September 30, 2011 2:02 AM
Overheard yesterday, high over Target Field:
Minny: Well, Paul, looks like the season is over.
Paul: Looks like it, Minny.
Minny: What'd you think?
Paul: (after a pause) We didn't get to shake hands very much.
Minny: True, true.
(Sound of cold wind blowing.)
Paul: Really I think I'd rather forget the whole thing.
Minny: Sure, but we've got a lot of time to kill before the next game.
Paul: I know. But what do you want me to say?
Minny: Let's do what we did last year. You remember, going over the season game by game, retelling all the stories, remembering all the highlights while soaking in anticipation for the new season. That was so great.
Paul: I suppose we can try.
(Sound of lonely LRT whistle, then a long silence.)
Paul: Um, this is still a great place to see a game.
Minny: Really? That's all you got?
Paul: Give me a minute.
(Sound of jet flying high overhead, then quiet.)
Paul: Baseball is still a beautiful game.
Minny: Great. We're in cliche-land now.
Paul: Wait 'till next year?
Minny: You've got to be kidding.
(Sound of hoses cleaning the empty concourses.)
Minny: Paul, you still love the game, right?
Paul: Of course.
Minny: Me too. But sometimes I wonder why.
Paul: Look, you love it for the same reason I do -- because it's an art: you know, an apparently pointless affair, undertaken by people with a special aptitude, which sidesteps attempts to paraphrase its value yet somehow seems to communicate something true or even crucial about the Human Condition. The Human Condition being, basically, that we're alive and have access to beauty, can even erratically create it, but will someday be dead and will not.
Minny: That's beautiful, Paul. Did you just think that up?
Paul: Naw, I heard a couple of guys down in those seats right there talking about some new baseball novel. "The Art of Fielding." Chad Harbach. It's from that.
Paul: Kinda sums it up, though.
Minny: I suppose.
(Sound of a single golden leaf falling gently onto the warning track after wafting in on another cool breeze.)
Paul: Gonna be a long winter.
Paul: (after a pause) Are you going to let go of my hand?
Paul: Oh, OK then.
Minny: (after a pause) One more time? To Harmon?
Paul: To Harmon.
(There is no sound. And no one is there to see neon hands shake one more time.)
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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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A walkway begins to form (this is as close as you can get right now)
This is a great spot for casually watching the game.
Left field bench seating
A very early vision for TF's main concourse
The bridge is Seventh Street.
Nathan greeting the other pitchers on the all-Metrodome team (October 4, 2009)
Grid for the ironwood louvres is in place
Two signs visible from beyond the confines of the ballpark.
I'll admit that this makes me nervous. It's pretty easy to step into the path of a train (which is true at various points along the line, but still...)
Looking from the middle of the third base side back toward the entry door
The field will feel very close.
World Series trophies on display at left
Did you notice the flowers?
Puckett atrium chef stand menu
An alternate route into downtown. (Click to get an interactive map.)
The same section seen from Target Center. Yep, looks like bridge supports.
Just lighted panels... *sigh*
Killebrew taught, "Always make your autograph legible, boys."
Dan Mehls, Mortenson Construction
These are the footings for the staircase which will connect the plaza to the skyway.
Mary Larson (left), a music teacher from Maple Grove, was a TwinsFest SSB winner and got to sing the anthem before the game.
I think AP is in there somewhere...
OK, just how many servings per container?
I didn't check the menu too closely, but it looks like all the standard fare is available, and not much of the non-standard stuff.
First, an overview. The base of the plaza here will meet the base of Sixth Street at Second Avenue.
The outline of an infield has appeared on the asphalt in advance of the ground-breaking on Thursday night.
The scoreboard also towers over the LRT tracks, which now are functional (though not open) all the way to the park -- and beyond!
Detail of the Puckett wall hanging
Some of Minneapolis' finest checking out the construction through a spot where a knothole will be one day.
That's Fifth Street (and a tattooed arm) in the foreground.
Outside the Metropolitan Club, photos of all the other major league ballparks
Viewed from a different angle, it seems fair to wonder is some of those seats will have slightly obscured views. Yet, if they're cheap, that's not a problem.
Champion's Club details (click to enlarge)
Opening Day 2008 (By Currier & Ives)
Party deck down the right field line
The glare problem.
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
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Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
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