It did it again. The Metrodome, or HomerDome as it was known in Kent Hrbek’s heyday, swallowed up another routine fly ball and spat out a game changing play. The Twins’ Orlando Cabrera hit a fly ball down the left field line that was lost in the roof and went for a double. It sparked a rally as the Twins came back to defeat the Detroit Tigers and move to within 2 games of the AL Central’s lead. It certainly isn’t the first time the Metrodome has been a nightmare for opponents, but it will hopefully be the last.
The Metrodome will be replaced next Opening Day by Target Field, a new open air ballpark in Minneapolis. If you’re as much of a whore for new ballparks as me you can watch the Target Field construction here: http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/min/ballpark/new_ballpark_webcam.jsp
I’m a big fan of ballparks and make an effort to visit the local ballpark whenever I’m in a new city. I was in the Twin Cities on business a few years back and drove to the Metrodome. I had every intention of taking a tour, as it was the off season. I didn’t get out of the car. The structure is in a word, nondescript. It may as well be a shopping mall built in the early 80’s with a giant trash bag suspended over top. Your typical Walmart has more character, so it’s kind of ironic that the new ballpark will carry Target’s name.
I’d like to implode the Metrodome, and after tonight I would think Justin Verlander would be right there with me. Sadly the Metrodome, for all it’s shortcomings, will not be imploded. It will continue to house the Vikings, and provide night tremors for a bygone generation of AL outfielders.
I don’t want my distaste for the Metrodome to lose sight of the Twins remarkable charge. They could very well take the AL Central lead from the Tigers in the last 2 weeks of the season. Either team would likely be a first round playoff speed bump for the Yankees. Frankly, the Tigers probably have a better chance of advancing in the playoffs with a front 3 of Verlander, Edwin Jackson and Rick Porcello, but the Twins are an intriguing story. They are a team that is peaking at the right time and they have the AL’s best player in Joe Mauer.