Date: Wednesday July 5, 7:10pm
Teams: Minneapolis Twins vs. Los Angeles Angels
Ticket(s):  Section 6, Row 8, Seat 3 (FREE!  Thanks to Betsy’s friend, Summer, for hooking us up!)
Miles Driven: 2,155
Average Cost per ticket, through 8 games: $9.38

Wednesday marked the eighth game in eight different stadiums in eight days.  It was the final game before a semi-break and it also required a bit of a drive…

Pre-Game

I woke up around 5am, central time, in Lincoln Park, Chicago.  Betsy, joining me for this stretch of the trip, woke up even earlier – 3:30a eastern time – to catch a flight out of Detroit to Chicago.  At 6:30a, I scooped her up at the airport and we were off to Minneapolis for the final game in this initial mid-west leg.  The ride couldn’t have been any smoother.  Almost no traffic or construction until we actually reached Minneapolis.

When we did reach Minneapolis, we made a quick stop at Minnehaha Falls – a rather impressive water fall right near the heart of Minneapolis.  From there we found a place to grab lunch, somewhat serendipitously landing at another restaurant featured on TV.  This time it was Busters on 28th which made an appearance on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.  Calamari app: good, not great.  Pulled pork sandwich: very good.

From there, we hit up Summer and Sam’s place, about a half hour west of downtown Minneapolis.  We explored the Lake Minnetonka area and grabbed ice cream at Licks Unlimited in Excelsior, Minnesota before heading out to the game.

The Game

Target Field is one of the newest stadiums in Major League Baseball and you could tell.  Much like the new Busch Stadium, it echoed the open skyline stadiums constructed in the early 2000s, yet also had a big more grandeur to it, with multiple decks and club areas.  We sat just 4 rows behind the Twins dugout – I’ll go out on a limb and say these might be the best seats I get on the trip.

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We lucked out to see Ervin Santana pitching for the Twins. Despite giving up a first-inning homerun to Kole Calhoun, Santana pitched a gem and got several big ovations from the Twins faithful. Speaking of which, it was a rather light crowd at Target Stadium – which is understandable for a Wednesday night.  It was kind of surprising how stringent the Twins ushers were with allowing people to move about seats. Even in the second level they were checking tickets and restricted access.  On the flip side, being in dugout sections was a blast.  Not only were we just feet from dugout (two kids in front of us had game balls flipped to them), but the section had our own private lounge and concession area.

Finally.  Most importantly.  Wednesday is $1 hotdog days at Target Field.  Lucky us.

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The Story

The Gas Station/Subway/Casino in the middle of South Dakota we are currently at doesn’t have the hottest wifi, so expect this to be updated at a later date!

Up Next

A day without baseball!  The next game is not until Sunday in Seattle, so we have about 25 hours of driving to tackle over the course of the next 3 days. We’ll spend a day and a half in the Badlands area and check that out, as well as Mount Rushmore, Wind Cave and Devils Tower.  Then, it’s a long day of driving on Saturday to get to Seattle.  A lot of driving, but a lot of amazing areas to explore.

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Posted by Tom Ward

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