I’ve written before about how I love schedule-release day because it allows me to plan potential road trips. I said it this past September, when I saw the Mets would be visiting the Twins in 2013 over my birthday weekend in April, that I would want to go. So this is the first road trip of the year.
Myself, Nik and four other friends all decided to make the trip. We knew we were risking it with the potential for cold or bad weather, and, boy, did we have both! The original plan was to see two out of the three games – Friday and Sunday and keep Saturday as a day to explore the city and visit some Minneapolis breweries. We accomplished most of that.
We arrived Friday morning and took the Light Rail from the airport to downtown. The train stop is just steps from Target Field, so we were greeted by the stadium right away. After checking in at the hotel, we got lunch at the Loon Cafe, which was ok, and then settled in at Gluek’s for a few hours before heading back to the hotel to put on the layers for the Mets game.
It was a snowy, cold afternoon, but that didn’t stop the teams from playing ball. Target Field is a great looking ballpark, and the Twins were awesome to the fans on this night by offering free coffee and hot chocolate at each gate, all throughout the game. Seriously, in the 8th inning, my friend still got a cup of hot chocolate.
Four of us had Home Plate View tickets in the upper level, while two others had seats on the first base side in the lower level. We walked around, scoped things out and got drinks at an indoor bar. We never once sat in our ticketed seats. We started out in left field on the lower level, before moving over to section 110 where we settled in for the night. Members of our group did depart early in the game, but my layers and wool socks got me to the 8th inning, when I felt OK leaving with the Mets leading 14-5. The Mets went on to win 16-5.
Highlights included seeing five quick runs in the first inning and a great pitching performance by Jon Niese in the cold, snowy weather. John Buck’s grand slam in the second inning was just icing on the cake for this game. Really made sitting in the cold worth it.
Saturday included some sightseeing and checking out local places, such as Al’s Breakfast and a few craft breweries: 612 Brew, Indeed Brewing and a quick stop at Dangerous Man Brewing. Nik will probably be posting more about this at his site.
Pictured is a flight of beer from 612 Brew in Northeast Minneapolis.
Sunday’s game ended up being cancelled due to the terrible weather that was forecast. It was pretty crappy out so I’m glad we didn’t have to sit through it or wait out delays. The cancelled game did make missing the Saturday game a little sad for me, because seeing two out of three games was the plan. So, instead, we only saw one. Had Matt Harvey pitched a no-hitter on Saturday, and we missed it, I may have been absolutely heart broken.
All in all, it was a great weekend. Good times were had by all and I’m glad I made the trip, despite the weather.
Funny story, in the first (or was it second?) inning, a foul ball landed in this girl’s beer. Everyone was up and cheering for her and so she proceeded to drink her beer while the ball was still in the cup.
*A full set of pictures from the game can be seen on my Flickr page.