This past weekend, my friend Howie and I took a road trip to Target Field to check out, first hand, the newMinneapolisphenomenon called "outdoor baseball."
Between pitches of that crazy 12-inning game between the Twins and Brewers, we took notes on what we liked and what we didn't about the major leagues' newest playground.
• Plain and simple, it's just a beautiful place to watch a game: Architects borrowed characteristics from modern and retro ballparks to create something entirely new. Target Field's limestone face and use of glass evokes a late '60s view of what a modern park might look like. The backdrop of downtown Minneapolis helps, like at PNC Park in Pittsburgh and other urban stadiums. If you don't think city architecture can be beautiful, you can't be helped.
• Gorgeous wooden murals of Rod Carew and Kirby Puckett: And, even better, they're behind bartenders! Inside respective atriums on the club level, these pieces of legitimate art remind us that nothing says Twins baseball like Rod Carew and booze. As for the selection, tap the Extra Pale Ale from Summit, a local brewery.
• Seats in the Legends Club: Your ballpark might call this section "loge." Anyway, the seats are wooden like in olden times, have padded bottoms and are an extra-wide 19 inches — which is great if your own seat is padded and extra-wide. If you can afford this premium, it's worth it.
• Walleye on a stick: The favored fish in Minnesota and northern Wisconsin is fileted and put on a wooden stick — state-fair style — alongside the corn dog and pork chop. Walleye was advertised in some places as a being "on a spike" but there was no such renaissance fair feel to this (though you could grab yourself a turkey leg if desired).
UPDATE: Well, look what finally rendered — a taste of walleye video. Enjoy!