Greatest game in Metrodome history?by Chris Jaffe
October 06, 2009
Earlier this year, I wrote a column for THT titled: "The 10 greatest games in Metrodome history."
Looks like I spoke too soon.
Clearly, today's game belongs high on the list.
Where? Well, it's a judgement call of course. You have to weigh the quality of the game alongside its importance. Still, I don't see how you rank it any lower than third, and frankly, it may very well belong up top. Game Seven of 1991 still has a special place in baseball history just because it was a Game 7 of a World Series, but today's contest was also a winner take all.
Was it the greatest game. . . . maybe I'll think otherwise later, but as of right now .. . Yeah, it was the greatest game in Metrodome history. It had comebacks, numerous late-inning dramatics, an 10th inning comeback, plays at the plate - - it was just unreal.
With my personal interest in managers, I couldn't help but think while watching it in the final inning that this game dramatizes how it's tough to be a manager. If the Twins lose, Gardenhire gets roasted for blowing through all his relievers. Instead, the Tigers lost so Leyland can get nailed for sticking with his guy for too long.
History instructor by day, statnerd by night, Chris Jaffe leads one of the most exciting double lives imaginable; with the exception of every other double life possible to imagine. Despite his lack of comic-book-hero-worthiness, Chris enjoys farting around with this stuff. His new book, Evaluating Baseball's Managers is available for order. Chris welcomes responses to his articles via e-mail. Oh, and now he's on twitter.