June 11, 2002


"OUR ONE REMINDER OF ALL THAT WAS ONCE GREAT, AND ALL THAT COULD BE AGAIN": Terrance Mann was right. Tonight, the first-place Minnesota Twins hosted the first-place Atlanta Braves at the Metrodome for the first time since October 23, 1991— my greatest moment as a sports fan (with my dad and me in attendance, the Twins beat the Braves 1-0 in 10 innings in Game 7 of the World Series, to win their second world championship in five years). The Twins jumped to a 5-0 lead tonight against Greg Maddux, blew it, and the game remained 5-5 until the bottom of the 15th, when the Twins won it— do I even need to say the game ended on a play at the plate? For one night, it was October '91 in the Dome again.
I was dead-set against interleague play when it was first introduced, but I've slowly come around, partly because we get fun matchups like this, and also because it's good to introduce teams into environments where they had not previously played (Friday night was the first time in his career that Barry Bonds had played in Yankee Stadium). The Twins and Mets have existed since 1961 and 1962 (respectively), but next week they will play each other for the first time ever.

Posted by Stephen Silver at June 11, 2002 01:31 AM
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