see center field?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:26 AM by mplsgreg Highlight this comment 139

Seats 1-4 of the section can't see much past second base

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:29 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 140

You can't really see any part of the game from the top of the B ramp. It's all been carefully sealed off by the trap sign and fencing.

If you are really tall, you may be able to find some small hole to look through, but security will shoo you away in mere moments. In some ways, it's kind of too bad. It would be cool to see people watching from up there. Maybe someday.

As for the lack of cars, there is some construction going on in that ramp, which may explain it. But it's also possible that it just plain didn't fill up.

Maybe people are actually heeding the advice they hear, which is to park somewhere else and walk a few blocks -- that's what we did. Or they took transit. Or bike.

Beyond that, the A ramp is much easier to find and get in to, so the majority may be parking there.

It's an interesting question.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:30 AM by Rick 141

Putting some actual numbers to Lasorda's sentiment, last year even the worst team won 36% of their games (Nationals, 59-103), and even the best team lost 36% (Yankees, 103-59).

So, technically, it's the other 28% (44 games) that make the difference between the best and the worst.

Of course, we also know -- from two 163-game seasons in a row -- that every game is of at least some concern, right...?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:41 AM by Rick 142

Mplsgreg-

I've been in that section, and there not as bad as some are making them out to be. You can see deep center field, but you can see all of left and shallow center. The further away you get from the overhand and as you get closer to the foul pole- they get better. They're not the best seats, viewing-wise, but they're not horrible either.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:46 AM by Fred Highlight this comment 143

ooops. I meant to say, you CAN'T see deep center field.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:46 AM by Fred Highlight this comment 144

I don't think I received an answer to my question. Where on the plaza are the Killebrew and Puckett statues located? I know where Carew is...

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:09 AM by Dan Highlight this comment 145

Killebrew is right under the long skyway near the B ramp entrance.

Carew is located at the corner of Second Avenue and Seventh Street (near the A ramp, on the downtown side of the park, at the foot of the walkway to Gate 29).

Puckett is not there yet. It will be unveiled on opening day.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:12 AM by Rick 146

Puckett will go next to the B Ramp near the stairs coming down from the Skyway...

ROLL CALL: Who's going to the Opener next Monday? And if so, where are you sitting?

RC: I'll be there in Legends Club N, 1st Row. Should be a great day!!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:21 AM by Max Highlight this comment 147

The question is, what pose did they use for the Puckett statue? I'm kinda torn between the fist pump rounding the bases or the leap against the Plexiglas.

The fist pump is more iconic, but I like the idea of people taking a picture next to a leaping Puckett, doing the same leap for the ball.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:32 AM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 148

I'll be there, not sure where yet... Still holding out the very slim hope the Twins release more tickets, or I'll go to TicketKing. I refuse to use StubHub for this game because I'd like an actual ticket stub

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:34 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 149

Not opener but ill be at april 14th in sec 304 row 7 seats 6, 7

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:37 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 150

Thanks Rick and Max, and I agree Buffalo, the leaping Puckett would be a great form for photo ops. The fist pump is very iconic, and I could see the statue in that form. Either one will be great. Bill Mack did a very nice job with both the Carew and Killebrew statues, so I am sure he won't disappoint with Puckett's statue.

If they do a Hrbek one, my guess it would be the grand slam run pose. Does anyone have photos of Oliva that would be inspiration for his statue?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:40 AM by Dan Highlight this comment 151

Where will the Delmon Young statue go? Well he did jack one out last night! LOL!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:49 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 152

billymayshere.....sorry about you losing your breakfast, no harm intended when I used Twins nation this morning in one of my post. I also prefer twins territory as a team slogan over using twins nation. But I was just describing something rather someplace. My bad for your sake. Maybe we can come up with something better to describe our fan base. In the meantime, I hope your sensitive stomach starts feeling better, take care.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 12:12 PM by unknowntwinsfan Highlight this comment 153

I will be in section 101, row 20

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 12:15 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 154

I will be at OD in leftfield bleachers row 2 by the pen. I cant wait to see the flyover.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 12:16 PM by Joe117 Highlight this comment 155

Where I went to school one third of 162 = 54. It was, of course a very arrogant, whiny, etc., etc. school.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 12:21 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 156

You mean the Twins have to lose at least 53 more games this year......oh the pain. (maybe they will be all road loses).

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 12:34 PM by unknowntwinsfan Highlight this comment 157

For those of you planning to attend OD who are memorabilia collectors --- don't forget to bring a book or magazine to stick your tix and OD "certificate" in for protection against bending, creasing, etc.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 12:35 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 158

*...writing all this down*

every game section 102, row 9, seat 3.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 12:46 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 159

Good point, Ben. My friend and I were talking about that last night. One of those string backpacks would work nice. About the size of a magazine and not heavy.

One complaint I heard at work this morning about TF: A father commented that the restrooms really needed to have one low sink for both the disabled and children. He said it was hard to get his son lifted up to the sink to wash his hands with soap.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 12:47 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 160

i forgot to add what was nice sitting row one in 232, has a small place to place my bag on top of the ribbon board,instead of having to leave it under the seat (where people can spill) on holding it in my lap

I might just come down on Monday to see the Kirby unavailing, and see if any scalpers are selling at a decent price, somehow i doubt they will

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 12:59 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 161

I will probably be picking up my ST swag so will have a media guide for the tix and either yearbook or program for the certificate - then just need to get the tix there unharmed. Plastic bag will also come in handy - the Twins give them away FREE with the purchase of a $35 T shirt.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 12:59 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 162

We are bringing a string back pack with a text book in it for the certificates and the hankies.

By the way, does anybody know a good place to get names and numbers sewn on the backs of Twins jerseys. I got a nice authentic Majestic blank and am going to fulfill the dream of getting Coomer and number 8 on the back. Any suggestions?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 1:05 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 163

Good idea Ben, I actually redeemed my media guide one last Friday but the other two weren't available yet

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 1:06 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 164

Looking forward to OD...getting through a whole work week until then is cruel. Will be in 237.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 1:06 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 165

Sec 307, row 13, seat 14

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 1:18 PM by Sass Highlight this comment 166

Ben, email yourself the tickets using "My Twins Tickets." I did that and it worked great. Then you don't even have to bring your actual tickets to the game, just the printed out one.

I'll be there on Monday, Section 121 Row 16.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 1:24 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 167

come on down to 102 trosy and we can go for a smoke. haha! j/k

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 1:32 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 168

Trosy ---

My OD tix aren't listed there, they were purchased as extras. Is there still a way that I am missing? And they need $2 per for the service?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 1:36 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 169

Do you guys see the prices on StubHub going down or up before Monday?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 1:40 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 170

Ha uffda thanks for catching my math error. I made a mistake and copied the part wrong. 162 games are enough. Though I think Selig wouldn't mind seeing it be 182.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 1:42 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 171

Jimmer, prices will probably go down by Monday. You can already see them creeping down dollar by dollar. As the game gets closer, all of those who are asking $200 and hope to make a fortune will get scared and try and get their money out ASAP.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 1:47 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 172

RE: Bars/Restaurants at Target Field

I am curious what everyone's thoughts are on the bars/restaurants so far at Target Field.

I thought Hrbek's was okay at the Open House with few people to dodge. Then when there are actual games going on at the ballpark it is the size of a closet. Bananas and I have simply refused to wait in line to get in there (always a line from my experience).

The Metropolitan Club was done up real nice. But I'm not sure many will spring for the $29 buffet + tax/tip. I don't see much reason to go in there. It has a bar/patio overlooking the plaza, but to go out of your way to get there?? How were the lines/crowds in here during the exhibition games? I mean you theoretically have 24.5K STHs with the opportunity to go in there...

Puckett Atrium/Carew Atrium/573 Club: I think these will be nice spots to gather. The Club level is limited by its very nature to 3000 ticket holders. The space and quick access to food/beverage is a real perk of the Legends Club. Close access to all seats on the level.

Twins Pubs: I thought these were a great addition to the Terrace level. Open the windows on the gorgeous sunny days. If you have a bad seat (and there certainly are a few) you could do worse than a front row spot in the Twins Pub behind homeplate. I would imagine that this gets crazy full as gametime approaches.

Town Ball Tavern: I was in here last Saturday before the game. Thought the menu was excellent and there were a decent amount of beer choices (both by the bottle and on tap). Service was painfully slow and I was surprised as it wasn't ridiculously packed. Hopefully this will improve after all the dry runs the Twins have had the last 2-3 weeks. I had a Juicy Lucy with kettle chips. Not bad, not great. Certainly not in the realm of Matt's Bar or the 5-8 Club. The Minneapolis Lakers floor is a cool touch. Hopefully the Twins are quick to fix the St. Joseph Town Ball picture (which was spelled St. Joesph...oops).

Budweiser Roof Deck: This will be a highly desirable spot in June, July, and August. With only 250 tickets sold, the waits for anything shouldn't be too bad. I didn't think the views were very good up there (particularly the SRO tickets), but that isn't the point of the Roof Deck. You are up there to mix & mingle and drink lots of cold brew while soaking in the sunshine. Hard to beat the SRO prices if you can get your hands on them ($10/$12/$15).

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 1:50 PM by Max Highlight this comment 173

I saw one single on StubHub just now for $150 that lasted all of about 5 minutes... Almost pulled the trigger. I'm hoping to get something in the Lower Level for around 200, as long as it's not in the first 4 seats of any row in 139.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 1:50 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 174

Just me probably, but my gut is the scalpers overbought - or to put it perhaps more correctly, there are more scalpers than the traffic will bear.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 1:54 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 175

I'm actually more likely to buy from TicketKing than SH unless the price difference is huge... I'd rather have a real stub than a piece of printer paper.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 2:01 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 176

There will be tickets available at decent prices. A majority of fans without a ticket will simply not even go down there on opening day because they will assume there will be no tickets and the few tickets available, will be too high in price.

The reality is there will be tickets available on the street and the scalpers will start to panic and will be forced to lower their prices once they realize they will not get their high asking prices.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 2:27 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 177

I hope you guys are right... Not many quantities of 1 floating around right now though.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 2:33 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 178

No doubt about it, Mike. Also, they'll be selling Standing Room Only tickets. Right?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 2:34 PM by Elston Gunn Highlight this comment 179

According to Steve Smith, there are no current plans to sell SRO tickets besides on the Roof Deck. I had actually emailed him about the possibility of OD tickets becoming available, because my ST rep is about as useless as tits on a bull when it comes to answering emails. How hard can it be to answer a simple question?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 2:37 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 180

I'm selling $50 knothole view tickets if anybody's interested.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 2:41 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 181

you rock.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 2:42 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 182

1. Where are the scalpers hanging out? Aren't their stalking grounds a bit constricted?

2. Would it not be wise for a scalper to offer both "versions" of any given ticket (both electronic and hard)?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 2:43 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 183

LOL TTH... So anyways, where/when does that BBQ I heard about awhile back start? And did anyone see last weekend where scalpers were setting up shop since I'll probably be looking? I went in as soon as gates opened last weekend and didn't really see any..

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 2:45 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 184

No standing room only tickets for any game ever? That's dumb.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 2:49 PM by Elston Gunn Highlight this comment 185

I know Elston... If everyone was to sit in their seats, they could probably sell a thousand or so, at $15 a pop. I'd gladly pay that, there are some prime standing spots, especially in the outfield.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 2:53 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 186

They said that SRO might be available later in the year. They want to make sure they can handle the 39,504.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 3:00 PM by Joe117 Highlight this comment 187

Jimmer: I walked down 1st Ave from 4th Street to the Plaza entrance. They were "claiming their territory" along 1st Ave. Business appeared to be brisk even though you could still buy from the box office/automated ticket machines. I also walked through the Skyway on Friday and they were stalking out turf there as well. There should be no shortage of options next Monday (scalper-wise, not sure how many tickets will be available as I distinctly remember hearing Dave St. Peter say that he believed the Twins could have sold 500K-600K tickets for Opening Day if they had the capacity). I'd just be very careful as there is a lot of $$ being exchanged for these high demand events (and that is precisely when the slimebags come out looking to scam people, See: 10-5-09)...

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 3:02 PM by Max Highlight this comment 188

What happened on 10-5-09? Was that 163? I had to work that day but was at 162 and the lone playoff game

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 3:09 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 189

Anyone think there will be reasonably priced tickets available on the street for Friday night's Wolves game or will they all be overpriced since its the Lakers in town?

My girlfriend loves the Lakers and I want to surprise her with tickets since the game is "sold out" but don't want to pay your typical NBA fortune for tickets...Was hoping we could shoot down there around 7pm and see what is available on the street.

I don't know much about NBA tickets/demand so was wondering if anyone on this board would know.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 3:26 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 190

October 5, 2009 was the Packers-Vikings tilt at the Dome. I'm unaware of any shenanigans that took place. Please elaborate.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 3:26 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 191

Vikings vs Packers at Dome...I remember reading that there were numerous counterfeit tickets being sold on the streets. Lots of angry/disappointed people at the gates (all while it was cold and rainy). Just be careful, I've bought probably 100s of tickets from scalpers over the years without incident. However, the sophisticated groups of counterfeiters tend to come out (and travel from all over the country) when the $$$ is the highest. I mean nobody has a thing to worry about for a Royals/Indians/Tigers/Orioles game...

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 3:28 PM by Max Highlight this comment 192

Fake Scalpers were thick in town the weekend before the Pack/Vikes game. I know of a few people that were scammed by fake tickets and ended up paying waayyyy too much money end up seeing the game.

I also had a guy from Atlanta try to sell me tickets to 163, for $5 each. For some reason I thought it better not to take him up on his generous offer.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 3:29 PM by Chad Highlight this comment 193

Or maybe it he was here for the 1st playoff game, I can't remember.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 3:30 PM by Chad Highlight this comment 194

Tiebreaker was 10/6. Last game was 10/4. 10/5 = ???.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 3:30 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 195

something tells me that max might just be "affiliated" with the ticket scalping "industry" in some way.......as it seems to be just about all he ever wants to talk about on here! :-)

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 3:31 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 196

162 was on Oct. 4th. I got great seats for that game like a week before on the Twins website, long after it was "sold out"

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 3:36 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 197

Beta: You are outspoken on virtually everything on Rick's great site and gotten into a few brouhaha's with people because of it. You've managed to piss people off with a condescending "know it all" attitude consistently.

In fact, your "inclination" is incorrect. Frankly, I don't know how someone can make a living doing that as there are far more bad Royals/Tigers/Indians games than the ones people want (Yankees/Brewers/Red Sox). I just thought I'd help Jimmer out (and the rest of BallparkMagic as people tend to do around Rick's fantastic community). If people search on the Strib's site I think you'll find the article I was referring to. I also had some friends who bought bad tickets and ended up spending the game tailgating in the lots instead of cheering on Brett inside the dome.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 3:46 PM by Max Highlight this comment 198

Hey this seems familliar....

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 3:52 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 199

You know, there was a time when I was the most loathed person on this site (shaking head disappointingly)... As Bob said, "the times, they are a'changin."

Win Twins.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 3:57 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 200

Since I haven't been down to the ballpark yet, have they done anything with that little triangle piece of real estate just outside of Target Center? I remember reading on the Ballpark Authority website that they were going to create something "unique," if thats the right word, for Target Field in that area.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 4:05 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 201

TTH summed it up right there...he has passed the torch on....

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 4:15 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 202

aww don't be sad TTH! I still think you're kind of a prick! xoxox

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 4:17 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 203

Weather is really going to drive OD prices up or down. If it's looking iffy, brokers will be unloading early as they will not want to try and get rid of their tickets right at game time.

K

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 4:18 PM by Kramer Highlight this comment 204

Yeah well if I have to carry the torch TTH I will. I was kind of an ass yesterday. Not sure what got into me but I apologize for dragging it out on the board. Ben didn't deserve what I said and you all didn't need ot read it.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 4:38 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 205

Jimmer-

I walked up to the Twins ticket office over lunch today. At first the guy said nothing was available for Opening Day. No suprise but I went around the corner to the kiosk and thought I'd double check. The kiosk showed single seats available in Sec. 327. I went back to the window and ask another guy why I was just told there were no tickets available and the kiosk was showing singles. He checked with his manager behind him and then said there were some tickets availble in the Family section-310. No alcohol but I got 2 tickets in Row 1 for $27.00 each.

The ticket office has some OD tickets available and seems to be selectively releasing them. Walk up to the main box office by Gate 29 asap!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 4:41 PM by Twins1 Highlight this comment 206

Who read it? lol I skip over all the b.s.

does anyone else here play Beat The Streak or Survivor on the MLB site?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 4:49 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 207

Twins1, not an option for me, I live 3 hours away...

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 4:53 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 208

No BS Jax. I'm not about wasting people's time. Anyone looking for Opening Day tickets should walk up to the ticket office (they won't be available online or by phone) before they overpay for them through TicketKing/Stub Hub or scalpers.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 4:58 PM by Twins1 Highlight this comment 209

TTH,

Want the torch back? Slander the following in ONE, SINGLE post, and the grump in AZ will be forced to forfeit the title of "most loathed":

Women
the handicapped
the obese
atheists
christians
The VFW
beer snobs
musicians (particularly those named Sue)
Joe Mauer
Feel free to add anyone else as long as it's offensive

GOOD LUCK!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 4:58 PM by N.D. (aka N.D. "Rube") Highlight this comment 210

I can confirm that in fact there were opening day seats available today...I know a friend who got 3 tickets in section 311, row 3.

He checked online and found single seats, than called the Twins, and sure enough, they were available.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 5:01 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 211

Ticket kiosk question:
Can I provide some info - account number, credit card number, or whatever - and have it print a duplicate of an existing hard ticket, ie: a ticket I forgot at home, or one that I want to allow my perpetually late buddy to print while I enjoy the first couple of innings?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 5:01 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 212

Let me clarify:

my reply of "Who read it? lol I skip over all the b.s. "

was to Moda's post.

sorry for the confusion.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 5:04 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 213

No problem Jax. I just wanted to clarify on my end too.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 5:06 PM by Twins1 Highlight this comment 214

Let's see ---

There was this fat lady with a club foot who was trying to park in the Chaplain's spot at the VFW ----------

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 5:14 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 215

Does anyone have any tickets to Sunday, April 18th's game versus the Royals? I have two tickets in Section 324 for Saturday's game, but I cannot go because of another obligation.

Feel free to respond on here, or send me an email. Thanks!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 6:05 PM by StatFreak101 (Erik) Highlight this comment 216

max, my boy, you are hilarious. one of a kind......a real gem. please keep em' coming! btw - take stuff way too personal sometimes?!

so, being consistently "outspoken" according to max seems to = having an actual personal opinion on stuff vs. always just going along with the flow like some here insist upon.

and having lived here my whole life i know that speaking one's personal opinion = a deadly sin to many of my passive-agressive minnesota brothers/sisters.

you really can't win either way, so i figure why even try?! oh well.

and don't worry TTH.......i still loathe you. we can share the crown!

p.s. having an actual personal opinion on topics vs. those who just try to "stir the pot" (you know who you are) are two completely different things.

p.p.s. sorry rick!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 6:06 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 217

God Damn it... For the Second time today it showed tickets available on the site but wouldn't let me order...

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 6:07 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 218

Hey all, I have a quick question.

My brother and I have tickets to opening day. They are in the upper deck (326) and it says "Gate 6" on the ticket. Does this mean I can only enter through Gate 6? Also, will I be able to freely wander around the entire stadium? I remember a couple times at the dome when my and my friends bought cheap seats tickets and were not allowed to enter through some gates or go downstairs.

Thanks,
Ian

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 6:16 PM by college kid Highlight this comment 219

Ian:

I am pretty sure you can enter through any gate, and can wander the stadium at will - as long the areas are accessible to the public.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 6:18 PM by StatFreak101 (Erik) Highlight this comment 220

Yeah Erik's got it. You won't be able to really access anything of value in the club level, or the Club/Box seats, but you can wander the upper lower concourses at will unlike the dome.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 6:25 PM by Camden Highlight this comment 221

I just got 2 OD Tickets online!!!! Section 102 Row 18 $37.00 per ticket!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 6:54 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 222

congrats Vikeologist - that's my section, you'll like it there (except the concourse is cloggy - I suggest going up the escalator to get food.)

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 7:00 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 223

they are slowly releasing more tickets...just go to the twins website and keep hitting refresh and keep trying different amount of tickets...that is what i did...it worked! KEEP TRYING! im so excited!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 7:04 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 224

Jax,

in row 18 is the entire scoreboard visable?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 7:05 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 225

Vikeologist, you will be able to see the entire scoreboard. 102 is past the legends club, so the scoreboard is 100% visible to everyone in that section, I believe.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 7:11 PM by rback Highlight this comment 226

Nice seats by the way!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 7:12 PM by rback Highlight this comment 227

Hey Jax you need to control the people coming and going in and out of the end of your row. Its not a walkway.

Just kidding Jen is way to nice to stop people but her mom will be able to control it.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 7:14 PM by Jincr Highlight this comment 228

I just got 2 tickets to Sunday's game versus the Royals out in the HR Porch. At first they only showed a few sections available, but I refreshed it and it showed almost all the sections available with tickets.

This is kind of weird.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 7:23 PM by StatFreak101 (Erik) Highlight this comment 229

Lucky... I've seen a few but it won't let me add any once captcha is done... I only need 1 dammit

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 7:23 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 230

I just got 2 more. Section 103 Row 6

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 7:30 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 231

PatMeares,
You should check out www.vintagemnhockey.com I haven't done a ton of work with them, but they've left my very discerning eye satisfied every time. Obviously, they specialize in hockey jerseys, but they've got the real deal Twins fonts and such. Their prices are quite reasonable, too.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 5:17 PM by DavidT Highlight this comment 232

Vike, go here to InGameMagic (my link) for the view from 102! I posted pics from Saturday. What seat are you in? If you are in the lower numbered seat, row 18 is only 9 rows from the RF wall. (i'm in row 9, seat 3, which is essentially row 1!) if that makes sense. lol

Jincr, Someone spilled Jen's mom's pop coming through there - she was less than happy! LOL It's going to be an interesting season :)

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 7:32 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 233

i wondering if now they've been releasing tickets from STH who just couldn't finish paying and lost the package. If I recall correctly, 103 was filling in pretty good by the time our selection came up in June. Strange!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 7:38 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 234

She already has the caution tape ready. lol

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 7:39 PM by Jincr Highlight this comment 235

Just got 2 in 104 row 7! WOO HOO

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 7:39 PM by Dodgeboy Highlight this comment 236

122, row 3.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 7:39 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 237

Obviously some sort of event. You could almost always get good seats if you were willing to put in lots of time waiting for released tickets.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 7:46 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 238

Jax, it is seats 5 & 6

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 7:46 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 239

you'll be 9 rows behind me lookin at Cuddy. :)

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 7:47 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 240

Just got 2 tix on Twins website for OD Section 105. Incredible! Good luck everyone!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 7:50 PM by Paul Highlight this comment 241

I just got 2 more section 106 Row 8 Seats 7 & 8.

Ok im done buying now LOL....im so glad others are getting tickets as well!!! GOOD LUCK!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 7:56 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 242

Thank you to the tipster who mentioned that they released some tickets. Just when I was getting discouraged about getting into this game! I snagged one ticket, section 222, row 1! That should be a great (although a little bit expensive) seat! I'm so excited!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 7:59 PM by FPM2K Highlight this comment 243

Just got 2 tix!! Sec 118 Row 22

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 8:08 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 244

As you saw from my Mr's post (Dodgeboy), I get to go to OD!!! And hopefully if any foul balls come my way I'll be able to see them coming at me so I won't end up getting hit in the head again.

Watching a special on Bert on FSN. He's funny.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 8:11 PM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 245

just bought 2 more in 112 - I dunno why, I'm a FSTH lol

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 8:12 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 246

I just scored two tickets in section 115, row 20 for the Home Opener! Behind home in the home-plate box.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 8:14 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 247

Got some tickets myself. Thanks to the tipster!

Also, I found a special baseball edition of Minnesota Business magazine at my office today. Its 40 pages of Twins (and St. Paul Saints) related business talk. There are articles from lots of Twins execs (Pohlads included), Roy Smalley, Mike Veek, the President of MN based baseball bat makers MaxBat and Bill Murray. I am not much for the business aspect of things but I read it from front to back and recommend you all check it out. Most of the stuff is stuff we already know but presented from a slightly different aspect. Although, there are some rather interesting quotes and graphs.

You can find some (if not all) of the stories here.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 8:19 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 248

This is great!! I never imagined that I would be going to OD...If I hadn't been on this site, I never would've thought to even check. Thanks everyone!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 8:20 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 249

Oh and for those of you who know how to email a set of hard tickets to yourself, can you please let me know how (click my name to email me). I would like to do this and leave my hard tickets at home for some of my games. Thanks.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 8:24 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 250

sorry for the double post if this was already mentioned, but just an FYI that tonight's twins game is also being shown on MLB Network if you are in an area where you can't access Fox Sports North, but do get MLB Network.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 8:32 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 251

Happy Birthday Bert!!!!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 8:34 PM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 252

What the Fuck? I've been refreshing for like an hour and it keeps saying nothings available... Guess I won't be going

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 8:36 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 253

I got Sec 118, Row 22...how many rows are there in the Home Plate Box? Will I be in the shade or under the sky? Can anyone help me out?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 8:40 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 254

According to Rick's Obstruction Estimate Section 118 has 28 rows with the overhang beginning at row 19... There are some excellent seats released for other games this season too. Yankees, Brewers, Braves, White Sox, and Rays (at least the Friday Night Fireworks game).. Nice find on the releasing of tickets today!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 8:58 PM by NotMendoza Highlight this comment 255

Thanks-

I'd prefer to be under the sky, but I don't really care...I'm just happy to be going. Just told my wife to take the day off of work!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 9:01 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 256

I JUST GOT OD TICKETS TOO! I LOVE THIS SITE!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 9:05 PM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 257

Touch 'em all, Mauer!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 9:12 PM by rback Highlight this comment 258

In order to transfer tickets to yourself, do you need a different email address or can you send them to the same email address on the account?

Do you use the "transfer" feature to email them to yourself? So it must cost $2 for each ticket you transfer?

I would like to print off my home opener tickets so I do not have to take the hard tickets to the game.

Any help/directions on this would be appreciated!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 9:13 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 259

There ya go~ Happy Birthday Joe!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 9:13 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 260

Do the twins still show panoramic views on their site and if so, where?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 9:25 PM by Paul Highlight this comment 261

Ahhh, this is killing me. I can't get past the part where I enter the text for the captcha.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 9:26 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 262

Paul - I don't think they do anymore....At least I can't find it.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 9:27 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 263

this is like Christmas. I told all my friends and they all got like 6 tickets each. Hope the market isn't flooded now, because I'll be re-selling my original, crappier tickets.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 9:29 PM by Elston Gunn Highlight this comment 264

What's the deal? I cannot get tickets for the life of me.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 9:30 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 265

OK - So what the H&LL is the deal with FSN and Dish for HD on these games? I called Dish during Saturday's exhibition game and asked why I wasn't getting it on their HD channel, and they said it was because it was an exhibition game, and "Don't worry, as soon as the regular season starts, they will be HD." Still not on tonight, called again, now they said it's an FSN issue and they're "blacking out" the HD feed. WTF!!!?? Anyone know what's going on here?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 9:30 PM by B Highlight this comment 266

wtf is with you men and your performance anxiety.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 9:32 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 267

I dunno Josh. It took one of my friends an hour and a half of clicking and catchpaing, but I got thru right away. Just keep trying. Maybe try IE and firefox windows?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 9:38 PM by Elston Gunn Highlight this comment 268

Yeah, I got through on the very first try, myself. I just asked for two tickets and clicked for "Best Available" and made the purchase. Easy as 1-2-3.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 9:39 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 269

I just complained to Dish Network for the second time myself. I pay $10 extra for HD and once again they are broadcasting only in SD when FSN is giving them every game in HD. If you are a Dish Network customer, click on my name and rip them a new one like I did. It's all we can do!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 9:49 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 270

Got threw over the phone and got a pair of Tickets!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 9:49 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 271

B and Badjuggler
i called dish last nite and this is what they said, it all depends on the zipcode you live in, thats what they told me, they said depends where you live at depends where you can get fsn in HD, i agree its bull shit,

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 9:54 PM by rolo Highlight this comment 272

Can you have someone else pick up tickets from a will call window.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 9:55 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 273

Morneau's homer on DirecTv looks purty in HD.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 9:56 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 274

If I am paying the same price I deserve the same service. I told them if I get another game in SD I am calling to ask them to release me from my contract. Baseball is unwatchable in SD.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 9:57 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 275

I'll have to agree with Jax.... Looked awesome.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 9:57 PM by rback Highlight this comment 276

FINALLY! I got in after about 25 minutes. 215, row 3!!! I didn't even care where I sat, tickets finally came up after forever and I clicked continue as fast as I could. 215 right behind home is awesome though. Wow.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 9:57 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 277

(in HD)

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 9:58 PM by rback Highlight this comment 278

Badjuggler - thanks for the link - I just called and wrote an email to DISH. What is the deal? I'm not an expert on HD or migapixels, but if I pay for HD, and FSN offers every game in HD, then why can't DISH figure this out? The game last night was in HD. If DISH can get channel 29 in HD, why can't they pick up FSN?!?

All you getting tix to OD, I'm jealous. Wish I could go!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:00 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 279

Sounds like everyone is getting a different BS story from Dish on this, I should have never switched from DirecTV. This isn't over though!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:01 PM by B Highlight this comment 280

That was a LAME call. Just horrible.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:02 PM by rback Highlight this comment 281

agreed. umps are already asleep and it's day 2.

p.s. I wonder if Phil Cuzzi will ever ump at Target Field.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:07 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 282

Can someone explain wheelchair rows for me? If I buy a ticket in row WC do I have to have a wheelchair or is it normal seating?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:08 PM by Schda Highlight this comment 283

it has no chairs. it's for wheelchairs, and people in them. not people who aren't, unless you accompany someone who is.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:10 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 284

sorry, correction: it has folding chairs for people WITH wheelchair attendees. No fixed seats.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:11 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 285

The rainout policy is up.I know people have been looking for it. Not sure if anyone has posted it already. They also have a pdf of policies/procedures.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:12 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 286

Okay that makes sense then, but then why are scalpers selling WC tickets? Oh well it would have been a good deal.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:13 PM by Schda Highlight this comment 287

HARDY!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:14 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 288

scalpers would sell your mother. do the right thing.

:)

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:14 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 289

Yeah I won't buy them. Thanks for the info though. I'll just keep watching the usual spots for reasonable tickets :)

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:15 PM by Schda Highlight this comment 290

Any of you lucky ones looking to sell your extras for opening day? I'm the one who's ebay seller emailed tickets and refuses to give me hard copy tickets. He keeps offering to refund my money. I would love to tell him to refund. I have some extra tickets for NYY and MKE too.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:15 PM by Go Go Twins (aka goldytk) Highlight this comment 291

FSN is doing a live blog tonight - flood them with DISH complaints. I am.

Joe Saunders should have been the pitcher on the old home run derby show! Mauer, Morneau, Hardy, who's next? I'll make a call - Kubel!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:17 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 292

Yes! Finally got in, section 316

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:19 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 293

Here you go fellow DISH folks:

Patrick Donnelly: Ole ... beleive me, it was a topic of much discussion around the office today. We'll have an official statement to release about it probably tomorrow, but suffice it to say, we're aware of the HD problems with DISH and you are not getting the full story from their customer service reps if they're telling you it's an issue on our end.

Tuesday April 6, 2010 10:17 Patrick Donnelly
10:17
Patrick Donnelly: Stay tuned to foxsportsnorth.com -- I think I'll be posting something about it tomorrow.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:20 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 294

Wow, Jimmer, you've been trying for way longer than I have. Glad you got in.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:21 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 295

I'm assuming those rainout policies are for games that aren't made up?
And, you have to return the tickets to get a refund, yes?

What happens when you return to a make-up game with the ticket from the postponed game that has already been scanned?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:23 PM by luke Highlight this comment 296

Jimmer, how did you do it? I'm trying to get a ticket for my brother and I.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:24 PM by Schda Highlight this comment 297

And 2 more in row WC of 117... Keep refreshing the page. When it appears tix are available you've gotta be FAST getting through the CAPTCHA

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:29 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 298

put on your Angel's Snuggie!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:31 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 299

Doing the wave at Angel Stadium...

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:33 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 300

It the BIG RED WAVE...

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:33 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 301

ew

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:35 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 302

Snuggie world record - now I've seen everything! LAME!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:35 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 303

Oh, God no! The fifth inning sermon!

Spare me! (I'm a professional church musician, my wife's a pastor.)

Faith minute. Ack!

Peter struck out? Bad theology. Condescending crap.

(Deep breath.)

I'm calm now.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:37 PM by Rick 304

God how I hate KSTP 1500.

For a sense of calm, I am now going to imagine Franklin Hobbs' voice for a moment.

"Tick tick tick. Time. Time."

Ahh. I can now once again hear the sound of one hand clapping.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:40 PM by Rick 305

I don't know if this posted before but Jimmer I owe you a beer, I can take my brother to opening day now along with a few other family members in AWESOME seats!

Guess that's Karma for not buying the WC seats.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:41 PM by Schda Highlight this comment 306

I don't know if this posted before but Jimmer I owe you a beer, I can take my brother to opening day now along with a few other family members in AWESOME seats!

Guess that's Karma for not buying the WC seats.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:41 PM by Schda Highlight this comment 307

Torii hits home runs like a Latin American.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:42 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 308

Hooter's goes Chapter 11.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:42 PM by David_Mpls Highlight this comment 309

Alright, I'll stop now. I got a total of 5. Me and my poor friends can now go.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:42 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 310

Does anyone know if you can have someone else pick up tickets at a will call window?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:45 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 311

TTH I lol'ed very loud just now...

Schda, You owe me a beer too then since it was my infinite wisdom that convinced you not to buy WC. I don't drink though so I take a Cuban sandwich.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:46 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 312

Not to be a Richard, but... WC = SRO?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:47 PM by Not DanB (aka DanB) Highlight this comment 313

Josh, when I just ordered there was a place to enter an alternate pickup person's name. I shoulda. I was in a hurry tho.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:47 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 314

scroll up Richard.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:48 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 315

Rick, son of a pastor and a church musician, so I know where you're coming from. ;-)

I also hate KSTP Twins broadcasts. I simply cannot understand why the Hubbards hate HD Radio so much!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:48 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 316

Jax,

I should have too, I am wondering if you can update it later over the phone. I bought WC tickets and there will be two folding chairs there, only spot the rep could find at the moment with 2 tickets, so I jumped on them.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:49 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 317

I can read, dudette. I'm just asking...do they not let you in if you are not (or with someone) in a wheelchair?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:50 PM by Not DanB (aka DanB) Highlight this comment 318

Josh, those chairs are nice. You'll like them.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:50 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 319

And a cuban for Jax then too! I'm just so happy that for the price I was going to pay for just my ticket if I bought my younger brother and I tickets, I can now easily take my Dad and my little brother. Life is good, and I'm going to bed happy.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:51 PM by Schda Highlight this comment 320

You don't need to be with someone in a wheel chair to be in the WC row. They sell them outright. There are far more of those seats than they will ever sell to any one game.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:51 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 321

TTH - Well done, LOL! Still can't believe Torii said those things.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:52 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 322

I got 2 in 117 WC 2 in 223 WC and 1 in 316 6. I'll be sitting in 117 and reselling the rest to my friends at FACE VALUE because I'm not a dickhead lol... They can fight over who gets the best seats though.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:52 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 323

jpberka, are you being sarcastic? We bought the tickets in section 220, even though we are not sure we can go, that's why I am wondering about Will Call.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:54 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 324

I did the print at home thing cause I used my mom's debit card... I'm a broke ass college student LOL. I was prepared to spend basically my whole weeks pay on Friday to buy 1 ticket on Stubhub and gas/parking down, but apparently karma is smiling on me for some reason, cause now we're all going and I'll get to buy one of those sweet ass ThermaBase jackets for the difference between StubHub and what I paid

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:55 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 325

I'm not being the least bit sarcastic. I am being 100% serious. Good seats.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:56 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 326

Just checking, I was not disappointed. I remembered seeing those spots at the Open House and thought, wow those would be pretty cool seats if they sold them. Easy access to concessions and not fighting within the rows.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 10:59 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 327

Yeah, the WC chairs look as they'd be almost as comfortable as Champion's Club seats.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:02 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 328

point taken that they probably can't sell ALL the WC spots, and the rep must know they're plentiful I guess.

I've just been the 'disabled' one - and now I'm the type to get irritated with people who park in the Handicap spots at Target just because there's alot of them. jmhofwiw

I am not irritated at those who took advantage in this situation. I'll still take the Cuban Sandwich. Don't drop it on your way down to my seats. :)

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:03 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 329

Jax, I've been the disabled one too. I showed up at the dome with a wheel chair during the 2007 season and it was a horrible experience compared with what TF has to offer. I don't think there is any danger that this will be a problem. I promise that people will be asked and expected to give up a seat if someone needs one, and that they will be given something comparable in exchange.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:05 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 330

hope so or I'll be kicking ass.

Is it just me or does an "Anaheim Snuggie Wave" sound something like a "Cincinatti Bowtie"?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:08 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 331

I am so stoked right now... I don't know how I'm gonna get any sleep tonight, 8 am class is really gonna suck.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:08 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 332

Frankly, considering how vast the wheel chair row is as it wraps around the ballpark, I don't think it was ever assumed it would be "reserved" for the disabled. I think it was always assumed that it would be available for them, and that if there was ever a need, it could quickly be made very comfortable for anyone who needed a space there. I don't quite see it like parking spots in a lot. I think that anyone who is in a long term need of a wheel chair spot will book the ticket in advance, so I think the only real issue will be for people who might be injured since buying a ticket and in need of swapping to one of these seats. In a situation like that, I imagine they'll just trade the original tickets with someone who got booked into the wheel chair row and everyone will be reasonably happy.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:14 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 333

I think Rick's next post should be on the topic "Why Rick's theology is correct and Leith Anderson's is not". Now that the stadium is up and running, we might as well start down the slippery slope of turning this into a place for left/right religion and politics yapping.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:16 PM by ew Highlight this comment 334

So, when/where is this BBQ? I'm going to tell my friends about it and we'll do our best to be there...

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:21 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 335

lets not.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:22 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 336

The reason it took me so long to get through on the page is because i was fucking around at work on my iPhone. I had tickets in the cart 3 times, including a single Dugout Box seat (DOH!) but it timed out twice. I had one for me, and within 10 mins of getting home on a real computer, I bought 4 more.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:23 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 337

So no one knows about will call transfers?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:24 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 338

There was a box you could check to have someone else pick up at Will Call... You may be screwed, but I'd call the Twins to check. Their call center should be open now, as it is during all Twins broadcasts since they give out the number like 100 times during the game.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:26 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 339

Thanks Jimmer, I am calling now...

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:28 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 340

I am in the process of signing up for TC Traders but if anyone is interested, I have two (2) lower level tickets for the home opener on sale.

Section 101, Row 30...I have been offered $450 for the pair but have not yet received payment so I will sell them to any takers for $350 and can email the tickets upon receipt of payment.

These are high-numbered seats which are not obstructed. Seats are also articulated nicely as most of you know. Excellent views of the playing field and main scoreboard.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:29 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 341

For those of you looking, I haven't seen any more tickets. It's been the red error message for over an hour here... While I won't have a real stub, I'll have the certificate, which I have 3 of from the Metrodome final game, and the unique Homer Hanky...

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:31 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 342

Mike, if this was yesterday, I'd be a taker. But I'll be in 117 now :)

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:36 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 343

The reason I am asking about the Will Call, is that there is a strong possibility that I will not be able to go (just wanted to get some tickets in case), however even if I cannot go, I will be able to meet down there to get the tickets from the will call window for who ever wants them. They are in section 220, wheel chair seating. Hopefully I could transfer them.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:45 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 344

Just found out that it is painless according to the rep. Just need to let them know an hour before the game and tell them who is picking them up. Good to know in the future.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:47 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 345

Wow, there are Legend's Club tix on SH for OD for $160. Were they selling those online tonight too?

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:47 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 346

Good deal Josh. Why can't you go? I had a vacation day reserved for Opening Day like a month ago even though I had tickets... I told myself I'd be there come Hell or high water...

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:49 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 347

annnnddddd...... Twins Win!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:49 PM by rback Highlight this comment 348

meant to say had no tickets... Of course I'd have had it off if I had tickets.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:50 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 349

161-1 on the way!

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:50 PM by 2bb Highlight this comment 350

Damn, you can almost hear the prices on StubHub dropping.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:51 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 351

Win #1 in the books. Rauch looked good! Time for bed.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:51 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 352

Long story short, we had tickets before and sold them to help finance season tickets. Came on here and saw that more tickets were available, jumped on them, and forgot to check with wife about it again. Oops! She made other plans. We still are exploring all options to make it happen, just not sure how it will play out. May be to much finagling to justify going. We'll see...

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:53 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 353

Buffalo, most of those are tonight.. The cheapest one, a Grandstand 238 WC single, was one I had in my cart that timed out on me. No biggie, cause every ticket I got is better than that section, although I won't be seeing the scoreboard from the WC row of 117, I'll be steps from Hrbek's

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:55 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 354

Shitty... After seeing all of you get tickets earlier, I had decided I wasn't going to go unless I got them through the Twins. Glad it worked out for me and my friends, cause I think I'd have been going alone at $200 a pop.

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 11:56 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 355

Jimmer, what did you pay for your seats?

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 12:00 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 356

ew,

Let's put it this way: Baseball is its own theology.

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 12:00 AM by Rick 357

Rick, since I see you are on, are you attending opening day?

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 12:01 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 358

$220 for 5. It was like 32 for HPV, 138 for 2 HPB, and 48 for 2 SkV

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 12:03 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 359

You made a haul, not bad then for thinking you would pay $200 for one ticket! Nice job!

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 12:05 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 360

Yeah, I know... And that was for like row 6+ of a Field View section, not the back row of Home Plate Box, which are the best seats I'll be in all season. My plan seats are great in my opinion though, we're 6th row in the first section of LF Bleachers from the foul pole. I'd just about guarantee catching a BP ball this year.

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 12:08 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 361

Any of you guys that got tickets to OD willing to sell one at a reasonable price?

One of the folks I split my ST package with gave up her seat so my 14 year old son and I could keep our Opening Day tradition alive for the 10th year in a row.

I would LOVE to be able to get her a ticket for the game!

You can email me (click on my name) or we can do it through TC Traders.

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 12:09 AM by 2bb Highlight this comment 362

Happy to say that I will be on the Skyline Deck on opening day (section S, row 4)!

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 12:09 AM by Rick 363

Nice Rick... I've got row 2 of V for July 4th. Those look like great seats.

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 12:13 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 364

Nice to hear Rick! I am sure you will be taking plenty of pictures, but make sure you just sit back and enjoy an inning or two :)

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 12:16 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 365

thank you to the tipster about refreshing the twins ticket page. I did that for over 1 1/2 hours and almost lost hope and then finally at about 1:30 am i got two tickets in sec. 113... over the last week i almost bought tickets on stub hub about ten times and im so happy to have not had to pay twice as much for upper deck tickets

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 01:47 AM by sw Highlight this comment 366

wtf?

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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."

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Integrating the administration building was really a great idea. Actually, there will be more things inside than just offices, but that will probably be some sweet space.






There are no caddies in baseball.



Photo by Jared Wieseler






Puckett atrium menu part 2 (Those prices match elsewhere in the ballpark.)



Here you can see the real beauty of the Seventh Street side, and get a solid sense of why the overall design really works. The building's purpose is clearly visible, there are numerous connections from inside to outside, scale is nicely mitigated, the stone is attractively used, materials are pleasantly mixed and truly complementary. It's just a winner in so many ways.



I noticed this detail while taking the previous picture. I figure that it must be the VIP entrance from the surface parking lot. I don't think there is any parking inside the ballpark, so this entrance will likely be for suite-dwellers and other VIPs, though I can't say for sure whether players will enter here.



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Dugout Dog






Trains now rumble regularly beneath the promenade.






Looking up toward Seventh Street.



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The same section seen from Target Center. Yep, looks like bridge supports.



Saints between innings



The splendid view from the roof of the Minikahda building. (Click to enlarge greatly.)















...but you can get a feel for what it will be like.






Yep, that's real grass down there, son.



1885 Sanborn Map Image (Source: Sanborn Map Collection, Minneapolis Public Library, Copyright © 2001 by The Sanborn Map Company, Sanborn Library, LLC)









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This looks south and shows the track configuration for Northstar. The platform shown is just a placeholder. To the best of my knowledge, concept drawings for this platform have not been released. Keep in mind, this is NOT part of the ballpark project. It is completely separate.



I had to hold the camera as far over my head as I could to get this shot, in which the infield is finally visible. It's a spot made for your average Timberwolves player.



This shows the area where the Northstar platform connects with the ballpark (that translucent oval). Above that is the area which will house the Twins operations offices.






Gate 29 Carew



That's part of the wind veil, waiting in the B ramp for installation






Moonyball






LRT station has appeared.












Viewed from up Sixth Street, the tip of the canopy looks like the claw of some gigantic crustacean!



Looking up toward Sixth Street.



This view looks through the opening in the fence where the crosswalk will be.



This guy at the Puckett atrium chef stand caught me taking the picture and said I should stop back later because he was "just getting started." I still don't know what he meant.


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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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(2008)
 

Selected Bibliography - Surveys
 


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Second Edition (1987)
 


Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000)
 


(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)
 

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(1992)
 


Book and six ballpark miniatures
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