As anyone who endures my Twitter feed knows, I’ve been repeatedly scratching a 28-year-old outdoor-baseball itch at Target Field during this inaugural homestand. I wasn’t planning on writing about it because, well, it’s not like there’s too little coverage of the baseball palace.
DOWN IN FRONT, FSN. One of the coolest parts of Target Field is the plaza in right field, a sunny open town square where fans are free to casually meet, mingle, and monitor the game away from their assigned seats. But the most prime of this prime real estate is taken up by a mostly unoccupied Fox Sports News set. It makes for a beautiful pre- and post-game shot, but the electronic junkyard seriously steals from one of the park’s coolest features. Not in my backyard.
While the beer rails in center and the day-game sun in left also make for excellent standing room, Joe is right that the space above the right-field overhang might be the most spacious and viewable in the park. FSN’s crap squeezes paying fans into a needlessly claustrophobic strip. I know most of us watch the games on TV, but Anthony LaPanta’s squatting place isn’t vital for the actual gamecast. As they say in football, “Push ’em back, push ’em back, WAAAAAY back.”