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First Time for the Last Time

By Travis Hines

When you've grown up in Minnesota since the mid-1980s, your memories and associations towards baseball are distinctly different than many other places across the country. The smell of freshly cut grass is replaced by the unmistakable aroma of stale beer. Sun drenched days and starry nights are replaced by a blank Teflon sky. And you never know what to expect when you make a trip to the bathroom. Saturday night I took in my first game of the season at the Dome. And I couldn't be happier it'll be my last first at the Dome.

I'm as nostalgic as the next guy who's grown up in a town that hasn't been able to celebrate a title in years, but I won't be sad at all to see the Twins move out of the Dome and into Target Field. Saturday's win was exciting and fun, but I found that I couldn't stop talking about how much I wish we were watching the game at the new field. The weather was perfect, the team was rolling, and I was disappointed. That's no way to watch a game.

Don't get me wrong; I have more great memories at the Dome than I know what to do with, but I'm not going to shed a tear come Opening Day 2010. And it doesn't bother me at all that I might have to bundle up or don a poncho on occasion. People came out to see the Twins and Vikings when they were at the old Met, and they'll come out to a great looking ballpark. Weather doesn't faze Minnesotans. Bad teams will though. As long as the team continues their recent run of success, they'll do fine at the box office. With the young talent and a hopefully growing payroll, I don't think wins – or fans – will be too hard to come by in the next few years. Just be sure to stock up on sunscreen.

And maybe ponchos, too.


  1. Don't forget winter hats, coats, and mittens...we did get 8 inches of snow for the home opener in 2008!

  2. Just think of the "I Survived the 2010 Home Opener" t-shirts! If that doesn't stimulate the economy, I don't know what will.