I was in Minnesota last week for a funeral and on the way back The Mrs. and I were spending the night in Bloomington. The next day we planned to do some shopping for the upcoming arrival of Baby Nelson.
After checking into the hotel I managed to watch innings 9-16 of the Twins Friday loss. Yes, I considered going down to Metrodome to catch some of the extra inning baseball. I realized I had a problem though. One, I had no ticket and they wouldn’t be selling them at that point. Two, the game could easily end before I made the 12ish minute trek downtown.
Saturday morning when we were checking out of the hotel I was wearing Twins gear and Front Desk Guy asked if I was going to the game that day. I responded (in a disappointed tone) by noting that we were just going shopping that day.
After visiting Ikea (the site where the old Met Center was) we were on the way into the Mall of America (the site where the old Met Stadium was) when The Mrs. made the mistake of noting she wasn’t in any real hurry. That mistake, plus the numerous other people clearly heading to Metrodome for the game (an easy trip from MOA to Dome via light rail these days) prompted me to play “Let’s Make a Deal” as I talked her into 5 innings of that afternoon’s Twins game (unless somebody had a no-hitter going).
Short story made long, I made what is likely my final trip to the Metrodome Saturday and saw 5 innings of what turned out to be a 4-3 Twins win. It was 2-0 Twins when we left. Francisco Liriano looked good and Cuddyer and Morneau whacked home runs while we were there. While we were driving home the Twins proceeded to give up the lead before regaining it. It was probably better for my stress level that we left when we did.
While the Metrodome was not a very good place to watch baseball, it was nice Saturday to be able to easily by $10 tickets 30 minutes before game time, and to not have to sit in the periodic afternoon rain showers that day.
I’ll miss the Metrodome’s a little bit having been to 51 baseball games there, but outdoor baseball at Target Field in 2010 will be very nice. April 12, 2010 v. Boston is the opener, now I just need to find a ticket!