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September 17, 2010 12:56 AM

It's a little chilly -- sort of fall-ish -- here in my studio, and my feet are cold, so I just slipped on a pair of white sweat socks.

And I'm pretty sure that, with that sentence, you've now heard the last that you're going to hear this season about white sox. Hallelujah!

Somewhere, I'm sure that Calvin Griffith is proud.

It's a little surprising that I had to drive down to the ballpark yesterday to get a look at this statue. The unveiling must have gotten lost somewhere in the big celebration last weekend. Once the minor controversy over its placement passed, I never heard another word about it in the media.

Actually, this is easily the most successful of the four statues we've seen so far (Carl and Eloise Pohlad are yet to come this year, with Hrbek and Oliva slated for next season).

At first, Calvin appears to be admiring the ballpark history board, clutching a baseball, with a sort of knowing look on his face. Only a moment later do you realize that he may actually be watching a Rod Carew AB from a distance, and his expression is one of deep appreciation for what he sees.

You see, everybody knows that Calvin Griffith wasn't always the greatest human. There are things he said and did which are essentially unforgivable. But everybody also knows that he was maybe the last of the pure baseball men, and that he was for the Senators/Twins a combination of CEO, GM, PR guy, marketer, scout, lobbyist, you name it.

He was a complicated guy, and the statue doesn't shy away from that. It doesn't try to deify this very human figure. (In fact, you're probably taller than this statue -- I actually was.)

The bases for the player statues have been recently upgraded.

But the size of his personality, and his love of the game and the Twins, is conveyed beautifully. And the simple placement lends a realism and matter-of-factness which I found to be quite powerful. Unlike the player statues, which are surrounded by a raised mock playing surface (recently upgraded from actual infield dirt), Calvin will stand among the crowds, looking like he's going to turn around any minute and head in to his seat, just a schmoe like us who loved the game. People I know who knew him say that's how he was.

My old friend Curtiss, now deceased, told me (many times) the story of the day he went over to Met Stadium with his three-ring binders filled with the meticulous score sheets he'd kept for every single Twins game. He wanted to show them to Calvin, and see if there was some way they might help the team.

Calvin not only stopped what he was doing, he spent the afternoon looking over Curt's books, talking about the various games (Calvin actually kept score personally for each game), commenting repeatedly, "You've got a lot of things here that even we don't have."

In the end, the books went home with Curt. But that day ended with a firm handshake, and a long-lasting baseball friendship made.

I did not have an emotional reaction to any of the other statues -- not even Killebrew. This one was very different. This one transported me instantly, and filled in a piece which is essential for understanding the franchise.

Kudos to the Twins for not skipping over that complicated chapter, and to Bill Mack for truly capturing this character.

Earlier tonight, with the game playing on the radio, the Gameday feed on the computer screen, and the new Target Field book being perused by all, my wife said those words that every baseball-loving husband longs to hear as the playoffs approach: "You better start saving your pennies."

You see, she knows that if there are October baseball games being played in the 612 area code, I really want to be there. And she knows that the baseball budget in our house always comes with a playoff asterisk.

Now, I didn't bother getting into the whole lottery process and the reality that we'll probably be watching it all on TV, but just having the subject raised is always a genuinely beautiful thing.

Thanks, you Miss Manner-ish, do-gooder, perfectly straight-toothed, food-pyramid-following guys. You managed to color very nicely inside those lines on the Southside.

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Thanks again Rick!

I am not going to lie, when I went to TF late at night a few nights back to pick-up some tickets from the Kiosk in a pouring rain, I thought the statue was real and I thought to myself, "is that person okay?"

As I approached this "person" I began to realize what I was looking at. :)

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 02:06 AM by tk Highlight this comment 1

If anyone has a password for the ALDS presale on Monday or Tuesday, I will pay to let me purchase your allotment of tickets on your behalf. Please click the link to email me. I can Paypal or pay cash at a game this weekend.

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 05:41 AM by tom Highlight this comment 2

Beautiful as usual Rick!

As happy as we are to see the Sox swept under the rug, here's a member of their team we'll definitely miss -

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 09:04 AM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 3

WOW a much slimmer Calvin then I remember! Will have to check that out Saturday fer sure. We sure have the Sox number. Would love to see them clich it wed afternoon vs the Tribe as I will be at that game also! Is it true that there is no way we can face Texas in the first round. I think I heard that NY and TB can not play each other in the first round. As a # 1 seed we would get the wild card winner NY or TB correct? As a #2 seed we would also get the wild card since NY and TB can not face each other 1st round? I'm thinking the winner of the east will either be #1 or # 2 seed as Texas is 6 games behind us. Should be an iteresting last couple weeks with seedings on the line!

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 09:26 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 4

I believe that teams in the same division can not play each other in round one regardless of how they seed.

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 09:47 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 5

We will either play TB or NY. It is not possible to play Texas in the first round, being that two teams in the same division cannot play in the first round (NY and TB). We will have Home Field Advantage in the first round as well, as long as we finish with a better record then Texas.

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 09:57 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 6

Thanks Trosy29, Not sure I get why they don't allow the wild card to play a team in own division though. Here is some further informaion. Anybody think we should have 2 wild card winners play a best of 3 also and expand the playoofs?

Rule #1: Teams from the same division cannot meet in the first round. Mindful of Rule #1, the League seeds division winners 1-3 based upon record, issuing a 4 seed to the wild-card team, regardless of its record. Usually, first round match-ups pit the 1 seed against the 4 seed, with the 2 seed taking on the 3 seed. But if either of these match-ups result in intra-division play, then the opening round re-seeds, as follows: 1 vs. 3, 2 vs. 4. In the first and second rounds of the playoffs, the better seeded team has home-field advantage, regardless of record.

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 10:27 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 7

A couple of pages to help stay on top of postseason potential matchups, schedules:
ESPN.com's Hunt for October
MLB.com's 2010 Postseason Schedule

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 11:01 AM by schweady Highlight this comment 8

Thank you for finally posting pics. of the Calvin Griffith statue. I have posted on here numerous times seeking a photo and never got a response, and everytime I googled it, no photos came up. How is it possible that the unveiling got so little press? Literally I could not find one website with a photo of it. Now that I do see it, it really looks phenomenal. The panned out photo does reveal that its placement seems rather awkward though, and out of place. I still think the Rod Carew statue is the most misplaced of the statues as it is nowhere near the mall, and tucked completely out of the way.

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 11:43 AM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 9

schweady,

Thanks for posting "Hunt For October"

I love the POFF: % chance of making the playoffs

Chicago = .1%

That just makes a guy feel good. knowing there is a chance, but not really. Thanks Chicago for trying!

Looking forward to getting back to TF tonight!!

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 11:53 AM by tk Highlight this comment 10

Since there are no tix listed on TC Traders, I feel okay mentioning this.

Twins just released more tix for tonight's game just now.

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 12:22 PM by tk Highlight this comment 11

HebrewHammer16, I don't know about the Carew statue being located "out of the way." I personally pass it just about any time I go to a game, and usually with a decent-sized crowd of people around me. It may not be the main entrance people take to the ballpark from the surrounding area, but it's right up there as a gateway to the ballpark area.

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 1:55 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 12

I am just like Buffalo. I see the Carew Statue more than any other statue.

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 1:58 PM by Joe117 Highlight this comment 13

Has anyone else seen this website? Is this William Jewell guy for real or is he a crackpot? http://vikingbuzz.com/

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 2:00 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 14

Could. Not. Read. Site. Neon. Pink. Background. Fried. Retina.

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 2:41 PM by Rick 15

My favorite bicycle parking spot is a throw-to-first away from Sir Rodney. I like the sense that he's looking out for my two-wheeled wonder.

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 2:44 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 16

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think Ikea could be relocated east of the mall because that area is in the N/S runway right of way.

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 3:45 PM by Da Highlight this comment 17

Any predictions for this homestand? 3 against Oakland, 3 against Cleveland.

I'd like to see at least four wins, and possibly clinch on Wednesday if the sox continue to free-fall.

I just hope our boys don't go all crazy and trash their lovely new locker room!

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 4:40 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 18

Hmm, I wonder if the architects of TF thought about champagne celebrations.

Do you suppose they built some drains into that clubhouse floor? Maybe a hook system for the plastic necessary to protect all those flat screen monitors?

Of course, I suppose that if it gets destroyed, they can probably afford to outfit it again before next season. There are probably bigger LCD panels available now anyway...

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 5:20 PM by Rick 19

Oh, and anybody who thinks a Vikings stadium has any chance of being built next to IKEA is certifiable. (I like the idea, of course, but there are so-o-o many reasons why it could never happen...)

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 5:22 PM by Rick 20

vikingbuzz(kill).com ?? Just goes to show that anything's possible if you throw 40 chimpanzees together with a copy of MS HomePage. So 'proud' to be counted among the 39 page visitors so far...

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 5:34 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 21

I'm at the game tonight. The Budweiser sign on the roof deck is now fully lit by neonish LED lighting. I haven't been to a game in a while, so apologies if that's old news,

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 8:15 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 22

Don't let it happen again!

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 9:52 PM by Dr. X Highlight this comment 23

Jorge - I noticed that too...in the five games I've been to at TF, I don't think I ever noticed it lit before.

My experience with SRO was a fruitful one, I guess. I found myself in lots of different areas tonight. Spent a good chunk of the pre-game just walking around checking out different spots. Spent maybe 1/2 the game up in the batter's eye area, and the last few innings down behind the Powerball Pavillion.

Pix will follow sometime in the next day or so.

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 10:39 PM by luke Highlight this comment 24

I wonder if anyone is looking at the Brookdale Mall site for a potential Vikings stadium. The mall is dead, it's close to highways 100 and 94, I think there is enough space for a stadium...

But, it probably isn't fancy enough for the Vikings.

I'll be at the game tomorrow, /fingers crossed/ for some sunshine!

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 11:09 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 25

What did folks think of the new baseline cut?

from the STrib: "During the Twins' last road trip, Target Field groundskeeper Larry DiVito made a slight tweak to the infield design, removing a narrow strip of grass along each base line and replacing it with dirt. The new cutouts -- about 20 feet long and 2 feet wide -- add a touch of character to the design, and the grass was getting pretty beat up in those spots, where runners turn the corner to round the bases."

Posted on September 18, 2010 at 06:56 AM by schweady Highlight this comment 26

Never noticed it. If it amounts to another win or two for the Twins; great.

Posted on September 18, 2010 at 07:41 AM by Dr. X Highlight this comment 27

Click my name for pix from Friday night's game.

Posted on September 18, 2010 at 10:23 AM by luke Highlight this comment 28

Hey guys, guess it's been a while since i have posted, but i have been reding everyday! I do like the hunt for October site, the "if playoffs started today".

As far as Vikes stadium, both locations (next to ikea, and brookdale)Both have the good and bad points, Brooklyn Center is near highways, there seems to be no plans of more transit out to there (which is not terrible now but could be better! And for the moa/ikea spot, you have great placement near like 494 and 77 etc and good public transportation, would it create too much traffic being next to the big tourist spots?

Posted on September 18, 2010 at 10:30 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 29

Anyone have tickets they want to get rid of for today?

Posted on September 18, 2010 at 10:50 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 30

Regarding the Budweiser sign, the letter 'd' looked like the front cover of the letter had been broken for awhile. I was at the game last night and noticed the 'd' looked fixed and it was finally lit. Looked good.

The Metrodome site is the preferred one by the Vikes, but they are also well aware of the Brookdale location as well. If you like your tailgating you definitely want it built at Brookdale.

Any new Vikes' stadium also will have a fixed roof. No retractable to keep costs down.

K

Posted on September 18, 2010 at 3:30 PM by Kramer Highlight this comment 31

Gorgeous day at our ballpark today. Cool, but sunny, with just enough breeze to keep things fresh. Good game, sellout crowd, strong pitching from both starters, good defense, just enough offense (Danny Valencia!) for the win. Magic number down to 6.

I might be scrambling for tickets to Wednesday's afternoon game if the magic number is down to 1. :-)

Posted on September 18, 2010 at 4:10 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 32

I have tix for the 9/30 game and cant make it.. if anyone wants to make me offer i am listing.. have to save for playoff tix... got my password in hand

Posted on September 18, 2010 at 4:48 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 33

mazaratirick:

I may be interested in the tickets.

Send me an email and let me know.

Posted on September 18, 2010 at 6:01 PM by StatFreak101 (Erik) Highlight this comment 34

Maz...where are your seats?

Posted on September 18, 2010 at 9:19 PM by luke Highlight this comment 35

Is the TF interactive seating chart showing view from each section still around? Link, anyone?

sorry Rick, but I still have a time of it searching this site's archives for key words.

Posted on September 19, 2010 at 09:10 AM by schweady Highlight this comment 36

You know, I tried looking for something with that search box (TF seat width chart -- if you know the link, please post) and found it to be pretty useless, mostly because there's so much here and sometimes the good stuff is deep in the comment section.

I'm going to ponder switching to some sort of in-house search box which would be more useful.

Posted on September 19, 2010 at 09:32 AM by Rick 37

Here ya go

Posted on September 19, 2010 at 09:52 AM by Steve Highlight this comment 38

Just click my name for the link....I'm having flashbacks as I must have been on that page for hours the months before I picked my seats in 109.

Posted on September 19, 2010 at 09:54 AM by Steve Highlight this comment 39

Thanks Steve. and Rick. and Steve.

Posted on September 19, 2010 at 1:00 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 40

Many, many moons ago...someone on this site was talking about TCFBS and the auxiliary video board on the one side of the stadium, and how the Twins brass should take note and consider something like that for TF.

The Twins have been utilizing the O-O-T scoreboard for replays for those sitting in the LF bleachers and other seats that are out of view of the big board.

According to Charley Walters, Pioneer Press writing extraordinaire this morning, the Twins may have in fact taken a cue from the Gophers. Quote Walters: " Plans are for Target Field, as beautiful as it is, to be enhanced for next season. A video replay board is under consideration for the right side of the ballpark so spectators in left field will be able to see replays. "

I am curious about where exactly they'd put it. Putting in on Ramp B would put it too high. You wouldn't want to take up Plaza space for it. Unless they might take down the oblong Trap sign, and put it there??

Posted on September 19, 2010 at 1:08 PM by luke Highlight this comment 41

They don't need a secondary video board if you ask me...the fans in those LF seats know for a fact they will not be able to see the main video board. If you want to see the video board there are plenty of affordable options on the right field side of the ballpark.

If you want video boards on both ends of the venue, than go to a football stadium...They don't need a second video board at TF to please those few fans in LF...half the home run porch is empty for most games anyway.

For many years the Twins wanted a "baseball only" facility...now that they get one, there are fans wanting a second video board for replays? Also, they don't even play half of the replays anyhow.

Posted on September 19, 2010 at 2:25 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 42

I bet they didn't replay that non-catch.

Fifth. Ump. In. Booth.

F-ing. Selig. Loser.

(TF really does need another big board. It's one of the few major oversights that roughly 30% of the crowd can't see the vital stats and replays. Replays on the out-of-town scoreboard are a joke.)

Posted on September 19, 2010 at 2:33 PM by Rick 43

You do make a good point Mike.
And, besides, Best Buy put in all those LCD TV's on the overhangs to show replays and updated game information for those who were unable to view the big screen.

Posted on September 19, 2010 at 2:33 PM by luke Highlight this comment 44

They could maybe put a board on the roof of the metropolitan club??

Posted on September 19, 2010 at 3:22 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 45

I used to think that the lack of scoreboard replays on close calls was just a MN thing. Now I come to find it's actually part of the umpires' collective bargaining agreement... (or, did I learn that on this site?)

Posted on September 19, 2010 at 4:08 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 46

It seems like smart umps (or their reps) would be happy to trade showing close replays for a fifth ump on every crew. Win (umps), win (fans), win (game/accuracy).

Posted on September 19, 2010 at 4:13 PM by Rick 47

I have always thought that a scoreboard on top of the Metropolitan Club would be a perfect spot. It could be easily incorporated into the overall design of the ballpark, without making it look like an after thought (1st Base Line scoreboard at Citi Field). Then they might have the possibility of having a video board face Target Plaza.

Posted on September 19, 2010 at 8:39 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 48

Rick, Thanks for staying up late through a brutally ugly extra-inning game between two teams going nowhere, trying to find every possible way to lose... just so you could post that beautiful 'MAGIC NUMBER 4'

and, thanks again, Manny...

Posted on September 19, 2010 at 11:23 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 49

Rooting for the Tigers sure isn't much fun. That bullpen is a real backwater...

Posted on September 19, 2010 at 11:26 PM by Rick 50

Rick,

In regards to rooting for the Tigers...I had similar feelings. It is tough to cheer for a team that is constantly falling apart.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 12:10 AM by TK Highlight this comment 51

Playing the 'When Will They Clinch?' game, along with everyone else. So, I picked up a couple of tickets to Wednesday's noon game. My luck, it will come with either a She-cago loss late in the day or our boys winning it on the road. Ah well. Of course hoping to see the 'A' squad out there, but with recent injuries, rest being provided, or maybe even having already punched their playoff ticket, I'm not so sure. Could I actually be paying to see Revere, Repko, Harris, Punto, Plouffe, Butera, Morales, and Baker? (Getting that free 2006/8/9 Homer Hanky will be special, tho...)

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 08:03 AM by schweady Highlight this comment 52

The Twins play at noon on Wednesday. The White Sox play at 2:30. If it is a clinch situation, do you think the Twins will keep the ball park open and the scoreboard on for a couple hours after the Twins game?

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 08:58 AM by clublevelfan Highlight this comment 53

I sure as heck hope so clublevelfan, that would be fun again!

I just ventured to Stub Hub to check what people are listing prices at. It just goes to show how many scalpers bought hundreds of season packages. Many available tickets have 6-17 tickets available together in some areas.

Thinking back to that, I wonder how many of the 24,000 STH are actual Twins fans who have genuine interest in buy tickets for self/family/friend/business use.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 09:08 AM by TK Highlight this comment 54

Anyone else get tickets in the postseason pre-sale this morning?

I didn't know if I wanted game 1 or game 2 but decided on game 1 and was able to get row 10, section 125...$50 each (there were even better home plate seats available but did not want to spend that much money)

I was only in the virtual waiting room for two minutes and got right in so hopefully everyone is able to get their choices as well.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 09:11 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 55

Big board on top of Metro club would be perfect, and has been my thought as well on the few times I've sat in the outfiedl.

Replay: Have a 5th umpire, or a few umpires watching the MLB.tv package at a central location. If it's obvious enough to see it from the TV broadcast, and catch it before the next pitch, turn on a light in center field and stop the game. That's probably faster than a manager argument, and eliminates replay overturning "close calls."

Heard Aterbury (sp) say on the radio he'd like to see the Twins clinch via a loss when they are in private, rather than with a victory on the field. That makes it for the players rather than for the fans, since nothing is private anymore for the players. I agree, and hopefully it tones down the need for a massive champagne celebration that is as much for show as it is for the players.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 09:12 AM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 56

Mike,

I was able to get right in too. I did purchase some HPB for game #1. My only concern now is not knowing whether we will be playing an afternoon of evening game. My guess is that we will be playing an afternoon game.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 09:17 AM by TK Highlight this comment 57

Got in fairly quickly for tickets, had five windows running at once and it took maybe two minutes for one to get through. Got sec 116, row 14 for Game 1 and sec. 114 row 7 for a poss home game 3. $80 each plus $6 each for fee, so guess better start looking for overtime!!!

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 09:25 AM by antifire Highlight this comment 58

I also got in easily. I didn't realize 20-game STH would have a pick of multiple sections. We got front row OF terrace for game 1, and home plate view for game 3. Not bad.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 09:28 AM by BR Highlight this comment 59

I'll pay double face value for any tickets to game 1, no matter the section. Email if interested. Can pay cash or Paypal.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 09:31 AM by tom Highlight this comment 60

Where do you go to purchase Game 3? I was never prompted

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 09:31 AM by TK Highlight this comment 61

Check your e-mail confirmation of the first game. The link was in that.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 09:33 AM by antifire Highlight this comment 62

Thanks Antifire, I was looking on the confirmation screen that you print. I forgot they send you a confirmation e-mail that had the link. Oh well.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 09:41 AM by TK Highlight this comment 63

Did anyone have a chance to purchase tickets in the Overlook? I wanted to buy tickets in that section, but it was not an option.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 09:52 AM by FD Highlight this comment 64

I got 4 in Field Terrace, row 3 for game 1, 2 in Diamond Box for potential game 5. the whole process was very smooth, wasn't stuck too long in the virtual waiting room.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 09:58 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 65

FD - I was trying for overlook as well but saw no option for those

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 09:59 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 66

If anyone bought an extra or would like the cash...

I will pay double-face-value for any tickets to game 1. Email me

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 10:03 AM by tom Highlight this comment 67

It took me a while but I have fat fingers and make entry errors.

On the subject of clinching "celebrations" --- does anyone else think TV might have something to do with the degree of silliness? And, I think such silliness has cost them at least one playoff game.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 10:13 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 68

Maybe the Twins could use some non-alcoholic champagne :) I mean, we don't look at the labels that closely, but then again, if they do it Wednesday, we have an off day Thursday!

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 10:18 AM by tk Highlight this comment 69

Have the Twins released any numbers for how many people are going to be allowed to purchase tickets through their random drawing? I have 6 ticket partners and we are hoping to get a chance at tickets...

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 10:31 AM by tk Highlight this comment 70

tom, I'm with you on trying to set a reasonable $ limit available to attend a playoff game. A frustrating omen, however: the lowest offerings by SH sellers right now are at least 3-4x playoff face amounts, which of course are already 2-3x regular season face... I think I could upgrade the TV and finally order that HD package for less than maintaining our traditional postseason family adventures this year. Ah, well... fingers crossed for the lottery.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 10:32 AM by schweady Highlight this comment 71

Rick,

Early on you proposed usage of space around Ramp A as potential retail space. Has anyone looked into this or was this just an idea, thought. I know they have the skyway to ramp A, but do not recall seeing anything mentioned of this since then.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 1:24 PM by tk Highlight this comment 72

I am looking for 2 cheap tickets to the game on Wednesday if anyone has any. Also,on Stubhub, section 140 usually has cheap seats, can anyone explain why these are so cheap and if anything is wrong sitting here. I am not too worried as I am just taking my 2 year old son to the game, so views of the game are not as important as seeing the smile on his face just being there.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 1:32 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 73

Josh,

I do not think there is anything wrong in sitting there. People generally do not like the bleacher style seats in the sunny areas. I think the Left Field Bleachers sell well is that they are covered and have a higher chance of seeing a homer run ball.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 1:34 PM by tk Highlight this comment 74

Hey folks -

Since we know the Twins are in (4 and counting) ... who do you want to see them play in the World Series? I am hoping the Rockies make a return to Target Field this year.

I think the Twins can easily beat the Padres and Reds, 50/50 Braves or Rockies, don't think they can beat Philly. Not sure about the Giants.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 2:09 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 75

(P.S. I don't believe in the Yankees jinx - I'm convinced the Twins take the Yankees this year if that happens).

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 2:10 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 76

Josh,
Sec 140 is okay; it's the higher numbered rows and higher numbered seats in Sec 139 to avoid if you like to watch any of the action in center and left while the play is still live. Overlook seats and lots of folks standing at the corner of the Overlook around Sec 138 that make it impossible to see much more than the infield and shallow right field.

SH has been listing $9 seats for Wed. pretty much all week. (Of course, you have to add SH's ~$10 take to your order...) With over 2,200 still listed there yet to sell, I'd say you have time to wait it out for better sections, and probably even better prices. I grabbed some in 306, just for a place to sit if my standing spots got too to be much of a hassle to find and maintain. I like it up there with the whole field and that big HD board in front of me...

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 2:20 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 77

Oh, here's a picture I took from there last May:
Section 139, sitting in the last row, far right side of the section

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 2:33 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 78

schweady,

Yikes! Nothing like the Twins show in the 3D images:

3DImage

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 2:37 PM by tk Highlight this comment 79

I just got tickets for game 1 of the ALDS in row 1 of section 139 and couldn't be more excited. At this point of the season if you don't know where the obstructed seats are you have nobody but yourself to blame if thats where you end up.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 2:40 PM by jp Highlight this comment 80

Looks like many teams are doing a postseason draft this year for people to get tickets:

Here is Chicago's postseason draft entry:

Chicago Post Season...what? Keeping the faith

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 2:41 PM by tk Highlight this comment 81

Thanks Schweady, we have a 20 game plan in 304 and love it up there, glad you liked the view. I have to give huge prop to our ticket rep for recommending these over the Skyline view section.

We may even try to get tix from a scalper, not sure though, just thought an afternoon game with my boy would be fun.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 2:59 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 82

Regarding the clinching celebrations, I think it's time the Twins act like they've been here before. This isn't winning the World Series, or even getting there. Yes, it's a huge accomplishment, but I think considering their past few playoff exits, it would actually be nice to see a more subdued clubhouse afterwards, knowing there is much work to be done, and focusing on that instead.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 4:14 PM by B Highlight this comment 83

Indeed!!!

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 4:16 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 84

jp,
Row 1 is great out there, no doubt.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 4:16 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 85

Solid lineup for tonight. Now if Kubel and Mauer can just heal well and quickly...
Clicky, as they say.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 4:23 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 86

The Brookdale site may be big enough and it does have some highways in the area, but access to them is pretty horrible and would be even worse with 80,000 people trying to get to a game.

Plus, there is a reason it's called Brookdale. There is an actual stream running under the property, so I imagine that would cause several problems with any potential project.

As someone who lives about a mile away from Brookdale, I'm torn on this. I'd love to see that area fixed up, but I don't want drunk football fans driving through my neighborhood or parking on my street.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 4:37 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 87

White Sox postseason tickets? That's funny ...

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 6:52 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 88

The Vikes' new stadium won't be as large as 80,000. They need to keep the building at a capacity that will be easy to sell out to avoid blackouts, yet large enough to provide the desirable income for the Vikes. A smaller capacity would create an artificial scarcity, and increase the value of tickets, which we can rely on the Vikes exploiting. Expect any new Vikings building to seat betweeen 65,000 and 68,000, with a capability of temporary enlargement to 72,000 so they can host a Super Bowl or two.
There are times, and we might be seeing that by next season, where the Vikes have difficulty selling out at 63,500. Every Sunday, they announce another sellout, but how many of those 'sellouts' are the result of some entity stepping in at the last minute to buy up tickets? Does anyone recall a few years ago when the league had to give the Vikings deadline extensions to sell tickets to home games to avoid blackouts?

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 7:40 PM by Dr. X Highlight this comment 89

Buffalo, I agree with your comment. Brookdale is good for the land space, but as far as the infrastructure around there, it's a disaster. Sure, 694 feeds into it, but it's not like TF where you have 394, 55, and 94 feeding into it. The land area for TF may have been small at 8.5 acres, but they couldn't have chosen a better site.

And of course, no LRT connection up there, or commuter rail, so the mass transit option is very limited.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 8:39 PM by luke Highlight this comment 90

One has to wonder if the Bottineau Corridor (LRT, BRT, or other) couldn't somehow make its way onto Osseo Road/Brooklyn Blvd, which is adjacent to the Brookdale site. Unlikely, I'll admit, but stranger things have happened.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 9:37 PM by Rick 91

This just in: A's blank Sox 3-0.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 11:55 PM by Dr. X Highlight this comment 92

And you can put the nail in the coffinnnnn YYYESS!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 12:05 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 93

With the way the Sox have been playing, the Twins put the nail in the coffin when they were down here in Chicago last week. And I was there for that. Boy what a fun series that was! Sox fans just streaming out the doors by the 6th and 7th innings in those games!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 12:09 AM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 94

A little of me just wants to knock off 1 tomorrow, I do not want to have to wait around late tomorrow (Tonight) to know the final results. I would much rather celebrate with the team and see the victory on the players face on a win, rather than on a win and then a teams loss. Who cares how they chose to celebrate with champagne.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 12:21 AM by TK Highlight this comment 95

Planning to be at Wednesday's game, so I'm selfishly hoping the magic number is 1 after tomorrow's games...

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 12:26 AM by Rick 96

I'm with you, Rick. It would be great to be rooting for a clinching win on the field. But even if Magic Number has no significance by Wed. morning, the noon game would still be the focal point of an all-day celebration. (and then watch the B-team get blown out...) And, we'll be part of the crowd that pushes aside the Twins' old single season attendance record. That's something right there. So, I guess can live with a '1' or a '0.'

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 06:38 AM by schweady Highlight this comment 97

Be at the game tommorow and will be jumping on to order playoff tickets @ 9:00am this morning! Here is hoping for a twin win and a sox win tonight so I also can see them clinch tommorow!!!!! Looking good for that 1st or 2nd seed and Tampa Bay matchup!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 08:22 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 98

How does anyone suppose the "pre-sale" is going? You would think that between the "fans" (real) and the "fans" (scalpers) that everything would be spoken for. Or, perhaps, the team holds back some inventory for the "lottery" just so they can say they made some tickets available to the general public. Views?

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 08:53 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 99

I'm selfishly hoping that they do it any day but Wednesday. I had to sell my tickets for that game because I could no longer go.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 08:53 AM by AJ Highlight this comment 100

Damn waiting rooms...

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 09:01 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 101

YES!!! got Overlook 136, Row 4 for Home Game 2

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 09:10 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 102

Nice job snagging Overlook. They weren't available for Game 1 when I bought tickets (at 9:00a.m.).

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 09:27 AM by BR Highlight this comment 103

... and I bought my tickets yesterday at 9 a.m. Odd how the inventory works.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 09:28 AM by BR Highlight this comment 104

Yeah, My ST Plan was LF Bleachers, Overlook were same price so I figured I'd try... This will be my 1st game there

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 09:33 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 105

Just scored tickets for games #2 and #3! Sect 323! Anybody know times we are looking at? Will they all be day games? We all know the Yankees and Phillies will get prime times!!!!!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 09:38 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 106

Are you sure it's game 2 and 3? Twins will have homefield so it should be 1 and 2. If i'm remembering right

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 09:42 AM by AJ Highlight this comment 107

No, it'd be 2 and 5

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 09:42 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 108

I'm thinking the "threat" of colder temperatures will get the Twins day (3 pm) games, at least at Target Field. Of course, if the Yankees are the opponent MLB will be more than willing to play the games in prime time.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 09:45 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 109

It would be game 5 of the ALDS but is being sold as Home Game 3. Until the Twins clinch home field for round 1 this game is not guaranteed to be played at TF (though the Twins have a healthy lead over TX for that).

Right now Home Game 1 is the only guaranteed game to be played at TF - it would either be game 1 of the playoffs or game 3. If TX were to catch the Twins in terms of overall record they would host the wild card team and the Twins would probably be on the road against the AL East champ.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 09:51 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 110

Looks like no American leaugue playoff games set for Friday the 8th! National leaugue only. I would imagine we will have at least one day game on Wed or Thurs. I'm hoping we get a night game for game #2 which would be Thurs. Game #5 if neccesary would be Tuesday the 12th

American League Division Series Series Date Network Air Time (ET)
ALDS Game One Wednesday, October 6 TBS TBA
ALDS Game One Wednesday, October 6 TBS TBA
ALDS Game Two Thursday, October 7 TBS TBA
ALDS Game Two Thursday, October 7 TBS TBA
ALDS Game Three Saturday, October 9 TBS TBA
ALDS Game Three Saturday, October 9 TBS TBA
ALDS Game Four* Sunday, October 10 TBS TBA
ALDS Game Four* Sunday, October 10 TBS TBA
ALDS Game Five* Tuesday, October 12 TBS TBA
ALDS Game Five* Tuesday, October 12 TBS TBA
National League Division Series Series Date Network Air Time (ET)
NLDS Game One Wednesday, October 6 TBS TBA
NLDS Game One Thursday, October 7 TBS TBA
NLDS Game Two Friday, October 8 TBS TBA
NLDS Game Two Friday, October 8 TBS TBA
NLDS Game Three Sunday, October 10 TBS TBA
NLDS Game Three Sunday, October 10 TBS TBA
NLDS Game Four* Monday, October 11 TBS TBA
NLDS Game Four* Monday, October 11 TBS TBA
NLDS Game Five* Wednesday, October 13 TBS TBA
NLDS Game Five* Wednesday, October 13 TBS TBA
American League Championship Series Series Date Network Air Time (ET)
ALCS Game One Friday, October 15 TBS TBA
ALCS Game Two Saturday, October 16 TBS TBA
ALCS Game Three Monday, October 18 TBS TBA
ALCS Game Four Tuesday, October 19 TBS TBA
ALCS Game Five* Wednesday, October 20 TBS TBA
ALCS Game Six* Friday, October 22 TBS TBA
ALCS Game Seven* Saturday, October 23 TBS TBA
National League Championship Series Series Date Network Air Time (ET)
NLCS Game One Saturday, October 16 FOX TBA
NLCS Game Two Sunday, October 17 FOX TBA
NLCS Game Three Tuesday, October 19 FOX TBA
NLCS Game Four Wednesday, October 20 FOX TBA
NLCS Game Five* Thursday, October 21 FOX TBA
NLCS Game Six* Saturday, October 23 FOX TBA
NLCS Game Seven* Sunday, October 24 FOX TBA
World Series Series Date Match-Up Network Air Time (ET)
Game One Wednesday, October 27 AL Champion at NL Champion FOX TBA
Game Two Thursday, October 28 AL Champion at NL Champion FOX TBA
Game Three Saturday, October 30 NL Champion at AL Champion FOX TBA
Game Four Sunday, October 31 NL Champion at AL Champion FOX TBA
Game Five* Monday, November 1 NL Champion at AL Champion FOX TBA
Game Six* Wednesday, November 3 AL Champion at NL Champion FOX TBA
Game Seven* Thursday, November 4 AL Champion at NL Champion FOX TBA

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 10:02 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 111

Actually if Twins get #1 or #2 seed both game #1 and # 2 are guaranteed. Yes game #3 is the 5th game if necessary provided we get the #1 or #2 seed.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 10:05 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 112

I don't see TX catching us which is why I said we'll have homefield.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 10:06 AM by AJ Highlight this comment 113

If its Yankees-Twins you can count on night games while if its Rays-Twins, it will be the 3pm (or whatever time the early games are)afternoon games and that would push Yankees-Rangers to the night games in the AL.

All four AL playoff teams will be in the Eastern/Central time zones so MLB would not have any issues with time zones.

I am sure they would also prefer to have Yankees-Rangers play at night as its much cooler in Dallas at night rather than late afternoon.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 10:15 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 114

Would agree AJ. We have a 6.5 game lead on Texas for #2 seed as of today. Texas has 13 games left we have 12! I would think the #2 seed is a lock!!!!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 10:16 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 115

Agreed Mike. Yanks will always get the "best time" as long as they are in the playoffs.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 10:19 AM by AJ Highlight this comment 116

I'm planning on the Twins beating out TX as well, but it isn't done yet. That sweep of TX right before Labor Day was HUGE.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 10:26 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 117

Man they sure sock it to you with the fees!!!! LOL! $18.00 per transaction! I'm thinking 5 more wins would clinch at least the #2 seed over Texas! Be there tommorow. Would be nice for a twin win and a sox win! Get it down to 1 and clich it tommorow!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 10:39 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 118

I may put a couple nice tickets for wednesday on the trader at face, I'm going but the guy who had that pair got the date/time mixed up and can't make it. In the meantime he will try to find a home for them since he has them in possession. All that just to warn that they may be gone by the time I can check back on my email.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 10:42 AM by robin Highlight this comment 119

Ah, the playoff game scheduling conundrum...
You can count on games involving the Almighty Skankees to be in Prime Time.
You can count on very few afternoon games except on the day that's hardest for you to get off of work.
Afternoon games may actually be 3:00 or 5:00 starts, whatever is most convenient for the Least Coast viewing public.
You can count on FOX to make scheduling demands that trump all logic.

(Fer crying out loud, at one of the playoff games at the dome one year we knew that we'd be back the following day for another but it wasn't until around the 6th inning that they announced the start time for that game, based on how things were shaking out in other games that day.)

But, what a great problem to have!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:05 AM by schweady Highlight this comment 120

I am hopeful that Mauer's MRI will come back negative with any potential damage, click name for article in Stirb

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:13 AM by tk Highlight this comment 121

*StarTribune

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:13 AM by tk Highlight this comment 122

Yes, whoever beats the Yankees in the playoffs will surely be deeply hated by MLB and Fox execs, and a whole lot of advertisers. (All the more incentive for the Twins to win, of course.)

It's actually a sign of a pretty big problem with how Major League Baseball is organized and marketed. But it could never be solved without full revenue sharing, rules about concentration of talent, and a new national TV broadcast partner.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:16 AM by Rick 123

Last night during the TV broadcast, Dick made mention of a photo taken of Jim Thome as he approached Home plate after his walkoff on August 18th against the White Sox.

He said that the photo was taken from the 3rd base camera well and it showed Jim's back with the whole team crowded around home plate waiting for him. Has anyone seen this photo? any idea as to where you could pick up a copy of it. I would guess that it was a professional photographer that took it and that it could be purchased. Take SI cover looks great, may have to frame that one.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:22 AM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 124

minn55441,

It will be the cover of the next SI

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:33 AM by tk Highlight this comment 125

Sorry minn55441, misunderstood your question. I have looked online searching for the photographer, etc. but have not found anything. I am assuming when the cover comes out there will be a name to start with, but it is likely the cost of the photo to get a copy will be pretty pricey.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:41 AM by tk Highlight this comment 126

Here is a link to the SI cover. Great photo of the stadium, but the photo that they mentioned last night is a different shot. They brought it up in the context that Thome personally purchased an oversized image of it. We are talking about a 6 or 7 foot photo. After all of his homeruns and miscellaneous photos taken over the years, it always interests me to see what these guys are interested in keeping. That was obviously a special moment for him.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:43 AM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 127

I am just glad no bold predictions were made on the cover, we know how well those predictions worked for the last Minnesota sports team hero...

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:43 AM by tk Highlight this comment 128

Well I could live with a 3 or 5 pm start time during the week. Get a 1/2 day of work in anyways! Although I'm hoping for a day game Wed and a night game or 5pm start for Thursday! LOL!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:43 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 129

I'm definitely picking up that SI. Thome likes to collect a lot of his stuff. I know every HR ball that he hits, he keeps or at least gets back and does something with.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 12:06 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 130

I will pay double face-value for any tickets to ALDS game 1 or 2. Email if interested.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 12:37 PM by tom Highlight this comment 131

TwinkFan,

I hear you, another downfall to the not being able to purchase all the tickets you need in a single occurrence and pay a 1-time fee of $40. Especially for Home Game #3, that may not even be played. If there are 16,000 partial STH who had the opportunity to purchase game #3 and did (2 tix max), and it is not played, that is $144,000 in revenue not returned in paid fees.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 12:38 PM by tk Highlight this comment 132

*$288,000

16,000 people paying $18.00 = $288,000

I was only calculating if 1/2 those people actually bought game #3 in my original post. Sorry for confusion.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 12:41 PM by tk Highlight this comment 133

I have a strong feeling that the market will be flooded with people trying to get rich the next couple of weeks off playoff tickets. If people start buying, it could very easily get expensive.

I have a strong feeling that the normal fan will keep there prices listed high and if they do not get what they hope for the tickets they will go and enjoy the game.

It will be interesting to see how ticket prices go this year that you can almost monitor what people are paying, as we now have the SH option and you can recap what tickets are listed for, as well as going for.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 12:48 PM by tk Highlight this comment 134

All games not played are refundable. It's on the Twins website.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 12:56 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 135

In case anybody needed to know the above, that's why I posted it. I'm one of those who will go to the game, but if I can get a huge gain off of it, I'll probably try and sell. It'll pay for my tickets next year.

I don't think I'll be selling though. I'm way too much of a die hard fan to not go...unless it conflicts with work.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 1:00 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 136

AJ,

I went and looked it up and we are both partially correct:

Ticket holders who purchased tickets through twinsbaseball.com via the Internet will receive an automatic refund through a credit issued to the credit card used for the original ticket purchase. The actual ticket will have no cash value AND SHOULD NOT BE RETURNED. The ticket holder will also receive a refund of the per ticket convenience fee. Per order Processing/Shipping & Handling fees are non-refundable. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing."

If I am reading correctly, the processing fee was $6.00, so that would not be refunded. However, the $12.00 convenience fee would be refunded.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 1:08 PM by tk Highlight this comment 137

The cost of the ticket price is refundable, but what about the fees? Seems like that should probably be refunded as well (I can't find a mention of it in the fine print).

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 1:27 PM by Rick 138

Oops, I missed the previous message. Looks it's caveat emptor with regard to fees.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 1:30 PM by Rick 139

There are cheap seats available at good prices for tomorrow, but just in case someone wants some good quality/value for possible clincher, check out the TCTraders. I'll check on it later today before going to stubhub. But I have put out a couple feelers to friends so in case any of them can make the day game on short notice they may be taken by then.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 2:20 PM by robin Highlight this comment 140

Who would you rather face at home first round? Bronx Bombers or Tampa Bay?

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 2:24 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 141

"Who would you rather face at home first round? Bronx Bombers or Tampa Bay?"

That would depend on whether you prefer being bludgeoned or run to death.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 2:30 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 142

Well Ben we will get one of them at home! After being pounded by the bombers so many years it would be nice to beat em in the first round. Then again Tampa is gonna be tough also!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 2:32 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 143

Either. It would be nice to get the monkey off our backs, but I really don't care who we face. Just win.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 2:47 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 144

I just assume that any self-respecting Twins fan reads every new post from Aaron Gleeman: "Pick your poison: Yankees or Rays?"

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 3:18 PM by Rick 145

Rick ---

Not so sure that's a valid assumption, but now they all know --- and for the better.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 3:47 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 146

Looking for 2 cheap tickets for tomorrows game let me know if you have any.

Also what are the fees when buying from SH?

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 4:39 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 147

Josh,
SH adds 10% (with a $5.00 minimum) plus $4.50 delivery fee (the "right" to immediately print them at home).

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 5:23 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 148

minn55441,

Obviously the one being mentioned is a much finer image than this one, linked in my name. I had this as my desktop image for the past week, not so much for its stunning quality(!) as for the final score in the upper left corner. Mine is just a quick screenshot grabbed from a mlb left field camera video.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 5:42 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 149

Schweady, that picture just puts a huge grin on my face. :-)

The part I loved the most was the quick little head turn from the Chicago pitcher to see where the ball was going, then he just dropped his head and started towards the dugout. Such a perfect win for the Twins!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 5:59 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 150

For my full season tickets I am docked a 40.00 non refundable fee for all 3 playoff strips...

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 6:34 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 151

Anyone have the name of a good STH rep? Mine sucks.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 6:58 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 152

My rep is Craig Gumz, and I could not be more happy with him!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 7:31 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 153

Listening to Bremer's press box chat with DSP, I heard him ensure that TF in 2011 would include "improvements to the fan experience." What are everyone's suggestions?
Mine:
Fast, reliable, and free WiFi throughout the stadium.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 7:58 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 154

I'd like to see the stadium open early enough to see the home team's batting practice before every game.

I was very disappointed that last Saturday there was no bp. It was a perfect day for trying to snag a bp home run ball!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 8:12 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 155

Thanks Josh, I might try him out. My guy doesn't seem to know anything and never responds back to me. I don't expect an answer right away, but when it takes a week...

It's not like I'm asking him anything hard.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 8:51 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 156

More healthy options at concessions.

At Citi Field there is a place that sells fresh fruit, salads, fresh sushi. Maybe this is too yuppie for mpls but that's my suggestion!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 9:01 PM by Tom Highlight this comment 157

I could be crazy, actually I am, but for some reason I'm remembering a cart with healthier food. I haven't seen it since the beginning of the season because I don't do much walking around anymore, but I thought there was one at some point (near gate 34 somewhere).

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 9:22 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 158

Unless it's at a restaurant that's in the park, fruit and salad have no place at a baseball game. How about they do something about the overhang obstructing the view of the bleachers out in right field?

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 9:23 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 159

AJ, I think you will be impressed by Craig or at least I hope so. He has gotten back to every question of mine usually within the day, but for sure no longer than a week. I hope it works out for you too.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 9:42 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 160

There was a fruit cart right inside Gate 34. I've seen people with salads from the Frankie V stands, and there's a good asian noodle stand inside Gate 6.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 9:46 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 161

It's hard to know just how involved they plan to get on upgrades for next year. I'll do some checking.

It's pretty obvious that they need to shave a couple of feet off the fence distances and/or heights. Expanding the Pavilion a couple of rows forward seems doable. But in the long run, they're going to need to do some extensive reconfiguration from the batter's eye to the right foul pole.

That upper concourse is still a pretty big wind tunnel in anything but perfectly calm conditions. Some wind screens up there would be appreciated (though they could change the wind patterns over the field).

I've got lots more suggestions. Probably time to get them all out there.

By the way, there still was a fruit cart near gate 34 when I was there last. I'll check again tomorrow.

Also, if the magic number still warrants it, I'll be live blogging from the game tomorrow with my new phone (data service allowing, of course). I'm the guest of a very generous host, so I'll have opportunity to seek out and photograph pretty much anything in the ballpark again. If there's something you want to see, just leave it in a comment or email (rick at this domain, of course).

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 9:53 PM by Rick 162

Hey, Josh, I'm looking for a rep as well. Do you have a number/email for Craig?

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 9:56 PM by Rick 163

Click on my name for the Thome picture from Aug. 17. Unfortunately it's from Getty and not on my work's subscription. But thought it might point people in the right direction. I tried to find it out there on the web somewhere, but had no luck.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 10:07 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 164

Here is Craig's contact info: 612-659-3567 and CraigGumz@twinsbaseball.com

As I stated before I have no complaints. When I explored the idea of a 20 game plan and asked his opinion on where to sit, he directed me to the Field View Section over the Skyline view. He said "You are straight on from the scoreboard, save a few bucks, and I sat up there during my break and thought it was a great view for the value!" Can't say I disagree so far. Great rep for us so far!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 10:13 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 165

I'm staying up past my usual bedtime to watch that '2' turn into a '1'.

:-)

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 10:18 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 166

And it gets bigger, too!!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 10:19 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 167

Looks like the Sox were watching the scoreboard and have some new life...

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 10:30 PM by Rick 168

So if White Sox lose the Twins will celebrate by themselves with no one left in the ballpark? That's ridiculous! Let the people stay. This shouldn't be a celebration without the fans.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 10:38 PM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 169

I'm actually fine with the fans leaving. It's nice to celebrate with the fans, but sometimes it feels over the top. All teams, at least all that I can think of, celebrate making the playoffs with champagne. I don't mind that. The season was long and hard and I think the team needs to celebrate what they've accomplished so far.

Thanks for that info Josh.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 10:58 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 170

Is there any picture that sums up this season better than that shot of Thome that Buffalo linked? The young, highly-paid talent gathered around home plate to thank the seasoned veteran who's carrying them.

Rick - that's a big-ass '1.'

Was at the game tonight, if there was ever a better night for a ballgame, I haven't seen it!

Jared, if you're out there, I'll be in the west stands about 14 rows up on Sat night - I'll try to get some pictures. You're from SD, yes? Is there an official spread?

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 10:59 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 171

I love Mauer's face in that walkoff picture.

Expectorate-
Let's hope the 0 is even bigger. 3 more outs.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:05 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 172

I love the expression on Mauer's face in that Thome home plate photo. It's the sort of exhibition you rarely see from him. At least on film!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:08 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 173

I left the stadium to watch at home, looks like plenty of fans are still sticking around.

I was surprised how many people were leaving the game around the 7th/8th...

6-1 Oakland

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:11 PM by tk Highlight this comment 174

I left the stadium to watch at home, looks like plenty of fans are still sticking around.

I was surprised how many people were leaving the game around the 7th/8th...

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:13 PM by tk Highlight this comment 175

So pissed right now I don't have FSN @ home.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:20 PM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 176

I also have Craig Gumz as my season ticket rep and he is great. Anytime I have a question I get a response right away. He is highly recommended.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:21 PM by FD Highlight this comment 177

HebrewHammer-
It's also being live-steamed on foxsportsnorth.com

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:23 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 178

Campeones, Campeones, oe oe oe (as they say in madrid)

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:23 PM by tom (aka tcmark) Highlight this comment 179

Twins clinch.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:26 PM by Dr. X Highlight this comment 180

Listening to Hawk on WGN -

"Who got the best performance out the bullpen the last 6 weeks? It was Minnesota."

"Rauch started it and did a FANTASTIC job for those guys, he was the straw that stirred the drink, so to speak."

"Morneau goes down, and they get a big year out of Delmon Young, a big year out of Kubel, another clutch year out of Cuddyer. And of course Mauer's Mauer."

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:28 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 181

This behind the scenes tour by Robby is pretty sweet online right now!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:29 PM by tk Highlight this comment 182

Thank you so much AJ! Don't jinx it Dr. X!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:29 PM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 183

This is like awaiting poll results to come in from a November election, except everyone in Twins Territory is a winner!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:31 PM by tk Highlight this comment 184

I remember Hawk and Kenny Williams saying that the final two-three weeks were when the Twins were going to collapse. We had more away games and that would be the deciding factor. It was, but not in their favor!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:31 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 185

Not a problem Hebrew. It's definitely not something you'd want to miss if you don't have to.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:33 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 186

YES!

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:37 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 187

Bobby Pascaly gets my vote for top-notch rep --- I never personally had much luck with Gumz.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 11:47 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 188

Sox had just lost when I posted. I never count my chickens before they hatch.

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 4:45 PM by Dr. X Highlight this comment 189

wtf?

Posted on October 24, 2011 at 4:41 PM by bulldog Highlight this comment 190


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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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For some inexplicable reason, a lot of the new parks being built these days feature grand staircases like this one.



Clemson Memorial Stadium



The walkway under construction in the parking lot just outside the loading dock.









TCF Bank Stadium (click to enlarge)









One of the many supports being built over the tracks.



"Original" or "Dinger" Dog









I don't exactly know what this is. A first-aid station? Concession office?






Just lighted panels... *sigh*






Time to paint those supports Vikings-purple.



Night (about the 7th inning)



5:45 PM, section 327, row 9, standing: sunshine.






Three weeks ago this was a patch of scruffy trees. Now it's a patio. In case you were wondering, that's where I've been...






The Metrodome is converted to its football configuration after the Twins game on August 29, 2002



Lunch break at the top spot. (Grandstand)



Skywalk over Seventh






Note the gigantic -- and very permanent -- M's on the gates at the base of these stairs.



Seville's certainly will benefit from 81 games a year played about a block away! (When I walked by on this day, the place looked deserted, but I stand corrected!)






Typical SRO view upstairs.



Here's the entrance from the seating bowl. It's down the outer moat, just beyond the last of the Dugout Box sections.



Legends Club seats feature in-seat service



Directly above gate 6 "Oliva" on the Club level.



Who Owns What (Click for larger version. Source: Ballpark Authority)



Home Plate Box, Section 111, Row 8 or 9-ish (Click to enlarge greatly.)



Noah is checking out the ample leg room and truly exemplary sight lines.



Nine spots for hops bats.



Catwalks provide access to the View Level seats (from the Ballpark Authority July update)



(Click to enlarge greatly)






The county of my birth!









From behind the wind veil






This is the start of construction on the Northstar platform which will feed under the bridge and to a lobby with escalators and elevators just inside the ballpark's public concourse. Compared to the ballpark construction, this looks kind of puny. But the work just to get the trains to come has been positively Herculean. Future generations will look back at this with awe.



First, an overview. The base of the plaza here will meet the base of Sixth Street at Second Avenue.






Just so you have a reference, this is an LD ("low def") scoreboard (inset is what the controller probably looks like).



A spot that's always full!


Glossary

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

Selected Bibliography - Analysis
 


(1993)
 


First Edition (1992)
 


Second Edition (2006)
 


(2008)
 

Selected Bibliography - Surveys
 


(1975)
 


Second Edition (1987)
 


Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000)
 


(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)
 


(2006, very large coffee table)
 


Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
 

Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
 


(1992)
 


Book and six ballpark miniatures
(2004)
 

Complete Bibliography

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