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Anything Is Possible

March 31, 2014 1:46 PM

It is rainy in the Twins Cities today. The sky is as grey as it gets, and the chances of actual sunshine are around zero percent. There is more cold, and more snow, in the forecast.

My yard is still partially covered with snow, the top of which now sports a crust thick enough that my kids can walk across it without leaving footprints or, thankfully, getting their socks and shoes wet. The remaining cover is thickest out in the middle of the yard, about where home plate generally gets placed, right in front of the garden bed that my mom will fill with hostas in a few weeks. Those plants will be mined over and over all summer long for balls which got by someone's bat, but my mom doesn't seem to care. She's a fan.

On the boulevards, the gigantic snow piles I created with my own muscle power have been steadily shrinking away from the sunshine of the past week. Their edges, once plump and tall and foreboding, are now scalloped and dirty and oddly crystalline. If I do have to shovel later this week, there will be a place to put it all. That wasn't true a couple of weeks ago.

But the disappearing snow is revealing something that I always forget about: The yard beneath it is still just as scruffy as it was when the first snow covered it so beautifully last fall. If there is a gift to winter, it's that all the sins of summer are shrouded for a time -- not exactly forgiven, but at least put away. Dormancy has its virtues.

Now those memories emerge, and the hidden things look once again like they need tending: The pitching got better, but the hitting got worse. The base running is an open question, as is the defense.

Wait, what just happened? Let's see, I was talking about the grass and leaves and general muck of my yard, and then...

On Opening Day, everything is about baseball.

As I write this, the sun is defying the odds and peaking out through a small break in the overcast. It reminds me that today all teams are 0-0 and, regardless of the forecast, anything is possible.

Happy Opening Day to all! And Win Twins!

Today's match-up (click to enlarge)

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On the topic of "anything's possible", I had a friend who went to Las Vegas before the start of the '87 season. On the morning he was to leave for home, he had one last ten dollar bill burning a hole in his pocket and he placed it on the Twins to win the World Series. The odds were 100 to 1 and even at those odds the guy who took his ten spot must have felt like he was taking candy from a baby ... and then the damndest thing happened that year.

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 2:04 PM by terry Highlight this comment 1

That is a cool story. I don't see the damndest thing happening this year though. Alot has changed since then-there are more rounds to the playoffs for one. I will stick w/ 60-102. Yes we brought in starting pitching but our offense is so atrocious long term aside from Mauer and during the off season that issue was ignored as part of the "let's get the former ALC Division CHampions band back together" philosophy that was evident over the winter. We have way too many "hope to regain their 20XX form" on this team for anyone to think we will be battling for anything other than 4th place in our division. To the Twins front office this season is all about ASG and putting on a great show for the mid summer classic. That being said I do love the game which is why I follow this blog and at the beginning of the year everyone has hope and I do respect those contributors's opinions that offer hope. Until something is shown on the field (which wasnt the case entire Spring Training) I will continue to be pessimistic about our chances but that is my opinion. I do want us to win and at least be competitive but i know that like the Titanic, however, we will be under by mid April and will be under water a long time.

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 2:53 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 2

Rick, I want to go to a baseball game with you someday.

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 5:48 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 3

Sale is a very good pitcher, but starting 2014 with double digit strikeouts is not a good sign. But on the plus side, Suzuki is on pace for 486 RBI's this season!

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 9:24 PM by terry Highlight this comment 4

Sounds good to me, F_T_K!

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 10:36 PM by Rick 5

Rick, As I started on my bike ride home, I thought "I could stop by Rick's house to wish him a happy Opener." Alas, I was two blocks from home when I remembered that earlier thought. May the Twins do better than my memory this season! Happy opener...though it's outcome wasn't so happy.

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 09:10 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 6

I can't remember...now that we have a new post, if anyone asked about new foodstuffs at TF. Clicky for a KSTP article about new offerings. If someone beat me to it already, read it again...lol.

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 12:43 PM by luke Highlight this comment 7

Looks like some plowable snow coming Thursday into Friday! Get that field covered Larry! 51 and cloudy for the opener!

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 1:31 PM by Twinfan (aka Twinkfan) Highlight this comment 8

luke, I don't think the food has been covered yet. I was wondering when they would announce the new items. The only one that I am slightly interested in would be the Butcher & Boar rib tips. I REALLY hope this isn't replacing the Michelbob's/Gabe's ribs that were at the State Fair stand. They were the best deal in the whole stadium!!!

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 1:55 PM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 9

More on new TF foods. Of note: Good ice cream, finally! Izzy's near Gate 14.

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 3:15 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 10

Twins announced on Instagram today that at Hrbek's they have a bloody mary with all the trimmings attached, including a mini cheeseburger.

TTH

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 4:12 PM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 11

(ugh. sorry about the wrong link. It keeps auto-filling from an old posting.)

TTH

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 4:13 PM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 12

I didn't think it had been mentioned CSG. Asked about, but I didn't think anybody mentioned specifics :). The rib tips definitely are worth a try.
I saw that bloody Mary...that'll last ya the whole game...

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 5:40 PM by luke Highlight this comment 13

Courtesy of the Twins site, the full concession price list. Clicky.

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 6:33 PM by luke Highlight this comment 14

Damn. According to that pricing list the old ribs ($8.50 for half rack) are gone and the new rib tips are $12.50. That's disappointing. The State Fair stand looks like there is nothing left. I wonder if that big stand is being split into 2-3 stands.

I can't wait to get out to the ballpark and see the changes and hopefully some winning baseball.

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 10:23 PM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 15

According to Charley Walters, the spruce trees are coming back for Opening Day...above the batter's eye.

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 10:46 AM by hofflalu Highlight this comment 16

Boo to Dave St Peter stealing Gardy's (now 6th annual) quote that we werent going to go 162-0 and that we got plenty of baseball left. He also stole quotes regarding that we need better starting pitching and more timely hitting. I thought I was watching a (low) highlight reel circa 2013, 2012, 2011

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 11:44 AM by Uffda Highlight this comment 17

I am still mesmerized by the $5 Knob Creek. That is cheaper than most bars sell it for.

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 12:17 PM by Duffman Highlight this comment 18

Me too Duffman. I'm guessing it will be tiny, but I see myself visiting that stand often.

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 12:28 PM by jctwins Highlight this comment 19

I think it would be hilarious (in a good way) if the Twins have a breakout year with the bringing the trees back. Didn't look promising in Chicago on Monday, so who knows!

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 12:29 PM by tk Highlight this comment 20

Still lots of "good seats" available for the opener. About $70 worth of Knob Creek should keep you warm.

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 1:51 PM by ben Highlight this comment 21

So where exactly are the trees going? It says above the betters eye but below Minnie and Paul. So they will be on the concourse?

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 2:36 PM by Duffman Highlight this comment 22

Oh, please, not in pots along the top edge of the batter's eye! I have enough trouble seeing over that thing now as it is...

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 2:41 PM by Rick 23

Hoffalu, I read that too. Exactly where are they placing them? I am confused...like Rick said...Spruce Trees? In pots? On TOP of the batters eye? This makes no earthly sense to me.

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 4:34 PM by luke Highlight this comment 24

Only 5 days to the home opener and my OD tickets haven't arrived yet. What about the rest of you?

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 4:52 PM by terry Highlight this comment 25

I have a feeling it won't matter. After the crippling storm coming, we won't be ready by Monday. Game will probably be postponed til Wednesday at the earliest.

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 5:11 PM by luke Highlight this comment 26

Twins find another unique and creative way to lose a game falling to 0-2 and have managed to do it against one of the only teams in baseball worse than them last year so whats this about new food and spruce trees?

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 5:37 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 27

terry mine arrived a few weeks ago; both sets of tickets. I remember that being an issue a few years ago, but in the last couple of years they have always been plenty early.

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 5:39 PM by jctwins Highlight this comment 28

Picture of the trees. Not sure I understand why they are there....

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 9:09 PM by ole Highlight this comment 29

Totally out of place. And, what happens when they grow? It'll cover up "Target Field". And it seems to me having them there takes away SRO space. #confused on this one...lol.

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 9:43 PM by luke Highlight this comment 30

The trees seem to be a last minute add for this season. I do not think they look good up there and I doubt they last. This feels like it was done as a "People say bring back the trees. So let's give the people what they want..."

Hopefully soon we see them back in a better place...

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 10:46 PM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 31

Plus they won't let them get any higher in order not to obstruct the Target field sign.

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 11:29 PM by Duffman Highlight this comment 32

Knowing the Twins Way, those trees are artificial and were purchased at Wal-Mart on Dec. 26 at 50% off - and half of them will undergo Tommy John surgery before the season ends.

TTH

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 08:47 AM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 33

Learned a new baseball-ism yesterday thanks to Mauer --- apparently he "mowed the lawn".

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 09:30 AM by ben Highlight this comment 34

I think we have to go easy on the trees. They may wind up being the best lumber in the ballpark this year.

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 10:44 AM by Rick 35

What happened to Mauer? "Mowed the lawn" sounds like a face plant.

I missed yesterday's game because the official Twins schedule that I printed out from their official web site and posted officially over my computer showed it at 7:10 PM... I know: All game times are subject to change. Everybody got the memo but me. Between this and digital reception problems on Monday, my season is off to as rough a start as the team's.

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 10:49 AM by Rick 36

"Mowing the lawn" apparently refers to a hitter grounding out to all four infield positions in one game.

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 11:00 AM by ben Highlight this comment 37

GOOD ONE Rick...lol.

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 1:04 PM by luke Highlight this comment 38

The trees are a metaphor for the Twins lineup. Young, stiff, no emotion and out of place. I dont anticipate it being a big deal if they block Minnie and Paul as they grow unless they decide to light up the scoreboard and show Minnie and Paul shaking hands for every base hit instead of every home run we hit. Or possibly every non strike out.

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 2:25 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 39

Another classic implosion. Still time to rally. Still time to give up even more runs. Oy.

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 3:30 PM by DeePee Highlight this comment 40

I'm glad there are trees again somewhere in the ballpark even though the new trees and their location are nowhere near as attractive as the 2010 trees and their location.

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 4:21 PM by terry Highlight this comment 41

DeePee - not sure which inning you posted, but I think the Twins did more of both from your prediction. Thankfully there were enough runs to get over the top for the first time this year and Perkins didn't quite implode enough to blow two saves in a row.

Ten runs from that lineup?

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 5:18 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 42

My postgame remarks (in honor of Gardy and Dave St Peter): "Well we weren't going to go 0-162 and the boys tried-giving up runs in bottom of inning when we scored in the top- but try as they might they just couldn't give this one away. Was a nice try giving up a double and then advance to third base w/ throwing error bottom of 9th w/ 1 out but alas we won the game" .....on a serious note I am not meaning to be so down and sarcastic on what is supposed ot be joyous time of year and want the team to do well but I am not getting any younger and am just tired of knowing we have so little hope and waiting on prospects to pan out. We are stuck in a perpetual "be patient help is on the way" mode the past 23 years.

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 6:01 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 43

Stevie B- I posted that right after the score became 8-5 Sox. I broke my own cardinal rule of ingame complaining but it looks like we kept ”battling our tails off” for the W. I'll take it!

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 6:08 PM by DeePee Highlight this comment 44

Wasn't it Hunter who said something to the tune of "the Twins are always about next year"?

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 6:31 PM by ben Highlight this comment 45

I've never heard of "mowing the lawn" before. Interesting. Who remembers the "mow em down" inning promotion from Snapper?

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 8:44 PM by luke Highlight this comment 46

I've heard of "mowing the lawn" before, but it has nothing to do with baseball.

Rick, May I assume the answer to my question on the previous post is no?

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 10:44 PM by Dave Highlight this comment 47

Sorry that I forgot to answer that, Dave. At this time he does not have ADA seats available to the group. We get a new list of seats each year, so that could change, but the differences are generally pretty minor.

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 11:03 PM by Rick 48

Ok, thanks Rick!

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 08:33 AM by Dave Highlight this comment 49

Is Larry blowing the lawn this morning? Looks like wed 68 and sunny!

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 10:06 AM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 50

I saw a picture of the field that was completely snow covered. It's crazy to think that we will have our home opener in just over 3 days. It will be quite the swing from the temps we're having now to mid next week.

Sounds like the Cleveland's temps are better, in the 60's today, but there is a strong chance of rain today. Tomorrow will be in the 40's without rain, with lots of wind. Sunday looks like the best day of the series.

I know it will never happen, but this time of year I really think the baseball season should start about 2 weeks later. Cut a few weeks off the end too. As much as I love baseball, the season is 1 month too long (only because of weather, IMO).

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 10:35 AM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 51

Here are the teams with games airing on local over the air TV this season. Fox games are not counted. This is local inventory only.

Baltimore Orioles - 20 on WJZ-13

Chicago Cubs - 73 on WGN-9 (local feed, not the national cable feed which has fewer) and 8 on WCIU-26 for 81 overall

Chicago White Sox - 30 on WGN-9 (local feed, not the national cable feed which has fewer) and 25 on WCIU-26 for 55 overall

Cincinnati Reds - 1 on WKRC-12 (home opener)

Cleveland Indians - 1 on WKYC-3 (home opener)

New York Mets - 29 on WPIX-11

New York Yankees - 21 on WWOR-9

Philadelphia Phillies - 12 on WCAU-10 and 1 on WPHL-17 for 13 overall

San Francisco Giants - 15 on KNTV-11

Texas Rangers - 25 on KXTA-21

Washington Nationals - 20 on WUSA-9

The Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, Oakland A's, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays will have their local broadcast inventory entirely airing on regional sports networks.

Keep in mind as well that the Saturday game of the week now largely moves to Fox Sports 1. The Twins game at Cleveland tomorrow airs on Fox Sports 1 instead of Fox-9 as in the past.

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 11:12 AM by Jorge Highlight this comment 52

A few tidbits that are a little old but I don't recall seeing them here...

Click the link to head over to the Interchange Project webpage. On the third tab (or 3rd "lead" story, however you prefer) shows a fly through animation of the interchange. it's not the high dollar ones we are used to seeing with stadiums but its decent. A little over 42 days till it opens. Plus if you look at the updates page there are some images of the screens going up too.

Second, I was reading a thread on the UrbanMSP forum about the interchange, which led me to a TF section on ballparkbiz.wordpress.com and finally this article

I also haven't been able to get down there to get construction updates but it appears the fine people on that UrbanMSP forum have been posting some really nice coverage, if you want to check it out. The Ballpark Authority has some update photos as well.

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 11:15 AM by jared Highlight this comment 53

Now that Cubs ownership has been severed from Tribune Broadcasting, there's a lot of talk that the team will either significantly decrease its presence on WGN-9 in the near future or leave the station altogether. In my opinion, even if it means airing 15 to 20 games per year on WGN-9, it's worth it since the Cubs broadcasts on WGN-9 are grandfathered in. If the Cubs ever leave the local station, even for a season, they forever lose their ability to put games on the national WGN America feed. The same goes for the White Sox. At any rate, the Cubs still have 50% of their slate on fee to air TV as of this season, but that won't be the case for long most likely.

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 11:21 AM by Jorge Highlight this comment 54

I'm not sure when the scheduling changed, but at least through the 1960's opening day in Washington and Cincinnati was the second Monday of April with everyone else opening the following day. Opening at the end of March and playing the series into November - and at night - has always seemed to me like the dumbest of ideas. But television rules - if TV told MLB to play the World Series at 3:00 in the morning, 3:00 in the morning it would be.

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 12:59 PM by terry Highlight this comment 55

Follow link to interesting piece on the Cleveland ballpark at 20. I was there on Opening Day in 1994, and it was just as magical as Opening Day 2010 here. It's intriguing to see the Cleveland prez saying that "we wouldn't build it this way today" (in terms of luxury suites). I wonder what DSP will say in 2030 about TF?

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 3:08 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 56

Looks like Larry got all the snow off today! Click name for link. I refuse to shovel my driveway in April! All snow should be gone by Wed.

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 3:56 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 57

Your obsession with the Twins' groundskeeper is starting to seem just a tad disturbing. Time for professional help, perhaps?

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 7:08 PM by Spud (aka Winona Mike) Highlight this comment 58

Put up two runs in the 1st, then Murderers' Row put up eight straight zeroes. Bullpen imploded but it didn't really matter.

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 7:59 PM by terry Highlight this comment 59

I agree with him. Devito has not been a good heads grounds keeper. For how little that whole field is used, it has looked terrible from day one. Even the color green isn't the best.

Posted on April 5, 2014 at 02:35 AM by Duffman Highlight this comment 60

Gardy wins his 1000th today. Only 10th MLB manager to win 1000 with the same team. I believe TK did the same.

Posted on April 5, 2014 at 5:07 PM by luke Highlight this comment 61

A good outing by Gibson yesterday. The disturbing trend however, admittedly after only five games, is the ungodly number of strikeouts. Twins hitters are averaging almost eleven per game.

Posted on April 6, 2014 at 08:31 AM by terry Highlight this comment 62

Congrats to Gardy on 1000.

(Side note, was nice seeing Cuddy and Morneau hitting back to back last night at Coors Field. Two hitters that actually hit the ball ...)

Posted on April 6, 2014 at 09:45 AM by Jfh Highlight this comment 63

Soooo. Willingham goes out with an injury and the Twins put Bartlett in the outfield. He then proceeds to be exposed badly on 3 plays. Awesome.

Francona should by now be in the dugout demanding that every hit be sent to Left field.

Posted on April 6, 2014 at 2:13 PM by jared Highlight this comment 64

Willingham as a fielder could be replaced by a beer keg.

Posted on April 6, 2014 at 2:29 PM by ben Highlight this comment 65

3-3 after the opening road trip. Anyone expect that? Pitching has been mostly awful, hitting (when they make contact) a nice surprise.

Posted on April 6, 2014 at 9:25 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 66

So if your life depended on it, would you start Willingham or Delmon in LF?

TTH

Posted on April 6, 2014 at 10:50 PM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 67

Deleon. And prayers with fingers crossed.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 01:43 AM by Jfh Highlight this comment 68

I hate auto correct

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 01:43 AM by Jfh Highlight this comment 69

If my life depended on it, I would start saying my goodbyes.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 08:16 AM by Rick 70

It was nice driving to work this morning. Didn't need to turn on the heat in the car, wore the 'spring weight' jacket, and the big "Opening Day" graphic on the Target Field scoreboard.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 08:16 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 71

So, who is going out to the ballpark today? And where will you be?

I'll be there, free-ranging.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 08:17 AM by Rick 72

I'll be in the "powerball pavilion" for the first time--sec 134. That leaves the homerun porch, diamond box and champions club as the only sections I haven't seen a game in thus far. I did, however, watch the Big 10 tournament last year from champions club seats, but it didn't have all the cache of a Twins game there. And I will be in a diamond box next Friday, so here's to a good week of baseball! Happy opener all!

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 08:35 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 73

I'll be there... not quite sure where - Section 130? - as my buddy bought the tickets.

I wonder .... Have they un-discounted all the Kubel and Bartlett T-shirts and jerseys in the Twins pro shops?

TTH

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 08:54 AM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 74

I will be in section 322, row 3...looking forward to a much milder home opener experience this year after the last two years.

Pretty sad the home opener has not sold out, if that is any indication of ticket sales this year, its going to be another long season. Of course, that can change in a hurry if the team is winning games and playing meaningful baseball into July, August and September.

Nothing like Opening Day at the local ballpark!!

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 08:57 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 75

I'll be there. My friend won tickets from a radio station. I think they are tucked up just below the main scoreboard. We'll be roaming for most of the game trying to find a SRO drink rail in the sun. My best guess is the left field corner.

Bartlett showed that he is not an OF. I hope we make another move and not just Hermann coming up due to injury. We need better OF. We should not have let Alex Presely go...

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 09:15 AM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 76

I'll be there - LC, section Q (with frequent forays to the Town Ball Tavern, depending on what's happening on the field)

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 09:21 AM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 77

Section 110, row 27.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 09:43 AM by terry Highlight this comment 78

I will be going to Wednesday's game with a couple of work friends. I got tickets in the Skyline Deck for 19 dollars for us. I am very excited to be back at Target field again. Last year I went on April 3rd and 4th and it was in the 30's, so I am glad the weather will be better. I will be going to Petco Park later this summer when I visit my cousin, has anyone else been there? I am excited to see their nice cantilevered main grandstand.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 09:47 AM by Tom D. Highlight this comment 79

I will be in LC. I am so ready to drink a beer or two at the ballpark.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 10:04 AM by jctwins Highlight this comment 80

F_T_K, I'm also just bringing the spring jacket...but am feeling a bit uncomfortable...how is it possible that I'll stay warm enough??? Can't wait! Headed to LRT station very soon.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 81

Enjoy the day, Fiesta (and all the rest of you attending). I'll be here at work, listening to the game on the radio.

I'm seriously thinking of playing hooky for Wednesday's game, though. Forecast is for seventy degrees!!

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 12:30 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 82

A few notes from the game so far.

The unnumbered gate has been relabeled as a Gate 6 extension.
The apparel stand that was there is now gone.
Metal detectors are only at a couple of the entrances right now, not all.
The lineup score boards all have All Star looks.
I don't mind the trees in the upper level under the Minnie and Paul sign.
The grassy area under the batters eye where the trees used to be is now a mound.
The Butcher and the Bear stand is inside Gate 34 and has a looooooooong line. Smells good though. I plan to sample it today.
The backstop is now ASG branded.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 2:38 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 83

Question: I may have missed it in the discussion, but was the new Interchange supposed to open today, or are they still working on it? I was curious if any BPM attenders had used it and could give reviews on its first day (if today is in fact its first).

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 3:47 PM by luke Highlight this comment 84

The ASG hype is going to get very tiring.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 4:48 PM by ben Highlight this comment 85

Clicky for some snaps of TF I took today on my lunch break. Not a ticket holder, but I still got down there.
ben - sorry...but I took a pic of the ASG banners on the plaza. Personally I think you're right - there is going to be tons of hype leading up to the game, and it will get tiring, very quickly.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 5:17 PM by luke Highlight this comment 86

Luke, the new interchange isn't scheduled to open until Mid-May, the 17th as I recall. The interchange website has a countdown listed on their front page. I would dig more but I am on my phone at the game in spotty/slow service.

I thought the rib tips were good. Okay for $12.50. The batch that I had was a bit over loaded with pepper for my taste though.

There was decent attendance today but the seats were definitely not full. There was a lot of people walking around though which could either have been those empty seats or just a ton of SRO.

Little Nicky Punto got a nice cheer in his return to TF.

Considering the trees took over the space where that drink rail was, they obviously took out the rail and now people are watching the game by wedging 2-3 deep in between with a bunch more milling about behind. I think it's creating a bit more congestion in that are than in the past because of the reduced view.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 6:09 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 87

Thanks Jared

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 8:46 PM by luke Highlight this comment 88

It was great to be back at the ballpark and the atmosphere downtown was wonderful. There's nothing like Opening Day. As I've said before, I think the Interchange is going to be a wonderful upgrade to the ballpark complex.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 9:05 PM by terry Highlight this comment 89

With all the wonderful upgrades in and around the stadium I sill miss tailgaiting and the good old days.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 10:36 PM by Leroy Highlight this comment 90

This may be old news, but the ASG logo seems to have been updated since its initial unveiling. The buildings in the skyline have some contrast to them, a la the different shades of limestone of the stadium. A big improvement, in my opinion:


Picked up the Official Team Yearbook at the game today, and couldn't be more excited about some of this season's giveaways, especially the "Sid Hartman Ceramic Mug" to celebrate "Sid Hartman Day" on May 18, the "Gardy Gnome" for the lucky first 10,000 fans on June 7, and, last but not least, the "Joe Mauer Growth Chart" on Sept 21.

Boo. Ya.

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 10:43 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 91

You can also get a Sid bobblehead if you are among the first 1,000 to purchase a special ticket.

No lure this year, which is a disappointment to collectors.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 12:42 AM by ben Highlight this comment 92

Wow team era already at 6.46 with the 2 new pitchers? This is not going to end well. Mauer still on pace for 0 RBI this year? You do get an RBI for a bases loaded walk right. So maybe there is a chance? Well I suppose we always turn the discussion to the field!

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 09:25 AM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 93

Yes, let's. I hate to feed into what I'm increasingly convinced is just a silly bit, but objectively, with absolutely no personal ties or loyalty to Larry DiVito, if there was a better looking field than TF on opening day across the majors - I didn't see it.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 09:45 AM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 94

Yes, a silly, old bit.

And, yes. The field looked spectacular from every angle -- even up close. I had real trouble imagining that it had been covered by so much snow only 72 hours earlier. Amazing.

In fact, I saw no lingering signs of winter anywhere in the ballpark -- until I got to the State Fair stand, where you could not get a pulled pork sandwich before the game because they forgot to defrost the meat.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 09:53 AM by Rick 95

Regarding the State Fair stand I stood in line for at least 10-15 minutes behind I think three other people. The service there was terrible. A tweet to DSP went unanswered.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 09:57 AM by jctwins Highlight this comment 96

When I was there (about an hour before the start of the game), it looked like their kitchen had not been properly prepared. They were scrambling to find things and were discovering all sorts of problems.

They also had trouble making what I ultimately ordered instead of the pulled pork: the new Italian burger. It took over 10 minutes, and they seemed to be trying to figure out just what had to go on it, then looking for those ingredients.

Ultimately, it was pretty tasty. I'd get it again -- though I do wonder if my next one will be the same as the one I had.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 10:22 AM by Rick 97

One more thing: The State Fair stand has been staffed with volunteers in former years. This year it was paid staff, and the woman I chatted with while waiting for my burger said the volunteers had been moved to other parts of the ballpark. She said she'd never worked this stand before.

That suggests that maybe nobody in that booth had ever been there before. That is kind of what it looked like...

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 10:26 AM by Rick 98

Wow just $6 is all the Twins are charging for field view seats tomorrow? Be interesting to see what the crowd or walk up is. $1 dog day also! Cheaper than Holiday even! Never seen tickets priced that low.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 11:39 AM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 99

I heard reports that various concessions just weren't ready. A friend was going for the full B&TB basket (brisket, ribtips, beer & bourbon), but they were already out of brisket at game time. Maybe they had more on the way, I hope. Kramarczuk's, too, was having trouble keeping up. I shared a basket of rib tips (purchased for me, kindly, by the friend who was already in line. They were good, but not knee-buckling good.

How great it was to be in the ballpark again and to gaze upon the lovely, green field. Rick, great to see you, too. Thanks for visiting!

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 11:55 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 100

Avoid the $1 dog. Tried one last year and it was worse than any school lunchroom hot dog I ate in my life. Even though it costs less than your beloved Holiday dogs, don't waste your $1.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 12:16 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 101

I really don't understand how a business that is supposed to make money can fail so badly at something as simple as concessions. It's not as if they can't prepare for what to expect, especially on opening day when they have months in advance.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 12:31 PM by jctwins Highlight this comment 102

On a non-TF-related note: I went to the Vikings stadium construction site today and took some snaps. I will post a link later. Looking forward to VSM (Vikings StadiumMagic) soon :).

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 1:08 PM by luke Highlight this comment 103

You know, I stopped eating the hot dogs at TF a few years ago because they were so bad. I tried all the different kinds (other than the Kramarczuk's) and they were just all lousy.

I even bought the equivalents in the grocery store to see if maybe it was just how they were cooking them at the ballpark, but nope. The hot dogs themselves are just plain blah.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 1:31 PM by Rick 104

My 'usual' at the ballpark is a Kramarczuk's bratwurst. Yum.

Bought myself a ticket for tomorrow's game, row 1 of section T on the club level. Decided that going to a ballgame is more important than work, at least for a few hours!

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 1:46 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 105

You can't go wrong with a Johnsonville Brat from Holiday! 2 fer $2.50 I think still! I microwave the bun for about 10 seconds to get it soft! Load em up and bring em on in!

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 2:10 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 106

The food and beverages at the permanent concession stands are standard government-issue ballpark fare. The selections at the carts, however, are very good. Compare a brat from the permanent concession stand to one from Kramarczuk's or a Bud Light to a Sam Adams. And did everyone smell the smoke from the Butcher & Boar fire pit inside Gate 34? It reminded me of the smell of the tailgating parties out at Met Stadium 35 years ago.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 3:52 PM by terry Highlight this comment 107

Well at least the smoke wasn't from the Herc plant man!

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 3:54 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 108

Strib has a piece on the "hits and misses" of the new ballpark fare. Fluff piece that is mostly just free advertising.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 4:22 PM by ben Highlight this comment 109

Yes, I agree that the Schweigert hot dogs are absolutely terrible. Bring back Hormel or try Sheboygan, please.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 4:22 PM by FD Highlight this comment 110

Not the greatest pics in the world, but clicky for some snaps I took at the stadium construction site today. It's the closest I've gotten. You can see on one of them there is a "knothole" of sorts for people to peek through the fence to take a look. You SHOULD be able to see the pilings in one of them.
Definitely not Rick-caliber photos, but I'll try to get better :).

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 4:51 PM by luke Highlight this comment 111

Question regarding the lower level seats - labeled left field bleachers I believe.

Does anyone know roughly what row where the overhand from the second level ends? Better phrased - which rows are uncovered?

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 2:07 PM by Brandon Highlight this comment 112

Brandon,

My brother has seats in the 2nd row of sec 131. If it rains the people in row 1 will get wet but row 2 is dry.

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM by Joe117 Highlight this comment 113

Did they get 20,000 out there today? Am 1500 said lots of empty seats all around. Would $2.00 seats get more into the game?

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 2:34 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 114

Luke your no Jimmy Olson but thanks for the pics. Next time put a hardhat on and just walk in! Tell em you work for the Trib.

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 2:35 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 115

Or ----- do your best to look like a complete slimeball and tell them your name is Zygi.

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 3:15 PM by ben Highlight this comment 116

Lol Twink. I should do that...embellish my way to get in there. I DID do some contract work for the Trib a couple years ago. So technically....
I SHOULD take some knowledge from Rick. Rick how were you able to get all the construction photos for TF? did you just tell them you were a curiosity seeker? Did you have to ask to take pics? I did run into an older gentleman who identified himself as a "sidewalk supervisor". He had a name badge on. I'll try to get better :).

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 3:45 PM by luke Highlight this comment 117

With this ballclub struggling to get people to go...is it possible the Twins might re-launch general admission seats, and possibly sell them for $2-4?

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 4:45 PM by luke Highlight this comment 118

They announced 22,973 today. Must be the same guy that counts for Timberwolves games. He counts legs!

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 5:07 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 119

I was at the game. The lower level was pretty full, not completely full, but pretty full. I was actually extremely surprised with how many people I saw. I thought it would be way less than it was. I was at games in July/August/Sept last year and there were a lot less people back then. Back then it looked like 5-10k.

I was not surprised that the attendance was 22k, before they announced it it looked like lower 20's. I was in section 111 at the top so I couldn't see the upper levels, but the lower area was definitely a lot of people. Lower level concourse was hard to navigate at times, like it gets when it's busy...though not as bad as when it's 30K of people.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 08:26 AM by AJ Highlight this comment 120

No way was there 22,973 people at the game yesterday. I'd guess more like 13,000.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 08:29 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 121

With that being said, after the Twins tied it there was a mass exodus. Guessing the "beat the rush hour traffic" crowd. Close to half the lower level left. Then when Norris hit the HR it became even more empty.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 08:30 AM by AJ Highlight this comment 122

I'm with AJ. I was at the game yesterday and I was surprised how full it felt. I was in the lower level behind home plate and I was guessing around 20K before I saw the announcement. I could not see the upper decks except the outfield (which had people soaking up the sun). I always assume the announced number minus 10-15% seems like the real number. At least until it is September and they are 20+ games out of 1st.

FTK, were you there? Why do you doubt our numbers?

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 11:08 AM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 123

People need to remember that according to the Twins/MLB,
Attendance = Tickets Sold NOT actual attendance/turnstile count

They announced 35,837 on Monday and there were no more than 28,000-30,000 there. Lots of empty seats for the Opener.

Remember the days when they had to have an Opening Day ticket lottery???

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 11:46 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 124

Funny. It seems like whenever games go into extra innings, some people just say, "OK, I've had enough," and get up and leave. It continues to happen after every half inning of the extras until only the die-hards remain.

On one hand it's easy to understand. You've been at the game for a while, and you're starting to feel fatigue. When I'm there with the kids, I have no choice but to leave at a certain hour.

But extras are often where the game gets really interesting! Don't you want to see who will win? How it will end? What kind of moves the managers will make? Who will be the hero/goat?

Even with the fatigue, or maybe I should say even through the fatigue, I find extra innings completely irresistible...

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 11:54 AM by Rick 125

Actually, regardless of what the teams say publicly, they are allowed to calculate attendance however they like. It's a secret sauce.

Under normal circumstances, they probably go for the biggest number possible. If they're trying to get a new ballpark built, they probably try for the smallest number possible. If they have contractual issues (with media or governments or advertisers or such), they may also be motivated to slant one direction or the other.

Then there's the reality that it's pretty much impossible to get a true count. People come and go. There are comps and other tickets that get issued but not used. People arrive in the fifth inning -- or even the ninth.

This time of year especially, it's not unusual for the official number to not pass the smell test.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 12:01 PM by Rick 126

And even at games that are legitimate sell-outs, there are always many empty seats at TF because of all the options to just remaining seated, e.g. walking around the park and watching from different standing room vantage points, drink rails, Towne Ball Tavern, Met Club, Hrbek's, the Twins Pub (or whatever it is called now). Because of these options there are always many fans who are at the park but not in their seats. I guess that could be said of any sports venue, but TF has more options and more appealing options than other stadia.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 12:27 PM by terry Highlight this comment 127

Determining how many people actually walked into the building is not that difficult - nobody reports that number however.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 12:40 PM by ben Highlight this comment 128

I am wondering why section 103 is completely empty from row 10 up. The sections that are both better and worse are nowhere near as empty as that section. Strange, but clear evidence of some manipulation by team or mlb as to what seats are available.

It's also interesting how the top half of almost all of HPB sections are completely empty.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 12:45 PM by jctwins Highlight this comment 129

It's actually surprisingly difficult to count how many people walked into the building because there are so many entrances without turnstiles. And there are plenty of people who enter without a ticket getting scanned. In many cases that is because they came in before the gates were open, or through the corporate offices, or with comps waiting somewhere that may or may not actually ever get scanned.

This isn't saying anything new, but things work very differently for people with lots of money and/or friends in the right places.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 12:53 PM by Rick 130

Joe -

I appreciate the insight! I try to sit in different locations and haven't sat in the left field bleacher seats yet. Have row 10 seats for Saturday and was trying to figure out how wet were were going to get.

Different note - What happened to the home blue 'TWINS' jerseys? We're wearing the usual road blue 'MINNESOTA' jerseys today.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 1:06 PM by Brandon Highlight this comment 131

Brandon - The Twins got rid of their blue "Twins" jerseys and only have one alternate blue now with "Minnesota" on it for both home/road. I like the "Minnesota" but just wish they would inverse the red/white on the script like we saw on the Minnesota blue jerseys used from 1997-2008.

jctwins - I was wondering that same thing at Monday's opener why section 103 was so empty

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 1:21 PM by Mike (aka Mike) Highlight this comment 132

I bet part of why the top half of the HPB seats are empty is due to the shading. Yesterday when I was there it was a 10 degree difference from sun to shade. I could watch the crowd shift as the shadows moved across the seats.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 1:42 PM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 133

Anybody else smell a sweep?

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 1:46 PM by Rick 134

jctwins - do the Twins try to use section 103 for group reservations on the lower level? Seems like I have seen another section on the LF lower side (125 OR 126 maybe?) in the past couple years that has large holes, even on busier attendance dates.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 1:49 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 135

Rick - regarding 125. The intrigue of extra innings is exactly what kept me at the metrodome on Aug 31, 1993. Twins and Cleveland battled for over 6 hours until Pedro Munoz ended it in the 22nd on a walk off HR. Kept moving seats until we (and most of the few of us left) were right behind the plate).

Went with a group of 4 and one had to defect as the hour approached 11. It was a game that started in August but didn't end until September.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 1:56 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 136

I feel like I always see sec 104 & 124 as more empty than the sec next to them. That is because they are Diamond Box and 103 & 125 are Field Box and cheaper.

Yesterday the ushers were checking tickets at sec 114 where I was sitting. It will be interesting to see how long that lasts.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 2:43 PM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 137

Through eight the boys have collected three hits and one run. Have to wonder if Sano with only one good arm and Buxton with half a year of low minor league experience wouldn't be better than what they're putting out there now.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 2:48 PM by terry Highlight this comment 138

Buy the cheapest seat and sit where you want! Back to the good old days man! Baby Jesus got an RBI yet? How many times has he been rung up looking at strike 3 this year? Sure earning that 23 mil!

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 2:49 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 139

Regarding Rick's comment other day about attendance figures being a "secret sauce" I had to chuckle at that. My brother used to work ticket office and later on sports information for media (basically a runner for the media and looked up facts pre internet) for Gophers at Williams arena back in 1990-1994. For a couple years one of his duties was turning in the "official attendance" count. There were alot of games the attendance was fudged just a little bit to match year of his birth (1973) or birthdate (27) so it was not uncommon to see something like 11,227 or 11,073 as "official attendence"-anything ending in 27 or 73. If a friends birthday was day of game he would put their birth year or date as part of attendance for them. So like Rick said-it is not an exact science.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 140

I was disappointed to see online that they were wearing the softball tops today. I thought we would be spared that at home this year.

On another topic, my first game in the powerball pavilion seats on Monday revealed their fatal flaw: a cupholder at elbow length at the end of the armrest. Can't say how many times my sleeve ended up in my drink! Nice vantage point from those seats, though!

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 3:09 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 141

In other news (yawn) Twinkies swept at home first series- way to go fellas! And to bolster the offense we bring in Darin Mastionni (spelling?) who WAS CUT FROM THE 40 MAN ROSTER and now 9 games into the season is not only brought in to bat but is batting LEADOFF?!?!?!?!? And the Florimon "we expect him to rebound this year" bit is sure working out- batting .091. Again- 60-102 and that is exactly what they deserve. What a joke. And today ANOTHER story about Target Field food options. Good thing becasue the product on the field gives me gut rot.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 3:25 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 142

Through 9 games, the Twins are on pace for a 54 - 108 season!!

Giving up 59 runs through 9 games --- an average of 6.5 runs/game...not going to win many games this year at this rate.

Should also mention today's announced "attendance" of 20,650 was the smallest crowd in Target Field history...

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 3:30 PM by Mike (aka Mike) Highlight this comment 143

That's right, baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint, so no worries Twins fans!!

Or did we hear those same things in 2011? 2012? 2013?

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 3:32 PM by Mike (aka Mike) Highlight this comment 144

Well at least there should be no long lines at the concessions this year! Lose 6-1 BUT we battled our tails off once again! Our 23 mil man GIDP and had 2 more strikeouts not sure if swinging or looking going 0-4 today!! Mercy!

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 3:56 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 145

CSG Mike (#123), I was in row 1 of section "T" on the club level. From where I was, I could see entire upper deck sections with less than five people sitting in them. Looking down at the section below me (122?), it was about 30% full. Even the section right behind the Twins' dugout was maybe 50% full.

Now, as others have mentioned, the difference between the shade and sun might mean there were more people in the sections I couldn't see (above me on the third base side), but from where I was things looked pretty sparse.

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 08:34 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 146

Rick,

What's going on with the counter at the top of the page?

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 09:06 AM by FD Highlight this comment 147

Oops. Forgot to load the 2014 schedule. It's there now!

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 09:18 AM by Rick 148

So can someone tell me a bit about the Champions Club? I know they get those sweet seats right behind home plate. Is it true that all the food/drink is free? What sort of extra amenities do you get?

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 10:31 AM by Schda Highlight this comment 149

If you call the price of a ticket "free" then so is the food.

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 1:43 PM by ben Highlight this comment 150

I have done a game in the Champions Club a few years back. If I remember correctly the food and beverages are included in the price of the ticket. They have a wide variety of items that are not available in the rest of the stadium. My friend was a big fan of the candy station. (big jars filled with assorted goodies, kinda like I've seen at friend's weddings)

We luckily were given the tickets as a thank you so it truly was free.... for us. :)

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 3:52 PM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 151

The day I sat in Champions was also a gift ticket, thus free to me.

Once you've purchased the ticket, which is generally no small amount, as Ben points out, there is no additional cost for food. This includes a wide array of stuff, ranging from very fine (I had some memorably-yummy salmon, and "ballpark sliders" which were much more than just a little burger) to standard ballpark (free unlimited hot dogs, popcorn, candy, ice cream, etc.). I think the menu changes regularly, but I've only actually eaten there once.

Soda was also free, but there's a cash bar for everything else. (I can't remember about beer. I think there may have been one free beer option...)

Here are a couple of images from last year...



Posted on April 11, 2014 at 4:07 PM by Rick 152

The S. Preston "Minimalist Ballparks" series is now on display at TF. This is in the hallway on the club level, near the skyway to the A ramp:


(Sorry about the picture quality - was taken with my phone)

Posted on April 12, 2014 at 12:16 AM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 153

Regular beer (Grain Belt, etc.) was "free".

At the game tonight they announced Yost as KC manager while displaying Melvin on the jumbotron. Seems like something they could have done right.

Posted on April 12, 2014 at 12:36 AM by ben Highlight this comment 154

Remember the dude that did the 30 minimalist ballparks? He did some "heritage" ones too. Clicky for the site. You will see not one but TWO for the Dome. Sorry if this has already been discussed, but I have never seen the heritage mini ballparks, just the 30 current minis.

Posted on April 12, 2014 at 4:29 PM by luke Highlight this comment 155

So, we carried this damn poster around with us all through the afternoon (why don't they give these things away as you exit? they did it with those light bulbs), and we get it home and unroll it, only to see...


...the loneliest man on the planet.

If I were to caption this, the thought bubble would read, "I can't believe I lost my favorite position, and my best friend plays for another team now."

Posted on April 12, 2014 at 11:51 PM by Rick 156

Anyone know when the AllStar lottery is? Are the Twins still holding out how to sell more ticket packages? I get about 5 emails/day from Twins in my junk email acct and just wanted to make sure I didn't miss the "I'm sorry" email, but guarantee by clicking here for season tix.

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 09:15 AM by TK Highlight this comment 157

*holding out hope

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 09:16 AM by TK Highlight this comment 158

I have an eMail about ASG tix opportunity on Tues PM along with a secret number to get in. I wonder what the interest will be.

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 11:27 AM by ben Highlight this comment 159

All Star lottery? You'd have a better chance hopping on eBay and making the highest bid. All Star lottery...lol. THAT'S a laugher.

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 2:55 PM by luke Highlight this comment 160

It looks like they are giving all partial STH the same window for ASG selection. Yay for multiple browser windows!

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 5:37 PM by jctwins Highlight this comment 161

Thanks for your intellectual insight.

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 7:09 PM by TK Highlight this comment 162

Comment 162 aimed at Luke, in case it was not obvious.

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 7:10 PM by TK Highlight this comment 163

It wasn't so much insight as it was a directive...lol.

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 9:18 PM by luke Highlight this comment 164

Ben - I assume yours is based on season ticket account. Are you guaranteed a shot at tickets, or is it "an opportunity to potentially buy, but only if our supply is at a level that we are comfortable releasing them to you"

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 07:55 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 165

Thanks for the info on the Champions Club. My plan is still in place. I've had a dream for the last few years of sitting in those seats at least once. Since I figured I'd have to buy a ticket on the secondary market I'm waiting for the price to hit low enough then I plan to eat/drink enough 'free' food and beverages to equal my ticket price. Yeah it sounds a bit silly, but I think it'd be fun to do it and have a fun little story. I wouldn't be obnoxious or a lout or anything, but I think it'd make for a fun time. The prices on the last couple games have come close, but I think if the Twins have a down year this year that during September it might just hit my magic price point as tickets get cheaper and cheaper.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 08:42 AM by Schda Highlight this comment 166

I've been told that partial STHs will all have a chance to actually buy ASG tickets - not just a virtual waiting room chance to maybe buy them. They just can't guarantee the specific inventory that will be available. Shorter term partial STHs (less than 7 years) are going this week, Tues through Thursday, I think. My time is Wed morning. I'll let people know what I see/buy.

With the team's ongoing marketing to purchase STHs even now to "guarantee" ASG priority, I think the team knows that it has plenty of inventory available. I also expect that there will be some - maybe not many, but some - ASG tix available for a public onsale.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 09:16 AM by BR Highlight this comment 167

Schda, I've had the same plan for a while. From what I've read, basic beer/wine is included in the CC ticket price, but not premium stuff. Still, I think I could drink enough cheap stuff, and eat enough good food (if I get there early!), to justify paying $100-125/seat. Any more, though, and it makes more sense to simply buy dugout box for $50.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 09:19 AM by BR Highlight this comment 168

"All sale participants will have the opportunity to purchase two ticket strips."

The problem for me is whether it would be worthwhile. Best case scenario would be to sell off the homer derby, etc. and wind up with tix to the ASG at a reasonable price. Don't know if that will be doable. I'm sure I'm hardly the only guy with that plan.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 09:54 AM by ben Highlight this comment 169

Group organizers are getting a chance Thursday to login for ASG tix. Wonder what that wait will be like!

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 09:56 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 170

Ben, I had the same thought.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 09:56 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 171

As to the Champs Club --- I've never seen prices get low enough for me to consider them a good deal. My theory is that they are not allowed to go below a set figure somehow. Odd to see lots of CC seats empty - you would think they would grab whatever they could get but that does not appear to be the case.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 09:59 AM by ben Highlight this comment 172

BR, that's my price point too. Tickets for Sunday were down to $150. I figure if you get there when the park opens, then stay for a 3 hour game, that's around 4-5 hours of time to make it up. My favorite spot seat wise though is those lettered sections down the 3rd base line. They have a great view, convenient to get to, feel close to the field, and are usually pretty reasonably priced. I got an opportunity to sit in the dugout box (I think that's the one that has the moat you cross) for part of opening day. It was pretty nice, but I don't know if I'd normally buy a seat there. One of the benefits of the Twins not being so hot in the standings for the last few years is that the ticket prices at least on the secondary market get a bit cheaper so there is more of a chance to try out some new areas of the park.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 10:32 AM by Schda Highlight this comment 173

We also have the opportunity to get ASG tickets Wednesday morning. From everything I have heard it sounds (fingers crossed) like not only number of tickets but also selection for us will still be pretty good.

I have a buddy that regularly gets into the Champions Club...and for cheap. I know for a while he was scoring super cheap tickets on Craigslist (usually day of, and negotiating for $50-ish) and I can only assume that is still the case. So for those looking, that might be a solid avenue these days as well.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 12:54 PM by jared Highlight this comment 174

I agree about the lettered sections down the 3rd base line, just don't let your wife / GF have the binoculars, the Twins don't seem to close the door of their bathroom in the dugout.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 12:59 PM by trebor651 Highlight this comment 175

Looks like possible snow out on Wed. Should play tonight!

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 4:07 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 176

Oh no! I have tickets for Wednesday night. I really hope they make a decision early. I might have to pull the winter gear back out of storage.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 5:57 PM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 177

You could just borrow some from the Twins- i remember 2 years ago it was snowing during a game vs Tampa Bay and was coming down pretty good and the crowd went wild and the Twins lost 11-1 or something like that. More than half the Twins players were 100% covered head to toe-I have seen snowmobilers wear less gear. I remember thinking how embarrassing it was to lose to a team from Tampa Bay SO badly in conditions like that and Tampa clearly looked less concerned about the elements based on how they were dressed (someone must have not read the weather report) . I know that (like in every other sport) every team has players from parts of the USA and Latin American countries not used to cold and snow but it is brought up by media every time a World Series is played in a cold weather city in Oct (not that the Twins are accustomed to playing in Oct) as if it is a home field advantage.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 11:34 AM by Uffda Highlight this comment 178

Uffda -- I can recall the exact game you were talking about as I was there. It was in 2011 and the Twins ended up losing to the Rays 15-3. It was a really long game and Blackburn was terrible.

The Twins players (Span, Morneau, Casilla especially) were all bundled up with cold weather gear while Tampa Bay was not letting the weather deter them from playing a good game.

They even played Christmas Music throughout the game and had the "Twin-ter Wonderland" graphic on the video board.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 1:56 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 179

Yes thats right-good memory. I remember now thinking "wth Morneau -you are a canuck for cripes sakes don't look so uncomfortable" -I understand w/ the latin players and in general baseball is not meant to be played in snow of course but the fact that Tampa Bay was able to put up w/ it like no big deal and it seemed our team just wanted to go back to the clubhouse and it showed. At least the fans appeared to have a good time w/ the snow. What made it most embarrassing was losing such a lopsided game to a team from the south that plays in a dome was able to come up here and manhandle us in our house in the cold/snow.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 2:28 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 180

Check out the videos on the Viking site. Time lapse of metrodome's deconstruction. And also right down in the site. Might be just a tad better than your pics luke! :)

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 2:39 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 181

Of course they're a tad better...lol...professional grade cameras vs a 5.1 MP smartphone :p

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 7:49 PM by luke Highlight this comment 182

I fully support making April 15 Jackie Robinson Day across baseball, but I wish they would do away with the idea of everyone wearing #42. A "42" patch makes much more sense.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 7:54 PM by terry Highlight this comment 183

Well, the jerseys can always be re-used, whereas they have to sew a patch on every jersey for one day, then remove it the next day.
Of course you COULD make every players jersey with a 42 patch, but then again, lots of expense for one day of wear.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 8:44 PM by luke Highlight this comment 184

Luke, these jerseys are never "reused" as they are generally sold.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 9:42 PM by TK Highlight this comment 185

Finally able to catch my first full game tonight...been tough with all these day games. Now FSN is into the finding a sponsor for everything. The copyright announcement is now sponsored by a law firm reading the message. I am however okay without Bert saying it every night, but my gosh.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 9:45 PM by TK Highlight this comment 186

Wheels fell off after 5 innings. Looked like about 200 there at the end!

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 08:58 AM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 187

I have not been here for a long time but I'm getting ready to order my ASG strips and asked myself do I cancel my season tickets after this year? yes i have had them for 10 years & that is the only reason I can think of to keep them.. the fact that I can get tix on stub hub for 6 bucks & the Twins flat out refuse to sign any talent make for very long seasons with very long games I have to sit through with there not ever being much offense on the Twins part. 3 years is long enough fir rebuilding i can't take another season of losing.. i don't want to be the new kansas city… I think there will be a mass exit of the STH base next year.. i think about all the perks i had as a sth say in 2008 when they gave you bobble heads and other give aways they have taken everything away including twinsfest tix.. i did luck out and get a pair but i had to complain.. in turn they also gave me a meet and greet with rod carew so that worked out good but when is enough enough???

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 09:41 AM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 188

and yes.. the hot dogs @ TF flat out suck.. i compared them with a hotdog off the roller 2 holiday gas station and the gas station won out.. my point is it seems like the Twins are doing exactly what i feared.. get the stadium and then you don't even try… they keep adding all of these fancy foods and what not but can grill a fucken hot dog??????? when i pay 6 bucks for a dog it should taste good.. i don't want steak or sushi at a ballgame , i want a hot dog… rant over...

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 09:45 AM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 189

so back to the ASG I want to go that is why I will pay the price but i am considering putting them up for sale and make some money… it would have to be "a offer i can't refuse" type money.. is anyone else thinking about this and what is your plan or how much do you think you will get?

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 09:48 AM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 190

Well I was in at 2:00 on the nose yesterday and bought a pair in Dugout Box 15, Row 2. I figured that this is my best chance at being close to a lot of good talent at Target Field.

I guess that tells me that MLB must have taken all they wanted and left a little even in the good sections.

I would have liked to look around a little more, but as always with me when good seats come up in a search I feel the need to jump in before I lose my only chance.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM by jctwins Highlight this comment 191

Incidentally I got in on my first try, with zero hassle with the system. That makes me wonder if there wasn't much demand :( .

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM by jctwins Highlight this comment 192

We have really only been hanging on to our tickets for ASG priority in the event they would clearly sell out. Now that it doesn't appear that will happen and we are in line to get our tickets today, it's become way easier to want to drop.

As much as we would love to sell the tickets in hopes we make some money, the ASG doesn't come around here often and we want to experience it here at face value. If we can score some extra in a public sale we may try to sell them.

We got a pair in 120 row 5 for $791 per strip. Apparently these were some of the last pairs available. The rest were singles. They are going for over $1500 for the game alone.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 10:14 AM by jared Highlight this comment 193

"They are going for $1500.."

on stubhub.

We also had little hassle with the system.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 10:16 AM by jared Highlight this comment 194

Listed at is not the same as going for.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 11:35 AM by ben Highlight this comment 195

No game tonight. A 12:10; 6:10 doubleheader tomorrow.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 11:58 AM by DeePee Highlight this comment 196

"Listed for" on StubHub is not the same as "going for" nor does it reflect the market value/demand by any means...

The prices on StubHub will fall as the game gets closer, guaranteed.

And if you are a season ticket holder looking to re-sell, then they better be pretty good offers otherwise it makes no sense to keep renewing your season tickets just for the sake of All Star Game priority.

We got lower level tickets (down the third baseline/left field area) for the 2012 All Star Game in KC for $150 each in the parking lot prior to the game...face value was probably $125. So we only "overpaid" by $25-$50 at most.

We decided one game in July 2014 was not worth the cost of sitting through the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons as a STH. We decided not to renew following the 2011 disastrous season. For as much money as we saved by not renewing in 2012, 2013 and 2014, we can easily afford to go to the 2014 All Star game as well as any other single games we choose.

It was a great decision by our group to not renew following the 2011 season and we were never going to fall into the "2014 All Star Game priority" marketing trap the Twins use.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 12:10 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 197

In 2012, I had 10 games unused in our two seating packages, costing us $600.00. I cannot imagine the cost savings from last year when we did not renew and would have lost two more partners.

In doing a quick search of StubHub sold tickets:

Dugout Box (ASG Only)3 sets of tickets have been sold: $1576/ticket (Pair); $1885/ticket (Pair); $2700/ticket (set of 4)

Cheapest Dugout Box pair currently listed $1927.00

Field View (ASG Only)10 sets of tickets have been sold: Cheapest: $580/ticket Most Expensive: $826

LC (ASG Only) 3 sets of tickets have been sold: Cheapest: $1377/ticket Most Expensive: $1982

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 12:28 PM by tk Highlight this comment 198

"Listed at is not the same as going for."

Thanks for being quick to point that out. That's what I meant. I for whatever reason have just always said "going for" when referring to list price. I didn't mean to insinuate that is what they were selling for. Soda vs Pop.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 1:16 PM by jared Highlight this comment 199

And a nice sidenote, I am starting to post my OD images. Remember what a nice day at the ballpark looks like?


See it large here.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 1:20 PM by jared Highlight this comment 200

Nobody knows what the secondary demand for the ASG will be. You can't say definitively that interest on the secondary market is peaking now, in April, before the first half of the season plays itself out and rosters are announced. Historically, secondary market demand for the ASG fluctuates throughout the season leading up to the event itself, no matter the location.

It's a gamble. You might make money, you might not. Yes, smaller markets like the Twin Cities or KC are at a disadvantage compared to a location like Citi Field when it comes to selling ASG tix, but who knows? Perhaps the "allure" of Jeter's last ASG (should he be selected) will entice enough buyers. Nobody knows.

Fortunately for me, my decision to continue to renew my season tickets has nothing to do with the ASG. I'm not buying strips, so I'm neither going to the ASG, nor attempting to sell tickets to it. I renew because my sons love going to the games, and I love going with them.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 3:19 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 201

All star games are nuthin but a silly exhibition game im my book. Now the home run hitting contest is a different story! Maz yes dump your season tickets. You correct on the dogs! Holiday has some great Johnsonville Brats for 2 fer $2.75. Hey you can go to the game for $6 and sit where you want just like the good old days at the met and dome!

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 3:59 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 202

I finally had a Kramarczuk's brat at Saturday's game. Definitely worth $7.50 ($6.75 after STH discount), and certainly the best of its ilk in the ballpark.

I still have to say that the Johnsonville brats and Oscar Meyer beef hot dogs I buy at the supermarket beat them all.

I don't think I've ever said this about the Holiday dog option, but I'm not interested in eating a cold dog. The price premium may very well be the amount you pay for heat, absurd as that sounds. (I also think all of the in-stadium options are bigger, but that's only a good thing if it tastes good...)

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 4:08 PM by Rick 203

Lowertown Ballpark update.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 4:12 PM by DeePee Highlight this comment 204

Thanks for that Jared. I was beginning to wonder.
Mazarati- my ticket buddy did just as you are suggesting, he is giving up his season tickets after this season :(. He will revel in getting his ASG strip, then he is done :(.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 4:47 PM by luke Highlight this comment 205

ASG secondary market historically peaks in early-mid June. However, if you really want to go, it should be pretty easy to find good seats at/below face value the week (sometimes the days) before the game, especially if you are local.

This was true in Phoenix in 2011, KC in 2012 and even NY last year. (Anaheim in 2010 was a different story, but I think Disney bought a boatload of tickets). Every year, STHs think that ASG strips are lottery tickets and all but a fortunate few find out otherwise. The demand is for the ASG, and to some degree, the HR derby. No one wants to pay for the Futures game (though it is a must see if you are a true baseball fan) / Celebrity game or the overpriced programs and FanFest tickets, but MLB forces you to buy them.

I was lucky with ASG this year - I am going to use one set of tickets for myself and I got an offer to purchase my other set at double my cost. I see much higher asking prices out there, but going for "free" not counting travel costs (though I got my room rate locked in before anything good hit $500/night) is a big wn in my book. But if you have tickets to sell, don't wait too long. The seats I ended up using at my last ASG were right behind home plate and I paid 65% of FACE value for them (e.g. seller list money on the easiest part of the strips to sell)

The Twins opened up All Star Sunday ticket sales a few weeks ago for seats MLB did not want, so you could get an idea of single game tickets that MLB was keeping for the far more popular HRD and ASG (convenient for them they get to do what pretty much everyone else wants to do)

Unless a miracle occurs and the team is competive, I small dropping my HPB seats next year. Still planning to move to Munneapolis at so e point, so will grudgingly keep my LC seats. But I fault the organization for just totally blowing the new ballpark effect in record time. As bad as FSE was this year, I'm convinced it was propped up by the lure of the ASG. I agree with the other poster - three years is plenty of time for a plan to start taking shape, but it doesn't seem like the Twins even have a plan.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 8:13 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 206

Tripleheader for Friday? 12:10, 3:10, 7:10 start? They will not get TF cleared out in six hours today.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 06:14 AM by luke Highlight this comment 207

Outdoor baseball --- it's what everyone (except the Twins) wanted.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 07:23 AM by ben Highlight this comment 208

They started working on the field around 5am today. No doubt they will be ready. I am just wondering who is going to show up??? It's going to be an empty stadium all day!

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 08:12 AM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 209

Wednesday's postponed game was only the 9th postponed game in Target Field history (331 regular season games)...not bad at all if you want my opinion. Of those 9, 3 of them were within a single 8-day stretch in April last year (Mets, Angels, Marlins).

I would be curious as to how other teams rank over that same time period?

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 08:16 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 210

I sure wish I could go out there today. Games with tiny crowds are a great window into how the players play the game. With no crowd noise, you can actually hear the chatter among them, and even from the dugout.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 08:37 AM by Rick 211

Click for a link of postponed games for 2014. It looks like there have already been 12 games effected this year. I'd say we're lucky to have only 1.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 08:43 AM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 212

Rick the Holiday Brats or dogs are hot right off the griller. A mere 5 minute walk to the gate and you can wolf em right down. Steam the buns for about 10 seconds also! What a day to be at the game today and tonight! Do the beer venders even show up today? LOL! Had close to 9 inches in the yard this morning!

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 09:25 AM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 213

Yuck, I really have no idea how you guys love the Holiday Dogs so much!?!?!? I've tried them and used the bun trick... it's still just gross to me! IF I am going to get something like that, it is always a Kramarczuk's hot off the grill.

BTW - The field is clear... only took them a few hours.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 09:36 AM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 214

I just ordered ASG tix through the group organizers window. Didn't even look at the good seats, as they're *really* out of my price range, but in the lower priced areas got rebuffed several times with "no 2 seats together." (Grandstand, Field View, and Skyline view.) Ended up with 2 in home run porch. It'll be fun to be there anyway, and I'm sure my scorecard will look just as messed up as at my last ASG in 1981.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:30 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 215

If its a matter of not having tickets (haha, i know right?) I have a pair for the noon game I can't use for anyone that my want them. You kinda have to drive to EP to get them though. I could take an early lunch and meet a short distance away if needed.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:31 AM by jared Highlight this comment 216

Mike have you tried the Johnsonville Brats at Holiday??? Top notch! Plus you get 2 fer $2.75!!! You can always use the free condiments at TF by the way! Nice job by the crew to clear the snow. Are they power washing the seats? I would tell the folks to not even go up to the 3rd deck today. Sit where you want!

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:40 AM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 217

Apparently the upper deck has been closed off for the early game today meaning all fans will be sitting in the lower level.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:40 AM by Mike (aka Mike) Highlight this comment 218

I might add that was according to Dan Gladden on 1500ESPN a few minutes ago.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:47 AM by Mike (aka Mike) Highlight this comment 219


See large here. I also put a little description in the image on my flickr. Got me thinking about how the plaza topiaries are more like bat sculptures with weeds growing at the base and how its way nicer once the color has returned to the plaza. Then I think about what else will be done (temporarily) to the plaza for the ASG.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 11:03 AM by jared Highlight this comment 220

Sidenote: i know it's not a weed growing on the topiaries.

And as an example of the things I can think of that they could/might do: I don't doubt that there likely will be some kind of billboard(s) on the A ramp with players on them, similar to:


I was also thinking there could be some new billboard/signage on the Target Center/skyways. Maybe put some decorative coverings over the opening in the plaza looking down over 394? Doubt it but could look cool. Similar to:


IDK, it's a slow but busy day for me and I am daydreaming rather than working.

Then I did a websearch to find the image above and found this article about a facility built on top of A Ramp. Interesting and obviously my ADD is getting the best of me today.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 11:19 AM by jared Highlight this comment 221

Wow, I just saw that the upper concourse will be closed for the early game too! That has to be a first for TF.

Jared, I was just thinking that the hops growth in the bats is basically nonexistent considering it's been 5 years. I do hope they figure out a better plant to grow and fill them out. I agree something will probably be done temporarily for the ASG.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 11:34 AM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 222

Looks like the club followed my advise on the upper deck today! LOL! Be curious what they get for crowds today and tonight! Teens?

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 11:58 AM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 223

I've wondered many times what happened with the hops. When the design of the plaza was revealed, much was made about how hops would be the perfect plant for our climate and would grow full and lush by the end of the season -- which could make for a wonderful October baseball image (if that ever happens again).

But they've never been more than thin strands when they were real, and roughly the same when they were fake.

It basically mutes another of the clever features of the plaza: lighting them up according to what inning the game is in. I think that they still do this, but it's sort of hard to make out which ones are lit.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 12:21 PM by Rick 224

I know that it's only "five minutes" (or thereabouts) between Holiday and the ballpark, but five minutes is an eternity in hot dog time...

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 12:22 PM by Rick 225

2010 was such a magical year (until the playoffs) in so many ways. In addition to a good team that WON more than 90 games, we had wonderful weather that spring and summer. The never-ending winters we've had the last couple years are really getting old - regardless of where you get your hot dogs and brats.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 1:14 PM by terry Highlight this comment 226

Well on a record breaking coldest Twins start time temp day 31 degrees like today, Yes those brats would get cold quick. No problem on the other normal days. Wrap em up tight in plastic. I did drag a $5.00 little ceasars box in a couple years ago! LOL! Why pay $5 a slice when you can get a whole pie for $5??

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 2:22 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 227

Looks like we get back to 500 for a little bit anyways! Lads up 7-0 top of 8! No way we can blow this big of a lead is there?

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 2:33 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 228

Nice outing for Gibson! Now 3-0 on the season with a 0.93 ERA and 19.1 innings pitched through 3 starts.....keep it going Kyle!!

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 3:35 PM by Mike (aka Mike) Highlight this comment 229

I've never used StubHub, but are all tickets sold there the electronic variety? Or do some have the "hard" tickets? Call me quirky, but I like having the hard tickets in my hand and not a fill piece of paper that gets all crumpled up.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 3:50 PM by luke Highlight this comment 230

Every time I've used StubHub I get electronic tickets, then print them out.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 4:38 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 231

Could we please have an end to all the commercials for holiday dogs and brats? Enough is enough, already. Why we have to go on and on about gas station food is a mystery to me. You couldn't pay me enough to use the rest room at holiday, let alone eat any food being prepared in those dodgy joints.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 6:19 PM by Spud (aka Winona Mike) Highlight this comment 232

I JUST GOT SKYLINE VIEW strips for 401 each… just want to take my son and get in the blgd. I guess it was assumed that I am a baseball fan to have STH in the first place.. my point was for the last 3 years and 3 weeks i have not been watching baseball at TF..calm down everybody calm down

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 233

Looks like a split today! Not a big Johnsonville fan there Spud?? Man looks like about 2000 in attendance tonight!

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 8:03 PM by twinfan Highlight this comment 234

Not a fan of those miserable, filthy holiday gas stations or your constant harping on them. Give it a rest.

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 9:31 PM by Spud (aka Winona Mike) Highlight this comment 235

Let's be frank: the hot dog thread has gotten old and has gone on foot long as I can remember. And we, the readers are the losers. In fact, there are no wieners.

TTH

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 9:31 PM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 236

The Truth!!!!! LOL!!! Nice rally by the boys! Jays walk 8 in the 8th along with 4 wild pitches! The lads are above 500 for the first time since when?? Nice home stand 5-1!

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 9:49 PM by twinfan Highlight this comment 237

So, how was the actual crowd on Thursday?

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 04:53 AM by Jfh Highlight this comment 238

I heard the Twins closed a portion of the upper level Thursday because of falling ice.
I also heard though I find it hard to believe, Thursdays first pitch was the coldest twims game on record (31 F)? Come on, Minnesota has been colder than that in April.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 05:46 AM by luke Highlight this comment 239

There have been a great deal of Aprils, but only a few since TF was built.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 07:05 AM by ben Highlight this comment 240

The report I heard said that it was the coldest first pitch in Twins history. I have no reason to doubt that.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 07:12 AM by Rick 241

twinfan your memory is as poor as your prognosticating skills. Twins were swept in the TF opening series, leading to a 5-4 homestand.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 08:15 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 242

Actually, I believe,according to my book I have this recent game was probably noted for being the coldest game at first pitch at Target Field. On May 2, 1967 at Met Stadium the game between the Yankees and Twins was 29 degrees at first pitch,making that game the coldest at first pitch.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 09:01 AM by Tom D. Highlight this comment 243

I have to admit this club is far more entertaining to watch than I expected they would be. The fact that they have been able to capitalize on bad pitching at least says something. I think the 2012 and 2013 clubs couldn't have even done that.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 09:28 AM by jctwins Highlight this comment 244

On base percentage is such an important offensive stat as last night's 8th inning proves. In 2013 the Twins had far too many hitters with enormous numbers of strikeouts and just a handful of walks. A team can accept 120 K's from a guy who will hit 35+ HR's and probably draw 100 walks, i.e. a Harmon Killebrew or Jim Thome type. 120 K's from someone who hits 10-15 HR's and walks only 30-40 times is a Black Hole in your batting order - and yes Pedro, I'm talking about you.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 10:12 AM by terry Highlight this comment 245

The Pioneer Press states that the 1967 game was a balmy 32 degrees, thus the all-time record hype.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 10:36 AM by Raging Peasants Highlight this comment 246

If demand was so high, why would they extend the offer to buy more tickets? The desperation is not very well veiled here.

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As a Twins Season Ticket Holder, we hope you took advantage of your opportunity to purchase ticket strips to this summer's MLB All-Star Week events at Target Field. Because of high demand for additional MLB All-Star Week ticket strips, we're offering an exclusive Ticket Opportunity for Season Ticket Holders to register for the chance to purchase additional ticket strips for the 2014 MLB All-Star Week. All season ticket accounts, regardless of plan type, are eligible to register for the opportunity to purchase a maximum of two MLB All-Star Week ticket strips per account.

Each All-Star Week ticket strip includes:
One (1) 2014 MLB All-Star Game ticket
One (1) 2014 Gatorade All-Star Workout Day ticket featuring the Home Run Derby
One (1) *2014 Taco Bell All-Star Sunday ticket featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game
Two (2) 2014 T-Mobile All-Star FanFest tickets
One (1) 2014 Official MLB All-Star Game Program
*Important to note: those chosen to participate in this exclusive sale who purchase will be required to buy two additional tickets to the Taco Bell All-Star Sunday ticket featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 10:52 AM by jctwins Highlight this comment 247

I thought the same thing when I got the email, jctwins! It should read "Because of high *supply* of additional All Star Week Ticket Strips..."

On the other hand, and as others have reported, the tickets in the sections I was looking at seemed to be going fast as I was looking around. I did manage to get a couple in the upper deck 317 row 2 behind home plate.

I really don't like the practice of having to buy the whole strip. Like others I mainly want to go to the game and don't care much about the other hoopla, but I'm not optimistic about the resale value of those other pieces. Could be an expensive game, but I could get some of it back. But it's a big investment, those seats for one game cost almost as much as my entire 40 game plan.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 11:55 AM by ClarkAddison Highlight this comment 248

Anyone going to Kansas City this weekend? Should be a nice weekend for baseball down there. And if you go, have some 'burnt ends' for me!

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 12:42 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 249

OMG I could really go for Oklahoma Joes right now. Down on State Line RD in Kansas City. Or go a little west and go to KC Masterpiece in Overland Park KS.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 12:48 PM by luke Highlight this comment 250

So you guys got an email about a drawing for more ASG...and the twins are saying they are offering due to high demand. Welp. Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice...well, can't get fooled again. I don't manage our account. Will have to see if he got the email and registered us.


See large here.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 2:15 PM by jared Highlight this comment 251

Nice pic Jared!

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 3:06 PM by jctwins Highlight this comment 252

Zygs is hocking up some extra cash for scoreboard/videoboard upgrades at US Bank Stadium. Clicky.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 10:02 PM by luke Highlight this comment 253

I recd the same email about i can buy more strips from them.. I guess thats a good thing right? everybody is so freaking negative all the time smh.. I'm gonna buy another set to sell to a friend for face value plus the fees.. take advantage guys all that matters to me is i will be there with my son enjoying a once in a lifetime event for us… i don't care if people overpay/underpay blah blah blah …

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 09:26 AM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 254

Even though the only error in that Halloween inning this afternoon was attributed to Suzuki, it was that brutal outfield and 3d base play that cost them the game IMHO (to use a Luke-ism).

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 6:25 PM by terry Highlight this comment 255

Even though the only error in that Halloween inning this afternoon was attributed to Suzuki, it was that brutal outfield and 3d base play that cost them the game IMHO (to use a Luke-ism).

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 6:25 PM by terry Highlight this comment 256

Terry, IMHO has been internet short for In My Humble Opinion since they invented Easter. Not one of my "ism"s. Jesus...

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 9:47 PM by luke Highlight this comment 257

Terry, clicky. Read. Learn. Study. Apply. This is just a starting point to get you familiar.
Oh and check the Glossary on the right sidebar which contains acros we use on BPM (short for BallPark Magic, ICYDK, something EVERYBODY uses). Study those too. It'll make navigation on the internet much easier for you.
Any questions? Thought not... :/. Oh, BTW, the colon and backslash means, in internet lingo, I'm smirking at you.

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 9:55 PM by luke Highlight this comment 258

I can see where Terry's coming from, Luke. You do tend to overuse some of that internet shorthand. "LOL" leaps to mind...

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 10:47 PM by Spud (aka Winona Mike) Highlight this comment 259

Let's hope the Twins can put a solid start together today and not resurrect the Home Opener sweep by the Athletics. (See what I did there?)

Happy Easter everybody.
TTH

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 12:55 AM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 260

I do tend to use LOL a lot, but DWA?

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 07:28 AM by luke Highlight this comment 261

Holi-DOH!

http://www.kare11.com/story/news/2014/04/20/kraft-recalls-96000-pounds-of-oscar-mayer-wieners/7951491/

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 08:18 AM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 262

Sir Paul at Target Field this summer!

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 11:09 AM by terry Highlight this comment 263

Well at least they were not Johnsonville brats or Italian sausage! Mmmm I think I will spring bye and grab a couple right now!

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 1:21 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 264

Yup. No goat-roping, cow dung, hay throwing concerts this year. At least its after the ASG and the grass won't be flattened down to nothing.
I was hoping for something a bit more...current than Sir Paul. Metallica perhaps. I wonder if Sir Paul even remember the lyrics to his own songs...

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 3:36 PM by luke Highlight this comment 265

And just for you terry, no internet short, with the exception of ASG of course.

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 3:38 PM by luke Highlight this comment 266

Betcha tickets wont be cheap for that show

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 5:55 PM by Leroy Highlight this comment 267

Justin Morneau takes NL Player of the week honors.

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 01:21 AM by Jfh Highlight this comment 268

Read in today's St Paul fish wrap that Target and the Twins have yet to get the concert artist for the concert at TCFBS during all star week. Apparently, they are looking for an artist that appeals to a "younger audience". Oh no. There are four words, two proper names I am thinking of...and if its one of them, I think I will skip town during all star week.

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 05:42 AM by luke Highlight this comment 269

Paul MaC??? Really??? I always loved Jet and Band on the run man! LOL! I hear Barry Manilow is opening up for Sir Paul?? Ohhh Mandy! Hopefully nobody gets to step on Larrys grass!

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 09:16 AM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 270

What do you mean, Twinkfan? Do you think a McCartney concert is a good or a bad thing?

And, Luke, do you really think that previous concerts left hay and cowpies on the field? Or that a McCartney concert will be any different in how it uses the field for stage and seating?

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 10:01 AM by Rick 271

Goat roping, cow dung and hay throwing all refers to the same thing. it refers to the McChesney concert of year last and 2012. We BPMers came up with the "goat roping" part...come on Rick...
And of course they left ungodly patches in our fresh green grass. Of course, that's not to say Sir Pauls stage won't do the same. And do you realize that...ever since the tree thing and the "country" concert thing...we just haven't had the same Twins ball club? Its a conspiracy and is all connected.

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 12:51 PM by luke Highlight this comment 272

just when you thought it couldn't get any more ridiculous...

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 1:27 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 273

We BPMers came up with the "goat roping" part

Actually luke, I think it was only a select few who came up with that little nugget (you and Twinkfan). I'm hopeful this pair is not a representative cross-section of the "BPMers;" maybe I just have too much faith in humanity...

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 2:59 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 274

Wasn't me who came up with goat roping. I figured it was part of the BPM "style sheet" so to speak.

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 3:25 PM by luke Highlight this comment 275

It may be time to shut this board down.
TTH

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 7:01 PM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 276

We have three years of StadiuMagic to go TTH. can't stop now.

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 8:58 PM by luke Highlight this comment 277

Just when I thought Luke couldn't top his last one......BOOM here comes another. You are the gift that keeps on giving!

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 08:34 AM by JoJo Highlight this comment 278

No. Monica Lewinsky sticking her finger in President Clinton's mouth was the gift that kept on giving.... I STILL come up with jokes for that little gem.

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 3:18 PM by luke Highlight this comment 279

Rick Goat roping = Bad... Sir Paul = Badder!!!! Will he be doing silly love songs as one of his hits? LOL! Man next 21 games are gonna be tough for the local 9! Had a great Johnsonville Italian sausage at Holiday just for you today SPUD!

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 3:47 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 280

(Wiping forehead in exasperation.)

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 3:57 PM by Rick 281

Twinkfan...virtual high five for you: o/
I will admit, I like yanking these guys' chains sometimes :). We're all family here. Have been since 2007.

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 6:02 PM by luke Highlight this comment 282

That does it for me. It's been a pleasure viewing this site the past several years but I can't take it anymore. Lord have mercy on us all.
Is there an ignore feature?

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 7:08 PM by J2K Highlight this comment 283

"Monica Lewinsky sticking her finger in President Clinton's mouth was the gift that kept on giving.... I STILL come up with jokes for that little gem".

THAT was a JOKE?!

J2K, the little icon next to the yellow star is the ignore button. It's time to use it on a couple irritants.

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 7:28 PM by Spud (aka Winona Mike) Highlight this comment 284

Political scandals are my bread and butter Spud. The people that "run" this country are no better than the rest of us apparently. Its just funnier because, well, they're supposed to set an example.

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 9:11 PM by luke Highlight this comment 285

But it's just not funny. Not even a little. It makes no sense.

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 10:30 PM by Spud (aka Winona Mike) Highlight this comment 286

Well...OK

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 06:03 AM by luke Highlight this comment 287

Luke, enlighten me, what is internet lingo for Shaking My Head?

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 08:31 AM by JoJo Highlight this comment 288

+100000000 Winona on post 286.

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 08:39 AM by jared Highlight this comment 289

^this.

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 09:39 AM by jctwins Highlight this comment 290

Anybody catch Marney Gellners call for the homerun for Colabellos mon last night? See link! Back to 500 for the boys!

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 11:23 AM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 291

While BPM isn't exactly an internet cafe or an e-dictionary, proper internet etiquette places Shaking My Head as SMH.
OK guys...sorry I swayed so much from baseball, TF and other things that make BPM great. Rick, I promise, I'll try to be better :).

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 12:41 PM by luke Highlight this comment 292

Thought I would share this on this blog: my dad is an ex Mpls police officer (worked in narcotics) who retired in 1998. He used to work Vikings games, at the Super Bowl and Final Four here and during 1991 World Series as on field security through MPD. Anyhow he just got a request last week to be a driver to chaperone an All Star for the duration of ASG week wherever he wants to go. They are giving him a 2014 Escalade for the week to do it with. He was puzzled why he would be contacted (instead of current officers or private security firms) since he is now 69 yrs (young)old but assumed someone retained lists of officers who worked past large scale events. he never applied for this job and has no contact with current MPD officials. Anyhow he hasnt been told who he is assigned to yet -hopefully it is someone who doesnt like to stay up past 11pm!

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 12:43 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 293

You know my dad just called me about this just before I posted that and I wrote pretty much what he said but now I had to call him back and tell him of COURSE he doesnt know who he has been assigned to yet they havent picked who the All Stars even ARE yet! lol (except Joe Mauer of course who is in no matter what)

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 12:52 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 294

Unless he gets replaced by Chris Colabello!

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 1:53 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 295

We are up 9-4 top of the 7th. Will Kate Upton be coming up with Justin Verlander? I wouldn't mind driving her er I mean them!

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 2:35 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 296

No interest in going to Paul McCartney, but I find it interesting that I could get presale tickets through KS95 (10 AM) before my Twins season ticket account (2 PM).

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 4:17 PM by gogotwins Highlight this comment 297

I just received an email - my presale through the Twins has moved up to 9 AM.

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 11:09 PM by gogotwins Highlight this comment 298

I'm in a position to select my seats at the new Vikings stadium within the next few days and still had a lot of questions about the facility that the Vikes, so far, haven't been in a position to help with. So I put these questions to everyone here in the hopes of getting some info.

- The overall capacity is in the 65,000 range, but what is the capacity of each individual seating deck? This is important when you consider things like ease of navigating the concourse and lines for restrooms and concessions.

- What are the heights of the seating decks compared to the Metrodome? Clearly the upper most seats at the new building will be higher than at the Dome. In that case, how high?

- This last question is a matter of opinion rather than fact. Is it better to sit on the south sideline beneath the clear part of the roof with the sun over you but somewhat at your back or is it better to be on the north sideline under the solid part of the roof, but with the sun shining directly at you through the roof?

The north side seats at TCF Bank Stadium get obliterated by the sun while the south side seats are mostly shaded. However, TCF Bank Stadium's south side has a large press/hospitality structure that gives shade in a way that might not be available at the new facility.

Any thoughts or opinions are welcome. Thanks.

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 2:20 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 299

Gosh, I know we covered the first two here at some point. I can also try to dig through google and the couple of Vikings forums I go to (rarely though). Likely someone else will have the answer before I get to it though. I wanna guess that it was like 50%, 20%, 30% on the way up with 3 concourses. I also wanna guess that the seating sections were closer to the field, for some reason I remember not much and also but not much higher but higher. HAHA, how do you like that for generalizations? But I swear we had the comparison prints on here before...although I might be confusing that with Dome vs TF.

As far as the third, it is my preference to be in the sun because I would rather be warm than cold...however being indoors and in climate control like that I would rather be on the shaded side to have less sun in my face. Although, the photographer in me says that the sunny side can result in some spectacular images....

One thing is for sure, I will be out shooting Vikes games at TCF and going photo crazy at the new stadium.

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 4:01 PM by jared Highlight this comment 300

The number of concourses is a tricky thing to count due to the larger numbers of club and private box seating. The reality is there are three concourses open to the general public.

The main level concourse services the large lower seating bowl, but a significant portion of that tier (everything between the 20s to the south and everything between the 30s to the north) is club seating with separate concourse areas. The midsized tier above it is mostly club seating, but has some regular seating too. Those fans go down to the main concourse (sort of like the 300 tier seats at Target Field being above the upper concourse)

There is an upper concourse that services the large, uppermost tier and the small tier of about a half dozen rows just below it (again, it's very much like the upper concourse at Target Field). The last concourse that's open to fans is under the so called "Ultimate Fan Zone" seats in lower half of lower deck the west endzone. The Vikes charge more for the SBL at that end and this small concourse with closer concessions and restrooms is the big perk.

There are a lot of minute details about the stadium that interest me, but that most fans apparently haven't considered, because my inquiries to the Vikes have mostly resulted in replies that no one knows and the info isn't readily available for someone to find out.

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 4:34 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 301

There are some embarrasing grammatical errors and other mistakes in my last post. I've said it before, but an edit function, even for a limited time after a post goes up, would be very nice to have.

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 4:38 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 302

How do they expect you to select your seats in a stadium that no one can tell you anything about?

My personal preference would be to have the sun at my back.

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 4:39 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 303

Just like at TF, you can dress warm enough to sit in the shade, but at times you can never dress cool enough to sit in the sun. I could see the same applying in the indoor Zygloo.

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 8:37 PM by jctwins Highlight this comment 304

Jorge -- What section do you currently sit in at the Dome for Vikings games? I haven't heard anything from the Vikes about choosing seats yet, outside of the generic email about it a couple months ago. I have four seas in 137 and two in 138 and have been a season tick holder for about 25 years.

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 8:49 PM by antifire Highlight this comment 305

**Ticket holder. Although I could have been a tick holder as well!

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 8:51 PM by antifire Highlight this comment 306

Zygloo...nice touch jctwins!

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 10:04 PM by luke Highlight this comment 307

Here's an overlay of the two stadiums (Metrodome in red).


As you can see, most of the upper deck in the new facility is farther horizontally from the field than the last row at the Dome (which would have been right against that outer ring).

And though I'm unable to create a similar diagram for the vertical, I can say from looking at the documents that the front row of the upper deck in the new stadium will be approximately twice the distance from the field than it was at the Dome.

If you can afford it, look for something in a lower deck.

I think the sun may very well be a non-issue in the new stadium. The roof is high enough that it's unlikely the sun will ever get low enough to shine in anyone's eyes, especially in the upper deck. And everyone will get roughly the same benefits/consequences from the light through the windows.

So I think the natural light will probably not bother anyone, and will make for one of the better indoor experiences in the league.

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 10:08 PM by Rick 308

The Vikings have divided the Metrodome seating chart into, I think, sixteen zones, based entirely on geographic location. Within those locations, seniority is taken into account. It's not an exact science since someone on the upper deck in zone 10 could have more seniority, and seats, than the guy downstairs in zone 2, but the guy in zone 2 pays more per seat and maybe more per year.

I'm part of a group of four people who collectively have six seats. My pair at the Dome were in section 227, row 9. Technically I shouldn't get to pick until about zone twelve until late in May, at best, but because there are two lower deck seats in the group, all the seats will be selected in zone three this coming week. It isn't fair, but I'll take it.

The plan for now, assuming the Vikes have availability, is to take something on the middle tier that is mostly club seating, but which has some regular seating too. It looks like the best way to preserve a view that's comparable to the Metrodome seats. With the financing, the seat license fee is reasonable given the circumstances. I thought about the split upper deck and will go there if necessary, but the height factor and horizontal factor seem like a deal breaker.

It's upsetting that a good deal of technical info about the stadium specs isn't readily available. It's like buying a house sight unseen.

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 10:41 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 309

The front row of the upper deck at the Metrodome was approximately (CORRECTION) 62 feet above the playing surface.

At the new stadium, the front of the upper deck will be 124 feet above the playing field.

For those keeping score, that's (CORRECTION) twice the old height.

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 11:46 PM by Rick 310

This may shock you, but it is accurate (CORRECTED) (again, red is the Metrodome):


Here's a link to the full size version.

Posted on April 26, 2014 at 12:06 AM by Rick 311

Wow, I was way wrong. Sorry about that misinformation. I will just stick to baseball and basketball, post my photos and shut up.

Posted on April 26, 2014 at 01:23 AM by jared Highlight this comment 312

The top rows in the Zygloo are 250 feet above the field? Yikes!

Those of you who work in some of the taller buildings in town, look out a 20th floor window at the street below, and imagine you're watching them play football.

And people will pay good money to sit up there. I just don't get it.

Posted on April 26, 2014 at 07:11 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 313

Rick, where did you find those schematic drawings?

Posted on April 26, 2014 at 07:14 AM by luke Highlight this comment 314

Rick, if you look at field level at the new stadium in the schematic and then look at the Metrodome schematic, they don't appear to line up apples to apples. The new building's lowest point is field level. The Dome's field level isn't clearly shown, but look at the facia (correct term?) of the upper deck which is about lined up with "03 Lower Club" (a term which actually represents the new place). Considering that below that point are the Dome's luxury boxes and the lower deck, the Dome's lowest point doesn't look low enough. The first deck was admittedly shallower, but was it that much shallower? Click my name for a photo that demonstrates the point. Forgive me if I'm off base.

Posted on April 26, 2014 at 07:14 AM by Jorge Highlight this comment 315

Ah, looked at that diagram again. Looks like the baseline is at the 100' mark. So the highest seats would "only" be 156' above the field.

What are the highest seats at Target Field? I sat in the last row of 315 for a game, I could still see balls and strikes, and it felt like you were looking over the umpire's shoulder.

Posted on April 26, 2014 at 07:15 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 316

I have made a correction above. I got one number wrong in my calculations, which I'll explain here.

First, here is a larger version of the Metrodome diagram by itself:


The elevation markings are in feet above sea level, but that doesn't matter because it's the differences between them that count.

Not shown is the actual playing surface, which was at 795' (My mistake was in using the number that is shown, 818, in last night's calculations. I had done it right the first time.)

You can see that the front of the upper deck was at 857'. Difference: 62 feet.

On the Vikings diagram, for some reason that markings are not given in feet above sea level, but rather starting at 100. Weird, but also doesn't really matter because again it's the distance between them which matters.

On the diagram, the scale was correct the first time, but I had it a little too low. I've also fixed that.

So here are the corrected numbers:

Metrodome upper deck: 62 feet vertically from playing surface.

New stadium upper deck: 124 feet vertically from playing surface.

Posted on April 26, 2014 at 10:43 AM by Rick 317

Whoa Rick - That cross section of the Dome is waaaaaaaaaay off!!!
The main concourse at the dome was 50' above the playing field and at the new stadium it's 54' above the field.
It looks like the Metrodome cross section needs to be a lot larger, like 1.5 +/- X...

Posted on April 26, 2014 at 10:45 AM by J2K Highlight this comment 318

Of course you corrected it as I was posting....
Thanks for all your contributions - You just can't get the info you provide anywhere else!!

Posted on April 26, 2014 at 10:46 AM by J2K Highlight this comment 319

If you think about it, the baggie at the dome was what, 23 feet high? Look at this Wikipedia image. The second deck appears to be a little more than double that height. So 40-ish feet makes sense.


Posted on April 26, 2014 at 10:50 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 320

Derp, my last post. Contradictory in so many ways.

The baggie was what, 23 feet high? Upper deck looks to be a little more than double that height (which cannot be 40-ish feet obviously).

Apparently I am asleep at the hamster wheel this morning. And of course Rick posts the prints while I am posting, so mine doesn't even matter. Ah. Life.

Posted on April 26, 2014 at 10:54 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 321

OK, that's the final schematic comparison up there. I've been tweaking it little by little to get it exactly right, and all of the lines line up now.

The bottom line (top line?) is that from the last row of the upper deck, you're roughly 10 stories (in height) from the playing field.

As for the horizontal distance, check this one out:


That's about 60 yards to the front of the upper deck, and nearly 90 yards to the worst seat in the house.

Posted on April 26, 2014 at 11:15 AM by Rick 322

I think that San Fran has the right idea with stacing all the suites up on one sideline. Makes all the other seating closer... The upper deck at the new vikings stadium is more ridiculous than I thought. If you're in the back the opposite end zone would be 600' away. Wow.

Posted on April 26, 2014 at 1:54 PM by J2k Highlight this comment 323

*Stacking

Posted on April 26, 2014 at 1:55 PM by J2k Highlight this comment 324

Ford Field in Detroit is like San Fran as well, all the suites are on one side. I think it also makes suites more marketable, as they would all have placement on the sideline.

Posted on April 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM by luke Highlight this comment 325

Thanks for the Metrodome schematics Rick. This is just the I've been trying to find. I've been reviewing the schematics of the new stadium for months, but didn't have the corresponding Metrodome info to provide context. In the end, the choice I've been leaning towards has been largely confirmed, namely the deck above the green line in post #311 by Rick. It's mostly a club deck, but there are regular seating sections outside the 20s. It's a bit more than I'd planned/hoped to spend, but it's financially doable and will provide the most comparable view to my old seats. At some point you have to take enjoyment of the game into account.

Posted on April 26, 2014 at 4:31 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 326

At least its not a snow-out today. Today is #3 in a series.

Posted on April 27, 2014 at 12:07 PM by luke Highlight this comment 327

Forecast looks terrible the whole week. Wet and cold!

Posted on April 27, 2014 at 1:08 PM by twinfan Highlight this comment 328

Let's hear it for outdoor baseball!

Posted on April 27, 2014 at 4:09 PM by ben Highlight this comment 329

Today is my second rainout of the season. I have tickets for Tuesday and the weather looks horrible! Could be a wet week at TF! It's much harder to makeup games with the Dodgers too.

I haven't been paying close attention to the Vikings schematics because I don't have season tickets or really buy tickets regularly. I usually go with friends' work tickets or some other event. Seeing the recent discussion makes me worried about how well the upper deck will be viewed by the general public. It will be FAR away!

Posted on April 27, 2014 at 6:20 PM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 330

Rick (or anyone) given these discussions about seat placement, and given the fact that Zygi pushed a few million more bucks to the Zygloo for enhancements to the video screens, is anyone thinking he will eventually acquiesce to installing a ZygiTron, a la AT&T stadium in Dallas?

Posted on April 27, 2014 at 7:31 PM by luke Highlight this comment 331

No.

Posted on April 27, 2014 at 10:28 PM by Spud (aka Winona Mike) Highlight this comment 332

Any chance of the Vikes getting a massive, central score/video board like the Cowboys was torpedoed by the insistence on making the venue a home to amateur baseball. There's concern enough in Dallas over punts hitting the board. The threat of highly hit baseballs to such a unit would be even greater. So the only option was to place the boards in the end zones.

The increase in scoreboard size must be taken with a certain grain of salt. The length was increased, but not height. So the replays won't be any bigger than originally planned when conforming to a 16:9 aspect ratio. At least there's more usable space. I told someone at the Vikings that the boards, big as they were planned, at their initial size were too small given the recent explosion of NFL scoreboard size and that the team would live to regret it. He basically agreed, but noted the issue of pushing the upper decks even higher if the boards were heightened tied their hands

Posted on April 27, 2014 at 11:36 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 333

*smacks forehead* that's right...baseball. I plum forgot we made this place baseball friendly. You can't have a center hung video board with fly balls. Dumb question.

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 05:40 AM by luke Highlight this comment 334

Jorge,

I thought that the video board was increasing in both directions. Maybe I am misunderstanding your comment. I think the replays will be larger.

I had seen the following news snippet:

The Vikings are putting an additional $1.2 million into the stadium to increase the size of the west video board to 120x68 (was 85x50) and to add video walls for club lounges, according to Tim Nelson of MPR via Twitter.

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 10:35 AM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 335

The method of putting all (or most) of the suites on one side in order to bring the seating decks closer to the field on the remaining three sides has been implemented overseas in the past, but was first used in this country in Atlanta at Philips Arena, home of the Hawks, which opened in the fall of 1999. The one potential downside is it takes the uppermost suites and puts them at a height roughly equal to the upper deck. The trend in stadiums and arenas is to get suites closer and closer to the playing surface. Suites as high as those in Atlanta, San Francisco, and Detroit may be harder to sell down the line.

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 11:07 AM by Jorge Highlight this comment 336

And I wonder, in Detroit's case, if that might have put them out of contention for Final Fours 2017-2020 (same ones Mpls is going after)? The fact that most seats are on three sides as opposed to equal all the way around may be a detriment to overall ticket sales as far as the NCAA is concerned. Same thing with suites on the one side of the stadium, harder to sell those higher ones.
I remember when Philips Arena came out with the conceptual designs back in the late 90s..I thought it was a pretty cool look.

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 1:03 PM by luke Highlight this comment 337

Detroit hosted the Final Four in 2009 and put 72,000 in the house for both the semis and title game, so Ford Field is probably still in the mix. The suites all on one side didn't bother the NCAA then and, given the smallish size of the court in such a large venue may actually be a benefit.

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 8:44 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 338

According to this NCAA list (clicky) Detroit isn't in the mix. As far as northern cities: Indy, Minneapolis and St Louis (which surprises me. Ed Jones Dome is essentially the Metrodomes younger brother) are, but not Detroit. Houston is absent as well, but they host in 2016, so they are essentially ineligible for 2017-2020.
Ford Field did host the Frozen Four a couple years ago (2012?).

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 9:24 PM by luke Highlight this comment 339

If Detroit's not a contender, it may be a matter of not bidding, but there's no basis for the NCAA to exclude the city.

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 10:23 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 340

I've gone through the new Vikings stadium schematics to get a breakdown of the concession points of sale. The Vikes are touting the increased number over the Metrodome. The breakdown is 410 at the new vs. 313 at the old. Of those totals, it's 305 permanent vs. 231 permanent. Since the kiosks can't truly be counted at this stage, here is how the 301 of the permanent concession points of sale tally by level and by areas within levels if there is some sort of division. Even though 305 is the offical number, I only got 301 when counting. I also break down the points of sale by north/south in the main fan concourse areas using the central roof girder as a dividing line. If the girder is directly above a stand, the geographic side the stand mostly occupies was selected for all points of sale.

The levels go from lowest to highest.

Field Club
10 beneath the Ultimate Fan Zone (West End Zone) which is connected to the Field Club, none in the Field Club itself.

Executive Suite
20 (10 apiece) in the SW and SE "Red Zone" areas off the main suite corridor.

Lower Club
22 (12 in the NW "Red Zone" area and 10 in the NE "Red Zone" area) off the Vikings Club on the north side. None in the Valhalla Club.

Main Concourse
134 (68 on the north side and 66 on the south side).

Upper Club
0 in the Fire & Ice Club which has lounges on both the north side and south side.

Upper Suite
0 in Club Purple and the suite lounge on the north side.

Upper Concourse
115 (72 on the north side and 43 on the south side).

Now for a bit of context.

I don't know the suite capacity, but the club area holds 8,000 fans across altogether. All premium seating counts towards the 65,000 capacity. So even though the Metrodome had 231 fixed concession points of sale on its two concourses while the new place will have, by my count, 249 on its two main concourses, the number of fans using those 249 at the new stadium will be significantly less than those using the 231 at the Dome.

Regarding the disparity on the upper deck between the number on the north side vs. the south side, with an aysmetrical upper deck, the north side holds more fans. I still think that gap is a bit too wide however. They'll need to put more carts on the south side to compensate.

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 11:26 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 341

I accidentally noted the Ultimate Fan Zone as being connected to the Field Club. It is not. That was a mistype. The former is meant for face painted fans in jerseys. The latter is for high rollers. Although they're on the same level, the two areas are not connected physically.

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 07:30 AM by Jorge Highlight this comment 342

Rick, could you post those full Metrodome schematics? I'd love to compare the detail to the new Vikings stadium PDFs (I'd imagine others are similarly curious), and the only Dome schemtics I've found online are a partial approximation of a cutaway on a Columbia University study about dome fabric, and a small image on an outdated University of Illinois website.

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 08:11 AM by hofflalu Highlight this comment 343

Today's game postponed to Thursday night.

This weather has me not even considering doing an all-day double header, even though I have tickets to both games.

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 2:20 PM by jctwins Highlight this comment 344

Man would hat to have tickets for this series!!! Triple header on Thursday??

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 2:38 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 345

Number four in a series. I ain't gonna pine for a roof either. Maybe if the Twins started at home in May and went thru November, we might actually get all our games in.

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 3:43 PM by luke Highlight this comment 346

Stubhub has 4 tickets in Champions Club for tonight, $128.50 each. That's below the limit some of you had mentioned previously. Might be worth a shot if you don't mind the cold/damp. Or you could take a gamble that the game will be rained out and played sometime later this summer when both LA and the Twins have an off day.

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 10:11 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 347

That's a lot of beer and mm's to wolf down while freezing in the rain for $128. They serve any good dogs down there. Course I guess you could just eat and watch inside. LOL!

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 11:31 AM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 348

I would imagine they will do everything they can to get this game in tonight! Think the Mild can pull out game 7 in Colorado?

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 2:16 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 349

I have tickets for tomorrow's noon game. Was hoping by May 1'st the weather would be decent. Looks like it will be rainy and cold. Sadly, I'm not looking forward to going to the ballpark. Contrastingly, if it were still at the dome, I'd be super excited.

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 5:27 PM by Dave Highlight this comment 350

Home team has won every game so far, so advantage Avs ...

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 7:04 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 351

I selected my Vikings seat location for the new stadium today. Here are a few take aways.

- The renewal center, across from the stadium construction zone, is very technologically oriented with video walls and TV displays plus mock ups of suites and club areas. The big feature is a mock up of the player tunnel to the field with a video wall playing Adrian Peterson and other players in game face mode.

- Some people who have gone in to renew faces an emphasis by reps on upselling fans to club seating areas. One person likened it to attending a timeshare sales event. I'd been in communication with my rep in advance and arrived with both of us knowing what I wanted. As a result, we keyed in on options within that price range and geographic part of the stadium. I was made aware of the club areas during our discussion, but in a respectful, FYI manner as opposed to anything overbearing.

- In the end I wound up with seats on what the Vikings are referring to the Mezzanine level, despite that term not being used in any official schematics from HKS. The official name for the level is Upper Club. However since there are sections of regular seating outside the 20s on that level, Mezzanine is a good term for the non club areas. I took a section in the southeast corner on the basis of wanting to have the mid afternoon sun behind me, being under the clear part of the roof to get some natural light, and being nearer the enclosed (non pivoting doors) end in order to be closer to noise and atmosphere.

- Rick, the new stadium cross section compared to the Metrodome cross section, along with the overlay, was key in putting me off getting seats in the upper deck, even in the small (six rows) lower part. Seeing just how high that level really is made me rethink everything and choose a location closer to the field. I'll miss the earthiness of the upper deck (not that the rough and tumble atmosphere from the Dome will likely transfer), but being in a position to better watch the game is worth it.

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 11:01 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 352

Wild win. Starting to remind me of the 2003 playoffs. At least there is SOME sports excitement in the Twin Towns. Even if it IS hockey.

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 06:06 AM by luke Highlight this comment 353

Here are a few other thoughts on the new Vikings stadium.

- I sat in one of the new stadium seats albeit one of those used in the club areas. The regular seats are the same shape and style as the club ones except not padded and slightly narrower. The regular seats are three inches wider than Metrodome seats. The club seats are wider still, but I forget how much.

- The seats are of a shape and style unlike any used at other Minnesota sports venues past and present. A photo is linked. My first reaction upon sitting down was that the seat back felt lower than the Metrodome seat backs and that the angle sat you up straighter, something that sitting in the Dome seats I own later on seemed to confirm. Admittedly, the height difference could be a mental illusion created by the fact that the new seats have backs that rounded at the top instead of squared like the Dome's.

- The seats in the renewal center were black, but from the various artist renderings and the model, it appears the seats will be purple, in the general fan areas at the very least.

- The renewal center has a model of the stadium very much like the model of Target Field the Twins have on display. It would be a cool living room item. If only!

- The Vikes, per email correspondence from the past few days, have now opened up the opportunity to buy seating in all five stadium clubs right away to existing season ticket holders, regardless of renewal zone. The Metrodome seating chart was divided into twelve zones (our group was in zone three). That the Vikes are doing this when they're still working through zone three suggests the sale of club seating is behind projections.

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 5:04 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 354

Great info, Jorge.

As to seat widths, keep in mind that they will vary widely when installed -- by up to three or four inches within the same section. This appears to be industry standard.

Also, they will have installed especially wide ones for the demos.

That said, we haven't heard much officially about seat widths. The temptation is to assume that they will be wider than the Dome seats, but I think that's really just a hope right now. When push comes to shove, cost will no doubt be the ultimate arbiter.

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 6:29 PM by Rick 355

Those seats look like something the Jetsons would use.
They look kinda like those you see in European soccer stadiums (Wembley has seats like this). And, they look, flimsy. They look easily breakable.

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 8:02 PM by luke Highlight this comment 356

just checking to see if I can post - had problems earlier.

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 8:06 PM by robin Highlight this comment 357

Jeff Anderson ‏@andersonj 1m
Both Field Club & Valhalla Club nearly sold out; club upgrade process now open to all Season Ticket Members. http://newstadiumpreviewcenter.com/login.php
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Since sales began 8 weeks ago, #Vikings fans in Zones 1&2 have purchased more than $30 million in SBLs, accounting for 6,500 seats.

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 09:52 AM by moda253 Highlight this comment 358

Luke, I also thought the shape and style of the seats was reminiscent of those used in European stadiums to some extent although the Vikings stadium seats have arm rests which are generally excluded from European stadium seats unless it's a premium area. The seats themselves are definitely not as sturdy as the Metrodome or Target Field seats, but they didn't seem flimsy. Someone would have to be trying in order to do damage although it will be easier. The hardest thing to get used to will be the curved, semi-detached arm rests.

Moda, thanks for the info from Jeff Anderson. I am surprised about the Field and Valhalla clubs considering that the Vikes put the clubs open to everyone regarldess of zone. I am curious about the motivation. From standing in the mock ups at the preview center, they're going to be far beyond anything we've seen locally from a premium seating standpoint when it comes to amenities and luxury. Based on the price, they really have to be.

I had it in my head that the Vikes divided the Dome into 12 relocation zones. It's really 16. At this point they're on zone 3. The upper deck seats in my group should have picked in zone 14. Having those two lower deck seats in zone 3 enabled the rest of the account to jump the line. Although I feel good about benefitting by getting to lock in seats early rather than losing out, this was actually really unfair. I know someone with seats in zone 10 who's had them longer than us, but is still waiting. He's not happy about this development.

At least Vikes fans get to choose their location and SBL, or to take a non SBL location. The 49ers took the Candlestick Park seating chart, assigned seats based on that data at the new Levi's Stadium that opens this fall and told season ticket holders "Here are your seats." No options, no flexibility. If you got put in the $5,000 PSL area, you have no room to drop down to say the $3,000 price range. The 49ers also have a lower bottom price, $2,000 vs. $500 for the Vikings. Every season ticket is attached to a seat license while the Vikes have some non SBL seating, albeit very high up. The 49ers also charge a higher interest rate on financing, 8.5% vs. 8.0%, and the interest kicks in at year two while the Vikes don't charge interest until year four.

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 11:13 AM by Jorge Highlight this comment 359

"Sturdy" was the word I was looking for. I couldnt think of it. Thanks Jorge.
They actually look like they were made by the same company who made the ones for AT&T stadium. Almost identical.
I went to the stadium site today and took some pics. When I get them uploaded to Flicker I will post a link. Hopefully they are a bit more focused than the last ones.
Getting a Galaxy S5 soon...camera on the S5 is 14 megapixels. Hopefully pics with that phone will be MUCH clearer.

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 1:11 PM by luke Highlight this comment 360

8% financing?? Why would anyone who can afford to pay a SBL pay that?? Home equity loans are half that.

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 2:07 PM by BR Highlight this comment 361

Not everyone who buys an SBL is a corporate big shot with a boat on Lake Minnetonka and a BMW and a Lexus in the garage. Most of these SBLs are going to be bought by middle class people for whom Vikings season tickets are a major part of recreation and enjoyment. That certainly describes the overwhelming majority of the people who sat in my vicinity at the Dome. My SBLs cost $2,000 apiece. It is more palatable for me to finance the deal than to put $4,000 down in one shot or to pay $1,333 per year for the next three, which are the only two non financed payment options. Most fan held season tickets, as opposed to corporately held seats, fit into this category.

It's better for my cash flow if I pay $400 per year in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and then, once the interest kicks in, pay $701 per year for the next five years afterwards, while maintaining the option to jump ahead of the payment schedule at any time, which I may do ultimtely while taking advantage of the flexibility this plan provides in the meantime. The 8% interest rate is twice as high as what a bank would charge, but what bank is going to finance an SBL, certainly the smaller ones? It's higher than I'd like, but is within the realm of reason and once it's paid off, that's it.

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 2:43 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 362

A post or two up, I accidentally noted the 49ers as having a lower bottom PSL price, $2,000 vs. $500 for the Vikings. The 49ers bottom PSL price is actually higher.

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 3:12 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 363

Looks like a fourth tower crane is about to go up on the north side of the construction site. And they've started work on one of the primary structural supports for the roof's ridgeline.

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 5:12 PM by Spud (aka Winona Mike) Highlight this comment 364

Here are some pics I took of the stadium site today. Hopefully better quality than the last ones I posted and not as grainy. Lots of progress made. It seems to me the stadium service tunnels are ready to go.

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 7:25 PM by luke Highlight this comment 365

Where is everybody around here? It is a COLD windy day in Section 208. I like the view though. It's my first time sitting in the Terrace Level.

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 2:33 PM by luke Highlight this comment 366

That Twins batting order this afternoonht could be a cure for insomnia. Way too many hitters in there who are virtually automatic outs. ZZZZ.

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 3:25 PM by terry Highlight this comment 367

Currently, we ARE ahead 5-2. Hasn't been the ZZZZ-fest I was expecting.

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 3:44 PM by luke Highlight this comment 368

Was at the game today also. Lucky enough to have seats in the sun out in the overhang in right. Never sat out there before - fun spot to watch the game.

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 7:31 PM by ole Highlight this comment 369

I sat in the Overhang a couple years ago. They are good seats. Easy in, easy out. Don't have to fight through people to exit. It is brutal during those hot July night games though...

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM by luke Highlight this comment 370

Did anyone win the lottery to purchase All Star strips? I haven't heard anything, so guessing I missed out.

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 09:36 AM by Dave Highlight this comment 371

I never heard anything either Dave. Was supposed to be April. Should have at least received a "sorry" email, don't you think?

I did just receive an email that there is an exclusive presale for MasterCard holders, that began at 10 am today. I don't have a MC but clicked on the link and was directed to a virtual waiting room.

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 10:11 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 372

Unless you want a single ticket, only SRO tickets left for the MC sale

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 11:23 AM by Jfh Highlight this comment 373

Speaking of SRO, is that still a ticket option for TF? Or now that the boys seem to lose 90+ games regularly and attendance is going down (25,000 and change is what I heard for yesterday's game), tickets are readily available so maybe they don't necessarily need to sell SRO at this time?

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 3:14 PM by luke Highlight this comment 374

SRO is always an option for teams to sell, but pretty sure it has to be approved by MLB

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 4:32 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 375

As of this past weekend, the Twins were STILL guaranteeing All-Star tickets for those that signed up for a partial season ticket package for the remainder of the 2014 season.

So my guess is they are waiting and hoping for some last minute season ticket sales before they push the very limited remaining All Star ticket inventory to the general public "lottery".

As a former season ticket holder, this was the same thing they told me 3 years ago after the All Star Game was announced...I could get All Star Priority by renewing my season tickets. Funny how we are now just two months from the All Star Game and they are still pushing the All Star ticket availability. Further proof it's nothing more than a marketing ploy by the Minnesota Twins to get you to keep your season tickets for 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Just glad I did not waste my time and money on the product for 2012, 2013, and 2014. I prefer going to Twins games on a single-game basis, at least until they are competitive again and tickets become a hot commodity which will not be anytime soon.

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 09:02 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 376

The Twins All Star ticket site says Random Draw Ticket Opportunity Winners On Sale: Thursday, May 8 at 10 a.m. CT

I still haven't heard whether I was drawn or not, though.

clicky

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 11:19 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 377

Mike - of course this was a marketing ploy. Other than bragging rights, the only value hosting an ASG has for the host team is marketing home team ST sales. All the proceeds for ASG strip sales go to MLB, not the Twins. The Twins get $ from MLB for banners, prep work, maintenance but essentially see nothing from ticket sales.

The real test will be how sticky any ST sales are. If the team finishes far off the pace, expect to see a mass exodus of STHs next year. More non-corporate types will do what you are and just buy games when desired.

I've said it before, but TF/Twins will go down in business history as the worst squandering of the economic pact of a new ballpark ever in baseball (and probably in all of sports). I'll bet FSE in 2016 will be less than the dome in 2008

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 11:21 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 378

The starting pitching has been encouraging of late, but that batting order is never going to be mistaken for "Murderers' Row". When a right-handed batter hitting .200 is sent up to pinch-hit for a left-handed batter against a right-handed pitcher, you know it's pretty bad.

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 08:31 AM by terry Highlight this comment 379

A bit off topic but, WOW! I had no idea that this much was done for the building of Dodger Stadium. Very interesting piece. See link.

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 09:12 AM by DeePee Highlight this comment 380

If you've ever been to Dodger Stadium, that topography is still very much a part of the scene. The ballpark is built into the hills so that fans can park at the level of their entrance to the seating area. From the parking lot behind home plate the stadium looks very unimposing. Then you walk in and find your self in the 5th deck, fighting vertigo. If you walk around the exterior of the park, you will feel like a Sherpa by the time you've fully circumnavigated it.

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 09:34 AM by terry Highlight this comment 381

I have not been. I have always noticed the surrounding hills in various shots of the park but did not really know the extent of the incorporation. Very cool. Now I am all the more intrigued to make it out there one day.

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 11:29 AM by DeePee Highlight this comment 382

This is sort of on an ASG topic: but is anyone slightly surprised Dodger Stadium didn't get next year's ASG to celebrate Dodger Stadiums 50th anniversary? The Cubbies wanted this year's ASG to coincide with Wrigley's 100th.

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 12:54 PM by luke Highlight this comment 383

Los Angeles hosted in 2010 (at Angels Stadium), and the Dodgers need to complete their latest round of renovations before being considered again.

Wrigley is a pit. They'll get a shot once they've finished their own renovations.

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 1:01 PM by Rick 384

Dodger Stadium's 50th anniversary would have been in 2012.

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 2:20 PM by terry Highlight this comment 385

Thanks Rick. I thought Dodger Stadium opened in 1965??

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 3:18 PM by luke Highlight this comment 386

Google can help with details like that.

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 3:25 PM by Rick 387

That's true.

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 3:36 PM by luke Highlight this comment 388

6 runs and 30 strikeouts in 28 innings in Cleveland. The pitchers deserved better support than that. And their hitting leader is experiencing 2014's version of "bilateral leg weakness."

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 9:19 PM by terry Highlight this comment 389

Flew by the Intermodal thing on my bus ride home. Video screen being tested. Looks good!

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 3:43 PM by luke Highlight this comment 390

Does anyone remember an OF (primarily CF) who the Twins let go (or traded) towards last week of Spring Trainig? Or maybe it was w/ a couple weeks left. Anyhow I remember a quote in Strib from Gardy when he was asked about it stated: "I'm not worried about who my backup center fielder is going to be- we're fine with what we got (Hicks)". It wasnt Mastrionni btw he was put through waivers after the season started. Anyhow- I am not the greatest baseball mind but even I know that an aging Willingham (beriddled by injury last year and batted around .215) and Hicks ( beriddled by injury last year and batted around .190) were not going to make it a whole year. So as Gardy continues to march out our 3rd string catcher (Hermann) and a utility infielder (Escobar) to cover starting OF positions I wonder if he wishes he had that backup CF back?

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 3:55 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 391

Are you thinking of Clete Thomas?

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 4:16 PM by Rick 392

You know what? I think it WAS Clete Thomas Rick- good memory!

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 4:26 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 393

Not that Clete Thomas was going to be an All Star or anything but it seemed we were relying on an awful lot of injury prone and/or past their prime type guys as starters. It didnt take long this year for injury bug to hit the same guys -I am surprised Kubel has held up.

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 4:29 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 394

How about that roster management by the club this week? What a terrible outlook on what was at least a semi-promising beginning of a season.

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 5:53 PM by jctwins Highlight this comment 395

Are you thinking of Alex Presley?

We got rid of Clete Thomas back in October 2013.

We have completely messed up our OF!!!!! I remember when the talk was about how we have too many OF.... Now we have none.

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 6:06 PM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 396

Yes, that botch by Escobar on Wednesday night was atrocious. Any other market and Gardy would have been out of a job YEARS ago. It's incredible when you think about it, actually.

TTH

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 6:21 PM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 397

The truth foes hurt TTH. ..and we're stuck with him until the end of 2015, possibly until to old to manage knowing how cheap the Pohlads are.

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 12:01 AM by gus munger Highlight this comment 398

Just received from the Twins:

Thank you for registering for a chance to purchase MLB All-Star Week ticket strips. Not surprisingly, interest in this opportunity was very high among you and your fellow Twins fans and unfortunately we do not have enough strips to accommodate the demand based on the number of registrations received.

Although you weren't selected to purchase MLB All-Star Week ticket strips, you still have two great opportunities to participate in the excitement of MLB All-Star Week festivities.

Target Field will host the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, followed by the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, on July 13. Buy tickets now!

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 2:10 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 399

Weren't the Futures Game/Celebrity Softball game a part of the ticket strips? If so, why are there so many of those available still? Did MLB give corporate clients, etc, the option to not buy full strips and get only the HR Derby and AS Game?

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 2:13 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 400

I heard on the Twins radio broadcast for yesterday's game that there is a "volunteer" opportunity to "help" the Twins during the All Star Break. So there is that...

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 2:24 PM by jared Highlight this comment 401

I think they look for volunteers to put out the ASG packets, seat cushions, or whatever.

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 5:29 PM by ben Highlight this comment 402

StevieB: Yes, someone on this site linked to an explanation of why there were Future's game tickets available. Turn backs were the reason, so they must allow strip splitting for some groups.

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 09:17 AM by BR Highlight this comment 403

Thanks BR. I must have missed seeing that.

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 10:03 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 404

The only "group" allowed to split ASG strips is MLB itself. MLB (not the Twins) sets the ticketing rules (and just about everything else) for the ASG events.

It was a little surprising to see MLB give back some tickets, but don't expect the a Twins to offer any ASG only tickets for sale. Unless there is a new precedent set by MLB, the only way to buy tickets for the ASG itself will be on the secondary market where most people want to get at least the cost of the full strip for just the ASG.

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 9:31 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 405

If anyone can use 1 or 2 ASG strips in the WC row of Home Plate Box 117, pretty much at cost, email me.

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 9:34 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 406

Jfh, How did you get your hands on WC row strips??

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 10:28 PM by Dave Highlight this comment 407

Target Field is now the 13th easiest park to hit a home run in so far this year in the majors, even though it has not warmed up yet. I think it is high time that everyone realize that Target Field is a fair park for hitters and pitchers just like the team and architects envisioned. It does not play "huge' like the so called experts think. The only adjustment I think is needed is to lower the high wall someday by about 5 to eight feet.

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 09:08 AM by Tom D. Highlight this comment 408

Interesting article today about the lack of padding on the CF wall. You'd think that would be something MLB would regulate. I could certainly see this at least turning into a conversation about re-doing all of the walls and adjusting distances at the same time. With the allure of attendance dwindling, there isn't much to lose on the Twins side.

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 10:10 AM by jctwins Highlight this comment 409

Target Field Station grand opening on Saturday. Sounds like the county is throwing A big grand opening party. The county never does anything on A small scale does it.

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 10:47 AM by Leroy Highlight this comment 410

Photo from the interchange this morning. Clicky linky.

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 1:22 PM by jared Highlight this comment 411

I'm hoping the Interchange makes getting on a train after a game a more orderly process than what it has heretofore been.

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 3:16 PM by terry Highlight this comment 412

Atlanta released renderings of their new ballpark today. Does it remind anyone else of TF?

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 4:21 PM by Joe117 Highlight this comment 413

Terry, kudos to you using "heretofore". Nobody talks awesome like that anymore. And I agree 100%...boarding the LRT after a game is a gridlock as it is. And just think, adding a SECOND LRT line? Hopefully you're right, and the Interchange eases the congestion. So, in order to get to the Interchange, is it just straight up Fifth St?

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 7:35 PM by luke Highlight this comment 414

I think TF looks better than the ATL ballpark quite frankly.

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 7:39 PM by luke Highlight this comment 415

"Nobody talks awesome like that anymore"

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Posted on May 14, 2014 at 9:42 PM by ben Highlight this comment 416

Ben, "heretofore" sounds Old English to me...which I think is awesome. Even if its not Old English, it still sounds awesome.

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 9:55 PM by luke Highlight this comment 417

Beyond the little supports for the roof over the main grandstand, I don't think the Atlanta renderings look at all like TF.

That said, it does look a lot like the sort of generic ballparks Populous designs these days. My hunch is that, even though the renderings don't look much like TF, if you see a game there, you'll feel pretty much at home.

I was quite shocked as I walked around Nationals Park and AT&T Park to realize that we've entered a new age of "cookie cutter" ballparks. That's probably not the bad thing it once was, but with Populous so dominating baseball park design, it's a little bit disheartening.

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 1:05 PM by Rick 418

Went to the Metro Transit Intermodal Transit Thingy today. Looks really cool. I took pics. Will post link later.

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 1:06 PM by luke Highlight this comment 419

Luke, I think Ben was referring to the less-than-awesome sentence, "Nobody talks awesome like that anymore."

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 6:00 PM by Spud (aka Winona Mike) Highlight this comment 420

Yeah, that was pretty poor sentence structure, wasn't it?
Clicky to see some pics I took today at The Interchange. And a couple I took trying to capture that gameday experience from the outside. Sounds like it was a hell of a game. Nice come-from-behind win.
With my new Galaxy S5, these pictures look really sharp. Only thing I did wrong was I didn't hold the phone sideways to get the landscape shot. I snapped them rather quickly.

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 6:26 PM by luke Highlight this comment 421

Correction: not sure why I said come-from-behind. It was a walk-off win for the Twins. Anyway, hope y'all enjoy the pictures.

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 7:48 PM by luke Highlight this comment 422

Nice dumpster pic Luke! Never been on the choo choo and probably never will. Hey 2 out of 3 vs B's and Tigers! Not bad!

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 08:44 AM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 423

I know Twink...lol. I wish I coulda moved the goddamn thing to get a better picture, but I probably would have been arrested for tinkling around with construction stuff.

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 12:52 PM by luke Highlight this comment 424

Twins are 21-21. What would their record be if they didn't play in the pitiful AL Central?

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 11:53 AM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 425

They are 8-4 against the AL East, 2-4 vs the AL West, 0-3 vs NL. 11-10 vs the AL Central.

You thinking they should be about 5-6 games over .500 if they played in the AL East? Couple games under if they played in the West? Winless if they played in the NL? Or are you just bitter they aren't 15-27 and are finding ways to win games?

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 12:28 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 426

I, for one, was psychologically prepared for them to stink this year. So I'm not quite sure just what to do with all the disdain I had prepared in advance!

Is the AL Central really that much worse than the other divisions right now? It's pretty early, but the Tigers appear to be beating everyone (rather than just feasting on bad AL Central teams), and for once none of the epically bad teams (Astros, Cubs, D-backs) are here.

Of course, I stand by my hate for the unbalanced schedule. But it seems to be skewing things somewhat less this year -- at least so far.

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 1:00 PM by Rick 427

The problem with the Twins at 21-21 is they appear far more capable of a collapse to 90 plus losses than scraping their way into the Wild Card race.

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 2:40 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 428

I will say the Twins are slightly improved this year but they have only played two teams (Detroit and Oakland) who are more than 3 games above .500....There are a total of 9 teams in the American League, including the Twins, who are all within 3 games of .500 so its been pretty up and down this year amongst the league. The Twins are 0-3 against Oakland and 3-2 against Detroit to date.

A win is a win regardless, but the next 6 weeks will really tell us where this Twins team stands with teams like the Brewers, Giants, Yankees, Rangers, Angels, Blue Jays (in Toronto) and Red Sox (in Boston) all on the schedule. If they are still around the .500 mark come the All Star Break then it could be an exciting July and August. It all starts with this upcoming road trip to California.

Nolasco, Hughes, and Suzuki have been great this year, so gotta give credit to the front office for those acquisitions so far this season. Dozier has also been producing which has been nice to see. Too bad some of the guys at the bottom of the lineup are not producing. Eduardo Escobar has been getting better too as the season progresses.

On the other hand, Joe Mauer has not been producing for being the "face" of the franchise. While Glen Perkins has been getting saves, he has struggled much more this year to get outs in the ninth. Kubel has seen his better days. Not much of a fan of players like Plouffe, Parmelee and Colabello. They do nothing for me.

While I won't be surprised if the Twins finish around .500, I also won't be surprised if they lose 90+ games again. They were 18-17 at one point last year and still went on to lose 96 games so nothing will surprise me this year.

I do know lack of depth is a major concern and this lineup is dependent on guys like Plouffe, Hicks, and Mauer producing consistently.

It's just been hard to get excited and watch the Twins this year. Not sure if part of it has been the weather and the Wild playoff run or what but its just been hard to get excited about the Twins this year. Could be the simple fact they have lost 90+ games three consecutive years with no "All Star" on the roster. Still thinking they will finish around 75-80 wins.

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 3:01 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 429

The Twins are putting together an offense with spit and sealing wax. The improvement I've seen over 2013 is that Anthony Swarzak is not being brought into games in the 3d or 4th inning on a regular basis like he was last year. The starting pitching is not great, but it is improved.

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 4:04 PM by terry Highlight this comment 430

Well, I think I spoke too soon.

I just took a look at the new power rankings over on ESPN. By any numerical method of summarizing that list which I can devise, the AL Central comes out last among the six divisions...

Next up would be to do some sort of weighted averaging figuring in how each team has done both in and out of their division, but I'm too tired for that right now. It would probably come out the same.

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 5:38 PM by Rick 431

As much as I would like to see the Twins play meaningful games in September, the only reason they seem competitive now is smoke and mirrors. I agree with Mike - if the Twins are 5-10 games above .500 by the All Star break, then *maybe* they can make it to postseason. Anything less than that, barring a total collapse by the Tigers and we'll have another massive disappointment of a season and a significant loss of STH next year.

The Twins are going to have to figure out some way to get out from the albatross that is now Mauer's contract. A slightly above average singles hitting first baseman doesn't have anywhere near the value of the All Star catcher that the Twins thought they signed.

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 9:21 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 432

There's little to no chance that the Twins will be in the hunt in late August or September for any kind of playoff spot, but then, no one expected anything of the sort anyway. If the Twins get through the season anywhere near .500, I’ll be gratified to see significant progress, given that almost everyone here was predicting another 90 loss season.

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 9:21 PM by Spud (aka Winona Mike) Highlight this comment 433

So we went to the game yesterday (Sunday). Stayed until the 8th and then walked outside to the interchange to see how it feels. Overall I like the space however its flow and function have some pretty major question marks. I have the images posted in an album on my Flickr, click for link.

First as you exit the stadium, signage about where things are is pretty bad or nonexistent right now. I saw many, many people walking around shrugging their shoulders looking where to go. There was only one sign that I saw mentioning where to get tickets (for those that needed them) and people working the area were directing people to the manned booth farthest away from the station, no mention of the kiosks. I feel like the signage needs to be high on a post so that they can be seen over the inevitable crowds. Even though the line of people was moving onto the old platform, apparently it wasn't clear enough that they new one wasn't being used. I also noticed, there is also one electrical sign (which you can see under the Target Field Station sign) which basically faces the HERC...i.e. perpendicular to the flow of traffic and basically useless unless you are standing in that small space between the sign and the fence, facing the platform.

Second, just how people will access the new station is not easy to figure out unless you are following pre-directed foot traffic. I talked to one of the workers and he said they don't know how they will use it yet and ultimately the rail company will determine that and let them know. He said on Saturday they were using the new platform while on Sunday they were using the old one. As it looks right now there are two ways to access the platform, the first is walking all the way around the performance area(as I will call it) to the west end of the platform or go through that electrical post artsy forest (whatever we will call that) to the opening in the fence there. I didn't walk into the building next to the platform to see if that was a means of access other than just an elevator and a shelter but it's safe to assume that it is.

It's also safe to say flow for rail ticket holders to the new platform will be directly out either Gate 6 gates and through the electric forest, through the gate and onto the platform. When we were there Sunday it was cordoned off in a soft attempt at creating a queue. I am not sure that many will know or use the far west platform entry by walking all the way around. Although, on high demand days that entry may be the best way of managing the queue. If you don't have a ticket (at least for now) you are going to be directed away from the platform to the manned ticket window and have to walk back to get on the train.

As far as being an entertainment space, I can't say on the concert side since I wasn't there Saturday BUT watching the game there is fairly cool. You can see the screen from most of the space. The sound quality is really good and plenty loud...well unless the heavy train is going underneath, then its a fight. A number of places to sit or you can lay in the grass. During our two innings sitting there though, they would cut away from the FSN broadcast and show ads while still playing FSN broadcast audio. Definitely has a nice small park feel to it but as far as how much it will be utilized on a "let's go watch the game there" basis, I see that wearing off pretty quick. I live in EP and likely wont drive there for that purpose obviously but people living and working in the neighborhood could make a good case for using it. My office is supposedly joining our satellite office over on 8th and Washington this coming winter, so it might be a nice excuse to grab a lunch down there or head down for last minute tickets on gameday. Sidenote: anyone know what is going in behind the brewery over there? More apartments? I haven't looked.

Some other random thoughts: nearly all people coming in from that corner will filter underneath and up to the stadium, taking the trains out of most safety issue conversations but I feel that traffic going out will only mostly follow the same path. I bet that area lit at night is going to be pretty cool. The only tennant that I saw in the space below right now is a Caribou, which is still being built out on the inside. I wonder how much of the streets and stuff over there are going to be redone and what the plans are for the ASG, if there are any. I feel like this side of the park is really starting to come together nicely.

/long post

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 11:45 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 434

I agree w/ the smoke and mirrors comment- I do not agree that Nolasco is performing well (so far). He is 2-4 with a 5.50 ERA. Hughes is doing better than expected 4-1 3.61 ERA and Gibson has been up and down but Correia is 1-5 6.80 ERA and Pelfry is 0-3 and 7.99. In April we were drawing the most walks in baseball (unsure if that is still case) and had some nice surprises offensively but Collabello is now down to .233 BA and Kubel has also tailed off. We have 4 catchers on the current roster and using them at other positions and using backup infielders in the outfield. A career .240 catcher (Suzuki) is one of our top offensive threats right now. We are currently 3 games ahead of where we were last year. I said we would be 60-102. I can see us being 65-97 or maybe even 70-92 but at 21-21 I still feel comfortable with my original prediction. We have alot of guys not playing their natural position out there- we seem to have alot of "hybrid" utility guys we are rotating around. There have been some positives but overall nothing to get too excited about.

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 12:33 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 435

After attending 2009 NFC Championship game and the 2010 opener in New Orleans and the beat down by New Orleans here in 2011 I can now saw the following: WE FINALLY BEAT NEW ORLEANS AT SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!!! MINNEAPOLIS SUPER BOWL 2018

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 3:10 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 436

2014 - MLB All Star Game
2016 - Ryder Cup Golf Tournament
2018 - Super Bowl LII
2017, 2018, 2019, 2020? - NCAA Final Four?
When the damn NHL gets its act together - Winter Classic

Looks like the Twin Towns are getting back on the sports map.

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 3:45 PM by luke Highlight this comment 437

I think the quote from the CEO of US Bank kind of lets the cat out of the bag as to the stadium naming rights. (as if we didn't know....)

TTH

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 4:01 PM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 438

If you interested in MN superbowl type stuff follow the link

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 04:31 AM by Leroy Highlight this comment 439

Anyone catch Mike Redmond's ejection last night and his dirt kicking episode? Classic! Gotta love the dirt-kicking!

From what I read, that umpire, who is just 30, was a fill-in umpire and the strike zone was all across the board for both teams.

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 440

Forgot the link

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 11:03 AM by Mike (aka Mike) Highlight this comment 441

In reply to the unbalanced schedule, i have posted it here before and other places, but i want to post it again, to keep the idea going...

very near balanced schedule proposal
14 NL teams, that aren't your rival, 3 game series, 42 games
10 AL teams not in your division, 6 games, 3 home, 3 away, 60 games
4 division opponents, 13 games, 6 home 6 away 52 games

that puts you at 154 games,
play your rival 3 games home and 3 away,

160 games total, near balanced

If you want to keep 162, i am sure you could figure some where to play 2 more games, but 160 sounds fine to me.

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 12:12 PM by Thrillhouse Highlight this comment 442

I would like to see more division opponent games. To me, more than half your total games should be against your divisional opponents. Yes, I'm saying 81+ games against just your division. And only your division record should count toward your divisional playoff seeding. If there is a tie in divisional record, then league record followed by overall record would be used for seeding.

Why so many divisional games? You want the best team from that division representing the division and you want strong rivalries within each division. To ensure the best team you need a larger sample size of games. Baseball is very much about matchups, especially pitcher matchups. You want as many pitcher matchups against your division as possible. If each team has a 5-man starting rotation, it would take 25 games against one team to get 1 sample size of all the possible pitcher matchups. If you have 4 divisional opponents that's 100 games to get 1 pitcher matchup sample against your division. And that's assuming the same starter rotation the entire season, which is doubtful.

Proposed schedule:
160 total games
88 games vs divisional opponents, 4 teams, 11 away 11 home
60 games vs non divisional league opponents, 10 teams, 3 away 3 home
12 games vs rivals, 2 teams, 3 away 3 home

All non divisional games would be 3 game series. Divisional games would be 4 game home/away series with one 3 game home/away series. 4 game series to ensure more pitching matchups.

In short, there needs to be more divisional opponent games.

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 2:17 PM by Dave Highlight this comment 443

Here's your chance, you can BUY one of the Domes communal troughs. Clicky. Anybody want one??

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 05:39 AM by luke Highlight this comment 444

For your gawking pleasure, clicky for some shots I took at the construction site today. Lots of activity down there. Pics may not be Rick or Jared caliber, but you can only get so much through a fence without a hard hat.

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 9:44 PM by luke Highlight this comment 445

Somebody paid 330.00 for one of those troughs. I guess people will buy just about anything

Posted on May 24, 2014 at 10:37 PM by Leroy Highlight this comment 446

Zero for nineteen this weekend with RISP. You don't have to be a savant to quickly compute what that batting average is.

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 08:13 AM by terry Highlight this comment 447

How's Joe (We have to sign him!) Mauer doing?

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 10:06 AM by ben Highlight this comment 448

Days like today, and every day quite frankly, make me so glad TF was built sans roof. Great day for baseball.

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 12:04 PM by luke Highlight this comment 449

According to the Pioneer Press, Twins' rotation now has the highest ERA in majors.
TTH

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 7:29 PM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 450

And watching the Twins hit recently is amazingly like watching paint dry.

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 7:41 PM by terry Highlight this comment 451

Bobblehead question,

I have the Great Clips Right field section reserved for June 20th, and my brother is bringing his two sons to get a bobblehead that night. I havent tried for a bobblehead since the Dome days.

Does anyone know how early they would have to be there to ensure they get one?

Thanks

and if anyone wants to sit in the Right field great clips section June 20th, let me know. I have to give the Twins tickets my final number by Friday and I have about 30 left to sell before i give them back to the Twins.

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 08:29 AM by Thrillhouse Highlight this comment 452

The last several times getting there when gates open was plenty early. Bobbleheads were still being handed out within 3/4 hour of first pitch. The Twins pretty much killed BBH interest when they abandoned the classic pose AGP's.

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 09:59 AM by ben Highlight this comment 453

Re bobbleheads. For the Mauer & Morneau one, I got to the game an hour early and just missed out on it. Yesterday they were giving away BBQ tongs. I dropped the family off at Gated 29/34 40 minutes early. They were out! I parked, came in through Gate 14, and got one of the last 10 or so left at yah at gate (odd because those gates usually run out sooner).

So, if they really want one, I'd split into two groups, go to 2 different gates (including the skyway) , and get there 15 minutes before gates open. Smear time Friday, no school, it'll be busy.

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 10:10 AM by BR Highlight this comment 454

Wow, sorry for the typos. Darn phone. That became yah, summer became smear. Like bad poetry!

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 10:13 AM by BR Highlight this comment 455

Gate does seem to matter but there is no predicting how they distribute. It's not the "first xxx", it's the "first xxx" at whatever gate. Ask eight people which gate is best and you will get eight different answers.

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 11:09 AM by ben Highlight this comment 456

Thanks everyone, i will tell him 5:30 should work, but if he wants a near guarantee, get there at 5.

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 11:42 AM by Thrillhouse Highlight this comment 457

Can't you just check at a gate before entering to see if they have bobbleheads there? I would think if they don't scan your tickets you could go to as many gates as you want to look for them.

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 4:30 PM by Dave Highlight this comment 458

Scott Baker is the latest pitcher the Twins have made look like the second coming of Cy Young. The way they're hitting now, a batting tee could fill the same purpose.

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 9:39 PM by terry Highlight this comment 459

Ben Revere hits his first major league home run. And for those wondering, it was the 'over the fence' variety.

Classic silent treatment from his teammates, too.

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 08:26 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 460

Question for anyone who can help on this one. I'm going to be taking one of my friends to Target Field this summer, and she's in a wheelchair. We'll have tickets in-advance, but is there any advice we can get on the best place to park/any tips we should know to make the visit more efficient/etc.?

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 2:02 PM by hofflalu Highlight this comment 461

I've never taken a wheelchair-bound person to TF, but I would think the B ramp might be an option. I would certainly think it would have handicapped access to the plaza. I would also think Gate 34 off the plaza would be the easiest to negotiate with a wheelchair.

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM by terry Highlight this comment 462

hofflalu,

I go to about 5-10 games a year at TF using a wheelchair. I'll try to give a few tips.

All the gates are wheelchair accessible. So you can really park anywhere you like. The most convenient parking spot is perhaps level 3 in Ramp A. This is the level that has the skyway directly into TF. But you need to get to the game early or all the handicap parking stalls on level 3 will be taken. If distance isn't an issue for your friend, you can park for free at any street meter, just watch the time limits.

Ramp B does have barrier free access to the plaza. Although it is a bit of maze in B. I've never parked in C, so not sure about that one. And you could always park somewhere on the light rail and take that. If you do take the light rail, when you leave you don't have to get in line, just go to the front of the line and they will let you get on first so you can get an accessible spot on the train.

Lastly, if need be you could drop your friend off on 7'th street near gate 14. Deploying a van ramp there is a bit tricky now they have those terrorist concrete blockers everywhere.

Once inside, all the WC seats are easy to get to except Dugout Box seats. There a bit of a pain to get to, especially sections 16 and 17. Just ask an usher for help in getting to Dogout Box seats. And elevator numbers don't match up well with section numbers. So just so the elevator attendant your ticket and they'll get you to the right level.

Family restrooms are probably her best bet when nature calls. More room to navigate and typically much cleaner.

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 3:36 PM by Dave Highlight this comment 463

Ramp C, being the farthest from TF, might be OK as far as handicap spaces. Its just a long (LONG) skyway trip to TF.

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 6:55 PM by luke Highlight this comment 464

Rick, can we have a contest where the "winner" gets to go to a game with Luke and TwinkFan and then has to blog about it? I can't imagine a more entertaining read come the dog days of summer at TF.

TTH

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 7:30 PM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 465

Second place should get to go to two games with our esteemed friends.

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 9:29 PM by Spud (aka Winona Mike) Highlight this comment 466

Second prize: An all expenses paid outing with Luke to TF.

First prize: $2.00.

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 11:57 PM by ben Highlight this comment 467

In reading the questions and response about wheelchair access, my interest piqued. We have broken the stadium down ad nauseum for an able-bodied person but I think a post from this perspective could be very beneficial. I know certain aspects have been covered in the comments before but never a full detailed post on any or all aspects that are challenging to truly awesome for a person in a wheelchair at Target Field.

With the ASG upon us, I can see how a write-up not only for an able-bodied person but also for people who require accessibility options would be awesome for reference not only for Locals who attend but also for fans from other teams making the trek out for the game.

Also, in just typing all that out, I got to wondering: What percentage of fans in the stands during All Star weekend are local fans compared to the rest of the league? I assume at least a majority are locals but is it an overwhelming majority or is it a nice hodge podge mixture? This will be my first experience attending so I have no clue. It's fun meeting fans from other teams and getting their take on each others teams and the league as a whole.

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 08:56 AM by jared Highlight this comment 468

Thanks for the tips!

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 09:08 AM by hofflalu Highlight this comment 469

Anyone see any pictures yet of the Harmon Killebrew All-Star bobblehead they are giving away on 6/20? Only 3 weeks away and I have not seen a single picture of it. Usually they show pictures and promote them.

I will say as a bobblehead collector, I miss the AGP bobbleheads the Twins had until recent years.

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 10:10 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 470

Interesting in Strib yesterday Twins are still the least attended team on the road, by more than 1,000 fans on average, in all of baseball. And if it werent for the White Sox we would be more than 2,000 fans less than next closest team. I know we suck and have only one marquee player but I thought the Twins would be a better draw on the road than at least Royals, Padres, Astros, Marlins, Rays, Reds, Brewers for example. On a side note since the series is coming up I know I used to go to the Brewers series in Milwaukee every year and Twins fans PACKED THE HOUSE. I had multiple Brewers fans saying how fun it was and how well we represented our team. Ever since they started this weekday series I quit going and apparently so did thousands of others. People I hear from who go out there say it has really fallen off. I really miss the tailgating out there-it was like a football game pre game. Thanks MLB for ruining a fun tradition

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 12:52 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 471

Uffda,

I'm one of those thousands who USED to go to Milwaukee every year for the series. Bud's exodus as commissioner is long overdue. He has no clue how to grow the sport.

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 3:21 PM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 472

Yeah I am sure the thought process was that since Twins and Brewers fans all seem to love this old rivalry that they would still come out in droves no matter what day they made it. That a Mon-Tues series vs Twins would draw better than a Mon-Tues series vs, say, Arizona. But that AZ would still draw on weekend solely becasue it IS a weekend. I am sure MLB did this w/ other markets as well-moving the sole AL/NL rival series played every year from weekends to midweek. That doesnt make it right-these should be weekend series. But some number cruncher did the math and saw that extra $$$ can be squeezed by doing it this way. We are now thinking of just goign to a weekend series and wearing our Twins gear anyways....probably to an AZ series which is what MLB wants to begin with. lol

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 4:35 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 473

TTH and Ben, you would probably LOVE going to a game with me.
I don't leave my seat for nine whole innings.

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 5:00 PM by luke Highlight this comment 474

Yup. MLB schedulers have essentially killed all the natural rivalries. Drop the 2+2 during the week scheduling. If you have to, do 2 3 game weekend sets.

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 8:39 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 475

This is also the 2nd or 3rd year in a row where the Twins don't have a weekend series in KC outside of April. KC is a great road trip for Twins fans, with easy driving distance and straight down I-35. Makes it a lot tougher to pull off with no weekends though.

I am headed to Milwaukee later this summer, then to Wrigley. Would have been nice to pair with a Twins game at one of those venues but not this year.

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 07:59 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 476

To be fair, it's not entirely the fault of the computers and humans that now make the schedule.

Think of it this way, up until 2005-ish, a husband and wife duo were still making the schedule by hand. 2400+ games packed into a window from April to September, scheduled by humans to meet the crazy demands of baseball teams who wanted games to fall in certain places at certain times to meet special occasions. These two regularly beat out computer programs from the best schools in the country. It aint that easy.

It's mostly computerized now with some human changes but I would guess that the complexity of the whole thing results in a lot more frequent "take the lesser of two evils" scenarios. Natural "rivalry" or Not, it's obviously pretty low on the team's priority list of special game requests or we would see the Brewers on weekends every season. I put rivalry in quotation marks because from my perspective, I don't view the Brewers as a rival. It doesn't hold the true rivalry values for me. From my standpoint there may have been some semblance of rivalry before the Brewers switch, but its far less apparent now, if there even is a sliver of it left. Even the players consider other teams, in our division no less, more of a true rival.

I found the website for the 30 for 30 short on the scheduling topic but the video doesn't appear to be active at the moment. I have linked the webpage anyway.

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 09:32 AM by jared Highlight this comment 477

With regard to handicap access, doesn't the site "Two Men On" which is linked from this site in the lower right cover those kinds of things?

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 12:52 PM by trebor651 Highlight this comment 478

The players may not care one way or the other about the rivalry games, but it was usually a good opportunity for fans to make a road trip to a (usually) close interleague city. It meant more tickets sold and a plus to hotel/food industries.

When it started, and up until last year, the "rivalry" weekends were all at the same time, with a 3 gamer home and away, both over Fri-Sun. With the change to 15 AL/NL teams and always having an interleague series in play, MLB has changed it to back to back 2 game series, and spread it through the year. Cubs/W Sox played in early May, Reds/Indians not until Aug, StL/KC in June. The only constant in the ones I looked at are they are all being played Mon/Tue - Wed/Thu.

I would love to take my son to Milwaukee for a Twins game, but playing on a Mon/Tue during the school year is not going to allow that.

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 1:49 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 479

There's still time for him to make up for it, but Mauer's first three at bats today were brutal.

Posted on May 31, 2014 at 2:33 PM by terry Highlight this comment 480

Anyone cashed in on the "Thirsty Thursday" promotion? How did it go?

Posted on May 31, 2014 at 3:56 PM by ben Highlight this comment 481

I hear the saints have $1.00 beers on Thursdays! Twins maybe what you get is $1.00 off on that $8.00 beer? LOL!

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 11:13 AM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 482

Wrigley Field renovation renderings. Not too bad. Clicky.

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 9:19 PM by luke Highlight this comment 483

At the yard tonight watching the Border Battle. Beauty of a night for outdoor baseball. One wonders why we didn't do this sooner. Like...1997-ish.

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 7:42 PM by luke Highlight this comment 484

A night like this makes me miss Metropolitan stadium even more. Miss all the planes flying overhead every now and then.

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 9:23 PM by Leroy Highlight this comment 485

Is there food and beverage options if you watch the game on the big screen at Target Field Station?

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 9:47 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 486

I haven't had a "favorite Twin" since Ben Revere was traded to Philly. But I'm happy to announce that I've crowned a new one: Oswaldo Arcia!

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 9:49 PM by Rick 487

As of right now (from what I have seen) there is no food or beverage option on the Target Field Station side of the ballpark. There may eventually be a roaming cart or two come ASG but as of right now, nothing. I assume too that the shops below the station would likely include one ballpark fare store, the one that is filling out at the moment is slated to be a coffee shop.

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 09:01 AM by jared Highlight this comment 488

Are they routing fans to the new station after games or are fans still catching the LRT on the old station outside Gate 6?

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 10:47 AM by terry Highlight this comment 489

I talked to a LRT platform worker the first day I was there (the day after it officially opened) and he said they weren't sure how it was going to be organized and up to that point they had sent people one direction the first day and one direction the second day and that was the plan near term.

In the few times I have been down since, that still seems to hold true. I have seen people being directed to one platform one day and the other platform the next.

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 12:47 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 490

One day perhaps this city will figure out mass transit. That has been a clown show since day 1, as has the inefficiency of the LRT entirely. I am a huge proponent, but our system is so far behind the major cities it's ridiculous.

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 7:19 PM by jctwins Highlight this comment 491

Jc...I'm still perplexed by the 48 minutes it'll take to go LRT between the downtowns. But unlike the Blue Line, I doubt anybody will ride the Green Line end to end.
I'm looking forward to taking the Green to TCFBS. I still haven't been there.

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 7:55 PM by luke Highlight this comment 492

Rick selects a favorite player, the very next day he hits a grand slam, and also gets hurt.

That ankle roll looked painful...

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 09:29 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 493

Ga! I take it back. It's Correia! That's what I meant. He's my new favorite Twin. I certainly would hate it if anything unfortunate happened to him...

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 11:40 AM by Rick 494

Perfect night for outdoor baseball, get to the park before the game starts!

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 8:04 PM by Dave Highlight this comment 495

Was at Town Ball Tavern last night and was shown the cup the "$2 taps" are served in. The cup is better suited for a serving of tartar sauce, or perhaps a "pre procedure rinse" at the dentist. Typical Twins BS.

Posted on June 7, 2014 at 08:12 AM by ben Highlight this comment 496

On Thursday night there was a drone flying over Target Field that attracted a bit of attention. Anybody know what that was all about? There was speculation that it was a rehearsal for something to do with the ASG.

Posted on June 7, 2014 at 10:51 AM by ClarkAddison Highlight this comment 497

The best way to avoid getting ripped off by the Twins is to stop patronizing them. With all the college, high school, and minor league baseball in the area, there'd still be plenty of baseball to enjoy. The Twins can only make you miserable if you allow them to. If the Twins are so insufferably cheap, and provide so little return on your money spent, why are you still going to Target Field?

Posted on June 7, 2014 at 6:18 PM by Spud (aka Winona Mike) Highlight this comment 498

I'm a sucker - and so are you. You haven't figured that out yet? I just wish the current management would put a little more effort into putting a quality, competitive team on the field and a bit less into squeezing the last nickel out of everything. In other words, I'd just like to see them try to make good on their promises and hype.

Posted on June 7, 2014 at 9:30 PM by ben Highlight this comment 499

I quit going to sporting events years ago. I visited Target Field back in 2010 and haven't been back since. They no longer get my money. Continuing to hand over hard-earned cash for sub-standard product doesn't create any incentive on their part to improve the on-field product or fan experience. They'll only make the effort once the tap is no longer a deluge of money.

Posted on June 7, 2014 at 10:02 PM by Spud (aka Winona Mike) Highlight this comment 500

I went to the game today, but didn't spend a dime. Got free tickets from a friend, brought snacks and water from home, and the guy that came with paid for parking.

I wore my old Santana t-shirt under my sweatshirt and the "new" Santana had 4 hits/5 rbi. Coincidence? Probably. Hope he keeps hitting though.

Posted on June 7, 2014 at 10:27 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 501

The only time tickets are free is if the Twins give them out for free.

Posted on June 8, 2014 at 4:57 PM by Dave Highlight this comment 502

It got lost in the barrage of Houston home runs, but the Twins struck out twelve times today. That aspect of their game is just as bad as it was last year.

Posted on June 8, 2014 at 5:05 PM by terry Highlight this comment 503

Statue of TC unveiled on the plaza today. Did anyone know this was coming or had the Twins kept it under wraps? Clicky

Posted on June 8, 2014 at 4:49 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 504

I had no idea it was going to be TC. But why...the mascot? How about a statue of Herb Carneal? Bob Casey? John Gordon? I would've thought either of those guys would have come before TC.

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 06:24 AM by luke Highlight this comment 505

How many people would take a picture of their kid standing with John Gordon or Herb Carneal? How many would take a picture with TC?

Strange sight after the Sat game - a guy sitting on the plaza holding a sign "Will trade baseball for Gardy Gnome" He had a bag containing several so I assume he found a few takers for his offer. I didn't get a gnome and didn't care to, but a bit strange that people would give theirs up for a ball that more than likely cost that guy $0.

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 09:49 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 506

What difference does it make what the ball cost the guy?

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 09:52 AM by ben Highlight this comment 507

I guess I can sort of understand it, but shouldn't statues be reserved for the "greats" of the past? In other words, since the real TC is still roaming the ballpark, how about a statue of Twinkie the Loon?

(Come to think of it, maybe my logic is flawed. The real Kent Hrbek apparently still roams the ballpark...)

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 11:31 AM by Rick 508

Well...how many people want their pics taken with Eloise Pohlad? She and Carl have statues. I like the Twinkie the Loon idea. But Rick has it right, the statues should be reserved for the "greats".

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 1:01 PM by luke Highlight this comment 509

Seems like every time I go to the ballpark I see people taking pictures with the Pohlads. Not as many as at the gold glove, but still...

It's Calvin Griffith who usually seems pretty lonely -- and I think that's actually the best of all the statues.

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 1:10 PM by Rick 510

Photo ops aren't the only reason to put up a statue of course, but it may well drive some of the decisions as to who to "immortalize" and where to place it. From day one the giant glove on the plaza has been a magnet for photo ops. TC is a marketable character for the team, retired radio guys aren't so much.

Tony Oliva still frequents TF as well.

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 2:41 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 511

Although it seems lines for the Golden Glove have diminished this season. Maybe it's just me. When I first started going to TF, lines were about as long for the Glove as they were to get into the ballpark. Last Wed nite when I went to the Brewers game, I don't think I saw more than three people lined up at a time.

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 7:02 PM by luke Highlight this comment 512

With the Twins' brand of baseball crapping on its fans, it is only fitting that there be more Twins statues for our feathered friends to crap all over. Too bad Santana didn't pitch longer here - would have been nice to have a statue of him out on the plaza.

TTH

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 10:59 PM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 513

The odd thing about both the Pohlad statue and the Griffith one is that their proportion is so diminutive. In some ways, it's odd to have a statue shorter than passers-by. Then again, they shouldn't be larger than life like Puckett, Killbrew, et.al.

What is TC's statue size like?

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 11:36 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 514

So our local 9 are not off to a great start on this 9-game road trip and are currently a season-high 4 games under .500 at 29-33.

What will their record be when they return to Minneapolis a week from Thursday after visiting Toronto, Detroit and Boston?

A. 34 - 36 (5-3 on rest of road trip)
B. 33 - 37 (4-4)
C. 32 - 38 (3-5)
D. 31 - 39 (2-6)
E. Other

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 1:55 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 515

C

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 4:00 PM by luke Highlight this comment 516

I agree and also say C. The team has just enough decent starting pitching to keep itself from going on 4-6 game losing streaks w/ regularity but also has enough bad starting pitching to keep from winning 4-6 games in a row. This will be a slow death roll where they win 1, lose 1, win 2 lose 3, win 1 lose 3 but no long winning or losing streaks but will continue to slowly drift further and further into the abyss...and all of a sudden in Sep it is "WTH when did we become 20 games under .500?????" On a side note the Twins have the exact same record this year as they did last year today (29-33) and we all know what happened last year....

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 4:33 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 517

Completely different subject but for any of you ninjas out there do you know a link to see the newly installed TCF turf? I saw descriptions and heard it was fully installed but when I google search it jsut shows pix of the field from previous years? I heard endzones say MINNESOTA in yellow and are bordered in white?

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 4:36 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 518

Clicky. I'm trying to find the mock up for the Vikings layout.

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 5:21 PM by luke Highlight this comment 519

This link from KSTP has a thumbnail detailing what the Vikings portion will look like. I'm guessing its computer generated, because the sideline seats that say MINNESOTA are grayed out. Don't know why the hell why...

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 5:25 PM by luke Highlight this comment 520

Bigger thumbnail. Apparently it is "projected" this is what it will be. Clicky.

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 5:34 PM by luke Highlight this comment 521

No link yet, but KSTP just reported that the Pohlads and United FC owner Bill McGuire have placed a bid to compete with Wilf for rights to an MLS team with expansion in 2020. They are looking to build a soccer-only stadium on the site of the MPLS farmer's market. Apparently the United negotiated with Wilf to play in the new Vikings stadium but that fell through when they couldn't decide on revenue sharing.

TTH

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 11:02 PM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 522

Here's one article about the MLS bids.
TTH

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 11:04 PM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 523

So --- the taxpayers are going to be milked for yet another stadium?

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 08:28 AM by ben Highlight this comment 524

I think it's safe to say that being able to host an MLS all-star game would surely put Minneapolis on the map.

TTH

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 11:45 AM by TheTruthHurts Highlight this comment 525

Thanks luke for the link!

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 12:17 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 526

Dozier is "day-to-day". That is the kiss of death. Will we see him before 2015?

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 1:41 PM by terry Highlight this comment 527

Nice win today by the boys! Now it's on to Detroit for 3 games and I must say the Twins are pretty lucky/fortunate to miss both Verlander and Scherzer in the upcoming series. This club definitely has more fight to them this year and every time you think they get knocked down, they bounce back up. I am still not convinced this team is a contender, but they have been able to stay within 3 games of .500 for most of the season.

As for that Vikings concept at TCF Bank Stadium, I think the "Minnesota" is a neutral yellow (to accomodate both teams) and was sewn into the turf with a white outline meaning they can paint the white outline either purple for the Vikings or Maroon for the Gophers. They would then paint the Vikings norseman logo and the University "M" at the 50 yard line.

I want to say that concept with the purple "Minnesota" is not correct but I could be wrong.

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 2:51 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 528

Sure thing Uffda...I try to help.
Mike you may be right in that it could just be conceptual. I got the impression via the various articles that it was moreover just a concept. It takes a lot to keep changing the paint job. But, as far as I know, the Gophs and Vikes are only at TCFBS once on the same weekend this entire season. In theory there could be time.

I'll put this out there: you know how fans can opt to have seat backs installed on bleacher seats at TCFBS? Will the Vikings opt to do something like that? Or is it just luck of the draw...you may or may not have one installed, based on what the Gophers STH does? Gophers STHs pay for those, whereby Vikings ticketholders essentially would get them "as is". Maybe will the Gophers NOT offer that option this year (and next), in the name of being "fair"? I think it was mentioned here way back (like 2009) that the seat backs are a yearly option.
There was probably something in the User Agreement about it I'll bet...

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 6:07 PM by luke Highlight this comment 529

Why would they do any painting on the field when they could simply switch out inlayed turf pieces bearing the appropriate logos and/or wordmarks?

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 9:19 PM by Spud (aka Winona Mike) Highlight this comment 530

The Spud makes a valid point. Why didn't they do that?

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 9:46 PM by luke Highlight this comment 531

From UoM Facebook/Twitter:



From Instagram

According to their tweets/posts about it, most stuff will be painted on (midfield logos, hashmarks, endzone, yardage #s and conference logos, etc) based on who is playing. You can see the yellow Letters are lined in white turf in the endzone but were painted maroon in the pano image.

Sorry if luke posted this stuff already. I see he said to click the link but I don't see a link to click on my end.

My assumption on why they didn't just swap turf is because painting is cheaper plus you have one permanent piece of turf. Then when the Vikes tenure is up, they can easily cutout space for new Gopher logos/wordmarks and inlay them into the turf as they would normally have done in the beginning, just at a later time. How feasible the latter is though depends on final costs of doing so. It also may or may not look funny to have 2 years worth of worn turf and then have brand new stuff inlaid. Weird as it is to say, to some people that matters, we all know someone would pitch a fit and say something.

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 12:32 PM by jared Highlight this comment 532

Sorry, that should say:

You can see in the Instagram photo the lettering in the endzone is yellow outlined in white (turf pieces), but in the panorama image, the white outline was painted maroon.

There are a few more pics from during the inlay of the turf but I chose to only include (mostly) "after" images.

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 12:35 PM by jared Highlight this comment 533

I thought I had heard that, on the Vikes dime, after they vacate TCFBS they have to buy another turf to be installed after they leave? Confirm? Deny?

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 12:52 PM by luke Highlight this comment 534

Regardless of who plays on it, how it's painted, or whether or not heating coils are under it, the lifespan of FieldTurf is finite and it needs to be replaced relatively often. U of Nebraska's Memorial Stadium was the first major college or professional football field to have it installed in the US, in 1999, and it has been replaced at least twice at that stadium since then.

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 3:26 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 535

Luke-that may have been it. Sounds familiar but I can't confirm 100% if that is true. And I am too lazy to look at the moment.

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 4:17 PM by jared Highlight this comment 536

U of Nebraska's Memorial Stadium

...Or as I call it, home. ;)


And you are right Expectorate, with the last installation happening prior to last season.

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 4:23 PM by jared Highlight this comment 537

My home too...


Posted on June 12, 2014 at 5:14 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 538

I always knew you were good people Expectorate. +1

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 10:28 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 539

I think Detroit got just a small measure of revenge in that 3d inning for all the quirky things that happened to them in Minnesota during the Metrodome years. Did the Tigers install some of that old Metrodome "Superball Turf" in Comerica?

Posted on June 14, 2014 at 4:08 PM by terry Highlight this comment 540

It was a valiant comeback...but we still came up short.

Posted on June 15, 2014 at 11:45 AM by luke Highlight this comment 541

I'm surprised this topic hasn't come up yet.

Kendrys Morales, seems like a steal at 7.6 million. Why on earth did the guy turn down 14+ million offers and then come to Minnesota of all places? Twins surely can use the power, but seems strange they even got him. I don't think the Twins yet realize there in a rebuilding phase.

Posted on June 15, 2014 at 12:35 PM by Dave Highlight this comment 542

A lot of times, places like Minnesota might appeal to players who want to escape the intense glare of the media spotlight. But Morales played in Anaheim and Seattle, where there are few, if any, complaints about the media spotlight. So I'm stumped as to why Minnesota appealed to him, unless the Twins made him feel more welcome and wanted than anywhere else.
By the way, why have his career stats omitted anything for 2011?

Posted on June 15, 2014 at 4:46 PM by Spud (aka Winona Mike) Highlight this comment 543

Spud - Morales was injured in 2010 (note only 51 games played) and it caused him to miss the entire 2011 season as well.

Posted on June 15, 2014 at 10:07 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 544

Regarding the turf at TCF Bank Stadium, the Vikings' lease says they will replace it with new turf at their expense after vacating the premises and to the U of M's specifications which includes sewn in logos and markings.

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 10:30 AM by Jorge Highlight this comment 545

That's cool- the U of M is going to benefit from this- free new field in 3 years, heated field, additional heating lamps placed throughout-I forgot what other (if any) permanent features are going in (additional/upgraded concessions?) -I've been to 4 games in Nov there and by hook or by crook I managed to go during games that were awful weather. Cold, wind, rain. That stadium just doesn't give much protection from elements. Im not trying to sound liike a wuss or anything-I have been to the old Met, the dome collapse game at TCF, Soldier and the old Lambeau (pre remodel) for Dec games- but Im saying a few additional heating lamps would be nice addition.

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 12:13 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 546

ASG ticket packages are being mailed out on Friday.

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 3:08 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 547

God I want one so bad. This might be the only ASG at TF. unless MLB "super bowl"s it with a six city rotation. Can't see that happening.

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 3:24 PM by luke Highlight this comment 548

Luke really the all star game? What's the big deal?

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 3:58 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 549

"Luke really the all star game? What's the big deal?"

Their serving Kool Aid.

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 7:15 PM by ben Highlight this comment 550

Sorry --- they're.

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 7:16 PM by ben Highlight this comment 551

I went to the '85 All-Star game and it was a great experience. I thought about that game yesterday when i heard of the death of Tony Gwynn. I got a really good photograph of him during that game. I also ran into Lefty Gomez in the concourse. In the meantime in 2014, the Twins are doing their this-is-what-it's-like-to-watch-paint-dry hitting.

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM by terry Highlight this comment 552

Twink - you have to understand, Mpls gets pissed on ALOT when it comes to big events. No one wants to come HERE. So when this stuff DOES come, its probably our only chance for a long time. I've never been to an ASG, might be cool to see one. Of course, the HR Derby is probably the event to go to as opposed to the game.

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 8:01 PM by luke Highlight this comment 553

Did the Twins ever hold a lottery for public sale of ASG tickets? I remember registering and never heard anything back after that. It would be such a "Twins" move to proclaim they're holding a lottery and never actually offer any public tickets for sale.

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 10:39 PM by FD Highlight this comment 554

Yes, there was a public lottery a few months ago, though I don't know if the Twins or MLB ran it.

For those wanting ASG strips at face, I suspect there will be a quiet sale in early July - for each of the last 4 years, strips have been made available for sale around that time. I'm sure the Twins are still holding on to some inventory for anyone who buys partial ST for the rest of 2014.

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 11:47 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 555

And for the record, DSP is saying on twitter that Monday and Tuesday events are completely sold out. Yet, they still have tickets to all star Sunday...

Aaaaand, did I see correctly on the FSN broadcast the other day, they are still promoting the Twins ticket phone line with "All Star Priority"?

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 08:26 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 556

We are lucky DSP has only two sides of his mouth to talk out of.

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 1:08 PM by ben Highlight this comment 557

It actually makes sense that there are tickets available for Sunday.

MLB gave back a big block of tickets for Sunday (and kept Monday/Tuesday tickets for those seats), so the individual tickets available for Sunday are actually in pretty good locations. Of course, MLB is the only entity that could take individual game seats - I think the clubs, including the Twins, all had to take strips.

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 1:52 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 558

Well we ended the road trip on a 5 game losing streak and entering play were 1 game ahead of last year's team. While it is not the pitching's fault close only counts in horseshoes and nuclear bomb stikes. Slowly slowly sinking currently 3rd worst team in a not very competitive AL -way to ruin a noce 1 hitter by Gibson boys! Right on heel of ruinign a nice game by Hughes. The good news is Nolasco is coming up soon and he only gives up runs in bunches imediately following when Twins score runs....and since Twins arent scoring runs that bodes well for Nolasco.

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 3:42 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 559

Will the High School State Baseball Tournament be switched to the Vikings stadium once it's up and running? I would have attended this year if Saturday hadn't been a rain out. So I'm hoping they make the switch.

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 4:42 PM by Dave Highlight this comment 560

Why move it indoors in June Dave? Rain happens. Baseball is meant for the great outdoors. I could see them moving to the new Saints ballpark since Midway was used for years, but unless the scheduling doesn't work with Twins games I think it will stay at TF.

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 4:52 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 561

The only reason would be schedule. I had a couple second cousins playing in the tournament and the change is schedule was a major issue for many of their families and friends. Having to change from a weekend to weekday being the biggest issue.

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 5:14 PM by Dave Highlight this comment 562

The Sultans of Swish strike again. Five runs in the last four games, with three of those games played in that Boston bandbox. For the first time in years they're getting decent starting pitching and all those pitchers can do is watch their efforts go for naught as the hitters flail harmlessly. And if .200 is "The Mendoza Line", .100 will soon be known as "The Florimon Line" - or "The Mauer With Runners in Scoring Position Line". End of rant - baseball can really leave you talking to yourself.

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 5:28 PM by terry Highlight this comment 563

I am trying to get a set of tickets for the ASG free concert. I got in right at 10 and was actually selecting tickets but it kept giving me the high volume error for a few minutes. Then it bumped me into a waiting room. I was in the waiting room for approx 20 min before I was able to select tickets again. Now that I am through I am still getting the high volume error.

So if any of you were looking as well, that is my experience so far.

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 10:24 AM by jared Highlight this comment 564

Update: I have been trying every available option for ticket combinations and every time I hit continue now I either get High Volume or Tickets not available in that quantity together.

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 10:26 AM by jared Highlight this comment 565

UDPATE: still haven't secured tickets. Like I said, I got in right away at 10. Have been dumped into the waiting room multiple times now.

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 11:02 AM by jared Highlight this comment 566

UPDATE: Says Sold Out now. But i can go on ebay and buy them, ya know cuz they were free and all.

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 11:09 AM by jared Highlight this comment 567

I had the same experience today and for the STH presale the other day. If anyone has a pair of extra tickets, please let me know.

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 1:53 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 568

This post started with "its rainy". Three months later...nothings changed. *sigh*

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 9:38 PM by luke Highlight this comment 569

I sometimes trick myself when I block peoples comments on pages like this because I read too quickly and incorrectly. So the line sometimes reads/says "Show ignorant comment by Person" instead of "Show ignored comment by Person"...so that makes for a fun double take.

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 12:28 PM by jared Highlight this comment 570

Vikings reportedly ponying up more cash for more escalators in the new stadium. Article quotes there will be a total of 18 escalators at the main entrance. Project cost up to $977 million, but seriously, with added infrastructure around the stadium, it's going to be over a billion. We knew that.
Jared, feel free to block this, comment 571, I'm just posting what I read. take it or leave it.

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 7:50 PM by luke Highlight this comment 571

Take it easy, Luke; you’re too sensitive. Jared might not have been expressing exasperation at your comment. I don’t know how he could; all you did was express your ennui regarding the weather. That hardly seems like a comment worthy of getting you ignored. Now if you had posted four times in 44 minutes giving us updates on some mundane activity in your life that’s of interest only to you, that might be worthy of getting yourself ignored.

Posted on June 21, 2014 at 05:27 AM by Spud (aka Winona Mike) Highlight this comment 572

Got my All Star Ticket strips today.

They probably win the award for most boring ASG ticket design over the last 5-6 years though.

Posted on June 21, 2014 at 4:34 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 573

Jfh, are they as boring as 2007 (clicky)? Better? Worse?

Posted on June 21, 2014 at 5:27 PM by luke Highlight this comment 574

Pretty close. I'll post pics later when I can find my phone.

Posted on June 21, 2014 at 6:24 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 575

Did anyone else yell "Grab some bench!" When Perkins struck out Dunn to end today's game?

Posted on June 21, 2014 at 7:58 PM by terry Highlight this comment 576

Hope you can find your phone jfh.

Posted on June 21, 2014 at 10:45 PM by luke Highlight this comment 577

Clicky, its not the Winter Classic, but apparently TF is getting a "stadium series" game, soon.
Everybody get their ASG strips yet? I want to see this subpar design.

Posted on June 22, 2014 at 2:13 PM by luke Highlight this comment 578

Did anyone else go to the Harmon Killebrew bobblehead night on Friday?

I know the bobblehead craze has dwindled over the last 5-7 years but was still surprised there were not more people there considering it was Harmon Killebrew.

We showed up one hour early (4pm for the 5pm gate open) and we could have easily walked in Gate 34 at 5:45 and still received one. In fact, some gates were still handing them out after 6pm.

I will say the AGP classic pose bobbleheads are much better then the BDA brand they have been going with the last couple of years.

At least I know I can show up right at 11am when the gates open for the Tom Brunansky bobblehead on Saturday July 5 and not have to worry about getting a bobblehead.

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 1:13 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 579

We were also at the game Friday night and had no problem getting a bobblehead. A few comments and 2 questions. I thought it was interesting that I had bought my tickets for that game on StubHub (months ago before thicket prices went crazy), but on Thursday I received an email from the Twins thanking me for buying ticket to the Friday night game. The 5 year old Jr PA announcer was the cutest thing ever. On the scoreboard they show Splits with some stats after it, but what does splits mean? Nolasco fielded a grounder and made kind of a wild throw to Mauer at 1st. Mauer dove for the ball and touched first base with his bare hand and then quickly touched first with his glove hand. The runner was out when he touched it with his bare hand, right?

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 1:30 PM by gogotwins Highlight this comment 580

I met up with Jeff for the Killebrew bobblehead game. He was running at an arrival time 30 min before game time. We were meeting up at Gate 14, which just so happened to apparently have the last few boxes of them up until about 6:10-ish, just before Jeff arrived with our tickets. It was funny to watch because there was no one at that gate up until about 6pm and then there was a flood of people. It was almost like all the other west gates closed and forced everyone to 14...lol.

That gate is quite an anomaly. I have been there with zero line and a line around the corner for both giveaway and non-giveaway games.

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 1:38 PM by jared Highlight this comment 581

GoGo - That was the cutest Jr PA. We got a good laugh.

Not sure if the tickets all look the same but here is pic of my buddy's tickets. I got mine today but haven't been home to open them.


I will post an image tonight of ours if they are different.

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 1:44 PM by jared Highlight this comment 582

Considering in 1985 you could attend the HR Derby for $25... $305 29 Years later for the same event is a bit of a stretch. *sigh*. I think I might have to stand outside TF and hit up a scalper wanting to get rid of tickets about halfway thru the Derby....

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 3:23 PM by luke Highlight this comment 583

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 3:47 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 584

My pic is of the full strip, with barcodes and personal info blocked out.

Super boring design IMHO.

I don't really understand why the HR Derby tickets are so expensive compared to the Futures game, but all of the events are overpriced.

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 3:52 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 585

Maybe the word is out on the Hrbek gate. At 5:45 everyone was twiddling their thumbs and the bobblehead guys had several cases.

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 4:08 PM by ben Highlight this comment 586

"A player's splits are his performance statistics broken down or split into categories such as batting average against right-handed vs. left-handed pitchers, in home games vs. away games, or in day games vs. night games. When statistics are split in such a way they may reveal patterns that allow a manager to use (perhaps to platoon) a player strategically where he can be most effective."

As to the "touch" question --- I believe the player (base in a force) has to be tagged by the ball, not just part of the defender's body. I saw that one on TV but don't think it was Friday.

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 4:46 PM by ben Highlight this comment 587

Ours looks the same. In case you can't tell, the main images and a few of the secondary images ae slightly embossed on the ticket as well.

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 7:07 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 588

Ben, maybe we are thinking of different plays. The play I was thinking of should have been a somewhat routine pitcher to first ground out. My thought was normally they use their foot, so why wouldn't their bare hand work? The way Mauer touched the base so quick with his glove hand after using his bare hand, it made me wonder if he had to do that. (I know it was Friday because we don't have cable and it was the only game we attended this weekend.)

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 7:15 PM by gogotwins Highlight this comment 589

Many of the plays Mauer does at first needs questioning.

I still sadly remember a play earlier this year: The bases were loaded with less than two outs. A a soft grounder is hit toward Mauer. He moves forward and fields the ball. Hesitates a bit, then runs toward home plate to tag out the runner going to first. Meantime all the other runners advance including the guy at third scoring. He could of easily tossed the ball to home for the force out.

The really sad part was Dick and Bert both praised Mauer for making a good play.

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 10:08 PM by Dave Highlight this comment 590

"so why wouldn't their bare hand work?"

Well --- we're going to need someone who knows more about it than me, obviously.

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 10:14 PM by ben Highlight this comment 591

If it is a force play, a fielder can use any part of their body to touch the base as long as they have complete control of the ball.

If it is a non force play, the fielder has to touch the runner with the ball, either in the glove or with the ball in their bare hand.

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 11:00 PM by FD Highlight this comment 592

So Mauer had the runner with his first (hand only) move and there was no need for further action?

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 12:50 AM by ben Highlight this comment 593

Ben, correct.

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 08:49 AM by FD Highlight this comment 594

Thanks.

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM by ben Highlight this comment 595

Just because I've never really understood what all goes on at events at the ASG, is there really more to "Workout Day" than just the HR Derby? Do the teams have BP or something before the Derby? Seems to me gates just open at 5 and then the Derby starts at 7-ish. But mlb.Com says Workout Day "featuring" the HR Derby.

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 3:50 PM by luke Highlight this comment 596

I can't go to the ASG even though I had the opportunity to buy tickets. The game falls during the family's annual vacation "Up North" which is an untouchable week. I hope all who go to the game and related events have as much fun and as many great memories as I have from going to the 1985 game. Luke, have a fabulous time!

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 7:24 PM by terry Highlight this comment 597

terry, I'm still scrounging for tickets to one of the events. I wanna go, but I'm not sure my budget will allow it. I might be able to get tix for Sunday from someone. I'd love to get to the HR Derby if the price was right.

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 8:29 PM by luke Highlight this comment 598

Rick, I'm curious, are you going to any/all of the All Star Events? Wondering if we have a first hand review of things.

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 9:47 PM by PNB19 Highlight this comment 599

Thanks for asking, PNB19. I was hoping to have first-hand coverage. Unfortunately, right now it looks like I've exhausted all of my possible avenues to access, and will be experiencing the whole thing from the couch...

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 10:24 PM by Rick 600

I think I am with Rick on that as well. I maybe haven't exhausted ALL options, but pretty close.

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 06:11 AM by luke Highlight this comment 601

Luke, there really isn't much to Workout Day - it's really all about the HR Derby and will be even more so this year with the format change.

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 07:52 AM by Jfh Highlight this comment 602

That's what I thought. The format change does look interesting. Looking forward to seeing it, one way or another.

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 12:35 PM by luke Highlight this comment 603

Anybody going the the Skyline Music festival? I hear Kenny Rogers may sub for the sick sir Paul? The horror! You got to know when to hold em! Know when to fold em! How long till old Larry changes the cut job out there? FCOL!

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 2:32 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 604

Saints as the Twins Single A affiliate? Rather pie in the skyish but that would be very cool if it became a reality. See link.

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 4:14 PM by DeePee Highlight this comment 605

Are you guys only interested in the HRD or ASG? My group tickets are available for Sunday. We are in LC Sec B, Row 4. Sunday tickets are $125 each.

We also have some extra FanFest tickets. But the cost split put them at $27... which is less than the original cost, but more than the deals MLB/Twins keep putting out there. I have seen them as low as $10. What a joke!

My friend bought the tickets I'll be using for Sunday and we were forced to buy FanFest tickets. I think at $25 or $30 addition to our Futures Game ticket.

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 9:15 PM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 606

I'm not put off by the design of the tickets. What is everyone hoping for? And, Luke, I thought that the San Francisco ones linked to higher up were a great design, based on classic San Fran national park themes. I thought they hit it spot on with those!

(Prices, as I've painfully learned, are another topic altogether. Even deep in center field.)

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 10:39 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 607

On another topic, I had the chance to do a 5-day baseball bus tour to Des Moines, St. Louis and Kansas City. Exterior designwise, St. Louis wins hands down over KC. However, our interior experiences (traffic flow, food choices, beer choices, line of sight) give KC the upper hand. With the exception of the Iowa Cubs, though, the home team lost all the other games.

And in KC, great BBQ at Oklahoma Joe's in KC, KS!

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 10:42 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 608

Saints as an affiliate for the Twins would/could be very cool. Have any BPM'ers (Is that even a word??) been to Cedar Rapids? That could be a fun day trip.

EXTREMELY jealous of anyone going to any of the All Star festivities - out of this guy's price range. Can't wait to watch them all on TV though.

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 10:44 PM by ole Highlight this comment 609

CSG...I'm interested in any, quite frankly. Sunday, HRD or the ASG. I'd like to try to get to at least one. I'm likely only looking for a single ticket though.

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 05:41 AM by luke Highlight this comment 610

Luke -- Tickets for Sunday (Futures Game) appear to be somewhat reasonable and plentiful.

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 09:16 AM by Raging Peasants Highlight this comment 611

The Twins just released a limited number of tickets for the HR Derby. Cheapest ticket is $175 in the field view or skyline view. Otherwise there are options in the HR Porch, Field Terrace or Grandstand.

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 10:18 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 612

We're sorry, we were unable to process your request due to high transaction volumes. Please try to submit your request again.

Big surprise.

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 10:32 AM by FD Highlight this comment 613

People really want to pay $175(and up) to watch guys hit what amounts to slow pitch batting practice pitches over the wall? And dont for get you can also dump $$$$$$$ on the "MLB officialy licsensed Home Run Derby JERSEYS that are worn exclusively for that event!"

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 11:54 AM by Uffda Highlight this comment 614

Yup, they do. It's kind of messed up that MLB puts almost the same value on the HR Derby as the ASG itself (ticket price wise).

Everybody wants to go to the HR Derby - no one wants to see the future stars of the game on Sunday - those tickets will sell for a fraction of face value a few days before the game while Derby tickets will still command a premium.

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 1:53 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 615

I did. And like JFH said my HR derby ticket was nearly the exact same cost as the ASG ticket.

I justify it because for me, it was a once in a lifetime kinda thing and so I prepared for the face cost by saving for it well in advance. Then I told the guy buying the tickets to just get best available. We scored some solid seats too.

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 3:57 PM by jared Highlight this comment 616

Raging, you do have a point. Mlb.com still has tickets.

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 7:03 PM by luke Highlight this comment 617

So the Falcons released new renderings of their stadium. Very angular a la Vikings Stadium. That video ring is an interesting addition...Linky

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 8:56 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 618

[linkhttp://m.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2014/06/25/falcons-release-9-new-renderings-of-1-2b-stadium.html?r=full]Here is another link for the renderings.[/link] These have a few more and are a bit bigger.

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 8:57 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 619

Derp. Coding is not my thing. Linky.

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 8:57 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 620

I don't like it. It looks like an Americanized version of the Birds Nest, aka 2008 olympic stadium. It looks more like a science museum than a stadium.
The LED ring on top looks like the only scoreboard in the place. So sitting in the front row in the lower level, you'll get one hell of a neck strain looking up to see an instant replay.

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 9:07 PM by luke Highlight this comment 621

Cedar Rapids is more than a day trip and a visit to the Amana Colonies is worthwhile. Nice stadium and generally a good experience. Don't plan on finding anything decent to eat after the game though.

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 11:35 PM by ben Highlight this comment 622

Looking at the Vikings webcam, looks like the gigantic steel pillar that will be in the center of the place is slowly coming to shape

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 5:58 PM by luke Highlight this comment 623

CSG is the ASG tickets are still available I'd love to take my son.

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 09:32 AM by schda Highlight this comment 624

schda,

I just sent you an email about the All Star Sunday tickets.

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 3:28 PM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 625

CSG what are you looking to get for HRD if still available?

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 5:20 PM by luke Highlight this comment 626

I'm looking for a pair of close up tickets for All Star Sunday - Champions Club, Dugout Box or first couple rows Hone a Plate a Box.

I have a pair of Legends Club seats in section G, row 2 to trade (+cash as appropriate) if anyone can help out.

Also looking for a single Champions ticket for July 4, 5 (preferred) and/or 6 - long shot with this crowd, I know - if anyone can hook me up.

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 10:07 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 627

Wow - that first line was supposed to say "or Home Plate Box"

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 10:09 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 628

If anyone knows where I could get a single to the HRD or ASG generally cheap (I don't care if I'm in the last row of the place) and generally chea0, please pet me know.

Posted on June 29, 2014 at 08:49 AM by luke Highlight this comment 629

Luke. The HRD and ASG tickets for my group are taken. I only had the All Star Sunday and some FanFest tickets extra.

Posted on June 29, 2014 at 09:25 AM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 630

CSG...what are you looking to get for Sunday tix? Clicky for my email.
Thanks.

Posted on June 29, 2014 at 11:02 AM by luke Highlight this comment 631

Luke, scroll back to my comment #606. It has the details you are looking for.

Posted on June 29, 2014 at 9:33 PM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 632

Jfh, what did you do with your WC row Home Plate Box 117 tickets?

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 12:49 AM by Dave Highlight this comment 633

Just started following this guy on Flickr. He is a true photo ninja of the night. Click the link and check out some of the eery photos from the Metrodome. Then also check out the other awesome MPLS at night photos.

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 09:22 AM by jared Highlight this comment 634

tickets still available for HRD on MLB.com, not a lot, but some. price is around $185 which includes one fanfest ticket.

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 11:16 AM by Thrillhouse Highlight this comment 635

Oh, and i have fanfest and HRD to sell in sec 214, and All star game too if you want to pay way over face value :)

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 11:17 AM by Thrillhouse Highlight this comment 636

Wow, Jared (#634) - those are some incredible pictures. He's obviously more comfortable with heights than I would ever be!

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 2:37 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 637

They are great pics. I followed him as well. And yes, some of the Dome shots are surreal, now that it's gone.

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 3:26 PM by luke Highlight this comment 638

Dave,

The WC 117 strips went to the father of one of my season ticket partners.

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 9:51 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 639

Went to the game last night and the people behind me commented on how quiet it was at TF compared to other ballparks (I think he said that TF was his 11th). I have been to around 20 other ballparks but don't really notice how loud stadiums are. Granted, there was not much to cheer about, but it was quiet. And, on a beautiful summer night there was only 28,000 tickets sold. Thoughts???

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 07:46 AM by ole Highlight this comment 640

And one more thing: I told my dad that I think the new stadium polish has now officially worn off and we are left with a crappy team. I still love going, but everyone who has wanted to see the "new" ballpark has now seen it. Next season that place is going to be empty with no All-Star game enticements!

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 07:50 AM by ole Highlight this comment 641

This team is in a free-fall. I think I predicted 98 losses this year. For a while I was worried they might play .500 ball, but if they keep playing like this they'll hit 98 losses in mid September...

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 08:27 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 642

Two weeks from today is the All-Star Game and the Twins are still promoting "All Star Game Priority" if you sign up for a 2014 season ticket package.

Also got an email from the Twins to encourage fans to "Vote Twins" as Suzuki and Dozier are 4th and 5th at their respective positions. There is a reason they are 4th and 5th and that is because they are not All Stars!!

And here's the kicker...if you "vote Twins" then you can get 25% off skyline deck tickets to "select Twins games"....I wonder what those "select" games are? Monday - Thursday? Or Sundays in September?

The Twins franchise is a joke and while they might not lose 90 games this year, they are still well on their way to another losing season.

It's disappointing as a fan when you endure 4-5 months of long winters and look forward to baseball season so much to only have a ballclub as bad as the Twins.

There is just nothing to get excited about with this ballclub. Remember the days of Hrbek/Puckett/Gaetti/Brunansky in the mid 80's? Or Guzman/Koskie/Pierzynski/Hunter/Santana in the early 2000's?

Half of this roster would not even see the big leagues in other organizations.

I have never been one to blame the manager and have always supported Gardenhire, but after the last couple of years, I am more convinced then ever the Twins need a new manager and some new blood in the front office. Sometimes you need to change for the sake of change.

The Twins have two homestands in July then are on the road for the first two weeks of August (with the exception of two mid week games with San Diego). With the All-Star game in the rear view mirror and kids going back to college and high schools beginning fall sports practices, attendance will plummet come August. Even last night, they only drew 28,000 for a perfect June night. Prices will be very low on the secondary market as season ticket holders will be begging for takers.

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 09:01 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 643

One of these days the Twins will run out of other things to sell (TF "experience", ASG, etc.) and maybe will go back to selling baseball. One can only hope.

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 12:51 PM by ben Highlight this comment 644

Well, after this season, I doubt the Twins will get another ASG. I hope they do, but chances are slim to nil. Ben is right, there is nothing left to sell the team but baseball. Everyone who has wanted to go to TF has experienced it by now, 4.5 years in.

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 1:04 PM by luke Highlight this comment 645

I agree w/ Mike's sentiments exactly. We are 1 game ahead of last year's pace. And Twins front office is pointing out both the obvious and recycling phrases circa 2011, 2012, 2013 in which to describe the team's performance. Speaking of selling hope I had to laugh at Dick Bremer last night trying to hype up Mauer end of game. Down 6-1 and w/ 2 on 2 out Bremer offers this little nugget: "You know if Mauer continues to rise and at the pace it has been on last 10 days and with Dozier tailing off you would have to seriously consider him for the ASG- think of him what you wil he is still the face of this franchise".....as if on cue Mauer then struck out to end the game. Granted we werent going to win anyways but it was great symbolism. I actually half expected him to draw a walk and leave it up to someone else to drive in the runs. So a .270 BA, 2 HR, 26 RBI and (cant remember exactly could be off some) .150 RISP in 300 AB merits a spot on AL team for first baseman?!!?!?!?!?!? I dont care if he is face of franchise he is already an "official ambassador" for the Fanfest. Dont' make a joke of this putting him in the game this year. MLB requires every team represented which sometimes makes a mockery of the whole event(Im talking to you former Twins all star rep RON COOMER!)- if u want to have a local kid represented at least let Glen Perkins go- he has 3rd most saves in AL (not saying he deserves to go w/ his 3.50 ERA but again MLB requires a Twin be selected and being 3rd in saves looks better than 2 HR and .270 BA for a first baseman)- Maybe put Hughes out there or Dozier (although his BA sucks he leads 2b in HR and HR is something MLB and fans want to see) -anyhow Bremer trying to build a case for Mauer made a laughable game even more comical.

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 2:09 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 646

Bremer spewed pretty much the identical drivel during the game Sunday so I suspect the script comes straight from the FO. Maybe Bremer could be presented a conscience at his next birthday.

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 2:40 PM by ben Highlight this comment 647

ole - I have always thought that crowds at TF pale to those at other parks. The Twins do a horrible job at encouraging fans to get into the game and Sue (if she is still the organist) and the In-game team seem to be clueless on how to improve. This is my biggest single complaint about the park experience.

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 2:54 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 648

I saw the "quietness" of TF mentioned above and just wanted to point out that, setting aside the relative lack of things to cheer about, the stadium was designed to carefully control sound because of concerns about noise in the neighborhood.

When walking down Sixth Street toward the stadium while a game is going on, I'm always shocked that you can't hear the crowd noise at all -- not even a single little bit. This is a testament to some very careful acoustic engineering.

Whether that's a good or bad thing depends on your point of view, I guess.

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 3:02 PM by Rick 649

I'm still trying to find a way in to any or all of the ASG events.

Anybody have a bone they'd be willing to throw my way...?

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 3:03 PM by Rick 650

Since Bremer and Blyleven are working for the Twins, and serve as on-air publicity flacks, just how objective do you expect them to be? I doubt there are too many PR guys working for GM that are talking about how their vehicles contribute to air pollution problems. What do you guys expect?

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 3:52 PM by Spud (aka Winona Mike) Highlight this comment 651

The Twins try mightily with the very tired "Everybody clap --- " and "Make some noise" prompts, and it's pretty sad to see people wildly applauding routine put-outs or even strikes as though something extra special has occurred.

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 3:55 PM by ben Highlight this comment 652

I'm looking for that "bone" too Rick. You aren't alone.
I do have some "closer to the game" possibilities though.

And about ballpark noise down Sixth, I'm amazed too that the noise from the crowd/PA system is so squelched until you're right at the gate. Wondering if its the same when concerts are there. Don't know how they did it...

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 5:21 PM by luke Highlight this comment 653

Luke, Rick and others ... Pay close attention to Craigslist from about the 10th on ... If history is any indication, there will be a flood of tickets from speculators that priced themselves out of the market listed at face or below as they begin to panic (and the number of for sale posts skyrockets) and want to minimize their losses or break even.

If you already have tickets, it's also pretty easy to upgrade. In 2011, I bought STH strips in the upper deck for face value and bought/sold tickets a few times. My net additional cost was $800 for a pair and we were 7 rows directly behind home plate (in what would be Champions Club at TF) for the ASG and in the 2nd row for All Star Sunday.

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 8:27 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 654

I will keep that in mind. Thanks for the tip jfh.

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 9:05 PM by luke Highlight this comment 655

JFH,

in your experience is, the same true for HR Derby? do tickets go down in price 4 or 5 days before, and then bump back up day of the event? or is something like HR Derby going to plummet to nothing in your opinion?

Thanks!

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 10:42 AM by Thrillhouse Highlight this comment 656

I haven't tracked HR Derby as much, but what I've noticed is that the outfield seats go UP in price the last week until a day or two before.

The Futures game will plummet, but the derby tickets don't drop as fast (partly because of their cost - they aren't that much less expensive face value wise than the ASG itself).

In both Phoenix and Anaheim, my best deals were people that wanted to sell entire strips on Saturday and my best deals on the ASG itself were early Monday morning after all the last minute weekend sellers gave up. In both cases, I did not buy separate derby tickets and don't remember much about them. Last year in NY my brother followed my advice and got seats 15 rows back of the AL dugout and paid $250 less than face and got some cheap SRO tickets for Sunday.

Be prepared though - it will take a lot of time to sort through the ads, figure out who's legit, contact, etc. and you won't be the only one doing it. And, if you are upgrading, you are also involved on the sell side too. I probably got lucky - my biggest sell side win was to someone staying at the same hotel I was in Phoenic.

I got my best seats from STH, but they were not easy to deal with seeing what they thought was a winning lottery ticket turn into a falling knife and having to deal with selling game tickets at face or under and eating the rest (full price FanFest tickets and ASG programs).

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 12:49 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 657

JFH, thanks!

I have season ticket strips we are going to use in 214. We had them posted for a ton, and got some decent offers in May, but never enough for us to sell. I have 6 Grandstand tickets, Row 5, to sell for the Derby, just hoping to make a little money that way. I am thinking those will still get an ok price as we get closer to game time.

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 1:02 PM by Thrillhouse Highlight this comment 658

Through eight innings, the lads have amassed four singles. Zzzzzz.

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 2:50 PM by terry Highlight this comment 659

We are officially half-way to 90 losses!!! Currently sitting at 38-45

Correira is the first Twins pitcher since Joe Mays in 2000 to reach 10 losses this early in the season.

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 4:02 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 660

as much as i dislike Correia, once again, it is the Offense that is bringing us down this year.

so frustrating

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 4:33 PM by Thrillhouse Highlight this comment 661

If the long range forecast holds, we may have a very wet HR Derby this year.

Off to see the Twins-Yankees series starting tomorrow. Be nice to see at least one win. Anyone want to give me odds? :)

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 10:39 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 662

10 year lease signed in Oakland for the A's to keep playing at O.co until 2024. Huh.

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 2:25 PM by DeePee Highlight this comment 663

Rick -- I think your countdown clock above is one hour off.

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM by antifire Highlight this comment 664

DeePee, I'm a bit perplexed by that as well. O.co is...well showing its age. So many ballpark proposals for the A's, no dice, and yet, they are stuck at O.co til kingdom come. At least the Twins kept pushing. Sounds like the A's have given up.

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 8:52 PM by luke Highlight this comment 665

Have a safe and happy Independence Day everyone!


Posted on July 4, 2014 at 10:08 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 666

Posted on July 4, 2014 at 10:09 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 667

Are there any pre game festivities at Target Field Station?

Posted on July 5, 2014 at 7:04 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 668

Not sure if the Twins actually won today or if it was just a Yankees loss, but I'll take it.

Posted on July 5, 2014 at 8:05 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 669

I enjoyed the Twins' PA announcer channeling the late Bob Shepard, a/k/a "The Voice of God". He couldn't mimic Shepard's patrician Ivy League accent, but he got the cadence just right "Derek Jeter [pause] number two".

Posted on July 5, 2014 at 8:51 PM by terry Highlight this comment 670

I type this post from Oakland where the family and I are visiting relatives. We may hit Giants-A's at the Coliseum on Monday night. The A's new lease seems to be unpopular with just about everyone, be they hardcore A's fans who want a new stadium or diehard foes of such a thing, but it is seen as stopgap measure. A new stadium in Oakland is a long way off as is a potential one to the south in San Jose. Otherwise the team has nowhere else to go at the present time. The new lease has an annual out clause that can be triggered after the 2017 season and after any following season until expiration.

Linked below is newballpark.org which has long tracked the A's struggle to get a new stadium. I've gleaned a list from it that breaks down the new lease. The site seems to think Oakland will keep either the A's or Raiders in a new stadium at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum site, but not both and no one knows which yet.

Newballpark.org

1. The A’s will be in the Coliseum through at least the 2017 season, with opt-outs available to both the team and the JPA until the 2024 season.

2. $5 million in back parking fees that were up for arbitration in the fall are now wiped away.

3. The A’s will pay $1.25-1.75 million in annual rent. They will be obligated to pay this through the end of the lease, unless they are able to work a deal to build another stadium in Oakland.

4. The A’s will pay at least $10 million for a new scoreboard/ribbon board package. They will keep all revenue from the boards during A’s games. The JPA/Raiders will get revenue for football games. If the new system costs less than $10 million, the remainder will be paid to the JPA.

5. The JPA will put together a $1 million/year maintenance fund, for use when things break. The JPA is not obligated to spend $1 million every year if maintenance spending is not required.

6. A’s will have good faith discussions about building a future ballpark at or near the Coliseum, depending largely on what the Raiders do.

7. The Coliseum area is the only site under consideration for a ballpark, with Howard Terminal dropped.

Posted on July 5, 2014 at 11:54 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 671

Terry - you must not have heard Shepard much.

The Twins should have just gotten the recording of Shepard announcing Jeter and used that. Jeter insisted that Shepard announce him for the rest of his career, so that recording will be used at NYS until the end of this season. No more Jeter, no more Shepard. :(

Posted on July 6, 2014 at 12:04 AM by Jfh Highlight this comment 672

The Twins PA guy didn't do Shepard's entire introduction, but the pause after reciting the player's name followed by reciting the player's number which he did only for Jeter was part of Shepard's routine. Bob Shepard announced every batter in precisely the same way; there was no over-hyped shouting or elongating of players' names as so many PA guys do today.

Posted on July 6, 2014 at 08:34 AM by terry Highlight this comment 673

Yet another great photo, Jared. Thanks for sharing!

Posted on July 6, 2014 at 08:53 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 674

The Arena in St Paul is getting a new videoboard, LED ribbon signage and outdoor marquees. Clicky. I like the look. I hope Target Center gets a new board soon. I know y'all don't consider Charley Walters a bastion of respectable journalism (even though he did mention it today), so I found a link from FSN. Also, it sounds like a seat replacement is coming next summer.

On an #ASG note, if anyone knows the whereabouts of a single ticket either for Sunday or Tuesday at a good price, let me know. Still looking. Can't go to HRD...previous engagement :(
Thanks.

Posted on July 6, 2014 at 1:30 PM by luke Highlight this comment 675

The Arena in St Paul is getting a new videoboard, LED ribbon signage and outdoor marquees. Clicky. I like the look. I hope Target Center gets a new board soon. I know y'all don't consider Charley Walters a bastion of respectable journalism (even though he did mention it today), so I found a link from FSN. Also, it sounds like a seat replacement is coming next summer.

On an #ASG note, if anyone knows the whereabouts of a single ticket either for Sunday or Tuesday at a good price, let me know. Still looking. Can't go to HRD...previous engagement :(
Thanks.

Posted on July 6, 2014 at 1:30 PM by luke Highlight this comment 676

Luke, et al.

My LC tickets (x4) are still available for Sunday. I think we will only split as 2 or 4, not a single. I am told by my group leader that we will now listen to offers and go below face value. Anyone interested???

Posted on July 6, 2014 at 2:42 PM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 677

CSG, email me (clicky), I can consider two, depending on how far below face you're thinking.

Posted on July 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM by luke Highlight this comment 678

If anyone is interested in LC seats for All Star Sunday, send me a note.

Seats are in LC section G, row 2. Face is $125 each.

Posted on July 6, 2014 at 5:54 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 679

Target Center is getting a new HD central scoreboard as part of the overall renovation, but the design and size of it has not been revealed to the public yet.

Posted on July 6, 2014 at 7:03 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 680

Meant to say selling for $100 each

Posted on July 6, 2014 at 8:08 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 681

The Schweiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigert guy is back. I wonder where he's been for the last year and a half.

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 07:03 AM by ben Highlight this comment 682

Another from the fireworks the other night. Probably my favorite.


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Posted on July 7, 2014 at 12:52 PM by jared Highlight this comment 683

Self-serve beer station at Target Field?

Not a bad deal, $0.38/ounce for Bud Light...that would be $6.08 for a 16 ounce cup compared to $8.00+ from the vendors

Now I suppose everyone will flock to these machines and the lines will be extremely long

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 1:10 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 684

Long lines for Bud Light????????

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 2:10 PM by ben Highlight this comment 685

What do u guys think of Twins All Star selections and was there any snubs overall (from other teams) that you thought should have gone or players who are going maybe not as deserving? For Twins I think Suzuki was a proper choice- He leads all catchers in AL in BA and while I dont know his stats off hand as far as throwing runners out he hasnt been a liability there. Perkins on other hand I think if this game wasnt in Mpls and he wasnt a local he would be selected this time. He is tied for 3rd in saves in AL but his ERA, while decent, is 3.22 nothing bad but nothing to write home about. I think his stats are more workmanlike but Im not sure w/ all the players to choose from if his stats are All Star worthy. Granted All Star teams are sometimes filled w/ players based on past performance, name recognition, respect if player retiring as opposed to actual performance on field for first half of season.

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 3:41 PM by Uffda Highlight this comment 686

Other than average and some clutch hitting, Suzuki selection puzzles me. His defense is below average and he has allowed 33 stolen bases in 42 attempts. Teams seem to regularly run on him. I'm not sure if he was selected based on host team status or not, and can where a case could be made for him either way. I favor Perkins over him as a legit choice, though he has certainly had some ugly outings. I don't see anyone else who should have made it. Dozier has hit for power and played good D but overall not at all star caliber given the pool of 2b talent. Hughes could have a minor case but is in no way a snub. Chris Sale from W Sox is a snub, esp if he doesn't make it on the last player in vote.

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 4:02 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 687

So Mauer gets "injured" just before ASG participants are announced. Coincidence?

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 5:23 PM by ben Highlight this comment 688

You're not the only one wondering that, Ben.

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 7:57 PM by luke Highlight this comment 689

Got this news from the Wild today:
For the 2014-2015 Minnesota Wild season, digital ticketing will replace paper tickets for Season Ticket Holders.
It was only a matter of time before teams do away with paper and/or hard tickets and it looks like the Wild are the first to do it here. I'm sure the Twins, Vikings, Wolves, etc. will be doing this soon. And single game purchases will follow with the seats being loaded onto a credit card or team card as well. While I will miss the paper ticket for souvenirs I think it will be simpler and safer to have the seats loaded onto a card.

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 9:51 PM by NotMendoza Highlight this comment 690

While I'm not into the self serve beer stations the Hangover Burger will work for me.

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 9:55 PM by NotMendoza Highlight this comment 691

I figure digital season tickets will hit MLB soon, but it'll probably be a pain in the butt for those of us who run ST groups. So far TicketMaster and tickets.com both have issues dealing with 3rd party ticket transfers.

On a Twins note - Yankees series predictably disappointing. Yankees won 3 and lost 1. Twins did zip.

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 11:36 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 692

After looking at those pictures, I figure I won't be fighting Mendoza for the last hangover burger. No wonder the nation has obesity and heart disease problems.

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 05:04 AM by Spud (aka Winona Mike) Highlight this comment 693

I was wrong with the Bud Light, apparently there will be four kinds of beer available at the self-serve station.

I wonder how the digital ticketing will affect the scalpers/secondary market?

I am already skeptical with the "printed at home" tickets as they could very easily be copied on a machine and sold on the streets.

Although, we don't have to worry about fraudulent tickets as much when the Twins struggle on the field and the demand for tickets is low.

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 10:12 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 694

Mike, the print at home stuff has already caused problems elsewhere, to the likes of hard tickets being deactivated, sold electronically, then hard tickets go on the street. Once someone gets to the turnstile, hard ticket barcode is invalid, you dont get into the game. Bad idea. Besides, hard tickets are more fun to collect.

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 1:07 PM by luke Highlight this comment 695

Team issued paper tickets can be resold as well, just not multiple times. If a person sold them electronically they could still sell the hard tickets to an unsuspecting person, who would have a worthless piece of card stock when they got to the gate.

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 1:54 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 696

Well...somewhere in the back of my mind was the suggestion from someone here that I should simply just go to mlb.com to finagle tickets for Sunday, and it was left unheeded. Sure, I looked, but tickets were still at face value.

Rick - you might also be interested to know this, I went back to mlb.com today, whatever inventory for Sunday they have left - is being sold for $20. Which also includes a ticket to FanFest. So, with fees and everything, I pay $35. Got a seat in Sec 227 Row 7.

HRD tickets are still available, albeit in the $180 range. What surprised me, it seems the inventory contained seats in the Home Run Porch in left field. WHY? Those are the seats that should have gone first.

I'm pleased. At least I get to see something live. Get a feel of All Star atmosphere. I'll watch the big stuff on TV.

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 6:41 PM by luke Highlight this comment 697

Dozier in the Derby!?! Wow. That seems like a bit of a reach...

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 6:51 PM by DeePee Highlight this comment 698

I'd say...

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 7:15 PM by luke Highlight this comment 699

Luke, good work, i am still sitting on 7 HR View seats that i bought late June in hopes to resell. At this point i am just trying to make money back. I got 10 there and 10 in Grandstand when they were released. I thought, reselling would be no problem, those seats will fly off the shelves, not so much. I was able to make a little money on the ones i sold already, but i am not sure how the last 7 will play out.

Maybe the Dozier addition will boost values by about... hmm, 25 cents?

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 09:01 AM by Thrillhouse Highlight this comment 700

I haven't heard much talk about the Futures Game, but if I were going to be in town I would rather go to that than the HRD. I get the impression I'm in the minority on that; there doesn't seem to be a lot of interest in it.

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 09:43 AM by terry Highlight this comment 701

Terry, I'm doing that exact thing. Found a friend to buy my HRD and FanFest tix, and I'm keeping the Futures and ASG tix. I think it'll be great to say, "I saw them when..."

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 11:29 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 702

We were walking around Target Field a couple of Saturdays ago and ran into some St. Louis Cardinals fans who were visiting and taking pictures. They asked if I was attending any of the All Star Events and I said I was still not sure, depending on what the prices on the market dictate in the days leading up to the All Star Week.

Anyways, they attended the 2009 All-Star Game and HR Derby in St. Louis and said the HR Derby was not very fun from a fan's standpoint as there are a lot of breaks in the action, mostly for TV/commercial purposes.

Maybe the new format will help (changing from 10 outs to 7 outs in round 1) things this year and help speed up the event as well, but we will see. I would possibly pay $150 or so for the All Star Game for upper level seats, but no way would I pay $180 for a HR Derby ticket. I think a lot of re-sellers are going to be disappointed in the HR Derby prices. There is a reason why MLB makes you buy the tickets in "strips" so they can make every dollar possible regardless of the demand for those other events on Sunday and Monday.

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 12:46 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 703

Mike

I am a reseller in the very minor sense (resell my own season tickets, and that is it). I thought i would take a chance on HR Derby, and yes, i am disappointed. I have already made enough back that i am not worried about losing money overall, but i will be lucky to profit $500 on 20 tickets... which is not bad at all, but not worth the time i have put into it.

Lesson learned.

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 2:52 PM by Thrillhouse Highlight this comment 704

Have pair of tickets for All Star Sunday. Legends Club Section G, row 2. Face is $250, selling the pair for $180. Email me if interested.

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 6:09 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 705

Not expecting anyone to bite but figured I would throw the bone out there anyway...

I have a single for the HR derby available as I am looking to accept an offer to upgrade location. sect 120, row 5. face $305. I would like to get as close to face as possible and can part ways on a fair offer.

Link to email and offer.

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 11:21 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 706

Anyone know what face value is for the ASG itself for Champions Club? For Dugout Box?

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 11:23 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 707

The new All-Star Game grass pattern is now in the works at Target Field Per @TwinsPrez

Will sure be different seeing a new pattern as the Twins have used the same pattern since May 2010.

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 08:57 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 708

Dugout Box for the game is $400.

After the Stubhub fee I paid I officially lost $60 on my pair in the Legends Club. I thought this would be my one last chance to make money on Twins tickets. I didn't do it for a money maker, but thought I would pull maybe $100 profit.

I've learned making money on higher priced tickets is essentially impossible. I've rarely sold at a premium, including 2010.

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 10:22 AM by jctwins Highlight this comment 709

I'll be in Dugout for the HRD and game BTW, so not bailing on the event, just a second pair of strips.

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 10:23 AM by jctwins Highlight this comment 710

I posted a month or so ago that my dad was contacted to escort a still yet to be named All Star around town for the festivities. He is a retired MPD office and worked the Super Bowl and was on some list MLB got a hold of. Anyhow he was given a 2014 black Tahoe w/ ASG logos on the sides and 0 miles on it. They shipped the veicles here via trailer truck straight from Detroit. U would think they would just use limo town cars or rent SUV's from a dealer here in the Twin Cities.

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 12:21 PM by uffda Highlight this comment 711

On a side note I always seem to be defending myself w/ friends from other parts of the country in that MN is not a cold barren icebox year round. I explain to them that some winters can be brutal cold but that in general it is very hospitable from mid St Pattys Day to Thanksgiving and that most winters arent much colder than other northern cities like Chicago. There are those that think MN is like in the movie/mini series Fargo most of the year. So of course doesnt even surprise me that Mon and Tues, when Mpls will be on full display nationally w/ the HR contest and ASG, that despite being one of the hottest weeks of summer it is supposed to be more like Oct temps here. When they pan the crowd it will be jackets being worn. Reminds me of when Gorbachev visited here in 1991 in June it was raining and in 50's and thats what shown to the nation on tv. I am proud to live here and excited we will put on a first class show-just would be nice to have temps in 80's or 70's instead of 50's.

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 2:01 PM by uffda Highlight this comment 712

By the way the all star game is nothing more than a silly exhibition game. Players only playing an inning or 2 to boot and now that there is interleague play you see most of the NL players anyways . There is no way that this game should determine who has home field in the world series. That should go to the team with the best record. Didn't think the every other year switch was fair either. Let the players have fun and who cares if they win or lose. Remember when Kruk turned his helmet around after getting a high hard one from Randy Johnson? Would not see that in todays game! You would have to pay me to attend that game!

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 2:35 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 713

Luke anymore dumpster pics from Ziggys Ark? That place is going up quick man!

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 2:36 PM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 714

Twinky, I was going to go down after the crane was up.

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 3:38 PM by luke Highlight this comment 715

We drove by the "Zygloo" last night and saw that big crane. Quite impressive to say the least. Will be interesting watching that thing lift some of the roof steel.

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 3:41 PM by Mike (aka Mike) Highlight this comment 716

Well, the reason home field for the WS was up for grabs was to make sure there was a winner, unlike the 7-7 tie in 2002 at Miller Park. That was embarrassing.

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 4:00 PM by luke Highlight this comment 717

I could be wrong but I thought also for awhile there were so many players conveniantly coming up w/ injuries or just thanking the voters for being elected but opting out to spend time w/ their families. The game was being filled w/ so many backup all stars and MLB wanted something to encourage them to at least show up-I think it was more than just the tie-i think that had more to do w/ nature of the ASG both teams using starters 2 innings tops before going to bench trying to get as many pitchers in they could but not forseeing game would go so deep into extra innings they ran out of pitchers.

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 4:35 PM by uffda Highlight this comment 718

I don't get it ... The best actual baseball game will be the Futures game on Sunday and yet that's the game the least number of people want to see.

Going to be some great deals on tickets folks - Stub Hub is removing the 2 hour window, so you can buy tickets right up to event start time.

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 5:09 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 719

I'm going Sunday, jfh. Can't wait. Should be fun.

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 5:51 PM by luke Highlight this comment 720

It might have something to do with paying $100 to watch a minor league ball game.

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 5:52 PM by Spud (aka Winona Mike) Highlight this comment 721

Sunday Standing Room are under $20 on StubHub. And good seats can be found for around $35.

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 08:44 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 722

Has anyone seen a pic of the grass pattern? I didn't see one on Grounds Crew Twitter as of last night.

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 11:22 AM by jctwins Highlight this comment 723

i got sec 332 seats for sunday games, $20 each if anyone wants them

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 11:30 AM by Thrillhouse Highlight this comment 724

Another Polar vortex next week? High of 65 with 50% chance of rain for the derby and high of 70 on Tuesday? Bring the sweatshirts!

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 11:35 AM by Twinkfan Highlight this comment 725

Per DSPs twitter:


You will notice there are more ads (naturally) and some have changed for this week.

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 3:08 PM by jared Highlight this comment 726

For those interested in such things, today is the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth's first appearance in a major league game. He was the starting pitcher at Fenway against a Cleveland Indians team which included Joe Jackson in his prime and Nap Lajoie near the end of his career.

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 3:48 PM by terry Highlight this comment 727

Did anyone see the '65 ASG on FSN? Interesting to see how differently some of the rules were interpreted back then. Checked swings that looked like could have driven the ball out of the park if they had connected were called balls. Now, if a batter's eyebrow twitches, it is ruled a strike.

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 9:41 PM by terry Highlight this comment 728

For a late-night drink on ASG night, go to these places (clicky). Some bars open til 4am. This has been a public service.

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 10:05 PM by luke Highlight this comment 729

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