Opening day is on the radar. They're fluffing the pillows and vacuuming the rugs out at Target Field.
We can start forgetting all of the indignities of this interminable winter and get on to the revels of the spring.
I took Noah out to buy some baseball cards. Seven cards for 99 cents in a pack of Topps Opening Day series. What a deal! We even got a special Justin Morneau card with a code on the back. Noah was jumping up and down, eager to go to the web site and find out what we won.
The first pass was not successful. The site had a banner which said "Come back in mid-March to enter your codes!" It was March 20.
The second pass yesterday was even less successful. In fact, it played out a lot like that scene from A Christmas Story when Ralph discovers that his secret decoder ring is just a conduit for advertising.
The special code requires registration first (with non-optional disclosure of demographic information), then provides only some sort of virtual trading cards that can be used in some sort of virtual reality card trading world. It was described in the legal disclosures as "...a social gaming site for kids, where they can unlock a virtual pack of trading cards..." Um, no thanks.
But just try to explain that to a five-year-old.
At least we were able to figure out how to play War (his current favorite card game) using batting averages, home runs, stolen bases, and other stats from the back of those cards. I didn't set out to teach him what all the abbreviations at the top of those columns mean, but that's what happened.
Ultimately, I consider it a very well-spent $2.97.
But clearly it's time to get out to the ballpark. Many of you will be out there on opening weekend, but I know that at least some of you are still looking for tickets. Well, here they are:
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 if you're not going to be with the group, be sure to show off your colors with a limited edition 2011 Opening Day BallparkMagic T-Shirt:
The sweet smell of spring is in the air. Let us have no more of this...
"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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The Puckett atrium fireplace is just barely visible at the far left.
The Fun Zone/Rescue Area in Oakland during the second inning
I would put on this face.
This concourse, the uppermost, was built on top of the now-hidden old concourse during the 70s renovation.
Banners on the parking ramp are a great touch. They help manage scale and turn a lemon into lemonade. On my way there today I passed the WCCO building and remembered how the Twins schedule used to be painted in giant form on the side of that building (which is no longer visible). Wouldn't that be a great thing to resurrect on the side of that ramp? A giant Twins schedule. I always thought that was cool.
The seating bowl of Citizens Bank Park overlaid on the Target Field site
Skyline to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the outfield with you... (click to enlarge)
The plaza has been finished off just beautifully.
Our cantilever friends will be happy to learn that there will be sections with views like this in the new stadium.
Anna keeps the riff raff under control.
The Ballpark Authority at work (Source: RP)
Roped off for the LRT crowd
Click to enlarge.
Can you name that field? (Braemer Park, Edina)
The view from the Penn Ave entrance to 394 (and all the way into town! Click to enlarge)
Looking toward the Farmer's Market site from the balcony of the 573 Club at TF
Puckett atrium chef stand menu
Look familiar? Unfortunately, just adding little balconies with cool angles will not offset the pervading ugliness.
Path of quick escape.
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
The gate has grown a row of sponsorship
That's Fifth Street (and a tattooed arm) in the foreground.
Some fun field facts. (Click to enlarge.)
Remember the pitch heard throughout Twins Territory? What an amazing day that was, April 12, 2010. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
Fan number 3,030,673 came through this gate a few moments after I took this picture.