Greatest game in Metrodome history?

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.

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  1. Breaker said...

    I think this probably comes in third.  It really wasn’t any more ‘winner take all’ than game 6 of the 1991 World Series; in both cases, if the Twins lose, their season was over.  And I put this ahead of the World Series walkoff homerun by the player who epitomized the Twins for a generation.

    Great game, but ranks number 3 for me.

  2. Breaker said...

    Sorry, meant to say “can’t” in that paragraph…and I can’t put this ahead of the World Series walkoff homerun by the player who epitomized the Twins for a generation.

    Apparently that’s what the ‘preview’ button is for…

  3. Patrick said...

    Whew.  As a Twins fan…  Whew.  What a game.  Whew.

    What a game, what a game…

    And now I have tickets for the next one!  Wheee.

  4. Jeff said...

    I still can’t get this stupid grin off my face. A convincing Vikings win and a great Twins win in two nights? Un-freaking-believable.

    I think Games 6 and 7 of the 1991 Series are better, but that’s gotta be it.

    We’re going to be talking about this one for a long time.

  5. Chris Jaffe said...

    It all depends how you weigh importance vs quality. 

    As a general rule, I’ll lean more towards the latter.  It was the greatest important game ever to take place there, though if you factor in importance higher – then, yeah, Game 7 still reigns supreme.

    Admittedly, I might put Game 7 up above it if I’d watched that one, put I took the 1990s off from baseball.

    Then again, maybe tommorrow or a few days from now, I’ll come down from my current what-a-game! high.

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