"I liked him. He snapped the ball out in left field, a rocket. Really quick feet over there, quick action. A live body, for sure. Took some good rips up there.” Twins Manager Ron Gardenhireon his one-game fill-in Eduardo Nunez. Nunez is normally an infielder, and was purchased from the New York Yankees because of his greater proficiency as a hitter over the incumbent Twins SS, Pedro Florimon. Time is likely ticking on the Florimon Era as the starter.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

A Quick Look at Target Field

"If Only This Place Were More Like The Metrodome!" Part II of Twinkler's Target Field Visit!

Target Field is disgusting.  As in disgustingly superior in numerous ways to the HHH Humptydome...it's so ridiculously good that "normal" people such as myself find themselves babbling incoherently about how the Twins "did everything right with this place."  I remember speaking openly about wanting to live there.

In fact, the Twins did so well that me and my companion Al, the former scourge of St. Wenceslaus elementary, had to keep our brains in equilibrium (apparently, thinking hyperventilation was imminent) by deliberately trying todownplay no, make that downgrade our new shiny toy by pointing out incidental differences between the venues. To wit:

*"They haven't completely scrubbed out the "Opening Day 2010" emblem along the first base line."
*"They don't have on all the lights in the canopy at the upper mezzanine level directly behind home plate."
*"The hot dog vendors aren't wearing authentic 1961 concessionaire outfits like they PROMISED - that blows."
Etc., etc....

But all joking aside [RIMSHOT], we were more than a little cheesed off over the late -5:30- opening of the gates, for a 7:10 start.  Recall, the Metrodome opened for the full two-hour pregame.  As if the Twins were saying: "Keep those fans out...we don't want to sell so much unhealthy beer and food, stay out!"

But soon enough, all that was forgotten as the great views of the Minneapolis skyline, the wide concourse with views of the field and the exhilaration of the crowd won us over. Or, about as soon as I purchased my first adult beverage...


 The Twinkler was delighted that Target Field's scoreboard operators have recycled my favorite Metrodome cheap graphic, the "Walks will haunt," visual used to taunt enemy pitchers whenever a free pass was given a Twin.  Kind of a quaint nod to the past, now on display at the new playground.
( photo courtesy of theLipgloss And Baseball website)




No, Al's not bored in the picture above, he's mentally exhausted by the sheer sensory overload he's experiencing! Or, just trying to look cool!



The Twins' offense seemed to shut down after looking promising in the early going, though the home nine still won the contest, 5-1.  It didn't seem to matter though, as starter Kevin Slowley mastered the Injuns batting order.  Meanwhile, the play of the game was Cleveland starter Justin Masterson's wild pitch that allowed two Twin baserunners to score.  The entire Indian team plays defense as if the field is a place to stand while awaiting their next turn at bat, or that the batted ball is chock full of horrible viruses (note fielders' fandango photo - some creative comedy by the defense, missing Jason Kubel's foul fly late in the game).

Postgame, it was just fun to loiter at our seat, watch the groundscrew take over, and then take in the Target Plaza with it's statues of Kirby Puckett and Harmon Killebrew, and giant framework bats visible beyond the rightfield foulpole in this picture.  We also stood by while the Fox North postgame show aired live. 

Twins sculptures are extra special touches...though Kirby's would scare me if I came upon it in a dark alley:

Kirby's son is alright with it, I guess.
Harmon and Rod's are fantastic! These photos are from a spread done on Yahoo Sports, with a very nice description of Opening Day at TF.
Hope this was an enjoyable series of posts for you!  I'm having a hard time putting it into words and remembering all of the experience. With apologies to Al - sorry for forgetting your best lines! Hopefully this painted enough of a picture for you all who haven't been there yet!

GO TWINS!
Twinkler Out!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Twins Twinkler Visits Target Field For The First Time! Twins Victorious, Take it 5-1

Suffice it to say, for buddy Al and I to take in the spectacle that is Target Field, it's akin to Gomer and Goober viewing Barbara Eden sashay down the streets of downtown Mayberry: "Well Gollll-yyy, Aunt Bea never looked like that...SHIZZAM!"  The panorama  below (the first things seen, once past the gates) of the video board, team logo, and the incredibly well done layout had us staring like hicks.  And we didn't care...check out the images!.  Click on them for a better image, esp. Twins logo in centerfield!


Definitely, we did find ourselves pinching ourselves to the point of joyous discomfort, after enduring 28 years of the stifling, dull Metrodome.  The visual perfection and acuity of the hi-def video scoreboard was enough for us to fill our drawers.  Figuratively speaking, that is.  And the picture really doesn't do it justice, with the starting Twins lineup.



Truly, one of the really outstanding things about TF are all the niche seating areas for fans to gravitate towards.  We loved the centerfield area in particular.  And the right field geometric pattern layout of the seating, sort of a truncated triangle:

Just look at the fat guys, Minnie & Paul!  In the end, it may very well be that we'll remember the oversize Twins baseball cards posted as windscreens above the highway overpass.  An incredible conversation piece, taking in the sweep of 50 years of Twins history - I believe they represented every Topps Twins card from the 1961 set. 

Al singlehandedly depleted the food services of what was surplus stock, seen here ready to inhale pizza,etc.



Starter Kevin Slowey pitched a solid 8 innings.  Here he is playing long toss in the outfield before the game.

I plan on a part two feature to augment this post later this week with additional photos.  Thanks for viewing!

Twinkler out!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Target Field Opening Day! MORE Happy Twins Music For You!

Along with the sunny day pic of Target Field, here's the original Twins theme song from 1961.  An excellent song for a fine, sunny spring day - like today!  Or any day.  As follower Tom says, it really swings!

 Here is theWikipedia link detailing the history of the song, as referenced originally on :Rick Prescott's Ballpark Magic blog.

Enjoy - it's a great day to be a Twins fan!!!

Twinkler Out!