The Rundown 4/8
The Twins game was postponed today because of snow/cold and this begs the question of would an indoor stadium be worth it?
The answer is today and always will be, no.
When Target Field opened, it quickly became revered as one of the best *modern* ballparks in the country. And in a stunning development, it’s stayed that way. That’s due to the investments the Twins have made into the ballpark and the fact that it was designed with the intent of making the park as much a part of the experience as the product on the field. Why is this so important? Because baseball is the only sport where watching in person is better than watching on television.
Now before you break out the pitchforks, don’t get me wrong, I love attending all live sporting events more than anything. But for all the raucous fun of football, you leave doused in beer and deaf. AND you can’t see anything on the field because you're too far away, and if you’re too close nothing is in perspective. Hockey games are real lively in Minnesota, but I can’t find the puck to save my life when I’m not watching on TV. Basketball is probably the closest for me, but at the end of the day, I like to watch the mechanics and ticks, something that the TV provides in all corners of the court.
At a baseball game, you can see the whole field, who's warming up in the Bullpen, the crack of the bat, that distinct white ball on emerald green grass. Baseball is also slow, but in a good way. The kind of slow where you can get up, go to the bathroom, get a snack and a drink, and still not miss much. There’s downtime, the kind of downtime that amplifies the fun of who you're watching the game with. Baseball is not a game to be watched, it’s a game to be experienced. Which is why I’ll happily trade in a couple snow and rain outs for a perfect July evening at the ballpark. Great friends, great weather, and a great ballpark are the only ways to experience America’s pastime.
The Race for 1st Pace
The Boston Bruins look to take the Atlantic Division crown tonight, and with it the #1 spot in the Eastern Conference. It would be the second-highest point total in the league, following the Nashville Predators who have already clinched the President’s Trophy for this season. These regular season accomplishments feel good, but are they worth potentially damaging a Stanley Cup run? The President’s Trophy has long had a sense of gloom attached with it, as the team winning it has only won the Stanley Cup eight times since its creation in 1985. Moreover, teams winning the trophy have also been upset in the first round six times. Now, sure, statistically only one of 16 teams can win the Cup and it makes sense that often it won’t be the team with the most points in the regular season. After all, the goal is to win four games against one opponent, something that probably didn’t occur during the regular season. So does this mean teams shouldn’t worry about being the top team? The Bruins tonight can go from the #2 to the #1 with a win against Florida tonight. But playing to secure a win means the stars that need the rest for the playoffs likely won’t get any unless the outcome is cemented quickly. But I’ve always had one thought: you play every game the same way. If you try to win 82 regular season games, you won’t have to change your mindset come playoff time. The President’s Trophy “curse” is simple statistics, and securing a division title boosts morale and lights an additional fire for the playoffs. Herm Edwards said it best: “you play to win the game.”