"What time is it? Did my alarm not go off? I'm not tired enough.... Oh my god!"
"Oh. It's just 6am. Stupid Gold Ticket has screwed up my sleep pattern."
"Oh well. Baseball!"
"I love Opening Day!"
"Oh no! Today is my last Opening Day ever that will be both budget-friendly and warm/dry."
"I'm a little sad now."
Baseball helps overcome the sadness. Still, it's a little melancholy. I know everybody hates the Dome. They complain loudly about it at pretty much every game I go to. I don't care. I love the Metrodome, in spite of it's faults. I feel the same way about the Dome that a lot of older people felt about Metropolitan Stadium. I saw my first game at the Dome. Leaving the Dome behind is going to feel like leaving Kirby Puckett behind. And the crazy overwhelming decibal level the Dome is capable of producing during playoff games will be no more. Hubert's will no longer be the one convenient pre-game destination for our whole community of Twins Fans to gather.
New is OK. Cold for several months of the season, but OK I guess. Assuming the economy doesn't prevent families from buying more expensive tickets, a whole new generation of tiny Twins fans will see their first games at Target Field and will think just as fondly of it.
But I hope everyone takes the time this season to appreciate the fact that there are a lot of good things about the Dome. I know that I will be cherishing every last moment of climate-controled comfort this year.
Also, just a little added incentive to the team to win the World Series this year....this is the last chance for an October series that isn't so cold it makes you want to die. Just a thought.
Anyway, Happy Opening Day! See y'all at the Dome.