There's a lot happening over at Target Field these days. But later this afternoon (Wednesday, June 24) the action will shift to the downtown library where artist Craig David will be meeting with fans to hear some baseball stories.
The art panels on the Fifth Street facade as viewed from the top of the Minnekahda building.
This event, which will take place in the Doty Board Room on the second floor of the library (300 Nicollet Mall) from 1:30 to 3:00, is open to the public. Anyone with a baseball story to tell is encouraged to come and tell it. The idea is that these stories will inform the art, which can only be a good thing.
I'm trying to clear my schedule to be there, mostly to listen to stories rather than tell them. I'm probably like a lot of you in that most baseball stories I might tell (such as the night Harmon Killebrew hit his 500th and 501st home runs) are more about my family than the game. In this case, it's a story about my grandfather's love of the Twins and determination that we all see the moment from the best possible seats at the Met (which we did; they cost $8.00 a piece).
I'm also curious to meet the artist whose work will grace the wide panels on the Fifth Street facade of the ballpark. Maybe I'll see you there.
This Target Field update ran on the game broadcast a week or so ago. It's marred by audio problems that lasted throughout the entire game and were caused at the station, not the recording.
In the clip, head groundskeeper Larry DiVito discusses the actual structure of the field itself.
I can't confirm this, but a persistent rumor is circulating that a large section of the seats which have been installed already will have to be removed and reinstalled to fix a problem with the bolts used to attach them. It sounds like a major problem, but one which can be fixed in the time available.
I'll report more when I know more (which may be never since nobody seems to want to talk about it -- even to deny it).
The official Target Field sign went up today. If I can find the time, I'll swing by the place tomorrow afternoon for some pictures. You may have noticed that I'm doing this less often, which is because most of the fun is now happening out of sight of the sidewalks...
More from the Market Pantry
Last time I reported on a bad experience with some coconut cookies at Target. Well, I'm here to tell you that the apology gift certificates were used to acquire some Market Pantry Peanut Butter Fudge Ice Cream that was like a summer dream suspended in a deep chocolate wind which came to rest gently on a silky peanut butter pillow.
Or something like that. (In other words, we gobbled it up.) Thanks, Target, for making good on my bad cookie experience -- and for not tarting up our new ballpark with a bunch of redundant bull's eyes.
"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
Explore the Site
Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3042 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
June 29,1936 - May 17, 2011
Rich Pogin (left) and Bruce Lambrecht (Source: Skyway News)
Better them than me
This looks up Sixth Street from Hennepin. Just imagine what this will look like during a night game!
Checking out the bike racks on the promenade.
The bridge is Seventh Street.
The Target Center rooftop patio. Hardly glamorous, but a great view of the ballpark.
In case you don't know, that's Earl Battey.
The Northstar station at night
Puckett atrium menu part 1
Not from Moose's tour, but it's an image you need to see. (Click to enlarge greatly.)
Thanks for all the hard work out there, Cold Safety-Line Dudes. (I'm glad that my job does not require safety lines...)
Frost on the pumpkins, snow on the plaza
After the rain. (We were in the wrong spot to see the rainbow...)
A detailed crowd shot. Click to enlarge greatly.
Also warming things up are these planters.
The plaza as seen from the B ramp.
Team pennant. (Click to enlarge.)
The LRT station, sitting in a brand new urban canyon, takes shape.
The green in question (click for very large version)
Detail of the Puckett wall hanging
They help create a psychological safe area along the plaza edge, and help you forget that cars are zipping by directly beneath you.
Panels arriving on flatbed trailers in front of the Twins' dugout.
Hit gap, win suit!
The tower is actually finished, though it looks like a work in progress.
Detail of the train tunnels (click to view the entire drawing)