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We’re Gonna Win Twins, We’re gonna score! And that song’s hung around for nearly 60 years. Unquestionably, Target Field is a great place to watch the Minnesota Twins Win Again! Of course, it’s been a great year for the Twins. Hoping they win the World Series. So, I think I just jinxed them! The Driveby Tourist attended the game with my son-in-law. Above all, the Twins beat the Tigers 7 – 4. And I’ve attended 2 games this year and the Twins have won them both. By the way, here is a link to Target Field.
First pitch of the game. Of course, it’s a downtown stadium so we see part of Minneapolis skyline in the background. And 33,000 Twins fans to watch another win.
Minnesota Twins Win Again
Oh, Did I say the Twins win again? By the way, when you are out and about traveling, if you like baseball even a little bit, it’s fun to go and see games in other cities. Especially Fenway in Boston and Wrigley in Chicago. Without a doubt Wrigley and Fenway are icons. Dodger Stadium is the third-oldest ballpark in the majors. It opened in 1962. Fenway opened in 1912 and Wrigley in 1914. All the other old stadiums fell to the wrecking ball when the teams demanded new, bigger, better facilities.
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And I’m repeating myself in the picture above but the Twins have played in 3 stadiums since Dodger Stadium was built. (Metropolitan Stadium, (link), the Metrodome, and Target Field.) I wonder how many stadiums have been considered home at one time or another for all 30 major league teams? If anyone reading this knows, please share. If anyone would like to know, comment back and I’ll put it on my list for future blog posts. By the way, if you are planning to see a game in every major league stadium in one summer, here is a link to a story about a couple of guys who did just that!
Twins current and past
See that section of grass beyond the field? The one with “411” on the left side and “403” on the right side? On the day we attended, C.J. Cron hit a home run that landed on that small patch of grass beyond the field. The officials ruled it a 412 feet home run. By the way, a few days later the Twins set the season record for home runs by a team. And this is the ‘current’ part of the story with the Twins Win post.
Of course, I know Budweiser is ubiquitous in baseball parks. Here, it also marks a party deck for rent to any group that wants it. Seems like the middle decks are for other rented functions. Most important are the numbers on the first elevated level. And there are eight Twins retired numbers. They belonged to: 3 – Harmon Killebrew, 29 – Rod Carew, 6 – Tony Oliva, 14 – Kent Hrbek, 34 – Kirby Puckett, 10 – Tom Kelly, and 7 – Joe Mauer. Significantly, number 42 belonged to Jackie Robinson and will never be worn by any major leaguer on any team. Most Twins fans will find their favorite player on that list. Of course, mine is Harmon Killebrew and that’s typical for Baby Boomers! Significantly, during the early years, Harmon Killebrew WAS the Twins. And we’re all happy when Twins Win!
Above all, Kirby Pucket is considered the most popular Twin of all time. And Kent Hrbek is a home town hero, growing up in the “shadow” of Metropolitan Stadium. Want to know more about each player? Click the name above or comment and I’ll give background.
Here is a link to the Introduction to Everything Twins Cities.
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Classic Rock Recollection
“Centerfield” by John Fogerty
Well-a beat the drum and hold the phone,
The sun came out today.
We’re born again, there’s new grass on the field.
A-roundin’ third, and headed for home,
It’s a brown-eyed handsome man,
Anyone can understand the way I feel.
Put me in coach, I’m ready to play today
Put me in coach, I’m ready to play today
Look at me, I can be, Centerfield
Written by: John Fogerty
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