Thursday, April 1, 2010

Twins home field advantage gone?

Deadspin's Will Leitch debates whether the move for the Twins from the HHH Metrodome to the new outdoor Target Field will hurt the Minnesota Twins home field advantage.

"But the one place in baseball that was an actual home-field advantage was the old, outdated, ugly Metrodome. It was the place where visiting outfielders couldn't see fly balls, where there were hefty bags, where fans could create a cacophony that echoed and rattled in upon itself. I will have nightmares of the 1987 World Series, those homer hankies and the blood-curdling shrieks of the freezing, frenzied masses. The Metrodome was terrifying and stupid and outdated and totally wrong for baseball, but it's difficult to deny it wasn't a considerable advantage for the Twins, during an era in which they needed every break they could get...

...By finally having a baseball stadium that is remotely similar to the rest of the stadiums in baseball, the Twins might have lost part of who they are. It's worth it, sure. But there's still something that's gone."

The Twins regular season begins Monday, April 5 10:05 pm EST @ LA Angels on ESPN 2. Opening day for Target Field will be Monday, April 12 against the Boston Red Sox.

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