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Blaze of Orange

October 31, 2014 4:28 PM

Whatever you think of the final disposition, the 2014 season went out in a memorable blaze of orange. Best game of the year? You could make that argument. Even if not the best, second likely to another which took place in the past three weeks. This was not the year to wonder why it's called the Fall Classic.

The Royals may have been my team, but Madison Bumgarner is more likely to stick in my memory as the details of this World Series fade into the mists. I'm confident that his performance has become fixed for all time, right next to Sandy Koufax and Jack Morris and the handful of other pitchers who make you think, "This game is so over."

Prior to the game, I said to anyone in my household who could listen (whether they were or not), "When Bumgarner comes in this game, the Royals are done scoring. They better have the lead at that point, or they can forget about the champagne." I suspect that there were many others expressing such sentiments around TVs during the game. You could just smell it in this postseason air.

There are so many great stories on both teams. And as happens every post-season, a new group of names has been permanently etched on the stone tablets of my baseball memory: Pablo Sandoval, Joe Panik, Jarrod Dyson, Nori Aoki, Hunter Pence, Salvador Perez, Billy Butler. Well, I should probably put "permanently" in quotes because, as we all know, it takes a lot to make such etching actually permanent. Josh Beckett got etched back in 2003, but I'd be hard-pressed to name anyone else on that World Series Champion Marlins team. Such is the nature of post-season fame. In the hometowns, more names will be remembered, but the rest will fade into "I think I remember that guy" territory.

Late in the game, the cameras lingered on Bumgarner in the dugout, waiting patiently for his chance to go out and restore the quiet. At moments like this, especially when rooting for the opposing team, I long for the National League rules. No player should be able to sit quietly in the dugout without the potential of being handed a bat as his team makes its way through the order.

But his face was so calm, and his gaze fixed so intently on some unknown spot at Kauffman Stadium. Was it the pitcher's mound? No, he seemed to be looking farther than that. The foul pole? Sweet Baby Ray's Barbeque stand? No, even further.

The third base dugout in Kansas City faces east, and whether he knew it or not, he was looking toward Cooperstown. If there had been a thought bubble over his head, it probably would/should have read, "Of course I'm going back out there. I'm F-ing Jack Morris."

The other day I wrote that I'd prepared a consolation speech for a first grader who was taking it all pretty seriously. I've realized today that his team selection wasn't quite as arbitrary as I first thought. I'd forgotten that I brought him back a souvenir from the Giants ballpark which has become part of his summer identity.

So that particular speech has been filed away for now.

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Daylight (pre-game)









This is the trapezoid (for lack of a better name) in right center. Be sure to notice section of seats just below the pavilion and above the fence (which I hadn't noticed before). For those who are interested, what looks like an old-style scoreboard is in fact a high-def video board which will look, at times, like an old-fashioned scoreboard.



A trailer village has sprung up to the south.



Click to enlarge



Sign installer dude



Ballark Authority members listen to the LEED introduction



Did I mention that the cheerleaders looked pretty sharp?



The dessert carts came out earlier, and looked even better than last year.



Comerica Park main entrance: Tigers, bats, and much (maybe too much) more (Source: LP)



Topped off.



Looking northeast from the ballpark site (Source: LP)



Love the lighted, translucent panel



That's Fifth Street (and a tattooed arm) in the foreground.






An alternate route into downtown. (Click to get an interactive map.)



This appears to be the floor to the home dugout!



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



Open house skeptics



Glare from the IDS never looked this sweet. (Photo by Jared Wieseler)









Detail showing clubhouse and home dugout (click to see the entire drawing)



The suite mock-up





















The Fifth Street side is pretty busy. There's a small street entrance to the B ramp, then ticket booths and an entrance gate, a rare exterior section not covered in limestone, the wooden screen covering the circulation ramps, the administration building, and finally (just out of view) the interface with Northstar. All of that sits behind the LRT action. How pedestrians will interact with this side of the park is a great mystery to me. You know that Metro Transit won't be letting them cross the tracks anywhere but at either end of the block...









Dan Kenney provided this alternate shot of a walkway behind the view level



This mural is behind the staircase. The window looks onto the promenade, and the door goes to a kitchen.



4th inning in the thinning crowd of the Grandstand.



Open concourses do mean that you can glimpse the field no matter where you are, but not really the game.



A close-up of the rooftop party deck.



Camera mounts



Click to enlarge greatly.






Bruce Lambrecht on the roof of the Minikahda building.









This is the LRT path looking from the ballpark site (behind me) toward downtown. The line currently ends about two blocks up this street. This bridge over I-394 is also being partially rebuilt as part of the ballpark project.



Knothole non-view #1



1885 Sanborn Map Image (Source: Sanborn Map Collection, Minneapolis Public Library, Copyright © 2001 by The Sanborn Map Company, Sanborn Library, LLC)





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BPM - Ballpark Magic

BRT - Bus Rapid Transit

DSP - Dave St. Peter

FSE - Full Season Equivalent

FYS - Fake Yankee Stadium (see also: NYS)

HERC - Hennepin Energy Resource Company (aka the Garbage Burner)

HPB - Home Plate Box

HRP - Home Run Porch

LC - Legends Club

LRT - Light Rail Transit

MBA - Minnesota Ballpark Authority (will own Target Field)

MOA - Mall of America

MSFC - Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission (owns the Metrodome)

NYS - New Yankee Stadium

SRO - Standing Room Only

STH - Season Ticket Holder

TCFBS - TCF Bank Stadium

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(1993)
 


First Edition (1992)
 


Second Edition (2006)
 


(2008)
 

Selected Bibliography - Surveys
 


(1975)
 


Second Edition (1987)
 


Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000)
 


(2000, large coffee table)
 


Original edition (2000, round)
 


Revised edition (2006, round)
 


(2001, medium coffee table)
 


(2002, small coffee table)
 


(2003, medium coffee table)
 


(2004, very large coffee table)
 


(2006, very large coffee table)
 


Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
 

Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
 


(1992)
 


Book and six ballpark miniatures
(2004)
 

Complete Bibliography

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