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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Cross section diagram of the field structure. (Click to enlarge.)
Photo by Jeff Ewer
Replays on the out-of-town scoreboard!
Party deck down the right field line
10 years ago, Bruce Lambrecht looked at this land and thought, "Why NOT a ballpark here?" It took a long time before anybody else saw the same potential.
This little pathway snakes between the LRT tracks and the Environmental Services Building, emptying into the parking area surrounding the HERC. It could be for maintenance, but it looks more like it's for convenience.
The action drew everybody to the top step. (Click to enlarge greatly.)
The Ballpark Authority at work (Source: RP)
The Metrodome hot dog vendor. (Source: RP)
Just to the right, more ticket machines. These things are everywhere.
Detroit got this part right!
A closer look at the grid on the Pro Shop.
A mini-freeway! (Police action in progress...)
The lot within the lot.
This view, from the Minnekahda building (or possibly a predecessor), looks toward the right field corner. The City Market, at left, occupied the land where the B ramp and Target Plaza now stand (over I-394). And the Overlook now juts out just a little beyond where that driveway enters the railyard.
8:22 PM The sun has caused glare in the webcam, but you can still see the reflection affecting the upper deck behind home plate.
Miller Park: Gymnasium with skylight (Source: RP)
This is the upper deck in Anaheim
Here's a closer look.
Kirby Jr. set to take down the last number
7:52 PM It's nearing peak, and covering the stands behind third base.
Reasonable (if not overly generous) leg room
Photo by Jared Wieseler
This is the trapezoid (for lack of a better name) in right center. Be sure to notice section of seats just below the pavilion and above the fence (which I hadn't noticed before). For those who are interested, what looks like an old-style scoreboard is in fact a high-def video board which will look, at times, like an old-fashioned scoreboard.
If you want, you can ask those folks how the game is going -- and even get a little bit of info from the big screen (Grandstand)
This is some of the signage in place for concession stands.
Here are some less intrusive things things you can actually get at the ballpark.
Team pennant. (Click to enlarge.)
The Seventh Street facade
Infield dirt used as accents
Skywalk over Seventh, looking back toward the parking ramp
From the TV camera platform -- the view you'll see on TV
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
The reverse angle shows that the signage will only partially obscure views from the top of the ramp. The wall is pretty high up there, so you'll need something to stand on, but it appears that this is one of the so-called "knotholes".
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