This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

"Two" For Tuesday

This past Saturday, Brady and I made a whirlwind visit to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to catch two ball games.  I say whirlwind because we left out of BWI Saturday morning, arrived just in time in MSP to catch the Vikings play the Cardinals in an afternoon football game.  Then later that evening we saw the Twins play the Tigers.  

Sunday morning, after a couple hours sleep, we caught a 6 a.m. flight to return to BWI.  Sunday afternoon I was back at Buzzy's Country Store stocking the beer case and cleaning the bathroom.  

While we stayed less than 24 hours in MSP, we managed to see two ball games at two different stadiums.  Hey, it's only rock and roll but I like it right?
Brady at the Bank
Target Field
The ball parks were two very different parks.  US Bank is a ultra-modern, state of the art stadium with all the bells and whistles.  Target Field on the other hand is what is termed a retro ball park that tries to maintain an intimate environment while incorporating part of its surroundings into its design (click here.)  (Think Camden Yards and the warehouse.)

While at the Twins game we enjoyed talking with an usher named Dave about different stadiums that we had been to.  Dave informed us that he had done his Master's Thesis on stadium architectural design, and discussed how Camden Yards impacted all ball parks built after it.  

He noted that the architectural firm HOK (now Populous who also designed Target) received all the credit and notoriety for coming up with the Camden Yards retro ball park design.  However, it was a young lady who was responsible for first suggesting it to the HOK folks.  I found this article documenting what Dave said and learned that Janet Marie Smith introduced HOK to the idea of making Camden a retro ball park  ((click here.)  Proves again I guess, that behind every great idea there is usually a woman who doesn't get the credit for it!

Little trivia for you - in 2012 Tim McGraw and Kenney Chesney played the first concert to be held at Target Field (click here.)

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