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.
Only $31 per ticket!
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.
"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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Replays on the out-of-town scoreboard!
A detail from the above image shows that the section signage is now in place
A peak inside what will become the main concourse.
I saw it at another park...
Remember the pitch heard throughout Twins Territory? What an amazing day that was, April 12, 2010. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
The main ticketing area beneath the restaurant.
7:52 PM It's nearing peak, and covering the stands behind third base.
These images are found at the top of the staircase, which leads to the Suite Level.
Uh oh. Schizophrenia.
This is the back of the Cisco Field scoreboard, showing video to folks out on the plaza.
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!
The proposed wooden screen covering the circulation ramp on Fifth Street (at left is the equivalent screen on Seventh Street).
The HERC side, viewed from Fifth Street.
CBP: retro in facade only
Grid for the ironwood louvres is in place
This is the area above the pro shop, with some new support structure
It's a great view of the action, though standing here is somewhat discouraged.
In the foreground you can see the supports for the plaza as it will meet the corner of North Seventh Street and Third Avenue North.
From the ground beneath the troubled skyway.
The main concourse.
Detail showing clubhouse and home dugout (click to see the entire drawing)
Champion's Club details (click to enlarge)
Can you name that field? (Braemer Park, Edina)
Legend's Club, Section E (Click to enlarge greatly.)
After the rain. (We were in the wrong spot to see the rainbow...)
Cross section diagram of the field structure. (Click to enlarge.)
I took this picture just moments before Morneau's homer landed almost exactly where I had been standing. If only I hadn't wanted to watch the game...
The ballpark development area expanded by 1000 feet in each direction