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Reunion sparks walk down memory lane

Posted at 9:56 AM on August 13, 2007 by Steve Rudolph

This weekend the Minnesota Twins will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1987 team’s miraculous World Series victory.

I was a senior in high school at the time and can still remember that magical October as if it was yesterday. One of my very favorite moments from that incredible postseason though, didn’t come from the Metrodome, Tiger Stadium or Busch Stadium.

No, one of my most cherished memories of the 1987 Twins season was from a parking lot.

As part of our playoff superstition, road games had to be watched at my friend Tim’s house. (I need to share some of the other superstitions we had in another entry.) Anyway, once the final out was recorded in Detroit and the Twins headed to the World Series and back to the Metrodome for a rally that evening, we raced to Southdale.

Why Southdale? Dayton’s would be selling World Series tickets the next morning and we just had to get them. So we put on layer after layer of warm clothing, grabbed lawn chairs and sleeping bags and took our place in line on that historic and chilly October night.

Our location in line was pretty close to the giraffe section of the parking lot and we quickly dubbed our group “The Giraffe Staff.” Not surprisingly, we were well supplied with hot chocolate and doughnuts throughout the night by friends hoping to land one of our extra tickets.

The visits from friends, watching the celebration at the dome on a portable TV, and swapping stories with other rabid fans gathered in the mall’s parking lot made the time fly. And I’m not sure I was ever more excited in my young like than when we made our ascension to Dayton’s upper level and purchased our tickets to the World Series!!!

When we finally made it to school a few hours late that morning, we were greeted with cheers and maybe a touch of envy. If I’m not mistaken, we were even able to get it declared as an excused absence. It was hard to hide where we were since our hands were still marked with our place in the ticket line. (I was 57.)

It’s unfortunate that fans today aren’t allowed to camp out for tickets to the big games anymore. You would be hard pressed to find more devoted Twins fans than “The Giraffe Staff.” I not surfe if the Twins would have defeated the Cardinals without us screaming at the top of our lungs from the outfield’s upper deck. We created the Dome field advantage.

I’ll be sharing some more memories of the 1987 season later this week. I’m guessing I’m not the only nostalgic one out there. What do you remember most fondly about the Twins run to their first championship?

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