My Thoughts On Target Field
Since my last blog, the Twins got caught by two hot pitchers in Boston (Bucholz/Lester), then righted the ship by beating up on the Brew Crew over the weekend (taking two of three and coming within a big hit of sweeping).
About three weeks ago, though, I saw my first two games at Target Field…
…and never really commented on the experience. Although I loved the experience and thought that the new digs put the Metrodome to shame, there was just something about it where I couldn’t gush over our new home too much. I think I may have finally figured it out.
In the old days, ballparks were built with all kinds of quirks that made them stand out. Some examples:
Polo Grounds: Almost 500 feet to center field (which featured a garage in the field of play!), and just 250 ft. down the lines (picture a giant horsehoe).
Ebbets Field: A crazy little nook out in center field, a huge wall in right, with band-box dimension all around.
Baker Bowl: ENORMOUS brick wall out in RF that puts even Boston’s Green Monster to shame!
LA Coliseum: Just look at the picture!
Old Yankee Stadium: Monuments and flagpoles IN PLAY; centerfield almost 500 feet deep.
Then, after going through the terrible cookie-cutter stadium movement of the 1980s (Veterans Stadium, Skydome, Astrodome, etc.), ballparks started to improve in fan amenities, but (for the most part) those little quirks/nuances had disappeared. In the past few years, there are only a few stadiums I can recall that really spark my interest:
Wrigley Field: Ivy, brick walls.
Fenway Park: Green Monster, Pesky Pole
Minute Maid Park (?; that’s the name I’ll always remember it as!): CF slope, neat LF architecture.
And, dare I say it…
Metrodome: Vampire seats, Baggie
Basically, my point is this: I really like stadiums with distinct visual features, and I feel as if Target Field is a bit lacking in that area. Besides the patches of Limestone and HD scoreboard (but that doesn’t really count), it feels like “any other great ballpark”. Kind of a double standard, I know, but I guess I am more than a bit of a sentimentalist towards those “good old days” of quirky baseball stadiums.
Preview (26-18, 1st, 1.0 GA DET): AJ Burnett (4-2, 3.86) vs. Scott Baker (4-4, 4.88). Time to create a little bit of new history against the Yanks? I hope so.