Mother's Day at Target Field
The Twins blanked the Orioles on Sunday afternoon behind a strong performance by pitcher Nick Blackburn, who was backed up by three-run innings in the third and fourth. In the third inning, the Twins roughed up the O's starter, Brian Matusz, with five straight hits, and finally chased him from the game in the fourth. The final score was 6-0.
During the seventh inning stretch, the Northfield High School choirs sang "God Bless America" from the roof deck in center field. The arrangement was by the choir's director, Dwight Jilek. On the radio, Twins announcer John Gordon enthused, "Well, 'God Bless America' was sung by the Northfield High School choirs, and boy did they do a good job." Our son Will was singing in the tenor section, and Clara and I were sitting in field box in the corner of left field—where we couldn't see the the choir on the jumbotron, but where we had a great view of every catch made by Delmon Young in left and Denard Span in center.
We drove up to Minneapolis early, parked far from Target Field in the nearly deserted Leamington transit hub ramp near Orchestra Hall ($5), and walked up Nicollet Mall and 7th Street to the field. Not at all a bad way to do it. Target Field itself is beautiful—from the real grass to the great views both of the field and of the city of Minneapolis beyond. Our tickets weren't cheap ($32), but it was worth the price for a great Mother's Day outing, and our first experience of outdoor Major League baseball in Minnesota.