Twins Series Opening Day Special: How to get on the field

Last season I had the amazing opportunity to go on the field before two baseball games!  Even I’m not quite sure how it all happened–mostly know the right people, have a boss that “needs” staff with him and you will be on the field in no time!  Here are some things you should do when you are on Target Field.

You should embrace the fact that you get to go to -1 (the elevators to the field) and walk out by the third base line.

The stadium is gigantic from down here!

You should be sure to wear the right colors for your team.  In my attempt to look professional the first time I went on the field I drove to the park wearing *gasp* yellow and blue.  Guess who we were playing, that’s right–the Brewers.

You should take a picture with TC.  There are 5 other people on the field with you who are not Twins employees or baseball players.  Take a picture with the bear.

TC and I are pretty much BFF by this point.

You should probably take stalker field pictures of the players since you could run and give them a high five.  (Note: there is also a lot of security so you probably shouldn’t run towards a player).

You should walk on the grass.  I’ve done it and they did not yell at me.  I just heard when you take the tours they are very adamant about no grass walking.

You should ask to stay on the field especially if there are parachuter’s jumping on to the field.  You will probably lean against the opposing team’s dugout when this is happening–plus they might forget you are not suppose to be on the field and you will be able to go sit with by the Twins for the game–this didn’t happen to me but I’m optimistic that it might happen, one day.

Hanging out with the players, seeing a parachuter before the game.

Some favorites…

There were too many things I wanted to write about so, I’m just going to try to include them all.  Right here, right now–before I get distracted with dry cleaning my clothes myself or something half as fun.  So, here are some of my recent favorites:

1.) Macy’s Flower show.  It was like we went to springtime in Europe.  Here are a few pictures for you to take in the magic.

We saw the Eiffel Tower, amazing.

We saw lots of beautiful flowers, just like we would in Europe.

It was all so delightful!

...just another day in Europe...

2.)  The Civil Wars. (a band –not the actual war).  My co-worker heard me listening to them and thought we were in a therapist’s office–which is even more ironic because we are doing a lot of Civil War (like the real war) research in the office.)  They are all over the place.

3.) The idea of an office plant becoming a reality.  Ever since the a certain major event that happened in the office in 2008, plants just haven’t been staying alive.  I think we’ve stopped caring (or stopped watering).  I’m going to change that–especially since the desk I moved to gets hours of natural sunlight every morning, I thought I should take advantage of that.  I got a few plant suggestions via the facebook.  Feel free to add to the list.

  • cactus
  • rosemary
  • jade plant
  • peace lily

4.) Finally some ridiculousness.  I’ve been informed that the Cobra from the Bronx Zoo is still on the loose (where did it go it is NYC?).  It has now set up twitter: @BronxZooCobra (  Here are some great tweets- “A lot of people are asking how I can tweet with no access to a computer or fingers. Ever heard of an iPhone? Duh.” or this one- “Holding very still in the snake exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. This is gonna be hilarious!” The best one has to be: “Anyone know if Rebecca Black lives in NYC? No reason.” (Thank you Chris for finding that twitter feed.)  Amazing.

Saturday DIY Success: Dry Cleaning

As my mountain of clothes that had to go to the dry cleaner grew I thought, “there must be an easier way, a way that I can do this myself.”  After a little googling I discovered I was correct–I could DIY dry clean!  I was excited since I’ve been buying more and more dry clean only clothing lately, I just can’t help it!  As much as I love walking around the corner to my local dry cleaner’s (that doesn’t even have a computer system) I wanted to save a little money (note: I still have to take fancy dresses and coats to the dry cleaner’s so I’m still supporting local businesses).

Here is how you DIY dry clean–since I didn’t know how I assume other’s don’t know- so I’ll do some knowledge sharing.

Step 1: Find the dry clean packet at a discount store. You will probably stare right at it and then ask an employee to help you find it.

I chose to ignore the coupon on the box that says "Save $1!" or I did just not see it until I got

Step 2: Read the directions.  There was a lot in the box–including stain remover which I had purchased separately…another fail.

Dryel should probably pay me for advertising for them.

Step 3: Decide what you want to “wash.” On the package it says you can only put one item at a time in the bag…I think you could put two, but I followed the directions.  Then just put your clothing item in the bag and the dryel refill (that looks like a wet wipe), zip the bag close and put it in the dryer for 30 minutes.

I was slightly nervous because I really, really like this skirt and did not want it ruined.

Step 4: After 30 minutes open the bag and you will find success!

Super cute skirt clean!

Step 5: Embrace the joy of saving money and having your clothes ready for wear in 30 minutes v. a day at the dry cleaner.

A note to winter

Winter, did you not get the memo I sent?  We said goodbye last week.  Really, it’s time.  I’m sick of seeing all your snow:

Snow that won't leave Minneapolis. Ever.

Spring is maybe my least favorite season….except when this happens, I like this:

I would welcome this part of spring with open arms.

Since I’m pretty much over snow I will move onto more important things like listing some favorite summer activities/goals.  We’ll call this a preliminary Summafun list, but really it’s never to early to think of summer–so here are some things to be looking forward to:

  • movies in the park
  • canoeing (considerably easier this year)
  • sunshine
  • driving with the windows down
  • no more potholes? (my new tires do not like them at all)
  • weddings, lots of weddings!
  • Twins games! (and Brewers games and Cubs games)
  • outdoor concerts
  • walking briskly around Lake Calhoun with Caribou in hand
  • being caught in thunderstorms in downtown Minneapolis and being taken in by a stranger (hard to say if this will happen again)
  • camping!
  • road trips
  • not using the tunnel for 3-5 months at work
  • staying up late (always seems ok in the summer)
  • bag toss (outside)

Winter, see these things cannot be done when you are here.  Please leave soon.  Thank you.

Twin Series: Ticket purchase complete!

Twins tickets for the 2011 season are purchased.  Success?  Partly.  We came prepared to the field with necessities from last year: coffee, mittens and the spreadsheet.  However, we did not factor in the mob of people that camped there since Friday morning to get tickets.  The line was out of control.  After assessing the situation we took a deep breath, looked around at the signs and noticed something new–we could only buy a total of 8 tickets per game and 24 tickets total per person!  This meant with three people we would not buy the bazillion tickets we were planning on.  We did the next best thing we could think of…we call in reinforcements.  Our friend David recognized the dire situation after three phone calls and came down to TF to help us out.

We waited a considerable time to get tickets (2.5 hours)–which gave us plenty of time to see a bride and groom get their pictures taken in front of the stadium, hear the people in front of us worry about not being able to get any tickets and organize and re-organize the spreadsheet.

The spreadsheet.

In the end we walked away with tickets for most of the games we wanted, but not all.  Clearly Joe and the boys were planning to invite us to some of the games themselves–so it will all work out.

Tickets organized and ready for friends (or to sell in a sketchy alley).

20 days until Opening Day!

Twin Series: What to expect from Target Field

You have your tickets.  You have your friends.  It is time to go to your first game at Target Field.  What do you do?  When do you arrive?  What can you expect?

If it is your first time to Target Field you want to give yourself plenty of time to walk around the plaza, take pictures and check out the stadium.  Sometimes if you are there ahead of time you will get to see the team warm-up.  If it is your lucky day you could be asked to run and catch some baseballs, you never know (really unlikely).

Here are some fun photo ops you don’t want to miss:

The glove is a popular place for photos.

Joe is around town, in person (and statued) at TF!

It is always a good idea to take some pictures from your seats just make sure you do not do this in the middle of an amazing play.

Another benefit to getting to the stadium really early is the opportunity to get the give-aways!  Last year I got the Minnie and Paul-shaking-hands bobble head.  Amazing? Yes.

Worth going to the field two hours early? Yes, yes it was--people were trying to buy these!

Once the game starts you can expect the following: sing-a-long in the 8th inning (which I LOVE), the kiss cam (which can be awkward) and seeing at least one marriage proposal (be more creative guys!).  If you go on certain nights you can play TWIN-GO, which is a variation of BINGO and you might even win a prize if you are good at paying attention.  There may also be fireworks when there is a homerun and you will for sure hear U2’s “Beautiful Day” if it is a Twins Win.  Your experience will probably be magical and you will be excited to go back again and again.

Twin series: Tickets, they can be confusing

One of the most important things you will actually do as a fan is attend a game, but to go to a game you need a ticket.  This can be tricky and confusing if you go into the situation without a few helpful tips.

March 19, 2011 is right around the corner.  This is the day single game tickets will go on sale.  Some of us may be standing in line to buy tickets.  I would recommend you find a few good friends, throw together a spreadsheet of the games you want and head on down to Target Field.  You also have the option of purchasing tickets over the phone or the internet but then you have to pay extra service fees, and do you really want to do that?  No, no you don’t.  If you don’t go you might miss the following: showing the ticket people your awesome spreadsheet!

and getting free things--like cracker jacks!

...and seeing TC!

Target Field is a magical place even in March, but before actually buying the tickets you should probably consider where you want to sit.  The “cheap” seats are still really great seats–especially the Skyline view–you actually feel like you are sitting IN downtown it’s great.  Home Run Porch can get very warm in the midday sun so that wasn’t a favorite spot–especially with sitting in front of the gigantic scoreboard but now that there is a new scoreboard I would give HR porch another shot.  My favorite spot to sit last year was the left field bleachers.  Close to the action, close to the bullpen and amongst the most “serious” fans.

....from these seats you could share your fruit snacks with Delmon!

I have not sat in a bad seat in Target Field; every seat offers a different, unique angle and you don’t have to strain your neck to see plays, it is amazing.  Wherever you end up at TF you will be glad you made the right choice to buy tickets.

Twins series: How to meet the players

Before posting details about how to get tickets, what to do at Target Field, etc. this will answer one of the most important questions everyone has: how to meet the players. I’ll be honest–it’s not easy but read on for some helpful tips.

Twinsfest is a great place to get pictures taken/autographs.  This year was my first time ever attending Twinsfest and although I was unsure of what to expect it turned out to be well worth the drive and time commitment.  If you want pictures and autographs you have to be willing to spend a little bit of money ($25 + a long line for Joe Mauer) but if you look over the schedule just right and happen to see that your favorite player is taking pictures for only $3 you are in luck!  There was also photo ops with TC  (always take a picture with TC whenever possible).

TC is always up for a picture.

When meeting players you might want to have something random/awkward to say.  For example, when meeting Kevin Slowey I thanked him for the Christmas card and asked if he received ours.


For the more dedicated fans who want to take a vacation in February I would highly recommend attending Twins Spring Training in Ft. Myers, FL.  You will not regret it.  We went the first full day pitchers and catchers reported and because we were younger than 95% of the people that were there we got a lot of photo ops.  If you are going to make the commitment to go to Florida you should make sure you can identify many of the players (since they aren’t running around in practice with their names on the back of their shirts).  If you have access to a roster you should probably take advantage of that too since there are a lot of newbies running around.  Also, if you know their names they might think you are already friends and will definitely come over for a picture with you.

Ex: I knew Kevin's name even though he is not wearing a jersey and looks like the average guy walking around camp.

If you want pictures/autographs consider going to training in the late morning–since practices end around noon most days.  A little planning and you can meet lots of players after they are done with their practice–again knowing their name helps (and in some cases favorite foods too).

During the season a few players do a “Baseball Unplugged” session for fans.  Although I have not been to one of these I have read great things–basically they take fan questions and do an autograph session.  The dates/times for these are obscurely placed on the Twins site.

Finally a great way to meet players is to just run into them on the street—if you live in Maple Grove the likelihood of a player actually being your neighbor increases by 50%.  If this does happen for sure get a picture because otherwise it might not be believable that you ran into Joe Mauer at Lunds in NE Minneapolis.

New blog series: How to be a Twins fan

A new blog series is about to began.  It will be centered around the Minnesota Twins (I know you are probably surprised).  The posts will focus in on some tips of the trade I’ve learned about being a Twins fan.  I was inspired by a few good friends who wanted to know how they could expand their Twins knowledge going into this season–this will be in place of the seminars that I’ve been discussing lately via the facebook.

After reading these posts you too will know  the following:

How to meet a player (and make them laugh).

Danny certainly remembered us.

When to buy tickets/where to sit at Target Field this season.

Our plan for buying tickets will be revealed!

What blogs/news sources/twitter feeds you can read for the most interesting stories and information.

What to do when you find yourself at the stadium before a game and what to expect during the game.

Some photos are not optional.


And finally, what everyone wants to know: how to get yourself onto Target Field before a game.

Officially and legitimately on the field before a game.

I am excited to write these posts and help you all become more well informed fans!

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