The Minnesota Twins had an awful season last year — they finished with a record of 59-103 — the worst in Twins franchise history and the worst record in the majors last year. This performance by the club prompted a front office overhaul with Derek Falvey hired from the Cleveland Indians as the Chief Baseball Officer and Phad Levine hired from the Texas Rangers as General Manager.
Are you into gourmet foods, fine wines and specialty beers? If so, Target Field is the place to be this upcoming weekend.
On Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6, it’s Minnesota Monthly’s 22nd Food and Wine experience co-sponsored by Hy-Vee. Visitors have a chance to sample gourmet foods, fine wines and specialty beers from more than 200 vendors while enjoying the view of the baseball field and the Minneapolis Skyline from the comfort of the Metropolitan Club and the Legends Club.
Last week, Kennys Vargas hit an epic roundtripper during the Twins 13-2 drubbing of our division rivals from the south side of Chicago. The home run measured 436 feet — a blast gargantuan enough that a diehard Twins fan coworker of mine insisted I watch a video of it online the next morning at the office.
Before Monday’s game against the Chicago White Sox, fans in Twins Territory were debating whether or not Byron Buxton was overmatched in the Major Leagues. Buxton, who was rated the #1 prospect in all of baseball before the start of the season, had been called up from double-A Chattanooga over a week ago because of a shortage of outfielders on the big league club.
While in Texas, Torii Hunter decided to serve his two-game suspension for throwing things onto the field after his ejection during the Twins last home stand since he wasn’t feeling well. At the same time, Aaron Hicks, who had been playing in center field since mid-May, suffered a sore elbow.
2010 was a sweet summer for the Minnesota Twins and their fans.
Target Field opened and the return of outdoor baseball seemed to have everyone in town excited. The Twins went 94-68 — including a 53-28 record at their new grassy, un-domed home — during the regular season. They won the American League Central and Ron Gardenhire was honored with a Manager of the Year award that was long overdue.
It may be cold outside, but the start of Spring Training is only about a month and a half away. Can’t wait till then? Well, the Minnesota Twins have some events scheduled this month that will provide you with a baseball fix.
The first of these is Twinsfest, held January 23 – 25 at Target Field. This is the second year the annual event has been held at the Twins ball park.
Sunday of All-Star week at Target Field yielded less baseball stars than Tuesday’s game, but it didn’t lack fun or star power of a different sort.
On a beautiful day, with celebrities of all kinds waiting to play softball and prospects from around the minor leagues, there was no better place to be for a baseball fan.
If you haven’t heard, the All-Star Game is coming to Target Field and Justin Morneau will be in tow. Morneau has done everything he could to be part of the actual game by posting a .313 batting average, a fine .509 SLG%, and 100 hits this season — but despite those numbers, it was not to be. Other lesser players were chosen (I see you Charlie Blackmon).
Though the Minnesota Twins were outplayed in nearly every aspect of the game, I left Target Field yesterday with a feeling of optimism and contentment following the Home Opener.
The reason for these positive-edged emotions: the new food being served at the stadium this year.
When the Minnesota Twins host their home opener next Monday versus the Oakland Athletics, fans will surely notice much tighter safety measures in effect at Target Field. The organization will be introducing walk-through metal detectors, the first team in Major League Baseball to introduce the measure.