Obviously most of the guys on the beat have been doing this job a lot longer than I have, but even the veterans seem to agree that Minneapolis is one of the underrated cities in the American League. And the city’s new ballpark might be the nicest I’ve seen this season.
Yankee Stadium is its own sort of place. It’s overwhelming, and that seems to be intentional.
Target Field is perfectly small market. The Twins logo in center field is old school. A row of flowers, not a line of paint, marks the top of the outfield wall. There are nods to franchise history throughout, everything from giant statues to small paintings to one of Kirby Puckett’s Gold Gloves.
The concourses are wide and I never made it to an area with a bad view of the field. Even the concessions seem to be above average, with some high quality food mixed with the standard beer and hot dogs.
Obviously I grew up with old Busch Stadium, but I also really liked the new Busch the one and only time I saw a game there. I’m sure a lot of you felt the same way about Yankee Stadium. It’s sad to see part of your childhood torn down, but the new place is pretty impressive. That’s how it is in Minneapolis. The Metrodome might have been iconic, but it’s hard to top the new place.