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
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Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3037 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Pawlenty makes it official!
Concept drawing for the fan/player appreciation wall. (Click to enlarge.)
Roped off for the LRT crowd
Nuts on Clark (a couple blocks north of Wrigley Field)
This is what passes for imagination at Miller Park -- they didn't even get the shape right! (Source: LP)
A desolate Marquette Ave
That's Noah and my brother, Chris, checking out the Loge Box amenities
This is the last hope for so-called knot-hole views. I'm skeptical.
Two plazas in Spain. (Brad and I were pretending to steal coins from the fountain. We were all just so darn funny back in high school, eh?)
This is a slightly blurry view 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.
The steel cage expands.
Beams connecting the plaza to the Target Center walkway
That's part of the wind veil, waiting in the B ramp for installation
July 7, 1966 (Click to see the entire scorecard with ads)
Viewed from the A ramp.
This isn't a very good picture, but it is the current view of the inside of a suite.
This is the plaza as viewed from the A ramp.
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The model still shows the Batters Eye Club, which is no longer part of the design.