When fall ball turns winteryPublished 11:21am Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I’m heading to Target Field this weekend with my dad to see the Twins play the A’s. It will be my first time in the new ballpark, and I’m excited, but there is one little thing I’m a bit worried about.
That thing is weather. I had hoped to see the Twins play in June, July or August, when there was a reasonable chance of balmy climes. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, and now I’ll be trying my luck in mid-September. The 10 day forecast calls for “few showers” and a high of 62 on Saturday, which is OK but not great.
Granted, the last few days have seen a return to summer temps, but last week we were subject to downpours, chills and just plain old gloomy weather. Say what you want about the Metrodome, but I never had to worry about the rain when I made the three-hour trek from my home town of Cohasset to see a game.
I recently interviewed Dave Goltz, Fergus Falls resident and 1970s Twins pitcher, and I asked him what he thought about Target Field. He replied that it was a beautiful ballpark where players and fans might sometimes get very, very cold.
Goltz played for the Twins while they were at the open air Metropolitan Stadium, and he recalled playing in below freezing weather early in the year. He remembered batters screaming all the way to first base after they hit a ball because of the cold. Today’s Twins could be subject to similar situations in a bad year, and with the World Series moving later and later, there could be snow on the field if Minnesota gets into a pennant race.
I know that adding a retractable roof would have been more expensive and maybe prohibitive from a space perspective, but it really does sound nice.
What are your thoughts on the open air ballpark? Will it affect your baseball plans if you know a three-hour drive could be wasted?Tags: Summer Baseball, Twins, weather