09/14/2009 1:17 PM ET
Cuddyer: Farewell to the Metrodome
Twins outfielder has lingering memories of home park
This last season in the Metrodome has been bittersweet for me. It's the only home I've had in the Majors.
At the same time, I've been over to the new park and it's going to be beautiful. Target Field is state of the art and something the fans and players have wanted for a long time. It's going to be nice.
I don't know anything about the new park yet in terms of how it's going to play. It may play to the pitchers or it may play to the batters -- I don't know. Obviously, the biggest difference will be that we're going to have to deal with the elements in the early part of the season and again as the season draws to a close.
Playing the American League Central we already get a taste of that playing in Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland. In all of those places you deal with all the elements, so I think we'll do just fine. In other words, we're not going to be the only team dealing with cold weather.
Once you get beyond that, the summers in Minnesota are generally kind of hot and humid. I think the fans can deal with that more than the thought of being indoors when it is 85 degrees outside. Everyone is looking forward to those beautiful Minnesota summer nights while taking in a ballgame outdoors.
As I think back to my favorite memories in the Metrodome, winning the division on the last day of the season in 2006 really stands out to me. The fans stayed and watched the game that got us in. I've also played in four different playoff series there.
Individually, the first hit I had in the big leagues was in the dome. My first grand slam was in the dome, too. There are a bunch of special memories in the Metrodome that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
The franchise has also enjoyed success there. I'll never forget the two World Series the Twins won back in the day. They had an unmistakable advantage at home in both of those series. They had some great players step onto the field there. It was Kirby Puckett and Kent Hrbek's only home. There is a lot of baseball history in that Metrodome.
Our final regular-season games at the dome are this week. For us, a great October run would be an ideal way to cap off the last year of the Metrodome. That's what we're shooting for now. We can still send the dome off in grand fashion.
The Minnesota Twins have called the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome home since 1982, and outfielder Michael Cuddyer, who was three years old at the time, has played in the dome the last nine seasons. Cuddyer is batting .271 with 24 homers, 31 doubles and 72 RBIs this season.