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Live from Target Field

Apr 12, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

I’m here at Target Field, the weather is just about perfect, and after a couple decades of watching the Twins in the Metrodome the whole experience almost doesn’t even feel real.
The place is starting to fill up about 75 minutes from the first pitch. Actually, Joe Mauer was asked during batting practice about any surprises associated with the new ballpark and today in general, and the first thing he pointed to was that there were tons of fans lined up outside to greet him as he arrived at 9:00 a.m.
People are unbelievably excited about Target Field, and that includes the players too. Assuming they can find it, of course. Denard Span said that so far he only knows one way to the ballpark because he was so used to driving to the Metrodome. “After the game I might just drive around and try to find my way home,” Span said.
Almost every interview with a player included a few questions about playing outside, which is sort of weird considering even longtime Twins have played at least 50-60 games in non-domes each year. Yet somehow for guys like Michael Cuddyer and other veterans it seemed like a huge change. For a while at least, it may be sort of like playing road games, although Cuddyer noted that he thinks the big homefield advantage in the Metrodome was due more to loud fans than turf, roofs, or baggies. I’m skeptical.
Not much else to report yet. Mostly everyone is walking around saying different variations of “wow.”

  1. Bill@TDS - Apr 12, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    so…freaking…jealous…

  2. Charles Gates - Apr 12, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    How’s the beer selection?
    Did you have sexual intercourse in a bathroom stall with anyone yet?
    Do you know how to treat frostbite?
    Can you see Mauer’s side burns from where you are?
    Do you think your boss would mind if you decided to investigate question #1 with the corporate card?

  3. Old Gator - Apr 12, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    In this day and age, I’m not entirely sure I’d want to be sitting in a stadium with the portentous name “Target Field.” I’d keep flashing on that blimp coming over the upper deck of Joeprodolsharklife Stadium back when it was still named after a human being, however unsavory, at the climax of Black Sunday.

  4. Patrick - Apr 12, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    Gator,
    There’s a big building on the side of the highway here (west of Minneapolis, I believe on 394, Twinners will probably know what I’m talking about), a large-ish office building… Right in the middle of the side of the building, right smack in the middle, is a big silver version of the target logo. Every time I drive by, I imagine a missile crashing in to it. … yeah. :)

  5. jake - Apr 13, 2010 at 9:05 AM

    looks like GABP, not impressed

  6. Nora - Apr 14, 2010 at 12:25 AM

    Not sure how those things are really an advantage for the Twins. How many balls did Twins lose in the lights? Quite a few. As the saying goes the home team had to play their too it was not much of an advantage.

  7. Nora - Apr 14, 2010 at 12:25 AM

    Not sure how those things are really an advantage for the Twins. How many balls did Twins lose in the lights? Quite a few. As the saying goes the home team had to play their too it was not much of an advantage.

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