This past weekend I flew up nort’ to God’s Country to attend my first Twins game at Target Field with the free tickets I had won. As a double bonus, my baby brother Craigy drove down and we were able to spend the better part of a couple days together as well as the ballgame.
As Monday morning rolled around, we visited a card shop, then spent the next few hours roaming the downtown skyways and the blocks around Target Field.
statues of Kirby Puckett, Tony Oliva, Rod Carew, and Harmon Killebrew
We had an early meal at Smalley’s 87 and had a really nice visit with fellow WGOM denizen Can of Corn before finally making our way into Target Field. Craigy had been there before (when the Hrbek/Gant bobbleheads were being given away) so he made as tour guide and showed me the sights.
pregame downtown skyline
This is my second Twins/Royals game this year, the first being a summer get-together at Kauffman Stadium in June. This time, though, the temperature was beautiful, but with a periodic light mist that only turned to drizzle once and urged us under cover for a half inning.
Luke Hughes singles in the 3rd inning, while Drew Butera looks on in amazement
While it would have been nice to watch a Twins win, we still saw a good game. Minny & Paul got to shake hands when Michael Cuddyer homered just below and to the right of us. Chris Parmelee made three nice defensive plays at first, while Trevor Plouffe! at short had problems getting the throws to first in time…nothing new there.
Craigy & I (red circle) lean out to watch Cuddyer’s HR below and towards the foul pole
I’m definitely impressed with Target Field, and looking forward to going back there (someday). Thanks again for chaperoning, Craigy!