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April 10, 2010 1:15 AM

You know tomorrow is Christmas, so good luck sleeping tonight.

That's the prevailing feeling around here these days, and has been for a while. With just over two days to go, I'm going to try and keep the distractions coming a little bit so we don't all chew one another's heads off in rabid anticipation...

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My story of last Saturday's game starts with the easiest parking I've ever had for a game: $5 at a lot about four blocks from the entry to the plaza (six total blocks to gate 34). We would return after the game to find it still about 70% vacant, and we would wait exactly zero minutes to get out. I was home within about 15 minutes of the end of the game.

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This brings to mind something I learned recently about wayfinding. Did you know that most people won't even start looking for parking until they actually can see their destination? This is especially true when people are in unfamiliar territory (which the TF neighborhood will be for many, many people).

The problem is that, if you do that with Target Field, especially if you're coming from the downtown side, you'll be beyond 90% of the parking before you even start looking.

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What a great sight!

Thus, at least part of the advice being given by the mayor is worth heeding: seek your parking by looking at a map before you head down. Then follow the electronic signs dotting the streets if you need further guidance.

The other part of the mayor's advice, hop on the train to get from your parking spot to the park, is pretty much laughable. Within about an hour of the start of a game, every train which pulls into downtown will already be full. Don't bother with that.

And don't look for a bus either. There are so many spots within plain old walking distance -- five blocks or less -- that you don't need public transportation for that last leg. Hell, there are even rickshaw-like things roaming the streets offering free rides (plus tip, of course).

After an easy park and a quick walk, we got to see the unveiling of the Killebrew statue -- which will take any middle-aged Twins fan back to a very good emotional place.

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Harmon is visible (barely) at the very center of the crowd.

After the unveiling, we cut back to Kieran's for some fish and chips. That's when I really started to wonder if I was in a different city.

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The food/service/atmosphere -- even prices -- were fantastic. And the warehouse district has just never looked better than it does through those gigantic windows. (See sidebar for one downside of the new Kieran's location.)

After lunch, we hit the plaza, took in the new sights, sounds and smells (grills!), then took a walking tour around the outside of the ballpark.

You've all probably done this, so I'll just hit a couple of the things I noticed which had changed.

First, the sidewalk on the opposite side of Seventh was roped off, forcing people to one corner or the other.

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I know why they do this, but it's very disappointing.

There are long stretches of time when there is absolutely no traffic on Seventh. This is based on the light timing down at Second Ave, and the lack of traffic from a couple of the directions that get the green.

One of the things I hated most about the Metrodome was the fact that pedestrian traffic, especially on the south side, was so closely controlled that it lost all sense of life. Pedestrians are why the plaza exists, so routing them away from it is counter-productive.

On game days, Seventh should be treated as part of the plaza. That's how they are designed to interact. Those orange cones and no crossing signs look very unfriendly.

More productive would be wide crosswalks right where the doors of the A ramp empty onto the sidewalk, tended by traffic control officers.

Next, history is now on display all around the outside of the park. The banners are huge and if you start at the pro shop, you can take a stroll chronologically through the history of the Twins in the postseason. Great touch!

The outdoor patio at Hrbek's is now in place, and it's pretty classy. If anything is ever built above that parking lot across Seventh, this could become a great little corner of the ballpark.

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Around the corner, bike racks -- and they were pretty full! (See photo above.)

Down the promenade, there are banners on every light pole, temporary fencing in place for light rail boarding, and much more life than I think many people expected out there on gameday. Oh, and the Ford Centre makes a fantastic backdrop for the walk.

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Coming around the Northstar circulation building (I forgot to peak in at the new art), we saw a gigantic crowd get off the latest LRT train.

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Further down, I noticed that a new permanent barrier has gone in between the sidewalk and the tracks. I don't know if this was in the plans all along, or added after they saw what it was like, but it sure made me feel a whole lot safer walking along there with trains coming and going.

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Having made it all the way around, we entered through gate 3. We climbed the steps, walked a few paces directly forward, and saw this:

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There are no caddies in baseball.

One of the amazing things about Target Field is the proximity of the playing surface to the gates. You step inside, and there's baseball. It's a very undersung attribute.

The natural instinct is to just start looking around...

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Did you notice the flowers?


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How many times did we water down our field as kids? More times than we played games, that's for sure!


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Sue Nelson's spot in the Twins Pub has been upgraded. She grew a body guard, and seemed to have even found a few new stops on her organ! In fact, I heard some music from her that I don't think I've ever heard before. It was a distinct improvement over the tired old approach heard at the Gopher game.

Here's hoping they let her be heard out on the plaza and concourses before games, and maybe after the commercials are done between innings. My hunch is that she's got way more skill and imagination than we've heard from her in the past (mostly due to limitations which have been placed on her).

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I heard the best line of the day at one of the hot dog carts.

First, these poor souls were battling gale-force winds throughout the game. My guess is that their faces were quite wind-burned by the time the game ended.

Second, the Big Dog was pretty darn good. And for $5.50, not a bad value.

But when someone in front of us tried to order "one hot dog", he was rebuked. "We don't sell hot dogs here. We sell Big Dogs!" Duly noted.

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Eventually, we found our way to some standing room at the back of section 110 and watched the game. Jacque Jones got a hit...

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...there might have been a touchdown...

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Dude, this is NOT a multi-use facility.

...but mostly we watched in awe as the sun started tilting into full afternoon mode -- which is one of the best lights for baseball (if there is such a thing).

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The place looked beautiful. I can't wait for a game that counts.

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Any hints on how to best direct a cab driver to Target Plaza? I'm not really clear what streets are going to be blocked off when. I want to make sure I'm there by the time the gates open and the light rail isn't a good option for me.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 01:56 AM by jfh Highlight this comment 1

Looks like the weather forecasts are getting worse - the best days the next week are 4/10 and 4/11, with 4/12 getting worse, not better. We may end up with a Maxwell Smart "missed it by that much" moment ...

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 01:59 AM by jfh Highlight this comment 2

i love Christmas can't wait!

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 03:41 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 3

According to accuweather, it calls for a half inch of rain... There will still be baseball played if that's the case

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 07:42 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 4

all the newscasts i have watched have said the rain should be over by afternoon. Lets hope it at least stays dry from noon to 7

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 07:52 AM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 5

C'mon, Rick. Be tolerant.

It's also like Hannukah! And don't forget Kwanzaa...and Festivus...

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 08:35 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 6

So where is this fabled parking spot heaven?

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 08:44 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 7

If he gave it up, it wouldn't be a secret anymore.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 08:51 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 8

wow give it a rest already...your act is getting old

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 09:10 AM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 9

Great post Rick.

Outdoor baseball and a 4-1 team, life doesn't get any better.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 09:11 AM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 10

Rick - you said that you found some standing room behind Section 110.
How was your view of the video board from back there? I can't remember how many rows are in that section, but I'm in the early-to-mid 20's when I go next Wednesday. They claim that many of the back rows in those first base sections will have "obstructed" views of the video board because of the LC overhang.

I tried out my seat at the Open House, and could see it clear as day- light standard, Twins sign and all. So, I was just wondering if they're just warning people, and it's not really as bad as it might seem, or if there truly is some video board obstruction in those first base sections.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 09:11 AM by luke Highlight this comment 11

Just arrived in Chicago and on the 'L' hoping for #5.
J

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 09:17 AM by Jincr Highlight this comment 12

Vikeologist, who are you directing this towards?

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 09:46 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 13

i don't give a shit if it rains on me. Nothing will ruin my day! It won't be rained out so just man up and enjoy outdoor baseball whatever comes. :)

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 09:58 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 14

Could not see the video board at all from where I was standing, or when I sat down in one of the WC chairs. Here's a slight variation on that last picture which will demonstrate what I mean:


That actual location of my parking haven isn't necessarily relevant (smile) because you can find about a dozen just like it within a block or two on the downtown side of 6th and Hennepin.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 10:01 AM by Rick 15

I was kidding, there are plenty of maps available.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 10:04 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 16

(sigh).. sometimes you have to spell it out...

Vikeologist, reeee-lax. Take a deep breath. Have some fun. I want you to go into the bathroom and walk up to the mirror. Now take each of your index fingers and hold one to each corner of your mouth. Now raise them upward. You see that?? It's a smile!

Keep practicing!!

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 10:31 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 17

So I noticed there were scooters in the bike rack. I'm not complaining, but how far up does that go, can motorcycles park there too? Or is it just bike and scooter parking?

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 10:39 AM by Schda Highlight this comment 18

There are still seats... Just added 1 in HPB to my cart. I however am going to release it, I think I've got enough

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 10:57 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 19

do you lock your motorcycle up? Not usually. Scooters often get locked up

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 11:16 AM by moda253 Highlight this comment 20

wow, funny how you knew that was directed towards you without a name...

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 11:22 AM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 21

Jimmer,

How many tickets do you have on Stubhub? Have you had any luck selling them?

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 11:23 AM by FD Highlight this comment 22

I only sold 1 on there, yesterday in 316 for $100. I've got 2 on eBay for $200 (for the pair) that someone has bid on. The other 5 I got this week went to myself/friends. I'd only make like 30 bucks on a single HPB right now after their fees, so I passed. If the prices were like yesterday or Thursday, I'd have jumped on it.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 11:26 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 23

Whoops, it sold for $125 I meant... I'll be getting 106 net on a 36 ticket

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 11:30 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 24

Whoops, it sold for $125 I meant... I'll be getting 106 net on a 36 ticket

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 11:30 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 25

I wonder if you could get in for not much above face value if you waited until about noon on Monday on stubhub--with the ability to print instantly, those tickets could be available right up until Monday afternoon. I haven't really followed ticket prices on stubhub that much, but the inventory for opening day seems pretty high. I can't imagine they will all sell by Monday.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 11:39 AM by ew Highlight this comment 26

Haven't had time to make up a forecast today, but the argument for rain/thunderstorms is growing. The NWS forecast discussion points out start timing is moving more into monday during the day. The best chances of rain appear to stay north of the metro. So gametime right now looks dry with pregame festivities running the chance of rain that is forecast. However, if the timing of the frontal passage slows down that could mean a wet start. I still hold on to the idea that the rain won't make the ground during the passage because the front at that time is still early in development and any rain will have to fall through some very dry air that would evaporate it and prevent it from reaching the ground. Without a doubt it will be mostly cloudy for most of the day but there will be enough breaks that high temperatures could vary from high 50s to high 60s depending on where the clouds block the most sun. So in all I am holding optimism for a dry game but the forecast is starting to slowly slide the other way. I will keep you all posted as the local forecasts and forecast models come into alignment.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 11:39 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 27

I could really care less if we have a dry game or wet game, as long as we have a game.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 11:46 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 28

Jimmer, I could care less too. But I kindly ask you to ignore my weather related comments then because people have asked for them. If people don't want them then all they have to do is say so and I will stop. I figured I could contribute and if people are mostly in agreement with you then I have no problem stopping and contributing in other ways.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 12:05 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 29

I do think it is relevant though Jared, I was just saying... I've been checking different forecast websites myself since mid last week. Do you think there's any chance we'll get enough rain for a rainout?

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 12:15 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 30

I think that it would take us enough rain to build an Ark or heavy lighting storm for them to postpone this game. The Twins have a lot riding on this game and to have to do it all again, will create fewer people to go, etc., as many people many not be able to get two days off of work. Unless they took both days off with advance planning, but how many do that?

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 12:22 PM by tk Highlight this comment 31

I'm not really thinking about the weather, but I sure do dig Jared's forecasts.

Keep 'em coming, Jared! (Official BallparkMagic meteorologist? It's your title if you want it!)

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 12:25 PM by Rick 32

Well, thanks. Obviously its hard to tell intent and I didn't think you meant anything bad. Sorry if I came across as such because I didn't mean it that way.

As of right now there doesn't appear to be enough for the field to even have to drain. But as i mentioned previously, if that front stalls out, it will be more developed and bring more rain. Even then it shouldn't be enough for a rainout.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 12:25 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 33

Good to hear... I don't have Tuesday off LOL.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 12:28 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 34

I like the Macy's ramp, which is reasonable if you're going to a night game or a Sunday game. It's $5 after 4 p.m. or on Sundays. Bit steeper otherwise, so I would avoid it on Saturdays and any day games. I saw an even better place closer to Target Field, but it was tiny and going to keep that one to myself.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 12:43 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 35

Notice the green wristbands that fans in the cushy seats wear at the Cell? Maybe the waterslide is included?

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 12:53 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 36

Is there any way to sell someone etickets (that I don't have on mytwinstickets, diff email) without them seeing your name and address and what I paid? Anyone on here ever sell any online?

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 1:06 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 37

I seem to have misplaced the link for the schedule of opening day festivities. Can anyone provide it?

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 1:15 PM by Rick 38

http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/min/ticketing/opening_day.jsp

there you go Rick

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 1:27 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 39

Jared - I appreciate the weather updates.

I'm going one way or the other (at the airport now - too late to change my mind). I'll wait and see like everyone else. The only reason I care is that if there is any "bad" weather, that's all the national with pick up on. I want Monday to be about the Twins and Target Field, not the Red Sox or the start of more ranting about how Minnesota could build a ballpark without a roof.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 1:48 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 40

Just sad that it refers to the '69 and '70 flags as representing "central division" titles. And on the Twins' own website...

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 1:49 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 41

Just got back from Pat Reusse's book signing.
"Minnesota Twins, the Complete Illustrated History"
Great book and great pics.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 1:49 PM by luke Highlight this comment 42

Luke:

I plan on buying that book on Monday when I am up at Target Field!

Anyone read the book "162-0?"

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 2:02 PM by StatFreak101 (Erik) Highlight this comment 43

Scavenger hunt ---

The "remainder of the pole" is now at the new ballpark. Who will be the first to spot it? Hint: It's bigger than a 6d nail.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 2:04 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 44

StatFreak - it really is a great book and well worth the price ($30). I can't say the photography quite matches what Rick does for us, but it ranks up there.

Click my name for a blog from today's Tribune about "what not to eat at target field." Half of the things he mentioned were all 'sweet treats.' I'm sorry, but when I go to a game, I want a dog and a beer, plain and simple.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 2:20 PM by luke Highlight this comment 45

i had Gelato at the Gopher game - it was yummy!

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 2:25 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 46

...and you already have your "sweet treat." Sorry, luke, but you stepped right into that one...

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 2:39 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 47

Another win....Life is good.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 2:46 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 48

The Twins are strongly suggesting fans get in their seats on Monday at 2:10pm.

Problem with that is that people riding the train will arrive at that time so there may be some fans missing some festivities. Then on top of that they will have to leave at 6:00 to make the 6:15 train to head home. Sooo...hopefully there is no rain delay, and or that it is a fast game and doesn't go into extra innings. However if they still plan on having fireworks after the game (thought I heard something like that), they will miss those too.

Poor planning by the Twins on their part in my opinion.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 2:52 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 49

Someone asked earlier about the flyover. The F-16s will be flying over at the end of the SSBanner on a course of 251 (NE to SW).

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 2:54 PM by lindywig Highlight this comment 50

actually Schweady, you reached for that one...lol.

Nice to have a five game win streak to start a season.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 2:54 PM by luke Highlight this comment 51

actually Schweady, you reached for that one...lol.

Nice to have a five game win streak to start a season.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 2:54 PM by luke Highlight this comment 52

actually Schweady, you reached for that one...lol.

Nice to have a five game win streak to start a season.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 2:54 PM by luke Highlight this comment 53

sorry for the triple (now quadruple) post. My damn computer is being really pissy this afternoon.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 2:55 PM by luke Highlight this comment 54

Anyone read the book "162-0?"

I picked it up the other day. It's a fun book, especially that it looks at some games that have otherwise been forgotten.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 2:57 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 55

the 'fireworks' are going off as part of/after the F16 flyover prior to the game...not your traditional 30 minutes in the dark, ooh-ahh type of fireworks. Maybe they don't make sense but it's not dark out at 6 pm either.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 2:57 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 56

Mauer homecoming on ABC now...

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 3:01 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 57

schweady,

The banners on the outside are correct, so the Twins clearly know the difference. I'm sure it's just a typo:


Ben,

To what are you referring? (I know which part of the pole you mean. Last time I saw it, it was abandoned in the LeJeune steel yard...)

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 3:03 PM by Rick 58

thanks for the reminder Jimmer... I forgot! I was there!

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 3:06 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 59

"Ben,

To what are you referring? (I know which part of the pole you mean. Last time I saw it, it was abandoned in the LeJeune steel yard...)"

The bottom half of the pole --- now at the park.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 3:23 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 60

Not...the tarp?

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 3:45 PM by Rick 61

Tarp???

The "remainder" of the pole is at the park. The Twins apparently intend to do "something" with it but don't know what yet. Should not be hard to find for those who enjoy a scavenger hunt.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 3:54 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 62

I wonder how much rain it would take to call off the opener. We are driving 5 hours to come down from up north so hope they play even if it rains. Have to work on Tuesday so hope we can get the game in.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 3:56 PM by firedog Highlight this comment 63

firedog-

I would imagine it would have to be a "driving" rain to call the game off...either that or lightning. I'm predicting that the game will be played on time and in dry conditions.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 4:18 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 64

Re: '69 and '70 - Nice banners, indeed. Had to do a double-take, tho. I've always called it the WestERN Division. Need to re-train.

For those directionally impaired (it's going to take a while, but thank goodness we now have the sun available for reference), TF is oriented so that a blast to dead center is traveling straight east. If lindywig is correct about the direction of the fly-over, those sitting along the 1B line will have the jets coming straight at them.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 4:36 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 65

Not sure if this has been posted: pdf for events between April 12th and April 22nd. I know home opener has been mentioned from the other press release so I'll skip that. Here are the other events:

April 17th: Killebrew and Carew give Mauer the 2009 MVP award. Also gets the Silver Slugger award.

April 18th: Mauer receives 2009 Player's Choice Award and Gold Glove award. Hudson also gets his Gold Glove award. Baseball unplugged with Cuddyer, Young and Butera in St. Louis Park after the game.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 4:53 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 66

Rick - I agree with you on the complexity of getting around Block E, it's not fun at all trying to navigate the inside cooridors....if I could meet with the group of people who designed that building, my only question would be: "What kind of drugs were you on?"

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 5:04 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 67

I went down to pick up some OD tickets I nabbed this morning and Viktor the Viking was hanging around on the Plaza. It was a cool but strange sight.

The old broad behind the glass seemed impressed that I had section 112 opening day tickets but she was a 'loud talker' and I wish she hadn't alerted everyone that I was leaving the window and walking to my car with them. lol

Also noted - the plaza bathrooms were locked. I am sure they wouldn't leave them open all the time or it would become a shelter. lol But if the ticket windows and store or open, it would be nice to have somewhere to pee during those hours.

Whoever said they were going to Hell's Kitchen for breakfast - thank you - I now have a reservation as well - thanks for reminding me of them!

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 5:14 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 68

Will Butera still be here or will he be in AAA by then.....

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 5:49 PM by bw Highlight this comment 69

Jax, how many OD tix did you get? I got a total of 9

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 6:01 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 70

i only bought 2 with the intent of either using them and selling my usual seats, or selling them to someone at work. But everyone at work got stupid - wanted a handout. So screw em - now they're on ebay. lol

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 6:07 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 71

hey guys, sorry if this has been talked about before but, you know those sections in the upper deck where they have a few seats right about the opening from the concourse...are they labeled differently when purchasing tickets or are they in a certain row? I just don't want to buy those and any information would be nice...thanks all!

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 6:14 PM by Erik Highlight this comment 72

Question, where would one need to go to find the walleye on a stick or the fried walleye with fries? One of those two items are at the top of my list for food I want to try once I go to Target Field.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 6:20 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 73

Erik - I checked that out myself when I went to the Open House. I believe they are rows 5 & 6. The ones I saw were in Section 311. The seats were numbered 18, 19, 20 and 21.

My guess is that those small 4-seat rows, the entire way around are considered part of the section to its immediate right.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 6:27 PM by luke Highlight this comment 74

bw-
We have had zero news on Morales' status, so I think it's pretty safe to say that Butera will be here.

billymayshere-
I believe Walleye on a stick is at the state fair concessions (they have things on sticks). Not sure about the other.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 6:27 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 75

Ok Ben, you have my attention, please tell us more.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 6:31 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 76

the walleye w/fries kinda sucked. I'd do the Walleye at the State Fair concessions. I saw Marnie Gellner shoving one in her big yap on tv and it looked tasty.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 6:34 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 77

Jax, that's exactly what made me want one of those. Sad to hear the fried walleye with freedom fries was bad, I was looking forward to that since it's all but impossible to screw up fried food.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 6:52 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 78

Thought I'd heard that the fried walleye sandwich was at the Townball Tavern. Was that the one that sucked?

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 7:23 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 79

no, i was talking about the walleye fingers and fries at the one of the main concessions. I was thinking it would be like Famous Dave's walleye fingers. They were more like fish sticks from Cub. My 9 year old daughter liked them.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 7:31 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 80

I'm not worried about the weatherfor the twins sake or for my sake, but I hope its a beautiful sunny day in the low 70's so that the espn guys calling the game can't talk about how the weather in minnesota is so bad for baseball

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 8:22 PM by joe from st. paul Highlight this comment 81

I just took the plunge and got two tickets off StubHub for Monday's Opener. I didn't think I'd be able to pull it off, but the price has been dropping the last two days! ($165 for two on the club level.)

I probably won't sleep at all tomorrow night... :-)

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 9:32 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 82

just sold mine for $305 so I'm a happy girl.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 9:46 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 83

wow....do we really have to sit here and talk about the weather for the next two days all over again like some of you did before the twins/cardinals exhibition games? some of you really need to find something else to focus on.

bottom line is: it might rain.....it might not. either way, my guess is there will be a game played at some point on monday. what does posting about it over and over again do or change?

sorry.....i can't stand the way people in this state/region are always so fixated on the weather. it is one of the most boring topics imaginable and there is nothing any of us can do about it.

okay, rant over.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 10:22 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 84

has anyone heard what the relative humidity is suppose to be? If it's too dry it messes up my sinuses. If it's too damp, my hair goes flat. Maybe I'll just stay home - it's not worth the risk!

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 10:28 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 85

Anyone interested in catching a game from the Bud Roof Deck? I've personally reserved it for the Labor Day game against KC. I am selling the tix for $40 each and have about 150 left. Feel free to invite your friends, family and neighbors!

for more info including payment details, email me at twinsmeetup@gmail.com

PS: mention you saw this post to receive $5 off each ticket you purchase.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 10:49 PM by TwinsMeetup Highlight this comment 86

I'm having a hard time deciding which is more overdone: weather talk or scalping talk. It's pretty close.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 10:59 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 87

we need more food talk! i like food

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 11:15 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 88

Well, on a show about Target Field on FSN this afternoon they showed the head chef making risotto with scallops. Apart from chef seeming a little bit annoyed, which is understandable given the dumb questions Marnie was asking, it looked delicious.

I think the turkey leg is something else I'll need to sample at some point in time this summer. It makes me feel like a king eating one of those. I like to spit the gristle at the help if they make eye contact with me.

For now I'm going to settle for a late night pb&j.

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 11:25 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 89

Time to light the sticks of dynamite Rick....KA-BOOM!

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 11:36 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 90

Here is the 2010 walk-up music playlist for the Minnesota Twins (also complete with Jon Rauch's song choice).

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 04:08 AM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 91

And here is a Q&A with the Minnesota Twins audio director, Kevin Dutcher. The music has been a popular topic here at times, and I think Kevin shared some interesting information about his job, etc.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 04:10 AM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 92

I'm already having nightmares where I'm at the gate tomorrow, and my tickets are sitting at home.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 05:30 AM by Sass Highlight this comment 93

Badjuggler and Betaband-

You two should know better. You can cry and piss and moan all you want but weather happens everyday. So either deal with it or stay in your cave and don't talk to anyone. Avoiding weather talk is like trying to avoid the flu, often no one wants it but you get it anyway. That is especially true when talking about an outdoor stadium. Not everyone thinks weather is boring and some want to talk about it everyday. Posting about it everyday spreads knowledge and preparedness. Otherwise we would have trolls like you two bitching about how no one told you rain was forecast and you went and cried about it because you got wet. Get over it and just don't read the weather related posts then.

That being said, the forecast models are finally coming to some sort of agreement. The result: pack some rain gear. There doesn't appear to be enough for a rainout, but should a thunderstorm cell pass through instead of a rain only cell, you could get a nice soaking if you can't get into a protected concourse in time. New forecasted high temps barely crack 60.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 07:12 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 94

thanks for posting that twins territory! He has my dream job, watching baseball and playing music ha, but i would take doing the sound for TV/radio i still get paid to watch. Also like that he mentioned he wants to incorporate more local music.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 07:59 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 95

Someone complained about the Twins poor planning regarding the North Star for tomorrow's game. I think we should be clear here: This isn't the fault of the Twins at all. They don't plan the North Star just as they don't control the HOV lane on I-394 or the schedule of construction at the Crosstown Commons. Seriously. I realize it is an inconvenience, but Metro Transit has a limited amount of track time for this season and has posted a schedule. This game is technically not part of that schedule. By taking the train, you are simply taking the regular daily train, not a special Twins train. I know this is inconvenient. Everyone agrees with that. Hopefully, in coming years, Metro Transit can have enough track time purchased for every game. That is a matter of budgeting as well as how easy the railroad is to work with on the issue. All the same, please don't blame the Twins for things which are out of control. Next I'm going to hear that the Twins poorly planned the weather forecast.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 08:20 AM by jpberka Highlight this comment 96

Sorry we are not all as obsessed with weather as you are, Jared. My advice: when it is time to leave for the game, step outside, see what the temperature is, and dress appropriately. What the weather MIGHT be like two or three days ahead of time is absolutely useless information. Tomorrow's game will not be a rainout. They will make everyone hang out until midnight if that is what it takes to get the game in.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 08:35 AM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 97

I understand the issues that were present from the Northstar Trains standpoint. And that is why I said poor planning on the Twins part and maybe should have included MLB too. It may have been possible to play this game a littler earlier to take advantage of the Train situation. I understand that they cannot do this for every game, but would have been nice for OD.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 08:41 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 98

Customer service @ Metro transit couldn't have been nicer..It was clearly stated to me "track time" was the issue and in the future hopefully it will be worked out.I'm gonna pass for tomorrows game but plan on using it my next game on the 18th and every game the train schedule allows me to...Just a bug that will work itself out...I'll deal with it on a game by game basis...The world will not end.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 08:41 AM by Steve Highlight this comment 99

Josh, once again, not the Twins fault. This game is being carried nationally, and I'm sure the Twins would tell you that they would have loved to be able to schedule a game around the North Star, but that simply wasn't possible. I believe the North Star is going to continue to be an important part of attending Twins games for years to come. People like Steve make it clear that this is a service that is going to continue to be valued by many people. All the same, it simply was not something the Twins could have reasonably accommodated. It simply is not fair to claim that this is somehow poor planning on the part of the Twins. A nationally televised game involving a great deal of pregame fanfare probably isn't a good idea much earlier than 3pm. Down the road, 1pm day games will be more normal and such issues with North Star will naturally decrease. Along with that, as Steve points out, in future years, the track time issue will begin to hopefully smooth out. The service is in its first year and everybody knew that there would be kinks to work out when running a commuter train down a freight line.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 08:47 AM by jpberka Highlight this comment 100

Hey hey HEY! Lay off the ballparkmagic.com official meteorologist! I like weather talk (and food talk...not so much on the parking talk).

That said, I think they'll play on Monday, but a 30 minute delay in the middle would be sorta cool. A full rainout would not be cool.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 08:54 AM by Linc Highlight this comment 101

That's fine. I agree with your advice and you are entitled to your opinion about hating hearing the weather talk. At times, it gets old to me too. There is nothing more annoying than the incessant question "so you are one of those guys who gets paid the big bucks to be wrong all the time". That question, just like weather talk with an outdoor park, comes with the territory. There's no getting around it, so I don't whine like a little girl about it and just deal with it. You guys should do the same.

And just an FYI to everyone out there who continues to ask that question to weather people, only a very small fraction of the weather people out there actually get paid good money. Not even the majority of tv meteorologists get paid that well. Some of them, *cough* Janie Peterson *cough*, don't even have actual weather degrees. It's not scrubbing toilets that's for sure, but it definitely is not a glory job. So lets not throw them all into the same basket.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 09:16 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 102

On a summer day in the mid-1960's, Dad reminded us to be ready right away: we were going to the Twins game as soon as he got back from work. Great, but it was a drizzly, damp, cloudy mess of a morning and the neighbor kid and I (his family was going with us) spent the whole day fretting about the rain. We'd stand in the yard and search the skies, retreating to his room in the attic during the times it came down too hard, listening to it on the roof and moping around, disgusted. During a break in the rain, we walked over to my house for lunch and my mom encouraged us: "If you can see enough blue to make a Dutch boy's pants, it won't rain."

That afternoon, we were on permanent skywatch. We'd point out pieces of promise in the sky, convincing each other of optimistic outcomes, knowing full well that the blue patches we were finding weren't really pants-sized material. I can remember perfectly the exact spot in Greg's back yard where we camped out, scanning the clouds. It still wasn't the best-looking sky when Dad piled us all in and we took off, but they played that night, and we sat in the stands down the third base line, rather than our usual Knothole Gang spot in the left field bleachers. It was magic that night, all right, and it stayed dry, too.

I miss you Mom and Dad. Thanks for introducing me to baseball. And thanks for your optimism.

The link is a pic of me at 8 yrs.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 09:28 AM by schweady Highlight this comment 103

Nice schweady...

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 09:48 AM by Steve Highlight this comment 104

I like Rauch's selection for his entrance song. A lot better than the gimmicky "Stand up and shout." Does anyone know if Nathan picked that or was it selected for him?

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:00 AM by Duffman Highlight this comment 105

As for the weather, before the first exibition game I received many a text from friends ridculing me and telling me to have fun in there rain. As I told them I brought a jacket and bought a $2 towel from Target to wipe off the seat. Turns out I didn't need either, and it was amazing weather (for April 2nd) for the game.

Now that we have an outdoor ballpark, weather has become one of the main concerns regarding game day. So Jared keep the weather updates coming, I wait especially for the the ones that simply read: 78 degrees and sunny.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:08 AM by Duffman Highlight this comment 106

Dress rehearsals for tomorrow on the webcams.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:11 AM by Sass Highlight this comment 107

Love the stuff about walk up music. I noticed on the list that Justin is keeping AC/DC but is changing songs from TNT to Rock and Roll Aint Noise Pollution.

I've always joked that I would want something like the theme to Bonanza or the Chicken Dance for batting, but would use Korn - Shoots and Ladders (the bagpipe solo at the begining) from the bullpen. The Mr says he'd want Korn - Blind.

I'm all giddy like a 5 year old on Christmas Eve. Can't wait for tomorrow.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:45 AM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 108

Did anyone see the Star Tribune front page article about Julian Empson Loscalzo and the "Save The Met" crowd?

All credit to Loscalzo and company for realizing before most people that the Dome was going to be worse for baseball than expected. However, after the Met was lost and things started getting serious about a new ballpark in the late 1990s, Loscalzo himself came off more like a crank and an obstructionist than anything else. Apart from his hatred of the Dome and his general desire for an outdoor ballpark, Loscalzo contributed effectively nothing to Target Field becoming a reality and essentially opposed it due to not wanting any public money used, as if it would have been possible to get the project done without it. It made me a bit mad to see him on the front page being even mildly portrayed as somehow having played a role in the stadium getting built when in reality he did next to nothing.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:46 AM by Jorge Highlight this comment 109

"It made me a bit mad to see him on the front page being even mildly portrayed as somehow having played a role in the stadium getting built when in reality he did next to nothing."

Those who were opposed to using public funds to finance a private business (and they were legion) played a HUGE role in the eventual outcome.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 11:01 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 110

Don't know if this have been mentioned yet, but block E may have a new owner soon. Click my name for the entire article.

From KSTP.com article linked above.
"We intend to significantly invest in Block E to attract tenants that complement the neighborhood's new energy and opportunities. We're looking forward to working with the City of Minneapolis staff to accomplish our goals," Principle of Alatus Bob Lux said.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 11:02 AM by Jeff Highlight this comment 111

RE: Block E.

What Bob Lux needs to do is gut the entire inside of Block E and completely start over. The traffic pattern in that building is the most confusing of any building I've ever stepped foot into.....

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 11:14 AM by Fred Highlight this comment 112

Those who were opposed to using public funds to finance a private business (and they were legion) played a HUGE role in the eventual outcome.

But was it a completely positive role? Could this stadium have been completed much sooner and for less money had we not been detoured by this faction into such dead ends as the Twins paying 100% of the stadium costs (a non starter from minute one), public ownership and/or the Pohlads being legally required to sell the team (also non starters), the damage done in the political process by polarizing the issue, and ridiculous and infeasible stadium financing plans too numerous to mention?

I'll give the obstructionist crowd sincere credit for one thing though. We might have ended up with a retractable roof had the stadium been built earlier and we are better off without one. The many delays gave us a damn good stadium in that regard.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 11:15 AM by Jorge Highlight this comment 113

Of course Nick Punto has house music as one of his walk up songs. He should fist pump like a champion as he walks up to the plate!

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 11:16 AM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 114

Also, I can just imagine how intense it will be to here wherever I may roam start playing and see Ruach walk across the field and up to the mound. Freakin good choice on his part.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 11:24 AM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 115

Jorge -

I was part of group doing battle with the nay-sayers from the beginning - and I will tell you that, in my opinion, despite how long it took - the process produced the best of all possible solutions.

had we gotten everything we wanted in 1997, we would be on the guthrie site in an HOK cookie cutter, faux-retro mess with an airplane hanger roof.

instead, we lost the site, and got one that in my opinion is so much better... the public was also well served, by the Twins upping their contribution - Target helping to build an amazing public space, and a transit hub for the future... this is TRULY a public park, and we wouldn't have any of it if not for how hard we had to fight and compromise to make it work.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 11:28 AM by CJ Highlight this comment 116

Does anyone know if the Twins/FS North will sell copies of their coverage tomorrow of the Home Opener?

I see live coverage starts at 8am. I am going to the game and would really like a DVD copy of this special 8-hour coverage.

Anyone know who to contact with the Twins or FS North? I am sure I will not be the only person at the game tomorrow who would like a copy of the TV coverage on DVD.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 11:33 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 117

Even trying to see a movie at Block E is a cluster. You buy tickets on a different floor from the theaters. You have to walk to the back of the escalators to go up. When you leave you have to walk around an artificial wall of movie displays, then circle BACK around the escalators again. It's just an encyclopedia of stupid.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 11:42 AM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 118

The DVR is already set and the DVD burner will be smokin the following day..

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 11:43 AM by Steve Highlight this comment 119

What Bob Lux needs to do is gut the entire inside of Block E and completely start over. The traffic pattern in that building is the most confusing of any building I've ever stepped foot into.....

Absolutely, and from all indications, Lux does plan to change that. The exterior could use a change, too. Junk that faux olde-timey facade. Put up some more electronic signs/lights. The city could help by laxing some of their redunkulous zoning laws with regards to signage on Hennepin.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 11:45 AM by AndyG Highlight this comment 120

People conveniently forget that the Twins, themselves, wanted a retractable roof stadium built pretty much anywhere else. They are now spinning things differently, of course - would anyone expect otherwise?

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 12:07 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 121

Ben-

I don't think anyone is forgetting that....we all realize that fact. Jerry Bell, himself, in a recent interview admitted as such also. But he has admitted that his opinion is now different based on how things have turned out with the new ballpark and is happy that things turned out the way it did.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 12:11 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 122

Here is what was mentioned earlier regarding the stuff on the web cam.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 12:12 PM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 123

I wish TODAY were OD at TF....absolutely beee-U-tiful outside.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 12:14 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 124

"But he has admitted that his opinion is now different based on how things have turned out with the new ballpark and is happy that things turned out the way it (sic) did."

No sense in my making a point when we have you (and Jerry Bell) making it for me.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 12:22 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 125

Hey Ben -- what's wrong with someone changing their opinion? Is that a crime? The fact is that Jerry Bell has been open and honest about what his original opinion was (regarding a roof), and why that opinion has changed.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 12:30 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 126

Much better article about the possible new Block E owner by Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal. Click my name

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 12:33 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 127

Oh, and I appreciate you adding the (sic) to my quote. So, in addition to challenging message board posters to fist fights, you have also resorted to correcting the grammar of posters on this site? We are all very thankful.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 12:34 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 128

Not to turn this into a Block E discussion, but here is the Reinventing Block E article that Minnesota Monthly did back in 2007. Click my name for the link

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 12:38 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 129

Last I heard it was not a crime - and that is an incredibly stupid question. But, you really don't think there is at least a hint of spin there? When politicians do this it is called "selling out" or "flip-flopping". Bell is selling what he has to sell - it's the world's oldest profession. And, I never said there was anything wrong with it, much less than that it is a crime - just life.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 12:38 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 130

"you have also resorted to correcting the grammar of posters" --- The insertion of "sic" is not a correction of grammar.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 12:41 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 131

IMO, "flip-flopping" or "selling out" are terms thrown around WAY too often. Have you ever changed your opinion on ANY matter over a period of time? If you have, is it because you "sold out"? I can't say for sure that Jerry Bell is, or isn't, giving the politically-correct answer with regards to a roof, and neither can you. But if you want to act as the "Village Cynic" on this board, that's OK by me. Whatever trips your trigger. I'll just say that I'm glad that TF doesn't have a roof and leave it at that.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 12:48 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 132

Nearly everyone is glad that TF doesn't have a roof. And, if TF had a roof, nearly everyone would be glad for that. The Twins, and the media, were going to be selling it either way. And, either way, the fans would be eating it up. That's how things are. If TF had a roof would you be complaining about it? Or, would you be saying "Awesome, dude, I won't get wet tomorrow"?

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 12:58 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 133

"The final word, however, should probably come from a player. Killebrew, speaking at TwinsFest 2004, said this when asked about his reaction when he heard the Met was coming down: "It was time," he said. "It was a good park for a while, but we played under some pretty bad conditions there... There were times when it was more like a test of endurance than a baseball game." He went on to describe how winds sometimes helped or hurt him as a hitter, but said that the cold was the real problem. He clearly thinks that indoor baseball is a must in the Minnesota climate."

Anyone wonder if The Killer has changed his view?

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 1:03 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 134

The first time I went to a Twins/Brewers game at Miller Park I said to my wife that I hope that if the Twins get their new ballpark that they don't make the same mistake. The difference between a ballpark without a roof and one with a retractable dome is like the difference between a sports car that is a convertable and one that has a sunroof.

My other issue is that the roof tends be closed if there is even a HINT of weather. As evidence of that, the Astros played the Giants earlier this week. The roof was closed. Was it raining? Nope. It was 80 degrees and cloudy.

I'm one of those that have been saying all along that if Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh can get along fine without a roof, so can we.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 1:05 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 135

Just got back from getting my Sunday morning coffee at Starbuck's, and MAN are those TF ticket kiosks so nice. Picked up one WC Overlook ticket for Friday's game for $22+$1 "kiosk fee". The same ticket on Twinsbaseball.com? $22+$7 in various fees and whatnot.

I am going to spend a LOT of money at those kiosks this year. Oof.

I'm not even going to tomorrow's game, but I'm taking a half day because I'm just so damn giddy about being part of some of the festivities.

Just a little over 1 day until first pitch!

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 11:21 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 136

yea im getting a lil done with the scalping talk, and also if you are selling tickets to the roof deck and you want 40 bucks for a kc game you can put them on tc traders or shut it...

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 1:19 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 137

I drove by Target Field today, and noticed some new signage on the fence looking towards herc. I only got a glance, but it looks like pictures of past players, done in a sepia tone that really looks nice against the limestone.

I'll check them out more closely tomorrow. :-)

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 1:27 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 138

yeah. well. I think Blackburn has oddly wide, child-bearing hips.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 1:27 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 139

Freakin' Punto.......

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 1:32 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 140

The only thing that will make tomorrow even better is if the Twins can somehow find a way to leave Punto at Comiskey Park. My wife was all excited about having 2 on with 1 out. Being that I was in the other room I asked who was at the plate. She said "Punto". I said, inning-ending double-play. Next pitch....inning-ending double play. How consistently lousy can a major league ballplayer be at the plate?

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 1:40 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 141

His stellar play at 3rd so far this season has more than made up for it

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 1:48 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 142

TwinsTerritory - I have a good friend in the construction biz who was there holding that flag. His company did much of the drywall in TF.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 1:54 PM by luke Highlight this comment 143

Jimmer - I wouldn't quite go that far....I would say that his "solid" play at 3rd has negated "some" of his inadequecies at the plate.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 1:54 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 144

well that's a lucky guess Kevin since Punto only grounded into 7 of them all last year! My beloved Cuddy did it 22 times... and today too.

Punto also walked 60 times and sacrificed 20 times. (low avg but decent OBP)

If you look at his stats, on odd numbered years his production dips...even years, he does well. Here's to 2010! lol

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 2:18 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 145

I'd certainly like to register an objection to that particular rendition of GBA...

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 2:44 PM by Rick 146

i was waiting for someone else to say it but yes. pee-yew!

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 2:49 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 147

Yeah but the GBA girl sure was a looker!

OK I'm officially going to hell now.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 2:51 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 148

Say what you will about Nick Punto, he loves his sex.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 2:53 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 149

How much do you suppose M&M guy got to wear that coat in that seat?

It's not a bad gig when you think about it. Best seat in the house and all you have to do is put on an obnoxious piece of clothing.

Anybody with tix in the Champions Club wanna wear a BallparkMagic t-shirt...?

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 3:06 PM by Rick 150

Interesting to flip back and forth between Fox and WGN. HD versus SD, and I have to say, good announcers (Fox) versus kind of lame announcers (WGN).

The delay is also useful. You can watch the play on WGN, then flip to Fox and see it again a few seconds later. Instant replay using only my Previous Channel button!

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 3:09 PM by Rick 151

jp, ew. you're not going to hell but you SHOULD go to the optometrist.

tth, double ew.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 3:14 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 152

Ullger is the worst!

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 3:22 PM by Rick 153

Was down at TF today - what a gorgeous day - we may have missed the weather by 1 day (Jared, thanks for the forecasts). Walked all the way around the park - new replicas of baseball cards of Twins players ringing the HERC side of the field.

(What was Hardy thinking? He was out by 40 feet)

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 3:23 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 154

We need a new third base coach

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 3:24 PM by amputechture Highlight this comment 155

Please tell me Hardy ran through the STOP sign! WOW, that is a bad bad bad coaching mistake!

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 3:24 PM by Locker Highlight this comment 156

That was brutal.

If the Twins weren't 5-2 with all games coming on the road, both losses close and Target Field less than 24 hours away, I'd be much angrier.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 3:26 PM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 157

I'm angry at the tub of goo who put the Sox on top to begin with. He's been useless!

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 3:27 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 158

What a lousy ending.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 3:27 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 159

Is it my cataracts or is that tub of goo bigger than last year?

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 3:28 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 160

I think Gardy did say he came to ST a little bigger because he didn't do anything all offseason.

Ullger or Hardy, either way...horrible mistake.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 3:30 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 161

looks like a couple folks already beat me to it.

ughhh! scott ullger appears clueless more often than he appears competent as a third base coach when it comes to running the bases. i can't even count the number of times he has done that where a guy is coming to third and scott ullger doesn't even appear to give him either the stop sign or the go for it sign. a lot of times it seems like the guys are just left to figure it out themselves. way to blow a great hit by thome. could have had guys on second and third if you weren't such a meat head ullger.

the tub o' lard that is jose mijares? don't even get me started. i have always wondered exactly what it is that the twins really see in him. i am wondering that more and more this year and we are only 7 games in.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 3:35 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 162

I had no idea Hardy was THAT slow. With a two out jump I would have hoped he would not be just rounding third as the ball comes toward the plate.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 3:38 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 163

AHHHHH! PAVANO SAID IT! MARATHON NOT A SPRINT! lol

yes, tub o' queso is Mijares.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 3:42 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 164

Now that the Twins have a new stadium - can they get a new third base coach?

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 3:52 PM by StatFreak101 (Erik) Highlight this comment 165

Missed the game because the Mr and I went down to TF to pick up our tickets for tomorrow!! Got some pictures of the fence overlooking the HERC. Vinyl banners they can change out easily when needed. All eras of Twins players sepia toned pictures of their baseball cards, they had Mauers rookie card up, he looked like such a baby. There were people all over the inside getting things ready for tomorrow (thought we saw Rybeck going over stuff with some suits). It was nice to get pictures of the statues without tons of people in the way, I even got a picture of the shrouded Kirby statue, from the shape of the shroud it looks like him rounding the bases with his fist in the air. This time tomorrow we will be well into our first official game at TF. WOO!!

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 3:55 PM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 166

Sold 2 tickets to tomorrow's game on eBay... Buyer still hasn't paid. I sent an invoice, how long should I wait before I call him? He's got like 100 positive feedback, but I don't wanna be holding tickets I can't use, and am leaving my house (Hibbing) at 8AM tomorrow for TF. Any advice would be appreciated.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 4:03 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 167

The auction ended last night BTW... Still figured if you're looking for tickets for within 48 hours, you'd pay instantly.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 4:04 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 168

hey jared (whoever you are): just responding from a couple pages back. badjuggler and i are trolls now because we can't stand your incessant "weather" talk? please son! piss off.

the lame "weather terrorists" in this town are total bores. the majority of your "weather terrorist" brethren get paid simply to act like goobers while over-hyping weather forecasts (often days in advance which is useless) with the sole intent being to scare certain rubes in the local populous into watching your stations nightly news to bump up tv ratings. and the sole intent of that is so your station sales managers can turn around and sell CHEAP advertising. yes, what a noble profession!

as badjuggler said. i simply step outside in the morning, get a feel for the temperature/weather and dress appropriately. using that age old and simple approach it seems that more often than not i manage to do a better job at predicting how the day's weather is going to unfold than the local "weather terrorists" who tried "selling" me the weather for the last 4-5 days.

but you go ahead and keep on keeping on with your weather babble.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 4:04 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 169

St. Cloud Times (garbage) had a nice little insert informing the locals of Target Field. They were even nice enough to include a schedule for the Northstar train, listing departures from Big Lake. However it would have been nice if they had listed the correct times. For OD they listed departure time 12:34pm and arrives at TF at arrives 1:25pm. According to Metrotransit.org, departure from Big Lake is 1:21pm and arrival is 2:10pm.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 4:05 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 170

my guy paid immediately so I dunno what to tell ya - but i was in communication with him immediately as well to discuss how he wanted to pick up the tickets etc.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 4:11 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 171

Mine are etickets, so it takes 10 seconds to send them as soon as he pays me grrr...

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 4:14 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 172

Did you call, Jax, or email?

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 4:16 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 173

who was up next to bat? was it punto? then it wasn't a bad idea to send him

hardy looks really slow around the bases but their left fielder has a terrible arm--i like him being sent as long as punto was up next

if it was young i would have to reconsider

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 4:19 PM by Erik777777 Highlight this comment 174

badbetajugglerband - I agree that a forecast pinpointing even tomorrow's weather at 3:10 pm is useless.

The best example of that is April 2nd!! Every channel - all week - was predicting the rain was moving in right around game time and OH NOES we're gonna get wet. Sure enough, it was pouring and thundering at NOON and by 5 pm gametime, it was done and by 7 pm it was gorgeous.

Even if it rains, look for me in row 102. I will be out there cheering in my lovely red rain ponco. lol

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 4:19 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 175

The thing that I don't like about ebay, is that as a seller you are SOL if someone never pays you. As a buyer, you are guaranteed to get your money back if the item is not as described. As a seller the buyer can just walk away from the transaction.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 4:20 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 176

email initially but then i called to arrange pickup. I made sure I had live tickets - they were getting more $$.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 4:21 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 177

I'm going to call about a half hour after The Masters is concluded... Perhaps the buyer, being a sports fan, is watching.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 4:26 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 178

answering my own question--yes punto was up next so I don't think that was a bad send--basically gambled that the relay throw would be off and lost the gamble--i don't mind him being sent there

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 4:27 PM by Erik777777 Highlight this comment 179

erik7777 - think about what you are saying there. my two cents.....you are trying to rationalize way too much by putting it on punto being up next or personally thinking that hardy is slow. it was a poor coaching decision by ullger to send hardy there no matter who was up next. it is not like we can even say that it was a close play at the plate. hardy was gunned down by about 20 feet. a good third base coach does not send the guy there.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 4:30 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 180

Ahh screw it... just left a voicemail. If I don't hear back tonight, I might have to leave negative feedback and put on StubHub since I CLEARLY put in the description that immediate payment is required. A day clearly isn't immediate, and if you don't have the money, DON'T BID.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 4:33 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 181

Jimmer - why wouldn't you post them on TCT?
We've got honest people here...

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 4:45 PM by luke Highlight this comment 182

Some people need to relax a bit around here. There's nothing wrong at all with a little weather discussion as it relates to tomorrow's game. I think most of us, whether we want to admit it or not, are paying attention to the forecast to see which way it will go. Weather talk is better than discussing religion or politics, that's for sure.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 4:49 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 183

Honestly don't plan on selling any games besides this one... I've only got a 20 game plan I went in on with a couple buddies (4 seats), and have no problem selling the few extras I've got to friends/coworkers... If I had more tickets to sell, I'd sign up.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 4:50 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 184

I definitely had a problem with Hardy going there. So what if Punto is up next? Believe it or not, he's one of our better players at working the count (led the team last year in pitchers per plate appearance and is always near the top). It very well could have been bases loaded with Span up next. Or Punto could have had a hit. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then. Just ask Casilla.

You knew Hardy wasn't going to make it as soon as the ball hit the cutoff man. Hardy was just touching third base at that very same moment. Very stupid move.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 5:21 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 185

The LFer has a notoriously weak/inaccurate arm. Scotty may not have bargained on JJ running the bases like Thome.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 5:27 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 186

What a disappointing road trip. I expected the Twins to come home 7-0.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 5:27 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 187

It's been said since the offseason that JJ was slow, so I really wasn't surprised that he was only that far. It was a bad decision and Scotty might have had time to hold him up at third at the very last minute.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 5:29 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 188

Disappointing? It was a 5-2 road trip against two very good teams Fred.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 6:00 PM by luke Highlight this comment 189

I believe Fred was being sarcastic, Luke. It was a great road trip, certainly better than what the Twins usually do on the road. It's still good to not be complacent. There were a few things the Twins could have done better on the trip, but it also could have been way worse.

I'm just a competitor, losing to me is unacceptable even though I know it's going to happen. You can do better, but you also can always do worse. Don't be complacent!

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 6:10 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 190

Speaking of weather...current conditions in Milwaukee: 60 degrees with clear skies and they have the roof closed for tonight's game

The 'Sconnies can claim their fame with Lambeau Field and being able to handle extreme conditions, but baseball is definitely more of an outdoor sport than football and they are pretty weak in Wisconsin when it comes to baseball and having that roof closed at Miller Park.

As some have previously mentioned on this site, it just makes you appreciate Target Field and outdoor baseball even more rather than going the retractable roof route.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 6:19 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 191

Got paid by my buyer and he said he was able to view the tickets just fine... Thank God. Net profit of like 90 bucks ain't bad...

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 6:19 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 192

Mike-
I think they have a rule that if it's 60 or below then they automatically have the roof closed no matter what.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 6:21 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 193

The only way I'd want a roof is if the only way they'd close it was if it was raining... But it sounds like most retractable places have the damn thing closed if there are 3 clouds in the sky.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 6:25 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 194

Yea still a damn good road trip. So is everything starts at 8 tomorrow right? I may just go down around then and hang till around noon for the festivities. Maybe ill see some of you

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 6:28 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 195

I made $170 but after a google search of my buyer's phone number, he looks to be a scalper himself. I feel a little disappointed that they didn't go to a fan who cares. lol He'll probably just be on a corner with these and several others tomorrow to make a profit on them himself.

Oh well - someone will eventually end up in the seats who does care. lol

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 6:32 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 196

I made a total of $160 on 3 seats. You think he could really sell those day of for more than he paid you? Were they first 5 rows of HPB or Dugout Box seats?

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 6:35 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 197

Hey Rick, For a buck and a cuban sandwich, I'll wear a BPM tshirt and bounce around behind Roy during postgame.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 6:35 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 198

Pumped to see everyone at the BBQ tomorrow. We've got PONCHOS that Target donated to us in case it rains... See everyone there!

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 6:38 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 199

I was checking the guide on the tv just now and it looks like the pre-game, actual game and post game will be replayed right away after the live post game ends.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 6:42 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 200

A scalper complaining that he sold tickets to a scalper and not a real fan - hilarious!

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 6:52 PM by Tom Highlight this comment 201

ESPN's Homecoming with Rick Reilly featuring Joe Mauer will be on tomorrow evening at 7 pm.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 6:59 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 202

Jax, I'm going to hell because I was being sarcastic. ;-)

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 7:00 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 203

tom - i was laughing at that too. although i would venture that our jax is just a bit more of an ACTUAl fan than the professional scalper who managed to get his/her hands on them at the last minute just to try and turn them again tomorrow.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 7:01 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 204

Mike said: "Speaking of weather...current conditions in Milwaukee: 60 degrees with clear skies and they have the roof closed for tonight's game"

Looks like a absolutely BEAUTIFUL night in Milwaukee. What a shame. Exhibit "A" of why I HATE retractable domes.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 7:02 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 205

What a beautiful airplane hangar they have there in Milwaukee. I sure am glad that from my seats in Target Field I look out over downtown Minneapolis and not that big panel of glass they have there.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 7:11 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 206

Twins Territory - thanks for the link with the music each player has chosen. Mine would be "Symphony of Destruction" by Megadeth. Just a kick butt song. I told my wife I want her to play it some time when I walk into my classroom - kind of like my own at bat music!

Some of the players have great choices!

Well, I could not be more jealous of all of you going tomorrow. I'll be DVRing it for when I come home from teaching and baseball practice!

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 7:15 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 207

Ole, a very good choice! I like it!

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 7:21 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 208

**Shameless Plug** I have 3 seats on TC Traders for this Thursday vs. Red Sox and all three games against Cleveland next week - all at face value. These are my season tickets in 115 row 4 right behind home plate. I have pictures from the open house if you are interested in the tickets.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 7:21 PM by Mike115 Highlight this comment 209

Good idea Ole, what's everyone's walk up song?

Mine would be "Blood and Thunder" by Mastodon.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 7:38 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 210

"Into the Void" by Black Sabbath

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 7:39 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 211

1. I'm a girl

2. I did luck into them at the last minute.

I did hope to sell them at face value to someone at work but they ended up expecting a handout. I couldn't afford to do that so I posted them - my first auction/sale anywhere online ever. My reserve was asking price. I got a lot more $ once this guy showed up and I thought he was just an excited fan. I really wonder how much he might get for them - Should I wander down to the seats and ask?? lol

lol JP - my mistake! :) Will you be there tomorrow? I can't keep track. Come down to 102 and say hi pregame if you are!

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 7:43 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 212

p.s. don't laugh at me - I'm sensitive. lol

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 7:43 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 213

yes jax, if you wanted them to go to real fans you could have sould them to someone at face value that you know...jimmer can i have another update you on the profit you made? or better yet let us know if you and jax start a new scalping co.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 7:47 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 214

Oh Oh.....infield tarp is on the field. Getting ready for the deluge tomorrow. My walk up songs just for opening day....Blame It On The Rain by Milli Vanilli and Making Love In The Rain by Janet Jackson (No need to use the Unisex Restroom during the rain delay).

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 7:52 PM by unknowntwinsfan Highlight this comment 215

LOL Maz...good attempt but falls short. I give it 2 stars.

My walk up song: Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 7:56 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 216

The white TC is still behind home plate. Boring.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 8:05 PM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 217

why is everyone against the all white 'TC' logo? The Twins are paying homage to their early years. Tomorrow they will be wearing the cream colored uniforms from the early 60's with no names on the back...the white logo goes right along with that I think.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 8:11 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 218

Walk up song (bullpen): Korn - Bagpipe solo through bass drop at the beginning of Chutes and Ladders

Batting walk up: American Woman - Lenny Kravitz version

I might have already posted this but I'm so giddy about tomorrow that I couldn't help myself.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 8:22 PM by Bandgeek Highlight this comment 219

Jared,

Whats your latest weather prediction. We are leaving tommorrow morning from Thief River Falls at 7am to get down there by noon. Hoping for the best with the weather.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 8:30 PM by firedog Highlight this comment 220

Red Sox excited to check out Target Field...Click name.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 8:59 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 221

Target Field - AL's version of Petco?...Click name

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 9:02 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 222

Can't freaking wait until tomorrow. It is definitely Christmas day for me. Hope the rest of you have a great opening day.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 9:06 PM by Jim Highlight this comment 223

I guess that explains why The Killer never hit 50 in one year...

Best thing for all of us is to get to Game 2 and get all of this Least Coast talk about snow flurries to shut the f up. What morons.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 9:12 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 224

First time poster long time reader. Grew up with the Twins at the old Met, moved away at age 10. Been to a number of games at the dome including the final two games. Can't wait for the 4th of July and Labor day when I will be there.

I also can't understand why they don't have the roof open also. Jon Miller-ESPN said it was a wonderful day up their and he couldn't believe the roof was closed.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 9:20 PM by Mark in NE Highlight this comment 225

Sold my pre-sale opening day tickets (family section) to go in on a pair of season tickets with another poster here, and had enough left over to buy OD tickets the other day in section 220 in the WC area.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 9:30 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 226

well, obviously the hardy play didn't work out well but ulger is sending him when the left fielder gets the ball--it was certainly questionable but I think you make the outfielder through the tying run out there--

what is punto's average? .200? It looks like a ridiculously bad call in retrospect but if the ball would have hit hardy (like it hit the sox's winning run)--it would have been a great call--i really don't think it was the bad of a call at the moment he sent him

on a sidenote--why is miller park closed? its like 60-65 degrees there

thanks god the rail yard doesn't have a roof!

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 9:32 PM by Erik777777 Highlight this comment 227

I heard that too Mark...crazy that the roof was closed...

Hand delivered my sold tickets to some middle aged dude in a Prius. I came back alive so best case scenario.

I might need a Tylenol PM tonight.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 9:33 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 228

and apparently I can't spell...sorry

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 9:33 PM by Erik777777 Highlight this comment 229

jax,

i love fat bottem girls

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 9:39 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 230

Is it me, or is Joe Morgan getting more grumpy by the year?

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 9:42 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 231

white TC is freaking sweet, they will prob wear the throwbacks monday...i have to work til 7 so i wont even be able to watch the game but i am going to the 2nd and 3rd game...and the uni sex bathroom stays poppin! its the new sec 210 behiend the curtian at the dome...try it sometime

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 9:42 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 232

Absolutely nobody should feel bad about getting fair market value for their tickets. There will be games you can't give away to friends/family/strangers so things tend to even out over the course of the season. We live in a capitalist society (very thankfully). Values rise and fall. Not sure why the ticket market draws such strong opinions from people. Just like real estate, stocks, automobiles, etc the free market economy has a way of working things out very ably and effectively.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 9:45 PM by Max Highlight this comment 233

So what time is everyone getting to TF?! I know it was posted already but can someone post the OD Schedule? What kind of things are outside on the plaza, as i do not have a ticket for the game

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 9:53 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 234

"Is it me, or is Joe Morgan getting more grumpy by the year?"
He's an asshole..If I ever see him again at a game I'm gonna punch his lights out....

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 9:54 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 235

This has probably been stated before but the thing that chaps my ass the most about the roof whiners is that if the twins built a retractable roof THERE WOULD BE NO F-ING DIFFERENCE IN AIR TEMPERATURE!!!! All it would do would be to keep rain and in the very rare instance snow off of the playing surface

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 9:57 PM by MattW Highlight this comment 236

sooj, scroll down to the middle of kelly's piece - she's got the events and times listed.

We're going early for breakfast and general ambling and poking about.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:02 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 237

If you've ever met Joe Morgan, you know he's one of the most arrogant living ex-players alive. I liken him to Bonds - except Barry actually smiled and shook my hand when I met him :)

I'd love to see Uecker replace Morgan on Sunday Night Baseball!

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:03 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 238

Thanks jax, guess i'll just go to the BBQ at 11 then hit up the puckett statue reveal

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:05 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 239

Leaving St.Cloud 8am sharp..My wife and I will be the Twins nerds carrying our Twins seat cushions hand in hand....

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:06 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 240

I love Uecker

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:09 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 241

Man wish I could leave at 8am, with a Two Year Old in tow, not gonna happen.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:10 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 242

I hate to say this about a Hall-of-Famer, but Joe Morgan is losing it. He can hardly put together a coherent thought anymore.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:11 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 243

Oh hey if any of you see me, say hey. I'll be the Indian dude with a green messenger bag,wearing a brown twins hoodie with little twins logo and twins hat. I'll be easy to spot, not many brown people.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:12 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 244

I'd pick Metalingus by Alter Bridge for mine...

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:15 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 245

This is for Rick. I've only been reading for the past year, and only been posting for 6 months. Rick - we're 16 hours away here. When you wrote your first blog - did you ever imagine this day would come?!? Out of all of us, I hope you enjoy tomorrow the most (I'm not going to the game, but wish I was BADLY). Thanks for making the journey so much easier to follow, Rick. Without your info, and everyone else's on this site, Target Field's opening tomorrow would probably not be as exciting. Again, I hope all of you have a great time. You better post a lot of pictures and info so that when I'm watching the game you all make it feel like I was sitting next to you!

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:18 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 246

Thanks for this site Rick. I think I've been reading it for two years or so now! Crazy! I cannot wait for tomorrow. Too bad I'm in Texas visiting family now so I can't make the game. Will be watching every pitch tomorrow. Thanks again for your hard work. I'll be looking forward to reading more and more reviews of the place!

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:22 PM by Wally Highlight this comment 247

Y'all look for me too - I'll be the blonde haired, blue eyed Scandinavian-looking girl in a Twins hoodie! :D

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:23 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 248

Oh yeah! The blond haired blue eyed female Twins fan! ;-)

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:26 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 249

Sorry - one more thing. All of you should read the first entry waaaay down at the bottom. The whole entry is fun to look back on, but I think all (or most) of us would agree that Target Field has accomplished what Rick hoped it might:

"Yes, it's our home. Players and owners will come and go, but we and our children and their children will be going to this park for a long time. So I want to love it. I don't want a copy of Camden Yards. I don't want a watered down Coors Field or SBC (or whatever it's called now). I don't even want a Fenway or a Wrigley or a Tiger Stadium -- except in the sense that it must be unique, comfortable, distinctive, and definitely ours.. We'll be calling this place home for a long time, so let's make sure it lives up to our expectations."

OK, I'm done waxing poetic. Tomorrow will be agreat day for baseball!!!

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:28 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 250

Allow me to briefly add my voice to the masses praising Rick for this wonderful site. I've been reading since the beginning, despite only recently (and still rarely) adding my voice to the comments. I would check this site weekly early on, but the last year or so its been a daily visit (and over the last few months, checking the site has become an obsession). The work Rick has done at this site has been indispensable. When I hear people sounding like they know what they're talking about with this stadium when they really don't know anything, I remember that if it weren't for this site, I would be just as clueless. This site has made Target Field a home for Twins fans before they had ever even stepped foot inside the building. To enter the building for the exhibition games seemed like a dream to me, because it was so new yet seemed so familiar at the same time. We all have Rick to thank for his tireless work at building and updating this site.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:34 PM by FPM2K Highlight this comment 251

Ole (and all),

Glad you've been along for the ride. I'll be thinking of you tomorrow -- and everybody else who wishes they could be there -- and have lots of snaps to show in the coming days (because my next game probably won't be for a while -- gotta love the free market, right?).

If you see me (out by section S -- or at OG Jeff's party -- or at the Puckett statue unveiling -- or the Gate 34 opening -- or at the flagpole getting pictures with Ben -- or wandering around all over the place) be sure to say HI.

I'll be the guy in the Twins cap (who is trying to score the game, take pictures, eat a hot dog, sip a Pepsi product, and stop giggling uncontrollably).

A new post will be up in a couple of hours, and you'll be able to tell how I really feel about the whole thing...

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:34 PM by Rick 252

Without Rick (and everyone who posted info here, we would have no info on the construction not like the twins and DSP ever posted! Thank you rick i have been reading it since close to the beginning. It has become an obsession checking it everyday, many times. haha

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:41 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 253

(Hey, I forgot for a second that I'm going on May 4 with y'all! Woo hoo!)

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:42 PM by Rick 254

Joe Morgan is a joke! I would prefer to listen to Tim McCarver's constant babble than listen to Joe. Meanwhile Jon Miller is a true gem and deserves a better partner.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:44 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 255

Rick, you need to include a good photo of yourself in this next post so we all know who to look for and thank you when we see you tomorrow.

If I don't see you, thanks, thanks, THANKS for all you've done to keep the rubes and I informed.

TTH

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:45 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 256

Sorry for the late response firedog. I just got home. No time to forecast, have a splitting headache and have to be up early to be downtown (9am is when we will be arriving) for the party and game. Here is the NWS forecast...

http://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=MPX&issuedby=MPX&product=AFD&format=CI&version=1&glossary=1

I did a quick read over of their forecast. This is turning out to be a very tough day to forecast, even for the best mets. This discussion (at the time of this post) is outdated as of noon but from what I see now, confidence isn't that great still. Basically it says the models aren't in agreement, there are many different factors preventing it from raining but also some factors for rain. If it rains they believe it will remain light (lucky to soak the ground in most areas that get rain) because the models have backed off on amount potential. Looks like the best chance for any potential rain comes between 10am and 3pm.

I haven't seen confidence this low so close to the 0 hour. That tells you how tough this one is. I will be up about 6am and hopefully have something good for you all to read when I can put a forecast together.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:55 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 257

Jared, unlike some, I am not at all irritated by the work you do for this blog. Is it safe to say that regardless of what you are seeing as far as lack of confidence, there is basically 0% chance of a cancellation? That is how it appears to me.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 10:58 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 258

Thanks Jared, looking forward to it.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 11:09 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 259

I don't mind the weather talk as its part of the outdoor baseball experience.

It's the people who complain about the rain/snow/wind/heat/humidity and the lack of roof that irritate me...

If you don't like the weather or the potential for a rainout, than don't come to a Twins game. There will be 55,000 empty seats waiting for you at the Metrodome on any given night, if you would prefer to have a roof...

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 11:29 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 260

They should have built a roof and weather wouldn't be an issue.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 11:32 PM by JK (aka TTH Jr.) Highlight this comment 261

Or there's my personal favorite question that I really hate hearing over and over again at this point (which I heard this morning on the radio): "Is there any way to put a roof on at a later date?" I am also deeply irritated by people who claim that the Twins are going to come back within 3 to 5 years and demand a new ballpark because this one has no roof. Ugh.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 11:34 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 262

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Posted on April 11, 2010 at 11:40 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 263

So it begins.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 12:10 AM by Grizzly Adams Highlight this comment 264

It feels like Christmas eve when I was 6.

I've been reading this blog since the original "Stay tuned for more ballpark info". This has been one of the best blogs I've ever read and it's almost sad that the construction updates will now come to an end.

Thanks Rick for everything.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 12:16 AM by Boof Highlight this comment 265

I hope everyone knew I was kidding. I can't wait to go to a Twins game in Minneapolis outside TODAY. I'm hoping there are multiple rain delays and more time to spend in the ballpark, drinking, eating, and not working. I would hate to sour this great blog with anyone taking me seriously.

Boof, so very, very true to the point that is in unreal. Well done Mr. Prescott.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 12:32 AM by JK (aka TTH Jr.) Highlight this comment 266

I just watched the groundbreaking video from August 30, 2007 and it just seems so surreal to think that Target Field Opening Day is now here...At one point, 2010 seemed so unrealistic and beyond our wildest dreams as if it would never get here.

Well it's finally here!!

As surreal as its going to be, all I can say to everyone is soak it in and enjoy it!! No one in baseball is more deserving of a true ballpark than the Minnesota Twins and us Twins fans.

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 12:48 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 267

Okay, anyone else having trouble sleeping? I'm laying here wide-eyed, desperate to fall asleep, but I just can't. For the record, I get this way about a lot of things (including the night before the first day of the State Fair).

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 01:43 AM by FPM2K Highlight this comment 268

I'm right there with you, FPM2K -- about the fair as well!

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Posted on April 12, 2010 at 02:12 AM by Rick 269

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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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Walkway sneak peek






The rough outlines of our urban trench. (North is up.)



This is a great spot for casually watching the game.















Playing surface dirt out there? Maybe. (click to enlarge)



This is what will count as a knothole (actually, it's a gated entrance)



Just think: It could look like this!



The Hennepin Grille appears to feature chicken, brats, and fries.









That group was working on something very carefully, but I couldn't tell just what it was.



Another B ramp glimpse (don't loiter here!)












Here you can see the real beauty of the Seventh Street side, and get a solid sense of why the overall design really works. The building's purpose is clearly visible, there are numerous connections from inside to outside, scale is nicely mitigated, the stone is attractively used, materials are pleasantly mixed and truly complementary. It's just a winner in so many ways.



Those little oval additions are positively laughable!



Great sign






I was surprised at how close those upper deck seats seem. From the plaza, you feel like you can reach out and touch them. It really adds to the impression of overall compactness.









A view straight on of the Pro Shop area and ticket windows (just barely visible). The piers you see beneath the plaza are already almost completed (see final photo).









The glass area seen here is one of the warm-up areas.









This is the Metropolitan Club as viewed from the future Ballpark Authority office space.


















Ticket window at Gate 29/Carew



The limestone now wraps around onto the HERC side.






Louver samples on display.






A Killebrew tribute covers part of the wall where the entry doors are located near the escalators.






7:42 PM It moves to the left in the image and begins to blossom.









Lots of pix waiting to be seen from Bert's memorable night.


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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