The first day at the ballpark (and we won’t count those exhibition games against St. Louis) turned out pretty good for the Minnesota Twins and their fans. The Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 5-2 before a sellout of 39,715 (the announced crowd was 38,145). While not every seat was ideal, the fans who were there felt like the lucky ones as they got to watch a good team play a good game on a great day.
Even though I don’t live there any more, I was thrilled to watch the game on TV and soak in as much atmosphere as I could that way. Here is one fan’s video and the the official highlights of the game. Summer is on its way, and baseball is the surest sign of it.
Here is one fan’s video of what it was like roaming Target Field on the first day:
Tomorrow is the day that outdoor baseball returns to Minnesota for real when the Twins host the Boston Red Sox at 3 p.m. Despite today’s 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox, the Twins have been a pleasant surprise this season with a 5-2 mark. Carl Pavano will get the ball tomorrow for the Twins against Boston’s Jon Lester.
Here is the special page the Minneapolis Star Tribune has dedicated to the new ballpark.
And, because baseball was meant to be played outdoors so we could see it and appreciate God’s great work in nature at the same time, here is a link to a video tour of the new Minnesota Twins ballpark. The new park will open in 2010. Click on the image below to watch the tour. (Note: Watch you see in the image is just a model of the ballpark so, no, that is not Paul Bunyan standing behind it getting ready to grab some Twins fans. As a bonus, you get to hear a real, live Minnesotan describe the ballpark in his real, live Minnesotan accent. Ah, it brings back memories. 🙂 )
And, to make it unique, get ready for the Stone Zone.