Last Sunday was supposed to be the last Sunday, but the team (and the Dome) would not hear of it. All the countdowns of great Metrodome moments were rendered moot by what happened -- and what was about to happen.
Go get 'em, boys!
Would Tuesday's tie-breaker make the list of top 100 Dome moments? Obviously.
Top ten? Probably.
Top five? You could argue that.
I've heard it suggested as perhaps as high as number two! We'll have to let a little time pass before making that determination. (As if anybody's going to be thinking about great Dome moments for very much longer...)
What happened in the Bronx on Friday night has cooled some of the fervor, but this is baseball. You can't just run out the clock. That's why it's a great game.
And don't worry about Joe Nathan. Even the best closers blow saves. A-Rod wasn't going to chase anything. Joe had no choice but to issue the Challenge. A millimeter here or there is all that separates a homer from a long fly ball. I don't have to tell you that.
I also don't have to tell you that the umpiring, from balls-and-strikes to watching the left field line, stunk. It hurt everybody, but seemed to bite the Twins more often and, finally, with much sharper teeth. Do the Twins win that game if the ump doesn't blow that call? Yes, I think they do.
We argued about instant replay for a while after that, but my buddy said it best: "Screw instant replay. The umps have to make the right call." Amen, brother.
And the Twins will be the first to admit that they also win that game if they get a few more of those stranded baserunners in to score. It was a game in which the opposing team got all the breaks. It happens.
I used a part of this quote the other day, but the whole thing (with some minor modification) seems somehow more appropriate to today:
KING GARDY (before the game):
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the Dome up with our roster spent.
In golf there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of baseball blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
See you tonight at the game. Look for me in the Golden Seat! (Way to go, clublevelfan!)
"You talk about the magic, the aura, but what really makes a stadium is the fans. Concrete doesn't talk back to you. Chairs don't talk back to you. It's the people who are there, day in, day out, that makes the place magic."
– Bernie Williams
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All three seating mounds
There's a great, big, beautiful tomorrow! (I loved this place as a kid.)
I believe that the truck is parked in one of the curb cutouts which are being installed to facilitate ticket sales and traffic calming.
The sign reads, "Mortenson Radio Channels".
Legend's Club, Section E (Click to enlarge greatly.)
Looking northeast from the ballpark site (Source: LP)
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
Having fun. Installing limestone. Good gig.
The green in question (click for very large version)
The rendering which excited a fan base! (Inset is an enlargement of the pictured neon sculpture.)
One of those funny little sections above the entrance stairs
This view, through a B ramp window, won't last forever.
Here is one of the concept drawings referenced (but not shown) in the MPR story (conceptual ballpark at left, LRT tracks switched to the north half of the Fifth Street bridge, which is actually in all of the long-range plans).
From an earlier visit: Don't bother with those escalators either. They were also roped off. And how about a bench? Or a planter? Or even a trash can? That woman is doing the only thing she can: leaning up against a post to do her texting.
Close-up on the diagram of the Club Level with finishing materials (click to enlarge)
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The lone light standard and one of those "entry beacons."
Met Stadium on May 17, 1975 (Twins vs. Brewers featuring Hank Aaron)
CBP: retro in facade only
The rough outlines of our urban trench. (North is up.)
A view straight on of the Pro Shop area and ticket windows (just barely visible). The piers you see beneath the plaza are already almost completed (see final photo).