As I said in my previous post, my wife and I were fortunate enough to be able to have some great seats for yesterday’s Twins/Rangers game. Ever since the stadium bill passed a few years ago, I have been absolutely longing to go to an outdoor baseball game in Minnesota. Luckily for me, we got to see a good team and a Twins win, as well as experience everything that Target field has to offer.
We got to the stadium around 7pm for a 7:40 first pitch, but it was already packed because of the 50 greatest Twins ceremony they were doing before the game. We walked around and checked out some of the features of the new stadium, especially the Kirby Puckett artwork that was displayed in the front of the building. Every part, from the stone work to the grass on the field was impressive, and I really couldnt believe how distant of a memory the Metrodome had become.
Our seats were equally impressive, five rows from the field on the first base side. As we were arriving to our spots, both Danny Valencia (the new 3B) and JJ Hardy were signing for a few fans that had gathered at the gate to the grass. I didnt realize how close we actually were until I looked over and saw Orlando Hudson and Michael Cuddyer warming up. Because of the way Target Field is set up, you feel like you are right in the field of play, and it translated even more so once the game actually started.
The game itself was great, despite the cold temperature, and both my wife and I had a great time taking in all the sites and sounds. I would love to come back for a playoff game, as I would expect the atmosphere to be electric, mainly because it was electric last night with a rookie pitcher on the mound.
Here are some of the pictures we took: