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Minnesota Twins Home Opener 2016

ScoreboardThis week’s Minnesota Mondays feature is all about the Twins Home Opener—which in my eyes is a holiday. There’s nothing like arriving at the ballpark for the first game of the season, cheering for the players as the lineup is announced, seeing the large American flag unfurled in the outfield and seeing the fighter jets flyover the stadium at the end of the National Anthem.

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In addition to the excitement of a new baseball season beginning, Target Field introduces new ballpark foods each year—and this season fans were treated to a really exciting new feature “Minnie & Paul’s.” Located in the former “Batter’s Eye” section in the upper deck above center field, this new area features two new food options—Red Cow and Pizza Luce—two popular eateries in the metro area. Red Cow offers three gourmet burger options, including a turkey burger option, plus beer battered french fries and craft beers. Pizza Luce has by the slice or whole pizza in four flavors—cheese, Athena, pepperoni and the T.C. Bear meat lover’s option only available at Target Field (I highly recommend the T.C. Bear pizza–very delicious). Besides the new food options at Minnie & Paul’s, there’s a full-service bar, dining tables and chair rails with fantastic ballpark views.

Throughout the ballpark there’s additional new dining choices, including chili from the Loon Cafe, gelato from Izzy’s Ice Cream and the “Grape Ape” cocktail.

Unfortunately, the Twins didn’t win the game but it’s sure to be another great season filled with fabulous foods and fun at Target Field!TC


There’s No Place Like Target Field

Happy Opening Day 2016!
The wait is almost over, in just one week I can go back to my happy place—Target Field. While there are a lot of great destinations around the state…few things can compete with a beautiful day at the ballpark.

Offering skyline views and concessions featuring local flavors like Kramarczuk’s brats and hot dogs, Izzy’s ice cream, Murray’s steak sandwich and Mac’s fish & chips, Target Field provides a one-of-a-kind experience for all who enter its gates.

Izzy’s Ice Cream
Murray’s Steak Sandwich at the Town Ball Tavern

Whether you splurge on seats right behind home plate or save your cash for some good eats and sit in the cheap seats, there’s really not a bad seat in the house. Plus, all fans have access to the Twins Pub where you can watch the in-game organist play, Barrio bar and lounge overlooking the outfield and a variety of great spots along the rails where you can stop and ponder the meaning of baseball and take in the ballpark in all of its glory. If you want to set a spell and grab a bite to eat, the ballpark has two full-service restaurants open to everyone—Hrbek’s and the Town Ball Tavern—ideal for pregame meals or rain delays.
It’s been almost six months since the end of the season and I’m so excited for the Home Opener.
Tell me, what excited you the most about MLB’s Opening Day 2016?
Stay tuned…next week’s Minnesota Mondays I will take you inside the ballpark for the Minnesota Twins Home Opener!


MLB All Star Game Block Party, Futures Game, and Celebrity & Legends Game

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On a gorgeous and sunny summer Sunday, Minneapolis welcomed baseball fans from around the globe to the All Star Summer Block Party, Futures Game and Celebrity & Legends Game. Awash with sunshine, Target Field and the surrounding area gleamed.

At the All Star Summer Block Party, visitors could check out the newest Chevy lineup, create a personalized draw string bag, play a super-sized bean bag toss to win prizes, grab some food from food trucks, try out the newest made with real sugar Pepsi flavors, and see the Budweiser Clydesdales amongst other fun and games.

Inside the ballpark, the Futures Game showcased the best of the best up-and-coming talent in the Minor Leagues. Twins’ great Tony Oliva threw out the first pitch to start the USA v. World MLB Futures Game. Hall of Fame Pitcher and Twins’ broadcaster Bert Blyleven represented the Netherlands as coach of the World team and former Twins’ Manager Tom Kelly coached team USA to a win.

Between games Panic At The Disco entertained the fans as they enjoyed the beautiful day at the ballpark.

Next up, it was time for some fun on the field as baseball greats and celebrities took the field for the All Star Celebrity and Legends Game. Jim Thome, Ozzie Smith, John Schmoltz, Mike Piazza, Rollie Fingers, Rickey Henderson and former Twin (and Twins’ Announcer) Jack Morris represented the legends of the game and Zach Parise, Adrian Peterson, Nelly, January Jones, Maya Moore, Jennie Finch, James Denton, Andrew Zimmern, David Nail and Rob Riggle were just a few of the legends and celebrities on the game’s roster.

The first of the three days of events at Target Field ended with a fireworks show that wowed the crowd.

All Star Game Concert @ TCF Stadium

It was a beautiful Saturday evening for the All Star Game Concert. The stadium was packed as locally-based Atmosphere took the stage. They played for about 45 minutes to a pretty engaged crowd, waving their hands in the air with many sporting the bullseye printed shades handed out by Target (sponsor of the concert) at the gates. Then as the sun started to sink behind the stadium’s scoreboard, it was time for Imagine Dragons. The mostly twenty to thirty-something crowd was ready to rock, creating a party-like atmosphere in the stadium. They played a high energy set filled with chart-topping singles including “On Top of the World”, “Demons” and “It’s Time.” The band also performed a great rendition of U2’s “With or Without You.” The highlight of the evening was their last song, “Radioactive.” The concert closed out with a spectacular fireworks show which even included a smiley-faced firework that went off as Pharell Williams’ “Happy” played.

100 Years of Wrigley Field


Ahh…the bleacher seats at Wrigley. Set above the Wall of Ivy, the seating isn’t comfy, but the view is spectacular. In front of you is the playing field, behind you is the famous scoreboard. On a hot day, you may be cooled by a nice breeze coming in off Lake Michigan…and on a cold day…well you may get a real feel for “The Windy City”. Watching a game here is truly an All American experience. From the Chicago hot dogs to the Old Style beer, it’s the quintessential ballpark experience for baseball fans young and old. As of today, the antiquated walls of the Friendly Confines have welcome visitors for 100 years. If you listen closely you can almost hear the roar of the crowd from Opening Day 1914.

What’s your favorite Wrigley Field memory?

Opening Day at Target Field

The home of Twins baseball opened its gates today, welcoming fans young and old to celebrate the first home game of the year.

It’s a special year for the stadium as it is set to host the Major League Baseball All Star Game on July 15. Excitement in and around the ballpark is building, and fans were greeted with new banners and merchandise promoting the Midsummer Classic. In addition to the fun stuff, new security measures have been put into place, which now means fans are required to go through metal detectors. They haven’t been installed at every gate, but they will be rolled out to all entrances in the coming weeks.

The Twins also unveiled new foods to enjoy at the park. One of the new additions is the “Butcher & The Boar” stand near Gate 34. Featuring a “Smoke & Fire Rib Tip Basket”as well as their refreshing Jim Beam Punch, this place is sure to be a crowd favorite.

The Twins also made some new additions to the ballpark. They’ve added a Social Media Clubhouse on the upper level where fans can maximize their digital experience and sit on the original clubhouse bench from the Metrodome (home of the Twins from 1982-2009). To add a touch of the Minnesota wilderness, Spartan Juniper trees were added below the Minnie & Paul sign in the outfield. While they don’t replace the Black Spruce trees that were originally in the batter’s eye in centerfield but were removed because of player complaints, it is a nice natural addition to that part of the ballpark.
Spartan Junipers at Target Field
The Minnesota weather cooperated for a lovely start to the All Star season with beautiful blue skies and light breezes. It helped set the stage for what is sure to be another memorable year at Target Field.

Happy Opening Day!

The crack of the bat, the smack of the ball, the sunshine on the green grass, the cheer of the crowd and the smell of fresh-off-the-grill hotdogs…baseball season is finally here. I can’t wait for another season at ballparks near and far, let’s play ball!

What team are you cheering for this year?