Thursday evening, Paul and I joined my brother, Al and his beautiful daughter, Vanessa, at Target Field to watch our Minnesota Twins play the Baltimore Orioles. Excited to see the new ball park for the first time, the four of us arrived thirty minutes before the gates opened.
We wanted to have a chance to explore the stadium before the game. The first view of the field was memorable. Outdoor baseball, the way it is supposed to be played!
I liked the combination of the latest technology with the nostalgic reminders of the Twins teams from our childhood. The old Twins logo looks great against the Minneapolis skyline.
We also wanted a chance to tour the Legend's Club before the game. Our nephew, Mike, is the manager of this level of the stadium and Nick works for him there. The Legend's Club includes padded seats with a premium view of the field, along with access to private, climate controlled lounge areas featuring full-service bars, large screen TVs, fireplaces and upscale food options.
I loved the picture of one of our favorite legendary players, Tony Oliva, in the wall above the bar named for him.
And, of course, there has to be a Kirby Puckett area. I want to come back for a game with a ticket to this level! Thanks, Mike, for the private tour.
Although not on the club level, we had fantastic seats, right above third base in the 17th row. We were excited for the game. The big screen adds so much to the experience.
And, during the 5th inning, right on that screen, congratulations were extended to Vanessa on her graduation this weekend from Minnesota State University Mankato! Her dad might have had something to do with this.
Even though the Twins lost and it drizzled throughout the entire game, we had fun. We don't get many opportunities to bond with Vanessa, and it was very special to spend this evening with her. She will be moving to Denver to work in the fall. Graduate school is in her near future.
Congratulations, Vanessa! Thanks, Al! Good work, Mike and Nick! Target Field, two thumbs up.