Two great games this weekend, and I was lucky enough to be at both of them (and fortunate enough to be napping on the couch through the third of the series).
Friday's game got off to a very weird start as two pitches in the first at-bat were fouled into our section. The first, regrettably, hit a woman sitting in the middle of a group of disabled fans. She was not able to get out of the way and medical help had to be called.
The second, however, came right toward us, eventually hooking directly into the waiting glove of the young woman standing next to Victoria. I congratulated her and told her that Dan Gladden was probably talking about her on the radio because he always appreciates it when a fan is prepared for such a moment. My cell phone captured her, still grinning, during the 7th-inning stretch:
Those front row seats in the upper deck are sweet if you're tall enough, but murder if you're not. I am just barely tall enough, but Vic had to constantly shift in her seat to see the plate between the bars of the railing. It made me wonder just how it is that no one has ever solved this all-too-common stadium problem (which will likely be found at Target Field as well).
I also got a chance to see part of the game from the Terrace Suite out in the right field corner. Those large suites, despite being quite obvious, are something of a well-kept secret. They're more affordable than you may imagine, and feature free beer and snacks throughout the game. It was one of the nooks and crannies of the Metrodome that I'm glad I got a chance to see. (Special thanks to my host!)
Oh Yeah, New Baseball Venue Being Built Across Town
I took a couple hundred pictures out at Target Field last week in service to a specific article that I'm still working on. Since it's taking longer than expected (and I've got a few other things brewing), here are a few quick shots that were not specifically for the feature I'm working on.
Branding on the plaza
The mounds have grown seating supports
T is for Twins
Mystery door on Seventh Street...
Locations for ticket machines near the Hrbek outdoor plaza
Artist at work
The electronic sign has been corrected (and never forget that ballpark is one word, not two)
This is what will count as a knothole (actually, it's a gated entrance)
I heard an interesting story last week from someone who bumped into the Metrodome organist, Sue Nelson.
You may recall that the Twins plan to move the current organ from the Dome to Target Field. But Sue told my source that they offered her a new organ, which she turned down. For one thing, she's quite happy with the current instrument, which hails from the 1970s. (I'm with her on that. Nothing wrong with it whatsoever from a fan's standpoint.)
But she also was not interested in dealing with the potential for a sponsorship deal for a new instrument. Though it was just an idea, apparently the Twins considered selling the naming rights if they acquired a new organ.
I actually think that's pretty creative, but Sue must have thought it might intrude on what she does, and you have to give the team credit for respecting her wishes. It shows that they're being creative -- but not heartless -- about generating new revenue. And they value their employees' opinions.
Get Your Tickets!
By the way, in case you missed it, there have been continued suggestions that we start our very own ticket exchange club here at BallparkMagic.
I never really thought much about it until I was the victim of highway robbery at StubHub last week. My fees and shipping charges were roughly equivalent to the price of one of the tickets (in other words, 1/3 of my total cost was fees and shipping). And the seller also had to pay a steep fee which probably meant a large loss on the sale. Worse, I couldn't see any of those additional costs until I'd entered all of my personal and payment information. (I've always believed that wherever you find "convenience" charges, you will also find anti-competitive, or at least sneaky, business practices.)
Also, I was dismayed to receive an email directly from the Twins which referenced my purchase. Just how would the Twins know that I purchased tickets on the secondary market? Turns out, it's all a big syndicate of sorts. Though StubHub isn't the evil Ticketmaster (it's owned by the nominally less evil Ebay), I'm reminded again that Pearl Jam was right (but I don't have to tell you that).
So now I've pondered the prospect of a ticket exchange at some length, and put together a proposal of sorts. For more info, drop me a line: trade at ballpark magic d0t c0m (that's code, by the way, which YOU should be able to convert into a real email address, but the spam bots probably cannot).
Now let's turn our energies toward the south side of Chicago!
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Building the canopy is a spectacular sight.
Gate 29 Carew
A flurry of action in front of the dugout before the game (Photo by Jeff Ewer)
Look familiar? Unfortunately, just adding little balconies with cool angles will not offset the pervading ugliness.
Such promise. (Click to enlarge.)
This is the main entry to the Pro Shop. The second entry, located just outside the turnstiles, is indicated by the arrow.
Click on this photo to see what it looked like on this spot 101 years ago (I'm not kidding)
Hey! That limestone looks familiar!
For those not wishing to suffer through my media rant, please enjoy this picture of my lilacs in full bloom.
Upper deck view of the out-of-town scoreboard.
Poles through the gap
Brick work just inside the opening matches the color of the limestone - per Jerry Bell's requirements.
Looking across the top of the B parking ramp. Notice that signage will block any attempts at seeing the game from up there. Also take note of the glassed in area which is part club and part office space for the Ballpark Authority.
Team pennant. (Click to enlarge.)
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A walkway begins to form (this is as close as you can get right now)
That is the gun-metal gray wall of The Stadium just beyond the elevated tracks.
Here's the view from the main concourse out through Gate 3 "Killebrew".
Above the Carew gate
Here's the field of posts which will support the third base side of the grandstand. Some walls have started to appear about where the Northstar riders will enter the park.
This is a good overview of the spot where the Northstar (bottom) and LRT (top) will intersect.
Red is old Yankee Stadium. This diagram comes from FieldOfSchemes.com
As mentioned earlier, one of the best climate-controlled views of construction is from the 7th floor elevator lobby in the A ramp. (That's Noah getting his first glimpse of the new ballpark.)
Freight trains run in very close proximity (Jerry Bell was standing at my left elbow when I took this picture)
Section A, Row WC
This was actually taken from the top floor of the International Market Square.
Here's a closer look at the bullpen area. It's hard to tell for sure, but I think there is still an opening to the concourse right above.
Sometime in the late 1980s: B ramp is under construction. Not yet built: Target Center, I-394 and the A ramp.
This will be a bar/restaurant.
No offense, TC, but you're pointing exactly the wrong direction if you want people to use the ramp opening to your right...