Baseball and the great outdoors

Posted on August 30th, 2007 – 8:24 PM
By Joe Christensen

NewPark.jpgAs I’ve said before, I’m a sucker for these things, but I was at the Twins groundbreaking ceremony today, and it was pretty cool. It didn’t change the disappointment of the current season, but for a few hours, it was fun to picture baseball — outdoors, downtown in 2010.

For one thing, the weather was perfect. Not a cloud in the sky. Seventy-four degrees with a slight breeze. Pale-skinned fella that I am, my biggest problem was forgetting my sunblock. I made my way under a tent and realized, I was sitting where a good seat along the third-base line would be. The view of the IDS Tower was striking.

Martin Zellar was singing. They sold hot dogs, peanuts and soft drinks for a buck. The ceremony itself had the usual cheeseball stuff, including the singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” followed by “Let the Sunshine In.”

But the highlight, without a doubt, came when Kent Hrbek got up to speak. “I came for the beer,” he said. So, sure enough, someone handed him a cold bottle of Bud Light. Hrbek turned around, asked Carl Pohlad if it was OK, popped the top and took a swig. “That’s the first of many here at the old ballpark,” he said.

(Note — I enjoyed the sun while I could. Tomorrow, I’ll be inside the Metrodome for about 14 hours, covering both ends of the doubleheader. Check back here for lineups, news and notes.)

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