ROAD TRIP TO MINNESOTA

     On leaving the stadium amongst throngs of happy Twin fans Kathy & Cliff on walking back to their hotel were treated to a special fire works just as if 4th of July was upon them.  The finally of fire works was real special and arriving back to the hotel Kathy retired while Cliff stood outside the entrance to observe hundreds of people walking the streets and the hot spot across the street called Gay 90's Club, a 2-story dance club with 300 customers entering/exiting steadily sober and drunk (and high on drugs).  Cliff learned that the fire work display was in part to the annual celebration in Minneapolis of Spirit of the Water.  A tired Cliff retired at 11:15 p.m. only to awake at 1:45 a.m. to several sirens outside on the streets of Minneapolis.  Looking out the 4th floor hotel room window that faced the Gay 90's Club  across the street, Cliff could observe the 2nd floor of the dance club with strobe light dance floor and the streets still filled with people.

     On standing outside the hotel entrance along with a hotel security guard for a cigarette, Cliff was amazed that six Minneapolis patrol cars with their lights flashing had pulled up facing the Gay 90's Club as people continued to enter/exit at will.  A squad of police on bicycles rode by and about five minutes later a squad of police on horseback strode by.  Cliff learned from that hotel security guard that this was typical in Minneapolis on Friday & Saturday nights.  Last call for alcohol is 2 a.m. and everyone has to be out of the bars & clubs by 2:30 a.m.  Other police cars and ambulances at high speeds with sirens blaring could be heard all around the downtown of Minneapolis (and Kathy could sleep through all this noise?).  The Club was locked up at 2:30 a.m. as the people dispersed the area and then to Cliff's surprise two wreckers showed up just after 2:30 a.m. and hooked up to two cars in the small parking area along the Club and took the vehicles away leaving the parking area clean of any vehicles.  Cliff ended retiring back to the hotel room shortly after 3 a.m.

     Only, to be back outside at 6 a.m. for another cigarette and cup of coffee (who needs sleep?).  In observing a typical Sunday morning in Minneapolis Cliff first notice a huge sign by the parking area of the Gay 90's Club that stated Free Parking from 8 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.  Enjoying his coffee Cliff watched as many joggers past by and with the streets full of garbage from the night before city work crews on foot with brooms and pans cleaned up the streets.  The outside temp was in low 70's with a slight breeze and clear skies.

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     Kathy & Cliff entered Target Field at 5:45 p.m. to get to their seats for the 6:10 first pitch.  They had aisle seats 2nd row next to the Detroit Tiger dugout along the 3rd base line.  Prior to entrance and walking around town passing by the stadium Kathy & Cliff had wondered why the gates hadn't opened earlier than 5 p.m. as throngs of people gathered outside the stadium. Well, the first 10,000 fans to enter were given a beer mug commemorating the Minnesota Twins 30th anniversary and the MLB Title of 1987 (we missed out).  With many of the players/coaches on hand from that championship team the following ceremony didn't end to 6:40 p.m. delaying the start of the game.  It was announced the temperature at game time to be 90 degrees and with Kathy & Cliff sitting in shade Cliff could not help feel for all those fans up in upper deck around the outfield in the blazing sun.

     No matter what, it was hot and exciting to be sitting to observe our Detroit Tigers in action having defeated Minnesota Twins on Friday night  and going for a second straight win in this 3-game series.  However, on this night the Twins worked out to a 6-0 score on entering the 7th inning.  With All-Star LF Justin Upton pounding a 3-run homer in upper deck the Tigers scored 5-runs to make this game a thriller only to lose 6 to 5 before a total of 33,700 fans in attendance.