Monday, July 20, 2009


Isn't it cool how retro the Ranger's Ballpark in Arlington looks? Just kidding. It looks ridiculous. I've never been there, but on TV it looks like the different sections are in a competition to look the most retro.

As it has been pointed out:

The stadium is a mismatched collection of counterfeit parts: You can make out
bits of Camden Yards (the red-brick exterior and general air of ye olde ballpark), Tiger
Stadium (the home run porch), Yankee Stadium (the frieze), Fenway Park (the
out-of-town scoreboard, since removed, that was built into the left-field wall), Comiskey Park (the arched
), Ebbets
Field (the quirks of the outfield dimensions, in this case wholly artificial).

I like the history of baseball as much as the next guy. But when your ballpark purposely obstructs views and has unnecessary quirks in the outfield as an offering to the god of baseball history, it's just fraudulent.

So, I'm glad Target Field is awesome. Because let's be honest, it could have not been very good and we would have been happy. Anything other than the Hubert H. would have been an improvement and, therefore, satisfactory.

Target Field raises your "retro" with a "unique." Yeah, we're doing the exterior of our stadium with mother f****** limestone. What are you gunna do about it? It's from Minnesota, it looks awesome, and it's never been done before. What.

There, of course, is more awesomeness to TF than this blog can handle. So if you are interested, make sure you check out the Twins Ballpark 2010 link on our page.

In TB2010's last post it talked about seat prices. They look pretty good, but obviously quite a bit higher than the dome. I know the dome sucks to watch baseball in, but...boy those seats were cheap. Perfect for a poor college student.

Now tickets are a bit more expensive, but who cares!!!! I mean, do you really have to pay back student loans?


haasertime said...

Yeah, what the hell does retro mean anyway? I've seen the term "retro" applied to tons of ballparks, but I've never seen those parks compared to actual olde time parks. Ya know?

I'm glad we're building a modern stadium.

Daymonster said...

While I agree with you haas, Retro, at least in these cases, is a feeling of an old time park (not necessarily an actual comparison) but with the modern amenities.

But then again, I don't really know.

bizmarkie507 said...

I always figured it went in this order from oldest to newest:

old school

TwinsWin83 said...

Just be glad thate Twins arent building one of these-

The new Marlins park is seriously a monstrosity.

bizmarkie507 said...

it looks like the flight of the navigator space ship. stupid.

haasertime said...

yeah that stadium is a joke. They should have made it's capacity about 3,000. They don't get any more than that.

soup said...

It's hard to imagine something that looks like the flight of the navigator space ship being stupid. Because that thing was awesome.

bizmarkie507 said...

Soup: If the entire ball park was flight of the navigator themed, then it would be awesome. Could have a mini wax museum of those alien life forms that were on board, have a ride simulator where you warp back in time with the lightning storm, cardboard cutouts of Sarah Jessica Parker so you can get your picture taken with it, etc.

soup said...

Sarah Jessica Parker was in Flight of the Navigator?

Was she the girl that went to the "Twisted Sister" concert?

haasertime said...

yup, she had those pink hair highlights and everything. Only time she ever looked hot.

bizmarkie507 said...

she looked good in war games too

tfrezac2002 said...

She wasn't in War Games, that was Alley Sheedy.