Posted at 1:47 PM on August 14, 2007
by Steve Rudolph
If you ask a Twins fan to rank their favorite games of the 1987 World Series, chances are the three losses in St. Louis will be on the bottom of their list.
I’m not about to put it above the clinching Game 7 and it might have a tough time nudging past the other three wins at the Dome, but Game 3 of the series played Tuesday, October 20 in St. Louis, Mo., has a special place in my heart.
Other than a surprisingly strong start and six scoreless innings by Les Straker, the game was far from memorable. Senor Smoke Juan Berenguer relieved Straker in the seventh inning with a 1-0 lead and was roughed up for three runs on hour hits in just a third of an inning.
The Twins threatened in the top of the eighth, but failed to score and lost 3-1. I watched that game from the Orpheum Theater in Downtown Minneapolis with hundreds and hundreds of other Twins fans who, like me, had tickets to see Los Lobos in concert that night.
The show was supposed to start at 8:00, but organizers delayed it until after the Twins game and showed the action from Busch Stadium on a giant screen in the theater. With Homer Hankies waving and cheers starting spontaneously from every row in the historic theater, it was almost better than being at the Dome for a game.
But unlike being at the Metrodome following a loss, the ushers didn’t kick us out. Instead our spirits were immediately lifted when the band came on stage in Twins apparel and proceeded to put on what I still regard as one of the five best concerts I’ve ever attended.