The Pohlads are kicking in more money to the new joint. And the new joint is starting to sound pretty spiffy:
The Pohlad family on Friday announced it has again increased its contribution toward the construction of the Minnesota Twins’ new ballpark to help pay for rooftop seating and various other design enhancements . . . The Pohlads’ latest expense will help pay for Wrigley Field-like bleachers that will be built on the roof of the team’s administrative offices in left field. The rooftop deck will have room for 150 to 300 fans.
Other upgrades will include scoreboard and high-definition enhancements, concourse heating, seat upgrades and “iconic team-related signage,” including a statue of Kirby Puckett.
Heated concourses are a stellar idea for this park. I’m less worried about spring rain and snow outs than a lot of people are — the Twins played in open air for 20 years before the dome was built and got through it just fine — but there are definitely going to be some cold games in the early going, and what better than to have a warm place where fans can retreat to buy beer and foam fingers and stuff?
I’m not sure what “iconic team-related signage” is. If there are statues other than Puckett’s I’d assume they’d be of Killebrew, Katt, Carew, and maybe Oliva. Kent Hrbek isn’t worth a statue, but maybe they’ll make a Fathead of him brutally assaulting Ron Gant down at first base during Game 2 of the 1991 World Series. You know, the out that ended the inning instead of leaving it with runners on first and third with David Justice coming to bat? In the one-run game that could have gone either way and only needed a slight correction by the hands of fate — or the meaty sausage fingers and ham fists of Kent frickin’ Hrbeck — for the outcome to have been changed?
Not that I’m bitter or anything.