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YEEEEAAAAAHHHHHH! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 9:02 PM by Deenels Highlight this comment 1

The place just will not die.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 9:02 PM by luke Highlight this comment 2

Wow....I'm completely exhausted. I haven't been this spent after a ballgame since game 7 1991.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 9:04 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 3

There are no words...

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 9:04 PM by Andrew Highlight this comment 4

dome saved an awkward situation.......rain out of playin game and delay of playoffs....yankeees would have been mad as hell

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 9:17 PM by bw Highlight this comment 5

I think my nails are gone.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 9:20 PM by firedog Highlight this comment 6

EPIC VICTORY

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 9:22 PM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 7

the ballpark that will not go gentle in to the good night... not until we've wrung every drop of magic from every square inch of teflon, plastic and concrete...

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 9:22 PM by CJ Highlight this comment 8

White sox rule!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 9:26 PM by Phil Highlight this comment 9

Can't believe I almost didn't go. Got to slap hands starting with Joe M and ending with Joe N. Hope you all had a great time watching, listening, whatever. I guess that building doesn't want us to leave.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 9:45 PM by robin Highlight this comment 10

From the last thread, I agree that Chip Carey and Ron Darling did a horrible job calling this game. Mr. Carey was like a high school drama coach, every player had to overcome some sort of adversity (mostly Inge).
Oh, and I heard Peter Gammons say Bobby Duensing on ESPNEWS after the game.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 9:46 PM by Steeks Highlight this comment 11

BEST TWINS GAME I HAVE EVER BEEN TO! next up-bronx

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 9:53 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 12

Unfortunately, we're going to have to deal with those announcers in New York too.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 10:10 PM by Jervill Highlight this comment 13

And we'll see ya tomorrow night!

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 10:15 PM by Myles Highlight this comment 14

so fun!!! but was anyone else in the porch? I was in 101 row four and was getting RAINED ON! lol The roof was leaking.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 10:28 PM by jax Highlight this comment 15

To all of the frequent posters who, mere weeks ago, were calling the season and preparing for 2010.........

.....do me a favor and take the night off.

"never say never"

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 10:32 PM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 16

What can you say? This team won't quit!

Watching Go Go make his big sprint for home and then dive in head first for the win has instantly become one of my all time favorite Twins moments.

Bring on the Yankees!

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 10:32 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 17

yeah i was in 239, and the water was pretty bad at some points, one guy had an umbrella and it was soaked

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 10:33 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 18

Let's christen Target Field on April 12 as World Champions!!!! Woooo hooo!!

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 10:35 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 19

Gardy better be manager of the year, if not for that game alone.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 10:41 PM by PNB19 Highlight this comment 20

I was in section 229, row 5. I was rained on enough to consider my umbrella but said to hell with it and dealt with it as next year, I may be dealing with far wetter experiences.

Win Twins! Let's have some fun!

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 10:45 PM by J P Berka Highlight this comment 21

absolutely amazing! Unforgettable unbelievable!

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 10:51 PM by dirwin7 Highlight this comment 22

Wow! That was an amazing game. What a comeback after being down by three in regulation. Then the winner in the extra frame. ... Gotta love the Wild!

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 10:59 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 23

YEAH Let's all get wasted and call in sick tomorrow!!

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 11:10 PM by ManBearPig Highlight this comment 24

I am way too young to really remember the WS years but being there tonight was an experience of a lifetime. 12 innings, up and down the whole time...unbelievable!

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 11:14 PM by Matt Highlight this comment 25

Ok so wait a second, the roof was leaking? Does this always happen? I have never heard of this.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 11:21 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 26

so not that det lost, will cabrera go to jail for beating his wife?

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 11:26 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 27

Does anyone know how to get a 2009 Homer Hanky??

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 11:27 PM by Odland Highlight this comment 28

*now

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 11:28 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 29

the announcers missed a huge point: casilla hit a walk-off hit in the season's first game and also tonight in game #163. bremer and blyleven would've shared that on the air. how did they miss that? (maybe they were too busy pointing out how the tigers meant so much to the city of detroit and other such nonsense...)

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 11:32 PM by yeahklye Highlight this comment 30

(oops, it was the second game of the season)

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 11:36 PM by yeahklye Highlight this comment 31

Note to Brandon Inge: Quit your whining about the pitch hitting your jersey...Tuck the damn thing in, it's too baggy anyway. You have no right to be critical of the umpire - he completely favored the Tigers throughout the day with his PATHETIC strike zone!

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 12:10 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 32

Thank you for your comment yeahklye. I was getting so sick of hearing the announcers talk about the city of Detroit in connection to the game every 5 seconds. We deserve a postseason appearance here too, and Detroit's economy is not skyrocketing if Tigers won tonight. That to me was some of the worst announcing I've ever heard all night. Moving on from that though, that was one of the most epic games I have ever seen. It's nights like this when I get so disgusted when I see criticisms of Gardenhire. 5 division championships in 8 seasons with what he has to work with. I truly believe he is the best manager in baseball and we are so blessed to have him!

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 12:11 AM by HebrewHammer Highlight this comment 33

Yes Hebrew Hammer,
Gardy deserves manager of the year. With this team of no-names (besides Joe Mauer) being 7 games out on Sept. 7 and to comeback like this is amazing. Not to mention he has to contend with cheap upper management. Hopefully they have something left in the tank for the Yankees. Here's hoping Duensing can pitch 7 innings tomorrow. I sort of think NY made a mistake by making the Twins travel overnight to play tomorrow. I would want the Twins to cool off. They're riding so high right now that I wouldn't want to play them. This reminds me of the Rockies of a couple years back.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 12:27 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 34

Rick, can we fix these margins?

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 12:28 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 35

how awesome would that be Dan?
think of all the jersey patches we'd have next year:
The Minnesota Twins (shaking hands) one
50th Anniversary
Target Field inaugural
World Champions

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 06:57 AM by luke Highlight this comment 36

Do they need to add another flagpole in left field?

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 07:17 AM by Turk Highlight this comment 37

Luke, maybe they'll have to switch to buttons, if so, they'd look like a TGIFriday's server with all of that flair!! :-)

I get so tired of people (obviously not Twins fans) saying "....but now, they will end up losing to the Yankees..." I would be a little nervous if I were the Yankees about now. They may be stacked with talent, but all of that talent, they should have won more championships. Their last WS title was 2000, and their last pennant was 2003.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 08:03 AM by Dan Highlight this comment 38

Respectfully disagree Dan -- I heard at least 8 people immediately seated around me at the game last night say to Tiger's fans "don't worry too much, because whoever wins will lose to the Yankees". I don't buy that though -- look at 3 years ago, Twins beat the Tigers for the Central Division, Tigers went to the playoffs as the wild card looking crappy and swept the Yankees. I hate the Yankees.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 08:16 AM by mplsgreg Highlight this comment 39

This is one Twins fan that does not think they'll bow out to the Yanks.
I'm still on my quest to find a ticket stub to replace my lost one from Sunday's game...even though it is further and further away from being the "final" game at the Dome.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 08:23 AM by luke Highlight this comment 40

I know there are more important matters afoot....

But, did anyone else notice that TBS was using our new/updated 'Twins' logo for their graphics during the game? I noticed before the game that they were using the new baseball logo with the 'Twins' script from the Celebration Sign at Target Field.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 09:03 AM by Wanda Phillips Highlight this comment 41

mplsgreg, I assume you are disagreeing about my statement that they are "obviously not Twins fans". Perhaps that was a generalization, there are probably Twins fans that follow the team closely, but still believe it is a foregone conclusion the Twins will lose badly to the Evil Empire.

My experience has been that those that hold to this pessimistic view are the more casual, fairweather fans who don't necessarily watch the Twins closely. They just hear the Twins are playing the Yankees and, as a knee-jerk reaction, say "yep, Twins lose to the Yankees." The Twins may lose, but I don't think it is a foregone conclusion. We are definitely in agreement on that. I think the Yankees should be a bit nervous to face a team that has gone 17-4 over the past 21 games and has closed a 3-game deficit in 4 days. GO TWINS!!

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 09:17 AM by Dan Highlight this comment 42

Where there any shots of Target Field on the TBS broadcast last night?

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 09:40 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 43

For all the Nay sayers... REMEMBER 1987!!! The Tigers manhandled the Twins all season. When the Playoffs started, not many people gave the Twins much of a chance. Well we all know what happened!!!
Looks the same this year. The Yanks did the same to us this year during the season, maybe the Twins can repeat the 1987 Magic!!! GO TWINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 09:48 AM by hans Highlight this comment 44

I didn't see any shots of Target Field.

Last night after the game, they were previewing the Twins-Yanks series (I think it was on the Eastern Sports Promotion Network !) and the others were talking up NY, and dismissing the Twins. I was pleased to see and hear John Kruk defend the Twins chances, in particular Brian Duensing against Sabathia tonight.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 09:53 AM by Dan Highlight this comment 45

photos of the lights burn-in at Target Field from the Ballpark Authority

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 10:03 AM by common man Highlight this comment 46

all the overhead shots on monday nights vikes game and last night's twins game kept showing the dome from the west. on the few shots of the dome from the east, TF was hidden behind a skyscraper. you'd think the baseball telecast would've shown the new park. anyway, the park looks awesome all lit up and these haters on other boards saying it looks like an airport terminal or mall are just jealous. retro parks have been so overdone.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 10:05 AM by Zack Highlight this comment 47

ESPN's BASEBALL TONIGHT vs. MLB NETWORK

I used to tune into Baseball Tonight religiously for my baseball coverage until this year. Thank God for MLB Network. I don't even turn on ESPN for baseball coverage anymore. Baseball Tonight is so East Coast bias that it drives me insane. When I got home from the game last night I tuned into both and sure enough, more talk about the Yankees now have the opponent set and their pitchers then an epic game just played. MLB Network on the other hand give each team and market the exact same amount of coverage and analysis.

For anyone who doesn't have MLB Network and wants the greatest baseball coverage, I highly suggest adding it to you channel list.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 10:07 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 48

I saw a girl last night with a Homer Hanky, I believe it said Twins Territory. However, there was no year on it. Is this the 2009 Homer Hanky? Can anyone confirm this?

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 10:10 AM by Orlando Joe Highlight this comment 49

I have never seen a mall or aiport terminal that looks as slick as Target Field does lit up at night. I hope there is some illumination of the facade in the final lighting as well.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 10:38 AM by mplsgreg Highlight this comment 50

"I saw a girl last night with a Homer Hanky, I believe it said Twins Territory. However, there was no year on it. Is this the 2009 Homer Hanky? Can anyone confirm this?"

It bears a 2008 copyright. My guess, as stated earlier, is that it was produced last year in case the Twins advanced to the playoffs. It will suffice for this year, I suppose, but I am all but certain it is not a "new" one. It was being handed out at the 10/4 game along with a few other editions as if it was another leftover. The Twins were obviously emptying their shelves. Whether there will be a completely new, 2009 playoff run specific HH remains to be seen. You could ask the Twins what the deal is - you could also ask your foot.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 10:39 AM by B.W. McEvers Highlight this comment 51

WANDA -

I also noticed that TBS was using the new logo. I paused my DVR and gaped at it. Pretty cool to see, can't wait to see it on the jerseys and apparel.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 10:44 AM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 52

I fell in love with the MLB Network last spring when they did their 30 Teams in 30 Days program. ESPN would never spend 5-10 minutes discussing the farm systems for each team.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 10:49 AM by Lafferty Highlight this comment 53

Here are the logos they were using on TBS last night:


Posted on October 7, 2009 at 10:55 AM by Rick 54

Thanks B.W... fricking weirdo. So I tried calling my foot, but then I remembered my foot still doesn't have a cellphone! Time for it to get with the times, huh?

So then I called the ProShop in Minnetonka. They have a "Championship Drive" Homer Hanky and it does not have the year on it.

Also, they said they are not expecting the Division Champs shirts until tomorrow.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 10:55 AM by Orlando Joe Highlight this comment 55

Funny Picture.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 10:59 AM by Camden Highlight this comment 56

One of the coolest things about the new logo (I can't believe this hasn't been mentioned before) is that the underline has changed. On the old version (at least some of them) it extends to beneath the S, now it stops. It perfectly underlines the word "win" in Twins.

Here's the old version on Joe's uniform last night:


Posted on October 7, 2009 at 11:03 AM by Rick 57

re: Camden
Is that Dave Dombrowski (Tiger's GM) sitting and looking at the sign in that picture?

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 11:09 AM by Steeks Highlight this comment 58

Ok, yes it is. I need to learn to read.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 11:10 AM by Steeks Highlight this comment 59

Rick I was acutally thinking about that during the game Sunday but in a different manner. On the smaller Black and white scoreboards in left field after the game they had the Twins logo. However, it flashes from "Twins" to "win" with the underline as you just mentioned. I snapped a few pics of it because I had never noticed the flashing from Twins to win before and i thought that it would be cool if the twins sign at the new stadium would do the same. Now that you pointed it out, it clicked in my head. Interesting.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 11:17 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 60

The "newest" HH, as far as I know, has "Championship Drive" across the top with the "Twins Territory" logo as the main feature - no year indicated. The latest copyright listed is 2008. That is why I think it is a generic HH produced for possible use last year and not specific to recent and upcoming events.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 11:31 AM by B.W. McEvers Highlight this comment 61

Hey Brandon T, and to "all of the frequent posters who, mere weeks ago, were calling the season and preparing for 2010" to whom Brandon was chastising,
If there is anyone who says they actually expected the Twins to win the division four weeks ago, you're a lying sack of excrement. Now at the risk of sounding like "truth hurts" and becoming a pariah on here, I will be the first to repeat myself of a month ago and say I thought the Twins were done. And if any of you say that you thought otherwise, you're lying to yourselves.
Which is exactly what makes this division championship all the sweeter! Who thought we'd come back from being down 7 games with less than a month to go? In early September, who thought we could be down three games with four games to play and pull off what no other team in major league history has ever done! If you say you did, then you probably weren't paying attention to the June Twins, July Twins, and August Twins. They were below .500 baseball teams that weren't playing anything like division champions, so a month ago, no one in their right minds would've said that they actually expected the Twins to pull this off. That would've been wishful thinking. But hindsight being what it is, it's easy to say now that you "knew" they would do it.
All I have to say is, I never expected this. I knew it was possible, however highly unlikely, which is exactly what made it all the more exciting.
Finishing the season 17 for 21? Being the first team in history to force a 2nd game-163 in their history, much less in two consecutive years? (1954 Red Sox doesn't count, pre-LCS). Being the first team in baseball history to come back from being down 3 games with 4 games to play? Who said this reminded them of the '07 Rockies, finishing the regular season, what was it, 20 for 21, and then sweeping the NLDS and NLCS? Hell yeah! GO TWINS! THANK YOU WHITE SOX! AND WORLD SERIES, HERE WE COME!

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 11:55 AM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 62

I find that twins logo kind of brilliant. I wonder if that was a front office idea or someone on the team. It reflects the hunger for a championship. Tigers were a good team this year but they weren't as hungry as the Twins. Detroit had (at least) two chances to win it. early with the 3-0 lead and in extras with the 5-4 lead but the twins wanted it more. Yankees are best "team" but do they want it....

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 12:01 PM by j2eepgmr Highlight this comment 63

Two other things:

I don't know if you guys remember this, but in the Twins biggest game of the '08 season (game 3 of the White Sox @ Twins series last September 26-28), do you all remember who it was that hit the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the 11th and who it was that scored the winning run? Casilla's walk-off single scored Carlos Gomez. How's that for some Metrodome magic?

Also, if Ron Gardenhire doesn't win the AL manager of the year award this year, they should just rename the award "The Ron Gardenhire Manager of the Year Award."

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 12:02 PM by theloniousjoe Highlight this comment 64

I don't know if you guys remember this, but in the Twins biggest game of the '08 season (game 3 of the White Sox @ Twins series last September 26-28),

That was amazing they also came back from a 7 or 8 run deficit too. I hope I'm thinking of the right game but it was at least that series. I was at the game with the big deficit tho I at lease remember that. :)

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 12:06 PM by j2eepgmr Highlight this comment 65

If the Twins always have this final month push, then why in the heck do we suck the rest of the season? If they are CAPABLE of playing this well, why don't they play this well more consistently during the season??

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 12:07 PM by Steeks Highlight this comment 66

Camden et al:

I can't lie. I took that pic with my iPhone. It was a priceless opportunity. My buddy and I sat in Section 119 (on the aisle with 118) and Dombrowski was down there in the 1st row. Hardly anyone (except me of course) recognized him but considering the events of the last weekend with Cabrera and DD in Detroit it was gold. Sent it to Deadspin late last night and they published it under their "Wake Up Deadspin" segment.

Earlier in the game we told the kid in the pic who it was in the sportcoat and told him to ask for his autograph. He did and DD responded "Get the F outta here" hahahahhahahahhaha. Pretty darn classic.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 12:41 PM by Max Highlight this comment 67

Click my name for the link to Deadspin. I should also clarify that the kid in the pic asked Dombrowski for him to autograph that poster he is holding!!

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 12:44 PM by Max Highlight this comment 68

World Series? Seriously?? We're easily the fourth-best team in the AL playoffs...and way behind the Angels for No. 3. It's been a miraculous run, but the Genie only grants so many wishes. Yankees shouldn't have much of a problem advancing to the ALCS, but if the Twins do put up a fight against the Yanks, I'm glad they only have to win 3 games instead of 4.

I'm just happy another Division Championship pennant goes up next year in our home ballpark for the Brewers fans to see when they visit. I laugh when I go to Miller Park and see their one measley pennant from '82.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 12:44 PM by Pariah Highlight this comment 69

Sorry to say, but I don't get it. What does ".323 AVG. or B.A.C.?" mean? What or who does it refer to?

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 12:53 PM by Rick 70

Cabrera, after drinking with the Sox players then going and getting in a fight with his wife. I think he blew a breath alcohol content of .283.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 12:55 PM by Camden Highlight this comment 71

Rick: It is a play on the .26 that Cabrera blew at the police station on Saturday morning in suburban Detroit after being out all night partying with the White Sox at their hotel in Birmingham, MI. He came home at 5-6am, was beligerent and loud on his cell phone which forced his wife to call 911 and the police came to the house (on the most important weekend of the season for the Tigers no less). He had abrasions/scrapes on his face and originally blamed it on his dog. The real story came out and the 911 call wasn't pretty. Dombrowski is the guy who picked up Miggy at the Clink at 7:30am on Saturday morning...

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 1:00 PM by Max Highlight this comment 72

Ah, I knew I was missing something obvious. Thanks.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 1:05 PM by Rick 73

That guy rules! To see the look on Dumbo's face is priceless!

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 1:06 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 74

max - i think i may have ran into you on the street last night. did you ask me about wpa and i show you the fangraph?

on my busride in this morning on 35w you could see target field all lit up. absolute awe.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 1:35 PM by annoyingcustomer Highlight this comment 75

Y'know, I just don't get the humor of that sign. It's childish. Sad, really. Here we've got a very serious situation where alcohol contributed to violence and people are laughing about it? No, it is not funny. It's tragic for both Cabrera and his wife.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 1:38 PM by David (aka David) Highlight this comment 76

re: David
It's hilarious actually.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 1:53 PM by Steeks Highlight this comment 77

David, are you Cabrera's lawyer or something?

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 2:07 PM by ace Highlight this comment 78

The guy was driving a car at .26 or worse. Hilarious?

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 2:12 PM by B.W. McEvers Highlight this comment 79

The sign is hysterically funny. Pro athletes receive all the money and adulation in the world...When they fuck up and beat their wives, they deserve ridicule far worse than that sign and the Metrodome crowd chanting AL-CO-HOL-IC during his first at-bat.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 2:19 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 80

I haven't read anything proving that he was behind the wheel at any point in time that night. Media reports stated he was above the legal limit TO DRIVE, not that he WAS DRIVING. It pisses me off when the media says something like that. If he wasn't driving, then don't state he'd be over the limit if he was. You can be as drunk as you want if you aren't driving.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 2:20 PM by Steeks Highlight this comment 81

Easy now. Alcohol and domestic abuse are serious subjects -- and not technically baseball-related. 20 years ago I had two family members killed by a drunk driver. It's not a game.

In fact, the chanting of "al-co-hol-ic" by the fans has been mentioned in almost all of the national coverage of the game, generally described as "classless".

Frankly, I agree. At the very least, it was ineffective. Did no one notice that all that chanting led to a "shut the f**k up" two-run homer?

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 2:21 PM by Rick 82

In a vacuum, the kid holding the sign in from of the Tigers GM was funny.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 2:26 PM by Steeks Highlight this comment 83

The "hilarity" in the situation is that the Tigers organization let him play last weekend and in this game. Should have been on the bench. The actual incident is sad and in all reality shouldn't be joked about. Don't get me wrong, I get a good laugh at some pretty non PC things, but when the crowd started chanting al-co-ho-lic last night, I kinda thought that was a little classless. Booing - Fine. That chat might have been a little over the top.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 2:28 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 84

took the words right out of my mouth rick...

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 2:29 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 85

Lineup announced, just an hour-and-a-half away!

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 2:30 PM by Camden Highlight this comment 86

Annoying Customer:

I think that may have been my buddy Tim. Small world.

McEvers: Nobody has proof one way or the other that Miggy got behind the wheel at that BAC. Only that he was at home around 5am when the incident occured. Cabrera's house happens to be about 1 mile from the Townsend Hotel where he was partying with the enemy (White Sox team hotel).

To me the joke is that he got absolutely piss drunk on the most important weekend of the season (with the opponent no less, are you kidding me?). This is simply not intelligent. It would explain his lackluster weekend vs CWS and hence allowing the Twins to have the opportunity to win the Division in the tiebreaker game last night at the Dome.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 2:30 PM by Max Highlight this comment 87

I don't believe the truth (telling Miguel he's an AL-CO-HOL-IC) is classless after he just got away with driving drunk and beating his wife. His alcoholism and wife beating is classless. If that had been any one of us, we'd still be in jail and signing our life savings over to some lawyer. These pro atheletes continue to get away with murder (see OJ) and THAT is what's classless. Any public ridicule they receive is DESERVED! I for one will not apologize nor should any of the Metrodome faithful. The only one who needs to apologize is the prick Cabrera as he could have killed someone!

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 2:35 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 88

My clock's off.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 2:35 PM by Camden Highlight this comment 89

1. Has not yet been determined that he was driving.
2. They police don't know who was the instigator in the situation.

Some of the Twins fans are pulling the same things that non Twins fans said about Puckett with his situations. Don't jump to any conclusions. There are people who think that Puckett was someone who sexual assaulted women. We as Puckett fans, will defend this through and though. Be the better fan.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 2:41 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 90

Regardless we still know as FACT that he blew over 4x the legal limit while partying with Sox players. Regardless of whether he drove or not, that is VERY irresponsible, and no GM would want a player doing that the night before a big game.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 2:46 PM by Camden Highlight this comment 91

Kevin,

I understand your point, but:

1. Getting drunk off your ass once does not make an alcoholic.

2. As has been pointed out, no media reports actually say he was driving.

3. The domestic abuse aspect is for the courts to work out, not the fans.

I just think that the whole subject has no place between the lines. His batting average to salary ratio? Yep. Partying with the opposing team? Sure. Choking down the stretch? Absolutely.

But the rest? Cheap shots.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 2:46 PM by Rick 92

Are tickets on sale somewhere for Sunday's game?

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 3:00 PM by Rick 93

Rick they went on sale after the game yesterday. Though only available in two game packages for Sunday and Monday.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 3:01 PM by Camden Highlight this comment 94

Is it box office only? (I can't find a link on the web site. The only link leads, indirectly, to a schedule page and the chain dies there.)

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 3:04 PM by Rick 95

You're right, but I thought someone somewhere said they got tickets in 225. Perhaps the sold some sections. I know as a ticket holder, the Twins have yet to charge my card for my playoff ticket, so it may be a couple days until they go on sale.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 3:08 PM by Camden Highlight this comment 96

Rick, we'll have to agree to disagree.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 3:10 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 97

The box offices were packed last night. It seemed like upper-deck only remaining. I was lucky enough to be there and get in line (though it was a long wait).

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 3:11 PM by Twins Territory Highlight this comment 98

I just got a automated phone call from the Twins season ticket office that playoff tickets were printed and sent out today via priority mail.

This is what is currently on that site Rick:

"American League Division Series tickets for games to be played at the Metrodome are not currently available. Limited ticket inventory may become available. Please check back."

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 3:12 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 99

Yeah, they said at the ticket windows that if if people didn't wait in line, they'd be gone by the end of the night. The ones that "will become available" will be ones that any season ticket holders might decline I'm guessing.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 3:15 PM by Twins Territory Highlight this comment 100

Phillies 3
Rockies 0
Bottom of 6th

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 3:20 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 101

I think it may be box office only. I'm not totally sure, but I didn't see a link on TwinsBaseball.com either. I was lucky enough to be there last night and get in line. It'll be interesting to see how fast it sells out, because every ticket area was packed.

As Camden mentioned, you do have to get both games (with a refund if it goes just three). It seems as though it was upper-deck only remaining.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 3:10 PM by Twins Territory Highlight this comment 102

You have to figure the lower level was pretty much sold out on the initial offering to STH and probably most of the nice upper seats as well. I wonder what the scalpers were getting after gametime last night.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 3:29 PM by B.W. McEvers Highlight this comment 103

I haven't seen this here before. It's the celebration sign going up (in video).

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 3:40 PM by Twins Territory Highlight this comment 104

I was a Flex 40 STH for 2009 and they offered me 2 Lower Reserved Tickets for the Playoffs and a "Bonus Pack" of 4 tickets to the Upper Club for all playoff games at the dome. STH's that had set seats were offered their regular seats with an optional bonus pack as well.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 3:40 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 105

Hmmm I never got a call and my money hasn't been taken out yet?

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 3:41 PM by Camden Highlight this comment 106

Kevin, I can do that.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 3:42 PM by Rick 107

Having checked StubHub ($64-$19,999), and consulted the family budget, it looks like I'll be cozying up with, gulp, Chip Caray again on Sunday...

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 3:44 PM by Rick 108

Camden - Did you send in your Invoice you got in the mail about a week and a half ago?

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 3:45 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 109

Actually, Kirby did shove his mishooginah in her giggity in that bathroom stall. The prosecutor's office felt huge pressure not to move forward with charges. Puckett's fame ultimately kept him out of prison.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 3:47 PM by The Truth Hurts (aka Pariah) Highlight this comment 110

Anybody know of a promotional code for the MLB.com shop to make a Division Champions shirt cheaper?

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 3:50 PM by Twins Territory Highlight this comment 111

FYI Twins Territory, the "MLB.com" is getting those messages moderated. Adding a password to your name or typing "MLB dot com" will get you around that.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 3:58 PM by Rick 112

The ultimate hypocrisy was/is the Twins cashing in on his memory when, in life, they were running away from him as fast as they could go.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 3:59 PM by B.W. McEvers Highlight this comment 113

I found one. If you want some championship gear (shirt or hat), you can get 20% off by using the code: EXTRABASES . It'll amount to about $5.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 4:02 PM by Twins Territory Highlight this comment 114

Rick, I got some seats in section 237, row 7 that I might be able to sell to you for face value or so ($16 face value, I believe) for Sunday. Its upper GA down the LF line, but row 7 is not bad at all for upper deck.

I won't know until tomorrow night for sure.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 4:05 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 115

Mike, sounds like that has potential. Keep me posted (rick at this domain dot com, if you prefer).

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 4:10 PM by Rick 116

It's funny watching the highlights of the game on the Twins website. I was at the game and I had no idea that they were playing the Star Wars theme after the Kubel and O-Cab dingers. There was no way in hell you could hear that while there.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 4:13 PM by DeePee Highlight this comment 117

From La Velle:

"In two-and-a-half hours following Tuesday’s dramatic win, the Twins sold 46,000 tickets for both Game Three and Game Four. The Twins were getting close to shutting off sales so they can determine how many tickets will be returned by season ticket holders."

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 4:15 PM by Twins Territory Highlight this comment 118

DeePee - I was thinking the same thing this morning when I relived it all. Were they playing that music, because I don't remember/couldn't hear. It wasn't TBS playing it though I don't think.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 4:16 PM by Twins Territory Highlight this comment 119

I wonder if:

1. The Pro Shop prices on the shirts will be the same as the web prices and
2. If the STH discount will be honored.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 4:19 PM by B.W. McEvers Highlight this comment 120

are we buddies max? keep up the great posts. you can do some more bitch slapping. your insights are so revealing, your zingers so fantastic.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 4:26 PM by tim Highlight this comment 121

That was the single greatest game I have ever seen in any sport. I'm incredibly glad I was there to see it, and I will definitely remember it for the rest of my life.

That being said, the roof leaking on me all game was a bit annoying, but by the eighth inning I barely noticed it with all the excitement going on.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 4:29 PM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 122

I'm just curious, can someone tell me how TicketKing works? I look at some of their listings (I was just checking out T-wolves tickets), and for the seats they have, they have 2, 5, 6, 10 all various numbers of tickets for several seat locations.

TC only seats 20,000. I know the Wolves don't have a huge STH base, but where does TicketKing get such a quantity of seats? Ticketdisaster has that verification thing to prevent "computer buying" from brokers like that. Twins, Gophs, Vikes, you name it, it's like that for alot of entries on TicketKing.

Just curious.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 5:18 PM by luke Highlight this comment 123

Why did the tickets go so fast? Sucks to Joe Common Man tring take family to the games. Who's going to pay stub Hub prices!!!!!!
It sucks to us!!!!

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 7:41 PM by dave Highlight this comment 124

Memo to Scott Ullger: That's Nick Freakin Swisher out in right field, not Tony Oliva. Ullger is the weakest 3rd base coach in the hemisphere.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 9:03 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 125

I know it's sort of far back, but I'd like to address TTH, and the Kirby allegations. The prosecution did face huge pressure to not go forward...because it was a trumped up bunko charge in the first place. DAs never avoid high profile cases, because they have massive resources, andmany of them have higher assperations than legal careers (typically politics). Who prosecuted the case? Amy Klobuchar.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 9:21 PM by The Legacy Highlight this comment 126

Really Legacy? I never realized that, I'm not surprised though. Also trosy29 I dropped it off at the Roseville Pro-shop, I e-mailed my rep and he confirmed they were mailed today. Still not sure why I never got the call or money taken out of my bank account.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 10:41 PM by Camden Highlight this comment 127

I would have hated to have been there for this:

From Charley Walters' Pioneer Press column this morning:

"Bad timing: Hubert's Bar and Grill across the street from the Metrodome experienced a transformer power blowout at about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, when the Twins and Tigers were in the 10th inning of their game that attracted a record regular-season Dome crowd of 54,088.

When the pub filled with smoke, law required that customers got out. Power didn't resume until about 10:40 p.m.

Hubert's has business interruption insurance, so lost business because of the mishap should be covered."

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 07:24 AM by luke Highlight this comment 128

as far as listening to TBS for any more games, I am opting out to Gordo and Dan. Yeah, it's that bad. :P

There is a pretty big delay when watching DirecTv - they're about a pitch behind. But it's worth it. Can't stand the idiotic TBS coverage. I'm not the only one who thinks so (see link)

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 07:28 AM by jax Highlight this comment 129

Carey was good when it was him and Steve Stone doing the Cubs games. Once they spoke out against their crap-ass ownership, they got canned, and he took over his dad's job in ATL.

It's hard to listen to him now, but at least he isn't ABSOLUTELY UNLISTENABLE like Joe Buck and that moron McCarver. :thumbsdown:

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 08:20 AM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 130

What happened with the margins here. (wide glide)

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 09:09 AM by hans Highlight this comment 131

O.K. Now there fixed right after I posted. Par for my course LOL!!

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 09:11 AM by hans Highlight this comment 132

Oops, (Their)

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 09:12 AM by hans Highlight this comment 133

There is definately some new work going on on the on the parking ramp for the wind veil. Check out the silver metal canopy now sticking out from the side of the ramp on web cam 1. I cannot wait to see what that thing is gonna look like when finished.

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 09:19 AM by DeePee Highlight this comment 134

Sorry hans it's "They're" ;-)

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 09:31 AM by MattW Highlight this comment 135

Double OOPS!! Thanks MattW, I guess I need a refresher course in english.

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 09:59 AM by hans Highlight this comment 136

Bad margins? Shame on you for using Internet Explorer!

Just kidding. I'm using Firefox and it looks just fine, but I just checked and IE is rendering the first comment in this thread without a line break.

Sorry, Deneels, but the exclamation marks have to be edited...

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 11:29 AM by Rick 137

Back to Target Field, what's happening over there today? Are they close installing all of the seats? What do they have to finish at Target Field?

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 12:57 PM by Michael Highlight this comment 138

I've always wondered how high the seats are in the last row of the upper deck. The ballpark authority states that the lights in the canopy are 144 feet above the playing field.
Anyone have any idea how far above the canopy is above the last row?
I'd guess about 20 feet which puts the highest seat at 124 feet.
A good example is US Cellular Field in Chicago. The highest seat there is 120-125 feet up if remember correctly.
Anyone know how high up they are at the Dome, too?
I know this about the dome, the roof in the center is 195 above the playing field and the apex is 75 feet. This means the spot where the roof starts above the seats is about 120 feet, and thats got to be about 15 feet above the last row. Target Fields last row in the upper deck seems to be about 15 feet higher than the last row at the dome.
Anyone have any actual numbers. These are just my estimates, what do I know...

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 2:23 PM by J2K Highlight this comment 139

Just got my play-off tickets today, can't wait for Sunday.

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 3:02 PM by Camden Highlight this comment 140

Homer Hankies are on sale at the pro shops for $2 - and they really are unused/leftover from 2008.

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 5:27 PM by B.W. McEvers Highlight this comment 141

Highland Mint is already selling Joe Mauer 2009 AL MVP plaques. I guess they know its a lock too.

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 5:28 PM by ab21 Highlight this comment 142

haha, sorry about messing up the margins for you internet explorer users (I use firefox myself) I guess I was just excited...

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 5:29 PM by Deenels Highlight this comment 143

Anybody here who went to Sunday's game and doesn't really care about keeping their ticket stub? Email me at luke_r1996 (at) yahoo (dot) com. I'm looking for a couple replacements for the ones I dropped on the way out...

If you have one of the STH type the ones that said "Final Dome Game" on it (looked similar to the Final Opener one - incidentally, if you know where I can get my mitts on one of those, I'd love to hear about it) definitely drop me an email.

Thanks.

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 6:56 PM by luke Highlight this comment 144

"I get so tired of people (obviously not Twins fans) saying "....but now, they will end up losing to the Yankees..." I would be a little nervous if I were the Yankees about now." - Dan

Yeah, I'm sure they're shaking in their cleats, DAN.

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 7:53 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 145

are Homer Hankies avaliable anywhere on the web? can anyone post a link

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 8:04 PM by Odland Highlight this comment 146

looks like only at 3 pro shops right now, yo.

you can get an older one on ebay - i think it's funny that people put in the description "never used". Does that mean they're a grumpy fan? or they didn't sneeze in it? or both? :D

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 8:22 PM by jax Highlight this comment 147

p.s. don't be swayed by the ones that claim to be "2009" homer hankies on ebay. The Twins Territory ones aren't the brand new ones. I'm sure everyone knows that but figured I'd make sure so nobody got took.

Jacquie

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 8:23 PM by jax Highlight this comment 148

can you order them over the phone?

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 8:25 PM by Odland Highlight this comment 149

what do the 2009 hankies look like

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 8:30 PM by Odland Highlight this comment 150

never hurts to ask - here's the # for the one by my house

(952) 546-0815

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 8:31 PM by jax Highlight this comment 151

thanks man

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 8:44 PM by Odland Highlight this comment 152

From a 10/7 press release:

"The American League Central Division Champion Minnesota Twins and the StarTribune announced plans today for the return of the popular Homer Hanky(TM) in time for the team's push toward another World Series Championship" The release goes on to detail cost, availability, etc.

This would lead a person to believe that a totally new, 2009 specific HH is in the offing. Anyone really believe that?

Posted on October 9, 2009 at 12:46 AM by B.W. McEvers Highlight this comment 153

I saw on the news that it was the HH's handed out at Tuesday's game, those are the "new" ones. Though they were actually printed for last year. I don't believe there are actual "new" ones. I think the "twins territory" ones are the ones the pro shops are selling.

Posted on October 9, 2009 at 12:40 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 154

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