Posted at 6:07 PM on October 4, 2006
by David Zingler
11:40 am: My friend arrives to our seats sporting a well-worn Twins 1987 World Championship sweatshirt. He had earlier claimed the shirt was “retired” after he wore it to the Kirby Puckett memorial at the Dome in March. For the record, I am wearing my Corky Miller game worn jersey for the second straight day.
12:20 pm: Joe Mauer collects his first postseason hit, a single.
12:25 pm: A “You Can Handle the Boof” banner is unfurled in the right centerfield cheap seats between the 1st and 2nd inning.
12:35 pm: Boof gets a standing ovation after working out of a second inning jam.
12:39 pm: A freak with a bullring through his nose, a rat-tail hairdo and a throwback Pete Rose jersey on walks by looking for his seat.
12:56 pm: For the second straight game Nick Punto slides into first base headfirst, but is out. The 3rd inning ends.
12:59 pm: Frank Thomas leads off the 4th hitting .750 in the series. He proceeds to smack a ground rule double. The “Big Hurt” is now hitting .800.
1:10 pm: A skinny, shirtless teenager wearing a black afro wig with his body painted blue and white makes an appearance. “WS or Bust” is painted on his chest, with “Kirby 34” on his back.
1:39 pm: The third time is a charm. In the 5th, Punto slides headfirst into first base and is SAFE!
1:44 pm: “Big Hurt” flies out. His average dips to .667.
2:11 pm: It’s the top of the 7th and the crowd, still buzzing after Michael Cuddyer’s and Justin Morneau’s back-to-back homers, starts the wave.
2:32: Juan Rincon K’s Thomas to start the 8th. He is now hitting .571.
2:36 pm: The day’s attendance is announced. 55,710 people cheer.
2:40 pm: Torii Hunter swings at a pitch in the dirt to end the 8th. Is this his last AB in the Metrodome as a Twin?
3:17 pm: It’s Groundhog Day. I am crammed into the Metrodome concourse after a bummer loss desperately trying to leave. The militant ushers of course, block all of the non-revolving doors.
3:43 pm: I am at the 38th Street LRT station after a cramped ride waiting for my friends, who where unable to squeeze into my train and had to catch the next one. This day was a serious downer. And tomorrow I actually have to spend a full day at the office……