Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Target Field Part Deux

How is it possible that the Inaugural Season of Target Field and 50th Season of Twins Baseball in Minnesota is already behind us? One thing for certain, it was a great season with alot of great memories.

The Metrodome gave us many memories as well including 2 World Series Championships, but that is about all that can be said about the dome. Target Field already has a division championship and 3 million plus attendance mark under its belt, only the 2nd time that has been achieved by the Twins in 50 years. It is baseball the way it was meant to be played and watched. Last year Sports Illustrated named Target Field the #1 venue in all professional sports for gameday fan experience. That is one thing that could never be said about the dome.

Season 2 at The Bullseye (still hasn't caught on) is about to get under way next month and Spring Training is already in full swing down in Ft. Myers. Expectations are high after back to back division championships, the return of Joe Nathan & Justin Morneau and another year of experience for the younger guys on the team. The team has already sold the equivalent of 25k full season tickets which over 81 home games equals 2,000,000+ tickets already sold and the gates are not even open for Opening Day.

Changes have already begun at Target Field as well. There is a 2nd large scoreboard, this one in right field near the overlook as well as a tower which will have game info and scores. The spruce trees in straightaway centerfield are gone to improve the batters eye, making it easier for hitters to pick up the ball. There are other changes as well including uniforms with the return of the road alternate blue bearing Minnesota in script similiar to that on the new road jersey unveiled last season. Also last seasons alternate cream throwback jersey was so popular it is now part of the regular jersey rotation and should be for the forseeable future.

Baseball is a long season and many things can happen over 162 games but I am looking forward to each and every one.

We're Gonna Win Twins!!

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