August 6, 2010 12:55 AM
"That was probably the perfect commercial advertisement, reason to have a new ballpark. There's no better reason than that. I know it works both ways, but to lose a game in a pennant situation like that because of the roof totally indicates why there's a crying need for a new ballpark in this area, regardless of where they put it.
"It just needs to be a real baseball field, where if you were to lose the pennant by one game and look back on a game like that because the roof got in the way, you'd be very upset. There's no better reason than that."
That's Joe Maddon talking about today's deus ex machina win for the Twins.
You know, I'm glad they got the win, but I hate dome ball -- win or lose. It just ain't real baseball. The day will come when we look back at the Era of the Roof-N-Turf with a disdain only slightly less than we have already for the Era of the Supplement.
Come to think of it, the latter is a collection of the sins of individuals, abetted by an indifferent system. The former was systemic from the start -- one great big bad decision that has affected thousands of games and millions of stats. Maybe that disdain equation should be reversed.
Speaking of roofs, I finally got a chance to see the Budweiser roof deck in person last Friday. I actually went up there twice: once before the game, and once during. It's quite a scene.
By now it's common knowledge that the view of the game isn't exactly the best one in the ballpark, but I was surprised by how much you actually can see.
The infield was visible from all but one seat:
Well, the infield was visible until there were people there, of course.
Believe it or not, the limited visibility is in no way a disadvantage. It just means that the roof deck isn't the place to be if you want to watch the game closely. It's a place to hang out, keep track of the game, and just have fun with a bunch of friends.
It's important to understand that this is by design, and the Twins are to be commended for how they've marketed this particular amenity. Expectations have been properly set, and the people using it seemed pretty happy with what they were getting.
Here's a quick look at the bar area, and some of the other details.
The fire pit is situated so that you basically have no hope of seeing the game directly (and the closest monitors are over by the bar, not exactly useful from here).
But it does give off a fair amount of heat, meaning it will serve well in September.
One thing I noticed is that, even though I believe it was sold out, it didn't feel the least bit crowded. There was plenty of space for everyone to stretch out, find a niche, and do their thing.
There are three rows of seats, but my impression was that if you have more than a passing interest in the game, only the first row will be sufficient. The rest are best left for those who want to just hang out.
Greatest spot in the city for cooking up some hot dogs. And would you kill for that grill?
Of the players up there, only Bert does not have a gate with his number (28) on it at Target Field. You know, there is that door underneath the skywalk on Seventh Street between gates 14 and 29...
The design cleverly concentrates a large portion of the standing room at the corner closest to the field. Predictably, that's where everyone wanted to be, though after the first row of people standing, the field is more of a concept than something you can actually detect.
But who's complaining? (Nobody on this particular night.)
Like the rest of Target Field, all things considered, the view is alright up there.
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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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An arch under construction.
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!
Here's the view from the main concourse out through Gate 3 "Killebrew".
Condiments! (complete with faux limestone on the cart -- nice touch)
Memorabilia on display in the Metropolitan Club
This was from January 19, 2007, when it looked like wonderful things might never happen here.
Above the Carew gate
Stairs down to Seventh Street now have the start of railings
Lower deck view of the out-of-town scoreboard.
An alternate route into downtown. (Click to get an interactive map.)
A portrait of the 573 Club.
Champion's Club details (click to enlarge)
The Overlook, as seen by outfielders
A glimpse of the rather plain west facade (the side which faces the HERC plant).
Left to right: Opat, Oliva, Dave St. Peter, Melvin Tennant (Meet Minneapolis), Jerry Bell, Rybak
Detail showing clubhouse and home dugout (click to see the entire drawing)
How many times did we water down our field as kids? More times than we played games, that's for sure!
Detail of Entry Plaza #4 (north entry from Fifth Street)
Here's what they do in April at Comerica Park
Final pieces arrive
Thanks for all the hard work out there, Cold Safety-Line Dudes. (I'm glad that my job does not require safety lines...)
Original outfield configuration
The heretofore unseen north facade (click to enlarge). Does it look like a ballpark? And what's with the bamboo?
Gate 6 is quite large
Some details are visible here, like the back of an escalator.
Legend's Club, Section E (Click to enlarge greatly.)
Here you can see the real beauty of the Seventh Street side, and get a solid sense of why the overall design really works. The building's purpose is clearly visible, there are numerous connections from inside to outside, scale is nicely mitigated, the stone is attractively used, materials are pleasantly mixed and truly complementary. It's just a winner in so many ways.
The tower is actually finished, though it looks like a work in progress.
A slightly different elevation drawing, again viewed from Fifth Street, with some labels. (Click to enlarge.)
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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First Edition (1992)
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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)
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Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
Book and six ballpark miniatures