Thanks to Nate who called me this afternoon to offer me his tickets. While I am sorry that he had a conflict, I am happy to be at the game. He knows that Sue and I are big sports fans and that we would appreciate his offer and put the tickets to good use. Thanks Nate. We had a great time!
This time I finally saw a Twins win after 3 losses in the previous games that I had attended. Whereas the game on Thursday night had Slowey falling behind virtually every batter and causing the game to drag on for over three hours, tonight Pavano pitched quickly and effectively in a 1 hour 52 minute complete game performance. The Twins bested the Whit Sox 3-2 to take a 2-1 game lead in the 4 game series.
The photos from tonight are some of the same as before from around the park, but they also reflect the weather situation of the night. The weather took enough of a break in Minneapolis for the quick game to be played, but the ride home was a bit of an adventure. It was good to find that our home was spared any ill effects from the area's tornadoes and straight line winds and we made it home safely. The pictures and a ride home video can be seen on my Flickr page, or the video alone can be seen on YouTube.
This was my first experience of a night game at Target Field. I have attended two games already but they were both day games.
See more photos on my Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jdshnzr/sets/72157624393014253/
I show a great parking spot, a preview of Hrbek's for dining and some shots of the ball park.
The unfortunate thing is that in the first game back after the all star break, the Chicago White Sox beat the home team 8-7. Jim Thome was the winning run at the plate with two out in the bottom of the ninth but he could not stick it to his former team on this occasion. The Twins let numerous opportunities pass them by in a game of terrible pitching and questionable defense. This is not the usual fundamentally sound Twins team that we have grown accustomed to seeing over the past two decades.
We joined Stacy and Aaron for dinner at Hrbek's as they were celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary. They had lower level seats behind home plate while we were in row three of the third deck just beyond first base. The third deck really are pretty good seats. If possible though, sit down the third base line and get the view of the downtown Minneapolis skyline.