April 28, 2011 6:33 PM
Rained out on Tuesday. Overmatched in the snow on Wednesday. Plowed under on Thursday afternon.
Now to the make-up game.
The roster is a mess. The starter for the hometown nine is, at best, an unknown commodity. The weather? Better. (What is that giant glowing orb in the sky?)
I debated whether to even come out tonight. There were lots of potential reasons to just skip it. But I couldn't even give my tickets away -- literally. As it is, barring a benevolent scalper, I'll have five seats all to myself. (I seem to have a knack for getting tickets to very low-demand games.)
But when I made the decision to go, I felt my countenance lift. My mood, which wasn't really bad, got noticeably better. That's what baseball will do to you, or at least me, I guess.
Let's hope our boys can keep their spirits high and avoid the sweep.
Stay tuned. I'll be live-blogging to the extent that the Twifi allows...
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"You talk about the magic, the aura, but what really makes a stadium is the fans. Concrete doesn't talk back to you. Chairs don't talk back to you. It's the people who are there, day in, day out, that makes the place magic."
– Bernie Williams
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OK, just how many servings per container?
The images on that wall appear to be of great Twins moments in history.
Main ticket window area
Do you need to know the score?
Wind veil framing
Chef stand and menu in the Carew atrium
Gate 29 Carew
A last look on the way out.
A whole bunch of guys working on something.
Photo by Tom Sweeney, Star Tribune
This view clearly shows the curve in the left field stands and the relationship of the first row with the playing field (no overhang to speak of in left).
The Metrodome has sure been tarted up.
This was actually taken from the top floor of the International Market Square.
v style="text-align: left; font-size: .6em;">The lot within the lot.
I'm too short to see over that wall. How about a little platform or something?
Scoreboard as viewed from Fifth Street.
OK, just how many servings per container?
The season was perfectly bookended by Mick Sterling on the plaza
Actual LRT tracks are now in the street, and buses now pass over them before entering the transit hub.
A slightly different angle, and you can see some of the structural elements.
The wall of brands at General Mills headquarters in Golden Valley (Source: RP)
Looking back toward the park from just beyond the north end of the Northstar platform.
Here's a closer look at the bullpen area. It's hard to tell for sure, but I think there is still an opening to the concourse right above.
This is the trapezoid (for lack of a better name) in right center. Be sure to notice section of seats just below the pavilion and above the fence (which I hadn't noticed before). For those who are interested, what looks like an old-style scoreboard is in fact a high-def video board which will look, at times, like an old-fashioned scoreboard.
8:32 PM The glare is gone. Elapsed time: 1 hour (approximately 3 innings).
This is why I get it, even if I don't like it.
Here's one big problem with a retractable roof: completely terrible seating in left. These scant few seats would have been tucked under the track. No sunshine, no open concourse, it was a terribly kludgy idea. With some hindsight, it's very clear that adding a retractable roof on this small site would have required compromises which would have just been too extensive to tolerate. Without it, the design was free to grow into something much more memorable.
At left, across the tracks by that pile of dirt is where the Northstar commuter train platform will be built, and where Twins fans will apparently NOT be able to get a train after night games. (For reference, that's the Fifth Street bridge, with the ballpark site just beyond it. The east corner of Ford Centre is just visible at the right edge of the picture.)
Despite what those signs say, every one of these places was selling either snacks or Yankee memorabilia out of its front door. Do you suppose anything like this will spring up anywhere near the new Twins ballpark?
Bench seating? (Click to see hi-res version.)
BPM - Ballpark Magic
BRT - Bus Rapid Transit
DSP - Dave St. Peter
FSE - Full Season Equivalent
FYS - Fake Yankee Stadium (see also: NYS)
HERC - Hennepin Energy Resource Company (aka the Garbage Burner)
HPB - Home Plate Box
HRP - Home Run Porch
LC - Legends Club
LRT - Light Rail Transit
MBA - Minnesota Ballpark Authority (will own Target Field)
MOA - Mall of America
MSFC - Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission (owns the Metrodome)
NYS - New Yankee Stadium
SRO - Standing Room Only
STH - Season Ticket Holder
TCFBS - TCF Bank Stadium
TF - Target Field
Selected Bibliography - Analysis
First Edition (1992)
Second Edition (2006)
Selected Bibliography - Surveys
Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000, large coffee table)
Original edition (2000, round)
Revised edition (2006, round)
(2001, medium coffee table)
(2002, small coffee table)
(2003, medium coffee table)
(2004, very large coffee table)
(2006, very large coffee table)
Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
Book and six ballpark miniatures