Take it outside: Twins win in home opener at Target Field

Jason Kubel's seventh-inning home run for Minnesota was the first one hit at Target Field.

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:

And here are the highlights of the game itself:

Outdoor baseball comes to Target Field

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.