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November 4, 2008 9:59 AM

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Some new President will throw out the ceremonial first pitch next spring. As I'm sure you already know, it's a tradition which originated many decades ago at Griffith Stadium (and really ought to be commemorated somehow at Target Field because the hometown team back then will also be the hometown team here).

The big question is: Who will it be?

Be sure to vote today!

(As a reward, I should have some very fun stuff for you all tonight!)

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I just voted and it feels good. The lines weren't even that bad. 45 minutes went by quick.

Posted on November 4, 2008 at 10:50 AM by Dan M Highlight this comment 1

Interesting little article from the Strib about the ballpark.

Posted on November 4, 2008 at 11:26 AM by Mo Highlight this comment 2

Check this out...

Posted on November 4, 2008 at 11:49 AM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 3

Lafferty - I saw that too. Didn't know if it's the actual logo, or if it's an interim piece of artwork. Either way, it's a direct play on Michael Schwab's artwork. Straight outta the S.F. playbook. Click link...

Posted on November 4, 2008 at 11:59 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 4

That is the pocket thngy they were handing out at the last home games months ago.. looks cool

Posted on November 4, 2008 at 12:15 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 5

I was look at the ballpark webcam today, and noticed on the firts webcam that there is a little crack or possibly poor alignment on the bottom, right in the middle, where there is that open space over the freeway. Anyone else notice this? I doubt its anything serious, but I just thought I would point it out.

Posted on November 4, 2008 at 1:49 PM by Alex D. Highlight this comment 6

Alex,the supports for the pedestrian plaza were poured separately. There is a space there because they were never intended to be connected to each other. Nothing broken yet-- and luckily they avoided the structural engineering firm that designed the first 35W bridge for the Target Field project.

Posted on November 4, 2008 at 2:18 PM by mplsgreg Highlight this comment 7

Alex,the supports for the pedestrian plaza were poured separately. There is a space there because they were never intended to be connected to each other. Nothing broken yet-- and luckily they avoided the structural engineering firm that designed the first 35W bridge for the Target Field project.

Posted on November 4, 2008 at 2:18 PM by mplsgreg Highlight this comment 8

The "crack" is very much on purpose. For the same reason that the plaza isn't over the entire area...if a tunnel is created, tons more cost and safety measures have to be built in. Since this isn't a tunnel technically, the plaza is built as a separate structure, not "connected to the parking ramp.

Posted on November 4, 2008 at 4:02 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 9

Rick wrote: "As a reward for voting, I should have some very fun stuff for you all tonight!"

come on rick....give me, give me, give me. what is this "reward" you speak of?!

Posted on November 4, 2008 at 9:53 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 10


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Just, wow.



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?



There are some great banners on fencing down Target Way. I'm not sure just who sees them.



This looks like a Twins Pub, but is actually the scoreboard operations.









Metropolitan Club



From the roof of the B ramp, you can see just how futile it will be to get a glimpse of the action.



Oh no! Beach ball! But click to enlarge so you can see the wide range of expressions on people's faces. (Photo by Jared Wieseler)



Love the LC!



Looking down Sixth Avenue toward the plaza



This view is from the roof of a warehouse which stood where the A ramp is today. The HERC is now located where the tracks turned north (toward the top).



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Revised outfield configuration (courtesy HOK Sport)



At left, across the tracks by that pile of dirt is where the Northstar commuter train platform will be built, and where Twins fans will apparently NOT be able to get a train after night games. (For reference, that's the Fifth Street bridge, with the ballpark site just beyond it. The east corner of Ford Centre is just visible at the right edge of the picture.)



Door to the visitor's clubhouse.



Polo Grounds from the south



Perhaps these very bold, Hitchcockian birds picking at left-over popcorn and peanuts were portents of what was to come.



One of the many supports being built over the tracks.



Millers fans leaving Nicollet Park after a game in 1923, where a trolley was waiting. (Click to enlarge.)



Lots of self-portraits were taken here after the final out.



Another over-my-head shot



What has been actually built so far is only a tiny subset of this vision.






Also warming things up are these planters.






I don't know if the back side is also a test for materials, but it could be a hint of how the exposed steel supports will be finished. Or it could just be to hold up the stone.






TC caps everywhere! (Is that you?)



The electronic sign has been corrected (and never forget that ballpark is one word, not two)






Here is a close-up of those funny little islands of seats (HRP View).



Inside the Metropolitan Club. Classic photo of a youthful Bob Casey at far right. (Photo by Tyler Wycoff)






Work on the pavilion in center.






Photo by Tyler Wycoff



Another B ramp glimpse (don't loiter here!)



Trampled, repaired, and re-trampled grass






The saddest event



This is a good overview of the spot where the Northstar (bottom) and LRT (top) will intersect.






Entrance to the Champions Club



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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

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SRO - Standing Room Only

STH - Season Ticket Holder

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