The corridors of Target Field were packed Monday to the point that fans trying to make their way from section to section between innings often came to a complete stop.
The on-field product was crisp and professional, between the sterling defensive plays by the home team to the well-pitched game by Ervin Santana to the timely hits up and down the lineup in a 7-1 victory over the Royals — the first Opening Day win for the Twins in almost a decade.
I remarked to a random fan in the outfield that it felt a little like 2010. "I was just thinking the same thing," he said. "Only back then, it used to be like this every single game I went to — if I could get a ticket."
When play resumes Wednesday, it won't be nearly as full as it was Monday. And there's no guarantee the Twins will perform as brilliantly as they did Monday.
But for one day, at least, it sure felt right.
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