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A new Target in Minnesota

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 25, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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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.

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82 Responses to “A new Target in Minnesota”

  1. off the record May 25th, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Definitely a beautiful stadium. They took full advantage of the sky line.

    Imagine a comparable stadium in Jersey City?

    You’d have the lower west side of Manhattan, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty in one panorama.

    I’ve always felt some of the best views of NYC are from Hoboken and JC.

  2. J. Henry Waugh - God Does Not Play Dice, But I Do May 25th, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Weehawken.

  3. off the record May 25th, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Weekawken’s view is surreal.

    Too bad they’ve ruined it (for the most part) w/construction.

  4. off the record May 25th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    *Weehawken.

  5. Bryan May 25th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Target Field has a moat around all the expensive seats beyond home plate as well

    But I thought only the big bad Yankees did that

  6. pat May 25th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Mid 80′s temps and low humidity in Minny. Perfect weather for outdoor baseball instead of inside in the baggy-dome. I will miss Alex’s HRs over the folded up bleachers though.

  7. pat May 25th, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    8:10 start tonight, 7:10 tomorrow and 8:10 again on Thursday?

    Why 7:10 Wednesday and not Thursday which would have made more sense with it being the getaway day.

  8. Crawdaddy May 25th, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Pat,

    Wednesday’s game on ESPN.

  9. CR9 May 25th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    In the spirit of the music discussion yesterday, this is the song that to me appropriately defines the Yankees, or not. It’s just my new favorite song is all!!

    California girls
    We’re unforgettable
    Daisy Dukes
    Bikinis on top
    Sun-kissed skin
    So hot
    will melt your popsicle
    Oooooh Oh Oooooh

    California girls
    We’re undeniable
    Fine, fresh, fierce
    We got it on lock
    West coast represent
    (West coast, west coast)
    Now put your hands up
    Oooooh Oh Oooooh

    (Californiaaa, Californiaaa)
    California girls man
    I wish they all could be
    California girls
    (Californiaaa)
    I really wish
    You all could be
    California girls
    (Californiaaa, yeah)

  10. upstate kate May 25th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    mlb.com has a nice story about John Fogarty, who will play “Centerfield” at the HOF induction this summer…

    here is part of it

    Fogerty’s true inspiration was more lyrical, more romantic.

    “Because of all those childhood tales I heard about [San Francisco native Joe] DiMaggio, I grew to think that the most hallowed place in all of the universe was center field in Yankee Stadium,” he said. “I knew there were other center fielders, but to go to the absolute perfect place, you had to get to Yankee Stadium. That was the coolest place in the world.

  11. Unknown May 25th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    GTLU

    Jeter SS
    Gardner CF
    Tex 1B
    Alex 3B
    Cano 2B
    Swish RF
    Thames LF
    Miranda DH
    Cervelli C

    I will be at the game tonight. Looking forward to the Yankees putting their mark on this new stadium. Hopefully Thames can catch the ball in Left. Go Yanks.

  12. upstate kate May 25th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    have a great time, and cheer our boys on to victory :)

  13. ac1 May 25th, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Lineup

    SS Jeter
    RF Swish
    1B Tex
    3B A-Rod
    2B Cano
    C Cvervelli
    DH Miranda
    LF Russo
    CF Gardner

  14. CR9 May 25th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I’ll run GTLU for Doreen today, if she cant make it.

    GTLU is now open for business. The time listed on Doreen’s site is 1:30 -4:00

  15. ac1 May 25th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Lineup

    SS Jeter
    RF Swish
    1B Tex
    3B A-Rod
    2B Cano
    C Cvervelli
    DH Miranda
    LF Russo
    CF Gardner

  16. Dallas Braden May 25th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    what is GTLU?

  17. CR9 May 25th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Those already posted lineups:

    ac1
    unknown
    joe long island (in last thread)

    Dallas Braden, were you posting a lineup in the previous thread?

  18. JohnC May 25th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    “what is GTLU?”

    Guess The Lineup

  19. champ809 May 25th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    GTLU- Although won’t count cuz I think the contests off tonight

    Jeet SS
    Swish RF
    TexMex 1B 3-3, 2B, 2HR, 4runs, 4rbis
    ARod 3B- 2-3, 2 2B, 3walks, 3rus, 2rbis
    Robbie 2B- 4hits, 1HR, 2 2B,3runs, 3rbis
    Miranda DH 2-4, 1HR, 2rbis
    Cervelli C
    Gardner CF
    Winn LF

    AJ Burnin ‘Em- 6 2/3, 5hits, 3 walks, 8 k’s W 13-3 Yanks win!

  20. YanksfaninPA May 25th, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    GTLU for today.

    Jeter SS
    Gardner CF
    Tex 1B
    Alex 3B
    Cano 2B
    Swisher RF
    Cervelli C
    Miranda DH
    Winn LF

  21. CR9 May 25th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    champ809. It says on Doreen’s site it is on.

    I’ll just take down the lineups; if Doreen does not want to use them, that’s her decision, she makes the rules!!

  22. between U and me May 25th, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I’ll bet Yankees lose 2 nd place this week!! Toronto’s coming on strong!

  23. CR9 May 25th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Submitted lineups:

    ac1
    unknown
    joe long island (in last thread)
    champ809
    yanksfaninpa

  24. RayVT May 25th, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    SS Derek Jeter
    CF Brett Gardner
    1B Mark Teixeira
    3B Alex Rodriguez
    2B Robinson Cano
    RF Nick Swisher
    DH Juan Miranda
    C Francisco Cervelli
    LF Randy Winn

  25. m May 25th, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    CR9,

    Just put me down for whatever Girardi puts. :P

  26. Billy D May 25th, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Jeter 6
    Gardner 8
    Teixeira 3
    Rodriguez 6
    Cano 4
    Swisher 9
    Cervelli 2
    Miranda DH
    Russo 7

  27. JoeV May 25th, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    who cares if you guess the lineup correctly?

  28. jeff nj May 25th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Ok 1st GTLU in 2010:

    Jeter ss
    Gardner CF
    Tex 1B
    A Rod 3B
    Cano 2B
    Swisher RF
    Miranda DH
    Thames RF
    Cervelli C

  29. CR9 May 25th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Submitted lineups:

    ac1
    unknown
    joe long island (in last thread)
    champ809
    yanksfaninpa
    rayvt
    Billy D (I changed your Alex to 3B)
    Jeff in Nj (Do you want Thames in LF?)

  30. jeff nj May 25th, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Thames in LF.

  31. CR9 May 25th, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    m already has Girardi’s lineup, because she’s so beautiful!! :P

  32. upstate kate May 25th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    just in case

    SS Jeet
    RF Swish
    1B Tex
    3B Alex
    2B Robbie
    DH Miranda
    C Cisco
    LF Russo
    CF GGBG

    thanks CR9 (and Doreen if she does it)

  33. Billy D May 25th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Yeah, Rodriguez should have had the “5″ next to him. Thanks for fixing.

  34. CR9 May 25th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Submitted lineups:

    ac1
    unknown
    joe long island (in last thread)
    champ809
    yanksfaninpa
    rayvt
    Billy D
    Jeff in Nj
    upstate kate

  35. Patrick from CT May 25th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Hi Doreen,

    SS Jeter
    CF Gardner
    1B Teixeira
    3B Rodriguez
    2B Cano
    RF Swisher
    DH Miranda
    C Cervelli
    LF Winn

  36. RL15 May 25th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Doreen or CR9 –

    Thank you

    SS Jeter
    CF GGBG
    1B Tex
    3B ARod
    2B Robbie
    RF Swish
    DH Miranda
    C Cisco Kid
    LF Winn

  37. CR9 May 25th, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Submitted lineups:

    ac1
    unknown
    joe long island (in last thread)
    champ809
    yanksfaninpa
    rayvt
    Billy D
    Jeff in Nj
    upstate kate
    Patrick from ct
    rl15

  38. Mixinitup May 25th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    I hope the bees aren’t going to be a problem for the Yankees… like the midges were in that Cleveland game.

    There was an accident on Monday involving a truck carrying bee hives. About 17 million bees escaped. This happened in Minnisota just yesterday and the bees are still out there.

  39. pat May 25th, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Bootleg GTLU today? We need Yankee news!

  40. VictorE May 25th, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    FIRST TIME GTLU
    SS JETER
    RF SWISH
    1B TEX
    3B AROD
    2B CANO
    DH MIRANDA
    C CERVELLI
    LF THAMES
    CF GARDNER

  41. Mixinitup May 25th, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37.....?Gt1=43001

    It happened 35 miles south of the Twinkie Cities.

  42. pat May 25th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    eboland11 Joe Girardi, with Kevin Long pitching, working on his bunting in the cage before Yankees start early BP at Target Field

  43. G. Love May 25th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Wait. If Joba gets stung by bees, will we be able to tell if he’s swelling up?

  44. John May 25th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Joe Girardi is working on hit bunting?

    Can you say…. player-manager?

    I guess Joe is going to take matters into his own hands to get us out of our slump ;)

  45. sab May 25th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    pat May 25th, 2010 at 3:40 pm
    eboland11 Joe Girardi, with Kevin Long pitching, working on his bunting in the cage before Yankees start early BP at Target Field
    ***********************

    so they are going to activate girardi and DFA moeller?

  46. Aaron May 25th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    A bee invasion would be awesome. It’s a built in excuse for not performing well. Everyone knows that.

  47. Mixinitup May 25th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    G. Love May 25th, 2010 at 3:40 pm
    Wait. If Joba gets stung by bees, will we be able to tell if he?s swelling up?

    Only if he’s standing next to Mo. Need to have perspective. lol.

  48. Mixinitup May 25th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    But would Girardi think he looks like a wuss if he puts a stop to the game for silly old bees?

  49. pat May 25th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    AndrewMarchand Target Field is pretty awesome. 95 degrees here. #Yankees

  50. pat May 25th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    YankeesWFAN Target Field is beautiful. Looks like it plays big, I’m told it does. Last wk Jim Thome said you had to “kill it” to get ball out of here.

  51. Fran (the original) and OPPC member May 25th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Doreen or CR,

    Here is my line-up:

    SS Jeter
    CF Gardner
    1B Teixeira
    3B Rodriguez
    2B Cano
    RF Swisher
    DH Miranda
    C Cervelli
    LF Winn

    Thanks both for hosting :)

  52. Dallas Braden May 25th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    CR9 – I did, in the pitching match-up post

  53. CR9 May 25th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Submitted lineups:

    ac1
    unknown
    joe long island (in last thread)
    champ809
    yanksfaninpa
    rayvt
    Billy D
    Jeff in Nj
    upstate kate
    Patrick from ct
    rl15
    Fran the Original
    VictorE (clever name!!!!)
    Dallas Braden

    ___

    Fran

    I dont know if Doreen will accept this. I didnt her say she canceled GTLU, and looked on the GTLU site, and it said it was open today, so…

    Whatever Doreen decides to do. She’s the boss!!!

  54. Dom May 25th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Sweet, the yankees won when I was born (5/28/82), thats so good to know

  55. pat May 25th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    BryanHoch Bombers Beat: Greetings from Target Field http://bit.ly/aYdD2Y

  56. JoeV May 25th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    can anyone explain the fascination of GTLU to me?

  57. Warning Track Power May 25th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    i submitted a line-up. why is my name off the list :(

  58. pat May 25th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Tater-trot tracker- Keeping track of who has the slowest and fastest HR trots this year.

    http://tatertrottracker.com/

  59. Fran (the original) and OPPC member May 25th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Hi CR,

    I know Doreen’s the GTLU boss, but thanks for trying. Besides, we know that Joe Girardi will probably win anyway ;)

  60. CR9 May 25th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Apologies, Warning Track. My mistake.

  61. MaineYankee May 25th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    JoeV May 25th, 2010 at 4:02 pm
    can anyone explain the fascination of GTLU to me?

    —————————————————

    It’s done to irritate people like you.

  62. upstate kate May 25th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    JoeV
    GTLU is a way to pass time while waiting for the game.
    Sometimes it stops line up complaints.

  63. CR9 May 25th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    GTLU is now closed

  64. Warning Track Power May 25th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    pat-
    thanks for the link and video to the HR trot my ortiz.
    i tell you what, with a slow trot like that, the guy deserves a pitch to the ribcage area.
    if the rays can pull that off, i might stand up and give a golf clap!

  65. baseball jesus May 25th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    jeter ss
    Swisher rf
    Tex 1b
    Arod 3b
    Cano 2b
    Miranda dh
    Cervelli c
    Russo lf
    Gardner cf

  66. CR9 May 25th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Final Submitted lineups:

    ac1
    unknown
    joe long island (in last thread)
    champ809
    yanksfaninpa
    rayvt
    Billy D
    Jeff in Nj
    upstate kate
    Patrick from ct
    rl15
    Fran the Original
    VictorE (clever name!!!!)
    Dallas Braden
    Warning Track Power
    baseball jesus

  67. upstate kate May 25th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    interesting link Pat…I guessed Ortiz and Manny, so at least I was half right! Or does Manny even have any HR yet this year?

  68. JoeV May 25th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Irritate?

    Thanks upstate kate. :)

  69. Warning Track Power May 25th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    the majority of the time i refresh this page, the darn ADS delay my task.
    so irritating

  70. pat May 25th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    eboland11 Curtis Granderson’s newest blog post…http://yhoo.it/bO3WMj

  71. randy l. May 25th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    the yankees have fallen to only 8 games above .500. they need to keep the ten games above .500 record through june 20th or so to stay in good position to make a run.

    so in that sense a win tonight is very big. they lose and then it’s only 7 games over .

    it’s a lot easier to get out of a hole if it isn’t that deep.

    i hope girardi has talked with burnett about holding runners on better.
    that is if it wouldn’t be an intrusion on aj’s sensitive nature to do things his way.
    i know it’s kind of a negative thing to tell guys to step it up since it means they weren’t previously, but is there any alternative?

    a manager’s job is to get the most wins possible and not to have everyone happy with him.
    bottom line, this is a reasonably big game tonight and hopefully they’ll win it.

  72. George May 25th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    The “Fat Toad” has been arrested for DUI ………………….

    http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_15153961

  73. Joe from Long Island May 25th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    I’m interested to see how Target plays for the hitters. There was a line from Jim Thome that one really had to kill the ball for it to go out. If so, then I’d think gap hitters might do well. From the picture up top, it kind of looks that way.

    Brett does have some power to the gaps – we’ll see what happens. Likewise some of the Minnesota hitters, like Span.

  74. Warning Track Power May 25th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    not sure just how BIG of a game it is tonight, but nothing would be better to get a win, get off the current losing skid and get some positive momentum going for a change.

    it all starts tonight with A.J.

  75. Warning Track Power May 25th, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    3 games vs twins
    4 games vs indians
    3 games vs o’s

    if the Yankees can go 7-3, that would be a nice 10 game run

    during the same 10 game period, the rays are facing the red sox, white sox and the jays

  76. randy l. May 25th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    i think you fight for benchmarks and short term realistic goals during tough times.

    10 games above .500 to me is one of those key benchmarks.

    win tonight and the team is only a game off that pace.

  77. MTU (aka GBURL) May 25th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Randy-

    What on earth was going on the last thread ?

    It seemed like we had an imposter for numerous people who enjoyed picking fights.

    This place is getting tougher to deal with all the time.

    It is driving away many of the better posters.

  78. pat May 25th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    MikeSilvermanBB Ellsbury expects to be CF for duration of year. Cameron, Hermida in left.

  79. randy l. May 25th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    mtu-

    i was planting petunias so i didn’t notice that much :)

    i’m kind of ticked off how the yankee season has turned since the red sox series in fenway myself so i can see why there may be more disputes because passions are high.

    the kind of stuff though that you’re talking about is just going to happen from time to time because anyone can post anytime.

    i think there’s an absence of good posters right now because they’re laying in the weeds waiting to see what happens tonight . a win tonight and i think you’ll see them back out.
    a loss and the blog will not be teh best place for a good baseball discussion.

    do you remember when i said a little while ago ( maybe a week to ten days) the team was making me nervous and that i just didn’t like the way they were playing even though they hadn’t falling into a slump yet?

    i couldn’t explain why i felt that way in stats but this team just doesn’t have a synergy about it when posada isn’t playing regularly. it’s like the parts don’t go together. there’s an amplifying effect he has on the team.

    i would really like to see gardner moved to the leadoff spot and put jeter back in the second spot. and simply drop teixeira down in the order until he starts hitting.

    the yankees are playing three games worse than their expected won loss record. that could just be bad luck or maybe they aren’t maximizing opportunities in the sense of having stats in isolation instead of grouping them in ways that results in runs when they need them or in preventing a run when it means a win.

    back to your original point, i think when the team is in free fall, it’s hard to get good discussions.

  80. MTU (aka GBURL) May 25th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Randy-
    Thanks for the response. I do remember you mentioning your concern to me a few weeks back.

    I’m not crazy about GGBG leading off because that means that
    Jeter will be hitting 2nd leading to more DP’s. I would like to see Granderson in the 2 hole against righties, and Swish in the 2 hole against lefties.

    For me GGBG is better further down in the lineup even 9th, and Tex should drop down soon unless he opens it up.

  81. YankeesJTJ May 25th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Hi All –

    I know I don’t post all that often, but i’m always reading and hanging around. Just wanted to let all my fellow yankees fans know I have a little website with a few Yankees wallpapers and Personas (for firefox) (I’ll be adding more when I have time) I also have some skins for other apps that I plan on using. One is for the application indexer/launcher called Launchy, and also a clock program i used called Clocx. Here’s hoping we have a good game tonight!

  82. steve May 26th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    steve says

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