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TwinsFest 2010

February 1, 2010 2:01 AM

There is a glimmer of hope.

Though the sun barely gets above the treetops, and the temperature can barely heave itself into double-digits, and everybody has gone just a little stir crazy, baseball is now officially on the horizon.

That's the desired effect of TwinsFest, I've come to believe. It's not so much about learning new things or buying stuff or getting the big contract questions answered. It's about being reassured that the game is only resting beneath the snow, about to roar back to life like Volcanus Rex banishing King Boreas once again.

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The event itself looks a little like it's due for a reboot, and describing it as a "flea market" does capture some of its essence. But if you know that going in, you can set it aside. I, for one, was pumped up in advance by seeing Clyde Doeppner's enthusiasm clearly on display during a Friday appearance on KSTP.

Clyde, who was once merely a Twins superfan and uber collector, is now employed by the organization as "curator" of their collection. They could not have made a better choice.

And now for those words we all long to here: Pitchers and catchers report on February 21. That's three weeks from today!

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A cross section of the field construction. (Click to enlarge.)

Again, Metrodome?

One thing I discovered is that TwinsFest is much more difficult to enjoy with a toddler in tow. This is not the fault of the event, of course. Truman (18 months), bless his heart, wanted to be pretty much anywhere but in his stroller, and I got some first-hand experience with that stuff that flies up whenever a ball hits the turf.

In fact, after rolling around on the turf for about one second, he was completely covered in these black plastic flecks which appear to serve only the purpose of attempting to further the unsuccessful illusion of real grass. Since static electricity makes them adhere aggressively, it took me about 10 minutes to brush them out of his hair and clothes, and I was still disposing of them several hours later when it was time for his pajamas.

The turf itself looked to be in pretty worn shape, surprising given its relatively young age, but it might as well be a metaphor for the event. Let's face it: A lot of the things you might really want to see or do have long lines, some of them needlessly. And because the whole thing doesn't change much from year to year, you're kind of left hoping for a random player sighting (which did not happen to us).

The Twins may not be interested in a complete reboot, but here are a couple of ideas which might improve it a little.

1. Tickets for Autographs - Sell them in advance, maybe even online, to guarantee that everyone with a ticket will get an autograph. Then put times on them (like they do at museums, in 10 or 15-minute increments) which tell people when they have to show up. Miss your time and you're out of luck. No more long snakes of people standing for hours on the concourses instead of enjoying the rest of the event. (The stages for prospects seem to work fine as is.)

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Cross section diagram of the field structure. (Click to enlarge.)

2. History, History, History - One of the funnest parts of the event is the display from Cooperstown. If it could be bigger, it would be even better. But the Twins now have their own curator, and they should have a HUGE area dedicated to displays of team memorabilia that maybe hasn't ever been seen. That would be worth the price of admission right there. (We didn't get to see Clyde's display this year, so I don't know just how big it was. But nothing would be TOO big here.)

3. Freebies - We got the program as we entered, and I picked up a CD-ROM of prices for facility rental at Target Field, but there wasn't much else to be found -- at least not on the path that we traveled. Keychains. Magnet schedules. Scorecards. Promo photos. Last year's magazines and media guides. Baseball cards. Maybe some of that other leftover junk that would otherwise go on a rummage sale. Baseballs. Wouldn't it be cool if players handed out promo TwinsFest baseballs as they passed from one area to another? Or maybe game tickets?

4. Vendors - I saw one guy selling soda, but like so many other times at the dome, there wasn't a hot dog vendor anywhere to be found. TwinsFest isn't a game, but the more game atmosphere you can create, the better. (We did enjoy the 2-for-1 deal on hot dogs at the food court. $3.50 for 2 dogs!)

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Some fun field facts. (Click to enlarge.)

Like I said, the event is just about getting a whiff of baseball in the dead of winter. But some little things could spruce it up a bit.

Wind Veil

I promised a closer look at the wind veil, then realized that I don't really have much to say about it. So here's a new video and a few detailed images. The panels do appear to be akin to the size of a baseball card, and the whole thing kind of looks like it's made out of Tinkertoys up close...

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Ticket Lottery (Don't Get Your Hopes Up)

Finally, since this was a source of some long discussion, I just want to bump some quick calculations I did in the comments yesterday to get an idea of just how a stadium that holds nearly 40,000 people could only have 1,000 tickets available for the opening day ticket lottery. It's actually not that hard to comprehend.

Media accounts have said that the Twins have sold somewhere near 20K full-season equivalents (FSE). Now this is NOT 20K actual people, of course. It's MORE than that.

In fact, if each of those 20K FSEs was actually made up of people on the 20-game plan (and hypothetically there were no 40-gamers or full season folks at all), there could be as many as 80K actual season ticket holders (that's 20K seats x 4 20-game STHs for each seat).

This means that the actual number of PEOPLE holding season tickets in one form or another must be somewhere between 20K and 80K. Just where it falls exactly between those two extremes is not accessible to us, but that number is important because of what the Twins plan to do with opening day tickets.

The full season folks already have tickets to opening day, of course. And it sounds like the Twins are going to offer opening day tickets to anyone who bought their 40-game or 20-game plan before a certain arbitrary deadline. I'm not sure what that deadline is, but they've set one, and it's already passed.

Now I'm going to make up some numbers, just for the sake of argument, to show how it's possible to have only 1000 tickets available for a public lottery. These are MADE UP NUMBERS!

Let's say that half of the 20K FSEs are full season folks. That's 10K people that already have tickets to opening day.

That leaves 30K tickets remaining.

Now let's say that half of the remainder, or 5000, FSEs are 40-gamers. That's 10K people. Of those, let's just say that 90%, or 9000, bought their packages before the arbitrary cutoff date and will be offered, and likely take, the opportunity to purchase tickets to opening day.

That leaves 21K tickets remaining.

So that would make all of the remaining 5000 FSEs 20-gamers. That's 20K people. And let's say that 80% of them bought before the deadline and will get the chance to buy opening day tickets. That's 18K more tickets sold.

That leaves 3K tickets remaining.

Some tickets will go to players, dignitaries, friends, group sales, etc. Could that get to 2000 tickets? Sure.

That leaves 1K tickets remaining for the lottery.

To summarize:

10,000 81-game plans (10,000 FSEs) = 10,000 OD tickets
10,000 40-game plans (5,000 FSEs, 90% eligible) = 9,000 OD tickets
20,000 20-game plans (5,000 FSEs, 80% eligible) = 18,000 OD tickets

TOTALS
40,000 OD tickets available
-37,000 OD tickets used by 40,000 STHs (20,000 FSEs)
-2,000 Friends/Dignitaries
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1,000 OD tickets remain

Now, I MADE UP these numbers just to show how it's possible to get to only 1000 tickets available for the lottery. You could tweak these numbers and come up with scenarios where there are LESS or MORE available. But you get the idea.

You can also get a sense from this example just how difficult it is for the Twins to figure out what they'll have available. They've certainly done this calculation with the real numbers, and it appears they are telling their reps to say that 1000 is the magic number.

But they won't know for sure until all STHs have purchased up to their limit and all the friends and dignitaries have been identified. That means it will be a while before even THEY know for sure.

Meanwhile, they've got all of Twins Territory clamoring for these tickets...

Hope this helps.

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Found a preview of TF on another site. Most of the information is probably known by most people here already but there is a few interesting things in the article. Click the link if you wanna read it.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 05:19 AM by Leroy Highlight this comment 1

Clyde Doepner's display has always been merely a very small slice of his private collection, usually with some sort of theme to it. Last year, for instance, he had a lot of the uniforms that have been worn through the years - how many people here remember the crimson alternate jersey? Odd that he now does not get to add to his own collection but, rather, anything/everything he "gets" becomes a part of the Twins' collection he is now responsible for. I would be curious to know what is in it for him. He is one of the planet's foremost nice guys and now gets to do something he absolutely loves to do. That just might be payment enough for him.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 08:20 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 2

So I received a forward from my boss today. The forward was a personal email that he received from a corporate friend of his. My boss himself is not a baseball fan, but the gentleman that he received the email from is a avid baseball fan and knows some people throughout the industry. The email read:

"I just received word that Joe Mauer was quietly signed to a 10 year 220 Million dollar contract today (Sunday).

Look for the breaking news to hit Monday or Tuesday"

Now, I have no idea if this is true, but my boss is not one to forward this type of info unless he feels it is from a good source. If this is not true, please do not be angry with me. I just got quite excited when I read this this morning.

Crossin' my fingers!!

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 08:24 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 3

That's a pretty nice article. It sounds like they were more than impressed with the place and think it will stay "iconic" long after new stadiums are built.

I'm also excited for some Loon Cafe chili, if they select it to be an item! That is the first time I heard they ere considering bringing it to the stadium.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 08:55 AM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 4

Buster Olney seems to think the Twins are going after Hudson...

Click name.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 10:10 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 5

I was told by the ticket agent when I bought my 40 game package in Oct that the full STH would have the opportunity to buy twice the number of seats to the opener. I was told I would not have a chance at the opener even as a 40 gamer. I don't know if they have changed that, but haven't heard any different.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 10:13 AM by coley14 Highlight this comment 6

trosy29,

You know, that post is like when you're in 8th grade and there are rumors that the hot chick you drool over might like you. You don't really believe the rumors, you're pretty sure your buddies are jerking you around, but you can't help but hope beyond hope that it's true.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 10:49 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 7

Faber,

I did some research on the gentleman who sent the email to my boss to try to get some validation. He is a Owner and CFO of a nationwide company that is based out of the Twin Cities and is also involved in the sports scene in the area.

I know that it is completely non validated, but any info is good. I just found it odd that he got on his email specifically on a Sunday night to send it out to his some of his close friends. Why would a someone like that do that?

Here's to hoping it is true, but if it does come to be, I expect some props!! ;-)

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 11:01 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 8

Supporting evidence from JC at the Strib"

"Everybody I spoke with during TwinsFest believes the team soon will have Joe Mauer signed to a contract extension. Two people, who have their own information pipelines, claimed that the deal's basic framework -- the number of years and guaranteed money -- is already set, with the sides negotiating things such as deferred payments, etc."

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 11:06 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 9

Not quite sure that a contract has been signed, but from a Joe C article earlier it sounds like years and money has been agreed on, it is now on to the little details. These Orlando Hudson rumors that have been swirling are really getting me excited. Do you think the front office would have time to take away from Mauer's negotiations to get a deal with him done? Do you think Mauer is pressuring them into it before he inks? He would be so good on our team, for his D, switch hitting, being able to bat 2nd, and as a clubhouse guy too.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 11:06 AM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 10

MLBtraderumors.com also reporting on JC's Article.

I have a great feeling about this week! I will be at my local establishment throwin' back some cold ones if this happens.

Click name,

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 11:09 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 11

A friend of a friend who works at Perkins just sent me a text saying Joe had a Denver omelette for breakfast. Looks like he's headed to the Rockies.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 11:10 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 12

TTH - I get the dig...but I hope you all are eating your words that are giving me shit about this...;-)

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 11:13 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 13

Personally, I think $22 million per year and 10 years is too much. Funny, we wouldn't pay Torii a percentage of that, but because Joe is "our own" we'll pay a king's ransom.

We'll be lucky to get 10 good years out of a catcher.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 11:25 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 14

TTH - I do somewhat agree. 10 years is a long haul for a catcher. I am sure that a no trade clause is not part of the SUPPOSED contract. They also may have plans to move him from catcher sometime. Let's just hope that the org. has more of a long term plan (8-10 years) for the team in place more that a short term (4-5 years) that they have had for the better part of the last two decades.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 11:36 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 15

TTH,

Are you just stirring the pot? Or do you actually think there is any valid basis for comparing Torii Hunter and Joe Mauer?

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 11:47 AM by Margaret Thatcher Highlight this comment 16

All this contract talk is getting me excited!!!! Made hotdogs for lunch!

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 11:50 AM by MattW Highlight this comment 17

This should clear up some of the ticket issues: You can click link to go directly to the Twins site.

Opening Day is less than three months away, and come April there will be only one place to be: Target Field.

With the season fast approaching, there are several important upcoming events regarding Opening Day tickets, exhibition game tickets and additional regular season game tickets which we'd like to share with you so that you can take full advantage of your status as a 2010 season ticket holder. Below is key information as it relates to your season ticket holder status. Please find the section which applies to your status and get updated on how you can participate in securing Opening Day tickets, additional exhibition game tickets and additional regular season tickets.

FULL SEASON TICKET Plan Holders:

Opening Day Tickets: are included with your season ticket package.

Exhibition Game Tickets: Both exhibition games vs the Cardinals (April 2-3) are also included in your package, however an exclusive pre-sale for additional exhibition game tickets is available to season ticket holders on February 18. Details on how to order tickets will be sent via email prior to February 18.

Regular Season Single Game Tickets: As always, season ticket holders will have an exclusive pre-sale opportunity to purchase additional regular season game tickets (excluding Opening Day) prior to tickets going on sale to the general public. This year, the password-protected pre-sale will be conducted online at twinsbaseball.com. This pre-sale will take place the week of March 8 - details coming soon!

RENEWED 2009 PARTIAL SEASON TICKET Plan Holders:

Opening Day Tickets: A pre-sale for Opening Day tickets has been scheduled for February 23 and 24. This online password-protected pre-sale is based on your initial payment towards your renewal account and your plan type. This special pre-sale will allow you to purchase Opening Day tickets up to the same number of renewed seats that are on your account. Details including instructions on how to purchase your Opening Day tickets will be forwarded to you prior to the pre-sale dates along with your one-time use password.

Exhibition Games: The April 2nd exhibition game is included in the following partial plan accounts: 40-Game Plan A, 20-Game Plan C and 20-Game Plan D. The April 3rd exhibition game is included in the following partial plan accounts: 40-Game Plan B, 20-Game Plan E and 20-Game Plan F. All 40-Game Plan accounts will receive their same regular season seats forthese historic games. All 20-Game Plan accounts will be assigned seats in the same price category as their regular season seats. An exclusive pre-sale for additional exhibition game tickets (including Flex accounts that wish to purchase tickets) is available to season ticket holders on February 18. Details on how to order tickets will be sent via email prior to February 18.

Regular Season Single Game Tickets: As always, season ticket holders will have an exclusive pre-sale opportunity to purchase additional regular season game tickets (excluding Opening Day) prior to tickets going on sale to the general public. This year, the password-protected pre-sale will be conducted online at twinsbaseball.com. This pre-sale will take place the week of March 8 - details coming soon!

NEW 2010 PARTIAL SEASON TICKET Plan Holders:

Exhibition Games: The April 2nd exhibition game is included in the following partial plan accounts: 40-Game Plan A, 20-Game Plan C and 20-Game Plan D. The April 3rd exhibition game is included in the following partial plan accounts: 40-Game Plan B, 20-Game Plan E and 20-Game Plan F. All 40-Game Plan accounts will receive their same seats for these historic games. All 20-Game Plan accounts will be assigned seats in the same price category as their regular season seats. An exclusive pre-sale for additional exhibition game tickets is available to season ticket holders on February 18. Details on how to order tickets will be sent via email prior to February 18.

Regular Season Single Game Tickets: As always, season ticket holders will have an exclusive pre-sale opportunity to purchase additional regular season game tickets (excluding Opening Day) prior to tickets going on sale to the general public. This year, the password-protected pre-sale will be conducted online at twinsbaseball.com. This pre-sale will take place the week of March 8 - details coming soon!

Opening Day Tickets: You may take advantage of the online random-draw opportunity to purchase tickets to any of the Inaugural Opening Series games at Target Field. Online registration for this opportunity is available from January 29th to February 10th.

RENEWED FLEX 40 Plan Holders

Opening Day Tickets: A pre-sale for Opening Day tickets has been scheduled for February 23 and 24. This online password-protected pre-sale is based on your initial payment towards your renewal account and your plan type. Flex accounts are eligible to select up to 2 Opening Day tickets for every Flex 40 Voucher Plan in their account. Details including instructions on how to purchase your Opening Day tickets will be forwarded to you prior to the pre-sale dates along with your one-time use password.

Exhibition Games: Exhibition game tickets are not included in Flex accounts. However, a pre-sale to purchase exhibition game tickets is available to Flex accounts on February 18. Details on how to order tickets will be sent via email prior to February 18.

Regular Season Single Game Tickets: As always, season ticket holders will have an exclusive pre-sale opportunity to purchase additional regular season game tickets (excluding Opening Day) prior to tickets going on sale to the general public. This year, the password-protected pre-sale will be conducted online at twinsbaseball.com. This pre-sale will take place the week of March 8 - details coming soon!

Early Flex Voucher Redemption: Flex account owners will have the opportunity to redeem 2010 Flex vouchers prior to single game tickets going on sale to the general public. Watch for details regarding the mailing of your vouchers and details on exclusive redemption privileges.

Visiting Your Account Representative:

As we prepare for the inaugural season at Target Field, we politely ask that you keep in touch with your Twins account representative via email or phone until we are in a better position to host you in our new offices. Finally - watch for details coming soon regarding exclusive Open Houses for season ticket holders. Visit the Metropolitan Club, sample some Target Field fare, sit in your seats and visit with the Ticket Sales and Service Staff. In the mean time, please don't hesitate to call us if you have any questions about your account.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 11:04 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 18

Opening Day presale for partial plan ticket holders (2009 and earlier) will be Feb 23 or 24. As we had previously heard, any new partial plan holder for 2010 must register for the opening series lottery.

Season ticket presale for exhibition games on Feb 18.

The April 2nd exhibition game is included in the following partial plan accounts: 40-Game Plan A, 20-Game Plan C and 20-Game Plan D.

The April 3rd exhibition game is included in the following partial plan accounts: 40-Game Plan B, 20-Game Plan E and 20-Game Plan F.

All 40-Game Plan accounts will receive their same regular season seats for these historic games.

All 20-Game Plan accounts will be assigned seats in the same price category as their regular season seats.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 12:00 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 19

Mike has the full post. Mine is the Reader's Digest version. :)

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 12:01 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 20

Sorry, Mike and Rock - didn't see the full post before I did mine.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 12:02 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 21

In terms of contract amount per year, I think there is a valid argument for comparing Torii's offer and what Joe is "reportedly" being offered.

At the time, Torii was the team's HR leader and hitting just south of .300. Pay him $15 million for a few years and you would now have, theoretically a lineup of Span (LF), Hardy, Mauer, Morneau, Cuddyer, Kubel ... that lineup probably beats the Yankees in the playoffs -- once.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 12:14 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 22

TTH, I'm suprised we haven't heard from Luke yet wanting to know if you have any other info on those Mauer to the Rockies rumors...

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 12:19 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 23

Interesting note from that longer preview article from Ballparkdigest.com:

"The concourse signage is subtle but very memorable: the integration of the Target bulls-eye logo into the section signage is amazingly effective, and the concession signs are clear without being overwhelming."

Clear without being overwhelming. After the nitpicking done about the concession signs around here, I couldn't have said it better myself.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 12:21 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 24

TTH,

I can see what you're getting at. Hope my post didn't sound like I was coming at you.

The difference is that Torii was an above average overall player on the back half of his career. He had good power, decent contact, elite defense and was probably one of the top 5-10 center fielders in the game. Joe Mauer is 26 years old and is already arguably the best catcher to ever play the game. That is a huge difference.

I still agree with the Twins' decision to let Torii go. Would it have been nice to have him? Yes. But $15 mil a year for a player of his ability/age (at the time he left the Twins)? No. I've said it before, but almost no one thought he would produce like he has since heading to LA.

I do agree that the length of the SUPPOSED contract is worth thinking about... 10 years is a long time for a catcher.

Man I hope these rumors turn out to be true!!!

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 12:39 PM by Margaret Thatcher Highlight this comment 25

Tolleson is no longer a Twin. Claimed by A's.

Click name

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 12:47 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 26

Here's the link to the BallparkDigest article Buffalo refers to.

It's amazingly detailed.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 12:52 PM by Rick 27

Thatcher & TTH

You're both sorta right. It would have been great to have Torii around for a FEW more years. But players his age want security, and the Angels were the only ones dumb enough to give him SEVEN years.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 1:39 PM by Elston Gunn Highlight this comment 28

Anyone have an ESPN Insider membership? There is a like to a Mauer deal to be done soon, but you need a membership to view the article. Lookin for a copy and paste.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 1:46 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 29

**link**

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 1:46 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 30

The big market teams are already licking their chops to see Joe Mauer on the free agent market next year, but the Twins might be ready to give Mauer a huge deal.

At TwinsFest, the Star-Tribune writes that Twins CEO Jim Pohlad told the audience he lost his wallet and he asked fans to bring it to his table, if they found it. "Actually," he said, "you may as well take it over to Joe."

So Pohlad and Co. are ready to pay up.

But how much? The two sides have officially opened contract negotiations, and it's hard to imagine him signing a deal for less than $20 million a season. It's also hard to imagine the Twins giving 30 percent of their payroll to one player.

Could the sides be getting closer? Bill Madden of the New York Daily News reports today that Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is "confident" Mauer will sign a long-term deal before spring training.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 1:55 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 31

The ESPN rumor central bit on Mauer is nothing new...its essentially the same information that we got in the Star Tribune from Joe C...

The big market teams are already licking their chops to see Joe Mauer on the free agent market next year, but the Twins might be ready to give Mauer a huge deal.

At TwinsFest, the Star-Tribune writes that Twins CEO Jim Pohlad told the audience he lost his wallet and he asked fans to bring it to his table, if they found it. "Actually," he said, "you may as well take it over to Joe."

So Pohlad and Co. are ready to pay up.

But how much? The two sides have officially opened contract negotiations, and it's hard to imagine him signing a deal for less than $20 million a season. It's also hard to imagine the Twins giving 30 percent of their payroll to one player.

Could the sides be getting closer? Bill Madden of the New York Daily News reports today that Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is "confident" Mauer will sign a long-term deal before spring training.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 2:25 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 32

This image and this image have to be my favorite views of the park to date. How about that afternoon sun/shade spanning that beautiful green outfield grass?

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 2:47 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 33

Rosen reporting on KFAN now that Mauer has agreed in principle to a 10-yr deal, and they're working out the "incentives" before anything is announced.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 2:48 PM by B Highlight this comment 34

2 quick questions: 1. Does anyone know the status of Pat Neshek's health? I can't help but think that if he comes any where close to the level of dominance he was at before his string of injuries a 7,8,9 combo of Guerrier, Neshek, and Nathan would be one of the best in baseball. 2. When is the ticket trading go online for this site? I joined a partnership a few months back in a prime spot for 20 games only to just find out that my dad bought a 40 game package for us to use all season. The seats aren't as good, but who cares, they're free. Now I need to find a way to unload the 20 games I bought in the partnership.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 2:49 PM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 35

BEAUTIFUL THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Faber, TTH...I'll take a Surly on opening day...;-)

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 2:53 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 36

Since there are no actual tickets to trade yet, I'm taking time to polish the service before going live. But I may open it for preregistration this week sometime.

Also, I'm trying to somehow work in the new email transfer system that the Twins are introducing. It won't be a direct link, but I hope to make it one of the delivery options.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 2:53 PM by Rick 37

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 3:07 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 38

10-year EXTENSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 3:11 PM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 39

"Pat Neshek's health?"

Neshek says he is ready to roll.

The best news is that Liriano may well be back to his 2006 form (although we went through all that last year at this time).

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 3:12 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 40

i wonder if i will be able to afford Season tix for the next 10 years. lol

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 3:21 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 41

Buster Olney reporting that a deal is not been agreed upon. AHHHHHHHHHHH.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 3:39 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 42

Yep....DVS2008...just read that too...not worried yet, just probably needs some clarification.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 3:42 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 43

Heyman said the same thing too on Twitter...he says 7-8 for $150-$180.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 3:45 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 44

Joe C. says inside sources are denying WCCO reort:

"For Twins fans anxiously awaiting news of a contract extension for Joe Mauer, there is growing speculation that a deal is close.

But the wait continues.

Two people familiar with the negotiations denied a report by WCCO-TV that the sides have reached preliminary agreement on a 10-year contract."

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 4:18 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 45

Often times, denials like that mean nothing. It's like the owner giving the coach a "vote of confidence." No one believes it. The Vikes denied they were after Favre for a while too.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 4:43 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 46

Does anyone know what they are doing to the outside of the twins pro shop?...check it out on webcam 1

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 5:07 PM by Erik Highlight this comment 47

Looks to me like they're making snow. [shrug]

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 5:10 PM by Chad Highlight this comment 48

Go back to Rick's previous thread "Signs and Portents" and look at my post from Friday.

My source was right.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 5:15 PM by ace Highlight this comment 49

Reusse on Garage Logic speculated that a couple of family members have been talking, and that Rosen ran with the story. My sense was Reusse had heard the same chat, but wants more confirmation before running with the details. Patrick guessed Wed or Thurs for an announcement (if there is to be one), after Joe is back from doing some work in LA on the MLB 10 video game. Rosen better hope that is true -- though in today's reporting world being first gets more points than being right.

My own speculation, given the rumors above, is there is general agreement on the per-year rate and that it will be a long-term contact, but they are playing between a longer contract with less incentives, vs. a slightly shorter contract with more incentives. I'm also sure they are arguing about the value of the no-trade clause, since the Twins hate giving those out (though of course they will in this case...they just have to determine it's structure and value).

And, I'm sure Joe's agent is asking for all sorts of special clauses and such (good old Joe would never ask, of course....just those evil agents). I wouldn't be surprised if they give Joe a point or two of the club if he stays the whole term of the contract, or something like that. What would be better than re-signing Mauer in 2020 to final 2 year deal and announcing he has an ownership percentage -- a small one of course. I think he means that much as the face of the club. More than Kirby. More than Killebrew.

We can argue later if a 10 year deal for a catcher with an injury history is wise or not, if we should be putting 35% of our payroll into two players, and so on.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 5:24 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 50

Incidentally Faber - I wasn't going to give the Mauer/Rockies rumor or whatever the hell it was, another look. That was probably the stupidest thing I've seen on this blog in a LONG time.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 5:57 PM by luke Highlight this comment 51

Check that Luke, it was one of the funniest things on this blog in a long time...

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 6:44 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 52

I did laugh at that one when i read it.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 6:57 PM by Mazaratirick Highlight this comment 53

Couple pics from MLB The Show 10 (click name)

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 7:14 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 54

And the other one(click name)

I would like to think that this site had a lot to due with them getting Target Field done in the game. I sent them numerous links and photos from the site and the encouraged many more. So thank you everyone for your help here, not sure if they used any, but like I said, I would like to think they did.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 7:16 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 55

Not seeing the limestone on that 2nd pic is disappointing

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 7:33 PM by Locker Highlight this comment 56

Not to mention Punto's enormous ass. They didn't do him any favors.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 9:04 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 57

A good luke joke never gets old.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 9:13 PM by Margaret Thatcher Highlight this comment 58

Here is a nice video from WCCO from a recent tour. The video is on the right side of the page. Sorry guys, I don't know how to directly link just the video. The page web page also has an Interview of Gardy in his new digs.

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 10:58 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 59

The funnier joke Margaret was your namesakes run as Prime Minister of England. Now, that was a joke...

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 06:47 AM by luke Highlight this comment 60

The lights are on this morning.

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 07:06 AM by Joe117 Highlight this comment 61

also this morning the shaking hands sign was flashing with strobe lights. as my bus went past, i couldn't tell if the hands were shaking or not but it looks like it will be quite the show for homeruns!

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 08:10 AM by annoyingcustomer Highlight this comment 62

also some lighting on the wind veil and topiary bats that I hadn't seen before, barely noticeable in the 7am webcam shot but you can see them.

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 08:41 AM by 21 Highlight this comment 63

Perhaps they are lighting up the place in anticipation of the signing of the Joe Mauer contract extension in the near future?

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 09:03 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 64

I hope that's a joke, Mike. Pretty sick of the Mauer Frenzy already. Can we calm down until something is actually announced? And quit calling him "Joe" like he's a drinking buddy? No news is no news.

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 09:14 AM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 65

I agree, lets stop refering to mauer as if he is God(please no baby jesus jokes here) I think everybody here knows he will sign with the twins and for a nice chunk of change.. all this hype is doing is putting the Twins in a corner and driving up his price... the Twins know they have to sign him, and have to pay big time..but remember it not like we are adding a new player here to help we have had mauer for a long time and hes great but he will bring nothing new to the team in the next 10 years (omg thats not true i hope)...

now dont get your panties in a bunch cuz im not praying to your man crush but lets just chill out, "turn on the lights at TF for him" like Keyshawn Johnson says on the fox pre game on sundays "COME ON MAN!!!!!!!!!"

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 09:35 AM by Mazaratirick Highlight this comment 66

I love when the enthusiasm cops come out and start pissing in people's cheerios. Hilarious. Preaching rational thought on a blog about a ballpark where people sit and post all day long seems like an excercize in futility to me.

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 10:39 AM by moda253 Highlight this comment 67

Mazaratirick, you can't possibly be serious about the growing excitement about him signing and the recent hype around him driving his price up, can you? I mean, I think his price is pretty well set at this point. Not much is going to drive it up any more, short of him hitting the open market.

And let people be excited. The temperature is in the teens outside and many of us had a monstrous commute through snow and traffic. Let us enjoy some baseball talk that doesn't revolve around which lights are being turned on at the ballpark or what the concession signs look like.

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 11:09 AM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 68

Since we can't talk about the Mauer signing or the lights at Target field, I do have something up a totally different avenue. I was not at any of the final games at the metrodome(regular season, 163 or post season), however I do remember seeing something about homeplate being dug up. What did they do with it? I would guess that Target field gets a band spanking new home plate. So, the old home plate just gets added to the collection?

The real reason I bring this up, at Twinsfest I was surprised to see the kids standing at home plate during the home run derby. Did they install a new home plate just for twinsfest? I would guess that the dome will still host some college games this spring and will need a home plate for those games. Like any other bases, it takes some wear and tear and would need to be replaced every few years. I'm sure we have some readers with some knowledge on this topic.

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 11:55 AM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 69

I hope Mr. Mauer (is that an acceptable designation?) absolutely brings nothing new to the Twins for the next 10 years. If we are stuck with him batting .365, only getting 28 home runs per year, and a mere 1.031 OPS, well damnit I'll just have to suck it up and take it. I guess that is the price I'll pay for being excited about having him around.

I know that is not what you meant, Maz :).

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 11:57 AM by Linc Highlight this comment 70

The Dome's home plate was dug up and added to the collection of memorabilia after the final playoff game. (I was there and watched it and posted video of it somewhere on this site...)

Target Field has a new home plate.

The Metrodome has a new home plate. It will continue to be used by, among others, the Gopher baseball team.

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 11:58 AM by Rick 71

Click for the article which contains the video.

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 11:59 AM by Rick 72

It looks like the wind veil scaffolding over hanging the parking lot is finally coming down.

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 12:10 PM by DeePee Highlight this comment 73

"Click for the article which contains the video."

I re-read the piece, having forgotten what a great piece it is ---

"But the Metrodome, by virtue of being nothing like a baseball place at all, has made things worse. It has actively encouraged fans to come to a game but not watch it. And it has encouraged the purists to stay away. It has invited in those who would not come for a game unless the conditions are always perfect.

So the most beautiful thing about this moment? That's all about to change dramatically. From what I've seen, Target Field has the potential to breathe all of that life back into the fan base -- primarily because it is so focused on the game itself. Distractions, in the design at least, are kept to a bare minimum. You will want to sit on the edge of your seat and watch baseball."

Then, I started to wonder if maybe, just maybe, the Twins have overbuilt TF. We may have to wait a year or two to find out but there are a hell of a lot of folks who go to a baseball park to watch a baseball game - to, as Rick puts it, focus on the game itself. Maybe the guys in charge of cooking the Murray's sandwiches and polishing the bar in the Legends/Champions Clubs will, at some point, wind up standing around with their collective thumbs up their collective asses while people walk right past on their way to watch a beautiful game being played in a beautiful park. Will we return to "Once upon a time?"

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 12:44 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 74

Wow,

who the hell said we cant talk about mauer? as you are saying right now i just gave my OPINION!! folks here must understand that if you can dish it out(Moda you sure can dish it out on here) you need to be able to take it...all im saying is he will be a twin for a long time and be paid very well.. and like Linc said (without trying to be a asshole) that Mauers numbers are the best so he wont nor shall he be expected to improve on them..we get to keep what we already had and its great but its not like they are signing top notch free agent for 3rd base or anything... i guess i just always expected them to extend him anyway. i would be more than shocked if they dont so it is just not that big of news to me.

yes , i do think its silly that they would turn on the lights and have a wind vail show for him when he gets a contract because he is ONE player on a WHOLE team... so its just my OPINION...

sometimes i thing guys troll bolgs waiting to find somthing to jump on and rip into...

and yes do you think if Joe Mauer was not the hometown kid that the twins would feel obligated to pay him whatever he wants???? so i am serious about that... he is as good at catching/hitting as johan was at pitching, THE BEST! and they let him go for some trash so they did not have to pay him...if you dont agree with me thats fine its just my OPINION

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 12:57 PM by Mazaratirick Highlight this comment 75

I can't wait for warm weather now! My STH guy said there would be tours before the park opened for STH. Anybody else heard anything about this?

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 1:22 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 76

I think people just aren't getting the sarcasm people put in their posts, it doesn't translate well in written form. OF COURSE Mike was kidding about the lights and wind veil in celebration of a new contract! Am I the only one who instantly knew he was joking?

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 1:26 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 77

Folks need to keep one thing in mind - read very carefully:

THE TWINS DO NOT, REPEAT, DO NOT "HAVE" TO RESIGN MAUER.

Where does information to the contrary come from? Local boy - yes. Wildly popular player - yes. A good idea PR-wise for the fan base - yes. Etched in stone - NO! Joe Mauer is a big boy and can go wherever he wants. AND, there is a tremendous amount of pressure on him (player's union, etc.) to at least test what the market will bear. I would like to see him retire in a Twins uniform and think that will happen. I want some little kid one day to say to me "Wow, did you really get to watch Joe Mauer play ball" - but reality speaks for itself.

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 1:28 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 78

Ben-

You must be naive if you think the Twins wouldn't suffer a catostophic PR mess if they fail to ink Mauer. One of the reasons they stated for building this new park was so they can spend more money on putting a good product on the field. They simply can't let one of the top 5 players in all of baseball, and who also happens to be a home-town kid, leave town. Everyone knows that: the Twins, the fans, the media and yes, even Joe, himself. He's got all the leverage right now....but my bet is that he will give up a few million per season to stay home because this is where he wants to be.

I'm confident the deal will get done sometime between now and when pitchers and catchers report to Ft Meyers. My guess is a contract somewhere between 6-8 years in length and between $22-$25 million per season.

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 1:58 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 79

I'm not one to nitpick, but if you're the beat writer of the Twins, writing about Target Field, wouldn't you get Puckett's number right? That seems like a glaring error.

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 2:00 PM by Nick in CO Highlight this comment 80

From that article:

"Each gate will be marked with a number that's been retired -- like Tony Oliva's No. 8 or Kirby Puckett's No. 14."

Oh for two there.

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 2:02 PM by Rick 81

Thanks Faber! I was by no means trying to start a controversy over the Mauer status...

It really does make you wonder why they would have the lights on during the early morning hours on an early February morning. The "burn in" process of the lighting system was completed last fall along with the testing and approval by MLB officials. Not that it matters to me, I just find it a little out of the ordinary.

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 2:03 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 82

By the way, as far as I'm concerned you can talk about whatever the hell you want to. I appreciate the distraction.

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 2:08 PM by Rick 83

Anyone hear what spring training games will be televised? What about the exhibition games? I would hope one (or both) of those games would be televised just to allow FS North and the Qwest Twins Live pre-game to set up their cameras and adjust to the new ballpark settings.

I know DSP said most, if not, all games televised on FS North will be in HD.

As high as the Twins TV ratings have been in recent years, there is no excuse not to televise them in HD, the expense of HD is definitely offset by the TV ratings and advertising revenues. As far as that MY29 goes, I hope the Twins land on channel 9 or channel 4 as their next over-the-air station when the current MY29 deal ends. Just don't like the quality of MY29 on those Sunday games.

I just cannot wait to see that limestone backstop on television for the first time, it is going to be surreal...No more blue padded wall!!

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 2:27 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 84

This jumped out at me from the Ballpark Digest piece and I hope Fox Sports North read it and took it to heart:

"Really, the centerpiece of the signage is the 57’-by-102’ full high-definition scoreboard from South Dakota-based Daktronics, surrounded by ad spots. It’s not the largest such scoreboard in the majors, but the scale of the ballpark doesn’t necessarily lend itself to a gigantic scoreboard. The ballpark was wired with high def in mind: everything related to signage, including video, is high def. Perhaps Fox Sports North can be persuaded to broadcast Twins games in true high-def instead of the wussy 720p they use for most local telecasts."

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 2:34 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 85

Frankly, I'd jump up and down just for "wussy 720p". Most of the games I saw last year (Sunday afternoons only, of course) were SD.

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 2:38 PM by Rick 86

Wait-- Maybe I shouldn't say that out loud...

1080p! 1080p! Give us all our 1080p!

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 2:44 PM by Rick 87

I'd watch a Twins game in "fuzzy cinemax" definition right now. (I know that's not funny, but I have cabin fever right now up at Lake of the Woods).

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 2:58 PM by Kingduck Highlight this comment 88

---Linc furrows his brow and attempts to read very carefully---

I have to conclude Ben is correct! I believe Major League Baseball will continue to exist regardless of where Mr. Mauer plays, or even if he decides to quit altogether. I believe the Twins will play in Minnesota at least through the 2039 season. I further believe that the impending 2012 toppling of the IDS Center, which will crash into and topple the Multifoods tower (hooray!), but then causing an unfortunate chain reaction of building collapses resulting in ramp B ending up in right field of Target Field, forcing the Twins to play at Midway Stadium as the Metrodome will have been raised the month before for the building of Farve Field....this all will happen regardless of Mr. Mauer's choices.

I'm not sure how ignoring Mr. Mauer's choice set due to the inevitability of the single dimension of a future that we will realize out of many possible dimensions is more fun for me as a fan, but I can't argue with the premise.

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 3:33 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 89

Fred ---

Please point out to me where I wrote (or indicated I thought that) "the Twins wouldn't suffer a catostophic (sic) PR mess if they fail to ink Mauer." My point, since you apparently need help with it, is that a great many posters, here and elsewhere, are stating flat out that Mauer WILL be or HAS to be signed by the Twins. Not so. Period. PR disaster if not --- yes, definitely (see Carew, Rod). But, the premises are invalid and that leads to a fallacious conclusion. We think we know what is going on in Mauer's mind or the Twins' front office but we do not. It is possible, although I think it unlikely, that Mauer, in concert with his agent, has put forth "demands" (player signing-wise, contract-wise, competitive-wise, or otherwise) that the Twins are quite simply unwilling or unable to handle. If Mauer simply wanted to remain a local boy Twin the deal would already be done. Think about it.

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 3:34 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 90

Kingduck,

Wouldn't "fuzzy Cinemax" vision require partial nudity -- or at least the possibility of it -- at all times? I'm not sure I can support that in a game with no cheerleaders...

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 3:42 PM by Rick 91

LOL Rick.

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 4:20 PM by luke Highlight this comment 92

Ben-

Obviously, we all understand there is an infinitesimal chance that Mauer won't sign. However unlikely that will be, the Twins know that they can't (nor won't) allow Mauer to leave under any circumstance. Money talks, B.S. walks, and the Twins know they HAVE to sign him to a long term deal. It would cheaper for them, in the long run, to sign him for what he wants, then to let him walk away and lose all the fan support because of it.

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 4:24 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 93

Fred ---

I'm sure both the Twins and Mauer are well aware of the overall situation, and any dope can figure out that Mauer has the upper hand leverage-wise. I'm merely pointing that there is a choke point somewhere - there always is. It's one of those death and taxes things.

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 6:33 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 94

wow..the plaza looks beautiful right now

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 7:36 PM by Erik Highlight this comment 95

For those of you with MLB network. The Caribbean baseball series started today. 4 teams play a double round robin. Liriano will be pitching at least one of the games for the Dominican team. Anyone know the day and time of his start?

Apparently he feels he is back to his old self.

"I've got my confidence back," Liriano said. "This winter is the best I've felt."

Liriano finished off his tremendous run in winter ball as the winning pitcher for Leones del Escogido in the Domincan Winter League championship game on Thursday night. He pitched five scoreless innings, striking out 10 while allowing one hit, to defeat Gigantes del Cibao -- the club of his current Twins teammate, Alexi Casilla.

If you haven't checked it out, take a look at the Mexican uniforms. They but NASCAR to shame with all of the endorsements.

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 7:36 PM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 96

Fred, I'd like to see B.S. walk.

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 8:57 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 97

Celebration sign is lit up. Wish that the webcam 2 was behind home plate...also, the gate directional signage has lights - didn't know that.

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 9:05 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 98

Walked by TF tonight. Snapped some shots quick. Frankly I was a wuss tonight and was cold otherwise there would have been more. So ladies and gentlemen, for your viewing pleasure....Click my name for a link to the plaza lit at night (INCLUDING a lit Wind Veil).

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 10:40 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 99

Oh and sorry, no lit celebration sign images.

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 10:43 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 100

I got goosebumps from that lit-up veil picture!

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 11:00 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 101

trosy -- It's Wednesday. There's no signed contract made public. I'll take a Schell's Dark, please.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 09:14 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 102

I'm more interested in Hudson right now than Mauer. Guy is supposed to make a decision this week, but B.S. is supposedly working on Mauer. I have a pretty good source that says the Twins are going to land Hudson, but I just don't want to get my hopes up. Anybody heard anything? Guy would really make our team better.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 09:39 AM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 103

Hudson would be a "real" addition. Hardy has barely been MLB quality the last two years, meaning Punto might end up at short. The Twins could show their fanbase they really are going to be "competitive" by signing this guy now.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 09:44 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 104

I don't know how you say "the last 2 years" for Hardy, seeing as he hit .283 with 24 dingers and 74 RBI's in 2008 at short stop. Those are pretty good numbers.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 09:51 AM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 105

TTH - Just wait on that, but I will gladly serve you up a shells dark if I am way off on my info.

Alright, so I was thinking about this last night. I have a sneaking suspicion that a contract is already done, they are just not releasing the info right now. My thought is that maybe they are trying to get another deal or two done before the announce the Mauer extension. ie: Hudson, or trade of Perkins etc. Put the focus on the Mauer deal so they can try to get some other things done with out the media following that. Kinda like a decoy. I am probably way off on this, but it was just a thought.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 10:07 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 106

According to Sid this morning on 830 WCCO, he said the Twins would have no interest in Orlando Hutchinson. Yes, he said Hutchinson.

I also believe that when Spring Training opens, Sid will mistakenly spend the first day at Tinker Field.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 10:09 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 107

Or a Schell's Pilsner

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 10:13 AM by hans Highlight this comment 108

Sid too far gone to be making statements like that. I wonder where he fabricates this stuff.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 10:21 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 109

I just find it funny how so many media outlets are claiming that the WCCO report is false of Mauer signing a 10-year deal.

Rosen NEVER said that Mauer signed a 10 year deal. He simply said a source told him that the Twins and Mauer have agreed in principal to the basic framework of a 10-year deal, but no contract was signed and details are still being worked out as far as incentives, etc. He emphasized a contract was NOT signed and no deal was done, so its funny how the other media outlets continue to claim his report was wrong when he never said a contract was signed in the first place...gotta love the media.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 10:21 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 110

Rick

On the video of Home plate being dug up after game 163, Gardy digs something out that was under the plate. While watching on T.V. it looked like a Dollar bill (which tore in half when stretched). Even though there was video camaras filming him doing this, I haven't seen any film or heard any media talk about what the significance of that was. Do you have any more (dirt...pun intended)info on this?

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 10:34 AM by hans Highlight this comment 111

Good article why Hudson should come to the Twins...

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 10:37 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 112

So can I assume no one here has any faith in Casilla manning 2nd base?

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 11:32 AM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 113

HH16- I have faith in Casilla, but Hudson would be a much better player overall to fill the position.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 11:35 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 114

Well, I guess the Twins HAVE to sign Hudson.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 11:50 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 115

From what I'm reading, Hudson would be a Twin today if BS would give him $4 mil guaranteed....seems reasonable to me for a guy who can be a staple in the 2nd spot, has a good OBP% and is a switch hitter....

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 12:08 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 116

Sid also announced that the Pohlads were giving $3.5M to the U to rebuild Siebert Field, though there has been no mention of that from the U to date. Would be sweet, especially since--according to one of the Gophers at Twinsfest--the Gophers are playing their entire home season at the Metrodome "to send a message."

Ugh...even with a falling-down grandstand, Siebert is a great place to see a ballgame. The player even said that they still consider the playing surface one of the best in the Big Ten.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 12:13 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 117

good lord maxarati, you are sure one easy one to spin up aren't ya? Holy cats man take a tranquilizer or four.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 12:25 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 118

There's a pretty vast gulf between Siebert and the Metrodome.

I've been to Siebert many times on business, but I've never seen a game there. I think its biggest liability is that it's crammed in among all those football fields, and you might not even know it's there unless you look for it. That, plus it's kind of a pit.

It would be nice if they could reorient it to the northeast, do some landscaping and parking upgrades, and get it at least up to the quality of a minor league facility. Despite what's been said about the playing surface, the place as a whole is pretty lousy.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 12:26 PM by Rick 119

Pohlad's paying for a new baseball stadium for the Gophers was announced months ago.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 12:32 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 120

Come to think of it, there are some pretty worn out softball fields right there that could be relocated to make room for a new Siebert. It could sit just east of, and up against, the (very beautiful) Cowles softball stadium, even share some parking and infrastructure.

That would put it a couple blocks closer to TCFBS and you could actually make a connection across the rail yards between the two (the rail yards where, by the way, the Central corridor should actually have been routed). (Click for map.)

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 12:38 PM by Rick 121

Hardy was sent down to the minors last year in August. His numbers were awful. Hopefully a new team and competition will motivate him to get back to MLB form.

That said, Hudson would take the pressure off the rest of the infield to hit well.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 12:50 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 122

Context: Little Nicky Punto is making 4M this season. O-Dawg at or around 4M is an absolute no brainer. A switch hitter who plays Gold Glove defense and able to break up all the Left handed hitters in the lineup. I hope Mauer is holding out for specific demands the Twins must maintain as far as roster structure during his tenure. Make the Pohlads put the money back into the baseball team or fear losing their most valuable asset to Free Agency. I am glad he is not laying over and accepting whatever Jim Pohlad throws at him. No player in the history of baseball has ever been in a better negotiating position. Force the Twins hand and make sure they are guaranteed (in writing) to maintain/improve a competitive team around Joe Mauer in the next 8-10 years.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 1:04 PM by Max Highlight this comment 123

I agree with much of what you say, in principle, but there is no way they (the Twins) are going to make him (Mauer) King with a 10 year reign and/or allow him to govern by executive fiat.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 1:36 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 124

Ben-

You make it sound as if the Twins would even entertain the possibility of not signing him. Do you understand the implications of such a move? BS would be tarred and feathered and run out of town. Not re-signing Joe Maurer would be "Mother of All Disasters" for this franchise and would pretty much kill a large segment of fan support for this franchise who were teetering anyways after watching the team let Hunter go and getting peanuts in return for Santana.

Mauer IS essentially "governing by executive fiat". The Twins organization knows how important he is to both the team and the fanbase and if demanded 10 years and $275 million, I'm pretty sure they would pay it, in the end. They have NO choice.

If the Twins don't re-sign Mauer, it will be more difficult to get Timberwolves tickets than it would be tickets for the Twins. And we all know that the Wolves are essentially GIVING away tickets.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 2:24 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 125

...but in the end, I think Mauer will be reasonable in his demands, and the contract won't be for 10 years......

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 2:28 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 126

I can't tell very clearly on webcam 1, but do I see scaffolding around the Pro Shop at the moment? What's going on there? "Exterior decorating"?

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 3:05 PM by Natron Highlight this comment 127

Well if the Twins have to pay whatever it takes to keep Mauer, there will than be those fans who complain that the Twins are using 25% (give or take) of their entire payroll on just one player and are "too cheap" to sign other players.

Some people think the Twins have no limits on payroll due to the personal wealth of the Pohlads along with the new stadium. The reality is, the Twins still have to budget within their means and their business model. You need to compare the Twins to other similar mid-sized markets such as Seattle, Cleveland, St. Louis, Detroit, Colorado and Arizona as it relates to payroll and not compare them to Boston, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 3:14 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 128

Mike-

I'm not comparing the Twins to the Yankees, Red Sox and Angels...what I'm saying is that we have one of the top 5 players in baseball, and oh yeah, he's a local boy. If we can't re-sign him due to a "business model", then let's just pack it in right now. I don't think the Twins need to go out and purchase the top talent in the league to compete like those other big market franchises do, but we DO have to keep our core of good players together if we ever want to get over the hump and challenge for another World Series.

It's only speculation on my part, but my guess is that last post-season may have panned out a bit differently had Hunter still been on the squad.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 3:25 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 129

Natron - that is scaffolding. They are probably putting the signage up for the new proshop. Is this the pro shop that is the Majestic one?

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 3:31 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 130

I wasn't directly referring to you Fred, I was just saying there will be a group of fans that complains regardless of what the Twins do.

Mauer is to the Twins what Jeter is to the Yankees and Manning is to the Colts...only thing Mauer is missing is that World Series ring.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 3:46 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 131

I agree with max and fred...and it basiclly just confirms my opinion... it will get done...it MUST get done or there will be a empty TF in 2012

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 3:47 PM by Mazaratirick Highlight this comment 132

trosy29 - Yes, that is the Majestic one. The Pioneer Press called it the "Majestic Clubhouse" in a recent article.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 3:59 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 133

Natron and trosy;
From our trip by TF last night...that is scaffolding but what it is being used for wasn't apparent at the time. There was no additional signage going up that I could see from the sidewalk. That doesn't mean there isn't going to be, we just couldn't see it. No doubt they were pre drilling holes and such before putting up the signs themselves. And as far as I understand the majestic store was the one going in the lower levels of the admin portion out in LF. Also, there was quite a bit of materials in the pro shop there (shelving and such) some in boxes while some parts were assembled.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 4:04 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 134

My mistake, Jeff is right. Sorry for the double post.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 4:07 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 135

Jared - I believe the all glass store that is in the Twins administration building is the New Era store.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 4:23 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 136

To all you "ninjas" out there... where can you walk to at this point? Can you get onto the plaza and touch the gates or what?

Thanks.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 4:24 PM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 137

If anyone is interested, it seems as though they will be doing more testing of the Target Plaza lights and the celebration sign lights tonight up until 10 pm. Who knows how much testing will actually be done tonight, but it could be a good photo opportunity.

From the Ballpark Authority -

This Update is the 125rd in a series of informational alerts to let you know about the construction going on related to the Twins Ballpark that could affect traveling (or living or working) by the site.

Tuesday (2/2)

The electrical contractor will check the operation of the celebration sign and plaza lighting using the programming/controls in the scoreboard room. (This is much more complicated than programming your DVR). The sports lighting will get turned on for approximately 30 minutes between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. The contractor will finish around 10:00 p.m. Wednesday (2/3)

The contractor will review the architectural lighting throughout the building. This work will include adjusting the aim of fixtures. Work will end around 9:00 or 10:00 p.m.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 4:31 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 138

Sounds like a perfect opportunity for some ninjas tonight to get some photos of the celbration sign lit up...I wonder if you can see the celbration sign from the promenade through the "non-numbered gate" near the circulation building?

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 4:40 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 139

There are parallels here to Rod Carew - were you guys even born yet? If you were "of age" and had more than a passing interest in Twins baseball you must remember the firestorm that the Twins went through (and survived) when they cut Carew loose. Like Mauer, Carew was a god in these parts. Like Mauer, Carew was upset that the team was lackadaisical when it came to retaining talent and maintaining a competitive posture. I agree with much that is being written here and AM NOT trying to be contrary just for the hell of it. The fact of the matter is that the Twins have parameters they must address and it is possible, however unlikely, that Mauer could be placing himself outside of that fence. Earlier I mentioned the player's union for instance - that situation is a very real issue which Mauer can not ignore - he is pressured to accept no less than maximum value so that the next guy can say "here's what Mauer got" ("here's what Mauer could have, or should have" does not count). I think it likely that a framework is, indeed, in place - mainly because I do no not think Rosen was just wasting oxygen. And my guess is that competitiveness is an issue being seriously discussed. But the notion that Mauer can or will "Force the Twins hand and make sure they are guaranteed (in writing) to maintain/improve a competitive team around Joe Mauer in the next 8-10 years." is way over the edge. "In writing"!!!!! Why not get real here? The most likely thing, in my opinion, is that Mauer (more likely his agent - let's not forget him) is negotiating some variation of an "escape clause" in concert with whatever "no trade" clauses are being discussed. But, writing a contract containing language relating to overall team success and how that would impact a given player's employment would be an incredibly complicated thing to do. Maybe that's what's holding things up?

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 4:45 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 140

Rick, I'm curious about your comments concerning the Central Corridor alignment. The U's "Northern Alignment" was DOA, and for good reason. It doesn't make sense to route around a central destination at more cost resulting in fewer riders. Not to mention the fact that that alignment would have required the destruction of section 8 housing (a big federal no-no) and would have bypassed a very transit-dependent West Bank community.

I, for one, am thrilled with the proposed Washington Ave. mall. It was in Cass Gilbert's original campus plan, after all.

What we should have is some kind of streetcar running along University Ave' from Columbia Heights (perhaps around 44th Ave. N. or 49th Ave. N.) to Washington Ave. coupled with a Central Ave. line to intersect with LRT downtown. Of course, the funding for that is a long way off unless something at the state and federal level changes. The Obama administration's change to the evaluation criteria is a big positive step in the right direction.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 5:16 PM by David (aka David) Highlight this comment 141

Yep Jeff, I got them confused.

As late as last night you can pretty much walk all the way around the park. You can't yet go onto the plaza or up to the building on the 7th street side. The promenade and 5th street sides are pretty well wide open. As for seeing the celebration sign, it was on when we walked around the park yesterday and we had a hard time seeing much inside the park. The club level obstructs much of the view. There may be some nooks we didn't encounter but i think most views of the celebration sign are obstructed from the outside. I was hoping the plaza lights would be on again tonight so I could setup some better shots than I was able to last night and potentially get a couple shots of the topiaries lit as well. They just turned off when we arrived to the park last night. Don't be afraid to say hi if you see me and the little lady around the park tonight.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 5:36 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 142

Holy cow, how would you determine a metric to measure steps toward competitivenes in a Mauer contract? What Billy Smith or others might see as a move toward a more competitive team may differ vastly from Mauer's idea of a positive move. You'd be dealing with different people's subjective ideas of what would constitute a positive roster move or signing.
Mauer's stats are at least a quantifiable element in dealing with contract incentives and so forth, but how in the world would you write a contract that gives Mauer an out if the Twins fail to make strides toward a championship?
For example, there are a lot of Punto bashers on this page, and yet Gardy thinks the world of the guy. Who's to conclusively say that resigning Punto, for example, is a step in the right direction or not? how do you make these determinations within the framework of Mauer's contract?

It doesn't seem possible to me that such wording or agreements can be put into mauer's contract.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 6:57 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 143

Was the Harmon Killabrew plaque from the Hall of Fame on display somewhere at Twins Fest? I was at the Hall of Fame last Saturday and the only plaque not on display was Killabrew's. They had a basicaly a printed reproduction of it in it's place. His was the one I was most looking forward to seeing since I got to meet him several months ago on a flight to DesMoines several months ago that I was working on. He likes tomato juice with no ice. I got an autograph and asked if he had a chance to see Target Field. At that time he had not.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 7:16 PM by Roger Johnson Highlight this comment 144

huh, I'll keep that in mind next time I see Harmon, Roger! Thanks!

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 7:28 PM by deenels Highlight this comment 145

The plaque was right between the 2 world championship trophies at Twinsfest.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 7:35 PM by coley14 Highlight this comment 146

Orlando Hudson would be a HUGE addition for the Twins. He would fill not just second base, but a major weakness for the team as well -- the #2 spot in the lineup.

ESPN's Buster Olney and the Star Tribune's Joe Christensen both say the Twins have interest. Olney even used the word "serious". It sounds like he isn't happy with the Nationals offer of 1-year and $3-4 million.

I think the Twins can beat that, and if they do, it'll be a very, very solid off-season.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 7:41 PM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 147

An awesome new picture from MLB '10: The Show showing off Target Field.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 8:10 PM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 148

...right before a Baker HR...

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 8:52 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 149

BTW, Valencia is playing on MLB channel. He's 1-3, reached on an error.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 9:03 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 150

Wrong hat Baker...

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 9:16 PM by BB Highlight this comment 151

Do the Twins wear the "m" hats with those uniforms? I don't remember...

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 9:19 PM by James79 Highlight this comment 152

For some of you, this may be like getting a peek up a hot girl's skirt but not getting to completely see the goods.

This is the best view I could find of the LIT Celebration Sign from outside of the stadium.

By the way, if you walk along the promenade, you can walk up to the building and look right into Hrbeks Bar. Not much in there right now but it pretty much looks like all they have to do is move in things like tables and chairs and its ready to go.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 9:20 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 153

oooooh

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 9:22 PM by some guy Highlight this comment 154

That. Sign. Is. Awesome.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 9:23 PM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 155

Sry for the double post, but to add a bit. My main mission was to get more shots of the plaza. Of all the luck, the lights were on in the webcam when we left my apartment. We could see they were on when we went under the stadium on 394 into downtown. When we park, walk and finally get to the plaza, off. Lol. What we did see on the drive in, the wind blowing the panels, all lit with the LED's, it looked great.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 9:24 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 156

I see the ripples in the river aren't lit. do you suppose they flash on and off to create a flowing water sense to the sign while the players are shaking hands? That might be a nice touch if that were the case.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 9:25 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 157

It's got that old school flair to it...definitely going to be the center piece in the outfield!

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 9:26 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 158

I was looking at the renderings for the marlins' new ballpark. When the roof is in the closed position, the place reminds me of a George Foreman grill.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 9:29 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 159

I can't stand the Marlin's new park! Just imagine we would have ended up with some monstrosity like that for a ballpark. Unfortunately we'll probably end up with one like that for the Vikings....YUCK!

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 9:34 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 160

There wasn't any motion to the sign while i was shooting. Since the light for the water is pretty dim if not lit, I think we can safely assume that the flowing water is part of the "moving" aspect of the sign. However, my original photos do make it appear that they are somewhat lit all the time. Although this could just be light bouncing from the other lights on the sign, but I doubt that is the answer and would like to think its the former of my options.;) Oh and i would like to think too that the Target Field Sign underneath the celebration sign would be eventually lit as well.

Either way, it will look great in center field and the light show after a home run has the potential to be really cool.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 9:50 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 161

Rick- Just out of curiosity, when/how did the killebrewfield domain come about?

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 10:09 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 162

Jared, that's a super awesome sneak peek pick. Love it.

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 10:21 PM by Jeremy Highlight this comment 163

That true "Sneak Peek" gave me chills. How hot is that going to be?!

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 10:26 PM by Andrew Highlight this comment 164

Jared - Thanks for the sneak peak!!

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 10:42 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 165

Yes Jared, thanks again for ruining another one of the Twins a-ha moments for us! Keep up the good work! Sneak in there and get me a picture of the shitters!

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 11:55 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 166

Has anyone heard from their rep when season tickets will be printed/shipped?

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 11:59 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 167

I got season tickets at Twinsfest, at the time they said I would get the tickets in early March.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 06:08 AM by James Highlight this comment 168

LOL Winona...I have a Foreman Grill, and I never even made that connection, but you are very right!
Double LOL Kevin, thinking about the one we were supposed to build on the site of what is now the new Guthrie, I'm glad we ended up with TF.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 06:52 AM by luke Highlight this comment 169

Rick, I think you run a great ballpark blog and I've been following it for years, but I consistently disagree with some of these things you are saying about central corridor. It is an area of great interest to me and I've done quite a bit of research on it. You simply do not route a light rail line down a freight corridor. People do not walk down freight corridors or run businesses along freight corridors. The idea of light rail is to go where people live, work, and play. The idea of the central corridor is to connect one of the most densely populated parts of our state by rail, not to make them have to take a bus a half mile to a mile north to some desolate stop along a freight line to catch a light rail train. That simply makes zero sense.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 07:02 AM by jpberka Highlight this comment 170

I will not only get photos but I will give a full review. I will make sure to cover topics such as sink water temp, tp and paper towel quality and average available area for a person with a wider stance (for all those toe tappers out there.)

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 07:12 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 171

So, I had a Target Field dream last night. I was with a group getting a sneak peek at the stadium (even though there was a game going on, go figure). I immediately checked out sight lines from those right field bleachers near the foul pole that we think will be blocked from center and left field views. In my dream, I was happy to report that the views were good and couldn't wait to get home and post a report on this blog.

God, I'm pretty pathetic...

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 07:16 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 172

I think a lot of people have a misconception of the purpose behind the Central Corridor. It is not really to move people from DT Saint Paul to DT Minneapolis (though you can certainly use it that way it would still be faster to take an express bus). It's to move people within the corridor - effectively replacing the 50 bus which has been running at full capacity for some time now - and spur development in a long-neglected area. Think moving students to and from the U, Frogtown workers to and from jobs in the downtowns, etc.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 08:17 AM by strategery Highlight this comment 173

Faber,
Don't feel bad, I had that same exact dream last night. Field of Dreams

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 08:41 AM by Locker Highlight this comment 174

I cannot see Jareds pics. Anyone else have this problem?? The suspense is killing me!!!

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 08:59 AM by J2K Highlight this comment 175

J2k - put your email available in a post and I will try to email it to you...

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 09:02 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 176

@brandon t the promenade is open.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 09:05 AM by yeahklye Highlight this comment 177

Trosy/Jeff,

The glass store on the plaza is called Twins City. It's the main store, but not the "on-field store" that Majestic and New Era are sharing. The on field will be in the left field corner with glass walls on the lower level below the administration building. We were in there a couple weeks ago and it's going to be a cool space!

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 09:35 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 178

Thanks Trosy29.
I owe you a beer next summer!!

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 09:45 AM by J2K Highlight this comment 179

Some quick responses...

On Mauer: There are worse things that could happen than having one great player's aspirations drive a franchise to achieve as a whole.

So the question becomes, could Joe's agent design a contract that allows him an out if the team isn't competitive for a specific period of time? ("Competitive" just being defined as, say, having won the division a certain number of times, or having won a certain percentage of playoff series, or even just having a certain winning percentage.)

Didn't Mike Sweeney have a clause like that in his final KC contract (which ultimately let him become a free agent)?

On KillebrewField.com: I registered that domain a very long time ago, and toyed with using it for the title of this site. Right now, it just points to the site and I'll probably let it expire since I didn't get my wish of having the new park named after my favorite player.

On the Central Corridor: I know I'm in the minority, but I think that particular project has a very blurry purpose statement, and that belief is at the heart of my objection to its route.

I agree that if the purpose of an LRT route is to actually and exclusively serve the people who live within a given area, you route it down the heart of that area. But I don't think that is the actual purpose of the route, nor should it be. That route should be seen primarily as a connector between the downtowns which allows expansion of the system to the east. I think some people (namely, legislators and long-term planners) actually believe that to be its purpose.

My objection is based on the idea that a single design cannot work for both purposes. As currently designed, it will serve the neighborhood reasonably well (though perhaps not that much better than buses, and with some unfortunate trade-offs), but will be a bottleneck on the larger LRT system. The latest estimates I read are that it will take around 45 minutes to get between the downtowns. That's a 10-minute drive much of the time.

Frankly, I never saw a design that acknowledged the true role of that segment of the system, though the north alternative got closer.

I'd like to discuss this in greater detail, but probably not here. I'm actually considering starting a parallel blog on transit because it continues to be a great interest of mine. (And, of course, I still have lots to learn.)

On the plaza lights: Wow!

On the celebration sign: Double-wow!!

I get the distinct feeling that some of the charms of Target Field are going to surprise even those of us who have followed its development closely.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 09:54 AM by Rick 180

I was going to mention also, the scaffolding on the plaza, we noticed last night that they had a bunch of the soffit (i think that is what it is called) ripped out and they were doing some work inside there. I couldn't really tell what it was though. Could only really see the gaping hole.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 10:03 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 181

It will be interesting to see the celebration sign in "motion": the waves moving, the hands shaking, the bridge collapsing...

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 10:06 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 182

TTH - that's just wrong...but funny...

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 10:28 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 183

Rick

Some quick responses, Do you or anyone else know the answer to my question on post #111 ??

Thanks again for a GREAT site!! (67 day's to go!!)

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 10:46 AM by hans Highlight this comment 184

hans,

That was news to me. I didn't see that video, and it looks like I didn't capture that on mine. So I don't have an answer.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 10:51 AM by Rick 185

Thank's Rick, Hopefully someone will have an answer. ( I won't loose sleep over it...but it will bugg me, LOL ;=D

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 11:02 AM by hans Highlight this comment 186

Damn that's going to be a hell of a view with the bats, windscreen, celebration sign, and skyline all lit up at night! Cannot wait. I'm starting to become a little obsessed. I found myself carving a sculpture of Target Field in my mashed potatoes last night. "That's it, I'm going to clown college!"

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 11:19 AM by Kingduck Highlight this comment 187

"Clown College....you can't eat that"

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 11:29 AM by J2K Highlight this comment 188

J2k - Did the email work?

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 11:33 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 189

So I was thinking, that all of us that post often here need to meet up at a game sometime and have a beer a shoot the shit for awhile. Maybe Hrbeks or something. Anyone wanna grab the bull by the horns and set something up?

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 11:35 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 190

Got it Trosy29. Thanks much!
I got a 20 game pack sec 203 so I'm down with your idea any time!

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 11:39 AM by J2K Highlight this comment 191

I'm glad the ads at TF are going to be more subtle than at most ballparks in the majors. I wonder when we will see the ads go up around the scoreboard, above the grandstand in rc, etc...What companies do you think will advertise in these areas?

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 11:45 AM by Tom, OG Highlight this comment 192

This is my first post-love the site and have followed it every day for almost 2 years. One question I had which I havent seen brought up if any of you insiders would know answer to or know who to ask? UNtil maybe 3 years ago Target Center used to have red and blue neon on outside back wall of the stadium which would be able to be seen from the ballpark facing the plaza and make a nice backdrop especially since they happen to be the Twins colors. They used to be on every night, then for awhile just event nights and I think past 2 years not at all. Does anyone know if they were ripped down like the neon display in the lobby or just turned off? I think that would be great if they could turn them on again for Twins night games. I dont have the connections you guys have-could someone look into this or direct me who to contact? Thanks-again awesome site!

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 11:46 AM by Uffda Highlight this comment 193

Can you imagine the arguments??? ha

Luke,

Double LOL? wtf

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 11:47 AM by Mazaratirick Highlight this comment 194

Twins are scheduled for the max of 9 Fox Saturday games this year!!!

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 11:53 AM by MB Highlight this comment 195

My guess is that the ads will start appearing when it warms up in March around the same time they remove the winter covering from the field. I am sure they will want them up before the Minnesota Gophers game on March 27, if not, they will have them up the following week in time for the exhibition games.

We already know 3 of the 4 "founding partners" which are US Bank, Best Buy, and Treasure Island. My money on the 4th one is Pepsi. If not Pepsi, I would say Dairy Queen for the 4th and final spot around the main scoreboard. Pepsi has signed an agreement with the Twins that has yet-to-be announced for some reason. We all know Dairy Queen is a big sponsor as well.

Aside from Pepsi and Dairy Queen, the only others I can think of are Cambria, Delta Airlines, Stanley, Land O'Lakes and possibly Budweiser (even though they already have their signage on the roof deck, they might have another sign on the outfield walls).

The first exhibition game is just EIGHT weeks from tomorrow!

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 12:05 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 196

Excellent Foxnews article from yesterday:

Imagine Joe Mauer returning to Minneapolis-St. Paul if he left for Boston, New York or some other larger market.

I can't.

And I bet Mauer can't, either.

Mauer will stay with the Twins. Mauer always was going to stay with the Twins. Any other outcome is simply unthinkable -- for the team, yes, but for the player, too.

Mauer is Cal Ripken in Baltimore, Tony Gwynn in San Diego – a native son so strongly identified with his hometown team, his image would be ruined if he went anywhere else.

Imagine Mauer stepping to the plate in a Yankees or Red Sox uniform at Target Field in 2011.

Imagine him facing his good Midwestern neighbors after bolting for, say, an extra $50 million.

Imagine him enduring a generation of kids in the Twins Cities howling, "Say it ain't so, Joe" – and much worse.

Some will say the Twins need Mauer more than Mauer needs the Twins, and to an extent that is true. If the Twins lose Mauer, they should be contracted – for real this time – or better yet, condemned.

Yet, it's not unusual for sports teams to part with legends, particularly in the age of free agency. Heck, even in the so-called good old days, the Giants lost Willie Mays, the Colts lost Johnny Unitas, the Red Wings lost Gordie Howe – when he came out of retirement to leave their front office for another league.

Dumb as the Twins would be for losing Mauer, they would remain part of one of America's most lucrative monopolies. Mauer, meanwhile, would reach another level of stardom – and wealth – if he signed some ridiculous contract with the Red Sox or Yankees.

He just would not be regarded as highly.

As Ripken and Gwynn can attest, there is a certain value to staying with the hometown team, even for less money. Yes, the demands of friends, family and neighbors on such players are greater, even a source of occasional frustration. But Ripken, in particular, profited from staying in Baltimore. His participation in a "Like a Rock" campaign for Chevrolet was based not just on his consecutive-games streak, but his tried-and-true American virtues, not the least of which was loyalty.

Ripken's agent? Ron Shapiro, the same guy who represents Mauer – and who once represented Kirby Puckett, who spent his entire Hall of Fame career with the Twins.

Shapiro, the author of a book called "The Power of Nice," is sort of the anti-Scott Boras. He believes in win-win negotiations. If he sacrifices a few dollars to keep a player comfortable, so be it.

In Mauer's case, what kind of sacrifice are we even talking about? The difference between $200 million and $250 million?

Somehow, Mauer, the republic and even the players' union would survive.

Few players can relate to Mauer's unique position; many seek the best financial package, and free agency gives them the right to choose. Take Alex Rodriguez. He relishes being the game's highest-paid player. And he surely would have followed a much different career path if, as an amateur, he had not picked Boras over Shapiro.

It's difficult to argue that A-Rod made the wrong call; see his $252 million contract with the Rangers. But who knows? If A-Rod had chosen Shapiro, he might have stayed with the Mariners – not his hometown team, but his original one – and become the game's most revered player, with minimal drama.

Mauer does not crave money and status the way A-Rod does; he is wired more like Ripken and Gwynn. Those two Hall of Famers, however, combined to win one World Series in 41 seasons; Gwynn, in particular, suffered from playing for a low-revenue club.

Surely, Mauer harbors concerns that the Twins will be unable to sustain a contender if his salary is too high. For that reason, his deal is almost certain to include significant deferrals. The rest,

it's up to the Twins to figure out.

Baseball's economic system isn't perfect, and never will be. Still, some of the recent signings are encouraging: Felix Hernandez stayed in Seattle, Zack Greinke in Kansas City, Josh Johnson and Hanley Ramirez in Florida.

True, the Indians moved CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee in back-to-back seasons, the Blue Jays just traded Roy Halladay and the Padres' Adrian Gonzalez and Rays' Carl Crawford will be the next to go. But the Twins' signing of Mauer would be, without question, a positive development for the sport.

He's going to stay. He needs to stay.

About the last thing Joe Mauer wants is to be persona non grata in the only place he has ever known.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 12:12 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 197

Rosenthal and Morosi say we have stepped up our pursuit of Hudson. Great news!

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 12:14 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 198

It's a 10 minute drive between downtown Mpls and St. Paul? I would challenge you at anytime to drive between Union Station and Target Field in 10 minutes. Even at 3:00am.

During the day I would bet it would take you almost 45 minutes to drive from Union Station to Downtown Mpls, park, and walk to a gate at Target field.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 12:22 PM by Freealonzo Highlight this comment 199

OG Jeff - I don't disagree with you about the main store being called Twins City, but from a recent article by the Pioneer Press, they labeled the main store as the Majestic Clubhouse. That is why I called it the Majestic Clubhouse. Click my name for Pioneer Press picture with caption.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 12:27 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 200

According to the Twins pocket schedule, the "Pro Shop" along 7th street (near Gate 29) is labeled as as the "Majestic Twins Clubhouse Store"

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 12:33 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 201

Sounds like the Twins are going to land Orlando Hudson. Goodbye Alexi Casilla, hello decent two-hitter.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 12:45 PM by Elston Gunn Highlight this comment 202

FANTASTIC NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CLICK LINK!!!

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 12:45 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 203

This is actually more exciting right now than a Mauer extension. Punto - watch your ass for splinters on the bench...

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 12:47 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 204

Twins are scheduled for the max of 9 Fox Saturday games this year!!!

http://www.startribune.com/sports/twins/83559077.html?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4O:DW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUac8HEaDiaMDCinchO7DU

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 11:53 AM by MB Highlight this comment 205

My source, who is pretty solid, had been telling me all week it was going to get done. Can't believe it. Can't wait for this to be official, our roster is going to be so stacked.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 12:51 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 206

This is great news... Lock him up, Twins!

Jeff, thanks for the link - I just confirmed the same with my source -you're right Trosy. Twins approached both Majestic and New Era about having their "own" store, but at first both were hesitant. Looks like the New Era area of the left field corner store is going to be called "the Cap Corner" and will have a giant cap near the entrance.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 12:55 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 207

Span, Hudson, Mauer, Morneau, Kubel, Cuddyer, Hardy, Young, Harris

Damn. That is going to be a tough one for the opposition.

Thome off the bench with Punto as utility...

April 5th cannot come soon enough!!!

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 12:56 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 208

The only way this can get much better is if Washburn can get off his high horse and sign a deal.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 1:00 PM by JoJo Highlight this comment 209

God no on Washburn. I am just as happy because this closes the door on him. He is not an upgrade over anything we have, and we already are going to have to get creative with the 25 man roster. Please let this ODog signing become official...he was my favorite player last year not on the Twins.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 1:02 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 210

No interest at all in Washburn DVS? What happens when Liriano implodes 3rd start of the season, I would think besides Pavano, Washburn could be somewhat of a Veteran Leader? He has some playoff experience too! I have forgotten about the 25 man roster though! I guess I will be happy with Orlando and Thome. Ok Scratch Washburn then, bring on April 5!

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 1:09 PM by JoJo Highlight this comment 211

Somebody, somewhere, (I don't think I dreamed this but who knows?) said or wrote that one of the sticking points in the Mauer negotiations is how large a "piece" of the team Mauer will get. A % of team ownership, however token, would qualify as deferred payment and even make some sense (unless your name is Pohlad). Actors/entertainers have been doing that for decades.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 1:17 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 212

Uh oh....Buster Olney reporting the Indians are still in play with regards to Hudson....

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 1:20 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 213

Indians? Even their Asian groundskeepers know "they're shitty."

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 1:24 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 214

Would the team keep Punto if Hudson is signed? He would be an excellent choice in a super utility role, but at 4M???

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 1:25 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 215

Uh oh....Buster Olney is reporting that the Indians are still very much in play with regards to Hudson....

"Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that free agent second baseman Orlando Hudson is deciding between the Twins and Indians.
On pure speculation, you'd have to take this to mean that the Indians have offered a greater guarantee, something that could have some appeal to Hudson after what he went through with the Dodgers last season. It would be shocking if the Twins would give him the $6 million he covets, so they'll have to hope that the better chance to win makes the difference. Feb. 4 - 2:11 pm et
"

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 1:19 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 216

Here's a little roster break down if the Hudson contract works out. Going to have to stay busy FO, because Casilla and Perkins now would have to be moved. Anyone else heard that Neshek will start on the DL and then take Condrey's spot?

25 Man Roster

SP – Scott Baker
SP – Carl Pavano
SP – Nick Blackburn
SP – Kevin Slowey
SP – Francisco Liriano

C – Joe Mauer
1B – Justin Morneau
2B – Orlando Hudson
SS – JJ Hardy
3B – Brendan Harris
LF – Delmon Young
CF – Denard Span
RF – Michael Cuddyer
DH – Jason Kubel

Bullpen

Matt Guerrier
Jesse Crain
Clay Condrey
Jose Mijares
Jon Rauch
Joe Nathan
Brian Duensing

Bench – Jose Morales
Bench – Jim Thome
Bench – Nick Punto
Bench – Jason Pridie?

Where do I fit?
- Matt Tolbert – Options left probably means minors
- Alexi Casilla – Trade
- Glen Perkins – Trade probably, options left?
- Pat Neshek – probably going to start on the DL, then take Condrey’s spot when fully back

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 1:31 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 217

Keep Casilla since he's only 25. Pridie to minors or wherever. Punto could honestly play all three outfield positions. Remember he was the starting CF when Hunter was injured several years ago.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 1:37 PM by Elston Gunn Highlight this comment 218

I like that idea too. I don't really want Pridie using up a bench spot, especially since Kubel will be taking starts in right and left from Delmon on days Thome DH's and in right when Cuddy is playing 1st to give Morneau a break. Let Punto grab a random game in center when need be and keep the switch hitting Casilla on the bench too. I think Perkins might have 1 option year left? Trade him anyway I say. Good problems to have!

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 1:41 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 219

TTH, I just spit my diet coke all over my monitor!

That was classic.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 1:45 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 220

Perkins is a jerk and the Twins usually broom jerks.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 1:57 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 221

Nick Punto is not a 4th OF. It's Pridie or someone else, but it has to be a real OF.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 1:59 PM by strategery Highlight this comment 222

Same guy that has cracked this wide open says that he thinks the Nats have struck a trade for a 2B. Sign Hudson and trade Casilla in the same day?

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 2:03 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 223

strategery is right on about the goals for Central Corridor. I think the purpose has not been blurry to those involved in the development. Everyone I've ever talked to always makes clear that the line will primarily serve those who live and work along University Ave. But I agree the communication to the public about this has been atrocious.

The purpose is very clearly to serve the people in the University Ave. corridor and that downtown-to-downtown rides are secondary (the ridership projections back this up). This makes perfect sense. Someone living in Minneapolis is much more likely to work downtown Minneapolis than downtown St. Paul (of course I myself fall into the minority!) and vice versa. Moreover, those who live in the Midway often have jobs out in the suburbs. That's why through-routing Southwest, Bottineau and Hiawatha is so important. Central Corridor is an important link for people living in the city and working in the suburbs.

Of course, there will be much travel from point-to-point along University Ave. itself. That's the primary trip generator.

Central Corridor as envisioned will be faster than the current route 50 and not all that much slower than route 94. And it will help an economically challenged area. That's a directly stated and understood goal of Central Corridor. There are still some issues to be worked out however:

Local route 16 service needs to be maintained at current or better levels. The plan right now is to reduce its frequency. That's unacceptable to the many elderly and disabled that travel along the corridor.

Gentrification is a huge issue. Despite what the Strib and some others think, the choice is not between keeping people poor in the Midway or moving them out to be poor somewhere else. This is a huge opportunity to build wealth in the Frogtown/Midway community so the people aren't poor anymore at all. The economic benefits of the corridor must be accessible to those who live there and they shouldn't be forced out by rising property taxes and other things they can't currently afford.

Feeder bus service must be hugely improved. This is in the plans but it's still pretty hazy. The corridor must be conveniently accessible to those who live more than 1/2 mile away from University Ave.

Parking will be an issue. With 80% of the on-street parking removed, it's going to be a challenge for small businesses and their customers to change behavior and maintain viability. There are some plans in the works to do shared parking (the right approach IMHO) but there's simply not enough of it to handle the current volume. I believe over time people WILL change behavior and parking will become less of an issue but in the near-term it's a real problem that has to be dealt with.

What SHOULD have happened is a two-lane avenue design with left turn lanes and on-street parking. It's worked in many places around the country. Unfortunately, Ramsey County and St. Paul aren't quite ready for a radical change like that. Maybe someday.

Many other issues have been brought up, particularly by the Concerned Asian Business Owners and the Preserve & benefit Historic Rondo committee. While these groups have been called NIMBYs I can say with full authority that they are no such thing and are serious about working toward solutions that benefit everyone. Far from being opposed to the project, they actually want to make it better.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 3:54 PM by David (aka David) Highlight this comment 224

Just twitted O-Dawg to come to minny...

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 4:01 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 225

O-DAWG AGREED WITH THE TWINS! OUR NEW SECOND BASEMAN!!! Damn sam!!! What a crazy week!!!

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 5:23 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 226

Click my name for a pretty low-budget "tour" of TF given by none other than the Number 11's Tim McNiff and Kim Insley. Apparently, this was some "off-time" whilst they were at the park shooting a promo video...

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 6:38 PM by luke Highlight this comment 227

Sounds like the Hudson deal will be 1 year $5 million.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 6:55 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 228

Here's a link to a recent Joe Mauer interview he did while doing work for MLB 10 The Show. It's hard to believe the game will be out in less than 4 weeks and they are still tweaking it. I like the Mauer line "The catcher mode I think is going allow fans to go through a bunch of the things things that we're thinking, having pitchers try to throw certain types of pitches, and them not being able to execute it..." Ha Ha Ha. Blame it on the pitcher. I can't think of any Twins pitchers not being able to execute a pitch. It's gotta be the catcher's call or the batter being on top of his game.

Reminds me of Joe's line at the homecoming taping when asked if there was anything that he sucked at. After a long pause he responded "this interview"

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 7:18 PM by NotMendoza Highlight this comment 229

Orlando Hudson Updates

ESPN.com - Buster Olney:
Orlando Hudson is on the verge of a one-year, $5 million deal with the Minnesota Twins, sources told ESPN.

There are details to be worked out on the contract, but Hudson has chosen the Twins over the Indians and Nationals.

FoxSports.com - Ken Rosenthal:
The Twins are in the final stages of negotiating a one-year, $5 million contract with free-agent second baseman Orlando Hudson, according to major-league sources.

Several hurdles remain before the deal will be completed, including Hudson passing a physical, the source said. But Hudson clearly has chosen the Twins, and the momentum for an agreement continues to build.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 7:25 PM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 230

As happy as I am that Orlando Hudson will be our starting 2B this season, am I the only one who's afraid that we will trade Casilla when his value is the lowest and he will mature to a good player with a different team. What could we even get for him, and do we even have the ability to demote him to the minors without placing him on waivers?

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 7:36 PM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 231

I say screw looking towards the future...the Twins have been doing that for too long. I'm glad they are looking towards THIS season.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 8:07 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 232

Does anyone remember when they are going to turn on the heating system under field?

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 8:25 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 233

I talked to Larry Devito the head groundskeeper on Saturday and he said they will plow off the field and start turning the heat up on March 1st. I asked him twice about the plowing part and he said yeh we will plow all the snow off. I guess my thought was to let the heat of the sun and underground pipes do the work. The only thing he can't control is the sun.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 8:36 PM by coley14 Highlight this comment 234

I forgot, the heat has been on all winter set to 40 so the frost doesn't go too deep.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 8:38 PM by coley14 Highlight this comment 235

Maybe the drainage system can't accomodate all the water that would be created by the melting since there's a tarp underneath the blanket of snow. All the water would have to flow to the warning track, and perhaps the drainage pipes in just that area wouldn't be sufficient to the task.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 9:27 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 236

Hudson will really fill out our infield, and i like the idea of punto as a utility player. I'm down for the getting together at a game for a beer or something

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 10:12 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 237

It's official: Twins set to announce they have signed Orlando Hudson to a one-year, $5 million deal.

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 10:13 PM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 238

Span, Hudson, Mauer, Morneau, Kubel, Cuddyer, Hardy, Harris, Young

Baker, Blackburn, Pavano, Slowey, Liriano

I think I like this!

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 10:41 PM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 239

Twins Land Second Baseman Hudson (click)!

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 11:02 PM by Tom, OG Highlight this comment 240

Another article about the Hudson acquisition from the strib...

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 11:07 PM by Tom, OG Highlight this comment 241

I just think it's awesome we have a guy who's nickname is "O-Dog."

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 11:32 PM by Jeremy Highlight this comment 242

Liriano as a starter I dont think so. A reliver sure satrter not so much. The video from kare11 does show where the ws trophies are no doubt there anymore. To bad that most of us unless were lucky wont get to go in Champions club and see that stuff but hey one can dream cant one heheheheh.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 12:03 AM by Leroy Highlight this comment 243

Anyone else notice in that KARE11 video how much of the field you can't see from the Budweiser roof deck?

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 12:15 AM by Rusty Shackleford Highlight this comment 244

This has to be the best roster going into the spring in the last 20 years...atleast that i can think of..the window is now, there is no waiting around for casilla to "get it" hes another luis rivas had a grat few months in a 4 year carrer with the twins and never got it done.

punto can play any position if needed except C...and if memory serves me correct he did play the outfield for a while when people where hurt a few years back and cuddy had to play first base when injurys come up..

Im ready for opening day!

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 12:22 AM by Mazaratirick Highlight this comment 245

The first video shot is from the other bar not the party deck on the very top. The second view is from the party deck but I think there is seats in front of that railing so you might see more of the field from up top than you would see from a few levels lower. But I could see people pushing foward just to get a better view of the action from either place.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 01:07 AM by Leroy Highlight this comment 246

I say keep casilla (for late inning pinch-running and bench), you never know when a battle of wits can come down to a speedster on the basepaths...we traded Gomez, so he is the fastest guy we have left...

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 05:03 AM by Tom, OG Highlight this comment 247

What a great signing!

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 07:01 AM by Margaret Thatcher Highlight this comment 248

who do you propose loses a roster spot to Casilla at this point?

he is days,weeks, months of futility with 2-3 big memorable moments to his credit.

Not to mention - speed doesn't mean a thing if you don't know how to tag up.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 07:29 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 249

After reading post #214 a little birdie told me that the Twins will pay up to one million dollars of Punto's salary this season. And if Nicky P brings his contract to the Twins Administration Building Bill Smith will take it from his hands, drop it to the floor, unzip his fly, piss on it, and respond "I don't see any 4 million"

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 07:48 AM by NotMendoza Highlight this comment 250

I really like Alexi's attitude, but there were long stretches last season where he looked as disciplined as Gomez at the plate, and he makes his share of mental mistakes. If Pridie and Tolbert both still have options, you can start with a bench of Punto, Thome, backup catcher, and Casilla, but if Pridie or Tolbert are out of options, I'd want one of them and you'd have to trade/release Casilla.

None of the three that I would keep are as fast, but I think all are more valuable given a four man bench. When Thome pinch hits and gets on base, you'll have to pinch run for him. I'm liking the Thome pick up the more I hear, but you have to have an extremely flexible other 2 guys on the bench to make that gambit work. I just don't think Casilla is that guy.

I'm not sure you absolutely need a 5th outfielder. I think it will come down to who looks more shaky in spring training -- Delmon or Harris. That will determine if Tolbert or Pridie gets the last spot.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 08:04 AM by Linc Highlight this comment 251

Are the Twins going through adolescence and actually growing a pair or do you think that this "agressiveness" in getting their recent acquistions is temporary? I am hoping not the latter.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 08:54 AM by DeePee Highlight this comment 252

Not sure what you mean about Alexi's attitude. He got sent down last year after bitching to Gardy about not getting enough playing time and contract talk, etc. His head got big quickly.

Trade Lexi and Perk for a GREAT bench guy with speed.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 08:57 AM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 253

I realize everybody is enjoying their glass of T.C. Bear p!ss right now, but we haven't seen any of these acquisitions step onto the field yet. What looks good on paper may not look so good on the Colorado sod. We're getting excited over a guy who hit nine home runs and batted .283. Jim Thome hasn't been on roids in a couple years and can't even play the field anymore. J.J. Hardy? Everyone is banking on the fact that his one fluke year wasn't just that. Who's to say Liriano returns to be servicable, let alone half what he was before the injury? Is Delmon Young nothing but dead wood?

Before we start talking playoff sweep over the Yankees, only one thing is certain: walleye on a stick.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 09:02 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 254

coley14,
I 2nd your comments. I talked to Larry the groundskeeper for awhile at Twinsfest. He said they will blow of the snow starting March 1 with little snow blowers and crank up the heat so they can get the grass out of dormancy and ready for mowing. The tarp will come off ASAP after March 1. He is hoping we don't get 12 inches of snow in late Feb. That would delay things quite a bit.
Go O-Dawg!

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 09:03 AM by Locker Highlight this comment 255

Truth,
You are correct! The Twins might as well board up Target Field and forfeit all their games. Shoot, while their at it trade Mauer, Morneau, and Span for what we can get and hope we can hold our own against KC.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 09:09 AM by Locker Highlight this comment 256

Look at it this way, truth: Even if O-dogg and JJ has "off" years (say each bats .260), that is SIXTY points higher a piece than Punto/Casilla. Logic would indicate that the twins lineup would be more potent than last year.

Now, I agree, that doesn't automatically = World Series. But the market for Hope just got bigger.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 09:14 AM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 257

Locker, you missed my point completely. Not shocked there.

DreDogg, I can't disagree with you on that point.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 09:18 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 258

"we're getting excited about a guy who hit 9 home runs and batted .283."

. . . who ALSO played gold glove defense 3 out of the last 4 years at the 2nd base position, including last year. Nothing wrong with restrain or even devil's advocacy, but please don't forget that little factoid.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 09:26 AM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 259

We've had the high-end talent for a while now. The frustrating thing was that with all the dead weight on the roster it resulted in an average offense. And upgrading from dead weight to average production isn't terribly expensive but we never seemed willing to do it. Now it seems like we're trying and that's what is so encouraging to me. Hardy + Hudson + Thome is greater than Punto + Casilla + Buscher.

It's that simple.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 09:30 AM by strategery Highlight this comment 260

As far as defense goes, I don't recall second base defense being bad last year. I thought Punto and Harris handled 2B fairly well. Maybe it's just me, but there's a name for players in their 30s who play on three teams in three years. They're called Rondell White.

I hope I'm wrong.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 09:37 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 261

Truth, you are such a pessimist it's not even funny. What's your deal? And did you seriously just compare Orlando Hudson to RONDELL WHITE??? Look up consistency in the dictionary and what will you see--Orlando Hudson. The guys statistics barely ever change, aside from the 41 RBI's in 08 due to only playing 107 cuz of injury. Compared to Rondell White, whose statistics were all over the board. White was a guy that DH'ed a lot too, and was usually hidden somewhere in the OF--and you're comparing him to a guy who plays a premium defensive position at a gold glove level 3 of the last 4 years????

On top of that, White had played for the Tigers for 2 years before we picked him up, so your whole argument doesn't even make sense. I guess you only come here to troll anyway though so you probably didn't look ANYTHING up.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 09:52 AM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 262

Thanks for topping off my cheerios TTH.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 09:58 AM by moda253 Highlight this comment 263

Truth's point on defense has got me thinking...

Is second base (or all of the infield for that matter) going to be easier or harder to defend at TF, compared to the dome?

I would think easier. Real grass will slow the ball down more, making it harder for gounders to make it though the infield.

The only negative i can think of is that you won't get a "true" hop, like on turf. But then again, the seams in the turf have caused many a wild hop. Not to mention, the real field will be groomed immaculately. It won't be like playing on a local softball field.

Thoughts?

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 09:58 AM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 264

Dang DVS jsut delivered a knock out flurry.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 09:59 AM by moda253 Highlight this comment 265

Bottom Line: Twins are going to have a better product on the field this year than in years past. We won the division last year. We are likely to win it again. Attendance will be VERY strong this year with TF. Home field advantage is more based on the 10th man in the stands rather than the building they play in. There is no World Series guarantee, but it is going to be one hell of a fun year to watch this team. As Twins fans, we have to be happy about all of these things, and we now need to get behind our team in full force and enjoy a great season of baseball in a brand new stadium. This year is going to be a blast. 58 DAYS UNTIL OPENING DAY!!!

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 10:04 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 266

DreDogg,

I think every position will require an adjustment period, 2B included. I do worry a bit about a loss of advantage though. It seemed in the dome that every time a fluke bounce or lost ball in the roof it was to the Twins' benefit. That won't be the case anymore.

Additionally, with such limited foul territory, most balls hit on the grass will likely be fair and lead to more running by defensive players. I think Delmon may need to lay off the Old Country Buffet because he could see a lot of scampering to the LF line at this new ballpark.

...and until proven otherwise, every Twins free-agent pick up is a Rondell White to me, IMHO.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 10:09 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 267

TTH - Delmon is reportedly coming in the Spring Training in the best shape he has been in since being a Twin. Just thought I would throw that in there...

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 10:11 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 268

Orlando Hudson is no Rondell White. I've seen him play a lot - he is a great addition to the club - very solid player, well above average defense, perfect for the Twins in the 2 hole, great clubhouse guy and makes Punto what he should be, at least for now, a bench/utility guy.

I bitch about Billy Boy, but this offseason has actually been better than I expected. If Hardy returns anywhere near to form, O-Dog has an average year and the pitching doesn't implode, Twins have a legit shot at the Central and I can think about a Twins-Rockies World Series this year and not be considered completely insane.

Just watch - June 15,16,17 will be a preview of the World Series, just like it was in 2007 when the Rockies visited Fenway. I'll be there for the entire series - three games I don't really care who wins. Go Twins! Go Rockies!

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 10:18 AM by jfh Highlight this comment 269

Hand-breaded fried chicken! Fried chicken!! The man stands no chance.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 10:19 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 270

Infield defense is far harder on turf, than grass, no matter how short you cut it, primarily because of the speed factor. As for the "true hop", I don't think that's a big factor at all.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 10:22 AM by jfh Highlight this comment 271

TTH,
I know you want to stir the pot but come on....

you know that its a upgrade anyway u look at it...just accept it

and punto will stay with the club as a over priced untility and prob play 3rd if harris has problems..nobody here said we are gonna head to the ws but its the best put together roster in years and you can all thank.........JOE MAUER... i feel that he has made it clear that he wants to compete if he is to sign long term...

delmon needs to do more than lose weight.. this is the year that will make or break his life... if he gets benched and kuble takes lf with big jim dh.. man he will be spending the next 6 years with the Nats...

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 10:24 AM by Mazaratirick Highlight this comment 272

I don't think injecting a bit of reality makes a guy a pessimist - and I, for one, appreciate TTH's commentary. Things are, indeed, looking up but the proof is in the pudding and the pudding is still on the stove (sorry).

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 10:27 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 273

"Delmon is reportedly coming in the Spring Training in the best shape he has been in since being a Twin."

My son saw Young in a joint he works and reports that Delmon is slimmed down and looking great. He also took a picture of Casilla over to Young and asked him to sign ---------

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 10:37 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 274

TTH, you're implying that Delmon Young can't stay away from the fried chicken at the OCB?? Wowza...that is just wrong on so many levels.

And I fail to see how having less foul territory means more running?? Balls roped around the bags are going to bounce off the walls way earlier than they would have in the Metrodome, meaning that outfielders will be able to read angles earlier. You won't see the ball bouncing around in the corner near the outfield walls like you did at TF. You're pretty good at trolling though, gotta give you that, seeing as I am replying to your comments instead of working.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 10:37 AM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 275

I think you're giving Delmon a lot of credit if you think he's going to react quickly to fair balls bouncing off the third-base-side fence back into fair territory. Losing weight doesn't make you more instinctual or smarter. Then again, I don't think Kubel is a vast improvement over Delmon in LF either.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 10:46 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 276

And, whatever shape Young's body is in there is still his head.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 10:57 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 277

Don't get wound up about TTH. It is all an act. It's king of a fun persona he has created but definitely a character. I do find it funny that Ben has fallen for his act though. ;)

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 11:01 AM by Jim Highlight this comment 278

If it's a "fun persona," where's the fun?

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 11:35 AM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 279

This from the Twins:

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. - The Minnesota Twins, in conjunction with advertising partner Periscope, today announced the second commercial of the 2010 "This is Twins Territory" campaign will debut during the first half of the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 7, 2010.

The new spot is entitled "Minnie and Paul" and features characters from the Twins original logo and iconic center field sign at Target Field coming to life in celebration of outdoor baseball. The ad was produced by Periscope, the team's long-time Minneapolis-based advertising agency. It's the first animated commercial in the "This is Twins Territory" campaign.

Following the Super Bowl, fans can view and share the new commercial at www.twinsbaseball.com. The remaining 2010 television spots are slated to debut this spring.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 11:38 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 280

That's an expensive ad buy. Can you imagine the outrage here if BS hadn't signed Hudson and then went and spent $3M on a Super Bowl ad. I realize he has nothing to do with ad buys, but perception...

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 12:03 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 281

That's a good point Buffalo.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 12:05 PM by Jim Highlight this comment 282

Good point, Buffalo. If this were a persona, wouldn't I try to be "fun" and engaging? Nope. This is the real deal, I'm afraid. Otherwise you'd be reading crap like this:

Hot dog! With Hudson at second base and hitting in front of Mauer, there's NO STOPPING us now! Can't wait to see the looks on those White Sux fans' faces when they walk out of TF with brooms banging their asses out the doors. We haven't had this much talent since 1991 - Mauer and Morneau = Puckett and Chili!! Look out, world. Here come the Twins!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 12:10 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 283

DVS - not as expensive as you think. It will only be played in this market, not nationally. The national ads are the ones that demand millions of dollars.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 12:11 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 284

What's with the fried chicken comment? Wow. That's kind of fucked up right there.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 12:45 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 285

Exactly Moda...yikes.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 12:51 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 286

Twins did a Super Bowl commercial last year too. The cash is rolling in now, boys. No need to worry about expenses.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 12:52 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 287

Truth, you're just a cynic with a dry sense of humor. Be aware that this combination will get you into trouble from time to time...

Very predictable that just hours after the Hudson signing, the cynics have moved on to the next liability in their eyes: D Young and his big head? Man, you guys are more predictable than those of us who drink the kool-aid!

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 1:03 PM by N.D. (aka N.D. "Rube") Highlight this comment 288

Nice to see the P.C. crowd has checked in. Don't ever watch "Blazing Saddles" or your heads might explode. I'm pretty sure the rest of the Twins like chicken too. And Joe Mauer probably eats hotdish because he's a white Minnesotan.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 1:04 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 289

Anyone who is not at least a little bit of a cynic has not spent very much time as a Twins fan. Anyone can drink kool-aid - as a practical matter that is just what the Twins want.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 1:11 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 290

Calling the P.C. police...funny. I'm typically not, but come on man--there's no place for crap like that on this site. The funny thing about your statement anyway is that Delmon Young has a very strict diet...doesn't eat processed carbs.

P.S. I love Mel Brooks movies. I have seen Blazing Saddles so many times.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 1:19 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 291

I like fried chicken, too...never had OCB's, though.

It is one of the most fattening foods out there...I am assuming that is where TTH was taking his comment.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 1:23 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 292

While it's great to hear that Delmon has lost weight and is in great shape, I'm not sure that will prevent him from being one of (if not the) worst outfielders in baseball. It also won't stop him from having a horrible eye at the plate.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 1:23 PM by IowaWigman Highlight this comment 293

As kind of an offshoot to the topic (I love days when the boss is out, btw):

We all blush when we read something like the connection with African-Americans and chicken (see link), but think about this. Isn't what's happening with some of the concession stands at TF the same thing? I mean, Senor Smoke's and Frankie V. Pizzaria?? Does Juan Berenguer eat tacos every day? Does Sweet Music stuff his face with calzones every chance he gets?

I know, the response will be: The Twins are honoring them this way. Are they? Was Berenguer a prominent enough Twin deserving of special recognition and this is the best way to do that? Or were they thinking: "Well, we want a taco stand, and Juan is from Mexico, so let's put his name on it!" It just seems odd to me that not only has the P.C. crowd (and the Twins) dismissed this, they've chosen to celebrate it.

If you put it in that context, "Delmon's Chicken Shack" at TF isn't that far-fetched. Or is it?

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 1:47 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 294

I agree 100%, Truth.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 1:51 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 295

...To shed some comedy on the subject...

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 1:57 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 296

as long as TTh does not go back to his old ways when he first come here with the " eww look at the rubes rub!!! wee i have control over minds chicken man !!!! run mouse like hamster in maze, run!!!! arrrrrrrhhhhg !

or some shit like that

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 1:59 PM by Mazaratirick Highlight this comment 297

Delmon's defensive problems (just as an observer) is that he just doesn't have the instinct for what the ball is going to do once it gets to the outfield. TTH mentions the ball bouncing off the 3rd base angled wall. I'm willing to bet we see Delmon sitting in the left field corner on those every time and THEN breaking back to grab the ball. Span and Hardy will retrieve more of those balls than Delmon will. I also routinely see him break the wrong way on fly balls and he doesn't seem to have great range. If he can finally hit .290 with some power, I can deal with it, but if he is going to slap balls around at .240 and strike out a lot, well then it is not worth it.

However, put Pridie into the Minor League Equivalency calculator, and you get a .232 average and .326 slugging average in the majors. He is not the solution there, at least not yet.

I'm not saying I could do the job, but I'm not getting paid to do it!

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 2:06 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 298

linc,
not to mention he throws to the wrong base or misses the cutt off man on about 45% of the plays

where the hell is Luke? i need to be entertained, its a slow day when we are talking about delmon... this i agree on..Luke pull one of those funny ass stats out of your arse and include a link to something we all already know (Like unlike the dome TF with have grass)lol

ahhh, yes I am bored, need a job

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 2:12 PM by Mazaratirick Highlight this comment 299

After signing Hudson, the Twins only need to find a 3rd baseman now. I LOVE THE HUDSON DEAL!!!

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 2:22 PM by Michael Highlight this comment 300

Touché TTH...

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 2:26 PM by N.D. (aka N.D. "Rube") Highlight this comment 301

The Twins' third baseman is Harris/Punto. They are done spending money for this year, they're already at $96 million.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 2:51 PM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 302

This is a solid lineup provided people stay healthy. The bench is now also solid.
Regarding the Central Corridor: What exactly are they going to do to the Washington Avenue bridge to make it able to support the trains? I can't believe that in it's current state it can do that.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 3:32 PM by john c Highlight this comment 303

John -- you mean that fracture-critical bridge that was we had to restrict pedestrian traffic on last year? Why would you worry?

Here is the answer:

http://www.startribune.com/local/stpaul/78929962.html

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 3:39 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 304

The Wash Ave bridge will have to be at least heavily reinforced to support the light rail. I still remember when the story came out in 2007, discussing how that bridge would have to be reinforced. You hear a story like that and can't help but flippantly contemplate a bridge collapsing. I think it was literally the very next day, the 35W bridge collapsed. (Insert Twilight Zone music here)

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 3:50 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 305

Maz...

Ponder this: after shovelling today for the umteen-millionth time...this week, don't you think to yourself that TF will be abandoned by the year 2015 if weather like this insists on continuing?

"Build an outdoor ballpark" they say. "We'll do fine" they say...
what a load of shit.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 4:06 PM by luke Highlight this comment 306

Luke - I think it's a bit of a stretch to say that shoveling in early February means we'll have problems in April.

The "weather" discussion has been beaten to death I know but with facts like this I'm hardly concerned:

April 12: Avg temp in Mpls: 56*
April 30: 64*
Oct 3: 64* (last day of the regular season.)

Note, too, that in April the Twins have all of three evening games.

K

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 5:14 PM by Kramer Highlight this comment 307

I suppose that could be true Kramer. I looked back on the webcam on April 2 and also April 12, 2009, and there was not even an indication of snow.
2008 - a slightly different story. April 2, 2008, snow still hung atop many buildings around TF...including Target Center, and snow was still visible on the ground below. By April 12, 2008, according to the webcam, all that was left was a few little hills of snow atop Ramp B.
I seem to remember however, probably 2008, a massive snowstorm blew threw on like March 30. That, cuts it a little close for me.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 6:17 PM by luke Highlight this comment 308

Weather...my predictions are in the very first decade of Target Field we will have:

1. An honest to goodness Cleveland-style 8-12 inch snow out. The fact that we have a heated field means we will not lose a full series and we will not have to move our games to Milwaukee/Metrodome.
2. There will be an April evening game where light sleet is coming down at 7:05 but we still start playing.
3. The temp of the last inning of an extra inning game will be 28 degrees.
4. There will NOT be a season equaling the Met Stadium record of 7 rainouts, due to much better drainage and the willingness of MLB to allow 2 hour rain delays. There will be great local outcry about not starting a Tuesday night game until 8:45, and why people weren't allowed to get a raincheck. This will be a two-part story in the Strib.
5. The Twins will play a post-season game and the applause will be completely muffled by gloves and mittens. It will not be as loud as the dome. National media will make a big deal of this.
6. There will be a Sunday game where the 7th inning will have an on field temperature at 100 degrees with a dewpoint above 70.
7. There will be incredible Minnesota summer evenings, lovely 75-80 degree summer days (as we had almost all last summer), and spring and fall days and evenings between 45-68 degrees, none of which will be written about by the local or national media. Thank goodness I'll be able to experience those as well.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 6:21 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 309

Oh, and I should have added that despite all of the weather variations, somehow people will still enjoy watching their hometown team in April, people from greater Minnesota and beyond will still drive in and enjoy major league baseball, some unlucky folks will drive 400 miles only to have their game rained out, and some lucky folks will drive 400 miles and experience a wonderful 5-4, 9th inning Twins win on a 70 degree cloudless day.

There is no perfect solution....I like the one we have coming.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 6:44 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 310

Click my name for a link recaping the 2009 season by MLB Network. At the end they show some clips of TF.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 7:10 PM by jincr Highlight this comment 311

Sorry the link starts from page 1. You need to go to page 9 and its the first video on that page. Also there is a video explaining the renovation planned for Wrigley Field called Wrigley 2014. If the renovations are completed I bet Target Field will lose the bid for the 2014 All-Star Game to Wrigley Field.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 7:19 PM by jincr Highlight this comment 312

Juan is from Panama.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 8:33 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 313

I had a 1987 flashback on my way home from work yesterday when I was listening to the radio and "We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions" came on the radio.

Does anybody else remember the morning guys at either KQ or another rock station locking themselves in the booth and playing those 2 songs over and over and over -- probably 20 times -- the morning after the Twins won the World Series in 87?

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 8:40 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 314

you see that Luke knows how to play along......

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 8:41 PM by Mazaratirick Highlight this comment 315

A cuantos polacos les toma comerse un
burrito?

Dos!

A cuantos polacos les toma manejar a
Panama?

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 8:44 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 316

That was pretty good Linc...

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 9:09 PM by luke Highlight this comment 317

how many

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 9:14 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 318

kudos for the South Park reference, DreDogg. classic

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 9:39 PM by some guy Highlight this comment 319

Jax,

That was Buck and O'Connor from KDWB who locked themselves in the control room and played that song non-stop. It wasn't long after that they were off the air. The corporate radio douchebags don't care for stuff like that!

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 9:41 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 320

Someone says "Panama" and that is the first thing I think of. HA!

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 9:51 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 321

This picture from MLB 10: The Show seems to confirm that those blue circles on the admin building are indeed for retired numbers:


Posted on February 5, 2010 at 10:32 PM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 322

I'm sorry but I hate that Jackie Robinson's #42 is up there. It's stupid, he never played for the Twins, regardless of why his number is retired.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 10:48 PM by Twins (aka Vikes) Highlight this comment 323

It's probably that way for all the teams on MLB 10...Robinson's 42 was a league-wide retire, like Gretky's 99 in the NHL.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 11:19 PM by luke Highlight this comment 324

"I hate that JR number is up..."

Get over it.

Posted on February 5, 2010 at 11:24 PM by Jim Highlight this comment 325

I am assuming they are shown in the order the numbers were retired.

I'm guessing that error we had was by the left fielder?

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 12:18 AM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 326

Here's hoping Twins (aka Vikes) doesn't have any kids who ask him who or what the significance of #42 is. I can only imagine the response.

Am I being baited here??? What's going on?

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 12:53 AM by N.D. (aka N.D. "Rube") Highlight this comment 327

I hope Twins (aka vikes) is saying that it should still be displayed at the park but just not there. The #42 is honored in every stadium. MLB Network even has studio 42. If he is saying that it shouldn't be anywhere, he needs a major readjustment. The retired 42 means much much more than the game of baseball itself.

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 08:41 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 328

Well said, Trosy.

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 08:57 AM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 329

anyone know what food/beer stands will be in the grandstand in right field? I have not seen many images of the concourse in that part of the stadium. thanks

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 09:41 AM by mike d Highlight this comment 330

With the potential of a large number of fans spilling in and out of Target Field from downtown on foot, I'm wondering if the City of Minneapolis might consider shutting down a small area of 1st Ave around the Target Center to automobile traffic, similar to Yawkey Way around Fenway Park before and after games? IMO, it would be a great gathering place of fans before the game. You would have the bars in the area in addition to concessionaires and vendors selling their stuff to fans.

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 09:43 AM by Fred Highlight this comment 331

Ah, thanks Kevin! I knew I wouldn't be the only one to remember that!

In that screen shot, we're losing to Detroit in TF in the 3rd inning? Who is pitching, Liriano? :D

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 10:08 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 332

Only 55 more days till exhibition baseball, folks... I can't wait till the STH open house so I can get a look at the inside.

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 10:18 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 333

lol Jax...I was thinking the same thing.

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 11:49 AM by luke Highlight this comment 334

I would assume the pitcher was "Moonshot Scott" Baker

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 12:25 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 335

Here's what a game at the new ballpark might look like. Looks like Cabrera's rehab will help the Tigers.

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 1:22 PM by NotMendoza Highlight this comment 336

Trosy said it best, it should be displayed somewhere else.

It's funny how people totally forget how good Liriano was in 06 (better then Santana), hopefully a couple years after Tommy Johns surgery he can come close to that form again (I can dream right?)

Also am I the only one concerned about Joe Nathan? He's definitely on the decline. The last two years his arm has worn out in the 2nd half of the year. Come playoff time when it counts, well we all saw what A-Rod did. I just hope he can prove me wrong because this year is going to be a blast in TF!

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 1:50 PM by (sekiV aka) (aka Vikes) Highlight this comment 337

In case anyone was at all interested click on my name for the link to my website with my pictures from my Hall of Fame visit that I posted about earlier in the thread. The link goes to the pic of me next to the fake Harmon Killabrew plaque. http://www.welcometoamerica.us/ny/bhf-killabrew.html

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 3:17 PM by Roger Johnson Highlight this comment 338

TwinsTerritory,

Where did you find that photo of Left Field from MLB The Show 10? I have been looking everywhere for some sort of shots of left and right field.

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 4:47 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 339

I meant to post the link to the video afterward. This is the link to one video, and the next comment is a link to a second. Target Field is getting the love...

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 5:44 PM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 340

it's from this clip, Josh - click link

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 5:44 PM by some guy Highlight this comment 341

Second TF 'MLB 10: The Show' video...

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 5:45 PM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 342

Can't wait for that game! Still wondering why they forgot the limestone on the backstop? Hopefully they include this in the final version...

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 6:14 PM by amputechture Highlight this comment 343

That game looks so amazing!

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 6:37 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 344

It's Saturday night, those screenshots are great, the O-dawg signing is awesome, and here's to hoping we get some Mauer news soon!

Seems like a festive time in Twins Territory... I hope to see many drunken posts tonight!

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 7:55 PM by Margaret Thatcher Highlight this comment 345

Valencia went yard!!

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 8:12 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 346

nice green backstop

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 8:22 PM by ace Highlight this comment 347

Goodness gracious RE: MLB 10. How do I justify to my wife buying a PS3 when I already have Xbox 360 and she wants a Wii???

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 8:26 PM by Jeremy Highlight this comment 348

the game looks great - Joe looks tougher in the face than in real life. lol

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 8:45 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 349

Agreed Ace.. the limestone backstop is pretty big detail to miss. Kind of sours the look of the game for me.

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 8:55 PM by Mr. Dan L Highlight this comment 350

They are still finishing development...If enough people say something, they'll fix it.

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 9:18 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 351

Dude, Joe Nathan saved (a record setting) 47 games in 2009 and didn't give up a single home run with men on base (until the fated NY playoff game.)

He did this with bone chips in his elbow. I think he'll be fine.

get off this site, Reusse!! lol

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 9:45 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 352

I did send them a message about the backstop. The game hits shelves on March 2nd and production/shipping likely starts much sooner. I know they just added Mauer's actual animations this last week when he was in town though.

We'll see if they can get it changed. Otherwise, the rest of the park seems very nice, and I hear the centerfield sign will work in the game!

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 9:48 PM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 353

I think it's been well known for quite some time that there was going to be limestone behind the plate. I don't think the developers wanted to duplicate it to be quite honest with you.

The same problem occured with TCFBS in EA Sports' NCAA Football release last year. EA Sports put in a crappy, generic, horseshoe stadium for TCFBS. When I heard about that, I was utterly disappointed. There had been enough drawings, renderings, webcam images and so forth - they could have easily duplicated the stadium for the game. Maybe not perfect - maybe they'd have to wait a year to get the nitty gritty details right, but I think they still could have done it.

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 10:35 PM by luke Highlight this comment 354

I watched the preview clip, and by the time it was over, Baker was getting creamed. If you look closely, perhaps you can see why: His back foot is planted behind the pitching rubber instead of in front for the push-off.

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 10:49 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 355

Before everyone jumps, let it be known that I was making a bad joke.

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 10:50 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 356

Only 6 weeks to go before the "open house" weekend on March 20/21!!

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 10:51 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 357

Also looks like all old Twins logos in the MLB game. They have the new circle logo right, but the script is the old S.

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 11:16 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 358

TwinsTerritory - while you're at it, let them know they omitted Inge's 'bad-ass' forearm tattoos.

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 11:54 PM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 359

So a unfortunate few of you think Jackie Robinson's retired number should be displayed in a "separate but equal" place in Target Field than the retired numbers of Twins players? And you don't see the problem with saying so?

Bottom line: The number is fine right where it is. It's where it belongs.

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 03:11 AM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 360

Another change of subjects.

Rick, in re-reading your proposed all-star game schedule from last July:
2009 (NL) St. Louis
2010 (AL) Los Angeles (Angel Stadium)
2011 (NL) Arizona
2012 (AL) Kansas City
2013 (NL) New York (Citi Field)
2014 (AL) Minnesota
2015 (NL) Washington
2016 (AL) Toronto (assumes renovation circa 2012)
2017 (NL) Los Angeles (Dodger Stadium)
2018 (AL) Tampa Bay (assumes new ballpark circa 2014)
2019 (NL) Cincinnati
2020 (AL) Oakland (assumes new ballpark circa 2014)
2021 (NL) Chicago (Wrigley Field, post-renovation or rebuild)
2022 (NL) San Diego
2023 (AL) Baltimore
2024 (NL) Miami
2025 (AL) Texas
2026 (NL) Philadelphia

Let's say everything falls into play and Target Field is awarded the 2014 All-star game. How are the tickets handled for such an event? I can't imagine that all season ticket holders would be able to buy tickets to the game. Like the superbowl, there is a huge demand for extra tickets for sponsors and other dignitaries. Is that why they added the home run derby? Give the local fans a chance to get in the park and see the all-stars, without having to part with game tickets for the sponsors? I think the license agreement in Legends club insures that they can buy tickets for any baseball event, but what is available to the rest of us?

I agree that it is probably too early to start worrying about this, but I am curious.

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 09:22 AM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 361

Sponsors are dignitaries???????

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 09:33 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 362

The Angels have not released ticket information for this years All-Star game. From reading the message boards it looks like full STH will get their tickets but some will have to be re-located. It does not look like partial plan holders would be guaranteed seats. My guess is that this is how it is done for every All-Star game.

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 10:17 AM by Joe117 Highlight this comment 363

Yup you're right, as always :D

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 12:40 PM by (sekiV) (aka Vikes) Highlight this comment 364

minn55441 - as you said......WAY TOO EARLY to even worry about or discuss the subject. let's get the 2010 all-star game first, then some of you can concern yourself with such things.

:-)

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 1:40 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 365

Well, for what its worth, I'm always curious about how they handle these special situations. The use of on-line tools the Twins have used for seating in various games (Game 163, opening day, etc.), while not groundbreaking, are certainly light years ahead of past methods. I think that is interesting. Their ability to set up different types of seat holders with different seat buying permissions will be fun to watch as TF hosts different events as well (e.g, hockey classics, concerts, etc.)

Of course, I won't discuss any of it because it is too early to do so. I still think it is interesting.

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 1:53 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 366

People are selling seats to OD on stubhub in the overlook and right field bleacher sections. Does anyone know who got access to these seats as they were not eligible for season tickets?

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 2:16 PM by Joe117 Highlight this comment 367

you just did discuss it. :)

I am curious as to the answer myself. It might provide incentive to hold on to a full season package if they guarantee All Star tickets in 2014. (even if the Twins are in the crapper for some reason by then.) lol

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 3:08 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 368

Nice catch Joe.

We are now finding out why only 1000 seats will be available to the general public. Sponsors? relatives of Twins front office? It looks like they only have Opening day. There is nothing listed for the other two games with the Sox.

On the bright side. They only have 8th row tickets in the overlook.

Maybe this is how we are paying for Joe's new contract?

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 3:17 PM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 369

NEW ad is up on the Twins site..Minne & Paulie

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 4:01 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 370

Check out this little youtube ditty.

Comedian Bill Burr Talks About Yankees World Series Win on Opie & Anthony. Very funny!

The last 1 1/2 minutes is good if you are a Twins fan and is especially relevant since the 2003 season.

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 4:35 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 371

Tickets which supposedly should not have been released yet showing up on Stubhub? Doesn't that put egg on someone's face?

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 4:40 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 372

Video game sports talk is just about as boring as fantasy sports talk. Call me crazy, but I much prefer actual sports.

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 4:41 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 373

here is an actual link to the new twins/target field commerical airing tonight during the fuck-it-cause-the-vikes-ain't-in-it bowl.

click on my name for the video.

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 4:56 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 374

The Twins are selling a lot of OD tickets directly on Stubhub, just like they did for game 163 and the ALDS last year, and just like the Yankees and Phillies did for the World Series, this is common knowledge among ticket brokers, and part of the agreement with Stubhub/MLB...just like the Redskins and SH...

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 5:55 PM by NeilN (aka Tom) Highlight this comment 375

I don't really care if I have to pay stubhub prices for OD, I will be there for sure... According to my account rep, we will be able to buy tickets for those non-ST sections for the Cardinals exhibition on the 18th. I'm going to try getting overlook, I think it would be cool being above the field of play.

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 6:10 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 376

I like the new Twins commercial.
Just saw it on the number 4 at halftime of the Super Bowl...

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 6:55 PM by luke Highlight this comment 377

it'd be so sweet if Minnie and Paul did THAT dance for each homer. :d

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 8:22 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 378

NeilN "The Twins are selling a lot of OD tickets directly on Stubhub"

I don't think so. Have you looked at the tickets for sale? Right field bleachers section 139 row 4, one seat for sale.

If it were the Twins putting these seats up for sale, they would try and maximize the price. You will not get the best price selling singles. Someone was given that ticket and is now trying to sell it for a profit. Stuff like this happens way more often than any of us would like to think. The part that bothers me, is the fact that the ticket is for sale prior to the lottery and prior to the sale to the STH's with the 20 and 40 game plans.

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 9:08 PM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 379

"Common knowledge among ticket brokers?" I know a fair amount about MLB and ticket sales - show me where in the MLBAM/StubHub agreement does it provide for the club to hold blocks of tickets for direct secondary market sales?

I know clubs put some non-prime seats that are held for full-season sales that haven't sold, but I can't imagine the Twins (or any other club) would be willing to take the PR hit for a game like OD.

(The World Series is "different" - the club doesn't have full control ticket rights and pricing - MLB does. At best, the clubs can choose from pricing levels for parts of the park. And certain seats are reserved for MLB/press/etc., season ticket holders or not. (Full season ticket holders that are "bumped" have the option on "comparable seats")

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 10:04 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 380

Just bought 2 tickets for April 14th game! So excited!

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 10:47 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 381

Who knows? They might show that part of the commercial on the big video board during HRs.

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 07:49 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 382

Off topic question here. Does anyone know why the NFL and all the networks have been refering to this years Super Bowl as being in "South Florida" instead of being in Miami?

I don't remember the NFL refering to Miami generically as "South Florida" before. It just caught my attention this year. Are they mad at Miami and are intentionally not giving them brand recognition for hosting the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl or did some non-Miami Chamber of Commerce pony up money to cause the NFL to be more inclusive in their recognition of the greater geographic area.

The only reason I am asking you all is that you are all so smart on Twins related topics that I knew someone here would have the answer.

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 09:33 AM by Bob323STH Highlight this comment 383

Maybe its a new thing because I noticed how next year's Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, TX is being referred to as "North Texas"

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 09:35 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 384

I heard one of the networks yesterday specifically say "South Florida" because the stadium is halfway between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami and events/hotels/practice areas are spread out in those areas. Nothing is specific to Miami only. Same thing with Dallas next year. The AFC team will practice at the TCU facility in Fort Worth, 32 miles from the stadium, for example. So "North Texas" and "South Florida" are a more accurate description.

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 10:17 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 385

I wonder if we will ever get another one here in East Central Minnesota.

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 10:18 AM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 386

Personally, I think the Super Bowl should only be held in three cities: New Orleans, Miami, and LA. In two years, the Super Bowl will be held in Indianapolis. Who the hell wants to go there? I'm sure the "bustling" Indy nightlife is the place to be.

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 10:23 AM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 387

So it seems like this is PC run amok and taken to an extreme and unneccesary level?

WARNING-SARCASM BELOW!!!!

I agree with Badjuggler, East Central Minnesota is a step in the right direction, although still a polarizing description, I feel. I am offended by the use of the term "Twin Cities" because it ignores the contributions of all the other cities in the metro area, not to mention those non-metro cities that have, each in their own way, contributed to the well being of our great state.

I am also offended by the term "2nd tier suburbs" because it is minimizing and belittling.

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 10:34 AM by Bob323STH Highlight this comment 388

lets see you hate video game sports, fant. sports and autographs, do you also hate babys and apple pie?

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 12:00 PM by Mazaratirick Highlight this comment 389

Not a big fan of apple pie. Or Chevrolet. But most babies and I get along fine! (insert mental joke here)

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 12:53 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 390

Indy is actually a great place. Went to the Indy 500 a couple of years ago, stayed right downtown. Had a blast, granted that was the end of May and not February.

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 1:10 PM by PNB19 Highlight this comment 391

Another snow storm here in SE Minnesota means no school mand more time for me to get excited for baseball season. I contacted the Gopher ticket office for info for the Gopher baseball game at TF - got a reply back stating more info will come at end of February. My worst case scenerio - I get tickets, and they end up moving that game to the Dome - that would suck and might break a record for most no-shows at a sports event in history. Psst - I'm not going to watch the Gophers, I'm going to check out TF!

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 1:21 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 392

The average fan may like Indy...but the NFL will have a hard time drawing star power to hold before/after parties.

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 1:22 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 393

I think Indianapolis will be just fine. It can't be worse than Detroit, can it? Detroit hosted Super Bowl XL in 2006.

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 394

DreDogg,

L.A. will not host a Super Bowl again until there's a team there. When was the last time there was a SB at the Rose Bowl, Cowboys v. Bills 1992?

I think a rotation of San Diedo, New Orleans and Miami would be great.

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 2:06 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 395

Couldn't they just put the real Bud Selig on the pedestal? I can't imagine he'd be any less stiff.

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 2:11 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 396

Not Target Field related, this caught my attention. In my opinion its pathetic and does not say a whole lot about the White Sox organization even if they had a blessing.

From Foxsports.com
CHICAGO (AP)
Omar Vizquel will wear the No. 11 of former White Sox shortstop and fellow Venezuelan Luis Aparicio this season.

The White Sox say they have unretired Aparicio's No. 11 for the 2010 season, with his blessing. Aparicio said Vizquel is the one player he'd like to see don his number.

The 42-year-old Vizquel signed with the White Sox this offseason. He is a three-time AL All-Star and is considered one of best fielding shortstops of all time.

Aparicio was named American League Rookie of the Year as a member of the White Sox in 1956 and the 10-time All-Star played 10 seasons with Chicago. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1984, the same year the team retired his uniform number.

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 2:23 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 397

Not sure if anyone has commented on this yet.

In the Twins Ad the scoreboard signage had US Bank, Treasure Island, Best Buy, and our own TC. The "trap" signage had a cool twins territory sign, can't imagine that won't be sold.

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 2:37 PM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 398

Does anybody know when those key fobs for TF will be sold/distributed? I would assume they would want to do it soon to get more people set up on it. Will you be able to set up any account to it, or strictly US Bank? Anybody know what they will look like?

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 2:52 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 399

Faber,
Your logic makes sense, don't forget that regular games and all star games across a few leagues (NFL, NBA among them) have been in held in cities where there haven't necessarily been teams (at the time). So while the SB is dare i say, a more important game, we can't put it past the NFL (especially the NFL) to host one there if they think it will bring home the green. They don't care as long as it makes them money.

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 3:14 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 400

I agree with Jared, there was rumors that Goodell wanted to have a Super Bowl in London in the future.

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 3:54 PM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 401

Had a thought last night after seeing the Twins Ad during the Super Bowl. I thought it would have been a interesting way to announce the Joe Mauer extension during the ad some how, or maybe even with a different ad. I am not a Mauer Worshiper, just thought it would have been cool.

Maybe have clips of Cal Ripken through the years with accomplishments and showing highlights of his career, then Tony Gwynn, then Puckett, and then Mauer, and then say "Like many other greats, he is staying here. Will you be there to see him?"

I know probably dumb, but just a thought.

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 4:01 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 402

Josh-
I don't think its dumb. You have an interesting concept going there and quite often the simple ads are the most effective.

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 4:33 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 403

Here is another picture of 'MLB 10: The Show". I thought it showed more of right field and a bit of the skyline more than other screens have.

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 5:08 PM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 404

College Alum - the last Super Bowl in Pasadena was actually Super Bowl XXVII, January of 1993 (of course, for the 1992 season, but played in 1993). Super Bowl XXVI, was January of 1992 (Redskins 37 Bills 24 - Mark Rypien MVP) at our very own Humpty Dump.

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 5:44 PM by luke Highlight this comment 405

I was in 1st grade during the '61 season, and became a lifelong fan. Recalling moments from those years that the games were played outside is great fun, and seeing Minnie and Paul so prominently displayed in TF will probably bring tears the first time I see it in person. However, the images of them that I find myself constantly searching for online are those from the old Minneapolis Tribune... On the front page under the fold, in the morning issue after a Twins win, M&P would be arm in arm kicking up their heels. After a loss, they'd be sobbing and consoling each other in an embrace. The morning after a rain-out, they'd be huddled under an umbrella. Has anyone any idea if these images exist anywhere online? And could someone from the StarTribune possibly resurrect this great daily tradition, beginning with the 2010 season?

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 7:36 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 406

Ole, why go the Gopher game if you don't care and just go to the open house the weekend before that game for free?

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 7:40 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 407

BTW, the special MLB Network is doing on Mauer is on right now (they are also doing one on Pujols). I am sure they will replay it often. So far it is really good! Joe is starting to open up more in interviews.

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 8:16 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 408

Jax -

I do care about the Gopher game, but if they were playing in the Dome I wouldn't be there. And, as hard as it may be to believe, I have something else going on the open house day, or else I would be going.

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 8:30 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 409

I was actually hoping that Joe was going to surprise us all and announce a contract during the "homecoming" interview. How cool would that have been for us 4,000 strong.

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 9:57 PM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 410

schweady: I remember those images of the two fatguys from the paper very well. I was a "sick kid" at the U of M Hospitals alot during the early years of the team. My Ma would get the Tribune for me whenever I was ill and read me the story about last night's game and there they were. I am sure that a look at old microfische copies of the paper would turn up these old drawings. Win! Twins!

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 11:01 PM by Sammy fr. the Midway Highlight this comment 411

Can somebody fill me in on the open house weekend? My ticket rep. was a jerk in person, could live without talking to him again. Thanks!

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 09:05 AM by James Highlight this comment 412

FYI. It appears as if a portion of the plaza is now open. They moved the barriers. You can now walk up to the main ticket window and such. If anyone was doing their best ninja last night it looks like they could have walked the entire plaza. The webcam makes it appear as if they didn't move all of the barriers yesterday and the plaza was wide open. Hard to tell completely but that's what it looked like.

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 10:34 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 413

Article from Joe Christensen today's strib. I have attached a link. Current age of our lineup.

LINEUP
C -- Joe Mauer 27
1B -- Justin Morneau 29
2B -- Orlando Hudson 32
SS -- J.J. Hardy 27
3B -- Brendan Harris 29
LF -- Delmon Young 24
CF -- Denard Span 26
RF -- Michael Cuddyer 31
DH -- Jason Kubel 28

OTHER BATTERS
DH -- Jim Thome 39
INF -- Nick Punto 32
C -- Jose Morales 27
3B -- Danny Valencia 25
INF -- Matt Tolbert 28

This is the year. Not too young and not too old.

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 10:46 AM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 414

Forbes just made a list of the worst weather cities in the country. D

America's Top 5 Worst Weather Cities

1. Cleveland
Average Annual Temperature: 49.6°F
Average Precipitation: 38.7 inches
Average Snowfall: 58.9 inches

2. Boston
Average Annual Temperature: 51.6°F
Average Precipitation: 42.5 inches
Average Snowfall: 43.2 inches

3. New York City
Average Annual Temperature: 54.6°F
Average Precipitation: 49.7 inches
Average Snowfall: 28.9 inches

4. Milwaukee
Average Annual Temperature: 47.5°F
Average Precipitation: 34.8 inches
Average Snowfall: 47.5 inches

5. Chicago
Average Annual Temperature: 49.1°F
Average Precipitation: 36.2 inches
Average Snowfall: 38.2 inches

6. Minneapolis
Average Annual Temperature: 45.4°F
Average Precipitation: 29.4 inches
Average Snowfall: 49.7 inches

Link to full article.

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 11:12 AM by PNB19 Highlight this comment 415

A lot of links have been posted to videos and screenshots of MLB 10 for the PS3. As someone who unfortunately only has an XBOX360, does anyone have any information whatsoever to give me optimism that MLB 2K10 will be any good this year. I'm really pumped to play in the new Target Field, but I fear the 2K series will continue to suck.

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 11:32 AM by HebrewHammer16 Highlight this comment 416

From the looks of his website, Orlando Hudson will wear #1 for the Twins. Sorry Trevor Plouffe!

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 12:11 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 417

Do yourself a favor and buy a PS3 and get The Show. If you are a fan of baseball and a fan of video games you will not be dissapointed. The 2K series will be a little better or so they say, but The Show is where it is at, and honestly there are many people who have bought a PS3 for this game. In fact this is what I did last year.

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 12:28 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 418

Josh is right. It's like having sex with Marisa Miller and her breasts are filled with a never ending supply of Grain Belt.

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 12:45 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 419

Greg Gagne elected to Twins Hall of Fame 2010...It looks like the 50th Season Celebration weekend will be Labor Day weekend Sept 3-5 as Gagne will be inducted on Saturday, Sept 4.

It also appears that members of the Twins Hall of Fame will be honored on Target Plaza.

Click link for entire press release from the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club.

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 1:44 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 420

Grain Belt laced with cocaine.

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 2:09 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 421

MLBTR says that Pridie was the one let go off of the 40. He was claimed by the Mets. We signed Jacque Jones to a minor league deal as well. Some had predicted something like this happening. Not sure if Jacque has anything left?

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 2:20 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 422

Congrats to Gagne! Well deserved, IMO.

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 2:31 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 423

Also, I did not know they would be displaying the HOF members outside the stadium. Does anyone have an idea if the Twins HOF'ers are represented with plaques, similar to Monument Park in YS?

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 2:33 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 424

"Beginning this spring, Twins Hall of Fame membership will be permanently displayed on Target Plaza just outside the confines of Target Field."

Good choice for a SGA bobblehead - maybe they can even get which hand he wore his glove on right the the first time as well.

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 2:42 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 425

Twins signed Jacque Jones to a Minor League deal today with an invite to Spring Training.

Mets claimed Jason Pridie off waives today from Twins.

click for link.

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 2:54 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 426

Just saw DVS2008 posted the same thing. Sorry for the double post.

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 2:55 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 427

Haha I don't know why but I went on Ebay to check for Jacque jerseys. Found and bought one for $20...blue Majestic with sewn on front atleast. If he makes the team it will be worth it as a backup to my Span jersey. If not, could always use it for a jersey party.

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 3:51 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 428

Can't wait to see Jacque The Cock swingin' for the fences again.

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 4:19 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 429

Twins, just sign Joe Mauer!!! Welcome back Jones!!!

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 4:38 PM by Michael Highlight this comment 430

Jacque has a .000035% chance of making the big club coming outta Ft. Myers. He hasn't played since 2008 and his line that season was downright brutal. This can only be a depth move for Rochester and even there he is taking away playing time from a young guy. Don't like the move, but it really doesn't matter. He'll retire in mid-March for good...

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 4:46 PM by Max Highlight this comment 431

Can you get far enough on the plaza to see the Tradition Wall?

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 5:10 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 432

Max, who exactly would Jones be taking time away from at the AAA level? If you're a position player playing in AAA haven't you pretty much already reached your peak developmentally? The outfield lineup at Rochester last year included Pridie, Winfree and Martin. Not exactly exciting "prospects."

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 5:18 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 433

Some may find this interesting, others may not care... but the Mets are lowering their center field wall by as much as 16 feet for the 2010 season. See link.

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 9:18 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 434

Jacque Jones? No thanks...I got sick and tired of seeing him smilin' all the way back to the bench after goin fishin at low outside pitches...

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 9:41 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 435

It will be interesting to see how TF plays. In just a short time we will find out.

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 10:09 PM by Leroy Highlight this comment 436

WCCO said the Twins will announce partnership with Kramarczuk's today at 11:00 am. I believe the stated the Kramarczuk's would have to stands/carts serving their sausages.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 08:12 AM by Jeff Highlight this comment 437

DVS2008, where did you get your Span jersey?

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 09:10 AM by Dan Highlight this comment 438

I bought it off of Ebay. There's a guy that sews on all the patches and everything and sells them for like $80. Was going to get one of the new gray away's from the teams official site but don't like the screen printing on the $100 ones.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 09:46 AM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 439

Some friends and I are finally making the trip to KC for a weekend series that we have talked about for years. Going for the series from April 23rd to 25th. I've never done the trip before, so does anyone have any suggestions? Most notably, about where to stay, what good bars are at nights, how to get to the stadium if not driving? Buy tickets there or get them online? Not worried about restaurant reccomendations, seeing as we will probably just eat BBQ for every meal.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 09:49 AM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 440

Thanks DVS2008, you confirmed my assumption it was custom made, and not stock like Mauer or Morneau jerseys.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 10:03 AM by Dan Highlight this comment 441

It is impossible to find jerseys online (other than Mauer/Morneau). Even the Chinese websites I go to don't have a large variety.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 10:07 AM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 442

Yeah it is custom on top of a Majestic blank. Looks a whole lot better than the $100 ones you get on the Twins website though.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 10:11 AM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 443

DVS2008 - We went to KC a few years ago, and stayed at the Sheraton Kansas City 'Sports Complex' Hotel, which is literally right across the Hwy from Kauffman. You can either walk there or they run shuttles back and forth for the game. Tons of Twins fans were staying there and the rooms were decent. There were also a few other hotels right nearby there as well, IIRC.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 10:42 AM by B Highlight this comment 444

I think we'll end up staying somewhere downtown (or wherever the nightlife is) and just drive to and from games. Gonna have to rotate DD but that's not really a big deal I guess. Is Kaufmann close to downtown? Seems like a suburban park.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 10:51 AM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 445

Kauffman's on the eastern edge of downtown KC. When I went there a few years back the city was running an express bus route to the stadium from downtown, so that might be an option if they are still doing it.

I know you said you don't need any restaurant recommendations, but I would be amiss if I didn't heartily recommend Arthur Bryant's. BBQ I still dream of (literally) to this day. Plus, it's near the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum too, which is a must-see.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 10:56 AM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 446

DVS2008 - We did that trip two years ago and stayed at the Sports Complex Sheraton. There is not much to do in the area as far as night life. But very convenient for proximity to the stadium. We did hit up a great Blues/BBQ spot. It is quite aways of the beaten path, but food was amazing and the blues was great too. BB's Lawnside BBQ. Clink name for link.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 11:09 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 447

For those looking for jerseys, not sure how but Morneau has some crazy deals on his site right now. That jacket that is for sale on there, I bought that jacket for $130 around Christmas and he is selling it for $50?? Maybe just cleaning out his closet or something?

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 11:24 AM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 448

DVS2008-
I made my first trip to a KC series last year and loved it. I'm going to the April trip this year too. I stayed in Independence, MO and I will be doing that again. It's only 6 miles away from the stadium. You could stay across from the stadium, but then you'd have to probably travel the six miles anyway just to get some food. There is pretty much nothing around the stadium. Independence has a lot of stuff to do and places to eat.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 11:34 AM by AJ Highlight this comment 449

DVS2008,

I did a KC trip last year, it was a lot of fun. I bought my tickets online and was pretty happy with them. I would suggest springing a little more and getting close to the dugouts. We went to 3 BBQ joints and they were all great. For night life, there is an area downtown called the Power & Light District (http://www.powerandlightdistrict.com/) that is a must see. I went back everynight. We stayed downtown so it was walking distance for the bars. Also, I recommend tailgating! The parking lot is HUGE!

Damn, all this talk I might have to go again.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 11:36 AM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 450

KC was alot of fun last year. Unfortunately the April series is the only weekend series, so they won't get nearly the Twins crowd they got last year and years past. They will attribute that to TF opening, but in reality it will be because all of the games are weekday games.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 12:19 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 451

I went to a weekday series with the Royals last year and was impressed with the number of Twins fans there during the first two days. It wasn't like a weekend series, though I've never been to one of those there, but there were a lot of Twins fans.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 12:23 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 452

"I know you said you don't need any restaurant recommendations, but I would be amiss if I didn't heartily recommend Arthur Bryant's. BBQ I still dream of (literally) to this day. Plus, it's near the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum too, which is a must-see."

The above is pretty much word for word the paragraph I was going to contribute. There is also a top notch steakhouse DT.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 12:25 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 453

My wife and I went and stayed at the Sheraton Kansas City 'Sports Complex' Hotel too. It was pretty sweet to just walk to the game from there (it's right across the freeway). The Negro League Museum was actually pretty amazing if you're into baseball history at all. I was impressed with it. Eating at Arthur Bryant's was a great experience too. We did tailgate one of the evenings and were surprised by the fact that there were not many other people tailgaiting - must be more of a Chiefs thing in KC. I got tix online and were in the second row behind 3B and they were cheap, like $25 a piece. We were also on TV with our "Circle me Bert" sign, the only time I've ever brought a sign to a stadium. I got about 30 "I just saw you at the Twins game" texts in 5 minutes! Definitely a fun trip, minus the fact you have to drive through Iowa!

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 12:29 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 454

LC's BBQ is as legit as they come and their joint is just a couple of miles from the ballpark. Eat there or take it to go and feast on LC's from your tailgate.

K

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 12:32 PM by Kramer Highlight this comment 455

Do you suppose there will be fewer Twins fans heading to KC this year? After all, many of us have done this trip just to get our fix of outdoor baseball...

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 12:40 PM by Rick 456

By the way, I made some footprints this morning in the roof of the Minnekahda building to get some photos. I hope to post those tonight.

And I verified that the plaza is open on Seventh Street so that people can get to the ticket windows. There are still barricades preventing anyone from going beyond there.

But you can get up close to some of the team plaques mounted on the fence overlooking 394.

They were in the process of removing some snow piles when I was there, so I suspect it's all walkable by now.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 12:44 PM by Rick 457

KC trip -- I did this exact same late April weekend trip to KC a few years ago. The Sheraton as others have mentioned is close to the ballpark, but the ballpark is not close to anything else. We stayed in the "plaza district" -- you can find info at http://www.countryclubplaza.com/

There was enough nightlife there for us, and if I remember it is a 20-25 minute drive from there to the ballpark. Staying downtown would be a slightly closer drive just because you have better freeway access.

We got into town Friday afternoon and just drove right to Kaufman and bought tickets for the weekend. We got upper deck for Friday night to watch the very good fireworks show, and then got reasonable main level 3rd base side for Saturday and Sunday. Your choice, but I'm sure there will be tickets available on a walk up basis if you choose to go that way. There were plenty of Twins fans in attendance. Be sure to give us a report back.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 12:45 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 458

I was thinking about that myself Rick. I'm wondering if for most people that it has become a tradition, like going to Miller Park. I think it's going to happen anyway.

I went to my first Kauffman games last year and I'm doing it again this year. I plan to go there every year. I've only been to Comerica and Kauffman. I plan to go to every MLB ballpark before I die, but whichever opposing ballpark is my favorite, I'm going to go to every year. Right now that's Kauffman so that's where I'm going to go every year. Plus, one other. I'm deciding between Miller park, Yankee Stadium or Citi Field.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 12:49 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 459

I've been to Cleveland, Detroit, Boston, Baltimore, DC, Pittsburgh, Chicago, San Fran, KC, and New York to watch baseball outside. I do not forsee many more trips due to Target Field - no need to travel to see a great park and watch baseball outside! (I'm also married and have a 6 month old now, that might have something to do with it!)

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 12:51 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 460

Yes, I saw a lot more ballparks before my kids were born. But I'm hoping that, when they are old enough, I'll be able to resume my travels with them in tow!

(It's all part of my goal: To be writing about ballparks full time someday.)

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 12:57 PM by Rick 461

I'm with Linc...I've been down there 3 of the last 4 years and stayed at the Sheraton Suites on the Plaza in KC. The Twins actually stay at the Embassy Suites on the Plaza when they're in KC.

The Plaza is really a great place to stay because there are a lot of bars and restaurants within walking distance, and there's tons of shopping if you're with somebody who may burn out on booze and baseball (ie - a female). They do run a game day shuttle from there to Kauffman for $5, and we took it once, but I wouldn't recommend it. You're better off driving for the amount of time it takes to get there and back. I think parking is $9 at the stadium - it's worth the extra $4.

On a side note, because they're hotel is close to the nightlife, you'll find a fair amount of the players at the 810 Zone (which is the equivilent of what "KFAN the Restaurant" used to be here). We met Joe Nathan and Ron Coomer in there... Nathan evidently travels solo on the road because he was just sitting by himself in a darker corner of the bar trying to have a beer until some drunk d-bag found him and then he got mobbed.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 12:58 PM by Natron Highlight this comment 462

Yeah I think that less Twins fans will make the trip as well. We have been talking about it for so long that we just decided it was time to do it. Definitely going to check out the Negro Leagues Museum and eat a lot of BBQ. Tailgating could be fun too. Staying downtown seems like our best bet.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 1:00 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 463

From Twinsbaseball.com

Kramarczuk's, a family-owned Northeast institution for more than 55 years, will serve bratwurst, Polish and Hungarian sausages at Target Field.

The sausages will be made fresh daily just one mile away from Target Field and served at two concession carts placed throughout the concourses at the new ballpark. Kramarczuk's bratwurst is an excellent grilling sausage; its Polish sausage carries a subtle garlic flavoring; and its Hungarian sausage is a paprika-spiced pork.

To celebrate the partnership, Kramarczuk's will be offering free brats today, Feb. 10. Samples of all three Target Field selections will also be available during the formal announcement at 11 a.m. at Kramarczuk's Restaurant and Market at 215 East Hennepin Avenue.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 1:16 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 464

Kramarczuk's also produces one of the best Italian sausages on the planet. Time to get a petition going?

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 1:49 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 465

I'll have to go there again someday... I went to Kaufmann in '92 as a kid. How different is it with the remodel? I've been to Old Busch, Old Yankee, Coors, the Cell, Wrigley, Kaufmann and the Metrodump, and am going to Boston in May to see the Twins at Fenway.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 1:51 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 466

As long as we're on the subject of road trips and baseball, The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip is a must have book. There is a guide to the best seats, best food, best restaurants/bars/sightseeing for each stadium and city. Also, it has a history of each park. It is relatively new, but would not have the newest parks (New Yankee, Citi, Target Field).

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 2:24 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 467

Hey does anyone know if the 1962 home throwback jerseys the twins will wear from time to time this year have the players names on the back, or is it just the number?

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 2:45 PM by dirwin7 Highlight this comment 468

Just the number.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 2:46 PM by Joe117 Highlight this comment 469

Joe,

Thanks, that's cool I think that's how it should be, how do you know this? Did you go to that jersey unveiling at the IDS tower? B/C even if they didn't have their names on the back in the 60's, the twins could add them this year

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 2:50 PM by dirwin7 Highlight this comment 470

Joe,

Thanks I think I found my answer

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 2:53 PM by dirwin7 Highlight this comment 471

I did go to the jersey unveiling. Road Jersey had name on back. Throwback did not have name or a number on the front of the jersey. Twins also did not have names on back of last years thorwback.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 3:00 PM by Joe117 Highlight this comment 472

Saw this years throwback at a store in the Skyway on my lunch today and it had the name on the back. It was a Mauer jersey.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 3:09 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 473

I wouldn't be surprised if over the course of a couple of years TF pushes some people to go see other outdoor parks that haven't before. Once they realize how nice it is to actually be reasonably close to the players they'll want to compare KC, Chicago, etc. with Target Field. So many people now think that the dome is how baseball "is" that they wouldn't even consider traveling to go see a game.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 3:32 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 474

The throwback with a name on the back was obviously a replica. The replica of last seasons Saturday throw back had the player name and the authentics did not. Not sure why they did that. Would not surprise me if the replicas of this years throw back were the same way.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 3:45 PM by PNB19 Highlight this comment 475

PNB19 is correct...the authentic throwbacks do not have names on the back. The authentics also have the MLB logo patch stiched on behind the neck on the back of the jersey.

It is also nice to see the Twins drop the nameplates from the home whites and road jerseys. The nameplates did not look good, especially on pinstripes. It's about time they stitch the names directly on to the jerseys!

I would really like to see them drop the names on the home jerseys all-together just like they were prior to 1997.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 4:43 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 476

All this Kansas City talk and no mention of Gates Barbeque? There are a few locations, but the one we patronized was on the other side of town from Kauffman Stadium on Stateline Road. I'm sure there's a closer outlet. The locals will recommend getting burnt ends at pretty much any BBQ joint you try. And there's good reason for that.
As far as hotels are concerned, I don't know anything about the Sheraton near the ballpark, but I'm sure that would be terrific. It HAS to be better than a place across I-70 from the Truman Complex called the Stadium Inn. What a dump! It's since been painted, so it might be operating under a different name by now, but it's located in the middle of a few truck terminals, and it was an absolute hole. we made the reservations in advance, long before there were Internet sites like Travelocity that could warn you off.
We stay with friends when we go down there now, so there's no need to spend extra cash on a hotel.
I've been going down there to watch the Royals since 1975, and have sat pretty much everywhere in the park. I have yet to sit in a bad seat. Although I haven't been there since the remodel, the sightlines haven't been messed with, so I'm sure every seat is still a winner. We've always walked up and bought great seats, and seeing the Twins down there on TV, it looks like there are still plenty of good seats to be had for those who walk up.

Have fun down there!

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 4:48 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 477

I too went to KC but I went to the Vikings Chiefs game in the early nineties and had fun in the parking lot eating and throwing around a football. I could not help but look over at Kauffman Stadium and hope that someday I could go to a game there.(Still waiting for the chance) Anyway I have a question for everybody before this website is gone. It looks to me like Petco Park's second and third decks are cantilevered almost identical to the Old Met. Does anyone wish that Target Field would have decks that are more similar to Petco or no?

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 6:48 PM by Tom D. Highlight this comment 478

I know we've talked a lot about 'MLB 10: The Show', but here is a video that I think really shows off Target Field.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 7:04 PM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 479

Oh, by the way. Watch the celebration sign around the :43 mark!

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 7:13 PM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 480

We did Gates, Arthur Bryants, and Jack Stack (which is in the above mentioned plaza district) on our trip. I ranked them in that order. My son ranked them in the exact opposite order. However, we both agreed that the competition for BBQ is so high in KC that all three ranked above our local places. Of course, some of that is just trying new places and being on a baseball trip.

I'm not trying to start a BBQ war here, just sharing info :)

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 7:13 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 481

took a walk around tf tonight on my way home from work, and as rick said you can get all the way to the carew gate! I had never seen the park lit up like it was tonight and my I say that night games are going to be just great under the lights and the stars as the day games will be. the best part of my trip was taking a trip to the unnumbered gate and getting to see some of the celebration sign going, blue water lit up and the outline of minnesota sparkling like stars (i think the outline of the state sparkling aspect is new info) ok thats all, cant wait till march 20th

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 7:14 PM by mike d Highlight this comment 482

Damn Mike -- I was downtown tonight too and it was so nice I thought about walking up to the stadium just to see, but I bailed. I'm very jealous. Thanks for the update on the home run sign! I do hope the celebration sign looks better than the MLB Show video clip (but thanks for posting that too, TT! -- I loved the rest)

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 7:29 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 483

I think the celebration sign will be better. I don't think in the video they did any colors other than a normal lightbulb. Also, if you click the HD button on that video and change it to full screen, it's crazy.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 7:34 PM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 484

If you watch the video closely after Joe hits the HR, you can see the parts of the sign that are lit up, such as the outline and waves, and even the hands shaking.

Also here is a good video that finally shows left field and the admin building, at the 1:30 mark and then at 1:37 our beautiful MPLS skyline, a first in a Video Game. And at 1:48 we see Future HOF Jim Thome in a Twins uniform, looks great, can't wait for the game.

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 8:58 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 485

Josh sez: Also here is a good video that finally shows left field and the admin building, at the 1:30 mark and then at 1:37 our beautiful MPLS skyline, a first in a Video Game.

HA! Very good. I guess the Oddessy 2 really didn't bring the skyline to life back in 1979.

Isn't that amazing that this is the first time a video game has had our skyline in it? It really has been that long...what fun to have outdoor sports back!

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 9:18 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 486

The Show is looking amazing. It looks like they've paid a lot of attention to Target Field... I'm pumped!

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 09:36 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 487

Maple Street Press Twins 2010 Annual will be available I believe sometime in March. There is a section on Target Field by Howard Sinker. Rick how come you weren't asked to write about Target Field? In my opinion you would be the most qualified to do so!!

Inside Maple Street Press Twins 2010 Annual
Built for Baseball by Howard Sinker - Complete with gorgeous pictures, Sinker looks at Target Field

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 10:40 AM by Jeff Highlight this comment 488

That looks like a great publication. I just ordered my copy.

And of course, I'd love to write for something like that, but I've said so much here, what more could I possibly have to say? (I ask myself that every time I start a new post -- which I'm doing now.)

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 12:23 PM by Rick 489

Well Rick, I guess they finally started listening to you over at KSTP....

Should be a lot more Twins radio analysis in this town.

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 1:05 PM by Elston Gunn Highlight this comment 490

Praises be! Perhaps now the Twins will have a worthy radio partner...

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 1:15 PM by Rick 491

Wow. ESPN Twin Cities... dunno how I feel about that. But I do like that people will be talking more about the Twins... KFAN has very few hosts qualified to talk baseball with any authority, and they don't seem to have any real relationship with the Twins, other than La Velle Neal III.

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 1:18 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 492

So does that mean that KFAN will no longer be affiliated with ESPN Radio?

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 1:20 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 493

It would help if the Twins had more colorful characters. Mauer and Morneau are about as bland an interview as can be and Span has a hard time talking.

Perhaps O-dog can fill the void Torii left.

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 1:22 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 494

Looks like we will have a good ol' fashioned, all-out and frontal ratings war between KSTP and KFAN.....I hope that, in addition, to more Twins banter, we also get a little more hockey talk. It's embarrassing that, in a hockey-crazed state like our own, we have so few radio personalities that know anything about hockey and could literally care less about the sport.

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 1:24 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 495

We could always listen to Joan Rome and her smug attitude.

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 1:33 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 496

I just hope the Twins return to WCCO for 2011. The WCCO-AM signal was much better and much more clearer than the low-quality KSTP-AM signal.

When you think of Twins baseball over the years, you think of WCCO radio and the voice of Herb Carneal.

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 1:39 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 497

ESPN has obviously thrown a Brinks truck at Stan Hubbard. This is a last ditch effort to save the Twins on his station beyond 2010. I've heard and experienced the poor quality signal on KSTP1500 on occasion. Does anyone know if this sort of thing can be improved? For years, people have raved about the high quality of the AM WCCO signal. Can ESPN throw $$ at this to make the new ESPN station at or above the quality of CCO? Is it that simple? Someone must be qualified to offer their insight on this.

RE: BBQ

Just outta curiosity, what is everyone's favorite BBQ here in the Twin Cities metro?

BTW: Anyone heading to spring training would be amiss to skip Michelbob's in Naples off Airport-Pulling Rd across from the airport. This is a favorite of the ballplayers and beat writers alike and for good reason. Excellent BBQ and owned by Minnesota natives.

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 1:50 PM by Max Highlight this comment 498

" --- the voice of Herb Carneal."

About as evocative as a phrase can get.

BBQ: Ted Cook's 19th Hole - their BBQ sandwich is killer.

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 2:22 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 499

Lee's and Dee's or Big Daddy's Saturday BBQ, both in St Paul. Though Big Daddy's is currently without a location I think.

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 2:31 PM by strategery Highlight this comment 500

Signal strength will always be an issue with 1500. WCCO would be better, but an FM station would be ideal.

Despite the shouting, fidelity-wise I think the Vikings radio broadcasts sound fantastic.

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 3:14 PM by Rick 501

I'd suggest that anyone concerned with signal strength purchase satellite radio....EASILY, the best $10/month I spend....In addition to all the music channels, I get to listen to all the MLB (as well other professional/college) games no matter where I'm physically located.

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 3:23 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 502

Message brought to you by Fred (aka Howard Stern)

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 3:51 PM by ace Highlight this comment 503

Max - I'm not sure about here in the Twin Cities, but I can tell you the best BBQ I had in KC when I was there last year.

Oklahoma Joe's. The best and heartiest BBQ you'd ever get your mitts on.

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 4:24 PM by luke Highlight this comment 504

BBQ: CAP's on Hiawatha and Roosters on Randolph in St. Paul.

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 4:42 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 505

Regarding radio signal strength WCCO vs KSTP. I heard this a long time ago, so it may no longer be accurate. WCCO has a license to use a transmitter stronger than traditionally allowed by the FCC because of the agriculture market reports (price of corn, soybeans, etc) they they run multiple times/day; it's considered a public service and apparently something special that not all stations do or allowed to do. That made them the only AM big dog in town and nobody else could touch their signal strength.

Now, I'm not sure if this still holds, or even if it's 100% accurate, but I thought I'd offer this up to maybe provide some background on the KSTP vs WCCO signal strength conversation.

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 5:05 PM by Jeepboy Highlight this comment 506

Re: Radio. WNAX out of Yankton, SD has the same 50k watts as WCCO. You can get one or the other in most of SD or MN. WCCO was awesome.

I downloaded the Twins schedule into Outlook and every one of them says local radio: BOB FM. Anyone know why it might say that? I'm guessing BOB FM is a variation on Jack FM or Sam FM in other parts of MN?

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 5:23 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 507

Great news about AM 1500. As a baseball fan first, and everything else second, I've been very disappointed with the "sports" talk around this town. Basically, on KFAN, you get FOOTBALL FOOTBALL FOOTBALL and very little else any other time of year other than Wolves broadcasts. For a town that has tons of teams to root for, KFAN has done a terrible job covering them.

ESPN...meh. Seems like if they could talk FOOTBALL FOOTBALL FOOTBALL 24/7/365 on their stations they would. Hope they can pump up the variety. (But, I don't really care since there is the MLB network.)

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 6:06 PM by Dale Highlight this comment 508

YANKTON, WOOOHOOO! That's my hometown! On a good night you can pick up WNAX all the way up in St. Cloud. Their coverage area stretches from like southern North Dakota to Kansas. One of my professors (not connected to Yankton) at SCSU told me it could be reached that far, so on random clear nights on the drive home I would try to tune in and see if i could catch it.

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 6:35 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 509

Linked is a map of their coverage area. Forgot to include it previously.

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 6:36 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 510

First spring training game is 3 weeks from today! 

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 7:04 PM by Buzz Highlight this comment 511

It's not signal "strength" per-say, that limits KSTP over WCCO, but its place on the dial. Both are 50,000 watt "clear channel" (not the company, an old designation for a station that broadcast at full AM power day and night. And on the AM dial, there can be only one "clear channel" per frequency). Click my name for a full list of North American clear channel stations - most you've likely heard of; WGN in Chicago, KDKA in Pittsburgh, WEEI in Boston, KOA in Denver, KMOX in St. Louis...

The difference is in frequency location. On the AM dial, a 50,000 watt station at 830 is not the same thing as a 50,000 watt station at 1500. The difference between AM and FM is implied in the name - Frequency Modulation and Amplitude Modulation. All FM stations are the same "amplitude," but a different frequency; conversely, all AM stations are the same frequency, but a different amplitude. At a higher amplitude (1500 as opposed to 830), some of the umph in a 50,000 watt signal is lost. This does not happen on the FM side, so there is no difference in signal from the 88 all the way to the 107 on the dial...

Make sense?

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 7:10 PM by Goober Highlight this comment 512

Goober,

Not quite right, or at least not quite clear. AM signals are not all sent at the same frequency - WCCO is transmitted at 830 kHz, KSTP at 1500 kHz, etc. The information is encoded in the transmission by varying the signal strength (i.e. the amplitude). FM information is encoded by varying the frequency slightly from the "normal" transmit frequency.

You are correct in that it is the location on the dial that makes the difference. That's because lower frequencies propagate though the atmosphere with less loss then the higher frequencies. That is why a station at 830 has a better signal further from the twin cities than one at 1500.

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 7:53 PM by AndyK Highlight this comment 513

No worries...50 games next year on the FM side! Just some language classes needed.

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 7:57 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 514

In case it isn't clear to anyone lurking, WNAX (570 am) is a Twins broadcast network member, so you can get the games on 570 if you're in that HUGE circle.

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 8:10 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 515

Wow. You guys are so smart!

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 8:27 PM by Buster (aka TimInDuluth) Highlight this comment 516

Hi all, this morning I actually called SCE San Diego, the makers of MLB 10 The Show to express my concern over the green backstop in Target Field in the preview videos when it should clearly be limestone. I left a message with a producer who responded with an email. Here is the response.

Hello Ryan,

my name is Jody Kelsey, Sr. Producer with SCEA working on MLB 10 The Show. I wanted to get back to you to let you know it was really nice to hear that people are excited about the new stadium and how it looks in MLB 10 The Show. Also, thanks you for the feedback on the wall behind home plate. With Target Field being new this year, we were able to get lots of info from the Minnesota Twins organization, but this info you mention was not provided. We will take action to correct this area for future releases.

Again, thank you for the message.

Jody Kelsey
Sr. Producer | MLB The Show
Sony Computer Entertainment WWS/A

Its great that they responded, but I guess we'll have to live with an imperfect version of Target Field.

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 8:55 PM by Ryguy213 Highlight this comment 517

The Twins must have wanted to save the limestone backstop as an "aha" moment for fans. Nice going Twins brass.

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 10:30 PM by Jim Highlight this comment 518

Thanks for the info Ryguy...I give SCEA a lot of credit for their efforts and attention to detail in their MLB: The Show series.

I just find it hard to believe they did not know about the limestone backstop as its been in each and every rendering since day one. There has also been plenty of pictures over the last year or so of the limestone backstop. Not to mention, the limestone backstop has been referred to in some releases from the Twins themselves.

Considering Target Field is new, it still looks like SCEA has done a remarkable job with their creation of Target Field.

Yes, the absence of the limestone is a little disappointing as a fan of the Twins and Target Field, but overall, I think we will all be impressed with Target Field's debut in MLB 10: The Show.

Let's just hope they add those extra details next year for MLB 11.

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 10:33 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 519

Yankton. Great baseball town/area. I wonder if they still have a strong Cardinal fan base.

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 10:38 PM by robin Highlight this comment 520

I also wish the limestone was in the game, but to be honest they have done a remarkable job with rendering Target Field in the game. Last year they had major issue with Citi Field for Mets Fans and Even Yankee Stadium upset some, and not to mention some renovations of Kauffman Stadium. So the fact that Target Field looks so good is awesome for Twins Fans. I don't pitch from the pitchers view so I guess it really doesn't mean anything to me.

If you want the limestone so bad, pick up MLB 2K10, just keep in mind the trade off for limestone (minor gripe) comes with a much less superior game and developer. SCEA does a wonderful job listening to feedback, hell you can even get you last name pronounced in the game, and they even added thundersticks for the Angels and hankies for the Twins.

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 12:16 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 521

I was born in Yankton. Don't remember too much about it though, my folks moved up here to Pothole City when I was six months old

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 06:56 AM by luke Highlight this comment 522

Robin-
The apparent Cardinals fanbase has dwindled in Yankton. The obvious favorites are the Twins, a few Yankees/Sox and surprisingly some Royals. WNAX and a couple other stations will occasionally broadcast a Royals game. But ask anyone and they will tell you that while there isn't outright gung-ho Cards fans, they still like the way the Cards play. Like most sports that are big there, most are fans of the game first. They are taking to the new (relatively, its in its 5th season now) hockey program quite nicely. Most don't really understand but they support it nonetheless which is quite interesting considering they could have blackballed it for the more popular sports in the area. I make a trip back every couple of months to visit family and friends or hit up Riverboat Days or the Roger Haas Basketball Tournament. The support of youth programs there is second to none.

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 08:32 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 523

This nugget comes from Sid's column today:

Twins President David St. Peter said that in addition to celebrating the opening of Target Field, the team also will celebrate its 50th season in the Twin Cities, including a celebration the first weekend of September that will involve a number of players throughout franchise history. "We also have a few surprises for Opening Day," St. Peter said. He reported that the actual seating capacity of Target Field is 39,800, with standing-room-only tickets pushing the figure to near 40,000.

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 08:53 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 524

Happy Rick Punto day everybody!! (and before anyone asks, yes I know it is Nick Punto, I just think Rick sounds cooler, so I have called him that for years)

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 09:16 AM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 525

Ruguy - That's a cool story. SCE does a great job with that game. The amount of details that go into creating a stadium before it's finished must be crazy.

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 10:20 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 526

Anyone know what is going on in left field? There is a man lift out there and they plowed some snow on the warning track.

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 10:23 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 527

I live in Cedar Rapids, IA and can get both 1500 KSTP and 570 WNAX in my car and on my headset radio in my house. It's not always clear, but it does the job. I do drive my wife nuts though when I'm walking around the house with my headphones on try to find the exact right spot where the signal comes in.

For what it's worth. A few years ago I was driving home from Indianapolis and started listening to a Reds game on AM 700. I could listen to the game, the post game show, and the call in show all the way home. I don't get it, but it's amazing a radio station in Cincinnati can be heard in Cedar Rapids. If anyone can explain it, I'd be interested to know.

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 10:38 AM by crtwinsfan Highlight this comment 528

Not only the construction in left field, but it looks like they're doing some work on the Pro Shop

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 11:58 AM by BB Highlight this comment 529

WLW in Cincinnati has an interesting history tied to Powel Crosley, Jr., (of Crosley Field fame) who was an early owner of the Reds and somewhat of a pioneer in the field of radio. I have linked to an article about WLW. It was the first 50kW station in the country. Lots of technical stuff if you are an electrical engineer!

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 12:46 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 530

I prefer calling him Nicky Points.

It has that mafia flavor to it.

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 1:42 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 531

KMOX out of STL is easily obtainable from the bluffs in SE part of the state. My Grandfather was a HUGE Cardinals fan. He would tell me stories of sitting in the family car parked in the driveway listening to games, with his dad. The car radio was the only radio they had, but the game would come in crystal clear. My Grandpa would keep score and my great grandfather (whose was an immigrant) would smoke cigars and learn English. This was outside of Spring Grove.

Those were the days of Dizzy Dean and the Gashouse Gang, and later on, Stan The Man.

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 1:51 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 532

continually choosing to slide into first base is one thing that makes me NOT a fan of Punto. I learned when I was in the town park and rec league that you never slide into first, but run all the way through. I can't think of a single instance when you slide into first base.

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 2:06 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 533

To avoid a tag from a pitcher chasing you with no one on the bag. There's one. But you're right, it is dumb. Rick Punto just doesn't give an ef.

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 2:31 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 534

Like all Bat Girl fans, he'll always be LNP to me.

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 2:34 PM by Rick 535

I think you should all consider calling him Rick Punto. The best part is having casual fans at games look at you like you're an idiot for not knowing his name is Nick. I've even had people turn around and correct me. Little do they know I live and breathe Twins baseball--so the jokes really on them. And on Rick Punto of course.

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 2:37 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 536

Thanks DVS, that makes sense to me, but most of the time that is not the instance when Rick Punto :-) does it. I'm nowhere near an expert at the game of baseball, but I do know that .

(I hope I closed the italics correctly)

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 2:56 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 537

looks like I did :-)

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 2:57 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 538

Haha yeah I don't remember Rick Punto doing it for that reason either. The biggest dilemma in my life right now is to either make a #8 Coomer jersey or a #8 jersey that says R. Punto on the back. Coomer jersey would be pretty awesome...

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 3:23 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 539

Anyone else get that e-mail about the Exhibition game pre-order? On Feb 22nd STH will be able to buy up to 4 tickets to one of the exhibition games before they go on sale to the general public. Won't be able to get 4 extra for both though.

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 4:31 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 540

I didn't know there would be standing room only tickets at TF! I think that's a great idea, as long as they don't sell too many so that people have to fight over good standing locations.

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 4:39 PM by Solomon Highlight this comment 541

STH (except flex 40) already "own" tickets to one of the exhibition games - they had no choice in the matter.

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 5:45 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 542

Ben, Are you complaining? You can easily get 3-4X face value on Stubhub for the exhibition games.

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 6:14 PM by Solomon (aka Tom) Highlight this comment 543

When I hear Punto's name, I suddenly think of Beavis as Cornholio for some reason.

heh heh... PUntooo heh heh.... I need tp for my Puntolio heheheh Are you threatening me?? You will give me tp! Do not make my Punto angry!! Do you have any oleo? heh heh

I dunno why. lol

Jacquie. (yes i am a grown woman.)

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 6:20 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 544

You'd have to be a grown-up to make a "Beavis and Butthead" reference. I miss old MTV.

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 9:17 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 545

Thank you Jax. Thank you.

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 9:44 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 546

i guess that does date me a bit. lol

I agree with you TTH- MTv now sucks very hard. Nothing but shows about Super Sweet 16 year old teen moms who wanna be Made into a dance crew. Or somethin.

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 10:22 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 547

You're welcome Billy - and thank YOU for Mighty Mend-It!

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 10:23 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 548

Ah, the good old days of early MTV. Music videos 24/7 with a stereo simulcast on FM radio to boot! Remember JJ Jackson, Martha Quinn, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, and Nina Blackwood? What good times those were and what a technological wonder it all was.

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 11:21 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 549

Winona Mike admits he has just turned 74. I'm so sorry. Mayo Clinic has a bed for you as needed.

:)

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 11:23 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 550

"Ben, Are you complaining? You can easily get 3-4X face value on Stubhub for the exhibition games."

Solomon (aka Tom): No. I was stating a fact. Do you need any help with that concept?

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 11:36 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 551

I remember the days of Yo! MTV Raps leading into Headbanger's Ball...that was the shizzle!

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 11:40 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 552

Not so fast! My birthday isn't until November.

Posted on February 13, 2010 at 12:58 AM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 553

Both MTV and VH-1 suck it hard now. Neither network features what they used to and still should otherwise their names should be changed.

Posted on February 13, 2010 at 07:23 AM by JohnC Highlight this comment 554

I dunno about VH1 -- I just laid on my ass for 3 hours this morning watching my DVR'd episodes of Celebrity Rehab. Now that's entertainment. lol

Posted on February 13, 2010 at 11:10 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 555

Interview with Joe about his experience with The Show. Can't wait for his commercial with Sony VP Kevin Butler!

Posted on February 13, 2010 at 4:00 PM by NotMendoza Highlight this comment 556

Don't get your hopes up for Opening Day if Sid is correct:

"To date, nearly 100,000 people have registered for the opportunity to purchase tickets for the first series at Target Field, a three-game set against Boston April 12-15."

Posted on February 14, 2010 at 07:57 AM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 557

Well, that would give you 1 in 100 chance of getting OD tix... If you win the lottery and get on right away when the sale starts, you'd probably have good odds.

Posted on February 14, 2010 at 09:06 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 558

1 in 100 chance? I'm blonde, but that math is off...

Posted on February 14, 2010 at 10:12 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 559

I think what Jimmer is getting to, is that many have speculated that there will be roughly 1,000 seats available and with 100,000 entries for the opening day lottery, that leaves an very round 1 in 100 chance.

I suppose what your view of the 1,000 available seats through the lottery will influence your view of your actual chances. Although not great, your chances of getting opening day tickets are much better than winning on a powerball ticket.

Posted on February 14, 2010 at 11:08 AM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 560

"To date, nearly 100,000 people have registered for the opportunity to purchase tickets for the first series at Target Field, a three-game set against Boston April 12-15."

99,997 scalpers and three guys from Biwabik.

Posted on February 14, 2010 at 12:00 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 561

If 100,000 people have registered, and there are 1,000 tickets available, and each lucky winner can purchase 4 tickets wouldn't that make your odds 1 in 400 and not 1 in 100 as there would only be 250 winners of tickets?

Posted on February 14, 2010 at 1:54 PM by Bob323STH Highlight this comment 562

Are we guessing that there is 1000 per game? or 1000 combined for all 3 opening games. Because I thought it was a chance to win up to 4 tickets to the opening series.

Posted on February 14, 2010 at 2:09 PM by twinlves Highlight this comment 563

twinsives - from what I understand, it's the right to purchase tickets to the opening series, the games and tickets remaining are subject to availability.

Posted on February 14, 2010 at 2:17 PM by luke Highlight this comment 564

I think the "1,000" figure is the best guess on how many OD tickets might ultimately be available to the "public" (non-STH)- see Rick's math above. The 100,000 figure is apparently the number of folks who have requested a shot at the opening series (not just OD) - presumably the second and third games will have greatly enhanced availability.

Posted on February 14, 2010 at 2:42 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 565

you might be right about games 2 and 3 - guess we'll just have to see how it shakes out.

The view outside makes it hard to believe we're getting so close...lol

Posted on February 14, 2010 at 5:15 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 566

yeah......snow in early february...in the midwest...jeez.....who would have thunk it......

sarcasm fully intended. ;-)

Posted on February 14, 2010 at 7:42 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 567

Beta - check webcam 1 February 14, 2009, one year ago today.
It looks like your normal, average, run of the mill, the way things should be around here on February 14, late winter day. Roads perfectly clear, small patches of snow atop buildings and such.

Check webcam 1 on February 14, 2008, two years ago today. Roads still perfectly clear mind you, a little bit more snow hanging atop buildings and such (and a TF very early in construction).

And then, of course, there's today. It looks like Minneapolis is getting ready to welcome Mummenschanz into town. Either that or a makeup artist for KISS had lots of paint left over. It's pathetic.

Posted on February 14, 2010 at 9:00 PM by luke Highlight this comment 568

luke...relax

on this date in 1980 the high was 22 degrees and on opening day it was 80.. Yes.. 80 degrees. A lot of weather changes happen in MN between now and early-mid April. I certainly don't expect 80 on opening day this year but low - mid 50s would be ideal. I'm sure you'll get a weekend rainstorm sometime in March and all of the snow will be gone, take a pill.

Posted on February 14, 2010 at 9:22 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 569

Yeah Beta...typical Feb but at least this year there is something to look forward to! Normally, once the Vikes are done, I'm feeling my S.A.D. symptoms take over and it's time to get out the light box and the prozac. :D

Posted on February 14, 2010 at 9:42 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 570

80 degrees? On Opening Day? In 1980 you say?
Wow, and that was BEFORE global warming (insert a hearty laugh here)?
I absolutely YEARN for the days of 80 degrees in April.
You just watch, the Twins will be the laughing stock of Opening Day highlights.

ESPN will begin SportsCenter on April 12 "Well, we told you so".

Posted on February 14, 2010 at 10:13 PM by luke Highlight this comment 571

I made a visit to TF today and toured the open portions of the plaza. Truth be told, the main "closed off" portion isn't really closed off at all. Any ninja out there could get in and out by just walking around the barrier. Not much squeezing involved. I am not saying do it, enter at your own risk. I have linked the first of 12 uploaded images. Its a bit more of a close up of some of the items we have previously seen. From what I saw the concourse view will be spectacular while waiting in line for a dog. Obviously fly balls will be obstructed but for the most part it really does offer a full view of the field. The plaza is also very well wired for sound so you can hear the pre-game or play by play when walking up to your gate or out of the park. The plaza "mounds" are also well lit underneath too. You can see that in my night shot. I included a shot of the mounds showing the speakers and a portion of the under seat lighting. The plaza will be a very nice place to loiter.

Posted on February 14, 2010 at 10:44 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 572

sorry, the first image was linked and you can view the others by browsing my photostream.

Posted on February 14, 2010 at 10:47 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 573

Wow, sorry for three in a row. Just to add another little tidbit. I also posted some shots of the pennants that are part of the tradition wall. The title years are dark gray with light text and trim, while vice versa for the other years. The glass for the fan contributions has yet to be installed.

Posted on February 14, 2010 at 10:53 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 574

luke...perhaps jax will give you a few of her pills.

Posted on February 14, 2010 at 10:55 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 575

Another little sneek peek at tf on kare 11 on tonights news. Would post a link but I couldnt find the video sorry. Maybe it will be on their site shortly.

Posted on February 14, 2010 at 10:59 PM by Leroy Highlight this comment 576

click on my name for the link to that KARE 11 story.

Posted on February 14, 2010 at 11:26 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 577

I grew up in Salina, KS although I was born in Saint Paul and I live in the Twin Cities now and am a Twins season ticket holder. My parents raised me right. ;-) At any rate, I was in 6th grade in '87 and a sophomore in '91. We spent many nights out in our old '76 Chevy Malibu (which picked up long distance radio well) listening to WNAX out of Yankton in those years. We'd drive up for some Twins games each season and we'd hit a game or two in KC as well when they were in town. I went to college in Wichita. On a clear night in winter, I would occasionally pick up Dark Star on WCCO while driving through town. Those stations really do have a very far reach at times.

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 08:02 AM by jpberka Highlight this comment 578

It's pretty hilarious worrying about Minnesota weather two months ahead. Bring it back up around April 9. More worrisome is Rick Anderson declaring Baker to be Opening Day starter without seeing him make a spring training pitch.

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 08:43 AM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 579

Heard from someone yesterday that the Twins have been having trouble with the heating pipes below Target Field. They have been freezing and cracking open. Hopefully that's not why they are messing around out in left field. Also, anybody have access to the digital copy of the JJ Hardy article from the Star Trib? Was wanting to read it but didn't buy a paper yesterday.

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 09:33 AM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 580

Great tour of the clubhouse and locker rooms by KARE 11. Video on the right side of the page.

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 09:57 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 581

chirp...chirp chirp...board is quite today...

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 3:19 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 582

quiet...

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 3:20 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 583

Getting tired of the lack of Mauer news...get something done BS.

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 3:20 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 584

I thought that KARE 11 story was great...(besides the basics we already knew) - I LOVED seeing that club area with the window to watch the players warm up/practice in their batting cage under the stands! That's gonna be sick!!

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 3:25 PM by Excited Highlight this comment 585

We are just early waiting for Rick's next post.

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 4:09 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 586

Exactly how much of Target Plaza is open?

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 5:18 PM by Michael Highlight this comment 587

luke - i know you are inherently a bit of a "quirky" person, but sometimes you go beyond "a little weird" on the weather stuff to downright "annoying".

as kev in az suggested take a couple steps back and breathe........everything is gonna be alright.

peace brotha

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 5:35 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 588

Peace to you too Beta...
I'm just pointing out the trends that I see, and so far, it aint looking good.
We shall see.

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 5:46 PM by luke Highlight this comment 589

It's not worth debating anyway. The die is cast. There's no roof, so why bother with discussions about weather trends two months down the road? If the weather's nice, great. If not, eh...

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 5:56 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 590

did you know in mid-April in 2002 it was 91 degrees?

did you know it was in the 90's in May just last year?

Did you know it snowed hard on my birthday one year on May 6th?

Nobody can guess - why bother trying. lol

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 6:23 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 591

Michael - According to whoever runs the Twins "official" Twitter page, you can get up to the ticket windows from 7th street, but that's as much of the plaza that's open. I would imagine that you'd get a solid look through Gate 29 if that's the case, however.

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 6:56 PM by Natron (aka Jax) Highlight this comment 592

Who's this "Jax" person that I'm suddenly sharing my name with?!

She sounds really annoying.

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 6:57 PM by Natron (aka Jax) Highlight this comment 593

It's the annoying broad that owns the laptop you are using across the room from me. I'd be bitchier about it, but you did pay for the season tickets..honey. :D

Anyway, anybody know how many people they will allow to attend the open house on STH day? Will it = the number if tickets you have? Or could I say, drag my kids with?

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 7:02 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 594

Jared -- thanks for those pics! I'm glad they gave some extra recognition to the world champion teams. I also hope they pipe some music out on the plaza after games, or alternately do not pump post game radio out there so we can hear the plastic drum guys. Either is fine with me.

I assume the plaza will be open every night, even when there isn't a game. I wonder if they'll do anything with it on away nights? I don't think I'm coming down to sit on the plaza to listen to play-by-play, but it really has the potential to be a very nice urban public place.

Does anyone have any experience with other urban ballparks on away days? Is Wrigley ignored? San Diego and Pittsburgh and SF all have modern promenades of various design. Are they used?

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 7:46 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 595

Here is a link to Big League Stew, a blog about baseball on Yahoo Sports. Just highlights the Twins New Commercial and how cool the Celebration sign is.

And then...

The comments. About the weather, no roof, delays, postponed games, the waste incinerator, the whining, the bitching. Why do other teams fans even care? We will have to live with it, and if everyone hasn't noticed, 49 states have snow on them. WE have all seen the comparisons to Pittsburgh, Detroit, New York, etc... yet all the people that complain never look into any of that. I AM SO SICK OF ALL THE COMMENTS ABOUT THIS. YOU DON"T LIKE IT? DON"T GO! YOU THINK IT'S STUPID? DON'T WASTE TIME TALKING ABOUT IT! ALL OF THE PEOPLE THAT SAY WE SHOULD HAVE A ROOF, YOU SHOULD HAVE PUSHED THE LEGISLATORS TO PAY FOR IT! NOT A TWINS BASEBALL FAN? GO F--- YOURSELF!

Sorry, just got a little upset at the end :)

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 7:58 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 596

I also wish I could see how many games were postponed from snow when the Twins were at The Met. I have been looking just haven't found anything.

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 8:03 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 597

Natron- you are correct. You can walk all the way around the Twins Pro Shop (not yet up to the glass itself as they are doing some repairs on the pro shop soffit as seen on the webcam), up to the Carew entrance and look in, up to the ticket windows and up to most of the Tradition wall going towards the Puckett gate. The construction barriers "block" the remainder of the north end of the plaza where the puckett gate, topiaries and such are located. I put block in quotations because you can pretty easily walk around them. I just realized from your post that I didn't post the image of my view looking through the Carew Gate, so i linked it here. Its a half-assed panorama but it gives you the idea.

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 8:11 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 598

Jared,

It looks like you can walk right in up to the railing, and then take a stroll up the escalators!

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 8:15 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 599

If case anyone is wondering when Target Plaza will officially open...Sid over at the Strib has the scoop.

"Twins president Dave St. Peter said Target Plaza, a two-acre site over Interstate 394 between Target Field and Target Center, won't open until March 13, which also coincides with the first day of single-game ticket sales. "It's really the front door to the ballpark," St. Peter said."

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 8:52 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 600

Hey Jared, nice work with the panoramic view! It almost looks as though the section number signs on the concourse posts will also light up.

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 8:54 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 601

Jeff-
That's a good point! Might make for a good reason to stop by on a random night when it looks as if there is some light testing going on to see if they do.

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 8:59 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 602

The Twin website now lists this:

METRODOME TARGET FIELD
Approximate capacity 55,300 39,504
Seating in Lower Level 22,289 19,000
Seating in Upper Level 32,445 13,000
Seating in Club Level N/A 7,000
Suites 95 54
Concourse Width (main) 22 feet 40 feet
Concourse Width (upper) 22 feet 26—44 feet
Restrooms 256 (w), 192 (m) 401 (w), 266 (m)

Sorry for the formatting, but they are listing 39,504 as the seating, which sounds pretty official. I would assume they have 1000 standing room give or take.

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 9:09 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 603

The panorama looks fine Jared..Anyone know of any easy free software that does panos? I just emailed my oh so reliable "new"(again) Rep. and asked about STH's bringing along the kids for the open house.

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 9:16 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 604

And...DSP says on KSTP:

12K full season tickets sold
Over 20K full season equivalent
20 game packages very popular
Biggest concern is getting fans in and out of the stadium
3 equipment trucks left Friday for Florida
Pitchers and catchers report on the 21st
All players report on the 26th
Mauer's aunt at Wydmer's is not giving out any info!

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 9:19 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 605

I have seen 39,504 on the media guide as well...

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 9:38 PM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 606

hey jax, what do me, you, willie mays, chris paul, george clooney, and bob segar have in common? Same Birthday!!!

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 10:33 PM by jp Highlight this comment 607

The Twins will hold their drawing for the winners of the "opening series lottery" today...for those few fans lucky enough to win. Has anyone who registered been contacted yet via email whether or not they won?

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 09:18 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 608

They said that they won't contact any of the winners until tomorrow. Not sure when the purchase can then happen.

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 09:30 AM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 609

A friend of a friend saw Joe Mauer at Manny's Steakhouse on Sunday night with a really attractive brunette. When their dinner was finished and the waiter had taken their plates away, this friend of a friend saw Joe signing something when the woman went to get her coat.

Gosh, I hope it was his 10-year contract!

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 09:44 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 610

I would wager that it was. Manny's Joe? He's already spending like he's signed! (sarcasm)

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 09:48 AM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 611

That's odd....from all reports, Joe has been down in Florida since the Super Bowl preparing for Spring Training.

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 10:15 AM by Fred Highlight this comment 612

"Miami" Marlins make bid for 2015 All Star Game. See Link

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 10:17 AM by jincr Highlight this comment 613

Actually he hasn't. Neshek said in his blog last week that Mauer and Hardy came back to MN last week and won't be back in Ft Myers until pitchers and catchers report.

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 10:17 AM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 614

Fred, are you calling me an embellisher of the truth?

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 10:32 AM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 615

Can anyone confirm that there will be standing room tickets at TF?

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 10:44 AM by Sid Highlight this comment 616

I don't know if this has been posted yet but here is a new ad for MLB 2k10 with Verlander vs. Morneau. Not much on Target Field but it is funny.

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 11:02 AM by jincr Highlight this comment 617

I noticed on that 2K10 video that Morneau is wearing the "M" helmet with the new road uniforms...anyone know if the Twins will in fact be wearing the "M" helmets on the road?

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 11:20 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 618

From NYT: the Chicago Cubs have a special presale Monday for those willing to pay 20% over face value (15% with MasterCard). Maybe not a bad deal for fans who are planning one trip there and don't want to get shut out with the regular sale.

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 1:01 PM by robin Highlight this comment 619

Anyone hear from Larry Divito as to when the protective covering will be removed from the field?

I would say March 15, but that is just my guess. I know they said they will start turning up the heat under the field in early March to get the grass going.

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 2:23 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 620

Doubt they would remove the cover before the turn up the heat. It would bake it, since no moisture would seep in. I've heard they are going to plow off the snow, remove the tarp and then turn up the heat.

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 2:26 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 621

I haven't seen this posted but may have missed it...

FSN North for the first time will be broadcasting all games in HD. They have 120 games on the schedule, currently there are only slated to be 6 non-televised game this season.

Of course we will probably still have to suffer through WFTC-29's SD Sunday games.

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 2:53 PM by Quick99 Highlight this comment 622

Hey Rick,

What ever happened to the new pictures that you said you were going to post? I've been itching for a new background for a while. :) Thanks.

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 3:53 PM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 623

that's great news on the hd game front! i can't wait for a national game that has a blimp; seeing target field in action from the air will be amazing.

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 3:54 PM by annoyingcustomer Highlight this comment 624

Sid -

I believe some of the tickets for the Budweiser deck will be SRO. Don't know about any other areas for SRO, but I'm sure the Twins will have some for super-high demand games.

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 4:01 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 625

Nice to see that the Cubs have decided to start scalping tickets on top of the "platinum/premier" games to their own customers...

You stay classy, Chicago.

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 4:59 PM by Natron (aka Jax) Highlight this comment 626

Larry told me at TwinsFest that he would plow the snow and remove the tarp on March 1.

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 7:31 PM by Locker Highlight this comment 627

Tarp off, snow removed, heat turned up March 1st according to larry himself at Twinsfest

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 7:43 PM by coley14 Highlight this comment 628

The producer of MLB 10: The Show, Jody Kelsey, was kind enough to answer some questions about Target Field, including the process of building it in the game and the task of putting together the skyline for the first time.

He talked about a few others things too, and there are three pictures that Sony sent along.

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 8:45 PM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 629

TwinsTerritory,

Great interview, thanks!

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 9:23 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 630

Here is a cool photo of Target Field I just saw linked to.

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 9:48 PM by TwinsTerritory Highlight this comment 631

jincr - thanks for the info.

miami marlins instead of florida marlins.......nice.......now i want to see the minneapolis twins or minneapolis millers!

and here come the naysayers in 3......2.......1

:-)

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 9:56 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 632

Great stuff TwinsTerritory!

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 10:09 PM by Jeremy Highlight this comment 633

I always liked Twin Cities Twins

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 10:09 PM by Joe117 Highlight this comment 634

Click name for a shaky Flip cam tour of TF plaza. I shot it today at 5:25 pm and it lasts 4 1/2 minutes.

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 10:39 PM by Buzz Highlight this comment 635

After having looked at the screenshots of MLB 10, I have to wonder: Is Mauer the only guy on the Twins on this game?

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 10:48 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 636

That video gives me a semi.

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 10:58 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 637

Has any mention been made of where bus parking will be at TF?

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 11:33 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 638


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Site plan for the new Nationals ballpark, with the size of the Rapid Park site overlaid



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Chef stand and menu in the Carew atrium



In March, we were still only imagining baseball through those windows.



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A familiar view through the top floor elevator lobby window in ramp B (HRP View and Terrace).



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Section 139, Row 8



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