Will you be in shape when the season starts? Will you be a lean, mean Mauer or a flabby Mijares?
Well, the Twins are working out, and so should you. Here, inning by inning, is your spring training regimen to prepare for a new ballpark.
Inning 1: Read everything you can. (Click image to buy the book.)
It's a little like reading a very fun phone book, but I can't put it down.
It's the local take on everything, from people who love Twins baseball. This is a very cool book, and amazingly only $12.99. Thanks, TwinsGeek!
This amazing book will learn-up all you young-uns about when baseball was baseball. Absolutely required reading before you enter any gate numbered for a player you never saw play.
Inning 2: Get your calendar marked up properly:
(Please note: Some of these events are still moving targets.)
Friday, March 12 - Open house for suite holders and Champions Club
Saturday, March 13, 9:00 AM - Single game tickets go on sale (as if), also Target Plaza opens
Friday, March 19 - Open house for Legends Club members
Saturday/Sunday, March 20/21 - Open house for remaining STHs
Saturday, March 27, 1:05 PM - Gophers and Louisiana Tech
Friday, April 2, 5:10 PM - Twins and Cardinals (exhibition)
Saturday, April 3, 1:10 PM - Twins and Cardinals (exhibition)
Monday, April 12, 3:10 PM - Home opener! (Be there or, um, well, be like everybody else.)
Inning 3: Keep up on all the media previews. Here's last night on channel 9:
Inning 4: Get some tickets!
Well, maybe that should say "get a plan which has the potential for netting you some tickets." Scalpers? StubHub? TCTraders?
We're gonna win Twins, give it our all!
We've got the guys who'll knock the cover off the ball!
Let's hear it now for the team that came to play!
Cheer for the Minnesota Twins today!
Inning 6: Be sure to purchase the appropriate eye-wear.
While a detached retina is bad news, it would have been worse if it had only been a lousy T-shirt in that canister.
Who knew you could shoot food out of those things? (Not Dome-dwellers...) Is there a better way to serve walleye-on-a-stick? (Fish part first, of course.) And what about Kramarczuk sausages? Cheese curds?
Is there any reason to serve food any other way?
Seriously, I hope the Twins get a little more creative with that particular promotion.
Inning 7: Prepare your bladder.
Drink lots of fluids for the appropriate amount of stretching. Here's what you'll see when the need arises:
(This new sneak peak, from one of our ninjas, is dedicated to our friend, kevin in az.)
Dry knees! Dry knees! (Or maybe I should say that the only moisture on your knees will be your own.)
Inning 8: Plan your ingress and egress.
Car, train, bus? Blimp? Personal helicopter? How will you get there? Where will you park? How long will it take to get out? Will you tailgate?
Here's how you'll cross Seventh Street if you park in the A ramp:
Approach in the A ramp to the skywalk over Seventh
Skywalk over Seventh
Skywalk over Seventh, looking back toward the parking ramp
Stairs down to the sidewalk from the skywalk over Seventh
"You talk about the magic, the aura, but what really makes a stadium is the fans. Concrete doesn't talk back to you. Chairs don't talk back to you. It's the people who are there, day in, day out, that makes the place magic."
– Bernie Williams
Explore the Site
Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3045 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Frost on the pumpkins, snow on the plaza
This is the LRT path looking from the ballpark site (behind me) toward downtown. The line currently ends about two blocks up this street. This bridge over I-394 is also being partially rebuilt as part of the ballpark project.
Roll-up metal doors visible at right.
This would be a beautiful streetscape if there were ANY people.
2007, Noah's first game (Torii's last)
This design has a rather generic quality to it, but they appear to have considered the B garage. Though it isn't part of the model, they've clearly left room for it.
Bag checking at Ball Park Lanes was incredibly simple, as was the pick up later. The line was short and fast-moving.
Did I mention that the cheerleaders looked pretty sharp?
Most of the main concourse is filled with construction materials...
Looking across the top of the B parking ramp. Notice that signage will block any attempts at seeing the game from up there. Also take note of the glassed in area which is part club and part office space for the Ballpark Authority.
Though there's nothing there now, you have to believe they'll find a way to add a party deck up there at some point.
Despite what those signs say, every one of these places was selling either snacks or Yankee memorabilia out of its front door. Do you suppose anything like this will spring up anywhere near the new Twins ballpark?
Work on one of the side panels
The top of a warehouse visible beyond a parking ramp.
One more exterior view shows that, while the original look was attractive in a way, it seems to be a variation on the look of the Washington ballpark (albeit with a much more coherent collection of elements). What's remarkable is that the design team has refined the concept amazingly well, improving it immeasurably. What we're actually getting is clearly descended from this, but it's in a whole different league:
Not from Moose's tour, but it's an image you need to see. (Click to enlarge greatly.)
Glove from above
Loading docks to the right, VIP entrances to the left.
This gate opens onto Seventh Street from the circulation ramps, but it appears to actually be an entrance gate, rather than an exit gate. It has something of a Bat Cave feel about it because it's not a gate proper, but an area of louvers that will swing in, virtually disappearing when closed...
Flag poles, fencing, main entrance gates
Just think: It could look like this!
An alternate route into downtown. (Click to get an interactive map.)
After the rain. (We were in the wrong spot to see the rainbow...)