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jetBlue Park is pretty, pretty nice

Posted by: Jim Souhan under Professional baseball, Twins management, Tubby Smith, Wolves coaches, Wolves management, Gophers post season Updated: March 4, 2012 - 9:20 AM

I had heard a lot about jetBlue Park, and now I'm sitting in the press box, looking at a replica of the Green Monster.

My information is that the Red Sox brass is miffed because they wanted an exact replica of the Green Monster, and somehow it wound up three feet bigger than the original. So I guess it's the Big Green Monster.

This place looks like Fenway Park with a spoiler. The panels placed over the stands to provide shade look like the wings of spaceships.

La Velle and I did a pregame video today, and I brought up this point: The Twins shouldn't be jealous of places like this. The Twins' spring training facility fits their personality. It's old-school Florida, simple, easy to navigate, low-key. It's perfect for fans wanting to watch workouts. You'll never have better access to the Twins than during workouts at Hammond Stadium.

And the Red Sox park befits a large-market team with plenty of money to spend on spring training parks. Grandiosity works for the Sox; it's unecessary for the Twins.

The Twins are working on a renovation of Hammond Stadium, though, and it needs one. The concessions are disappointing and the walkways are crowded. Add a tiki bar in leftfield, expand the corridors and upgrade the food, and the place will be fine.

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Finally, a good day of sports for the Twin Cities on Saturday. The Twins had an ideal first game, the Gophers basketball team finally won, the Gopher hockey team won the WCHA and the Wolves finally beat Portland.

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