In this photo taken Thursday July 11, 2013, Matt Hoy, the Minnesota Twins senior vice president for operations, poses for a portrait at Target Field in Minneapolis.
"It's a massive, massive event, about 10 times bigger than the one in the Metrodome" in 1985, said Matt Hoy, the Twins' senior vice president for operations, and the team's point man on the 2014 event.
"It's a little intimidating when you see what it's grown into, how many moving parts there are.
And fitting all of them into our space is going to be an enormous challenge."
So is the clock.
First pitch of the 85th All-Star Game is less than a year away, and now that Hoy, team President Dave St. Peter and 30 other Minnesotans have returned from closely observing how the Mets staged Tuesday's game in New York, there is a baseball term that sums up their responsibility:
Behind-the-scenes, planning will go on for many other aspects, progress of which fills dozens of volumes in Hoy's
But if the compact downtown is convenient, it feels claustrophobic to Hoy
, who has held countless meetings on logistics; a set-in-stone game plan is far from complete.