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 3042 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
Legends Club seats in context (above the main concourse, below the suite level)
Hot dawgs! Getcher hot dawgs!
The steel cage expands.
Here's one big problem with a retractable roof: completely terrible seating in left. These scant few seats would have been tucked under the track. No sunshine, no open concourse, it was a terribly kludgy idea. With some hindsight, it's very clear that adding a retractable roof on this small site would have required compromises which would have just been too extensive to tolerate. Without it, the design was free to grow into something much more memorable.
The completed promenade
I see an opportunity in this view for an Abbey Road-style promotional photo! Mauer, Morneau, Nathan and Cuddyer walking toward the ballpark. The only question: which one takes off his cleats?
An alternate route into downtown. (Click to get an interactive map.)
Name that band. Please. (Mick Sterling)
Pile driving in progress
Viewed from another angle, you can see that the bullpens now sit beneath the upper deck outfield seating.
A sampling of seats at Fenway Park
From the TV camera platform -- the view you'll see on TV
Main concourse, looking toward the admin building.
Up there is where I plan to buy a lot of hot dogs. You can see the vending areas developing rather quickly around the completed portion of the upper concourse.
Work in progress.
The pink thing is a mascot. (Actually, with a damn fine mascot actor underneath.)
The Puckett Atrium
Wrigley Field viewed while approaching on foot from the northwest
You can't get there from here.
Looking across the plaza toward the main ticket area.
Wow! Looking good.
The media all turned out!
The limestone theme is apparently carried to the area behind home plate. This will look great -- and distinctive -- on TV. But watch out for those foul balls!
All three seating mounds
Here is one of the concept drawings referenced (but not shown) in the MPR story (conceptual ballpark at left, LRT tracks switched to the north half of the Fifth Street bridge, which is actually in all of the long-range plans).
These stairs will go up to the centerfield pavilion.
That warning sign doesn't mention anything about the potential for bludgeoning or limb removal by the revolving doors...
For those not wishing to suffer through my media rant, please enjoy this picture of my lilacs in full bloom.
This will be a bar/restaurant.
Catwalks provide access to the View Level seats (from the Ballpark Authority July update)
Franchise history before Minnesota. (Click to enlarge.)