Target Field: Star Tribune staffers' favorite things

  • Updated: July 12, 2014 - 5:27 PM
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JIM GEHRZ • jgehrz@startribune.com Minneapolis/April 8, 2011, 2010/3:00 PM: The Minnesota Twins played the Oakland Athletics in the Major League Baseball home opener at Target Field. IN THIS PHOTO:] Three-year-old grandson Nick Oliva played with the statue that had just been unveiled in honor of his grandfather, Twins' great Tony Oliva (right).

Things we like about Target Field    Star Tribune sports staff members share a few of their favorite things about Target Field

Getting a Cuban sandwich and finding Tony Oliva in line, talking to fans.

Having dinner and watching the game from the deck at the Metropolitan Club.

Taking a pregame stroll around Target Plaza and enjoying the statues of Twins greats Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew, Kirby Puckett, Kent Hrbek and Tony Oliva. Or having your picture taken in the giant fielder’s mitt. It makes a great family Christmas card.

Eating local. Target Field would be a great ballpark without Summit and Grain Belt and Surly and Kramarczuk’s and Murray’s steak sandwiches and Butcher & the Boar and …

Technically it’s not in the stadium, but check out the wall of enlarged Topps baseball cards at the northwest corner behind the stadium. They are fascinating, both as a history of the Twins and of baseball cards. And anyone can go there without buying a ticket.

Town Ball Tavern on the second level. It not only honors Minnesota Amateur baseball, but check out the flooring by the bar. It’s the same floor used by George Mikan and the Minneapolis Lakers during their championships days at the Minneapolis Armory.

The way the limestone seems to glow under the lights on a summer night.

Seeing the old-school characters Minnie and Paul, in their original logos, shaking hands after a home run.

Sitting in the cheap seats and seeing the whole vista — the green field below, and the city’s lights beyond.

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  • Richard Tsong-Taatarii/rtsong-taatarii@startribune.com Minneapolis, MN;4/6/11;left to right ] At Target Field, a crew checks the lights on the Minnie and Paul sign in preparation for the home opener on Friday against Oakland.

  • KYNDELL HARKNESS • kyndell.harkness@startribune.com MINNEAPOLIS- 3/27/10 First outdor baseball game played on Target Field will be the Minnesota Gophers v Louisina Tech in baseball game. IN THIS PHOTO: ] Patrons walked in and out of the Town Ball Tavern.

  • JEFF WHEELER • jeff.wheeler@startribune.com MINNEAPOLIS - 7/16/10 - Kramarczuk's Polish sausage and bratwurst are found at two stands on the main concourse level of Target Field. IN THIS PHOTO: ] Sausages on the grill at one of the Kramarczuk's food stands Friday night.

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