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Now, Where Were We...?

April 8, 2011 12:20 AM

Minnesota is something of a climatological miracle, isn't it? This was taken a scant six weeks ago:

Now, the bushes which were beneath that six-foot-tall pile of snow (which I created by hand, I might add, and which got taller after this picture was taken) are once again visible in all their winter-mangled glory.

Unlike Target Field, my grass is brown, kind of squishy, and covered with that unsettling grayish snow mold. But there's a home plate, three bases, and a pitching rubber out there. Batting practice is once again a nightly occurrence.

I can count on one hand the number of days since I had to bundle up the kids in their winter coats, but it seems like a distant memory.

So, for that matter, does Target Field.

Home Again

When we last left the home of the Twins, it was on the heels of a loss to the Yankees. It's an odd parallel with this year's home opener.

But let's remember that, regardless of the outcome, those glorious October nights were completely perfect for outdoor baseball.





All throughout TF's inaugural season, it seemed like Minnesota itself -- even the shape of the prevailing winds far over our heads -- was glad to have outdoor baseball back.

Last summer seemed a little bit sunnier, a little more perfect, than any of the preceding 28, didn't it? We could all be forgiven for wishing it would never end.

But as I was leaving the last game last season, I remember that sinking sense of ending -- uncertain but palpable. At the time, there was still a chance that the boys would be back for one more game which would, if necessary, decide the ALDS. It was hard to say goodbye to the season and the ballpark that night, and I could not. I wanted to hold on to that chance.

The first season in the park had been so beautiful, full of exploration and wonder -- and great baseball. For every one of us who followed the building of the ballpark closely, there were at least a thousand who had not, and for whom a look in any direction brought a surprise.

Late in the season, I started looking for people having that experience, just to soak in their expressions. And though you could see it on the faces of kids, that was nothing compared to the faces of the older crowd. It was as if the dead had returned to life.

Baseball is a game of life and death, but a ballpark is all about life. The architecture of a good ballpark vibrates with life even when the seats are empty. Target Field does that.

When the seats fill, and the fans begin to breathe in sync with one another, and the shared experience gets stored deep within each person, good ballparks disappear into the moment. Target Field does that.

When the game is done, win or lose, the ballpark becomes a sentinel, a beacon back, a reminder that the game goes on. Good ballparks sleep lightly. Target Field does that.

After the first playoff game, I walked down to the service level, and caught an unexpected, sort of sad sight:

But when I asked the guy what would happen to those bases after he hosed them off, thinking they were about to be whisked off to either Cooperstown or eBay, his response was a bit of a surprise:

"We'll use them again tomorrow night."

There's always a next game. Even when you're watching your favorite team lose a playoff game, and there's no guarantee of another home game before winter, you know at least that there will be a next game.

So I hung around there for as long as I could, peering through the open gate out onto the now-deserted field.

I irrationally figured that, if I stood there long enough, the boys would have to come back and give the season a glorious send-off. Or, if not, maybe I could just curl up in a warm corner and hibernate until spring. (Looking back, that might have been preferred to all the shoveling.)

Eventually, I retreated through the north service gate, thinking warmly of the summer which was ending around me, feeling content that the season and the ballpark had met or exceeded most of my hopes and expectations. Even in disappointment, the Game had been great.

I took a long look back, and a few deep breaths of October air before getting into my car.

So, we didn't get that next game back then, but we're getting it today.

We're going home.

Woo hoo!

I'll see you there. (11:30 AM, gate 6, for the unveiling of the Tony Oliva statue.)

Comments


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Great post Rick!! See everyone tomorrow (well today)!

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 12:39 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 1

Nicely done!

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 12:54 AM by tk Highlight this comment 2

Did I read correctly on the last post, the Twins are serving Kool-Aid this year? Looking forward to getting 2 glasses tomorrow!

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 12:57 AM by tk Highlight this comment 3

This is one of the few instances where i wish i wasn't working on the other side of the globe.... luckily my slingbox will be getting some use in the wee hours of the morning!

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 01:41 AM by MattW Highlight this comment 4

Mike & Mike broadcasting from Target Field this morning on ESPN2.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 05:53 AM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 5

Woooo! Let's get this going! Forecast coming soon.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 07:11 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 6

Nice way to kickoff the home season.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 07:57 AM by TC Mark Highlight this comment 7

good to know badjuggler. thanks

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 08:00 AM by N.D. (aka N.D. "Rube") Highlight this comment 8

thank god the twinks have a W.S. trophy to display behind M & M.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 08:01 AM by N.D. (aka N.D. "Rube") Highlight this comment 9

I'll be coaching a doubleheader today after school - thank goodness for DVR! I'll be there tomorrow. Will try to see the BPM crew - where are you all sitting?

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 08:04 AM by Ole Highlight this comment 10

well done, rick! here's to another season: may the ballpark be full of twins magic in '11!

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 08:08 AM by yeahklye Highlight this comment 11

As it says in Scripture (sort of) "This is a day which the Lord and Abner Doubleday have made, let us rejoice and be glad in it".

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 08:14 AM by terry Highlight this comment 12

Nice post Rick...A day of vacation and a day at the ballpark,,60 and sunny...YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 08:14 AM by Steve Highlight this comment 13

Forecast: Cloudy with a chance of baseball.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 08:20 AM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 14

Rick, you have a gift for putting pictures and words together to form one awesome article! This is like Christmas to me, I woke up early with the anticipation of Twins baseball wafting in the air and the forecast for a superb Opening Day at Target Field, couldn't ask for more and your article set the tone for today! Well done!

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 08:31 AM by Justin Highlight this comment 15

I'm familiar with that passage too terry.

I can't imagine what kevin in az will have to say when he finds out we drink TWO kinds of kool-aid.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 08:35 AM by N.D. (aka N.D. "Rube") Highlight this comment 16

It's a beautiful day for a ballgame!
For a ballgame, today...

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 08:37 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 17

Nice post Rick, how did you get to the service level without that guy telling you to get the hell out?

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 08:46 AM by Duffman Highlight this comment 18

I just out of curiosity looked up the Weather Channel's gameday event forecast for today and this is what it came back with:
This game is being played in an indoor or retractable roof stadium.
Weather conditions will not affect the game.

Lol, apparently they haven't gotten the memo that we play outdoors now

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 08:47 AM by Justin Highlight this comment 19

I'm picking up my 1st grader from school at 1 (he doesn't know it yet) and we are both playing hooky for the afternoon!

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 08:57 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 20

jfh,

Not much else on the official schedule of events for today.

Rally on Peavey Plaza at 11:00, and gates open at 12:00. That's about it. Of course, the pregame show will be bigger than usual, but it's nothing you have to go out of your way to attend. (You'll be there already.)

Ole,

On Saturday night, the BPM crew will be in section T, mostly in rows 4-7. Let's hope the storms hold off...

Duffman,

The Twins have been very kind to me regarding access to the ballpark.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 09:13 AM by Rick 21


Posted on April 8, 2011 at 09:28 AM by Rick 22

Well done, Rick. I've printed your article and intend to share it today.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 09:29 AM by Paul Highlight this comment 23

I just blinked the sleep out of my eyes and noticed that it's a freakin' beautiful day out there! Play ball!

The picture above is from the backyard ballfield mentioned in the post (just testing to make sure I can post photos directly from TF today -- planning to test out that new wifi they've been talking about).

If you want to post photos or comments from your phone:

1. Send a message to twins-subscribe@ballparkmagic.com to get on the eligible list.

2. Send your photos, text messages or emails to twins@ballparkmagic.com. They'll flow right into the comments.

3. You can view the full size images and the stream from the ballpark directly at twins.ballparkmagic.com.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 09:34 AM by Rick 24

(For clarity, you only need to do step 1 once.)

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 09:37 AM by Rick 25

Jared - Weather conditions will not affect the game

Apparently they haven't seen what happened with the dome in the past few months either. Where would the Twins be playing today if they didn't have Target Field? Would they have been able to speed up the roofing process enough to have it ready or would the Twins be in Milwaukee, Kansas City or Cleveland?

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 09:42 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 26

Oops, sorry, that should have said Justin.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 09:44 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 27

Nice to see the red and white "TC" painted behind homeplate!

Sounds like today will be another beautiful home opener!

Sunday is going to feel like June with those high humidity levels and temps in the 70's.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 09:56 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 28

Opener tickets as low as $35 on stubhub. Very, very tempting...

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 10:27 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 29

F_T_K

You have almost 3 hours to let the seller panic a little more. I bet you could get one for $20+fees if you wait. =]

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 10:32 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 30

Oh, I assure you - I'll be checking the prices up until 1pm!

We just had a quick staff meeting here at work, I told everyone I was watching ticket prices, they all laughed at me. But, they understand I'm a big Twins' fan, and they'll understand if I suddenly (cough, cough) have to leave work this afternoon!

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 10:43 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 31

I'll find out for myself in a few hours, but does anyone know where the Hebrew National hot dog kiosk is located in the park?

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 10:46 AM by Jorge Highlight this comment 32


Posted on April 8, 2011 at 10:51 AM by Pics Highlight this comment 33

I just checked my Stubhub account for the first time since last year. Lo and behold, there's a 10% off coupon code as thanks for "being a Stubhub fan".

But, the fine print says it expires Sunday and can't be used on MLB games. Pfffft.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 10:55 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 34

Ha, and now that I check it again, it says "UP TO 10% OFF", meaning I have to spend $500 to get that 10%! No thanks.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 10:56 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 35


Posted on April 8, 2011 at 11:01 AM by Rick 36

Jorge-

I saw one stand on the main concourse almost directly behind Home Plate, near the expanded Krazmarzuks (sp?) stand.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 11:56 AM by Duffman Highlight this comment 37

Looks like they are bringing back the checkerboard grass pattern also!!!! Will be at the game tommorow! Would be nice to get an early sweep at home vs the A's

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 12:03 PM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 38

Until the players complain about the grass and we get stuck with the same pattern for the rest of the year...

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 12:18 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 39

Nice to see the neighborhood coming back to life. But I still cannot fathom why anyone would go to a ballpark THREE HOURS before a game. But apparently that's just me!

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 12:22 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 40


Posted on April 8, 2011 at 12:23 PM by Rick 41


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Posted on April 8, 2011 at 12:25 PM by Rick 44

When do StubHub tickets become unavailable for purchasing? 1 hour before the event start time?

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 12:25 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 45

Mike,

2 hours before.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 12:27 PM by Chad Highlight this comment 46

Can we see a pic of the new batter's eye??

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 12:34 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 47

Fred-

I can give you a description, if that helps? It's black. And really, really ugly.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 12:49 PM by Chad Highlight this comment 48

Forgot to mention on here that I walked by the door to the stalled Ahern's Irish Pub at the corner of 5th St. & 2nd Ave. yesterday and saw that there is a Notice Of Eviction posted on said door.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 1:16 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 49

Chad-

Just saw the batter's eye on the pregame show.....doesn't look that bad, IMO....In any respect, Cuddyer's homerun total should grow exponentially this season....considering he was probably the loudest critic of the green with trees back there...

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 1:52 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 50

Sorry for the dup pix above. The wifi is in and out, and overall pretty weak from the concourses. (I hear that it's strong out in the seating bowl.)

I've got more pix in the queue that won't send for some reason.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 1:55 PM by Rick 51

As for why someone might want to get to the ballpark three hours early, it's not hard to explain. There's so much to soak up -- including the sun today. Just sitting out in the right field bleachers watching batting practice was pure joy.

Everybody was hitting huge bombs, including several in the upper decks. I think it was Cuddyer who hit one off the facing of the upper deck in left -- above the split!

I'm hearing now that he positively loves the new batter's eye. Let's hope that translates into something when the game starts.

As I sat out there in those bleachers under the sun, I realized that there was nowhere else in the world that I would rather be at that moment.

Good feeling.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 2:11 PM by Rick 52

I'm jealous Rick.

Some guys I know and hang out with would rather be on their 5th beer at a bar, but I'm with you, especially on opening day in the warm sun!

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 2:18 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 53



Beautiful day for lunch on the various balconies.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 2:19 PM by Rick 54

Just reading that Morneau has 999 hits going into today's game. He will become only the 13th player in Twins history with at least 1000 hits.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 2:22 PM by Rick 55


Posted on April 8, 2011 at 2:28 PM by Rick 56

Did they move the batter's eye closer to the field?

Makes me wonder what they'll do with those few extra feet of space behind it.

And Rick, I'm jealous. Wish I could be there!

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 2:33 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 57

Thanks Rick....I don't think the batter's eye looks all that bad. It's black, sure, but isn't that what the majority of them are???

Now it's on the hitters if they don't produce.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 2:36 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 58

Much better.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 3:09 PM by Chad Highlight this comment 59


Posted on April 8, 2011 at 3:33 PM by Highlight this comment 60

^ Flyover from the roof here at work. Awesome.

(But, I still would rather be at the ballpark!!!)

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 3:33 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 61

Your not missing much at the park besides the park itself. This offense is anemic!

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 4:18 PM by firedog Highlight this comment 62


Posted on April 8, 2011 at 5:15 PM by Rick 63

I for one am happy to see they finally colored the "TC" behind home plate. I hated the New York Yankees all-white look.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 5:25 PM by luke Highlight this comment 64

Twins win!

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 5:39 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 65


Posted on April 8, 2011 at 6:05 PM by Rick 66



Chatting with Joe Nathan.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 6:08 PM by Rick 67

Had the Walking Taco and was not really impressed. $7.50 for a fried tortilla with lots of lettuce, tomatoes, dressing, and a little beef.

Nachos are the better way to go.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 6:48 PM by tk Highlight this comment 68

More data issues this year. It took until an hour after the game started to send a picture message. I'm on Verizon.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 7:20 PM by FD Highlight this comment 69

Great game great win! 3g was terrible, and couldn't get on wifi, it just sat there obtaining ip address forever!

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 7:29 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 70

Duffman, thanks for the tipoff on the Hebrew National stand. I went in the Hrbek gate and grabbed one first thing. Great stuff, miles ahead of the various Schweigert hot dogs.

The wifi was a total flop in my section. I couldn't get any service until the 8th inning. The Twins will need to do something about either the signal or the capacity, maybe both.

All in all, it was great to get back to the ballyard. It finally felt like spring had truly arrived.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 7:34 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 71

A fine day at the ballpark. My only complaint was the between-innings music. The new guy played almost exclusively current pop stuff...no local acts that I could recognize, and except for a few in-game riffs, Sue Nelson was absent from the day.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 7:44 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 72

T-mobile reception was horrible...

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 7:48 PM by tk Highlight this comment 73

Yeah, the wifi was pretty much a complete bust for me -- as was 3G unless I went to a window or balcony somewhere.

TF is still a data black hole, it seems.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 7:49 PM by Rick 74

I wasn't in the seating bowl for the entire game, but the only time I heard Sue was during the 7th inning stretch.

As for the music, the BP mix was pretty good, though for some unknown reason a little heavy on Michael Jackson.

The in-game music is utterly inaudible from anywhere outside the seating bowl.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 7:56 PM by Rick 75

Nishi got a tremendous ovation today - perhaps the loudest.

In game music still needs major improvement, especially with timing and selection.

Big improvement in handling main level concessions before the game.

Glad the bats finally came alive in the 8th - I was going to be really upset if we lost 1-0 because of sloppy play in the first that would have embarrassed little leaguers.

Interesting that the sun came out right after the last out. Hoping the weather holds out, though Sunday sure looks iffy.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 8:17 PM by Jfh Highlight this comment 76

Great game and GREAT weather and a Twins win!!!!!!!! Congrats Joe on the comeback..

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 8:31 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 77

It might have already been mentioned on here but the countdown to Cooperstown for Bert is set at 50 days which would be May 28th. I am going and if that is the case I will miss the inductions by almost two months. It scheduled for July 24th. Did I miss something about the countdown?

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 8:45 PM by jincr Highlight this comment 78

Countdown is games, not days.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 8:55 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 79

Ok thanks I just remember when Kirby went in they did days in center field at the dome.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 8:59 PM by jincr Highlight this comment 80

The countdown is the number of home games before the HOF ceremony. That had me faked out for awhile too.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 8:59 PM by terry Highlight this comment 81

HOF Induction Weekend is 50 *Twins home games* away.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 9:04 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 82

oop. we sure ganged up on that one...

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 9:05 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 83

Oh for Pete's sake if you did not like that game there is something wrong with you. Our pitcher goes 8 with only one run and, what, 3-4 hits? Hometown guy drives in winner in the 8th? Nathan saves it in his first game in TF? What the heck is not to like about this game?

Oh and yes the 3G and WiFi sucked but that just meant less time diddling with my phone. OK, I can live with that.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 9:10 PM by ClarkAddison Highlight this comment 84

And, here it is, no one got a pic of the Twins Tower.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 9:23 PM by luke Highlight this comment 85

What's not to like about the game? Well, for one the anemic hitting continues. Bert Blyleven kept referring to "Josh Willington" in LF for the Athletics. The Twins Tower takes away from the ballpark. Would you like more?

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 9:26 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 86

TTH you're negativity for negativities sake is tiring. Brett Anderson is one of the most underrated pitchers in the league, the offense put 8 hits together against him, enough in the end to finally scratch some runs across. It was an awesome display of pitching today not anemic offense.

Are you seriously saying the Twins Tower takes anything away from the ballpark? Outside of you did anybody say, yeah would have been a great day at the ballpark if it hadn't been for that damn tower in right. If only there wasn't an innocuous led picture of various ballplayers with the time of day on top, I would have been able to enjoy myself.

Get over yourself dude

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 10:33 PM by jp Highlight this comment 87

The person who chooses the music for the games is on Twitter @RealDanEdwards and from what I heard is the new director of the Minnesota Twins. He is very good at responding on Twitter, and has been asking for suggestions.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 10:34 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 88

What a great day at the yard today! Bummer the sun couldn't hang out with us a bit more but great day for ball and great pitching and comeback at the end by our hometown 9! I was just smiling as I got my first taste of being back at the ballpark today, I actually thought the Twins Tower was a neat and for the most part subtle addition to the park, the new batter's eye isn't bad and it was sure great to see Nishi get the ovation we gave him, he said afterwards to a reporter, "That was great, I just wished I could show them what I can do." All in all you couldn't have scripted it better than it went today IMO :)

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 10:48 PM by Justin Highlight this comment 89

My apologies for the long long run-on sentence at the end of my last post

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 10:49 PM by Justin Highlight this comment 90

I think the top of the Twins Tower would be a great place for a remote camera for game telecasts.

And by the way, why wasn't the game in HD today?

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 10:52 PM by Dr. X Highlight this comment 91

I didn't think I would like the Twins Tower thing but I think it squares up the stadium and looks great.Night games it will be even better...

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 11:17 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 92

Here ya go......

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 11:21 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 93

The game was in HD on DirecTV.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 11:27 PM by IowaWigman Highlight this comment 94

The only thing I do not like about the Twins Tower is that the closer you are to it the tougher it is to see or gauge what is being shown. When it was in TV shots on the big screen, it looked great from far distances.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 11:27 PM by tk Highlight this comment 95

I'll second that. From far away, and straight on, the tower looked great. But as you get either closer or off to one side, the image begins to get grainier and grainier -- breaking into the vertical strips that it really is.

That's not really a criticism. It was still easy enough to distinguish the images. But it was a bit of a surprise.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 11:31 PM by Rick 96

jp - your abhorrent use/non-use of apostrophes is also tiring. And, believe it or not, not everything in TF received Midas' touch.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 11:59 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 97

Although you did use "innocuous". Did mommy help you write that?

Posted on April 9, 2011 at 12:00 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 98

This year's opening day shot. New skyline included.

Posted on April 9, 2011 at 12:10 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 99

"Bert Blyleven kept referring to "Josh Willington" in LF for the Athletics."

FAIL! Who gives a shit! What point are you trying to make here?

If you have more astounding, OMG moments like these, don't waste our time.

To answer your question, "Do you want more?" - yes, we'd like more. Your self-proclaimed job as antagonist requires it. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if you, kevin & ben were the same person (though ben seems to be the only one who turns a blind-eye to front-office conspiracies when it come bobble-head give-aways).

Luke, in regard to your post #64--for the first time in BPM history, you've shown rational, spot-on observation for the first time in BPM history. Bottoms-up!! I Couldn't agree more!

Couldn't resist the back-handed compliment Luke. You're a good man.

Posted on April 9, 2011 at 12:22 AM by N.D. (aka N.D. "Rube") Highlight this comment 100

Perfect situation for innocuous: Nobody gives a shit but you!

Dead serious Truth -- when you go to an opening day MLB game, WTF do you want to see that will ensure an enjoyable experience for you?

Posted on April 9, 2011 at 12:33 AM by N.D. (aka N.D. "Rube") Highlight this comment 101

Not the best time to show my ignorance, but what's the Midas touch referring to? Just curious

Posted on April 9, 2011 at 12:44 AM by N.D. (aka N.D. "Rube") Highlight this comment 102

wtf?

Posted on May 15, 2011 at 10:55 PM by bulldog Highlight this comment 103


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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.


Looking back toward the park from just beyond the north end of the Northstar platform.



At the other end of the bridge, the configuration of the tracks has become clear.



These are the outside tracks which go under the promenade









North Loop Deli



Uh oh. A code of conduct. Clearly posted. I'm not gonna mention any names, but you know who you are... (Click to enlarge.)



I meant to include this shot the other day. It's the new LRT bridge being built next to the remaining half of the Fifth Street bridge. The new half is almost TWICE the width of the portion torn down. And the other end runs right into a HERC administration building! (Click to see the view from nearly the same spot about 85 years ago.)



Loading dock -- already in use!



This is the LRT bridge under construction as viewed from the east looking west. The ballpark facade would be at the left in this photo.



Believe it or not, the actual outfield wall will be about where this fence is now!






The Ron Coomer corner features a bar.



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



The view from the upper concourse.



Jose Alvalade XXI Stadium in Lisbon, Portugal has towers much like I'm imagining to hold up our canopy while also making a bold statement on the horizon



Target HQ main entrance. Ballpark resemblance? (Inset.)



Flagpole historian Ben McEvers at far right (click for the full photo set, graciously loaned to this site by Pat Backen)



Poles through the gap



I believe that the truck is parked in one of the curb cutouts which are being installed to facilitate ticket sales and traffic calming.



Bike parking available along Second Avenue



Name that band. Please. (Mick Sterling)



They can put a camera just about anywhere. (Photo by Jeff Ewer)



Who Owns What (Click for larger version. Source: Ballpark Authority)









A detailed crowd shot. Click to enlarge greatly.






The dish!






This is the revised version of the center field pavilion (without the restaurant). It looks like there are no seats, just some ledges for people to sit on. It reminds me of the seating on the "bridge" which sticks out of the new Guthrie Theater. Anything which lands in the trees will presumably be a home run, so the "411" sign is apparently just for fun.



7:52 PM It's nearing peak, and covering the stands behind third base.



Today's match-up (click to enlarge)



Approach in the A ramp to the skywalk over Seventh






Typical standing room crowd which started early and lasted the entire game.






Time to paint those supports Vikings-purple.



A path for workers -- don't touch the plaza! -- in front of three giant Chia pets









Twins in HD on the big board



The view from section 210



The main concourse.









This is what I was working on while my photo was taken (click to see a VERY BIG version).



The Puckett Atrium






The plaza has been finished off just beautifully.


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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