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04/12/10 - Minneapolis Moving Day

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The throwback jerseys were the only thing that looked like the old stadium in Minneapolis today
The throwback jerseys were the only thing that looked like the old stadium in Minneapolis today


Target Field - Today the Twins officially moved into their new home one the edge of downtown Minneapolis and played their first outdoor home game in forever. After almost three decades in the Metrodome, the Twins are now playing under the great blue northern sky at the brand spanking new Target Field. While their former confines did provide one of the great home field advantages in the sport, it was a god awful place to watch a baseball game - part spaceship, part football field, part marshmallow - no parts America's past time.

But the new field is different - the biggest complaint heard today during the Twins 5-2 win over the Red Sox was that the fans are too close and are able to heckle the players too easily. Last time I checked that should actually be a requirement if a team is going to expect fans to sit through a 3 hour baseball game in 40 degree weather for the first month of the season.

To go along with their new pile of bricks, the Twins also signed their all-world catcher Joe Mauer to a pricey long term extension to basically ensure that he will spend the rest of the prime of his career in his hometown. Mauer was recently crowned The Fans MVP by ESPN and seems to have captivated the entire city - if he can stay healthy and lead the Twins to a playoff run and beyond it could turn out to be a heck of a great story for a great fan base who (fresh off that Favre/Vikings meltdown) deserves it.