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October Sunday

October 5, 2010 1:05 AM

The first Sunday in October, what a great day. The shadows are just long enough to see that summer is packing its bags.

Night games are much preferred by the players at Target Field. You can see why.

But the air is still warm at its center, the breeze not yet as harsh as it will be. The sun still has something to offer to your back.

In the top of the 9th, the sun hit our backs and summer took one last long look.

The sky is still the purist blue...

...the grass still needs to be mowed...

...and, thankfully, someone still needs to line the field with chalk for the next game.

But now, with an amazing regular season gone, there's already lots to remember.

The statue of the Pohlads was unveiled before the game and instantly became another posing opportunity.

A folder full of scorecards, a box of mementos, and a clutch of photos tell quite a story -- even though the last act hasn't been written yet.

Kids are still running around in parks and backyards, but heavier coats, mittens, and hats (without brims) have started to appear.

TC gets ready to release the hounds. (Kids get to run the bases after Sunday games.)

The out-of-town scoreboard, such a focus of scrutiny in recent days, has already started to sink into the background again.

Did you know that the out-of-town scoreboard is covered by a black chain 1ink fence?

But these fences will see more action. The Overlook may grab more balls out of the air.

The Overlook, as seen by outfielders

And there's no denying the very real sense of opportunity in the air -- both inside and outside the ballpark -- for the coming days, and the coming years.

Hot dawgs! Getcher hot dawgs!


This opportunity is half a block up Third Avenue and thousands of people walk right by before and after games.

Though it is an October Sunday, and the glorious season of baseball cannot go on forever, we can take pride in the fact that the sun is not yet as low over Target Field game days as it will be. Like a sunset that just won't fade, prepare yourself for a last fiery burst of color.

There is magic in the air. Just how awesome is that?

And be sure to join the BallparkMagic 2010 Playoff Challenge. It's easy, and there are prizes!

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Waxing poetic - or is it nostalgic?

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 07:06 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 1

I imagine myself suffering in the January cold, dreaming of green grass and fly balls. I'll be looking through old posts on this fine site and these pictures will make me smile.

(And Rick, I think your count-down to the next game is incorrect.)

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 08:31 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 2

Great pics Rick, do the Adults get to run the paths or go on the field also? Will be at the game Thursday can't wait! Should be fantastic weather!

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 08:32 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 3

I think that is the coutdown to win the first round!

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 08:33 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 4

Is the pic of the 10th inning the new strip joint?

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 08:34 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 5

Yes Twinkfan, it is. Burgers, beer, wings and strippers? Sounds like a horrible combo, but these guys think it is a winner.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 08:58 AM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 6

Thanks Pat! LOL!

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 08:59 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 7

Rick, how far up are your seats behind home plate on the 3rd deck. I sat up there once and my view to home plate was obstructed when a guy a few rows down would lean forward in his seat near the rail above the opening.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 09:18 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 8

I didn't know that the 10th Inning was going to be a strip joint. Eww. (How does Hawk Harrelson say it? "He gone.")

Our seats were in 313, row 5. Perfect view. Never obstructed once during the game. That row is in the "sweet spot" of the View Level.

And, no, TwinkFan, adults do not get to touch the field or run the bases. After entering through the groundskeeper's door in left center, everyone walks around behind center and then right field, and down toward first base. When you get to first, the kids are ushered onto the basepaths, and the adults keep going on the warning track, meeting up with their kid again as they come off the field at home plate. Then everybody is ushered off the field just beyond the visitor's dugout.

It was quite a crush of people and for a couple of moments I thought I'd lost Noah when I couldn't get to the home plate exit fast enough because of the crowd.

He had a blast...


...and we got the picture of the day behind home plate (thanks to Buzz)...


By the way, Noah was very distressed that he had to wear a sweatshirt over his Twins shirt. A couple of times I caught him trying to get it off so he could show his colors.

That's my boy!

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 09:36 AM by Rick 9

Sounds like you and your son had a great time. I think I may have been up around row 10 and above when behind home plate. I like the sun on the day games in my Skyline view seats. Will be trying to move down to sec 323 row 2-7 and get seats 15 and 16 next year for my 20 pack seats. Gonna pass on row 1 fer sure. Plus when you are on the right side you do not get obstructed from people walking up to their seats.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 09:52 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 10

Rick,

That is Gopher football legend Bobby Bell standing next to the statue of the Pohlad's.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 09:54 AM by Wanda Phillips Highlight this comment 11

The picture of the sign stating "2 bar/restaurant spaces available" isn't of the 10th Inning space. It's where Visage, the Rosewood Room and Tropix were located. 418 N 3rd(old Whisper's space, on the other side of Soundbar) is where they plan on putting in that stupid strip club. 418 is even closer to the stadium than the space in the picture.

Thrilling, I know.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 09:55 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 12

For clarity, I removed a picture of the future 10th Inning entryway from the post.

It's not that I'm against the industry, but that's just too close to the ballpark (half a block) for my taste. I wasn't the only person with kids walking past there before and after the game. There were thousands.

And when I imagine new businesses enlivening those old warehouses, that's kind of the opposite -- a cheapening, a waste -- because it excludes so many people. (Before you bring up the Seville, the ballpark moved in next to it, not the other way around.)

Given what I know about how the city has handled permit requests in that area (generally saying no to everything, with a lame excuse about needing to monitor foot traffic before making decisions), I'm actually shocked that they allowed this. They have turned down memorabilia shops, baseball museums, snack shops, ticket brokers, and more.

At this rate, Target Field may never have its own "Nuts on Clark" equivalent.

But the city of Minneapolis seems to always find a way to disappoint (and Lisa Goodman's "outrage" over the Sanford sign rings all the more hollow).

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 10:26 AM by Rick 13

(In the context of this discussion, "Nuts on Clark" may sound a little weird, but it's a store located a few blocks from Wrigley Field, and you can purchase big bags of peanuts, cashews, walnuts, pistachios, or just about any other kind of nut or candy you may like, and bring it into the ballpark. Not to be missed.)

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 10:30 AM by Rick 14

I'm not sure if they actually have gotten a permit approved, but I guess the day the went in and presented their proposal there wasn't much uproar at all.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 10:31 AM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 15

Rick ---

Did you spot the bottom half of the flagpole? Somewhere in behind the groundskeeper's door would seem a likely place for it to reside.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 10:32 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 16

Rick you can get all the nuts you need at the Holiday gas station about a block north of the ballpark! Everygame is $1.00 dog day there! LOL!

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 10:35 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 17

Ben,

I have not spotted it for sure yet.

I saw something down there which could have been an end of it sticking out from under some supplies, but I couldn't confirm. There is also one small area of the service level that I haven't been through yet, and it may be there.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 10:37 AM by Rick 18

Why don't they continue with padding up near the overlook? Man a ball hits that plywood and it can bounce back to infield in no time! Just seems kinda strange to have a ball bounce that far back.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 10:38 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 19

My impression is that it's going to be less "Sports bar with boobs" and more "Sports themed titty bar". By the latter I mean that I can't imagine they'll have flat screens showing NFL and MLB games, at any time.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 10:39 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 20

Anybody know if you can still bring in outside food/water during the playoffs? There was an insert with my playoff tickets and it sounded like no beverages could be brought in. Don't have it in front of me so I can't recall the exact wording.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 10:44 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 21

Here's some 10th Inning background from City Pages back in July.

I'm checking on the status of the application right now.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 10:46 AM by Rick 22

No offense, TwinkFan, but there is a whole universe separating the Holiday station store and Nuts on Clark.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 10:51 AM by Rick 23

Yep understand Rick. LOL! Been to wriggly a few times but have not seen the nut clark store. But hey that was about 10 years ago my last visit there. I guess I may have to woof my Holdiday $1.00 dogs down at the gate? Hard to belive they would change the rules about food and drink for playoffs.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 11:15 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 24

Rick ---

All I could get out of them is that the pole is stored near the "north entry".

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 11:16 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 25

Actually, there is precedent for such a thing as a sports bar with boobs. There's a place in the suburbs of Des Moines called the Lumberyard (ahem, I'm told) that has giant TV screens that show all the games (college FB, NFL, baseball, what have you) while the ladies are on stage. There is also a street vendor outside the club that sells food for the hungry exiting patrons. I guess you call that as close "full service" as the law allows.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 12:07 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 26

Huh, the more you know. The last thing I want while watching a Vikings or Twins game is a topless girl soliciting me for a lapdance, but maybe that's just me.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 12:11 PM by Chad Highlight this comment 27

Chad thats what commercal breaks are for.

Rick, it seems your count down to the next Twins game may be off by 24 hours.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 12:16 PM by Duffman Highlight this comment 28

Also Rick you comments on Minneapolis always finding a way to disappoint, is right on the money.

I think we had this conversation back when they refused to allow parking at the farmers market.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 12:21 PM by Duffman Highlight this comment 29

Duffman,

Oi, can you imagine the amount of money a stripper could make during any given NFL game?

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 12:22 PM by Chad Highlight this comment 30

Speaking of the neighborhood, they certainly are taking their sweet time with Ahern's.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 12:24 PM by Chad Highlight this comment 31

You've got to think that something stalled with Ahern's. There hasn't been any progress in months. They also won't make any money if they open up in the offseason, so maybe they are just waiting until March.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 12:26 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 32

Baseball, beer, wings, and naked chicks? Count me in!

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 12:35 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 33

So Jon Heyman ranks all 8 postseason teams and ranks the Twins #8 of 8???

Typical east-coast Yankees bias...well of course, he was a Yankee beat writer for many years so that is easy to explain.

He also ranks the Yankees ahead of Tampa Bay, who just won the AL EAST???

No way is Cincinnati and Texas "better" than our Twins...but we will see...

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 12:38 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 34

Heyman is widely considered one of the worst in the game. Pompous guy who always tries to pass on other peoples news breaks as his own.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 1:12 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 35

Heyman sounds like someone who is summarizing all of the headlines he's seen about teams 4 through 8 (including the Twins), rather than someone who has actually looked at the teams and come to his own conclusions.

On the other hand, he sounds as if he's writing from much closer scrutiny on teams 1 through 4. His second paragraph gives him away because it's obvious that there are only a handful of teams that he cares enough about to pay attention to.

Frankly, even if it turns that way, his predictions are pretty meaningless because he's just betting on the house.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 1:14 PM by Rick 36

In case anyone is looking for a somewhat different place to check out Game #1, clicky the linky.

(Riverview Theatre in SE Minneapolis, big screen, HD broadcast! Fun!)

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 1:19 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 37

Here is how they NY Post breaks it down!

Yankees-Twins: Who has the edge
By JOEL SHERMAN

Last Updated: 9:44 AM, October 5, 2010

Posted: 7:55 AM, October 5, 2010

The Post breaks down the Yankees-Twins playoff series position by position:

CATCHER

The Yankees likely will use both Jorge Posada and Francisco Cervelli at backstop, the latter if A.J. Burnett is on the hill. Joe Mauer, though, trumps both. Probably combined. Edge: Twins

FIRST BASE

Once again, Twins play ALDS without Justin Morneau (concussion). Michael Cuddyer is solid, but even in a down year with a broken toe, Mark Teixeira is superb on both sides of the ball. Edge: Yankees

SECOND BASE

Robinson Cano could become the third player on these two teams to win an MVP (Mauer, Alex Rodriguez). Switch-hitting Orlando Hudson has been bad in the second half and on the road. Edge: Yankees

SHORTSTOP

A good September for J.J. Hardy but a miserable season overall in his first year with Minnesota. Derek Jeter¹s campaign hasn¹t been overly impressive either. But he doesn¹t lose this. Edge: Yankees

THIRD BASE

Despite diminished defensive range, Alex Rodriguez enters the playoffs on a homer surge and remains the Yankees most feared player. Rookie Danny Valencia has shined and has crushed lefties. Edge: Yankees

LEFT FIELD

Brett Gardner barely played last postseason (13 at-bats in 14 games). How will he perform? Former No. 1-overall pick Delmon Young (1-for-12 in last year¹s ALDS) has had strong season, leading the Twins in RBIs. Edge: Twins

CENTER FIELD

The series' best matchup. Tough season for leadoff man Denard Span, but he hit .400 (6-for-15) in last year¹s ALDS and .349 (9-for-26) against the Yankees. Curtis Granderson, after early struggles, has exploded. He is arguably the Yankees hottest hitter. Edge: Even

RIGHT FIELD

The Twins¹ best hitter against the Yankees this year? Jason Kubel, who went 7-for-15 with three homers (including grand slam off Mariano Rivera). But it¹s been a standout season for Nick Swisher, probably the best of his career. Edge: Yankees

DESIGNATED HITTER

The Twins' ALDS Game 1 DH last year was Brendan Harris. Jim Thome is a bit of an upgrade. Yankees figure to use a mix of Lance Berkman and powerful Marcus Thames (vs. LHP Francisco Liriano). Edge: Twins

STARTING PITCHING

Three-man rotation of CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes (zero playoff starts) and Andy Pettitte (three starts since his return from the DL) would mean Yankees avoid Burnett issues. Twins quartet of Liriano, Carl Pavano, Brian Duensing and Nick Blackburn features two lefties (Liriano, Duensing). Yankees have lost nine straight vs. southpaws. Edge: Yankees

RELIEF PITCHING

Two terrific bullpens. Mariano Rivera has been shaky lately but still is magnificent. Bridge loses Hughes from last year. Can Kerry Wood, David Robertson, Boone Logan and Joba Chamberlain deliver? Twins closer Matt Capps has replaced injured Joe Nathan, with setup work from righties Jesse Crain, Jon Rauch and Matt Guerrier and lefties Brian Fuentes and Jose Mijares. Edge: Yankees

BENCH

Yankees feature Lance/Marcus (whomever doesn¹t DH), plus Austin Kearns for righty slugging, Cervelli for catching depth and Greg Golson for speed/defense. Twins have little power here with infielders Alexi Casilla and Matt Tolbert, outfielder Jason Repko and catcher Drew Butera. Edge: Yankees

MANAGER

No AL skipper has captured as many division titles as Ron Gardenhire (six), who may capture first Manager of the Year. Joe Girardi, going for the repeat championship, has alternated between resting and pushing his players down the stretch. Edge: Twins

INTANGIBLES

For the first time with the Yankees as ALDS opponents, the well-rested Twins own home-field advantage. Yankees will have some looming distractions: futures of Girardi, Jeter and Rivera. Edge: Twins

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 2:19 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 38

From the Twins regarding the Legends Club drink rail tickets. Click on my name for more info regarding postseason Metropolitan Club access

LEGENDS CLUB
For our members of the Delta SKY360 Legends Club, we'd like you to be aware that Major League Baseball required that we ticket and sell certain drink rail locations within the Legends Club for the Postseason. As a result, these specific drink rail seats - located at Sections B & D on the 1st base side and K, M, N, P & R on the 3rd base side - will be reserved exclusively for fans holding tickets to those drink rail seats throughout each game played during the Postseason. Although we had no choice regarding the decision to ticket these drink rail locations, we are pleased to let you know that these additional Postseason seat locations were offered to and purchased by current Legends Club members who are among our longest-tenured Twins Season Ticket Holders.

We would like you to know, however, that there will be many other drink rail locations within the Legends Club that are not reserved for the Postseason, and that those locations will remain available for all Legends Club members and their ticketed guests to enjoy throughout the Postseason.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 2:29 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 39

Interesting notes from the Twins regarding postseason policy changes in the Metropolitan and Legends Clubs. To summarize, MLB "required" them to sell tickets to the outside Met Club seats and Legends Club drink rail. Click my name for details.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 2:29 PM by ajax Highlight this comment 40

Well played Stevie B...

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 2:30 PM by ajax Highlight this comment 41

Just barely scooped you ajax.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 2:35 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 42

Congrats to Liriano for winning Comeback player of the Year!

Hopefully this is just the beginning of good things to happen for the Twins in October.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 2:55 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 43

Will those Legends Club drink rail seats really be a big deal to the game day experience? I have tickets in section R for Thursday's game. The reason I ask is because I have never had Legend Club seats before.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 3:16 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 44

I'm not buying that MLB "required" the Twins to ticket "certain" LC drink rail locations and that "the Metropolitan Club's outdoor terrace seating has been sold per Major League Baseball guidelines".

Since when is a "guideline" a "requirement"? And when did these go into effect? They didn't apply at Coors Field in 2007 ...

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 3:35 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 45

FTK- That's what i was planning on doing, watch the game on the theater scream, bring some beer in should be a good time

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 3:47 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 46

Jeff - it depends. When I use my LC seats, I always go early and have a drink/meal at the drink rail before I go to my seat. Now, I don't have that option (though I guess in theory, I don't have to move until first pitch, though that would be rude) and I'm totally excluded from sitting there during the game (which is one of the benefits of owning LC seats in the first place). If it rains, I'd be *really* ticked off that I don't have the option of sitting at the DR.

Is it a "big deal"? Probably not in the grand scheme of things (though if you are mobility impaired, it can be difficult), but it's certainly not consistent with how the LC memberships were sold.

And now it seems the Twins have created "new rules":

"we are pleased to let you know that these additional Postseason seat locations were offered to and purchased by current Legends Club members who are among our longest-tenured Twins Season Ticket Holders."

I'd have to check the agreement, but I thought any extra available seats would be available to all LC members, not just a select few. If you are going to have extra seats (which I'm not in favor of), do it by lottery, or first-come, first-served, not priority.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 3:49 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 47

The city has responded to my request for more information on the 10th Inning strip club application:

"This license application is going before Full City Council on Friday, October 8th. Then, it would still need to be signed by the mayor before it is considered 'granted.'"

In other words, it ain't over yet. I may have to clear my schedule for that meeting...

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 3:57 PM by Rick 48

As for the LC drink rail seats, one big advantage for LC members is that the club provides shelter if it's cold. Right now, it looks like most people will probably want to be outside on Wednesday, but later in the playoffs, who knows?

If I were an LC member and those seats aren't available, I'd be upset.

Now, I do believe the team when they say that MLB had some sort of requirement about those seats. I have been surprised to find out just how much control the league takes when it comes to the playoffs. Many of the decisions made by the Twins during the regular season are taken out of their hands for the postseason.

Though I don't know exactly how it works (maybe somebody out there does), I believe that the league shares in the gate on these games. This would certainly explain why they might comb the place looking for areas to sell (and also why it might be different in different years and facilities).

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 4:02 PM by Rick 49

The Sherman analysis is certainly more useful and considered than the Heyman BS. When it comes down to it, these position-by-position pieces don't really get at what makes a team great (or not). Weighting the "intangible" category is hard to do.

But is it any surprise that the New York media thinks the Yankees will win? For that matter, would it be a surprise if media everywhere thought the same thing?

Thankfully, the games will determine the winner, not the predictions. And if we know anything about baseball, we know that it ain't very predictable.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 4:06 PM by Rick 50

jfh - you can still sit at the drink rail, just not in any spot on the LC drink rail

"We would like you to know, however, that there will be many other drink rail locations within the Legends Club that are not reserved for the Postseason, and that those locations will remain available for all Legends Club members and their ticketed guests to enjoy throughout the Postseason."

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 4:18 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 51

Another article from the NY Post on Pavano. American Idol????

Twins' Pavano in position to send Yankees to early exit
By KEVIN KERNAN

Last Updated: 3:56 AM, October 5, 2010

Posted: 3:50 AM, October 5, 2010

Carl Pavano was a pinstripe joke in New York. Now he is the one player who can derail the Yankees in the Division Series. If that happens, Pavano gets the last laugh. Imagine that.

Joe Mauer is the star of this team and the Twins will need a Kirby Puckett-like showing from him to move on, but a short series is still all about pitching and if Pavano gives the Twins a winning effort in his Game 2 start at Target Field, considering the state of the Yankees rotation, this could be the year the Twins finally beat the Yankees.

Perhaps Ron Gardenhire will pull a page from Joe Girardi’s 2009 postseason playbook and go to his own three-man rotation and that means the Yankees could see Pavano twice if the series goes five games.

Make no mistake; Pavano would like nothing better than to show the Yankees he is a big-time pitcher. He took their money ($39.95 million) and wound up injured most of the time, earning the nickname “American Idle.” The irony is that the Yankees were expecting A.J. Burnett to be a solid No. 2 starter, but Burnett has been a complete bust this season while Pavano has become arguably the Twins’ ace. At least Pavano had the injury excuse.

Burnett just can’t get it together mentally and misses Jose Molina much more than the Yankees thought he would. Pavano simply broke down as a Yankee with injuries to his elbow, ribs and even buttocks. He has bounced back from Tommy John surgery to become a pitching force again.

Pavano, 34, has taken a low profile as far as the Yankees are concerned. Of course, beating them would be special, but friends note that Pavano, who is a free agent again after the season, just wants the Twins to move on in the playoffs.

They haven’t won a playoff game since 2004. The last four times they’ve been in the postseason, they have been eliminated by the Yankees. The Yankees have won nine straight postseason games from the Twins and over that span are 12-2 against them.

The Yankees don’t know this Carl Pavano, only the one that was always injured and won only nine games in pinstripes over four seasons. They don’t fear him at all. Noted one scout, “The Yankees will crush Pavano when they face him.” They might, but this is a much different Carl Pavano. He finished the season 17-11 with a 3.75 ERA. He has the most wins of any Twins pitcher since Johan Santana compiled a 19-6 record in 2006. The only Yankee with more wins than Pavano this season was CC Sabathia.

Pavano worked hard this past winter to build up his strength so he would not fade down the stretch like he did last season when he compiled a 14-12 record with a bulging 5.10 ERA. The Yankees faced him last year in the clinching Game 3 of the ALDS and beat the Twins, 4-1, but Pavano pitched well before running out of gas in the seventh inning.

Pavano was winning that game 1-0 when Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada hit solo home runs to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Pavano was removed after seven. Andy Pettitte got the victory as the Yankees bullpen held the Twins in check. Pavano said this season is all about being there for his teammates. “I can’t tell you how good it feels to be counted on again,” Pavano recently told USA Today.

It’s one thing to be counted on during the regular season, it’s quite another to be there for your teammates in October. The Twins haven’t won a World Series since 1991. The Yankees have owned them in October. The Yankees have been the Twins October nightmare. Pavano was a nightmare when he was with the Yankees.

In a much different way, he can become the Yankees nightmare again in this series.

kevin.kernan@nypost.com

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 4:22 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 52

New Hope Cinema Grill will also be showing the games on their big screen. Details are not currently on their website but the voice mail message says they will have the games.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 4:25 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 53

"As a result, these specific drink rail seats - located at Sections B & D on the 1st base side and K, M, N, P & R on the 3rd base side - will be reserved exclusively for fans holding tickets to those drink rail seats throughout each game played during the Postseason."

That leaves A, C, L, and Q for everybody else. Hmm.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 4:32 PM by Rick 54

Good thing the weather will be fantastic for both these games or it might get a little crowded in there!

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 4:37 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 55

Rick,

Too bad it was Sections A, C, L, S :)

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 4:39 PM by tk Highlight this comment 56

That should read, too bad it wasn't ALCS :)

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 4:46 PM by TK Highlight this comment 57

Does anyone know when the gates are going to open tomorrow? They usually open 90 minutes before the 1st pitch on weekdays, I think, but it being the playoffs... My kid wants to get there early, but I'm not real excited about waiting outside the gates for an extra half hour or more!

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 4:48 PM by BR Highlight this comment 58

Hey Rick, that pic of the "restaurant/bar space" up there, giving you any ideas?
You can start a bar of your own..."Ballpark Magic Bar and Grille"

If Smalley can do it, and Hrbek can do it...lol.

And, what are we going to talk about in the offseason, after we win the Series (yeah, I joined the bandwagon now), construction will be over, and all that's left is an empty ballpark with snow on the seats instead of people :( .

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 5:17 PM by luke Highlight this comment 59

According to a gal at the ticket office yesterday, gates will open at 5:30.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 5:39 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 60

I will be in section 218 W/C tomorrow night.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 6:07 PM by michael Highlight this comment 61

Someone just posted ALDS Game #1 (111, Row 11) $100/ticket on SH, and I was surprised it was up for 10 minutes...

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 6:25 PM by TK Highlight this comment 62

Luke,

Ideas, yes, of course. But without any money or restaurant experience, ideas won't go very far.

Now if some entrepreneur wanted to talk about licensing, I'd certainly listen...

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 6:53 PM by Rick 63

Not to change directions, but this is pretty big news if it is pulled off. Moss to Vikings? Click. Click.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 7:20 PM by FD Highlight this comment 64

Most of the Legends Club drink rail is obstructed view seating on the first base side and about half on the third base side. Anything behind the accessible seating areas or the camera wells is bad. It appears the Twins are not selling those areas. Even the good areas which they are selling can be bad, if the people in the stands get on their feet. When that happens, standing on your feet does not help. You either have to run to one of the doors at the isles, or hop up and kneel on your bar stool. They can be great seats if the people in front of you keep sitting. We all know that with the playoffs - that isn't going to happen. There are going to be some disappointed people that bought those seats.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 8:06 PM by clublevelfan Highlight this comment 65

head to the "aisle" to watch

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 8:08 PM by clublevelfan Highlight this comment 66

Man, 2 days without baseball!! How do football fans deal? I am a fan, but if I was as big of a football fan, these 6 days between games would drive me nuts!

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 8:35 PM by TK Highlight this comment 67

Vikings fans can occupy themselves with the impending Randy Moss deal.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 9:08 PM by Dr. X Highlight this comment 68

First pitch, national anthem, take me out to the ballgame stuff for the the Twins in the ALDS. I think that is cool that Scott LeDoux will do the first pitch at game 2.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 9:22 PM by NotMendoza Highlight this comment 69

wanda phillips - you are correct. thanks for pointing that out. that is in fact former golden gopher football all-american, college hall of famer & nfl hall of famer bobby bell standing next to the carl & eloise pohlad statues (in rick's phots above).

bobby bell was in minneapolis over the past weekend being honored by the university of minnesota as they officially retired his #78 on the tcf stadium facade (along with bronko nagurski, paul giel, sandy stephens and bruce smith).

good eye! and thanks for pointing that out. guessing rick didn't even realize that when he was taking the picture from afar.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 10:23 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 70

Nope, that was a random snap when I first realized that I could see the new statue from where I was sitting. Just dumb luck, I guess.

And, not being much of a Gopher football history buff, I couldn't have picked Bobby Bell out of a line-up. So I'm glad somebody caught it!

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 10:39 PM by Rick 71

LeDoux doing the first pitch? That is great.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 10:41 PM by robin Highlight this comment 72

Those who doubt that MLB has control over the stadium and tickets in the playoffs, read my linked story.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 11:17 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 73

I'm aware the Twinkies have a theme song. Anyone know if they have a team prayer I can recite before I go to bed?

Throw it down their throats FRANCHISE!

We're gonna win in Minnesota! We're gonna win in New York! We're gonna win in Tampa! And we're gonna win in Philly! AAAAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 11:34 PM by N.D. (aka N.D. "Rube") Highlight this comment 74

I'd tell you all what Viking's fans do between games but too many people here are Viking's fans and know where to find me.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 11:58 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 75

FOR EVERYONE GOING TO THE GAME TOMORROW:

PLEASE BE LOUD AND ROOT HARDER THAN YOU HAVE EVER ROOTED FOR THE TWINS!!!! WE ARE UNDERDOGS IN THIS SERIES AND NEED SOME GREAT HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE!!

GO TWINSSSSSS

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 12:56 AM by tom Highlight this comment 76

We're gonna win Twins, we're gonna score!
We're gonna wins Twins, watch that baseball soar!
Knock out a home-run, shout a hip-hooray!
Cheer for the Minnesota Twins today!

We're gonna win Twins, give it our all!
We've got the guys who'll knock the cover off the ball!
Let's hear it now for the team that came to play!
Cheer for the Minnesota Twins today!

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 12:59 AM by TK Highlight this comment 77

Alright today is finally here, now lets kick some Skankees butts! I am tired of being knocked out of the playoffs by them, now its our turn to turn the tables.

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 07:21 AM by firedog Highlight this comment 78

I believe if they manage a win tonight they have a very good chance of handling this deal. So --- WIN. GO TWINS!!!!!!!!

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 07:56 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 79

Ben! A tinge of optimism from you this morning? Love it!

Rick, nice idea on the playoff challenge. I've got Twins/Braves a la '91. Game 7, bottom of the 9th, Cudy pulls Heyward's leg off in pick-off attempt with Hrbek watching in approval from the restaurant.

I can already see the new Wheaties box...

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 09:36 AM by N.D. (aka N.D. "Rube") Highlight this comment 80

N.D. ---

There is another side to that coin - and it's OK to be a realist.

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 10:00 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 81

Yankees in 4

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 10:10 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 82

Reusse interviewed Clark Griffith and wrote today about the franchise's long history with the Yankees. It's all pretty much common knowledge.

But he included a nugget which I've never heard before:

"It was on Oct. 26, 1960, that the American League and Calvin Griffith announced he was moving his Washington franchise to Minnesota. Washington received an expansion franchise, also known as the Senators.

Part of the deal was that the records of the Washington franchise -- dating to the American League's start in 1901 -- would stay with the new Senators. In 1972, those Senators moved to Texas, and the Rangers eventually turned the 1901-60 records over to the Twins."

Has anybody ever heard this before? It would explain a lot about why the Twins have turned their backs so many times on the Washington years (acknowledging that there are certainly other reasons to want to forget).

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 10:15 AM by Rick 83

I think their best shot is tomorrow night (my going to that game might have something to do with that view - plus Pavano). They scratch one out tonight and then win again tomorrow = Twins in 5.

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 10:16 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 84

kevin in az (and anyone else who hasn't already),

Be sure to get your predictions into the contest before the first pitch of the Rangers-Rays game today.

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 10:16 AM by Rick 85

I'd like to think of myself as a realist too Ben, though more apathetic than most. But I'll admit I watch Twins baseball each year, good or bad, in the same spirit I did as a little twerp in the glory days; those traits don't enter the picture.

What's the difference between ignorance & apathy? Don't know & don't care!

We do agree tonight is HUGE!

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 10:57 AM by N.D. (aka N.D. "Rube") Highlight this comment 86

This just in: Punto's starting at 3rd!

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 11:00 AM by N.D. (aka N.D. "Rube") Highlight this comment 87

ROLL CALL: Who's going to the game tonight and where are you sitting?

I'll be there in the Legends Club, Section N, 1st Row.

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 11:00 AM by Max Highlight this comment 88

I am going tonight and will be in section 125, row 10...with great views of the Sanford Health sign!

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 11:03 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 89

Your kidding about Punto right?

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 11:22 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 90

I'll be sitting in front of the big screen ... about 1300 miles away, kinda down that I'll miss the first post-season game at Target Field.

Go Twins - I'm planning to come out for the ALCS and World Series - we need this first step. Beat CC and the Twins almost certainly win the series!

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 11:22 AM by jfh Highlight this comment 91

Max will be at the game tommorow night Sect 323

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 11:23 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 92

I'll be there!

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 11:27 AM by Rick 93

Should be elctric down there tonight! Huge game! Course Skanks have lost the first game in 2 out of the 3 series also. Bute would be great to get off to a 1-0 start and build some momentum leading into game #2. Lets just hope things don't melt down like they did with the Jays the last series! What are the wind conditions gonna be at game time?

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 11:27 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 94

I'm watching the game from the rooftop section...of my place, a few blocks away. With a 2 second delay. Cheap seats!

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 11:28 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 95

I'll be there - Section 223, row 3.

Wed evening will be watching at New Hope Cinema Grill. No admission charge there.

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 11:35 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 96

Chad you gonna be on a parking ramp? LOL!

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 11:35 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 97

Twinkfan--

If there was a tv up there, I'd be down with it!

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 11:45 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 98

Rick! Glad to see you can go tonight. I'll be there in 103, row 13.

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 11:55 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 99

I'll be there tonight! Sec U, row 11!

My gf and her friend have SRO, anyone have opinions on the BEST spot they should try to get? The one game I had SRO I spend in the corner of the captain's deck, not bad, but not great.

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 11:57 AM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 100

CSG Mike,

I like the small section right under Grandstand 238. That or the drink rail behind Batter's Eye.

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 12:00 PM by Chad Highlight this comment 101

Re: SRO, my fave is still the rail at the top of 105/106. Great view of field and scoreboard. Last Saturday it helped to be under the heating lamps, too.

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 12:05 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 102

Can't for tonight. I will be in 131 Row 2.

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 12:29 PM by Joe117 Highlight this comment 103

Try it again.

Can't wait for tonight. Sec 131 Row 2.

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 12:30 PM by Joe117 Highlight this comment 104

And despite pleas from the Vikings' rubes...Randy Moss will NOT be throwing out the 1st pitch tonight.

Instead the Great Harmon Killebrew will have the honors. Hope he brings the house down!!!

Rick: Where are you sitting tonight? It'd be a pleasure to meet you.

FYI: Prices are rising on StubHub for tonight as supply drops. Looks like you can still snag seats on Craigslist for under a Franklin...

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 12:30 PM by Max Highlight this comment 105

First time at a playoff game, do they do any giveaways at all and if so has anyone heard what it would be tonight?

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 12:38 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 106

I won't be sitting...

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 12:44 PM by Rick 107

I don't know about these ground rule changes in Tampa. It's one thing to declare a ball dead if it hits a catwalk, but quite another to say that the pitch doesn't count.

I can't think of another ground rule anywhere, anytime that caused a pitch to be completely discarded.

If a ring crosses the foul line, it seems like you should paint a corresponding line right on the ring so umps could tell whether a ball hit fair or foul, then use that to determine whether it's in play or not.

But discard a pitch? That's whacked.

The funniest thing, of course, is that the whole change is because Jason Kubel won a game off that ring.

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 12:48 PM by Rick 108

Doesn't Comcast have TBS in HD? I'm getting only SD on channel 7.

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 1:00 PM by Rick 109

I will be there, Section 323, Row 6 tonight.

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 1:00 PM by TK Highlight this comment 110

Quote from the Star Tribune...

Twins built for October
The Yankees are getting used to bullying the Twins out of the playoffs. Will a reshaped lineup and new-ballpark magic change all that?

Rick, I smell trademark/copyright problems!

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 1:06 PM by Andrew Highlight this comment 111

Wow, after 1 inning, 5 LOB!

Did Pena get hit? Is he a victim of a Jeter acting job?

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 1:07 PM by TK Highlight this comment 112

So how to umpires rotate in a best of 5 or 7 series, with 6 umpires. Do they only rotate the infield, or do the umpires down the line also rotate to call balls and strikes?

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 1:13 PM by TK Highlight this comment 113

Cease and desist!

No wait, use it wherever you want! (I can't afford a big sign on the outside of Target Center.)


Posted on October 6, 2010 at 1:18 PM by Rick 114

Game times have been set for all potential LDS games.
Twins get so much respect, all of theirs are in Prime Time except tomorrow's.

clicky.

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 1:25 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 115

Any local radio stations carrying the out-of-town games?

I can see myself rearranging my desk in order to get my radio antenna in *just* the right spot to pick up a game... :-)

And I keep asking my boss for a cable tv hookup at my desk, but he hasn't come through yet. In fact, he just laughs when I ask about it!

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 1:39 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 116

ESPN Radio network

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 1:45 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 117

oops. Forgot the link to the radio affiliates list.

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 1:50 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 118

Seems that 1500 wants to air Reusse instead of baseball. :-(

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 1:55 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 119

I still hate that the ESPN 1500 iPhone app doesn't play any MLB games. I saw MLB has a special for postseason tv only $9.95, no blackouts!

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 1:57 PM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 120

The ALDS schedule in this morning's 'Line Drives' email from the Twins has Games 1-4 all being started by CC (Do You Like My Hat?) Sabathia.
I like our chances!

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 2:04 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 121

TK:

RF-LF-3B-2B-1B-HP-RF-LF etc.

Remember Hunter Wendelstedt is a dink (Umpire nepotism) and Gardy's had quite a few confrontations with him. Of the "Puff your chest out and bark" umpires ilk similar to Angel Hernandez, Joe West, Bill Hohn, C.B. Bucknor...

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 2:10 PM by Max Highlight this comment 122

Batgirl's Twitter page has the Twins' postseason media guide cover on it. Features the Getty photo of the home plate Thome welcome after his walk-off HR. I love that photo. Who knew Joe had emotion??

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 2:28 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 123

Target Field nabs Ballpark Digest's "Ballpark of the Year" award. If the playoffs don't work out, we'll at least have that to fall back on.

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 2:35 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 124

Thanks fiesta! That's an awesome pic. I've got a new background on my pc.

It almost looks like the guys are all so excited because Thome is arriving to shepard them to the promised land. :)

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 2:42 PM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 125

Line ups from La Velle

Yankees (95-67)

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Nick Swisher, RF
3. Mark Teixeria, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Robinson Cano, 2B
6. Marcus Thames, DH
7. Jorge Posada, C
8. Curtis Granderson, CF
9. Brett Gardner, LF

Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia

Twins (94-68)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Hudson, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Delmon Young, LF
5. Jim Thome, DH
6. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
7. Jason Kubel, RF
8. Danny Valencia, 3B
9. J.J. Hardy, SS

Pitching: LHP Francisco Liriano

First pitch, 737 p.m.

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 2:59 PM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 126

It still bums me out I haven't been able to find that Thome walkoff image on some site to steal for my own. But I did find this smaller one of Thome almost literally carrying the whole team on his back. :)

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 3:13 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 127

What No Punto at 3rd base? LOL! Texas and Lee crusing in the top of the 9th 5-1 over the Rays! Price has not pitched well down the strech!

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 3:31 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 128

Sign looks much better tha the T Denny Sanford and sons Rick!

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 3:32 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 129

Well if all teams are still playing come sunday looks like a 7pm and 8pm start time or some overlaps!

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 3:34 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 130

Best spot I found for standing early in the season was sec 107. Close to the action and you could see the big board from there since the LC seats end above you there. Be about 5 -6 deep tonight though!

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 3:40 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 131

Texas wins the opener in Tampa 5-1. Lee 7 innings 10 K 5 hits i run. Guy is clutch in the post season!

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 3:49 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 132

If Texas wins the series, does that mean the Twins are in the WS? I'd like to think so! woo hoo!

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 3:53 PM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 133

Rick, I hadn't heard that before (washington franchise records deal) but not only may it explain the lack of interest, but reminded me of the old aphorism or whatever you would call it, which could now be updated, viz, "Washington, first in war, first in peace, and last in the National League".

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 5:12 PM by robin Highlight this comment 134

Max, do you have same seats tomorrow? I will be quite close to those.

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 5:19 PM by robin Highlight this comment 135

Let's all think calm thoughts for Francisco tonight.
Maybe he will load the bags, then strike out the side in first and take it from there.

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 5:21 PM by robin Highlight this comment 136

fiesta - I agree. As far as SRO is concerned, 104 and 105 are good. It does get crowded and noisy over there, but it's a good place to view the game.

A lot less commotion up by the Batter's Eye seats though.

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 5:46 PM by luke Highlight this comment 137

yanks in 3. take it to the bank.

Posted on November 8, 2010 at 8:05 PM by bulldog Highlight this comment 138


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WCCO-TV building



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The service entrance area in left-center, now with bench seating



Press box, hallway to the print room



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Walkway construction is progressing



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A skyway-level view down Seventh Street.






Can you name that field? (Braemer Park, Edina)



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