Twins president Dave St. Peter hit a home run as the featured speaker for the environmental nonprofit Great River Greening’s annual breakfast Wednesday morning at the University of Minnesota.
In the process, he dropped an expletive when talking about his team, which is two games away from setting a franchise record for losses in a season.
St. Peter had a solid story to tell about the teams environmental record at its Target Field facility. Target Field received certification known as LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) when it was built and then was a major league leader again by getting getting LEED certified for operation and maintenance. St. Peter touched on the team’s rainwater capture system developed with Pentair and progress toward its goal of recycling or composting all of the waste generated by operations and the team’s fans.
He told the audience about the strong business case to be made for these investments, too, how reducing waste and conserving water and electric power meets the expectations of the team’s younger fans in particular. St. Peter also talked about the catalytic effect of Target Field has had on the neighborhood around the ballpark in the North Loop neighborhood.
It's now a booming area of offices and apartments that includes the gleaming, two-year-old Target Field Station transit project behind the left-field corner that the team helped bring to fruition.
But St. Peter was blunt when he compared those successes to the team's failures on the field, making no excuses for a team that has lost 101 games, the worst record in baseball..
“Where we screwed up,” he said, “is having a shitty baseball team.”
The audience appreciated this line, which was greeted with laughter and head nods by the 300 or so people in attendance.