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Posted 15 June 2012 - 11:14 PM
The M & M boys complained that waving branches might have distracted them, .
Implying that they are the list is pretty dishonest. I actually don't remember Mauer being part of it at all, but it's possible. But I definitely remember comments by Cuddyer as well, and more than one opposing player, so it wasn't (just) them.
Posted 19 June 2012 - 08:38 AM
Oh, and my recollection is that it was Cuddyer who was the lead spokesman on this issue (and called it a safety hazard) but in all honesty, even at the time I felt like he was just "carrying water" as the de facto team leader.
Also working from memory, I recall a game in the middle-late part of the year where it was a late-afternoon start (probably 3:00) where the shadows start to come over the field in some tough ways, and over and over hitters from both teams were walking back to the dugout, shaking their heads, muttering to themselves, and often saying things to the on-deck guys and people in the dugout. After that game there was a lot of talk about the glare from the Minny and Paul sign as well as the shadows and movement of the trees where it was very hard to pick up the ball. And yes, it was to the level of "that's not safe." And it was both sides. Right after that is when I remember the discussion of the backdrop kicked into high gear. Again...that's my memory of it, so it's always possible there's some slippage there!
Posted 16 July 2012 - 12:02 AM
The removal of those trees still makes me so angry.
I agree it was a significant loss, and I dislike how the media (radio in particular) dismisses it as a issue only the lowliest of fans get worked up about, yet bring up the issue themselves almost weekly.
Cuddyer was supposedly the biggest instigator according to the local media due to being afraid of the shadows, as ludicrous as that sounds:
Dave St. Peter would go on the radio and claim opposing teams complained as much as the hometown roster, but when interviewed two of the biggest bomb droppers at Target Field, Thome and Batista, both said they never noticed them. Bautista even gave a slight jab when asked how he likes them removed when he hit several bombs in 2011 against us at home.
Personally, while I think it takes away some of the charm of the ballpark (and there are plenty other ballparks with stuff in their batters eye), the bigger issue is the raising of the batters eye. Center Field there right across from the State Fair stand used to be one of my favorite places to stand and watch the game. Now with the eye raised I can barley see over it, and I'm 6'3"!
It was fun to see TC Bear playing around in the trees (there is a door he could pop out of) down there throwing free shirts to kids or waving. And heck the trees just looked nice. But due to Cuddy and others complaining they are gone, never to return.
And now so is Cuddy.
Posted 16 July 2012 - 12:06 AM
Oh, and my recollection is that it was Cuddyer who was the lead spokesman on this issue (and called it a safety hazard)
Thats correct, he said a lot of weird things around this time.
Like saying how the average joe just doesn't know what its like to have to play baseball everyday.
Another time he said how much harder he has it than a first basemen because he has to run out to right field every inning rather than only first base.
But shadows from trees - those are what truly frightened the man.