When I first started this blog nearly 4 years ago, Target Field didn't exist (in name or physically). It was only a gleam in our eyes. Sure a ballpark bill had been passed but we didn't quite know what we were going to get, except that we would finally have baseball outside. My 3rd blog post was about the new Twins ballpark and that some people were still complaining about a roof.
As everyone well knows we now have our ballpark and everyone is in love with it. Even the folks who wanted a roof have either been converted or are keeping quiet until a crappy day ruins a game. Sixty-five degrees and party sunny opening days will do that. Don't worry, the haters will be back.
I haven't done a lot of talking about the new ballpark lately and what it means because Rick over at Baseball Magic has done such a great job, with wonderful pictures, that anything I would write would be derivative of what he already produced.
Yesterday was in a nutshell why I was such a huge new outdoor, roofless ballpark rube. The atmosphere in and around the ballpark was electric, bars were full of people and sometimes it felt like downtown Minneapolis would challenge Wrigleyville for urban baseball atmosphere. The game was wonderful as I was sitting in shirtsleeves for most of the game and then put on a long sleeve shirt for the later innings. Sun dappled the field, and funky shadows danced across the outfield as the day went on. Oh and the Twins won.
For too long we were embarrassed about out baseball stadium. It's Teflon roof, it's antiseptic, plastic atmosphere, its freaky bounces and speakers in play. The Twins deserved better, baseball deserved better, we deserved better. Finally, it is here and I couldn't be happier.