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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At lower left are the seats I'm not going to use any time soon.
In addition to the Pro Shop facade, you can see more gravel being laid before the final plaza surface is poured.
The canopy as viewed through the outfield stands. The lighting approach, despite what you may have heard, is actually very traditional.
This is a good overview of the spot where the Northstar (bottom) and LRT (top) will intersect.
World Series trophies on display at left
Bruce Lambrecht on the roof of the Minikahda building.
Looking back toward downtown from the end of the balcony
This looks like a Twins Pub, but is actually the scoreboard operations.
Looking for some detail
The media all turned out!
Those two empty seats in the front row are where we started the game.
A beautiful, glowing sunset after the rain.
Ready for action.
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Looking back toward First Avenue
An early concept for the pedestrial bridge. (Source: Ballpark Authority, RP)
Let's be honest and say that this promenade, which will face the HERC plant, won't be the most exciting part of the streetscape. It has to be provided for circulation reasons, but there won't be much to see unless vendors and other attractions take root here.
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Signature elements. (And they wonder why we think the real trees look so small...)
Section 101, Row 34
I think this promenade over the railroad tracks needs a name. How about the Halsey Hall Promenade? (Please do not throw cigar butts onto the tracks!)
iew of the pavilion in center. It has a quirky shape, but one which is completely consistent with the overall ballpark design. Nice work there. You can also get a glimpse of the greenery which will rise above the fences.