An Interview with Target Field Expert Stephanie Caro

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Saturday, April.14/2012

DB: “Welcome to the MLB Reports Target Field  Expert Interview Stephanie. Please tell us about yourself and then give us some information on your life as a Twins fan?”

SC: “I’ve been a Twins fan since I attended my very first Bat Day at Metropolitan Stadium in 1971. (With thousands of bats pounding against the old metal decks, I remember it being extremely loud!) As a kid, I would listen to the Twins game on my transistor radio after I went to bed; now, as a middle-aged woman, I keep track of the Twins via radio, TV and/or Internet.”

DB: “You have been to several other ballparks around MLB. besides Target Field, what has been your favorite other ballpark so far?

SC: “AT&T Park in San Francisco is a gem, with its location next to the Bay and McCovey Cove. Busch Stadium in St. Louis is another favorite – I was lucky enough to attend a World Series game there last fall.” 

DB: “Target Field has to contend with the Twins having their worst year in a decade in 2011, do you think this will turn people away from the ballpark if they start off slow in 2012?”

SC: “Despite the loss of players like  Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel and Joe Nathan, a solid start for the Twins will help ensure strong attendance numbers. Luckily, Target Field is still enough of a novelty for Minnesotans that they will attend in droves, win or lose, at least early in the season. If the streak of mediocrity continues, we will likely saw what we saw last season – ticketholders dumping their tickets. However, we fans are hoping last season was just an anomaly.

DB: “Target Field  is one of the easiest parks to get to for public transportation, do you think helps bring in more casual fans?”

SC: “Certainly, having light rail service directly to the park is a huge advantage. Also attractive is the fact that Target Field is located within the Warehouse District, with its bars, restaurants and clubs. Casual fans can combine a trip to the ballpark with some good food and drink to make a complete day.”

DB: “What advice would you give for somebody experiencing Target Field for the very first time?”

SC: “Arrive early to experience the atmosphere out on the plaza before the game starts. Take a stroll around the outside of the stadium to view tributes to Twins players past and present. Get a picture with statues of Twins heroes Harmon Killebrew, Kirby Puckett and Rod Carew. Inside the stadium, take a look at the field from different vantage points around the stadium. And if you’re taking the light rail, keep in mind that the queues get very long after the game, so it may be worth stopping off for a drink or a bite to eat while letting the lines thin out.”

DB: “What is your favorite method of transportation to Target Field?

SC: “When traveling with a group, I find it’s generally best to drive, because it’s about the same price to park as it is for four people to take public transportation. If I’m going to the game alone or meeting someone at the Target Field, I take advantage of the Park & Ride and use the Hiawatha Light Rail Line.”

DB: “What is the food like at Target Field? What is your favorite ballpark food there?”

SC: “The food includes a boatload of Minnesota favorites, including deep-fried cheese curds and pork chop on a stick. My current favorite is a Kramarczuk (a local sausage maker in NE Minneapolis) Polish Sausage with grilled onions – the best. I dare you to smell one cooking and not buy one.”

DB: “What is your favorite all time game that you have been in attendance for at Met Stadium, the Metrodome or Target Field?”

SC: “I’ve never been lucky enough to make it to a playoff game, so I’d have to say that my favorites were the early games where I had a chance to watch greats like Carew, Killebrew and Oliva play in person.”

DB: “As someone who has watched the team for years, how crucial is it for Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer to have bounce back seasons?”

SC: “It’s most important for Joe Mauer, our hometown boy, to have a good season after his big contract and a 2011 season full of injuries. Mauer is such a big draw and people love to see him succeed. Justin Morneau’s concussion issues have spread out over two seasons and may not be over yet, which is worrisome.  We’ll hope for the best, but realistically we have to think about a steady replacement for Morneau as well.”

DB: “Thank you very much Stephanie.”

*** A big thank you goes out to our Target Field Expert Stephanie Caro  for participating in the expert article Series.***

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at http://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/
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