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April 12, 2010 3:28 AM

American League Park I (1901-1903*)

Monday, April 29, 1901 -- William "Doughnut Bill" Carrick, who went on to lose 22 games in 1901 (or 23, depending on the source), throws the first Major League pitch at the original, hastily-assembled American League Park in Washington, DC. The Senators beat the Baltimore Orioles (later known as the Yankees), 5-2.

American League Park II (1904*-1910)

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Thursday, April 14, 1904 -- Howard "Highball" Wilson, who started and lost three games in 1904 and would never play Major League baseball again, throws the first Senators pitch in the ballpark formerly known as Nationals Park on Georgia Avenue. The Athletics beat the Senators, 8-3, in an 8-inning game, which was shortened by either rain or darkness (details lost to the sands of time).

*There are discrepancies over when the team changed geographic locations. I'm using the Retrosheet data, which is based, in part, on the research done for Green Cathedrals.

Griffith Stadium (1911-1960)

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Wednesday, April 12, 1911 -- William "Dolly" Gray throws the first pitch in the not-yet-completed steel-and-concrete ballpark that would ultimately become known as Griffith Stadium. The park was built in less than three weeks, after a fire destroyed the previous structure while the Senators were at spring training. On that day, 99 years ago today, the Senators defeated the Boston Red Sox -- can you believe it? -- 8-5.

Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981)

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Friday, April 21, 1961 -- Camilo Pascual throws the first ever Major League pitch at Met Stadium. Marty Keough, hitting lead-off and playing left for the expansion Senators, gets the first hit (to right) in that first at-bat, and scores the first run on a double-play ball hit by Gene Woodling. The Twins lose the game, 5-3, before an announced crowd of 24,606.

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (1982-2009)

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Tuesday, April 6, 1982 -- Pete Redfern throws the first official Major League pitch at the Dome. He would fan Julio Cruz of the Mariners, and the first hit (and first run scored) would come on a homer by Dave Engle in the bottom of the first. 52,279 fans saw the Twins lose 11-7 (only 5,213 would show up the next day).

Meanwhile, Back In the North Loop...

1901, Railyard

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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.



1949, Railyard

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This view is from the roof of a warehouse which stood where the A ramp is today. The HERC is now located where the tracks turned north (toward the top).



1950, Railyard

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This view, also from the same warehouse roof, shows the newly-rebuilt viaduct on North Seventh Street.



2006, Rapid Park

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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.



Target Field (2010-)

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Monday, April 12, 2010 -- At about 3:12 PM, Carl Pavano will throw the first official Major League pitch (likely to Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox) on a field of grass which now grows where, for more than a century, only railroad tracks lay.

The old railyard officially becomes Target Field, and Target Field becomes the home (in every sense of the word) of our team, the Minnesota Twins.

Here's a souvenir for you, kindly commissioned by our friend, clublevelfan. (Right-click here to download.)

Like the season, and the ballpark, and the era, we're just getting started here.

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"For all that has been, thanks. For all that will be, yes!"

-- Dag Hammarskjöld

Or, as my mom used to say, "Now, you boys go outside and play."

See you at the ballpark!

Comments


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Great post Rick! From London, Happy Opening Day to everyone back stateside! I'll be watching from across the pond jealous of all of you in attendance.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 03:34 AM by MGM Highlight this comment 1

Rick, I think the embedded video is wrecking havoc on my web browser; using Google Chrome on a Mac, it kept trying to open a separate tab repeatedly for the video, until I had a screen full of blank tabs. Just a heads up.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 04:06 AM by FPM2K Highlight this comment 2

If it was not for Rick we would not have what we have here. The Twins should be ashamed of themselves. They had the chance to do this but did not. I dont know how you do it but you do. Im glad you are not on the Twins payroll since most people know how that would end up. This is the best stuff many thanks. My song poem 58 by Chicago.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 04:28 AM by Leroy Highlight this comment 3

Thank you Rick for this site. clublevelfan-loved the video. Hope to see people tomorrow i won't be there for very long but yeah

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 04:34 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 4

Can't wait. Probably the single greatest day of my life.
Go Twins!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 06:47 AM by luke Highlight this comment 5

Twas the Night Before Outdoor Baseball:

‘Twas the night before outdoor baseball, and all through Target Field
Not a creature was stirring, not even Minnie and Paul in centerfield;
The flagpoles were placed above leftfield with care,
And past Twin legends would soon raise championship flags into the air.

The rest is at the link...

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 06:51 AM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 6

It's Christmas!!! It's Christmas!!! It's Christmas!!!

Now if only I didn't have that short shift at work before I can have some fun.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 07:28 AM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 7

It occurs to me that my family runs the Case IH dealerships in the Fort Morgan area in Colorado. I do wonder if the folks running that grass farm out there might have bought implements from my family. Perhaps maybe just a tiny little piece of the whole deal within the family perhaps? I could live with it if it were even that tiny. ;-)

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 07:28 AM by jpberka Highlight this comment 8

What a long strange trip its been! Hooray for Opening Day at Target Field! Thanks for all you've done here Rick, and thanks to all of the board contributors. Play Ball!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 07:32 AM by luckylager Highlight this comment 9

i enjoyed that poem :) yay Happy Chrisbaseballmas day!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 07:38 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 10

Thanks Rick and everybody for all the info I've gotten from the site..Off to the game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 07:39 AM by Steve Highlight this comment 11

Thanks Rick for helping me get through the last 9 months! I found your site while looking for TF photos (since there were few on the Twins' website). Thanks also to all posters.

I am in Florida until tomorrow, but tonight I will be going to my second Bradenton Marauders (Pirates high single-A) game against the Ft. Myers Miracles (Twins). Click name for first pitch of inaugural Marauders game at McKechnie Field on April 8.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 07:47 AM by Buzz Highlight this comment 12

And we'll see you all at the flagpole...

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 07:53 AM by Locker Highlight this comment 13

Rick and all Twins fans, greetings from Iraq. I first found this site back in 2007, coincidentally while deployed to Iraq. I have watched the progress of Target Field through this website and am really glad that we have outdoor baseball again. I went to my first Twins game back at the Met in the early 70's on one of those end of the school year field trips when we loaded lovely yellow school buses and made the drive from Rochester. Even though I moved out to Southern California, I remained a Twins fan, much to the chagrin of my LA Dodger loving wife and sons. The two WS championships under the dome were great and hopefully Target field will see it's share of WS games. A great day for all Twins fans all over the world. Happy Target Field Opening Day everyone.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 08:02 AM by Mo Highlight this comment 14

Happy Home Opener, everyone! Today is going to be a very, very good day. :-)

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 08:15 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 15

Funny that tickets are STILL going for $120+ on Stubhub. I bet the people with strips of tickets are freaking out right about now.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 08:17 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 16

Those are scalpers, they will be down on the plaza right now...and they will get way more for them...

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 08:26 AM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 17

Not from me! Eh, I'll probably just watch the game from Smalley's or something close.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 08:29 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 18

are the Twins are wearing the 61' throwbacks today?

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 08:35 AM by twinlves Highlight this comment 19

Yes, the Twins are wearing the creme-colored throwbacks today.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 08:41 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 20

Ok, since I'm not going to be at the game today, (I'm still refreshing the Twins ticketing site hoping a seat will come up). Can someone remind me what places are running the best deals to watch the game at today. I know green mill is offering free wings, and I believe a place called Firelake (is that right?) is offering good deals as well. What other places am I unaware of, or what places do you all recommend for watching the game from today?

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 08:53 AM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 21

Yeah, Firelake(next to the Radisson) is putting projectors in their driveway, so at least that's out of the rain, should that happen.

Smalley's is having some sort of party, but I can't find any details that say much other than "Show Up!".

Sneaky Pete's is already open, serving breakfast. I heard that they had no during game specials.

Rock Bottom has their normal happy hour(3-6pm)

Bootlegger's has...$5 Miller Lites and something else that I can't quite remember, but it wasn't that great of a deal. They do have a back patio, though.

Brothers(ick, I know) has a new alley patio(right by Epic), and I think they usually run happy hours during events, but I'm not sure if they have TVs outside. Hrm.

Not sure if Hubert's has their regular happy hour today.

I know there's something I'm missing here.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 08:58 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 22

Just found the Brothers info: Happy Hour until 7pm(241s on anything that pours) and they open at noon, back patio will be open.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 09:00 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 23

They are setting up a big TV and laid out some sod and bleachers in Peavey Plaza. If you are staying downtown that might be a fun place to check out.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 09:01 AM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 24

Holy Balls... were really doing it! Heading out in an hour. Thanks again Rick for everything.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 09:03 AM by Jim Highlight this comment 25

regarding the party in the Loop area, what is the parking situation looking like? I might drop by over lunch, as I work in NE Mpls.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 09:11 AM by Dan Highlight this comment 26

check out the banners on the chain link fences on the promenade today. this part of the park is WAY underrated!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 09:15 AM by yeahklye Highlight this comment 27

I'm already busy not getting any work done today...

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 09:26 AM by BIR Highlight this comment 28

Me and the wife are heading out now. Needless to say, I'm pretty freakin' jacked!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 09:32 AM by Fred Highlight this comment 29

For those traveling down via Northstar Train:

Just added: An extra northbound train will leave Target Field 30 minutes after the last out.

Good new for those wanting to stay for the whole game.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:15 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 30



Testing IGM before leaving...

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:32 AM by Rick 31

...and the text message version...

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:33 AM by Rick 32

...and the email last resort for bad data service option...

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:34 AM by Rick 33

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Report here later on your data experience (and overall ballgame experience as well, of course).

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:37 AM by Rick 34

That subscribe address again:

twins-subscribe@ballparkmagic.com

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:37 AM by Rick 35

Chad-

Don't forget Kieran's. The sign says happy hour 11-6, which is $4 premium beers, such as guiness, boddingtons and harp. They had Happy hour during the two exibition gams so I wouldn't expect that to change today, just get there early it was very busy before the exibition games and the gopher game.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:40 AM by Duffman Highlight this comment 36

Watching FSN as they're about to reveal the Puckett statue.

Can't.........stop...........smiling!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 11:31 AM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 37


Posted on April 12, 2010 at 11:33 AM by Rick 38

Anyone know how I can watch the FSN pregame here in Milwaukee? Is it online?

Merry Christmas everyone!! The wait was well worth it for today!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 11:34 AM by Eric Highlight this comment 39

Ah, it's the fist pump!!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 11:46 AM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 40


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Posted on April 12, 2010 at 11:53 AM by Guest Highlight this comment 42

Please please PLEASE for all of us non lucky ones take as much video and photos as possible. Specifically could someone take a video of the national anthem and flyover? I know people who are singing and the lead pilot.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 11:59 AM by Eric Highlight this comment 43

I like the fact that they got his "proportions" correct.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 11:59 AM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 44


Posted on April 12, 2010 at 12:00 PM by Rick 45

Am I the only one who thinks Kirby's face doesn't look quite right?

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 12:18 PM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 46

Nope, I was thinking the same thing hammer

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 12:28 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 47

I'm going to reserve judgment until I can see it in person. I think the lighting in that picture doesn't do it justice.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 12:42 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 48

I'll admit that the Puckett statue face did startle me when I first saw it. It's more of a scoul than a smile...

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 12:58 PM by Rick 49



TF turns out to be economic stimulus for ragtime bands too! (2nd one I've heard!)

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 1:04 PM by Rick 50

Parking on top of Ramp B filling up. First time that's been seen on the webcam since last May, I believe.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 1:11 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 51

I see a Span t-shirt in the window, I think I'm going to have to look for that when I go on Saturday. :-)

regarding Puckett, there is a picture of him on Wikipedia with his mouth open like that and he isn't smiling. However, in the picture, the angle and the lighting might not be doing it justice. click my name for the picture from Wikipedia.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 1:13 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 52



OG Jeff didn't just throw a party, it's kind of a North Loop Festival!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 1:14 PM by Rick 53

The looks on the faces of the people inside the ballpark just fascinate me. I see the older generation with a look of normalcy - finally we're back outside where we belong - finally we're home again. Then I see the look on the younger generation - totally surreal. They must be wondering is this really our home? Is this really how Twins baseball is meant to be like? Yes kiddos, welcome to REAL baseball at a REAL ballpark. The looks on the youngsters almost reminds me of the look on East Berliners when the wall came down. What an amazing day for Minnesota!!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 1:20 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 54

In one hour and 46 minutes, I can officially thank you, Rick, for getting me through these past three years of impatience, moments of doubt, and hours/days of elation as AH HA moments were unveiled one by one.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 1:23 PM by JohnK Highlight this comment 55

startribune gallery shows the Kirby statue from a different angle, and it looks alot more like the photo in wikipedia I posted above.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 1:33 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 56


Posted on April 12, 2010 at 1:34 PM by Rick 57

From that star trib gallery, where the hell did that guy get that twins suit? That thing is amazing!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 1:46 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 58

The webcam looks freakin' sweet right now with all the people! And the top of Ramp B is filling up!

And Billymayshere, that suit HAS to be custom made!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 1:51 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 59

That's too bad. That guy is definitely the most dapper fan at Target Field today.

When I watched the two exhibition games I was in a bit of disbelief. Watching the coverage on fsn today, it finally feels real. This is our field, our ballpark and our home. Following all of the details of the process on this site has been one of my obsessions the past couple of years, and I don't think I would have the appreciation for everything that went into this ballpark that I do had I not come to this site.

It's amazing seeing a few of the details that have come from this site on tv (celebration sign, Budweiser party deck, met flag pole) Thanks Rick for all the work you've done to give us an amazing record of the construction of this ballpark. I can't wait to go to Target Field!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 2:01 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 60

Well. I'm behind the data curtain... Nothing is getting out. I'll have to s=
ave the photos for later.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 2:07 PM by Rick 61

less than one hour... have fun out there, those of you who are at TF today!!

Looks like a beautiful day for baseball!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 2:14 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 62

Who the hell picked this music to play during the flag raising ceremony?

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 2:29 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 63

Really nice pic in that gallery of Span listening to Carew. There's your 'paying attention to the past' for ya, right there.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 2:31 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 64

Looks like a great day for outdoor baseball. I'm currently watching the pre-game coverage in my office. Fox Sports is doing a great job showing the nooks and crannies. Also loving the home alternative uniforms.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 2:34 PM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 65

I wish they would just turn off this crappy music and let us listen to the sounds of the crowd and outdoor ballpark.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 2:41 PM by Kingduck Highlight this comment 66

Ok, I have a little experience with coordinating flyovers and the ability to have them coming over the stadium as the singers hit the last note is really impressive! I guarantee you, those guys were still sitting in Duluth sipping coffee while the players were being introduced. They probably took off about ten minutes prior to the flyover.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 2:55 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 67

That flyover was perfectly timed. New "anthem" wasn't bad, glad to hear my hometown in it.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 2:55 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 68

Anyone know where to get the new Twins song online?

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 3:00 PM by Eric Highlight this comment 69

saw them fly right over NE Mpls area going towards TF. When I saw the fireworks go off at "rockets red glare" I knew they would be coming over soon. Pretty cool!!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 3:02 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 70

If you're like me and stuck at work, I found a stream of ESPN's coverage over at Justin.tv. Click on my name to watch the game.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 3:06 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 71

Rick, nice touch on the countdown !!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 3:10 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 72

Buffalo, for about $20 for the season I have MLB.com radio streaming of the TRN (Gordon and Gladden on 1500).

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 3:12 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 73

Dan, that's nice and all, but I'm talking a video stream.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 3:15 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 74

Gotcha!! Thanks for the tip!!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 3:18 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 75

Anyone watching the game out of state on ESPN? I'd love to hear what the national announcers are saying about the field and the weather, but it's blacked here in Mpls.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 3:25 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 76

well it turns out the webcams still work, and yes, the flyover was impressive!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 3:27 PM by deenels Highlight this comment 77

...and, the first pitcher to swear, "G** Dammit!!" on camera at Target Field: Jon Lester.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 3:40 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 78

Watching ESPN in Milwaukee, Pedro Gomez is doing little ballpark facts throughout the game. All the announcers love the ballpark and haven't once said that they are amazed that it isn't snowing today.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 3:41 PM by Eric Highlight this comment 79

Bud Selig on ESPN: "You'd have to be crazy to leave a market like this, the 14th largest market."

Um, so what does that make Bud?

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 3:49 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 80

Yea, I am just waiting for the "we brought long underwear and parkas here but we have (...all together now...) unseasonably warm weather for today's game!"

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 3:52 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 81

Bummer man they removed the free streaming! MLB must a got wind of it!!!!!LOL!!!!! Oh well! I'm DVR ing it at home. Love the look of the old throw backs! Brings back memories of my first game in 64 out at the met! Yea baby!!!!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 4:04 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 82

Selig on ESPN said that the season is now a complete sellout?

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 4:05 PM by Eric Highlight this comment 83

New link of streaming video. No clue if this one will last, but thought I would give a head's up.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 4:32 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 84

i've linked another site that is carrying the game. being in london the last 4 months, i've gotten used to searching for these sites!

I am still trying to convince myself that Target Field is in Minneapolis...I just can't wrap myself around it! Can't wait to be back and see it in person.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 5:02 PM by MGM Highlight this comment 85

sue nelson sounds great on tv.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 5:28 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 86

Jim Pohlad told Jon Gordon and Dan Gladden that the Pohlad family is discussing whether they will make these opening day throwback Twins uniforms the primary home uniforms. Please make this happen. I love these throwbacks, especially because there are no names on back. You should know who the hometown players are.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 5:31 PM by Polka Highlight this comment 87

I think the throwbacks are great and everything, but I prefer the white pinstripes with the current twins logo as the primary home jerseys. If they get rid of any of the jerseys get rid of the sleeveless and blue home alternates.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 5:41 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 88

Kubel into the Overlook. BooYah!!!

K

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 5:43 PM by Kramer Highlight this comment 89

and a quick lesson on why you should always bring your glove to the game!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 5:47 PM by MattW Highlight this comment 90

Last year's throwbacks are what they need.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 6:09 PM by FD Highlight this comment 91

1 down 80 more to go. Great win boys!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 6:13 PM by Eric Highlight this comment 92

That was a great win.
Now, on the search for Opening Day paraphanalia...tickets and the program especially.

ebay is already starting to erupt with stuff.

Email me (click my name) if you have leads of other places I might be able to secure it.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 6:42 PM by luke Highlight this comment 93



Perfect day!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 6:47 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 94



Hrbek hassling fans from inside Hrbek's patio before game.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 6:50 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 95

okay i'm starting to think smalleys paid some money for all the interviews and coverage of the restaurant.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 6:53 PM by MattW Highlight this comment 96



Before Puckett unveiling...

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 6:54 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 97

Click my link for Anthem and Flyover as requested - sorry for flipping my phone sideways a couple of times...LOL

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 6:58 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 98



First installment of my daily Cuddy pic.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 7:02 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 99

notice Lester's balls and strikes lol

Rick, I think I was directly above you on the stairs during the Puckett unveiling. :D

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 7:04 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 100

Folks, today was a nearly perfect day. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 7:10 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 101



Pavano warming up (while being announced)

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 7:13 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 102

oh that one is a tad dark - sorry.

Click my name for anthem and flyover

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 7:15 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 103



Biggest. Flag. Ever.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 7:24 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 104

Were those cushy Champion's Club seats made by Barcalounger? Sheesh.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 7:39 PM by Julie A. Highlight this comment 105

I forgot about the woman who belted our free. what is up with that?

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 7:40 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 106

i think they probably designated a few women to go high, but I think they were wayyy to close to a microphone. lol

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 7:41 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 107

It was such a great day....my wife even got frisky in the parking ramp. I apologize to anyone who walked by....

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 7:50 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 108

Now that's some ballpark magic.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 7:53 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 109

My favorite visual detail of the day: the pennants in left flapping in the wind. An actual breeze in a ballpark, who'da thunk it??

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 7:59 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 110

i was hoping for the Snoopy blimp!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 8:39 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 111

Just got home about a half hour ago, and when I left Kieran's, it was still ridiculously busy. Most everything on that 2-3 block stretch was packed. I got over by Luce and it was dead. Very interesting, at least to me.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 8:40 PM by Chad Highlight this comment 112

hi guys - does anyone have a link where you can watch an ESPN "replay" of the game? or if you downloaded the ESPN version of today's game to a DVR or some other digital device are you willing to publish it online somewhere for others to view?

being a comcast customer i have free access to espn360.com (now espn3.com) where you can generally watch replays of espn broadcasts, but they are still saying it is "blacked out" for people in the minneapolis market even well after the game is over. is that normal? for some reason i was thinking that you would be able to see it (even in market) once the actual game has ended.

i was hoping to check out ESPN's call of the game as i usually prefer the espn call of the game to listening to trying to hard to be folksy dick bremer on fsn.

any help or direction would be greatly appreciated. thanks!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 8:49 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 113

don't you get fsn? the game is actually on right now - ESPN was blacked out locally. I DVRed 10 hours of FSN coverage today including the game. lol

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 8:52 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 114

hey jax - i do get fsn-hd. as noted in my post though i am specifically looking for a replay of today's ESPN broadcast.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 8:58 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 115

oh sorry, my bad. I forget that people are here that live outside the local area. LOL

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 9:03 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 116

Wow! What a blast. Only negatives were not getting into the Town Ball Tavern after the game because my son was only 15. 21 over only after the 7th inning.

Seems kind of crazy, we left and spent our extra $100+ outside the stadium. Wasn't like we were going to sneak him a beer or anything.

Other than that - SPECTACULAR!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 9:15 PM by 2bb Highlight this comment 117

Luke -

Are you asking for a Target Field certificate that reads:

"Be it known to baseball fans everywher that on the afternoon of the Twelfth of April, Two Thousand and Ten at 3:10 PM _____________________ withnessed the first regular-season game ever played at the Target Field, between the Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox in the city of Minneapolis, in the state of Minnesota.

Witnessed and signed by:

Dave St. Peter, President

Jim Pohlad, Owner

Ron Gardenhire, Manager

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 9:18 PM by clublevelfan Highlight this comment 118

I'm jealous of all that got to be at opening day. It had to be a unbelievable experience. One observation while watching the game on FSN...I do not like how high the camera position is behind the pitcher. I hope they have a lower camera position they can use for their telecasts.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 9:28 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 119

Perhaps - even though I wasn't there.
I'm talking like the OD program and the OD tickets (the really cool ones that are selling for...well, way more than they're worth on eBay).

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 9:29 PM by luke Highlight this comment 120

Just got home, pics to follow, what a great day for baseball and a great day for this state!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 9:34 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 121

I loved the throwback uniforms....my hope is that they keep wearing them the rest of the season.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 9:42 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 122

The Kirby Puckett statue looks like a bronzed version of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. This surprised me, as the other statues were so well done. Too bad.

The upper concourse wasn't as near as windy as during the exhibition games...it really was a perfect day to be there. Ran into old friends, old classmates.. awesome.

I thought the FSN camera work was phenomenal (as I'm watching the replay tonight). I hope they keep it up throughout the year.

Ironically, I parked near the Dome today as parking around TF was either nonexistent or too pricey. It sure looked lonely.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 9:43 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 123

Jeff, I don't think they'll be able to lower those center field cameras. They're located right on top of the "batter's eye" wall (behind the trees), so in order to lower them they'd have to lower the wall.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 9:47 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 124

I was in the bathroom for Kubel's homer. God hates me.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 9:53 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 125

I know I stated this earlier and TTH just touched on it again but there is something seriously wrong with Kirby Puckett's face on his statue. I have to wonder what the Twins organization think about it. I was really looking forward to seeing it, and it doesn't look like him, and is somewhat monstrous even. I keep trying to look at different angles and compare with the photo from which it was intended but I can't get myself to like it. The Killebrew and Carew statues could not look more amazing, so I really don't know what went wrong here, but I honestly hope something can be done to remake it. Just my thoughts, would love to hear others. Also I would love to hear as many reviews as possible about the different ballpark food, what was good, what wasn't, etc. I will be at Wednesday's game (why can't it be tomorrow), so I can't wait!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 9:54 PM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 126

funny that our weather "guru" jared didn't have anything more to say about his (cough, cough) weather forecast for today.

once again the overly fatalist "weather terrorists/ad salesmen" of channels 4, 5, 9, 11 along with their local "weather terrorist" cartel out at the NWS office in chanhassen, mn missed today's actual weather by a mile.....just like they did with the friday night twins vs. cardinals game in early april.........and just like they did with the gophers vs. louisana tech game in late march.

LOL!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 9:55 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 127

Just got home from the game a little while ago and I still can't stop smiling :) I just kept saying to my dad and myself while I was at the game today, "This is really ours, I'm really getting sun shining on me and the wind blowing through the stadium, not just a silly vacum or whatever that was pushing us out of the Dome," Simply amazing, memories to last a lifetime for all that were there I'm sure :) Great job on the site again too Rick! Target Field is truly Ballpark Magic!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 9:58 PM by Justin Highlight this comment 128

the statue is a rendition of the famous picture in my link. I think it looks just like it - he's celebrating his homerun and was pumping his fists 'YEAH!' .. he wasn't smiling or skipping.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 9:58 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 129

Don't feel bad Jax, we left after the bottom of the 6th. :(

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 9:59 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 130

I felt as though I was there.. this is all so surreal!! Can't wait to go to the game on Thursday...

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 9:59 PM by tmoe Highlight this comment 131

the kirby statue looks just fine. i think it is great.

my gut tells me that some of you are trying too hard and looking for stuff that isn't there. you have to remember that bill mack had real life models (harmon & rod) whose exact 3D dimensions, features, etc. were captured in real life and in person by computers. he only had old pictures and old video of kirby since he is unfortunately no longer with us on earth.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:00 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 132

Beta -

I love it when they are wrong like this!

Jared - right or wrong, please keep up with the game day forcasts. I appreciate the personal touch and it adds a lot to this web site.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:00 PM by clublevelfan Highlight this comment 133

What a GREAT day today..Got down to the plaza around 10..around 930 on the walk over from 8 blocks away Jim Kaat walks out of his hotel right towards us..Just us and him..Handshake,2 minutes of Target Field talk and on our way..200 photos I'll get around to later.Hey Jared,,Please email me..quick question.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:02 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 134

I'm honestly glad to hear these opinions, and I hope I am wrong and feel differently when I see it. I'm certainly not rooting for it to not look good. He obviously is talented from his Carew and Killebrew statues, but at the end of the day from the pics it just does not look like Kirby's face to me.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:02 PM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 135

fyi- they're replaying the espn coverage of the game at 1 AM

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:05 PM by some guy Highlight this comment 136

Absolutely great day for baseball. As an interesting anecdote I had invited an uncle of mine along to take up a spare ticket I had. He declined saying he was going with some coworkers. We were going to touch base early today to see where he was sitting to see if we could meet up. We never ended up getting in touch with each other so that didn't work and I felt a little bad until I heard my name a few minutes before the start of the game. Turns out he was seated in the row right behind me and about four seats over.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:05 PM by Schda Highlight this comment 137

Oh well, at least I saw Clint Ewing's homer, and Denard's homer. lol

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:12 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 138

some guy - thanks! i will set the DVR for 1am

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:12 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 139

it does too. (Link.)

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:14 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 140

I'm sorry, but the Puckett statue is way off. And just because he's not alive to be able to do a "sitting" isn't a good enough reason. My gawd, how many photos are there of this man? If the artist didn't have one he could have at least asked the Eden Prairie Police Department.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:16 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 141

"I was in the bathroom for Kubel's homer. God hates me."

So was the girl sitting next to me, her mom was clapping and then looked confused and reaches into her pocket (she'd forgotten her phone was on vibrate), her daughter had sent her a text from the bathroom line asking what had happened. That poor girl was devastated she missed the first regular season HR.

Apparently you could see the Mr and I whenever they showed a runner at first. We were usually right over their head or shoulder depending on how tall the player was.

And just like every Christmas, all sorts of build up and over to soon. I can't wait for my next game.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:17 PM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 142

I thought the Puckett statue was dead on....take another look at the photo of that instant and you should agree as well. If you want to argue that they should have picked another instance to capture him - than fine. But that statue captures Puck at that instant just perfectly.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:18 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 143

Great atmosphere at the park today - just electric. And the Twins obliged with a win.

Highlights:
- the weather!
- overall aesthetics of the place: unique dimensions, the Kasota stone, the Minnie and Paul CF sign (tho it will work better for night games), the halo, the skyline, the Ford Centre backdro...on and on.
- raising the Twins flags, fireworks from the scoreboard, endless food options, Tony O's Cuban sandwich, the Vincent burger
- the freebies (homer hankies were plentiful, and lots of other companies were giving away stuff - kids liked it)

Lowlights:
- bathroom lines (women will wait less, men more than in the Dome)
- crowded concourses - we shuffled in a maddening crowd 45 minutes b/f game time, trying to get to the upper deck, before finding a staircase (the escalator shut down and the line there stopped moving)
- the Kramarczuk's line: great that the sausages were so popular, but the line was consistently 15-20 people long. Ugh. They're gonna need more stands for those.
- the pink, cherry flavored cotton candy. Two thumbs down from the kids! (Personally, I always hate the stuff, and hate paying $4 for a who-knows-how-old spoonful of sugar w/artificial everything in a plastic bag, but this version was particularly bad!)

The "big dog" was just ok. Nice to get fried onions on it, but the dog itself was pretty bland.

Overall, a solid A. Fans are gonna love the park and the experience, and the Twins will rake in big $$$.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:19 PM by BIR (aka BR) Highlight this comment 144

thanks Fred - that's what I meant to say but fatigue and blondness lead to "it does too" for a retort. LOL

I just watched the Kubel replay so I feel a little better. lol

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:23 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 145

Link for picks in name...

I was amazed that this wasn't talked about, but how cools was it to look at the rooftops around downtown before the game started and see people hanging out (photos included.)

We took our 2 year old son with, and at first thought "Uh oh, what were we thinking?" He was crying (not screaming and not distracting) and just wanted us to hold him. When we finally found out what was bothering him, all was well. What was it that was bothering him? Well none other that TC. He kept saying with such poise and determination "No bear get me!"

One other thing that was quite funny, I took him for a walk and we went and checked out the plaza area in the stadium in right field, and we literally bumped into Mark Rosen, or I should say he bumped into us. He kind of brushed against the stroller and said "Oh, sorry guys!"

All in all he had a great time, he did awesome and I am so glad I was able to share this experience with my wife and son.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:27 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 146

i have a set of lf bleecher seats for next tuesdays indians game on tc traders, i just want to trade them for that wensday game cuz i have to work late.. they are 18 face, i will trade for anything.. even the nose bleeds... let me know

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:27 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 147

Wow great day! Hard as hell to forecast for today but I am glad this forecast bombed. Looks like all the factors good for rain just got overwhelmed by the dry air here today.

Got down to the park at 9am this morning and parked in the B ramp. Saw a dude on the plaza with a vest made of homer hankies, a hat and jacket (separate people) with "Baby Jesus" embroidered on the back, shook Tony Oliva's hand and chatted, walked around downtown and the park a lot, sat in many locations and got many great photos (some are linked). We stopped by the OG Jeff block party and I was the first winner in the drawing. Took home a New Era Twins away fitted hat! Whew! I am tired and got a little red from the sun. Hope you all enjoyed the day!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:28 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 148

1.) about the talk that the team/pohlads are considering making today's "throw back" uniforms our regular home uniforms......I GIVE THAT A RESOUNDING YES! those uniforms scream classy.

2.) TTH - really with the low, down, dirty cheap shot towards puck?!? pretty weak. you have officially moved back ahead of me as the most loathed poster here. the last i heard that was simply an allegation and he was never convicted of anything. your post does NOT scream classy.

p.s. besides having a horrible sense of what "is" appropriate you seem to also have a horrible eye for art because the puckett statue looks great.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:36 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 149

BIR: I agree on the Tony O's Cuban. I had one last weekend, and another one today. It might quickly become my favorite food item at the park.

On a slightly different tack, has anyone found the Killebrew's Root Beer? I tried at least 10 different stands today, and no one could tell me where to get it. I need to try it someday!

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:37 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 150

Ask Harmon - he's around. LOL

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:39 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 151

F_T_K - the Killebrew Root Beer is at the Town Ball Tavern. Have to order from the kitchen though - not available at the bar (at least not at the exhibition game, couldn't try today cause the kid wasn't allowed in).

Had the chili today and a big thumbs up. Burrito too - also a thumbs up but not quite as good as the chili.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:46 PM by 2bb Highlight this comment 152

Beta - I never claimed he was convicted, nor that I was classy. But I find it, uh, humorous that you will bash Jared on here up and down and then claim others aren't classy. Give me a break, dude. At least I'm not pretending to be something I'm not. I think the statue was poorly done. That's my opinion. Do I think Puck had nonconsensual sexual conduct with a woman in a restroom? Yes. Again, my opinion. Did I ruin your home opener by bringing it up? Really. Don't. Care.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:48 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 153

wow..you're going to be fun to be around tonight, 2bb... lmao

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:48 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 154

From the StarTribune:

On the light-rail ride to the game, freckle-faced Matthew Bell, 8, of Eagan, decked out in a Twins shirt, cap and backpack, asked his father, Andy, "Why did they need to build another stadium if the Metrodome is so close?"

Tracked down later in Section 303 in the right field corner, wide-eyed Matthew looked around, smiled and said, "Now I know."

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:49 PM by David_Mpls Highlight this comment 155

Jax - yeah, the wife wasn't with me today. Add all the Summit's and she's in for a treat! LOL

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:52 PM by 2bb Highlight this comment 156

Please let's let #34 Rest In Peace. The man's dead. Whatever he did in life that matters or didn't is over.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:56 PM by Julie A. Highlight this comment 157

clicky clicky for a neat gigapan of Target Field. Found us in section 220 in the WC section, wife is consoling the little guy, I'm taking photos.

Also, on a side note, we planned on taking the train from Big Lake, but we were way ahead of it when we got there so we decided to cruise down and park near the dome. $5 for parking (lot near Dome Plus) and then $2 for a 6 hour pass on the light rail. We will definitely use this strategy again. Easy in, Easy out.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 10:58 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 158

Rick, have you ever considered attaching a threaded forum to this site? I see sections like this that will take text and photo uploads:

Target Field Talk
Twins Baseball Talk
TCT info
Weather Debate
Art Critics Corner
TV and Radio broadcasting 'Dish'
Target Field Food
Beer Me
Uniform Talk
Transportation Info
Brushes with Fame
Infighting that nobody cares about
InGameMagic

that's all I can think of for now... but you know what I'm sayin. It would just be nice. You could use your space for posting stuff (and feed your geeky soul) but the chatter could be better managed that way in my opinion.

I like how Pat Neshek has been doing his for the last 4 years. Go to his site and check it out - still plenty of content, just a place for the rubes to fight lol.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 11:15 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 159

I second the idea by Jax, would be nice.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 11:28 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 160

coding and modding a forum take a TON of work - moreso than even what Rick has to do for this site... I certainly wouldn't fault him for not wanting to add that burden...

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 11:31 PM by CJ Highlight this comment 161

Betaband, if you were to pay attention to what Jared writes, you might actually learn some useful knowledge.

I am pretty sure that Jared's All or nothing prediction for today was: no rain.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 11:47 PM by TK Highlight this comment 162

not to beat a dead horse but for all the ullger hater--the sink man provides some rationale

http://www.startribune.com/sports/twins/blogs/90587404.html?elr=KArksUUUqCP:i_yD3D:a_47cQi_ycaEacyU

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 11:45 PM by Erik777777 Highlight this comment 163

Right on the money TTH. His hypocrisy knows no bounds.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:01 AM by Max Highlight this comment 164

Yes many thanks to Rick for his tireless work on this site over the last 4 years. It is much appreciated and a really great community has developed among Twins baseball fans.

I'd also like to take a minute to say thanks to the numerous posters who have "ninja'd", taken pictures, added insight, or otherwise useful information since I began obsessively reading Rick's Ballpark Magic.

Jared your weather reports are a great addition to the site. Keep sticking your neck out there. I can assure you it is appreciated by the majority of the posters...

Celebrities spotted today: Dave Winfield, Larry Fitzgerald Jr, Juan Berenguer, Mikko Koivu, Andrew Brunette, Lou Nanne. It was a who's who of the Twin Cities at Target Field today. Great time. Great weather. Great food (Vincent Burger was top notch). Great win.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:07 AM by Max Highlight this comment 165

I was gratified that someone knew the proper etiquette for bringing the U.S. flag to half staff, I was afraid they might blow it.

Did not spot the bottom half of the Met flagpole - good job for a ninja maybe.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:08 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 166

I was gratified that someone knew the proper etiquette for bringing the U.S. flag to half staff, I was afraid they might blow it.

Did not spot the bottom half of the Met flagpole - good job for a ninja maybe.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:09 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 167

TK - it is not that i don't pay attention to what jared writes. and of course he is free to post about weather here whenever he feels like it. nothing i can do about that. it is just that i don't trust most of it.

also, if one were to read my previous posts against all the "weather crap" on here it was never anything personal about or against jared (in fact i am not sure i ever even referred to him personally)......at least not until he decided to throw out the "troll" reference.

i have lived in this town long enough to know that i don't trust 80-90% of the weather "junk" that the weather salesmen (especially the tv guys) in this town throw around.

TTH - please get a clue! you really seem to be nothing more than a poorly conceived "personality" who thinks he writes for "the onion".

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:14 AM by Betaband Highlight this comment 168

I don't know who to blame. I had to work so I set my Dish Network DVR to record the game on FSN HD. When I got home I had no game. Just a screen saying "Check back later to see if your favorite team is playing in HD." The program guide said they game would be on the HD channel. What a bunch of crap. Oh well.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:15 AM by James1979 Highlight this comment 169

max - you are so far off base that it is not even funny. but keep on keeping on since i apparently "hurt" your sensitive little feelings by playfully asking if you were in some way affilitated with the scalping industry. i am playing my tiny violin as we speak.

and i love how some of you rubes are trying to equate me "giving it back" to jared (and only after he attacked me/badjuggler personally and by name) about the weather to calling out TTH for throwing around what are basically rape accusations against a now deceased twins hall of famer who was acquitted of all charges. and i am somehow the "hypocrite"?! the logic here is so lame sometimes that it is hilarious!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:26 AM by Betaband Highlight this comment 170

Regarding the statues:

The artist, whoever he/she is, captured Carew and the Killer in their unique and familiar poses. IMHO, the mistake was made in trying to capture the Puck at the most emotional point in his playing career (save it, TTH). If you think you can bronze human emotion in the face, you must be pretty damn good! I applaud the effort.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:41 AM by N.D. (aka N.D. "Rube") Highlight this comment 171

Luke --- what anything is worth is established by what people will pay for it.

TTH on Puck --- a bit edgy, perhaps, but good humor for those who can handle it. How quickly people forget that the Twins were running away from the Puck as fast as they could go. That they are now cashing in as often as possible is the apex of hypocrisy.

Bill Mack --- the story is already making the rounds that the Twins waited until he was half through with the Puck statue before telling him what he was going to be paid for the whole works.

Sorry for the double post above.

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:42 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 172

Is Luke the 14 year old today in this Craigslist posting trying to get out of school to take his mom to the game? See Link (click Name)

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:45 AM by TK Highlight this comment 173

Ben,

Where did you hear about the "story making the rounds" and what is the amount he was paid?

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:51 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 174

wtf! so apparently even a 1am replay (it is on espn2 right now) of the espn broadcast of yesterday's twins game is subject to black out here in minneapolis as well. give me a break!

they started showing it right at 1am on espn2 and then all of the sudden about 5 minutes in espn2 gets cut-over to espn-news programming like it was during the live broadcast yesterday.

is this normal? or is this fox sports north acting like complete dinks and not even wanting middle of the night replays from espn to be able to be shown in the minneapolis market if fsn carried the game the prior day? is it possible fsn system directors saw the game being replayed right now on espn2 and then called up espn and told them to "shut it off now!"

either way.........dumb

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 01:19 AM by Betaband Highlight this comment 175


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