Opening Day (Somewhere)
April 1, 2011 1:36 PM
There's a game for us
Somewhere a game for us
Seats and vendors and open air
Wait for us somewhere...
Yesterday was opening day...somewhere.
Somewhere, the crack of major league bats could be heard in games which count. Somewhere, official major league balls were hurled toward batters filled with adrenaline and ready to crush them. Somewhere, major league hot dog vendors began the long, slow march toward the hoarseness of fall.
Somewhere, bellies got bigger, wallets got thinner, fists were either thrown into the air in triumph or had chins rested upon them with a sigh. High fives and fist bumps were exchanged (sometimes awkwardly).
Somewhere, hungry rookies joined The Show, old men in their 30s (and, God help us, even their early 40s) tried to prove that they still have something left in the tank, and the fans began their annual rite of living and dying by the box scores.
Somewhere, the big names were in the dugouts and out on the grass. Averages which started the day at .000 became either gaudy improbabilities or remained goose eggs.
But we are left to read about it.
We can read all about how Albert Pujols was a double-play machine (in a bad way), and how Pat Neshek (oddly, not in a Twins uniform) sawed off Pujols' bat and got his first win in the National League. We can read how Carlos Gomez (also, not a Twin) was part of a back-to-back-homer season start for the Brewers, how Curtis Granderson stuck it to his old team, and...
Where are our boys?
We can't read about the Twins because they didn't play.
OK, so today is opening day for the rest of us. We'll have to take that. It's still a joyous occasion, but wouldn't it have been great to read about 15 games today? To see all of the big names out there? To cover the continent with games which matter? To feel the virus which is baseball infecting people from sea to shining sea?
Wouldn't it be great if the season started with a solid blast of baseball? I mean, everybody will probably have Monday off as a safety date for weather, but why have only some teams play on "opening" day? Even with the scheduling gods being what they are (mercurial), it's a very weird thing (which I'm sure has something to do with TV schedules). * Sigh *
There's a game for us
A real live game for us
Hold my hand and we're halfway there
Hold my hand and I'll take you there
Somehow, Someday, Somewhere
-- With apologies to Stephen Sondheim
I'll take you there, indeed. We still have a few tickets remaining for the first BallparkMagic night of the season:
BallparkMagic at Target Field:
Saturday, April 9, 6:10 PM (Oakland Athletics)
These are great seats in Section T of the Skyline Deck. (Captain Morgan is just around the corner...) These tickets are being sold here exclusively at face value with no fees (shipping only)! It's my way of saying thanks for making this site your source of TF news.
And even a few of these left:
Thanks for making BallparkMagic part of your annual rite of baseball.
My main system died a tragic death on Wednesday, and I'm running everything right now from a very old, wee netbook and my phone until my new system arrives. So a few of the new features, including the games, which were set to be available this weekend will have to wait. Suffice it to say, there will be prizes. Stay tuned.
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"You talk about the magic, the aura, but what really makes a stadium is the fans. Concrete doesn't talk back to you. Chairs don't talk back to you. It's the people who are there, day in, day out, that makes the place magic."
– Bernie Williams
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Desolate. Dirty. Mysterious. Expensive. Unlikely.
Looking northeast from the ballpark site (Source: LP)
A portrait of the 573 Club.
Write your own caption. (Photo by Jeff Ewer)
Notice the temporary railing extensions
Door to the visitor's clubhouse.
Gate 6 Oliva, with the 573 Club looming large over it (I wonder how Tony feels about that)
The Pro Shop
A sidewalk has sprouted between the HERC and the LRT tracks!
Fan number 3,030,673 came through this gate a few moments after I took this picture.
Larry DiVito and staff member (you write the caption)
Here's one big problem with a retractable roof: completely terrible seating in left. These scant few seats would have been tucked under the track. No sunshine, no open concourse, it was a terribly kludgy idea. With some hindsight, it's very clear that adding a retractable roof on this small site would have required compromises which would have just been too extensive to tolerate. Without it, the design was free to grow into something much more memorable.
A little ground's crew action in the first inning the other night.
LRT station has appeared.
The lights have covers on the top, presumably to reduce light pollution
Work in progress.
An arch under construction.
A distinct misstep, ostensibly to guard against missteps. But methinks I smell a lawyer...
One thing that the design disguises nicely is that the Pro Shop (and other key components) are actually built over lanes of freeway. That can clearly be seen here.
This is where the plaza meets First Avenue
Flowers. Real flowers.
Footings for the Seventh Street walkway from the A ramp.
These are the footings for the staircase which will connect the plaza to the skyway.
The brick has been tinted where the circulation ramp meets the admin building.
This will be a great neighborhood. Note that the covering is being built for the emergency access. Also, note the streamers above, which appear to be monitoring air flow.
These outfield stands will likely remain visible to passersby.
Now from the inside looking at the same area.
New Year's Eve, 2008
It was in and then quickly out of his glove. You gotta make that play.
This is the staircase (ramp?) leading up to the trapezoid. Nice flagpole too. You'll be able to find me and Ben McEvers at the base of that flagpole on opening day in 2010!
July 7, 1966 (Click to see the entire scorecard with ads)
BPM - Ballpark Magic
BRT - Bus Rapid Transit
DSP - Dave St. Peter
FSE - Full Season Equivalent
FYS - Fake Yankee Stadium (see also: NYS)
HERC - Hennepin Energy Resource Company (aka the Garbage Burner)
HPB - Home Plate Box
HRP - Home Run Porch
LC - Legends Club
LRT - Light Rail Transit
MBA - Minnesota Ballpark Authority (will own Target Field)
MOA - Mall of America
MSFC - Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission (owns the Metrodome)
NYS - New Yankee Stadium
SRO - Standing Room Only
STH - Season Ticket Holder
TCFBS - TCF Bank Stadium
TF - Target Field
Selected Bibliography - Analysis
First Edition (1992)
Second Edition (2006)
Selected Bibliography - Surveys
Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000, large coffee table)
Original edition (2000, round)
Revised edition (2006, round)
(2001, medium coffee table)
(2002, small coffee table)
(2003, medium coffee table)
(2004, very large coffee table)
(2006, very large coffee table)
Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
Book and six ballpark miniatures