By Joe Christensen
Maybe it’s because the sun is shining today, but I just clicked on our gallery with designs for the new Twins ballpark and got a little giddy. My first impression: The cozy little park looks like it’ll be pretty cool. It’s 42 degrees outside. It would be another brutally cold date on the schedule for the Twins and Devil Rays if this were 2010.
But we’ve had much nicer Aprils. I looked it up, and it was 65 degrees for the last home opener at old Met Stadium. I remember that one, actually because my dad pulled me out of second grade to take me there. It was Thursday, April 9, 1981. Jerry Koosman fired the first pitch to Oakland’s Rickey Henderson at 1:15 p.m., and I remember the sun shining on us in the left-field bleachers.
I’ll miss the Dome’s shelter on nights like last night. But not on days like this. And over the next six months, I’ll be resenting that Teflon roof more days than not, counting the days to 2010.