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
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"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
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Standing, standing, standing.
Legends Club fireplace (there are two)
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.
Looking back toward the park from just beyond the north end of the Northstar platform.
No admittance -- yet! Note that you can see the seating bolts which are in place already.
Purple flowers above Second Avenue
Concrete molds are being removed!
Concept drawing of Coomer gate (click to enlarge)
Not me, but it might as well be.
Seating mound (seen from the B ramp)
Ballpark elevation diagram, viewed from Fifth Street. (Click to enlarge.)
This is a closer look at the steel work.
Serious home dugout work in progress.
What are they hanging over there?
5:45 PM, section 327, row 9, standing: sunshine.
The angle on the main scoreboard from the Batter's Eye is surprisingly good -- acceptable, at least.
Parking ramp knothole
Knothole non-view #1
This view looks up Fifth Street toward downtown and shows how the LRT tracks sort of snuggle up to the ballpark.
Did you notice the flowers?
A glimpse of the rather plain west facade (the side which faces the HERC plant).
This is the plaza as viewed from the A ramp.
Mauer steps in for the first time.
Here we are waiting for the first train to arrive at the station (Nov 14).
The Pro Shop.
I know these are giants bats with hops growing inside, but... Hmm...
This is during halftime.
Also viewed from the B ramp, that's the upper deck in left field.
It was in and then quickly out of his glove. You gotta make that play.
Work going on under the steel.
Someone please get those poor people a drink of water. (Gate 34, after the game had started)