On Twitter, I recently asked my Twins fan followers to tell me their favorite moments as a fan of the franchise. I received some interesting responses from Twins fans all across the country, and it got me thinking about my own personal favorite moments. Here are my top three.
1991 World Series: I’m going to be brutally honest here. I don’t remember a lot from the Twins’ second World Series championship victory. I was five. I remember sitting in my kitchen, watching the Twins on our tiny under-the-cabinet television during dinner because my mom refused to let us eat in the living room and my dad refused to miss any moment of the series. I remember my Homer Hanky, although as a five year-old I found it more useful as a blanket for my Barbie’s bed than anything else. And I remember I liked Kirby Puckett because he did good things and people talked about him a lot.
The 1991 World Series was incredibly special. In fact, it’s probably the best World Series in history. The controversial call at first between Kent Hrbek and Ron Gant at first. Kirby’s miraculous catch against the Plexiglass, followed by his walk-off home run to even the series at three apiece. Jack Morris refusing to leave game seven, etched in history by Gene Larkin’s pinch-hit game winning single. Yes, there are plenty of moments from the 1991 World Series that send my emotions into a flurry, and I know I’m not alone. But I barely remember any of it, which will make the next World Series championship that much more special. Until that time, I’ll hold onto what I do remember – watching the championship parade while waving my Homer Hanky around, just like all of the people I saw on that tiny little TV.
October 6, 2009 – Game 163: If you weren’t at Game 163, I bet you wish you were. The circumstances that had to unfold in order to force a division tiebreaker were incredibly unrealistic. The Twins needed to sweep the Royals, getting past ace Zack Greinke during a Saturday afternoon game. The Tigers needed to take two of three from the White Sox to seal their playoff fate. Well, we all know what happened. The Twins said goodbye to the Metrodome, and then welcomed the Tigers into town for a one-game tie-breaker that is hands down the best baseball game I have ever witnessed.
September 5, 2010 — The 50 Greatest Twins Legend Game at Target Field: During a rain delay last week, FOX Sports North replayed the 50 Greatest Twins Legends Game from the 2010 season and I have never loved Mother Nature so much. Ron Washington was back in his Twins uniform as his current team stood along the visiting team’s dugout, laughing at their manager’s performance. Hrbek sent the grounds crew into a panic after he took a dive along the first baseline and left a divot in the new grass that rivaled the Grand Canyon. And Harmon Killebrew was there—seemingly healthy and in great spirits, one of the last times he would step out in front of the hometown crowd before losing his battle to cancer last May. Team Minnie ended up beating Team Paul, but the score never really mattered. For one moment, legends from every single era in Minnesota Twins history were on the field together and it’s something that can never happen again.
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