Savvy Twins fans already know about the opportunity in front of them. They proved with ample responses to a Twitter inquiry I made about the upcoming nine-game road trip for Minnesota.
But to reiterate, this is what is in front of the Twins starting Tuesday night: three consecutive three-game road series against the White Sox (Tuesday-Thursday), Cubs (Friday-Sunday) and Brewers (Monday-July 4).
If ever there was an opportunity for a magical baseball trip, this is it. Two cities, three teams, nine games, with a weekend and a holiday thrown in.
The word “unique” tends to be both overused and misused, but this span is truly unique. The Twins have only played the Cubs at Wrigley Field four times – the last in 2009, the last before that in 2001. They didn’t play the White Sox or Brewers (more common opponents, particularly the White Sox) adjacent to any of those four series.
So this is a trip that has never happened. Twins fans, as the kids like to say, are extremely here for this and plan to take advantage as best they can. (Photos are from my trip to Miller Park and Wrigley in 2012, but the Twins were only the opponent in Milwaukee).
Aaron Richards from Kasson said he’s heading to Wrigley for the Friday and Saturday games with his wife, who is a huge Cubs fan but has never been to Wrigley.
“I get to see the Twins and drink Old Style. Definition of a win-win,” he said.
Same goes for John and Kathy Anderson of Minnetonka, who are going to Wrigley (his first trip there) on Saturday and then heading to Milwaukee on Monday.
Mark and Julia Moeller of Minnetonka are taking their daughter, Anna, to Chicago for the first time for games against both the White Sox and Cubs.
As another astute reader pointed out, the Sunday game at Wrigley features a unique giveaway: a Willson Contreras laundry hamper. (Hopefully not game-used).
Naturally, it seems as though the Cubs and Brewers series are the ones most fans are zeroing in on. The White Sox games are less rare and are in the middle of this week, after all.
That said, if you have cost in mind the White Sox/Twins games have that going for them. I see tickets on Stubhub for the White Sox series starting at $6 for all three games. It will run you $50+ to get into a Cubs/Twins game. Then again, cost isn’t always the same as value.
As someone who has been on multiple trips to all three ballparks, here are a few suggestions:
*Definitely tailgate outside Miller Park in Milwaukee. It’s legitimately a great tailgating scene. Chad Harris from Coon Rapids, who said he’s going to the Twins/Brewers games next week, agrees. He said: “Those games are always fun. Feels like a rivalry. Tailgating scene at Miller Park is outstanding.”
*Definitely don’t: Lecture the locals about how much better of a ballpark Target Field is vs. Miller Park. Trust me, they already know.
*You might also want to check out Milwaukee’s excellent Summerfest, a long festival with tons of good music that is happening during the Twins series.
*In Chicago, go plenty early to Wrigley and check out the neighborhood bars. It’s better than trying to go after the game when everyone has the same idea. If you’re going to a White Sox game, don’t prejudge the ballpark based on what you’ve heard. It’s actually not bad!
*If you have kids, check out Maggie Daley Park (right next to the excellent Millennium Park near the lakeshore). You will be hard pressed to find a better outdoor playground.
*But do not — repeat, do not — eat approximately 13 pounds of meat for lunch at Fogo de Chao in downtown Chicago before watching a baseball game in the intense heat. I did this in 2012, and I still have regrets. Projected high temperatures are in the low 90s this weekend in Chicago. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
All that said, it’s going to be hard to mess this trip up no matter how the Twins play and no matter how much of it you are planning to attend.
If you do all nine games, by the way, you achieve legend status. Those are just the rules.