July 16, 2014 1:47 AM
Yes, Jeter. Of course. It was his night, and deservedly so. Even I, whose mother hates Derek Jeter, cheered for him. It was only the second time I've ever done so (the other being when I visited the original Yankee Stadium and pretended to be a Bomber fan for exactly one game). And tonight it felt weird and wrong and right and inevitable and necessary and splendid all at the same time.
Yes, Jeter. Of course.
But when I remember the 2014 All-Star game, here's the image that will probably always mean the most to me:
Now, I'll admit that this looks like a picture which could have been taken under a variety of different circumstances on any number of nights during this season. But that's only because I've removed the context. Let me rewind and zoom out.
Moments before I took that picture, I took this one, which shows the context in all its glory:
That's what I'll remember. That's the memory I'll cherish. Our boys. Doing it on the Big Stage. Right here at home. In that beautiful ballpark. Making it look easy. Saying, in effect, "Hey, we hope you like our city and our ballpark, but we've got some real players here, too. We play real baseball here."
When Perkins and Suzuki stepped onto the field, I was standing next to an usher who was simply bursting with pride. With each pitch, she grabbed my arm and gushed. Her smile was broad and genuine, like that of someone seeing something for the first time, though she was clearly past retirement age.
Her smile was contagious, but it didn't matter. Everybody wearing a TC logo was smiling already.
At least for this night, let the win-loss record be damned. This was a Twins Win moment not to be forgotten. True ballpark magic.
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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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Glare from the IDS never looked this sweet. (Photo by Jared Wieseler)
A place to sit (does it look like a pitcher's mound to you?)
Another B ramp glimpse (don't loiter here!)
New Downtown Minneapolis Public Library (Source: RP)
Special guests in the trees!
Field access on the visitor's side
Note the speakers hanging beneath that deck
The brown grass was left over from the first attempt at groundbreaking (canceled after the 35W bridge collapse)
The view from the Penn Ave entrance to 394 (and all the way into town! Click to enlarge)
Loading dock -- already in use!
Lots of folks working behind those ticket windows
Section 117, Row WC (applies to all the back rows under the Legends Club seating)
One more time from the third base side.
Spring of 1982 (click to enlarge greatly -- can you pick out Kent Hrbek?)
This is the back of the Cisco Field scoreboard, showing video to folks out on the plaza.
The finished product.
The scoreboard also towers over the LRT tracks, which now are functional (though not open) all the way to the park -- and beyond!
Home Plate Box, Section 111, Row 8 or 9-ish (Click to enlarge greatly.)
The sculpture on which millions of kids will one day pose.
Those two empty seats in the front row are where we started the game.
A very busy place, as viewed from Target Center.
Some people will go to work here every day.
Champion's Club details (click to enlarge)
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
First Edition (1992)
Second Edition (2006)
Selected Bibliography - Surveys
Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(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
Book and six ballpark miniatures