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 3044 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Mystery door on Seventh Street...
The Hrbek gate is directly below. It's a lively place after a game.
That's Bert back at the Met on Photo Day, September 15, 1974.
That is the gun-metal gray wall of The Stadium just beyond the elevated tracks.
Footings for the Seventh Street walkway from the A ramp.
Here's the current overview from the south side of the B ramp (from which the banner at the top of this page was culled).
The model still shows the Batters Eye Club, which is no longer part of the design.
Work in progress.
Looking from the middle of the third base side back toward the entry door
Do you need to know the score?
This view clearly shows the curve in the left field stands and the relationship of the first row with the playing field (no overhang to speak of in left).
I know you've seen these, but is there a better finishing touch anywhere else in baseball? I know not one.
The start of the VIP entrance and loading dock.
Hops! (conceptual only)
Name that ballpark
Main ticket window area
Integrating the administration building was really a great idea. Actually, there will be more things inside than just offices, but that will probably be some sweet space.
Staircase entrance. You cannot miss them.
Some details are visible here, like the back of an escalator.
Concept drawing for the fan/player appreciation wall. (Click to enlarge.)
A closer look at the grid on the Pro Shop.
This is some of the signage in place for concession stands.
He'll always be a fan favorite, but did you know that he's making $18.5 million this year? The Twins' entire outfield today, combined, makes $7.45 million.
Looking back toward the park from just beyond the north end of the Northstar platform.
What has been actually built so far is only a tiny subset of this vision.
The art panels on the Fifth Street facade as viewed from the top of the Minnekahda building.