Thursday, March 25, 2010
Change of Address
This year the Twins finally come out to fresh air, 40 degree weather in mid-July, smell of fresh flowers and possibility of rain or snow in June. The Twins finally got a new home, Target Field. First off the name itself, Target Field, is so blah. I mean come on. Recently all the new stadiums are being given names based on who paid for the rights. Target Field will be the 18th replacement stadium for a major league team. First starting with the Orioles 20 years ago. Personally I still find Camden Yards to be one hell of a place to see a game, eat your face off, and get shitty. Target Field will have food galore. The ballpark's food options will include pork chops on a stick, walleye on a stick, cheese curds, and wild rice soup. One of the most unique features at Target Field is the homerun, celebration feature. Located in centerfield, this large feature, is the Twins original "Shaking Hands" logo from 1961-1981. It features Twins characters, Minnie and Paul that light up when a Twins player hits a homerun. They will also have a light train rail run under the stadium to provide shuttle to the game. However, last stop of the night at the stadium is at 8:15pm. Do the math. The only down side of the stadium, which is pretty crappy in designing it is that Target Field features multiple "Knotholes" along the 5th Street side of the ballpark, allowing fans to watch the action from outside the park without buying a ticket. Some other negatives of the stadium include no Hi-Def big screen out in the outfield, from reading there are still difficulties arising from drainage problems on the field, and finally the address will be 1 Twins Way. No Kirby Puckett Way, or Mauer Midway, or Viola Lane. When you have great players of your time you need to pay tribute to them in some sort of way. Those people filled the stands, paid the salaries and put clothes on the executives back. I hope when opening day comes that I see Frank Viola throwing out the first pitch, cane and all.