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#21 jimbo92107

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 12:23 PM

Those of us around and aware at the time may recall the long discussions about what type of stadium to build. Old Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington was notorious for slow drives to the game, rain postponements in spring, great baseball in summer, decent football in the fall, and then football in snow during winter. I remember as a child sitting in a sleeping bag during a Vikings game when it was -10F. I loved it. The Vikings won, while the other team huddled around propane heaters. 

 

Well, Minnesotans finally had enough of ritual suffering, and decided to build a new stadium closer to the middle of town. Everybody knew the best kind of stadium to build was a retractable dome, but that was twice as expensive as an inflatable dome. So penny-wise Minnesotans opted for the Metrodome, despite the earnest protests of "real baseball fans" like local TV anchorman Dave Moore. 

 

It didn't take long to discover that the playing field was too hard. It was murder on football players, and it created a new way of getting a hit in baseball, pounding a pitch into the dirt for a super-high bounce. A few years later people noticed that the dome material started to darken from cigarette smoke and indoor air pollution. The dull gray tinge made it very difficult to track a high fly ball to the fence. Twins players became experts at that very niche skill. 

 

By the time the Hump was torn down, pretty much everybody hated it. However, the inside structure of the place was in almost perfect condition. A brand new inflatable dome could have been installed, plus a new playing surface, for far less than the cost of a new stadium of any type. There were even proposals to retrofit the Hump to be an outdoor stadium, or even an outdoor stadium with a retractable roof. Architects these days!

 

Nawww, said the billionaire owners. That's not expensive and vain enough! They wanted separate new stadiums with hyper-pricey, enclosed box sections for millionaire fans of the Vikings and the Twins, or they'd all leave town! Took about ten seconds for the legislature to fold on both threats, and here we are...rain postponements again, just like in the old days at Metropolitan Stadium. 

 

I never went inside the new Vikings stadium, but I've been to several Twins games at Target Field. A standing room ticket goes as low as $12 bucks some days, and you can post yourself almost right behind home plate at a hot dog stand. Beautiful field, but those TVs and PA system are too much noise and distraction. My dad hated them, before he died, but I think a younger version of him would have liked the place. Dave Moore would have liked it, too. 

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 12:59 PM

Indoor baseball: if I'm going to watch a game inside, I'd rather it were on television(at least the game I'm watching might be outside).

 

The sounds(echo), smells(cleaning fluid), are sights(pure artificial light) are all off in a dome.

 

There was nothing worse than going to an afternoon game at the Dome when it was 70 outside with a blue sky and puffy white clouds. Painful.

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 01:27 PM

Target Field when asked for comment sniffed, "Joe Mauer left that Teflon-topped, Heftybag-decorated hussy for me. 'Nuff said."

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 02:19 PM

Some of you'se aren't getting the spirit and intent of Randball's articles.

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 03:10 PM

I say cry me a homer hanky, grumpy old glorified warehouse. And see you at the May doubleheader.

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 08:23 PM

 

It was definitely a dump at the end of its run, but it was our dump and it was a distinct home field advantage for both the Twins and Vikings... Plus, as a kid I always liked that you could get major "air" by jumping as you left the Metrodome. That said, I'll take Target Field and its ambiance over the predictability of the Dome

 

Prefer out door baseball but it did serve its; purpose. And we won 2 world series so its hard to say anything bad about it. It was an advantage for the Twins but I think the Vikes lost a little when they went indoors. We use to kick butt at the MET. Loved those outdoor games and the tail gating was the best. Not like now.  

 


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Posted 12 April 2019 - 08:25 PM

 

Indoor baseball: if I'm going to watch a game inside, I'd rather it were on television(at least the game I'm watching might be outside).

 

The sounds(echo), smells(cleaning fluid), are sights(pure artificial light) are all off in a dome.

 

There was nothing worse than going to an afternoon game at the Dome when it was 70 outside with a blue sky and puffy white clouds. Painful.

I hear that. 

 


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Posted 12 April 2019 - 08:34 PM

 

Those of us around and aware at the time may recall the long discussions about what type of stadium to build. Old Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington was notorious for slow drives to the game, rain postponements in spring, great baseball in summer, decent football in the fall, and then football in snow during winter. I remember as a child sitting in a sleeping bag during a Vikings game when it was -10F. I loved it. The Vikings won, while the other team huddled around propane heaters. 

 

Well, Minnesotans finally had enough of ritual suffering, and decided to build a new stadium closer to the middle of town. Everybody knew the best kind of stadium to build was a retractable dome, but that was twice as expensive as an inflatable dome. So penny-wise Minnesotans opted for the Metrodome, despite the earnest protests of "real baseball fans" like local TV anchorman Dave Moore. 

 

It didn't take long to discover that the playing field was too hard. It was murder on football players, and it created a new way of getting a hit in baseball, pounding a pitch into the dirt for a super-high bounce. A few years later people noticed that the dome material started to darken from cigarette smoke and indoor air pollution. The dull gray tinge made it very difficult to track a high fly ball to the fence. Twins players became experts at that very niche skill. 

 

By the time the Hump was torn down, pretty much everybody hated it. However, the inside structure of the place was in almost perfect condition. A brand new inflatable dome could have been installed, plus a new playing surface, for far less than the cost of a new stadium of any type. There were even proposals to retrofit the Hump to be an outdoor stadium, or even an outdoor stadium with a retractable roof. Architects these days!

 

Nawww, said the billionaire owners. That's not expensive and vain enough! They wanted separate new stadiums with hyper-pricey, enclosed box sections for millionaire fans of the Vikings and the Twins, or they'd all leave town! Took about ten seconds for the legislature to fold on both threats, and here we are...rain postponements again, just like in the old days at Metropolitan Stadium. 

 

I never went inside the new Vikings stadium, but I've been to several Twins games at Target Field. A standing room ticket goes as low as $12 bucks some days, and you can post yourself almost right behind home plate at a hot dog stand. Beautiful field, but those TVs and PA system are too much noise and distraction. My dad hated them, before he died, but I think a younger version of him would have liked the place. Dave Moore would have liked it, too. 

 

So you're the guy chopping on the hot dog while blocking the isle? LOL jk but seriously I think they took a little more than 10 seconds to get the stadium funding ok'ed. I hear you on the rich owners. They had us over the barrel. 

 


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Posted 12 April 2019 - 08:36 PM

They could avoid all this bad weather by playing instead of taking days off early in the season. That would be the schedule makers. Why do we get screwed 2 years in a row?


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Posted 12 April 2019 - 08:47 PM

 

You could say the Metrodome played a significant role in the winning of said World Series...way to go Teflon white/dingy white roof!

 

Every stadium is different. Boston plays there games on a soft ball field and every one loves it Oakland has enough fall territory for 2 fields. The metro dome wasn't the only indoor stadium. The bigger question is I thought the Vikings new stadium was supposed to convert for baseball when the weather got bad. I wonder how much more that would've cost. 

 


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Posted 12 April 2019 - 08:53 PM

Some of you'se aren't getting the spirit and intent of Randball's articles.


I suppose a hallmark of good satire is the number of people it inadvertently lures into genuine conversation. Maybe that's even healthy. :)

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 09:25 PM

Personally, I don't think HHH is being bitter at all. I just think he's feel a bit lonely, even with his new coffee/beer drinking buddies. I have not reached retirement age yet, still many years away, assuming I, or anyone can truly "retire" in today's world, but I have witnessed enough retirees to knkw there is an adjustment period to your new life.

Despite being a Minnesota native, he may simply not enjoy fishing, hunting, and the such. I think he's still in an adjustment phase of his retirement. There is nothing wrong with taking stock of your life's work and experiences and reflecting on them. Soon, he will reflect on all he did, and all he offered and experienced, and bask in incredible moments such as two WS and playoff experiences and record setting seasons, not to mention a plethora of special events. And he will bask over coffee and brews with his brethren, and recount happy days.

I offer up a genuine THANK YOU, HHH, for all you did and provided. Now go out to pasture and recount your worth with honesty, and just the right amount of hyperbole, and bask. Just don't be afraid to offer a welcoming Teflon hand to your brethren when they join you and the others at the corner hangout.
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Posted 14 April 2019 - 11:21 AM

I feel like the Metrodome attracted Twins fans and Target Field still brings out people who want to say they went there or want a non-baseball experience. And that really annoys me.