Places: First Base Lounge
August 20, 2010 12:38 AM
OK, here's the deal: I'm deep in the writing of my comprehensive review of TF, and it's coming along very well (I like the place), but it's a little like writing a book -- painstaking.
And speaking of books, I've just finished reading the new Target Field book by Steve Berg (which is spectacular, by the way -- go buy it) and I'm writing a full review on that at the same time.
Unfortunately, writing takes time. I have trouble tossing out half-baked ideas. That's just one of the reasons that I would make a terrible reporter -- I'd be missing deadlines left and right.
But I'm going to make it up to you by doing something of a photo dump over the coming days.
I've got literally thousands of pictures of TF that I haven't published yet, and I want you to see them. I've now poked into just about every nook and cranny of the place, and there are so many different gameday experiences to be had that it begs some elaboration.
Is there something you want to see but haven't? Put it in the comments. If I don't have pictures yet, I've got another opportunity scheduled next week.
We'll start today with the First Base Lounge.
The entrance from the service level corridor. (You have to pass the Twins clubhouse door to get there.)
Here's the entrance from the seating bowl. It's down the outer moat, just beyond the last of the Dugout Box sections.
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.
You can get a hand-carved sandwich, or ice cream while pondering the career of Julio Becquer.
I never think of Rod Carew as a first baseman. But he was.
Besides making concessions and restroom breaks a breeze, a big draw is the shelter provided during a rain delay. Like the other such places (Third Base Lounge, Champion's Club, Legend's Club), this place is packed beyond belief when the rain starts.
I never think of Ron Jackson at all.
The Ron Coomer corner features a bar.
This is what it looked like during the first open house in March.
Here's the view as you step to the front of the outer moat beyond first base.
It's a great view of the action, though standing here is somewhat discouraged.
Many people do not realize that anyone can go down into this area of the park during batting practice. That includes the lounge itself. Ushers start checking tickets once both teams have finished their warm-ups.
Just for fun, here is the complete list of players who have ever started a game at first base for the Twins (and how many games, what era) through the end of 2009:
Kent Hrbek (1567, 1981-1994)
Harmon Killebrew (853, 1961-1974)
Justin Morneau (764, 2003-2009)
Doug Mientkiewicz (587, 1998-2004)
Rod Carew (452, 1970-1978)
Rich Reese (395, 1967-1973)
Don Mincher (373, 1961-1966)
Ron Coomer (281, 1995-2000)
Ron Jackson (275, 1979-1981)
Vic Power (247, 1962-1964)
Gene Larkin (241, 1987-1993)
Scott Stahoviak (234, 1995-1998)
Craig Kusick (158, 1973-1979)
Bob Allison (131, 1961-1970)
David Ortiz (124, 1997-2002)
Joe Lis (78, 1973-1974)
Jim Holt (74, 1970-1974)
Dave McCarty (71, 1993-1995)
Michael Cuddyer (64, 2001-2009)
Matt LeCroy (59, 2000-2005)
Mike Cubbage (58, 1980)
Greg Colbrunn (52, 1997)
Danny Goodwin (52, 1979-1981)
Mickey Hatcher (49, 1981-1986)
John Briggs (45, 1975)
Paul Molitor (38, 1996-1998)
Tom Kelly (36, 1975)
Randy Bush (35, 1983-1993)
Orlando Merced (34, 1998)
Dan Masteller (33, 1995)
Jeff Reboulet (24, 1994-1996)
Paul Sorrento (23, 1989-1991)
Pat Bourque (17, 1974)
Scott Ullger (17, 1983)
Jesus Vega (15, 1982)
Terry Jorgensen (14, 1992-1993)
Jerry Terrell (13, 1975)
Brent Brede (13, 1997)
Todd Sears (13, 2002-2003)
Tim Corcoran (11, 1981)
Pete Mackanin (10, 1980-1981)
Denny Hocking (10, 2000-2003)
Terry Tiffee (10, 2005)
Steve Dunn (9, 1994)
Greg Wells (9, 1982)
Steve Braun (9, 1975)
Jeff Cirillo (8, 2007)
Jerald Clark (7, 1995)
Butch Huskey (7, 2000)
Garrett Jones (7, 2007)
Brian Buscher (7, 2008-2009)
Mike Stenhouse (7, 1985)
Andy Kosco (6, 1965-1966)
Julio Becquer (5, 1961)
Jose Offerman (5, 2004)
Roy Smalley (5, 1979-1985)
Kevin Maas (5, 1995)
Mike Lamb (5, 2008)
Vic Wertz (5, 1963)
Mike Maksudian (4, 1993)
Dave Winfield (4, 1993)
Bobby Kielty (4, 2002)
Gary Gaetti (4, 1985-1990)
Phil Nevin (4, 2006)
Brent Gates (3, 1999)
Tim Laudner (3, 1987)
Graig Nettles (3, 1968)
Kelvin Torve (2, 1988)
Casey Blake (2, 2000-2001)
Brian Harper (2, 1990)
Frank Kostro (2, 1964-1968)
Chip Hale (2, 1994)
Mark Funderburk (1, 1985)
Terry Steinbach (1, 1997)
Cotton Nash (1, 1969)
Pedro Munoz (1, 1995)
Danny Walton (1, 1975)
Al Newman (1, 1991)
Joe Altobelli (1, 1961)
John Moses (1, 1989)
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Tomorrow: The Third Base Lounge.
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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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From last week, you can see the piers taking shape. I believe that the front row, visible here as just forms and reinforcing rods, is the front edge of the plaza.
Dan Kenney, my tour guide
Discussions in progress on some very brown grass...
Looking north (toward Fifth Street and the LRT station).
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!
Looking up Fifth, with LRT tracks and B ramp at left
In the top of the 9th, the sun hit our backs and summer took one last long look.
Click on this photo to see what it looked like on this spot 101 years ago (I'm not kidding)
Another view of the escalator, which apparently comes preassembled!
You'll be able to park here for a quick stop at the Pro Shop or ticket window.
Some of Minneapolis' finest checking out the construction through a spot where a knothole will be one day.
Here's a detail from the above image, showing the LED strips up close.
Main concourse, looking south toward the area behind home plate.
Directly above gate 6 "Oliva" on the Club level.
Heaters over standing room (the backs of the retired number circles visible above)
Go get 'em, boys!
The right field overhang as seen from Seventh Street (with dude)
The view down Sixth Street toward the ballpark site. A pedestrian bridge will extend this street right into the main entrance of the park. The regrettable facade of Target Center is on the left. Butler Square is on the right. Click on the image to see what it looked like on this very spot about 100 years ago.
The Metrodome hot dog vendor. (Source: RP)
Love the red flowers -- just like the original concept drawings. That NEVER happens.
(Click to enlarge greatly)
Looking northeast from the ballpark site (Source: LP)
Click to see the whole page from this 1971 program.
Gate 29 Carew (note the walkway above open to the street where you can shout down at your lost friends to tell them where to meet you)
The start of the VIP entrance and loading dock.
(Click to enlarge.)
Now from the inside looking at the same area.
Ballpark elevation diagram, viewed from Fifth Street. (Click to enlarge.)
This view looks up Fifth Street toward downtown and shows how the LRT tracks sort of snuggle up to the ballpark.
Doors directly to the concourse, and a view of the stands beyond
The finished product.
Best view available from the "B" ramp.
I finally found the corner of TF dedicated to the Senators. What a wonderful sight.
Future home of the Met Stadium flag pole
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