First ever pitch at Target FieldIt may be autumn Down Under here, but when it comes to sports, we're thinking spring and baseball and the Minnesota Twins.  The Twins opened their new stadium, Target Field, this week in Minneapolis with rave reviews both for the team's expectations and the stadium's features.

Peter and I woke early at 4:00am this past Tuesday to watch the first Twins game in their new outdoor stadium.  The game was shown live on ESPN International which we get via a satellite service similar to Dish Network in the States (much more expensive than Dish, and not nearly as good!).  We switched back and forth between watching the ESPN telecast and watching the Twins' own Fox Sports North telecast which we get online either live or archived via  Both commentating crews did well at telling us all about the new stadium and keeping up with the game itself.

Dane has long been saying that one of the first things he wants to do when we get back to the US is to go to Target Field to watch the Twins.  We're quite envious of those who live close enough to get there in the next two seasons before we return.

And, of course, it was great to see that the Twins opened Target Field with an exciting win over Boston.  Kubel hit the first home run in the park and Mauer did his usual contribution of 3 hits and solid catching.

Photo of the first pitch at Target Field 12 April 2010 by ajc3 / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0