Tonight I made it out to Target Field, my 66th venue. Target Field is the new ballpark for the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers were tonight's visiting opponents.
I'd been to Target Field a week or so ago, but there wasn't a game. I'd walked over one afternoon when I was in Minneapolis and took some pics of the statues around the park, but it's just not the same as catching a game. Earlier today, I checked the weather report and although it called for rain, I gambled and headed towards the ballpark.
I took the skywalks most of the way to the ballpark and scalped a ticket on the way. Scalping is legal in Minneapolis. I scored a $57 ticket for $50. I didn't feel like negotiating, I just wanted inside the ballpark.
I like new stadiums. I realize there's a certain degree of sterility with a new stadium, and that some people prefer the charm of older parks (i.e. Fenway, Wrigley, etc.). I appreciate both types of stadiums, but I do like "new".
Below are some views of the stadium from my seat.
Did you know that Johnny Damon was with the Detroit Tigers now? I didn't. I also didn't realize that Jim Thome played for the Minnesota Twins. I remember Jim Thome from his days in Cleveland with the Indians. He was a great player for the Tribe and a class act. I even have an invitation to his surprise birthday party somewhere with all my "memories" from my days in Cleveland. **** When I was a Cleveland WAG (i.e. Wife and/or Girlfriend) I'd met his wife Andrea at a graduation party for the former Indians' trainer's son, and we had hit it off. I never did make it to that party, but I digress.. Regardless, it's great to see him still playing well.
When I returned to my seat the Tigers had tied the game at 2. The Twins took a 3-2 lead in the 6th inning, but the Tigers would end up tying up the game in the 9th. It all came down to the bottom of the 9th inning. With J.J. Hardy on 3rd and Wilson Ramos at bat, the Tigers' pitcher threw a crazy pitch and Hardy was able to score. Andddddddddddd, guess who happened to be shooting vidoe at that very moment. Yep... It's ME! Enjoy the clip.