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    Earlier this week, The Sporting News released their list of the most iconic moment for each MLB team. Certain teams are tied to some of the best moments in the history of the sport while other teams' top moments aren't very memorable outside of their home market. That's the nature of these kinds of lists.

    For Twins fans, it is pretty easy to put Kirby Puckett's walk-off home run in Game 6 of the 1991 World Series at the top of the list. The '91 World Series might be the best Fall Classic of all time and this was a signature moment that elevated it above the rest of Twins history.

    There have been other significant moments throughout the history of the franchise. This got me thinking about what other events would end up on the Twins most iconic list. I polled the Twitter universe to see what other ideas people could come up with; there have been plenty of other signature moments in the team's history.

    How would you rank the following moments in relation to how iconic they were for the Twins? The following are listed in chronological order, starting with the most recent. Click on each link for a video or clip about the moment.

    Alexi Casilla's Walk-Off Hit, Game 163 (2009): For the younger generation of Twins fans, this is the closest thing to a walk-off World Series moment. It also helps that the game was back and forth with both teams seemingly near a victory. The Twins got to swarm onto the field and celebrate in front of a packed house and it was a great way to say goodbye to the Metrodome in the Twins final season there.

    Gene Larkin's Walk-Off Hit, Game 7 (1991): This game belonged to Jack Morris but it's hard to call one entire pitching performance an iconic moment. Larkin's hit over the outfielders' heads allowed Dan Gladden to trot home and the Twins to be World Series champions for the second time in five seasons. Morris was one of the first to meet Gladden at home plate and the legacy of this World Series was cemented in time.

    Kirby Puckett's Catch, Game 6 (1991): Before his walk-off heroics later in the evening, Puckett made a defensive play for the ages. His leap up against the Plexiglass outfield wall might have been the highlight of the game if not for his "See You Tomorrow Night" home run. The smaller sized Puckett seemed to defy gravity with his leap to pull in a sure bet extra-base hit.

    Kent Hrbek tags Ron Gant, Game 2 (1991): For Braves fans, this moment still burns deep in their souls. It is another story for Twins fans as this moment could have been one of the early turning points in the series. Hrbek might have muscled Gant off the base but the umpires still called him out. In recent years, this moment was immortalized in bobblehead form and it doesn't get much more iconic than that.

    Kent Hrbek's Grand Slam, Game 6 (1987): While the 1991 World Series was full of iconic moments, it is tough to find an iconic moment from the Twins first championship run. Hrbek's grand slam in Game 6 helped Minnesota push the Cardinals to a decisive Game 7. This would lead to Hrbek's leap at first base after collecting the final out of the team's first championship. Both these moments were iconic but the home run was more important to the outcome of the series.

    Metrodome's ALCS Celebration (1987): The front office for the Twins wasn't expecting more than a few thousand fans to welcome the Twins home after clinching the team's first AL pennant since 1965. By the end of the evening the Metrodome was packed to the brim with fans even having to sit in the stairs to get a view of the team. Members of the 1987 team always talk about this moment and for them it might be the most iconic.

    Harmon Killebrew's 520 foot HR (1967): A seat still hangs on the wall at the Mall of America to commemorate this Ruthian blast off the bat of Killebrew. As the first face of the franchise, Killebrew never had a championship winning moment. His 1965 team made the World Series but fell short against the Dodgers. Of all of his moments in a Twins uniform, this might be the one that stands the test of time.

    Bob Allison's Catch, Game 2 (1965): In only their fifth season since moving to Minnesota, the Twins were in the World Series. Minnesota won the first two games at The Met and Allison's catch helped to keep Game 2 close. His slow dive down the left field line took away what was sure to be an extra base hit. Los Angeles scored only one run in the game and this was one of the first iconic moments in the club's history.


    This article was originally published in blog: VOTE: Most Iconic Twins Moment started by Cody Christie
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      I would say it's a tough call between Kirby's game 6 home run and Morris' performance the following day.
      Ditto, my thoughts exactly......slight edge to Kirby's game 6 HR though, just because it was a single moment, where Morris' was played out over the entire game.
    1. Obie's Avatar
      Obie -
      Let me speak for the over 60 crowd. I don't think the two oldest entries ('65 catch and '67 520 ft homer) equal Killebrew's '65 bottom of the ninth, two out home run in the last game before the all star game. That homer that beat the Yankees, perennial league champions, signaled that the Twins just might be for real. In an earlier day, that homer was voted the greatest moment in Twins history (25 year celebration?). I also have a personal attachment as I was in the left field bleachers near where the line drive homer landed.

      I also think Carew's 4 hit June 26 game that left him with an avg over .400 during his 1977 MVP year should have been on the list.
    1. Longdistancetwins's Avatar
      Longdistancetwins -
      Quote Originally Posted by Hosken Bombo Disco View Post
      Herbie's Game 6 slam was huge. Nobody outside the Twins community would remember or care, but his homer in Yankee Stadium debut (1981) was a pretty big moment too, the first little point of light for that group signaling better things to come.
      Yes, I can directly testify to that: As I’ve mentioned countless times, I live in New York City. I was not at Yankee Stadium that evening, as my interest in the Twins was at its lowest in the late 1970s and very early 1980’s. I was watching the game on TV, but for one of the first times in my life, turned it off to go to sleep in the 11th inning. Nonetheless, I was so excited by what I heard the next morning that it single-handedly revived my interest in the Twins (the New York press did make a big deal of it). Thereafter, I followed the “Terrible Twins” of 1982 very loyally and could feel the full satisfaction of seeing things come to fruition in 1987.
    1. Longdistancetwins's Avatar
      Longdistancetwins -
      I know I am getting old when I can remember most of the iconic moments for the other MLB teams. I guess that's part of the joy of being a fan.
    1. ChiTownTwinsFan's Avatar
      ChiTownTwinsFan -
      I had a tough time ranking that list and wanted to make everything #1.

      While I wouldn't put it as #1, the ALCS celebration at the Dome in '87 was an awesome moment. As soon as we heard it announced my roommate and I dashed over there and were close to the front of the crowd that just kept coming. When they opened the doors we knew exactly where we wanted to be and made a dash and were right rows over the dugout. That crowd was amazing, the spirit of it, the camaraderie. Heh, and to think my roommate and I wondered if very many people would show up as we were dashing over there.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsnorth49 View Post
      Ditto, my thoughts exactly......slight edge to Kirby's game 6 HR though, just because it was a single moment, where Morris' was played out over the entire game.
      The "moment" for Morris's game might be when he came back out for the 10th. A real "wow" moment that still sends chills of anticipation for me. As an iconic moment, it is different than the others mentioned, as it wasn't yet a done deal, and it only becomes iconic because of the final result.
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      The "moment" for Morris's game might be when he came back out for the 10th. A real "wow" moment that still sends chills of anticipation for me. As an iconic moment, it is different than the others mentioned, as it wasn't yet a done deal, and it only becomes iconic because of the final result.
      Good point, I never thought of it that way.
    1. jctwins's Avatar
      jctwins -
      I would have to say Hunter mis-playing that ball in the playoffs ranks up there.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      I agree with longdistancetwins...Hrbek's GS. I still get excited even now whenever I watch it.
    1. Cody Christie's Avatar
      Cody Christie -
      You can view the page at http://twinsdaily.com/content.php/26...c-Twins-Moment
    1. Forever34's Avatar
      Forever34 -
      My list:

      1. Puckett's HR
      2. Gene Larkin drives in Dan Gladden
      Big gap
      3. Game 163 walk-off (gets bonus points because I saw it in person)
      4. Hrbek's salami.
      5. ALCS party
      6. Hrbek/Gant (the controversy is the only reason anyone remembers it)
      7/8. Killebrew HR/Allison's catch (these were before my time)

      Honorable mention:
      That game where we turned two triple plays.
      Winning in the wild card round a year after contraction.
      Thome's walk-off HR against the Chisox
      Kubel's monster straightaway cf upper deck home run in game 163. (Again, I was there )
      Kubel's upper deck grand slam to complete cycle/huge comeback.
      That Morneau HR that broke the scoreboard in Milwaukee.
      Something Mauer related. (Sad that the second greatest Twin of my lifetime doesn't have a signature moment.
    1. Longdistancetwins's Avatar
      Longdistancetwins -
      Quote Originally Posted by Forever34 View Post
      My list:

      Something Mauer related. (Sad that the second greatest Twin of my lifetime doesn't have a signature moment.
      Hey, it's got to be Mauer beating out Jeter for his first batting title in 2006, at the same time we were surprise winners of the division on the last day of the season. Mauer became the first AL catcher to win. It's hard to get better than that!!
    1. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      '91
      1. The catch
      2. The homer
      3. The shutout
      4. Hrbek takedown
      5. The deke

      '87
      1. Gladden homer
      2. Hrbek homer

      '65
      1. Sandy vs. Kitty
      2. The other catch
    1. Longdistancetwins's Avatar
      Longdistancetwins -
      Quote Originally Posted by Forever34 View Post
      My list:

      Honorable mention:
      That game where we turned two triple plays.
      Good mention. I swear I did not read or know anything about this in advance: I was just glancing at the box score the next day (in New York, I didn't get much Twins news in the pre-Internet days), and my eye fell upon the "TP, Min, 2." Couldn't believe it. I did cut out the box score and still have the curled up yellow piece of paper.

      I did have a strange gut feeling about the 1990 Twins: that they really weren't a last place team, and that they would do something with their good pitching and defense.
    1. Blake's Avatar
      Blake -
      Gad, so many moments. I was at the ALCS celebration in '87. I remember dome officials not expecting the place to jammed like it was.

      Kent Hrbek sprawled out face down up the first base line, foot on first, snagging a throw from Gary Gaetti is probably the most memorable defensive play I've ever seen. Although, Nick Punto rolling the ball to Casilla with his glove, while face down, is right up there. Allan Anderson doubling a guy off first after diving to field a bunt that was popped foul was another incredible play. Mickey Hatcher diving for a ball and the ball winding up under his cap, which came off during the dive, was the most hilarious thing I've ever seen, defensively. (I think it was Hatcher, could be wrong)

      Anyway, Puckett's catch and blast are the moments that really stand out for me.

      Jack Morris' complete game in Game 7 of the '91 Series may not be an iconic moment, but it definitely is iconic.

      Les Straker's meltdown after being called for a balk (dropped the ball while on the rubber) at Busch Stadium exemplified Twins post season road futility in the '87 Series.

      One of the things I love about baseball is that just as soon as you think you've seen everything, something wild and weird happens. Such as a wild pitch during an intentional walk.
    1. nojo's Avatar
      nojo -
      I think that the iconic moment from Morris' complete game in '91 was when he walked out of the dugout to start the 10th inning. I still get chills thinking about that moment.
    1. DedunoTheMuffinMan?'s Avatar
      DedunoTheMuffinMan? -
      Quote Originally Posted by Longdistancetwins View Post
      Good mention. I swear I did not read or know anything about this in advance: I was just glancing at the box score the next day (in New York, I didn't get much Twins news in the pre-Internet days), and my eye fell upon the "TP, Min, 2." Couldn't believe it. I did cut out the box score and still have the curled up yellow piece of paper.

      I did have a strange gut feeling about the 1990 Twins: that they really weren't a last place team, and that they would do something with their good pitching and defense.
      My Dad was at that game but sadly missed the 2nd triple play while he was in the bathroom.
    1. Hosken Bombo Disco's Avatar
      Hosken Bombo Disco -
      Quote Originally Posted by Forever34 View Post
      Something Mauer related. (Sad that the second greatest Twin of my lifetime doesn't have a signature moment.
      To the rescue.. one of the most athletic plays any baseball player anywhere will ever make:

      Attachment 6462

      http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/ba...ticle-1.409800
    1. Longdistancetwins's Avatar
      Longdistancetwins -
      Quote Originally Posted by DedunoTheMuffinMan? View Post
      My Dad was at that game but sadly missed the 2nd triple play while he was in the bathroom.
      Oh, dear. That was at Boston? He could have felt like Walter Matthau in movie The Odd Couple, who misses a triple play when Felix calls him.
    1. IndianaTwin's Avatar
      IndianaTwin -
      I'm not 60, so I can't speak to the Killebrew events, but I was an 11-year-old on my one and only weekend trip to the Met on 6/26/77. Twins beat the ChiSox 19-12 to move in first place. Carew had four hits. Glenn Adams had a grand slam and a team-record 8 RBIs after getting booed for misplaying a ball the day before. A drunk guy tried to climb the left field foul pole, and I seem to remember the Sox 1B coach (Minnie Minoso?) getting thrown out as the crowd went nuts.

      I think the regular season attendance record for the Met was set that day, but my brother-in-law and I know that the record was two less than the announced 46,463. It was Rod Carew Jersey Day and all the kids got a t-shirt. Paul wanted one badly enough that we bought an extra two tickets for the bleachers, went in and got the shirt, walked back out and then entered at our real seats down the first base line.

      It's probably behind the 1991 series, but that day will probably always be MY iconic Twins moment.

      Quote Originally Posted by Obie View Post
      ...I also think Carew's 4 hit June 26 game that left him with an avg over .400 during his 1977 MVP year should have been on the list.
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