Tonight the Yankees will get their first look at Target Field, the new stadium in Minneapolis that has drawn rave reviews.
“I had a chance to see Target Field last year, when we went in there during the regular season and it really looked beautiful,” Joe Girardi said. “I went up to the parking deck in right field and looked out over the field and it looked great. I’m excited to go there.”
The Yankees have a 17-18 record in their debut games in stadiums built during the Expansion Era, but they are 2-0 in their first games in Minnesota stadiums. On May 2, 1961 they won 6-4 at Metropolitan Stadium and on May 28, 1982 they won 10-5 at the Metrodome. The Yankees also swept their first series — both three-game sets — at each stadium. The Yankees also swept their final series at the Metrodome and won the last ever game at the dome in Game 3 of the ALDS.
“It was a dome that was very comfortable to play in, and it was always a good brand of baseball, and they were always good games,” Girardi said. “But I do prefer outdoor baseball. Maybe we’re catching it at the right time. It’s supposed to be 80 degrees in Minnesota this week. They claim it’s only one degree colder than Chicago on average. And it seems the weather’s been really good up there this year.”
Photo from the Twins website.