Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Sucking The Wind Outta the Dome

If Opening Day is so great, then why do I feel so unhappy right now? There's so much build-up and hoopla before and on the opener, we forget that there are 161 games beyond Game One. I've never a part of such a huge yet sedated Metrodome crowd. The announced crowd of 48,514 only rose to it's feet once or twice. It didn't really even feel like a Twins game.

But there were positives.

- New uniforms were sweet.

- When someone yelled, "Kirby Puckett!!!" super loud just before the National Anthem lady sang, "And the home of the brave."

- Joe Crede got his first hit. It could have been ruled an error since it clanged off the Mariners third baseman, but we'll take it.

- The Twins would have won the game 3-2 if they still had Torii Hunter. And if Hunter could pitch a scoreless 8th inning.

- Although it was a boring game and the upper deck was packed, there was only one feeble attempt at The Wave. And that, my friends, is a miracle.

- Crede's back didn't fall apart because of the turf. And Mike Redmond pulled off another, "what doesn't kill me only makes me lumpier" stunt.

The Outfield Situation

The odd man out on Monday was Delmon Young. Who will be the odd man out tomorrow? Let's take a look at their performances and decide for ourselves:

Denard Span: 0 for 1 with two walks and a sac bunt. Made some good running catches.

Carlos Gomez: 0 for 3 and just sorta missed that Gutierrez homer.

Michael Cuddyer: 1 for 4 with 3 strikeouts and an RBI. He left three on base.

Jason Kubel: 1 for 4


soup said...

Thankfully there will be a lot fewer waves in Target Field. When fans can sit in a continuous ring around the field, like in the Metrodome...well, waves are unfortunately inevitable.

Holmer said...

That 48.5K strong turned to 40, then 35, then 20, and by the time we were stretching our legs and belting out baseball's national anthem, it felt like a 20 games out of first place, August of '98 game.

Witnessing the history of #512, was the only highlight for me. As was said in the post, there are still 161 left.

Holmer said...

Lets make that #612.

soup said...

Good catch, Holmer. You're lucky Daymonster hasn't been by this blog yet today. He would have swooped down and corrected your ass already.

TwinsWin83 said...

My theory on the crowd is that Opening Day tends to bring out a lot of people who arent really serious Twins fans, just the casual crowd who dont really know a whole lot about the team or the game of baseball beyond the basics.

The real fans are the ones that show up for game 2 and beyond, when all the hype has died down.

Those jerseys were pretty sweet, my vote would be to make those the regular home jerseys and bring back the old grey pins from the early sixties for the away jerseys.

haasertime said...

red caps are ugly and bad luck.

haasertime said...

gardy voted for kubel to sit

tfrezac2002 said...

At least on opening day, you have to pay full price for a ticket. Its the Wednesday games you have to worried about the yahoo's ruining your time.

I dig the Uni's. I want one.

Daymonster said...

I've wanted those jerseys for a long time.

Also, Holmer, it's home run number... Oh, never mind.

Daymonster said...

Anyone coming to chicago this weekend?

Daymonster said...

what a game.

bizmarkie507 said...

yeah haas, i think the red hats look terrible. the uniforms look good though.