The Yankees all seem to agree on two major points — one, Target Field is a beautiful facility, and two, the Twins have successfully built themselves a pitchers park.
It takes a lot to crank a ball out of here, as the Twins have learned the hard way, and the Yankees have had a taste as well. Mark Teixeira thought that Juan Miranda’s deep drive in the eighth inning last night would have been “way out of most stadiums,” but instead it died in center field.
Nick Swisher played it the smart way with his game-winner, knowing he’d better be pulling.
“It is a big ballpark, don’t get me wrong,” Swisher said. “But I talked to some of the guys on the Twins earlier and they were saying that the ball does travel down the lines. It’s 403 in right-center and there’s a 30-foot wall. You’ve got to be a grown man to hit it out of there. I’ve got to go down the lines, you know?”
So while the Yankees do enjoy what they’ve seen here, they won’t be looking forward to trips to Minneapolis to benefit their power numbers.
“There weren’t many hits out there,” Teixeira said. “They play good defense. If you hit the ball in the air, it isn’t going anywhere. I think this park has shown to be a pitchers park thus far.”