Will you be in shape when the season starts? Will you be a lean, mean Mauer or a flabby Mijares?
Well, the Twins are working out, and so should you. Here, inning by inning, is your spring training regimen to prepare for a new ballpark.
Inning 1: Read everything you can. (Click image to buy the book.)
It's a little like reading a very fun phone book, but I can't put it down.
It's the local take on everything, from people who love Twins baseball. This is a very cool book, and amazingly only $12.99. Thanks, TwinsGeek!
This amazing book will learn-up all you young-uns about when baseball was baseball. Absolutely required reading before you enter any gate numbered for a player you never saw play.
Inning 2: Get your calendar marked up properly:
(Please note: Some of these events are still moving targets.)
Friday, March 12 - Open house for suite holders and Champions Club
Saturday, March 13, 9:00 AM - Single game tickets go on sale (as if), also Target Plaza opens
Friday, March 19 - Open house for Legends Club members
Saturday/Sunday, March 20/21 - Open house for remaining STHs
Saturday, March 27, 1:05 PM - Gophers and Louisiana Tech
Friday, April 2, 5:10 PM - Twins and Cardinals (exhibition)
Saturday, April 3, 1:10 PM - Twins and Cardinals (exhibition)
Monday, April 12, 3:10 PM - Home opener! (Be there or, um, well, be like everybody else.)
Inning 3: Keep up on all the media previews. Here's last night on channel 9:
Inning 4: Get some tickets!
Well, maybe that should say "get a plan which has the potential for netting you some tickets." Scalpers? StubHub? TCTraders?
We're gonna win Twins, give it our all!
We've got the guys who'll knock the cover off the ball!
Let's hear it now for the team that came to play!
Cheer for the Minnesota Twins today!
Inning 6: Be sure to purchase the appropriate eye-wear.
While a detached retina is bad news, it would have been worse if it had only been a lousy T-shirt in that canister.
Who knew you could shoot food out of those things? (Not Dome-dwellers...) Is there a better way to serve walleye-on-a-stick? (Fish part first, of course.) And what about Kramarczuk sausages? Cheese curds?
Is there any reason to serve food any other way?
Seriously, I hope the Twins get a little more creative with that particular promotion.
Inning 7: Prepare your bladder.
Drink lots of fluids for the appropriate amount of stretching. Here's what you'll see when the need arises:
(This new sneak peak, from one of our ninjas, is dedicated to our friend, kevin in az.)
Dry knees! Dry knees! (Or maybe I should say that the only moisture on your knees will be your own.)
Inning 8: Plan your ingress and egress.
Car, train, bus? Blimp? Personal helicopter? How will you get there? Where will you park? How long will it take to get out? Will you tailgate?
Here's how you'll cross Seventh Street if you park in the A ramp:
Approach in the A ramp to the skywalk over Seventh
Skywalk over Seventh
Skywalk over Seventh, looking back toward the parking ramp
Stairs down to the sidewalk from the skywalk over Seventh
"You talk about the magic, the aura, but what really makes a stadium is the fans. Concrete doesn't talk back to you. Chairs don't talk back to you. It's the people who are there, day in, day out, that makes the place magic."
– Bernie Williams
Explore the Site
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Now looking north, the tracks emerge from beneath Seventh Street as freight tracks only. The Northstar line ends at the northwest corner of the ballpark. One day, however, you can bet that other passenger trains will approach from the southwest metro on these tracks -- if our legislators are smart and persistent, that is.
(Click to enlarge.)
Here's what they do in April at Comerica Park
Look at all that blank space. Canvas! (What should go on those walls? A giant schedule perhaps?)
Work beneath the scoreboard
First Avenue at left, bike parking area at lower right
You can't get there from here.
Some details are visible here, like the back of an escalator.
This is very early in the day.
7:52 PM It's nearing peak, and covering the stands behind third base.
OK, people are definitely riding their bikes to games! (Photo by Tim Davis, courtesy MBA)
Life in the shadows
This is the Metropolitan Club as viewed from the future Ballpark Authority office space.
Lots of work has gone into detailing the fronts of these decks. That is a little thing, but a NICE little thing. (HRP View)
Wow! Looking good.
A close-up of the rooftop party deck.
Memorabilia on display in the Metropolitan Club
An arch under construction.
One of the sweetest sights of the day -- the Dome, and only through passing bus windows.
One more exterior view shows that, while the original look was attractive in a way, it seems to be a variation on the look of the Washington ballpark (albeit with a much more coherent collection of elements). What's remarkable is that the design team has refined the concept amazingly well, improving it immeasurably. What we're actually getting is clearly descended from this, but it's in a whole different league:
At lower left are the seats I'm not going to use any time soon.
Some people will go to work here every day.
The old flour Gold Medal Flour Mill, located next to the new Guthrie theater (Source: RP)
Items promoting the Twins 2014 All-Star Game bid. I got to bring one of these buckets home, and Noah got his first-ever taste of Cracker Jacks.
I see an opportunity in this view for an Abbey Road-style promotional photo! Mauer, Morneau, Nathan and Cuddyer walking toward the ballpark. The only question: which one takes off his cleats?
Notice that the wooden-backed club seats are now covered by a green tarp for protection from the elements.
A look at Gate 34.
Many people will approace the park from this direction and it's a pretty great first glimpse. It features all the design elements in modestly condensed form, and still manages to look like a ballpark (instead of something else).
Note reflected sunset (7:30 PM). Could be a worry...
The view through a construction "knothole".
Loading dock -- already in use!
A familiar view through the top floor elevator lobby window in ramp B (HRP View and Terrace).