Random Baseball Thoughts
Today was our first time at Target Field. We didn’t go to an exhibition game or even an open house. I’d been looking forward to going since Governor Pawlenty signed the bill in 2006 that authorized the funding. I must say, that’s my favorite thing that he’s done during his tenure as governor.
Now that we’ve been to a game, the 2010 baseball season finally feels real. I just love this game so much, it’s hard to put it into words.
It was a little bit confusing, to look up and see the sky at a Twins game. Wait, what? Birds and airplanes? Are we supposed to be able to see those things at a ball game? Is it ok to need sunglasses and feel the wind on our faces? Odd, but very, very nice.
I think the wind veil that covers the parking ramp was a stroke of genius. Wind veil = super cool. Parking ramp = functional but ugly.
We sat in section 310, which is under the canopy, and it would probably feel nice to sit in the shade on a hot summer day, but was kind of chilly today. Not a complaint, just a fact. I was really glad to have my hoodie and my Twins stocking hat, even though it gave me horrible hat hair.
It is so, so bizarre to cheer for Jim Thome, but we cheered our heads off. They pay him to hit homers, and that’s just what he did. Sweet.
It was all kinds of fun seeing Justin leg out a triple. Couldn’t believe it when he decided to go for three bases. Nice!
The scoreboard is amazing. It’s massive, and the picture is crystal clear.
I think it was the middle of the 6th inning or so, and the scoreboard showed what happened in the Yankees/Rangers game earlier in the day. It must be something that happens at TF, showing clips from other games. Wish they would’ve showed us highlights of Livan Hernandez shutting out the Brewers instead, because that’s just Strange.
The score was all knotted up at five, and then Orlando Hudson smacked his first homer as a Twin in the bottom of the seventh. That was pretty great of him, especially since in ended up being the game winner.
Jon Rauch, a/k/a Tall Neck Tat guy, got his sixth save in six tries. Good for him, and good for the team! It doesn’t change that he wasn’t very personable at Twins Fest, but I think I can forgive him if he keeps this up. That said, I still miss Joe Nathan. It’s sad that he doesn’t get to pitch at the ballpark during its inaugural season.
It’s a long season, and a fast start doesn’t mean any more than a slow start does, but it’s so much more fun. Let’s hope our baseball boyfriends can keep it up.
- View from our seats in section 310.
- Loved seeing this light up after the homers!
- Confab on the mound…the tying run was on 3rd.