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Target Field: Home of the 2010 American League Central Division champs!

September 21, 2010 11:37 PM

You raise the old flags on opening day with that distant hope that you'll get a chance to raise a new flag when the season is done.

Opening day, 2010

A flag which says '10 will sure look great up there. And what a difference a year makes on that celebratory symbol, eh?

Congratulations, Twins! And special congratulations (and the game ball) to the best manager in the majors on win number 800.

Nicely done, one and all. Now, let's go get 'em! (...whoever 'em turn out to be...)

By the way, I'm still planning to live blog from the game tomorrow. See you then!

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Woohoo!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:38 PM by Grizzly Adams Highlight this comment 1

What am I supposed to do for the next two weeks? Awesome year!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:39 PM by Andrew Highlight this comment 2

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:40 PM by tk Highlight this comment 3

Way to go Twins! Ri k, nice celebratory post. Now, let's go deep into October!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:40 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 4

Campeones, Campeones, Oe Oe Oe!!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:40 PM by tom (aka tcmark) Highlight this comment 5

Andrew-
Rest up for a long playoff run!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:40 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 6

I owe you so bad AJ! So happy I got to watch this live!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:45 PM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 7

haha, It's no problem man

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:46 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 8

I think Robby's makeup just got messed up!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:49 PM by tk Highlight this comment 9

Morneau's wife has a really great natural beauty about her.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:51 PM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 10

BP tomorrow? :D

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:54 PM by tk Highlight this comment 11

Interesting to hear Cuddyer say he wants to be here for the rest of his career. I wonder if the Twins agree.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:55 PM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 12

Twins got new Homer Hankies!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:55 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 13

Will the pro shop have Twins Champion gear in the morning? I am hoping to pick a shirt up on the way to the game with a discount.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:57 PM by tk Highlight this comment 14

Hebrew-
I'm not surprised. He's said that a lot. I think if he takes a discount, it'll happen. Payroll will start at 100 next year, but who knows what it'll be at when he's a FA.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:58 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 15

Don't stop now boys!!!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:59 PM by sw Highlight this comment 16

They better be careful with their camera's. The guys are starting to change in the background and that is something I don't want to see.

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 12:03 AM by AJ Highlight this comment 17

Damn! The Twins twitter feed said that they wouldn't allow fans to stay after for a possible celebration. Wish I would've stayed!

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 12:05 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 18

Chad,

I was in the same situation, was told I had to leave...I guess it pays to break directions...

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 12:07 AM by tk Highlight this comment 19

I really like how all the players wives are natural beauties, with great personalities, instead of being a bunch of airhead models.

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 12:12 AM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 20

WIN TWINS!!!!! Go get em boys!

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 12:12 AM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 21

tk--

So, they even told you inside Target Field(after the game) that you had to leave? I don't feel so bad then. I left immediately after the last pitch to catch the rest of the Sox game.

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 12:13 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 22

I was at the game tonight, and after the game ended I went to Hrbeks to watch the Sox-A's game and celebrate at Target Field. They shut down Hrbeks in the 8th of the other game and kicked us all out without the option to go back down by the dugout where there were many fans. As we were leaving we could hear the celebration we had been denied.

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 12:20 AM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 23

By the way, I'm still planning to live blog from the game tomorrow. See you then!

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 12:26 AM by Rick 24

For anyone who stayed after the game did you catch the inappropriate phrase that was on some of the guys t-shirts they had on? I was watching the online feed and one of the guys noticed he was on camera and quickly covered it up. Just wondering what kind of shenanigans they players are creating.

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 12:28 AM by MattW Highlight this comment 25

That would have been awesome to catch one of those Central Division Champ shirts a couple took off and threw into the crowd!

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 12:38 AM by tk Highlight this comment 26

So the Twins clinch the Central with '91' wins...omen?

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 12:44 AM by tk Highlight this comment 27

Hey Rick. I still love seeing photos of anywhere in or around the ballpark. For me you can just click away with that camera.

I would appreciate it if someone could get a great snapshot that captures the area of the proposed new LRT station and plaza by the vertical circulation building. I don't know that are behing the ballpark too well. Thanks again Rick for everything that you do!

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 01:19 AM by Jeff Highlight this comment 28

Nice thought tk. And, could the Twins be the second team in as many years to christen the new yard with a World Series victory?

BTW - did anyone see the 'docu' last night on ESPN about Steinbrenner? I caught about the last half hour. Hated the guy's guts but I thought it was a well done tribute to him.

As far as those flags out in LF, they're going to have to rearrange them all now with our newest one (and two more to come)?

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 06:48 AM by luke Highlight this comment 29

"Will the pro shop have Twins Champion gear in the morning? I am hoping to pick a shirt up on the way to the game with a discount."

1. That's got to be the dumbest question ever to appear on this board.

2. I have a doughnut that says discount will not apply to "special" merchandise.

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 06:59 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 30

I try not to swear very often, but HOT DAMN, this has been a fun season so far! Beautiful new ballpark, some great moves by the front office, one of the best managers in the game, Thome hitting bombs, Delmon Young driving in runs, Valencia realizing that he's a big-league player, and more, and more and more.

Let's hope our boys can keep up this amazing streak of post All-Star break winning for another six weeks.

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 08:35 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 31

Luke, this year no rearranging will be necessary. The last flag on the right was a generic TC flag. A 10 will easily be run up the flagpole. Going forward, that's the question.

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 08:39 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 32

Flagpoles can be purchased and installed. No biggie.

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 08:48 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 33

Moving forward, I think they should remove the '87 and '91 flags and make them larger and display them somewhere else in the ballpark. Creates more space for future div. championships, and gets the WS flags in a place where they can be better seen.

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 08:53 AM by B Highlight this comment 34

also, regarding the flags, there would only be one for '10 and it will signify the title which they achieve. There won't be one each for division, pennant and world championship. However, they may need to put more than one on each pole to make room for future years' achievements.

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 09:14 AM by Dan Highlight this comment 35

one more great thing about an early clinch (anything avoiding a game 163 is early, in my book, considering the past few years' history) is that they can set their playoff rotation on their terms instead of it flowing from how it needed to be to win the division. I think this will make a big difference for their chances in the playoffs this year. Also, home field advantage will help for at least the first round.

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 09:18 AM by Dan Highlight this comment 36

Any word on postseason ticket sales on Monday and Tuesday? Didn't hear many people complaining so most STH's on this site must have gotten tickets?

I am wondering how many tickets will be available for the "random drawing winners"?

It's definitely going to be a hot ticket in October.

I just hope Gardy keeps Punto on the bench and Valencia in the lineup for the postseason.

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 09:28 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 37

"I just hope Gardy keeps Punto on the bench and Valencia in the lineup for the postseason."

Amen to that, Mike!

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 10:04 AM by Dan Highlight this comment 38

I was able to buy tickets for ALDS-2 from another poster. Still looking for other Playoff games. Will pay double face value for lower level tickets, slightly more than double for upper level. Please email me, 463bluff@gmail.com

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 10:21 AM by tom Highlight this comment 39

I get it --- buy here @ 2x, sell on SH for 4x.

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 10:29 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 40


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