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 3033 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Looking from First Avenue toward the ballpark (over the top of a construction barricade)
Look closely and you'll see limestone on the front of the press box!
A sign that your mall is all but dead: roped off escalators. (This is at about 4:00 PM on a weekday.)
Legends Club fireplace (there are two)
The louvres on Fifth have been completely filled in
This was from January 19, 2007, when it looked like wonderful things might never happen here.
From the revised site plan, this is the configuration of Gate 34 Puckett.
Click to see the whole, beautiful image. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)
Site plan for the new Nationals ballpark, with the size of the Rapid Park site overlaid
The main ticketing area beneath the restaurant.
Dancing for the cameras
Location for automated ticket machines
The right field overhang is in place, and the first base stands are starting to go in.
North Loop Deli
The french fry lights were on!
Comerica Park main entrance: Tigers, bats, and much (maybe too much) more (Source: LP)
The Ballpark Authority at work (Source: RP)
There's a great, big, beautiful tomorrow! (I loved this place as a kid.)
You won't see much sky from these seats, but you'll always be warm
The past is the future. Seriously.
Awesome seat. Awesome sun. Awesome hitter. (Photo by Tony Voda, courtesy Jared Wieseler)
A sharp-eyed reader caught me trying to make the best of a bad situation with my SP-570UZ on Sunday afternoon
Open house skeptics
The transit corner entrance (Photo by Tom Sweeney, Star Tribune)
I know these are giants bats with hops growing inside, but... Hmm...
One thing that the design disguises nicely is that the Pro Shop (and other key components) are actually built over lanes of freeway. That can clearly be seen here.