MINNEAPOLIS These days, the clapping is a bit thinner. Roving vendors' neon yellow shirts glow a bit brighter silhouetted against empty green seats, their piercing advertisements ringing ever louder.
It's the twilight of August at Target Field, and the three-season-old ballpark is glistening in the 90-degree heat. She's showing her age a bit, this field that Minnesota so treasures. She's still shiny and clean, still a novelty, but for the first time ever, her stands are not automatically full.
Children are going back to school. A late summer heat wave doesn't help fill those stands, nor does the Twins' 53-78 record.
Through the rose-tinted glasses of this glorious post-Metrodome era where baseball again means sunlight and breeze and an errant rain shower, Thursday's 32,578 crowd appeared grim. It followed a night when the Twins posted their worst attendance in Target Field history, 29,281, for a 10-0 win over the Mariners. It was the byproduct of the date and time (Aug. 30 at ...