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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"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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From behind the wind veil
The images on that wall appear to be of great Twins moments in history.
Working on the main concourse right about directly behind the plate.
Large staircases, a staple of recent Populous (nee HOK) projects, are all over the place.
(Click to enlarge greatly)
This is the start of construction on the Northstar platform which will feed under the bridge and to a lobby with escalators and elevators just inside the ballpark's public concourse. Compared to the ballpark construction, this looks kind of puny. But the work just to get the trains to come has been positively Herculean. Future generations will look back at this with awe.
Dude, this is NOT a multi-use facility.
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
This looks toward the middle of the park. The third base side of the Legends Club is to the right up ahead, while the 573 Club is just barely visible at the end of the hallway. It extends to the left.
You can get a hand-carved sandwich, or ice cream while pondering the career of Julio Becquer.
Detail of Entry Plaza #4 (north entry from Fifth Street)
This is the outside portion of the Metropolitan Club.
Gate 29 "Carew" is at right.
From about two blocks away you can finally get an idea of what it looks like. Just to my left (but out of view) was a valet parking stand where a limo was idling.
A close-up of the rooftop party deck.
Sunday afternoon, WFTC-HD 720P
I know you've seen this, but I can't get enough of it.
Detail showing clubhouse and home dugout (click to see the entire drawing)
Stairs down to Seventh Street now have the start of railings
Is it possible to take a bad picture of this building?
Discussions in progress on some very brown grass...
These stairs will meet the skyway.
Miller Park: Gymnasium with skylight (Source: RP)
The Northstar station.
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