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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I had to hold the camera as far over my head as I could to get this shot, in which the infield is finally visible. It's a spot made for your average Timberwolves player.
Original Concept - With a Retractable Roof
JohnW provides this shot of a construction barricade on First Avenue
Don Swanson, left, in-coming commander of the Richfield American Legion, and Joe Kennedy, right, out-going commander, are pictured with the Legion's new flag pole, which once stood at old Metropolitan Stadium. (Click to enlarge.)
You can finally see how the plaza will meet the street on the north side of this emergency exit tower (which will be converted to a regular entrance/exit)
This is the left field pavilion in the original concept model. The restaurant pictured to its right has been moved, and the seating area has been extended at least one full section toward center.
(Click to enlarge.)
Above the Carew gate
Dan Kenney provided this alternate shot of a walkway behind the view level
The Polo Grounds (left) and Shibe Park (Connie Mack Stadium)
In March, we were still only imagining baseball through those windows.
On this day, George was handling fruits and veggies right inside gate 34.
Louver samples on display.
Viewed from up Sixth Street, the tip of the canopy looks like the claw of some gigantic crustacean!
Plaza seating installation
Integrating the administration building was really a great idea. Actually, there will be more things inside than just offices, but that will probably be some sweet space.
Note that, even though the scoreboard appears strategically placed, it's the outfield stands which block any potential view of the field from this roof.
The original Candlestick Park
The moat walkway viewed from across the park.
"I've never seen them do that before," said a Metropolitan Club waiter as I snapped this picture.
A few weeks ago there were sand volleyball courts here. When the park opens, this will be surface parking. Maybe one day there will be something more interesting built on top of that parking...
This looks south and shows the track configuration for Northstar. The platform shown is just a placeholder. To the best of my knowledge, concept drawings for this platform have not been released. Keep in mind, this is NOT part of the ballpark project. It is completely separate.
One of those funny little sections above the entrance stairs
No admittance -- yet! Note that you can see the seating bolts which are in place already.
The sign reads, "Mortenson Radio Channels".
Signature elements. (And they wonder why we think the real trees look so small...)
Looking up toward Sixth Street.
This is where the main ticket office will be.
Finally, a night game image -- complete with fireworks! (OK, it's either a construction photo which has been Photoshopped, or some lucky photographer spent the Fourth of July in the upper deck watching the fireworks over the river. Cool either way.)
Here's the entrance from the seating bowl. It's down the outer moat, just beyond the last of the Dugout Box sections.
A view into the Legend's Club
This view looks through the opening in the fence where the crosswalk will be.
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