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.