With the Metrodome becoming more obsolete by the day, many Minnesotans who have been around long enough can't help but reminisce over many of the Dome's moments, many for the better, but admittedly some that don't exactly exude perfection.
Regardless, the Minnesota Twins, who moved into the stadium in the stadium's first year (1982), are the main source for alot of these moments. Having played well over 2,000 games in the Homerdome, there were no shortage of options to choose from in the process. And while the Twins will pack up and out of the stadium in a little more than a year, all of these moments are likely to linger in many a Twins fan's mind.
In one of lighter moments in Dome history, power-hitter Dave Kingman (then with the Oakland Athletics) hit a ball that never came down, going through one of the drainage holes in the top of the 4th inning. Though the ball appeared to be a sure homerun, Kingman was awarded a groundrule double instead.
Following an '87 season that ended in a World Series victory, Twins fans pack the Dome, averaging over 37,000 fans a game, a mark that became more rare an occurence in Twins games as it grew older.
In one of his most dominant perfomances, Johan Santana strikes out 17 and only allows two hits, both to Sammy Sosa of the Texas Rangers. Santana, as many know, would depart in the following offseason to the New York Mets.
Following a defeat of the Chicago White Sox, the Twins and their fans watched as the Royals completed a sweep of the first-place Detroit Tigers, putting the Twins in first place, the only day they held the division lead. Joe Mauer clinched his first batting title that day also.
Celebrating arguably Minnesota's most beloved sports hero, about 15,000 fans battled one of the worst blizzards in a long time to remember Kirby Puckett.
Each of these no-hitters carry an odd set of circumstances. Erickson's was improbable, considering that he had allowed the most hits in the major leagues the season before. And Milton's will likely have the only no-hitter that started in the AM, considering that the Metrodome is the only stadium that sometimes has to schedule their games in the morning.
Following their first pennant in 22 years, the Twins capped off a rather so-so season with a World Series in seven games. The Twins, who enjoyed the 'Domefield Advantage' throughout the season, won all four games at home, while losing three on the road. This would also be the case for the 1991 World Series, which transitions into the next slide...
It took all 63 innings and then some, but the Twins pulled out yet another World Series title behind the masterful work of Jack Morris, who pitched a 10-inning shutout in the game. Arguably one of the best WS of all time, it was capped off by a game-winning single by Gene Larkin in the bottom of the tenth inning.
In a matter of an hour or so, Kirby Puckett went from savior to hero.
In the late innings of Game Six in the 1991 World Series, Puckett went above and beyond to steal Ron Gant's towering shot from extra bases.
Then, in the bottom of the eleventh inning, Puckett hit a game-winning home run that extended the series, where they would eventually win.
"And we'll see ya, tommorow night!"
Those words from sportscaster Jack Buck will forever be synonomous with Puckett's timely heroics.