Just as at regular Twins games, the food was a big hit.
Buns by the thousands got buttered for brisket, beer cans with the All-Star logo sweated on ice awaiting purchase and the tantalizing State Fair-like scents of corn dogs, pork chops on a stick and mini-donuts wafted from the right field concourse.
The crew from the hometown favorite Kramarczuk’s seared heaps of sauerkraut for sausages and the All-Star limited-edition doubleheader treat — a brat and a sausage on one bun.
Lynnette Donahue of Kramarczuk’s said that novelty took time to catch on. “The first day, people didn’t really know about it.
Then they started seeing other people carrying it around and asked, ‘Where did you get that?’ ”
The expectation for Tuesday night was to move up to 10,000 sausages, about 2,000 more than a typical game.
Vying for views
During the afternoon parade, excited fans, many with children, filled the route from the south end of Nicollet Mall to Target Field’s gates.
After the ceremonial Twins — Rod Carew, Tony Oliva and others — went by, the fans’ clear favorite arrived, wearing a bespoke suit and a smile.
Jeter is “phenomenal,” said Justin Morris, of Minneapolis, whose 5-month-old son, Jahmir, snuggled in a blanket at his chest.
Fans peered from rooftops and skyways and stood on whatever they could climb, bus shelter railings, trash cans, even each other.
On break from work, Tom Parker, generously self-described as 5 feet 7, sat on the shoulders of colleague Greg Danielson, a 6-foot-8 former European basketball player.
“He’s a tall guy, and I couldn’t see,” said Parker, who laughed along with a passel of pals taking long lunch breaks and snapshots of the sight gag of a grown man sitting on the shoulders of another. Turns out Parker is also the boss in their workplace.
A west metro youth baseball team got VIP bleacher seating on the route and an unobstructed view of the player they most wanted to see: Jeter. Bruce Gulden, 12, said he couldn’t wait to tell his friends. “They’re going to be jealous.”
Giovanni Reyes, of Minneapolis, and his family were among those who spent the day basking in the feeling of being in the big leagues.
“Minneapolis is finally on the map. My son has something to brag to his friends about,” Reyes said. “We can’t wait for the Super Bowl.”
That’s when the Twin Cities will get its next chance to strut on the big scene — for 2018’s NFL championship game at the next new stadium, going up on the opposite side of downtown.
It’s safe to say that, too, will be a cool day.