Minute Maid Park New Look

Minute Maid Park is about to host its first game with the updated center field tonight.  I am glad that Tal’s Hill is finally gone, I think it messed with our hitters knowing they couldn’t hit one out to CF.

With the updates, I’ll be anxious to see how it looks in real life instead of just the few pictures that have been released. Honesty, from the picture of the “ivy” wall (it’s fake plastic), it kind of looks out of place to me.

View of the new center field from the first base side during the tour of the new center field at Minute Maid Park,  Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Houston. ( Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle ) Photo: Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle

This looks like something I would put up in my backyard to cover up an eyesoar. Like if there was a shack on the other side of my fence, or a water tower, or a powerline.

It’s just a rectangular block of green placed in the middle of an otherwise nicely flowing stadium view.

If the ivy was extended to cover Left-Center and Right-Center, that might look neat. Especially if they got creative and maybe carved the Houston Skyline out of it.

But as it looks now, I would rather just see more seats in that space – whether it be stadium seats or restaurant seats.

Or another restaurant – something iconic of Houston… maybe a Pappa’s steakhouse.

Something cool like a swimming pool or carousel would look neat too, and would go with the whole stadium/carnival feel.

Since it looks like we put up some kind of brick structure there, perhaps we could paint another mural on it.

The unveiling of the Astros Street Art display in Home Run Alley, features the graffiti artwork of local artist Franky Cardona during the tour of the new center field at Minute Maid Park,  Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Houston. ( Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle ) Photo: Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle

And speaking of that mural, it looks really cool. I just have one issue – couldn’t we have painted Biggio and Bagwell in their primes, and not the old guys in the brick red jerseys?

It’s also interesting who is on the mural. No old-timers, which I was kind of surprised since Nolan’s son Reid is part of the Astros’ business team. Also, I guess we know that Altuve and Correa will not be going anywhere. This gives them some good leverage come contract time.

I wish I could tell my boss that I’m painted on the walls of the building the next time I’m do for a raise.

 

 

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