COMMENTARY | There haven't been many events that were more anticipated in the history of the Minnesota Twins than the debut of Target Field. The ballpark, which opened in 2010, replaced the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome and represented an immediate upgrade.
As a follower of the Twins, I've been to Target Field several times. With every visit, my appreciation for the venue grows. In short, it's a must-see for any baseball fan.
Of course, it has its flaws. But I can safely say that Target Field has grown to become one of the best ballparks in Major League Baseball.
It's hard to think of where I could begin with this.
There isn't a bad seat in the ballpark. Even sitting in the upper deck of the park, there's still a great view of downtown Minneapolis that can please the snootiest of fans.
In the lower level, the ballpark opens up to invite all fans as they walk through Target Plaza to get to seats that are on top of the diamond. It's a trend that has worked its way into baseball since the opening of Camden Yards in 1992, and it was not forgotten when Target Field was designed.
Even if you don't want to be out in the harsh elements, there are plenty of clubs and restaurants inside the park to keep you happy and warm.
Food selection is also a plus, as you can decide to go with the traditional favorites or try something different like a pork chop on a stick.
When a ballpark like Target Field hits on all levels, you tend to nitpick when finding a flaw. That flaw would be the weather in the early months of the major-league schedule.
In case you haven't heard, Minnesotans are familiar with horrible weather. All it takes is a look on a Facebook news feed to see that rain, snow or whatever can come without warning and wreak havoc.
This year has been the worst since the ballpark opened, with freezing temperatures being registered on April 1 for the Twins' season opener and significant snowfall being recorded during the first week of May, leading to several postponements.
The April mishaps are more than worth it by the time the calendar turns to June, and there's nothing like watching an outdoor baseball game on a summer night in Minneapolis.
The one thing that causes eyes to bleed in Target Field is not the pitching rotation, but the giant, black batters' eye in center field.
When the ballpark opened, it originally featured five spruce trees in front of the wall to give the park a northern feel. However, Twins players soon complained about the trees interfering with their ability to pick up the ball, and the trees were chopped down prior to the 2011 season and planted throughout the state.
It may have benefited the players, but this decision left a dead spot in an otherwise beautiful ballpark.
Chris Schad is a lifelong Twins follower that has spent a majority of his life cheering the Twins on through the dark '90s and success of five American League Central championships in the 2000s. His work has been published on Bleacher Report.
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