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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Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3045 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
A walkway begins to form (this is as close as you can get right now)
This concourse, the uppermost, was built on top of the now-hidden old concourse during the 70s renovation.
Pile driving in progress
Mussina's first pitch. (Playing 3rd: Not A-Rod)
The Puckett atrium fireplace is just barely visible at the far left.
Go get 'em, boys!
Looking up toward Seventh Street.
Roped off for the LRT crowd
Emergency access viewed in context
Very interesting detail starting to appear here.
Condiments! (complete with faux limestone on the cart -- nice touch)
A detail from the above image shows that the section signage is now in place
This looks from the base of the stairs, behind the big pillars, toward the street.
2007, Noah's first game (Torii's last)
(Click to enlarge.)
These images are found at the top of the staircase, which leads to the Suite Level.
The Legends Club retail store is just visible at the right of this picture.
Wind veil install from across Seventh
An escalator was going in the day I was there.
Selling exactly what they say they're selling.
This is why I get it, even if I don't like it.
Noah is checking out the ample leg room and truly exemplary sight lines.
A peak inside what will become the main concourse.
Indications that club seating (the wider spaced areas above each dugout) will be a major presence in the lower deck
Special guests in the trees!
This is very early in the day.
Working on the connecting LRT tracks (this view looks up Fifth Street toward downtown.)
Staircase entrance. You cannot miss them.
At one point, we thought these windows might represent one of the so-called knotholes. But nope. Nothing to see here. (Nearest I can tell, there will be no view of the playing field whatsoever from the Seventh Street sidewalk.)
This opportunity is half a block up Third Avenue and thousands of people walk right by before and after games.
Skyline to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the outfield with you... (click to enlarge)
They help create a psychological safe area along the plaza edge, and help you forget that cars are zipping by directly beneath you.
The canopy as viewed through the outfield stands. The lighting approach, despite what you may have heard, is actually very traditional.
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
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