Thursday, April 29, 2010

10 Videos to Give Twins Fans the Warm Fuzzies

With the disappointing loss to the Detroit Tigers today, I thought I’d try to send out some good vibes.

Here are ten videos sure to give the Twins Fan the warm fuzzies:

#1- Loose Cannon #1 brings home Loose Cannon #2, Game 163 (Turn your volume on max for the best experience!)

#2 1991 Twins Dancing (with Tony Oliva)

#3 Al Newman Twins' Commercial: "YOU GOTTA GO! GO! GO! GO!"

#4 1991 Twins Coming Home Celebration on the Runway

#5 Blowing Out of the Metrodome

#6 Johan Santana wins bet, gets shout-out; shaves Bert Blyleven's Head.

#7 Jacque Jones: Already Home

#8 1991 Minnesota Twins Music Video: "One thing's certain about the Minnesota Twins, win or lose: they are one loose bunch of cool customers."

#9 Joe Mauer: "I made it really clear when we started this process: This is where I want to be. . . ."

#10 Take Me Out to the Twins Game

Tomorrow is a new series! Go Twins!

Thoughts on Target Field and 2010

Around 13 years ago, my father—an architect—gave me this picture for my birthday:

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He presumably got the picture at some meeting concerning a new stadium for the Twins. These days, though, I find it more interesting than ever: this stadium has the Mississippi in the background, not downtown Minneapolis. What is that walkway behind center field? (A bike path? Part of the stadium?) The Northwest Advertisement is amusing, and the jumbro-tron looks downright puny. Even then, there was no roof, not even a trace of a retractable one. And it sure looks full of happy people--they got that right!

Of course, the picture was only incidental to the real present, which was on the back:

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It's amazing what the future brings. Even as a big fan of the Metrodome, I can say Target Field is a dream come true. Sure, I'll never get to be in the Hormel Row of Fame, but now I do get to watch the field as I wait in line for innings to get my Tony O Cuban Sandwhich! Really though, I'd be pinching myself if it weren't for Kirby's conspicuous absence.

We all miss Kirby--but I also remind myself: things could have been very different. I found, in what is purportedly Kirby’s last interview—with KMOJ 98.9, on January 30th, 2006—the following:

Larry Fitzgerald: Do you think the Twins will get a new stadium anytime soon?
Kirby Puckett: Not in my lifetime.

Less than two months later Kirby was gone; and less than two months after that, the Twins were slated to receive a new stadium.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

The world is as open as the ceiling of the sky; and in the Dome, time is again moving at the frequency of the foul ball.
It soars up; until it drops, into the fielder’s glove—two away. My third beer goes down like the hope for a Twins comeback;
and all we can do is wait; within the dull roar that lives under the Teflon sky,
where the grass will never grow, and the game will never die.

(A.K.A. 54,088 Twins fans sing Journey during game 163)