Recession (of snow, that is)
March 29, 2011 1:35 AM
The glacier has begun to recede.
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.
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...
...until we've played 162-plus!
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– Bernie Williams
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The plaza as seen from the B ramp.
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
Gate 6 Oliva, with the 573 Club looming large over it (I wonder how Tony feels about that)
Emergency access viewed in context
A trailer village has sprung up to the south.
Lots of work has gone into detailing the fronts of these decks. That is a little thing, but a NICE little thing. (HRP View)
Click to enlarge. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
4th inning in the nearly deserted Home Run Porch View Level in left.
Town Ball Tavern balcony
Killebrew taught, "Always make your autograph legible, boys."
This is amazingly close to completed. It's a short tunnel entrance ramp to 394 underneath the outfield stands.
Here we are waiting for the first train to arrive at the station (Nov 14).
TC gets ready to release the hounds. (Kids get to run the bases after Sunday games.)
You can't get there from here.
The Carew gate ticket windows have grown a small awning.
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...)
You are forgiven for wondering whether architect Tom Oslund is, in fact, a visitor from the future.
Photo by Jared Wieseler
For some inexplicable reason, a lot of the new parks being built these days feature grand staircases like this one.
Viewed from the sidewalk on Seventh Street. No skyway infringement needed.
What are they hanging over there?
Legend's Club, Section E (Click to enlarge greatly.)
Inspecting the delivery
A sampling of seats at Fenway Park
The original Candlestick Park
Wind veil framing
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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