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August 11, 2008 11:46 AM

There's nothing like watching a Twins game while timing contractions! That's what I did yesterday, but we didn't quite make it to the end of the game. Along about the 10th inning things started to ramp up, and we were into some serious pushing by the time the Royals pushed that winning run across.

It was worth it:

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The littlest Twins fan: Truman

Of course, Victoria had an anesthetic, so most of her pain was blocked. I'm sorry such a thing wasn't available for all of you who watched the end of that game...

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A southpaw?


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Congrats Rick!!!

Posted on August 11, 2008 at 12:36 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 1

Congrats Rick! You only missed 08/08/08 by two days!

Posted on August 11, 2008 at 12:42 PM by Luke H. Highlight this comment 2

Truman! What a coincidence!!... We drove right past Harry's house in Independence on the way back from KC yesterday. Congratulations!!

Posted on August 11, 2008 at 12:44 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 3

Where's the TC on his hat???
Congrats!!!!!

Posted on August 11, 2008 at 12:52 PM by J2K Highlight this comment 4

Hey congrats Rick! Just like my new little girl, he'll be the perfect age to start bringing him to baseball games in 2010!

Posted on August 11, 2008 at 1:06 PM by J. Highlight this comment 5

You're right! The hat definitely needed a TC...

Posted on August 11, 2008 at 2:37 PM by Rick 6

One thing I almost forgot:

How do you know you've married the right woman? When she comes up for air after a very tough contraction and immediately says, "What happened with that last hitter? Did Baker get out of the inning?"

Posted on August 11, 2008 at 2:40 PM by Rick 7

Wow, the limestone on the wall over the plaza is going in. It's going to look awesome...

Posted on August 11, 2008 at 3:09 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 8

I envy you Rick. My g/f hates baseball - maybe that's why we're not married...yet. Sigh.
Moving on...

Posted on August 11, 2008 at 3:48 PM by J2K Highlight this comment 9

Drove by the site yesterday. The limestone looks even better in person than it does in the pictures.

Posted on August 11, 2008 at 3:58 PM by David Highlight this comment 10

Congrats Rick!

Posted on August 11, 2008 at 4:32 PM by Daymonster Highlight this comment 11

Looks like Truman is calling for the change-up.

Congrats!

Posted on August 11, 2008 at 5:02 PM by Jon Highlight this comment 12

Congrats Rick!

And Bobby Kielty??? Are you frickin kidding me???? Can he pitch middle relief????? We've been scoring runs just fine lately, it's the middle relievers who have stunk up the joint. Try again Billy!

Posted on August 11, 2008 at 5:29 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 13

Great family, but I want to see more stadium pics. C'mon dude!! ha ha

Posted on August 11, 2008 at 5:55 PM by Locker Highlight this comment 14

Congrats Rick! Nice work!

:-)

Posted on August 11, 2008 at 6:19 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 15

hey all my best to you and your family, Rick!

Posted on August 11, 2008 at 9:54 PM by Tim Highlight this comment 16

Congrats Rick!!! Does Truman know how to hang a webcam?

Posted on August 11, 2008 at 11:14 PM by MOJO Highlight this comment 17

^^^
I'm sure he knows more about it than the Twins do!

Posted on August 12, 2008 at 07:34 AM by J2K Highlight this comment 18

Nice work rick!!! now get back out there and snap some pics of the ballpark with Truman straped to your stomach on one of those front pack thingys....

Posted on August 12, 2008 at 07:57 AM by Mazaratirick Highlight this comment 19

congrats, rick! love the name 'truman.'

Posted on August 12, 2008 at 08:10 AM by yeahklye Highlight this comment 20

The name Truman is awesome. Congrats man.

Posted on August 12, 2008 at 10:38 AM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 21

Stone going up in view of webcam. and congrats rick

Posted on August 12, 2008 at 6:20 PM by Random Highlight this comment 22

no offense to anyone but I think Truman is a funny name, not a bad name just a funny name.

Posted on August 12, 2008 at 9:45 PM by Truth Highlight this comment 23

Love the website keep up the good work!

Posted on August 12, 2008 at 9:48 PM by Truth Highlight this comment 24

Truth,
One never opines on what someone names their child. Its a personal matter and a sensitive issue. That said, after that inning, I propose you change Truman's name to Delmon.

Posted on August 12, 2008 at 10:17 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 25

I love the name, congratulations Rick! Thanks so much for all the work you've done!

Posted on August 12, 2008 at 10:39 PM by Joe Highlight this comment 26

However, I would have to voice my opinion, if someone chose to name their baby Xavier Nady.

Posted on August 12, 2008 at 10:43 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 27

We considered Melky.

But seriously, I take no offense! The grandparents all were a little surprised and a bit perplexed, too.

The root of the name is the same as the word "loyal" and "faithful". (In other words, he's not named after either a president or an author.)

Also, I have a cousin named Trulaine, and I always loved her nickname, which will also be his: True.

Maybe it's weird, but we're digging it.

Posted on August 12, 2008 at 10:56 PM by Rick 28

Rick,
Definately not a weird name. A very good/strong/out-of-the-ordinary name. I've got three boys: Derek (after Boston Bruin Derek Sanderson), Dylan (after Bob) and Devin (just because I liked it). Truman's a great lookin' kid and I'm sure you'll educate him on the beauty of baseball. These are good days indeed!

Posted on August 12, 2008 at 11:07 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 29

Thanks again to Matt Guerrier, you are simply worthless! If he were 25 lbs heavier and wore glasses I would swear he was Ron Davis.

Posted on August 12, 2008 at 11:22 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 30

Truman was practicing the three-seamer. Maybe he can teach some of that to Guerrier.

Congrats!

Posted on August 12, 2008 at 11:51 PM by JohnK Highlight this comment 31

matty, matty, matty. what is wrong with you buddy?! just like to serve up those homers don't you. do i smell another juan rincon cooking? i hope not, but i think guerrier may have lost "it" kind of like rincon did last year.

Posted on August 12, 2008 at 11:54 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 32

I couldn't agree more Kevin, love the comment, I needed a good chuckle this morning!

Remember this little ditty....

"There he was, just a walkin' to the mound, singin' Trade Ron Davis, Trade-a-Ron, Trade-a-Ron...."

I think I'd rather have Rincon than Guerrier, at least he made me laugh because he looked like Napoleon from Bill and Ted's Excelent Adventure.

Posted on August 13, 2008 at 10:21 AM by Jon Highlight this comment 33

now im wishing we had latroy

Posted on August 13, 2008 at 10:34 AM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 34

Click on my link for a pretty cool animation of the Northstar ballpark station

Posted on August 13, 2008 at 11:33 AM by Jon Highlight this comment 35

Bring back Travis Miller, Eddie Guardado, Hector Carrasco, Bob Wells...

Posted on August 13, 2008 at 11:44 AM by Jason Highlight this comment 36

Whoa, that animation is cool! Thank you Jon.

Posted on August 13, 2008 at 2:11 PM by Dave T Highlight this comment 37

thanks for the link jon. i am getting really excited about the rail and have a feeling that it's really going to get rolling along 5th street based on how much of the road has been torn up.

Posted on August 13, 2008 at 3:04 PM by annoying customer Highlight this comment 38

Jon,
Thank you so much for reminding me of that "Trade-A-Ron" tune. He actually lives out here in Scottsdale. I once saw him at a Giants spring training game about 10 yrs ago and I was so tempted to spit on him. I still have nightmares of 1984. And here Boston gave up a huge lead last night and Dick Bremer just had to reminded me of the 10-0 lead given up thanks mostly to Ron Davis. I'll never forget that stupid golf cart they used to bring the pitcher out. Whenever it was Ron Davis on the cart the entire crowd would groan and boo.

Posted on August 13, 2008 at 5:19 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 39

jon - thanks for the link to the northstar station animation. i really like it because unless i am mistaken it looks like both the HERC facility and mary jo copeland's compound are both gone in the "future state" perspectives. whether that actually means anything in the long-run, who knows, but i still like it!

Posted on August 13, 2008 at 8:43 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 40

Mr Betaband,

We are not going anywear!!! so stop trying to push us out... come on down and i will wash your feet....

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 07:29 AM by Mary jo Copeland Highlight this comment 41

i appreciate the offer, but no thanks mary jo. i would prefer to not have to deal with the drug dealers who stand out in front of your facility all the time and that you continue to do nothing about.

your little "compound" will be going bye-bye soon enough. go scream at some more people in mpls city hall while you are at it.

:-)

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 09:03 AM by Betaband Highlight this comment 42

here i sit in a box under this goober st peters desk. i have been down here for over 2 months now.. I hope what i overheard today is not true. dsp wants to stall on me going up on the Ford center and give me to his neice for christmas to use for someing called "facebook"....i need to get out of here.. help

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 11:36 AM by loanly 2nd webcam Highlight this comment 43

Congrats Rick!

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 11:43 AM by CJ Highlight this comment 44

Lonely is so upset he can't even spell his own name.

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 12:54 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 45

don't worry "loanly" 2nd webcam. we are sending out a search & rescue team to find you. kev from az will be heading it up.

hold tight my friend! hold tight!

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 1:13 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 46

The Northstar page still mentions nothing about operating after Twins games. The schedule only lists one trip north during rush hour. It does though, still mention possible special event service. I think they are leaving it ambiguous like that for a reason. To see how people are using it.

My theory, is that they will have one return train north after games, on game days. Probably at around 10:30? I have no facts on this, just theory. It only makes sense, if people from the North who use Northstar to commute to work, and want to take in a game, to have the option of taking the Northstar home after games as well.

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 1:48 PM by Jon Highlight this comment 47

Jon,

Let me give you (and everyone) the quick answer to that.

I spoke with a rep from Metro Transit and they are NOT planning accommodations for every Twins game. They consider Northstar to be for commuters, and not for people attending games.

Instead, they have the right to petition BN for use of the tracks and will be scheduling what they are tentatively calling "Northstar Nights". They will market to the northern suburbs and have specially scheduled trains leaving after the game. This may be as frequent as once a week depending on its popularity (which I have to imagine would be great).

More detail in my next post (which keeps getting delayed by feedings, changings, etc.).

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 2:26 PM by Rick 48

Rick,

Please do not put your family before us... we need you more that them... we need a new thread now!!!!!

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 2:38 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 49

I think Metro Transit / Council majorly underestimates the demand for passenger railways in the Metro area. At least Northstar and the University line to St. Paul, I definitely think, are steps in the right direction (in the far too distant future). I understand it taking time to plan the network of rails and to lineup all the funding needed (personally I think they're spending WAY too much time on the planning part, spending too much time and money on studies...build the rails and they will come!), but seeing how they are skimping on the train schedules seems to indicate they are thinking WAY TOO SMALL...

But, like I said, they're obviously taking steps in the right direction (they're building the Northstar)...suppose it will just be a matter of time till they'll see how great the demand really is when it's overflowing out of the ballpark stations after games...

If the city wants to be "green" it'll need to majorly start shifting it's focus away from highways and back to railways.....why has Union Depot not been used for rail in so long??? Because of cars, I guess...which are obviously pretty green...

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 3:42 PM by CheapCheap Highlight this comment 50

I saw a green car today. Actually it was kind of blueish green with metalic flake in it.

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 4:53 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 51

CheapCheap,

The planning process is defined by the federal government. There's not much anyone can do about it at the state level. Some of this process is a good thing as it ensure proper review of the project is done. Other parts are not so good, such as public participation where most of the official hearings, etc. are little more than show.

That said, this governor has been particularly nasty to transit. He's dragged his feet on everything and the Met Council, being composed of his appointees, goes right along. We need regime change for anything to really happen around transit.

The previous Councils developed a comprehensive plan that is really quite a good start. You can see a nice map of the plan at http://www.tlcminnesota.org/Events/2008/Legislature/Twin Cities Transitways 2020 (Added Central Stops).pdf

Last year's transportation bill included a 1/4 cent metro sales tax to fund that plan. It's not enough to build it out in a reasonable timeframe (2020) but it's a start. Keep telling your legislators this is a priority@

Union Depot is scheduled to reopen as a transit hub sometime after the Central Corridor opens (2014). The Postal Service has to move out first.

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 5:08 PM by David Highlight this comment 52

Quick question - How are we paying for the transit? Oh right - DEBT. Stupid governor...

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 6:35 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 53

david - thanks for the link. great info in that pdf. i like the vision they have laid out for both current & future transit projects throughout the metro and outlying burbs.

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 6:58 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 54

Rick,

Thanks for the info regarding Northstar. I'm pleased to hear that at least it is on MetroTransit's radar screen to use that line after some Twins games.

I agree that after they see the popularity of it, for the limited scheduled nights, then they will look into making it more constant. "Northstar Nights" will be a huge promo, I like the sound of it. I can break out my old Mike Modano jersey and hop on the train.

I also think that many people for the northern suburbs would use the train on the weekends just to come to downtown and the MOA. I realize that BNSF controls those tracks, but I think its in the state's best interest to begin utilizing the vast amount of existing tracks for passenger trains. It makes way too much sense, and is the best way to make Downtown MPLS and St. Paul vibrant urban centers.

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 8:58 PM by Jon Highlight this comment 55

I just walked by the park...WOW - the steel in left field is going up really quick!

Posted on August 15, 2008 at 10:44 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 56

It's been 6 weeks since the last DSP blog update...In another 6 weeks, the 2008 regular season will be done.

Is DSP still in existance? No blog updates in 6 weeks, 2nd webcam has not been seen...someone better check the welfare of DSP in his office!

Posted on August 15, 2008 at 10:53 AM by concerned Twins fan Highlight this comment 57

SUMMER SON
(For a Ballpark Baby)

Crossing back
to your distance
takes hard dreaming
and the unshedding
of too many skins
rubbed red by those
whose aim was
always

Your eyes wait on
blue, true skies,
the strong, long arc,
the unconnected toss
from what never was
to what never will
yet is green
in passing

We will see them
tense and run and aim
with bats and banks,
knowing we might blink
or squeeze our eyes
until they drip
the honey of
lived days

For now sleep safe
in the reach of home,
from which your days
will urge you
to the many corners,
and to which
may you ever
return

Posted on August 15, 2008 at 11:35 AM by the_ballpark_poet Highlight this comment 58

DSP is to busy leaking to the local media that the twins put claims on ibanez and washburn... but were unable to get him... this has been talked about alot in the last few days and i dont see any reason why the front office should pat themselfs on the back for "attempting " to get a play.. off waviers no less... there will be no 2nd web cam... the twins will makes us give them our visa numbers and pay 14.99 a month to view the one we have now...

I feel for you Truman, This is a cold world we live in wait til you see what a beer will cost you at best buy park when you are 21.

Posted on August 15, 2008 at 4:50 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 59

Whoa, Maz..
Why so negative? Truman will never have to watch a game in the Metrodome. That's a great thing! I wouldn't give up any of our starters for Ibanez or Washburn (which is what Seattle was asking, according to Reusse). The Twins are a game out of first place. This from a team expected to be in the basement. These are good days!!

Posted on August 15, 2008 at 5:19 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 60

BallParkPoet, I dont know much about poetry, but that was a really nice tribute to the "ballpark baby". You definately have a way with words (never one of my strong points).

Posted on August 15, 2008 at 9:57 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 61

article in the star tribune about the stone on the ballpark

Posted on August 16, 2008 at 09:00 AM by annoying customer Highlight this comment 62

Thanks for the link, AC. It's somewhat perplexing publicity because this feature (limestone accents) has been in all the concept drawings and the model since the very beginning.

As far as I can tell, this does not represent a change in the plan.

But now that we've seen the actual limestone and its rather rough surface, you can imagine a line drive hitting that facing and bouncing -- who the hell knows where. It's a very welcome idiosyncrasy (much more welcome than, say, a speaker).

Posted on August 16, 2008 at 2:42 PM by Rick 63

Lafferty posted this picture I've never seen of the "Legend's Club" over at baseball-fever...

Posted on August 16, 2008 at 3:06 PM by Tom Highlight this comment 64

Thanks for the pic Tom! Very interesting picture! Makes you wonder where all of the other interior pictures of the concourse areas and clubs/lounges are hiding...

Posted on August 16, 2008 at 3:23 PM by Luke H. Highlight this comment 65

There was this website link on here that had virtual tours of ballparks, does anyone know what site that was and if they ever got the Twins one on there? It said it was coming soon so...

Posted on August 16, 2008 at 7:54 PM by Brandon Highlight this comment 66

Here is what you are looking for Brandon.

It still says "coming soon!" for Minnesota Twins. That is going to be very interesting to look at when it finally is done.

Posted on August 16, 2008 at 9:20 PM by Luke H. Highlight this comment 67

^^^
Don't get your hopes up to soon on that site. The Twins park probably won't be ready for another year. Citi Field was completed on that site just a few months ago.
Regardless, it will be awesome when it's done!

Posted on August 17, 2008 at 12:51 PM by J2K Highlight this comment 68

Maybe the Twins should forget the 2nd webcam and use that money to buy some bullpen help...

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 11:10 AM by Tom Highlight this comment 69

Umm, is there another Tom on here cuz this last comment wasn't me, and I have been posting for a long time now, but this is the first time someone else has used the same name as me and the(...)that I usually do...

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 11:49 AM by Tom Highlight this comment 70

I refuse to believe there are two guys named Tom in the Twin Cities...

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 12:15 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 71

Yeah! Or in the internet!

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 12:48 PM by CheapCheap Highlight this comment 72

There better not be more than one kevin in az or on the internets either.

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 12:55 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 73

Haha, I just think another "Tom" should pick another name to post with so it doesn't get too confusing on who is saying what, like Tom W. or something...

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 1:21 PM by Tom Highlight this comment 74

Who cares

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 2:23 PM by Tommy Highlight this comment 75

I take offense to all of this

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 2:32 PM by Thomas Highlight this comment 76

Tom - I had the same problem, so to mark your territory I suggest you become "OG Tom" (Original Gangsta). It sounds very intimidating and wards off any future imposters:)

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 2:59 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 77

It's not a big deal to me, I'll just switch my name and the newcomer can have it...

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 3:00 PM by Tom Highlight this comment 78

if you're going to switch your name, i'd suggest going with boof.

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 3:06 PM by Thom Highlight this comment 79

I think we need some new pics. :)

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 3:32 PM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 80

hello new tom!!!!!!welcome!!!! you can change ur name to "the new and inproved mazaratirick" if you like.. i do not mind

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 4:36 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 81

improved*

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 4:37 PM by mazaratitick Highlight this comment 82

I'm having trouble navigating this thread.

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 6:29 PM by tomtom Highlight this comment 83

Does the new Tom know how to hook up a webcam? If so, please apply with the Twins.

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 7:01 PM by Uncle Tom Highlight this comment 84

According to the Star Tribune, Dave St Peter was cited at the ballpark site yesterday giving tours to Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, along with a few other players.

Maybe he will have some time during the upcoming 14-game road trip to update the blog and/or install a 2nd webcam?

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 09:10 AM by Luke H. Highlight this comment 85

when are we gonna start seeing the stands go up? It's already been 2/3 of August, the stands were scheduled to start going up, are they behind schedule?

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 11:19 AM by Dan Highlight this comment 86

DicknBert mentioned during last night's broadcast that the Project Manager said they are 4 hours ahead of schedule. I don't even have my DAY mapped out to the hour, nonetheless a 2 year construction project. Maybe one of the Toms can give that guy a raise!

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 11:31 AM by JohnK Highlight this comment 87

The Twins are frustrating me with their bullpen and with their ballpark updates we should probably expect a new update next year, afterall it is a publicly financed stadium so the taxpayer should have every right to see new updates. As with DSP come on get that blog updated, the 2nd webcam up, new or updated renderings, along with new construction pictures.

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 1:17 PM by New Guy Highlight this comment 88

The bullpen troubles frustrate me more than anything...

Anyway, I'm headed down to the site this afternoon to get some new pix. I'll have a photo post tonight.

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 1:22 PM by Rick 89

I was just down at the site at noon today. You guys will be in for a real treat with Rick's pics tonight.

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 1:43 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 90

I completely agree "New Guy"...I know its been very quiet on the Twins end over the last couple of months (even the front office at the trade deadline)...I do remember hearing that the Twins will be sending out information to season ticket holders in August (which is now half over)regarding seating in the new ballpark, so hopefully during the next couple of weeks we will see some more developments from the Twins' end of things. Perhaps, are they waiting to have things coincide with the state fair? Afterall, the state fair booth was where we first saw "updated" renderings last year...

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 2:14 PM by Luke H. Highlight this comment 91

Very funny!

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 2:23 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 92

wait... is Kevin no longer in AZ?????? what is this... i hope this trip is to intaill that webcam ....

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 3:48 PM by Mazaratirick Highlight this comment 93

ooh. is 5th street open for pedestrians now? It looks like it might be from the webcam. I might have to check that out tonight

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 4:08 PM by Don T Highlight this comment 94

Excuse me for not intruducing myself in this blog before the post. I live in Rochester, MN. I am a really big fan of stadiums and arenas so the ballpark construction is really interesting to me since the Twins wanted a new ballpark for such a long time, I can't wait til April 2010.

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 5:49 PM by NewGuy Highlight this comment 95

on the twins pregame tonight they said on thursday at 7pm on fsn the "under the lights" show will be a ballpark tour. right now my guide says that's about tim tebow but i'll record it and any other airings anyway. maybe i'll see if there is a way to get it online...

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 6:45 PM by annoying customer Highlight this comment 96

the saturday at 6pm says "a tour of the twins' new ballpark tracking the progress and showcasing new features"

hmm

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 6:46 PM by annoying customer Highlight this comment 97

I've decided to incorporate a new segment to this site. I will now be posting a new thread every Tuesday night after I am down at the site taking pics. I hope you enjoy it fellas. This will take the guess work out of when new threads will start. Stay posted on my upcoming surprising announcement! Confirmed naming rights...

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 6:58 PM by NotRick Highlight this comment 98

What?? Naming rights.. no way!

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 7:14 PM by tomtom Highlight this comment 99

naming rights, sweet!

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 7:15 PM by Grant Highlight this comment 100

Nice try, NotRick!

Actually, I do have a story to tell from my time down at the ballpark this afternoon. You'll have to wait until tonight...

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 7:23 PM by Rick 101

No I am in Arizona. Boy am I ever in Arizona, 105 hot humid degrees today. But I acutally will be there on Friday.

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 7:27 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 102

hey rick - so what time does "tonight" equal? will i be pleasantly surprised if i log back in between 11-11:30PM?

:-)

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 10:17 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 103

New ballpark pictures will be posted as soon as dad is able to post them. I am dad's #1 priority right now whether that means feeding me, changing my diaper, playing with me, or rocking me in the chair. New ballpark pictures will be posted soon enough, just have some patience.

Truman
(future administrator of twinsballpark2050.com)

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 11:17 PM by Truman Highlight this comment 104

That's funny (and true). I just woke up from a blessed cat nap, and I'm at work on it right now!

Posted on August 20, 2008 at 12:10 AM by Rick 105

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



These stairs will go up to the centerfield pavilion.












Double plays will be turned here.






Look closely at the overhang. You'll see the on the right it is flush with the fence, and then it sticks out farther and farther as you move toward center. More fun for Michael Cuddyer.



Condiments! (complete with faux limestone on the cart -- nice touch)



The alumni band sounded great.



A few weeks ago there were sand volleyball courts here. When the park opens, this will be surface parking. Maybe one day there will be something more interesting built on top of that parking...



Legends Club fireplace (there are two)



Crosswalk taking shape.









Final pieces arrive



Opening day, 2010



This is the staircase (ramp?) leading up to the trapezoid. Nice flagpole too. You'll be able to find me and Ben McEvers at the base of that flagpole on opening day in 2010!






July 7, 1966 (Click to see the entire scorecard with ads)









This is as close as I could get to a pedestrian-eye view of the main entrance. This is what you'll see as you enter by coming down Sixth Street.



Our engineer.



A glimpse of the rather plain west facade (the side which faces the HERC plant).









A look at Gate 34.



A closer look at the louvers






The equivalent spot on the model.



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.



Dome, what have you taken from us?






Once again, Noah is holding his ears because of the traffic noise.



I finally found the corner of TF dedicated to the Senators. What a wonderful sight.



Storage tracks in the foreground.



The sign reads, "Mortenson Radio Channels".



Photo by Tyler Wycoff



The windows have started going in.



Photo by Jeff Ewer






Door to the visitor's clubhouse.












This looks south and shows how the Northstar tracks are sheltered by the promenade above. This is the side which faces the HERC plant.



Opening Day 2008 (By Currier & Ives)








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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