Peter Hentges (jbru) wrote,
Peter Hentges
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Baseball past and present

I ended up attending the game between the Florida Marlins and Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon. I arrived early because I wanted to watch batting practice, something I hadn't done before. It was also "bobble-head day," in which the first 10,000 fans through the gate were given dolls featuring the likeness of one of the Twins (in this case, the Twins first baseman Doug. (Don't even think of asking me to spell his last name. It's pronounced minn-Kay-vich.) I didn't get a doll but wasn't very disappointed. I was amazed at the number of people that showed up in team regalia and appeared to get their doll and then leave. (I imagine some number of them were simply going to their cars to stow coolers and folding chairs and whatnot from waiting in line overnight but it looked odd.)

The Twins lost the game, unfortunately, making them 0-2 for my last two visits to the dome. (Last year they lost to Seattle while I looked on.) It was a fairly good game and the Twins threatened to tie the game a couple of times but couldn't string together enough hits to clear the bases and bring in the runs. Still a fun game to watch and even with the loss you left feeling that the Twins played for a full nine innings.

Before work today I watched the series opener between the Atlanta Braves and the Twins. Atlanta hasn't ever won a game in the Metrodome, dating back to the 1991 World Series. It looked early like the Twins meant to keep it this way. With a five-run first inning, it was reminiscent of their win to start the series with the Marlins. It ended quite differently, however, with Atlanta tieing it up and the Twins needing 15 innings to finally pull out the win. I ran out of scheduled Tivo time in the 10th inning (the game played very fast and I was surprised I got that many) and had to go to work anyway. I finished up "watching" the ESPN.com game-cast applet to stay up to date. (Pretty nifty use of technology, really.)
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