Since I was born, Minnesota has always played it’s home games in an indoor stadium. The “Homer Dome” is a bit of an eyesore, but I’m going to miss the blue baggy in the right field, the folded up bleachers, and the white homer hankies during the post-season. I did not have the pleasure of living in Minnesota like my Dad but I remember so many great memories on TV. Kirby Puckett forcing a game seven in the 1991 World Series with a walk off homer. Jack Morris throwing a complete game shutdown in game 7 of the same series while “Mean” Gene Larkin drove in Dan Gladden in extra innings for our second World Series Title. Minnesota has three great HOFers (Rod Carew, Harmen Killebrew, Kirby Puckett), but only Kirby is synonymous with the Metrodome. He will go down in history as the greatest Twin to ever play under the white roof.
A new era of Twins baseball begins in 2010 and it is the most significant change for the team in my lifetime. For Chris, it’s when the O’s left Memorial Stadium and ushered in a new era of tradition at Camden Yards. I’m sure Chris can attest to the significance and history of that transformation and how special it was. I’m counting the days until Minnesota runs out on the field and can look up and see the sky and feel freshly cut grass below their feet. I hope they mow our “TC” logo into the outfield or infield, I’m a sucker for little touches like that. While I could not be more excited for the new stadium, I know it will bring hardship along the way. Our beloved manager, Ron Gardenhire, has built this current team around the Dome. We are built for speed and we move runners into scoring position. I can’t remember a team that bunts for hits more than the Twins. When the doors close on the dome, Minnesota is losing the greatest home field advantage in SPORTS! I may be so bold because Harold Reynolds agrees with me (http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?c_id=min), and Mr. Reynolds is the greatest baseball mind of the 21st century, period! Playing in an outdoor stadium will be difficult for the Twins, first of, can we even play during the beginning and end of a season? It is going to be butt cold outside! Minnesota fans need to realize our strategy is going to be different. I think you can play small ball anywhere, but it is not going to be as easy on real grass. I could go on forever…… In conclusion, I want to enjoy the last year of the “Homer Dome,” it will be sad to see it go, but I have so much to look forward to at Target Field.
P.S. 16 days until Pitchers and Catchers report!