Monday, April 12, 2010
The Night Twins Fans Have Been Waiting For
I realize the image is a computer generated one, but surprisingly there are few capture the ballpark's beauty from this particular angle. This image is missing the large old-school Twins logo that sits left of the large center field scoreboard, but highlights the stark background that is the Minneapolis skyline. Twins fans have waited many years for tonight and even though I can't be there in-person, I will watch every second on ESPN.
I haven't read much on the subject but I hear that the analysts think this will be a hitters ballpark. That could be problematic for a couple of the Twins pitchers, but should benefit their new, quite powerful lineup (10HRs in 7 games). Here's a diagram of the dimensions:
It looks pretty standard, a little more favorable for opposite-field hitting righties or pull-hitting lefties (Justin Morneau) but THANK GOD the baggie is gone. The capacity is 40,000 which is a far cry from the Metrodome's capacity, but let's be honest, pretty much EVERYTHING ELSE is better. We'll see how things play out, I suspect it will be somewhat of a hitters park with a 9ft. left-field wall and relatively short right and left-field line distances, but hey, there's only been two major league games there so far.
Yours truly has seen the field with his own eyes back in November 2009 and it's beautiful. I'm going to a game in August for sure with hopes of at least one more game besides that one this summer.
Oh yeah, forecast for tonight according to the Weather Channel:
"Widespread showers and thunderstorms developing around mid-afternoon. Increasing clouds with temperatures steady near the low 60s. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%."